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The launching of the Apple Watch and the new Apple MacBook on March 9 has brought forth a new pressure-sensing technology from Apple which is called Force Touch, reports the.
Force Touch is a pressure-sensitive input method that allows for a deeper press to be recognized by theas a secondary type of input which the device to open a lot of options. It’s different from a mere single press on the device.
Apple showed this input method with the Apple Watch and also in the trackpad of the new Apple MacBook. In the latest laptop from the American tech, the trackpad has built-in sensors that enable the users to customize the trackpad based on the pressure exerted on it.
As much as thelooks operationally good and sound with the Apple Watch and the new Apple MacBook, it is likely that the company may use the Force Touch technology in its upcoming smartphone to be launched later this year.
Apple has been rumored to be launching the iPhone 6S in September this year, in light of the two-year cycle for its iPhones. Having an iPhone 7 would put the cycle in disarray so now, many are thinking that the American tech giant would indeed roll out the iPhone 6S later this year.
Performs other function
In the new Apple MacBook the Force Touch trackpad appears to be quite similar to the typical mechanical Mac trackpad but technically when it is pressed, it shall supplant the downward motion with a very fine side-to-side motor agitation that is impossible to register as anything else than a press.
This enables the user to press once for a normal click and make the second deeper press to gain access to secondary function or perform other actions, without having to right-click or open a menu, details Tech Crunch.
Using this pressure-sensitive technology on the iPhone, the Force Touch would open up new control capabilities for games and could also allow for more sophisticated input response from a variety of Apple apps.
In particular, the Force Touch can really work best on app like Garage Band because its ability to differentiate between a light and a hard press could result to different sounds being produced by the a virtual keyboard.
Complementing VR display?
The Force Touch maygo well or complement the rumored virtual reality display feature of the next iPhone.
Apple filed for patent with the US Patent and TrademarkOffice in 2008 where the company insisted that it cannot use a wired connection since that would be very inconvenient to the user.
Thus, the companysettled for a system that merges both mechanical and electronic head-mounted device with a portable electronicdevice where users can adjust the frame to level with their line of sight.
Friday, 13 March 2015
Vaio, the former Sony laptop unit, on Thursday launched its first smartphone in Japan.
The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) smartphone has been priced at JPY 51,000 (approximately Rs. 26,350) for the unlocked model while consumers in Japan can also buy the handset at JPY 4,000 (approximately Rs. 2,070) which comes with unlimited data plans from the Japanese telecom carrier B-mobile. The first Vaio smartphone will go on sale starting March 20 and there has been no word on global availability.
(Also see: Vaio Phone (VA-10J) vs. Panasonic Eluga U2)
For specifications, the Vaio Phone (VA-10J) features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS OGS display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core (unspecified chipset) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Engadget Japan however reports that the Vaio Phone (VA-10J) packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.
The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) sports a 13-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash while there is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera also onboard. The rear camera can record videos at 1080p resolution.
The smartphone includes 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). It is a single-SIM device and supports Micro-SIM cards. The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) will be available in just Black colour and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with almost no customisations, according to Engadget Japan. It packs a 2500mAh non-removable battery offering up to 13 hours of talk time and 500 hours of standby time. It measures 141.5x71.3x7.95mm and weighs 130 grams. The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) supports 4G LTE apart from Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB.
Notably, the Vaio Phone (VA-10J) smartphone features an almost identical design to the Panasonic's recently unveiled Eluga U2. As far as specifications go, the Vaio Phone comes with the exact same innards as the Panasonic Eluga U2, which was launchedlast month in Taiwan at TWD 7,990 (approximately Rs. 15,700). As yet, there is no information of its global release.
WhatsApp appears to have opened its voice calling feature to all Android users, with the invite window now open for several hours. The world's most popular messaging app has been gradually rolling out this feature by opening the invite window only for a few hours at a time. This time however, WhatsApp may have opened the floodgates, reports Android Police.
The report says that many people have been receiving the WhatsApp calling feature on their Android smartphones. To activate the feature, all you need is the latest version (v2.11.561) of WhatsApp (via APKMirror) and a WhatsApp call from someone who already has the feature. After you get the call, you will see WhatsApp's interface switch from just showing recent chats to three tabs - calls, chats and contacts.
This move appears to have come on the back of another milestone for WhatsApp - over 1 billion installs via Google Play. The app's Google Play page now shows that it has between 1 billion and 5 billion installs. These numbers of course don't reveal the actual number of WhatsApp users because anyone who installed the app once is counted in this number. The number isn't reduced if the person proceeds to delete the app. Even then, the number shows just how popular the messaging app is.
Earlier, the voice calling feature was rolled out to some users, but the invite window was closed before most people could get the feature. WhatsApp still has not announced the voice calling feature officially on its website or the release notes on Google Play. WhatsApp for iPhone still doesn't have this feature even though a voice calling button appeared in the app some time ago.
Having established itself as the world's most popular messaging app with over 700 million monthly active users, WhatsApp seems to be augmenting its offering by adding features available in competing messaging apps. WhatsApp for Android users also recently got a Web version that works well. Both these features have been available for some time with competing messaging apps such as iMessage (calling via FaceTime), Line, Viber, among others.