After a long wait, we finally have the first official look at the Samsung Galaxy S8. First impressions: looks amazing and can't wait to try it out.
- Two sizes: a 5.8" Galaxy S8 and a 6.2" Galaxy S8 Plus
- No physical home button, but a pressure sensitive virtual home button
- Comes in 5 colours
- New 10nm processor (Snapdragon 835 or Exynos), 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage (expandable using microSD)
- Camera: f/1.7 12 MP rear, f/1.7 8 MP front
- Face recognition, iris scanning and fingerprint sensor
- AKG headphones in the box
- USB-C, Headphone jack (yay!)
- Bixby: new way to interact with Galaxy S8 though voice, camera etc. Contextually aware assistant.
- Samsung Dex: hook up S8 to monitor, keyboard and mouse and use as a full computer
- New Gear VR with Bluetooth motion controller
- New Gear 360 camera
No pricing information available yet, but The Verge reports it to be around $720 for the base model.
With over 171 million unique visitors monthly*, Amazon is by far the world’s largest online marketplace. Statistics show that more and more people prefer shopping online to visiting local stores. But when it comes to purchasing household items online, the numbers are small (although growing) and most people prefer walking into a physical store to buy their monthly supplies.
Amazon’s Dash Button is attractive proposition for the one who would love buying household items online, but ends up buying them physically because “I forgot to order” or “I can’t wait for it to be delivered”. The Dash Button is a simple concept: a stick-on one-click button that connects to your Wi-Fi and orders a particular product automatically every time it is pressed.
Let me explain the utility of the Dash Button with an example. You buy a box of Tide washing powder every month. Every time you notice that the washing powder is going to finish, you make sure you go out and buy a new box in the coming day or two. Now consider using the Tide Dash Button. When you notice that your washing powder is getting over, you simply press the Dash Button. You immediately get a notification on your phone about the order, and the box is delivered to you in one day via Amazon Prime. And because Amazon prices are usually lower than the prices at you local grocery store and delivery is free, you’ll be saving both money and time by using the button.
Amazon has partnered with over 100 brands including Starbucks Coffee, Red Bull, Tide, Gillette, L’Oreal and Huggies to make unique Amazon Dash Buttons for most of their products. Each button costs $4.99, but this amount is refunded when the button is pressed for the first time; so essentially it is free of cost. Then again, you must be enrolled in Amazon Prime to be able to use the button.
The Dash Button is a simple solution to buying household items online conveniently. No need to manage lists, no need to sign into Amazon for every purchase. One button press is equivalent to a 5-6 step process on Amazon’s mobile app, and that’s huge savings over time.
What if you press the button twice (or more times)? The button only registers the first press. When the item has recently been ordered, it won’t be ordered again. But even if the order gets processed by mistake, you can always use your smartphone app to cancel the order.
I see myself using this gadget in the future. As a student, anything that simplifies shopping is much welcome, especially if I’m getting original products delivered right to my dorm room at a price lower than that in a local shop. The Amazon Prime subscription is very much worth it, and the Dash Buttons are a great addition to the mobile apps and the Amazon Echo to ease my life.
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Ever wondered why that well spec’ed computer of yours is sluggish and unresponsive? The answer might be because it runs on a hard disk drive.
While CPU technology has been constantly upgraded on computers, there hasn’t been a drastic improvement in the performance of hard drives. These spinning magnetic disc drives have been around for about two decades, and although capacities have gone up, they still aren’t really fast. That’s the reason a lot of premium laptops and ultrabooks come with Solid State Drive (SSD) storage.
SSDs are extremely fast because they don’t have any moving parts. While HDDs use rotating magnetic disks (or platters) and a mechanical arm to read and write data, SSDs are essentially a set of microchips that store data. SSDs are also much smaller and can hold larger capacities of data for of the same reason. SSDs are costlier than HDDs even though prices have fallen significantly recently.
One of the best SSDs available in the market currently is the Samsung 850 Evo, which features the 3D V-NAND technology. 3D V-NAND allows for stacking of SSD cells vertically in addition to using horizontal area. This greatly enhances speed, efficiency and density - allowing for larger capacities (as much as 2 GB) in a 2.5” drive.
I recently upgraded my mid-2012 MacBook Pro with the 250 GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD and it gave a new life to my slow laptop. Earlier, read-write speeds were around 50 Mbps on the 5400rpm HDD that ships with this Mac. After the upgrade, this is my read and write speed:
500 Mbps is 10x the speed of my HDD. The result? Startup time has come down from 15-20 seconds to about 6-8 seconds. Apps open instantaneously without bouncing even once on the dock. Heavy apps like XCode and Android Studio are much more usable and work without lag (unlike on the HDD, where these apps used to stop responding or crash).
I’ve also realised that the SSD has unlocked the true potential of the 2.5 Ghz dual-core i5 processor. Sometimes, the SSD proves to be so fast that the CPU is pushed to 100% usage and heats up to 100 degrees celsius. However, my Mac has never experienced the 'spinning wheel of death’ while using the SSD.
Perhaps the only con of upgrading to an SSD is the price. The 250 GB Samsung 850 Evo I bought costed me Rs. 7600, which is about thrice the price of a 250 GB hard disk drive. Then again, the upgrade is worth it and will future-proof my 2012 MacBook Pro for another 3-4 years.