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Microsoft Lumia 940 XL benchmarked – sports Snapdragon 810 CPU

The unannounced Microsoft Lumia 940 XL has been spotted in the GFXBench benchmark site by Dutch-speaking Techtastic.nl. It reveals that the Windows 10 Mobile-powered device will sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor (four cores clocked at 2 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 430 GPU) under the hood. The listing (screenshot below) does not list the processor’s model number, but it does mention the Adreno 430 GPU, which is the the 810’s GPU.

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Other specs revealed by the listing include a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), 14 GB of internal storage (more likely to be 32 GB  of internal storage as previously rumoured), a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 1.5 GB of RAM (more likely to be 3 GB of RAM as previously rumoured). Previous rumour claim that the device will come with an iris scanner.

The Microsoft Lumia 940 and the bigger Microsoft Lumia 940 XL are expected to be the first two smartphones to run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.

So when do we get to see the two? Reports claim that the two will be officially announced in the middle of September.

Hopefully, Microsoft solves the overheating issues surrounding the Snapdragon 810 before the Lumia 940 and 940 XL are released.

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The Smart Phone that’s ‘Impossible to Hack?’

The first hack-proof phone

With the unstoppable rise of mobile phones enabling us to perform a massive variety of different tasks on the go, we are frequently using personal and financial data digitally in order to achieve our objectives.

However, this comes with the many risks, as using such sensitive data can often leave us exposed to hacking attempts with cybercriminals developing ever more ingenuous ways to infiltrate our devices. This is why much has been made recently about the development of the first hack-proof phone.

Third-party limitations

Previously, many large mobile phone manufacturers have been happy to rely on storing encryption keys on third-party servers, and then using outside companies to issue certificates that fulfil a satisfactory level of security.

However, such third-party security does have limitations in that the servers can be relatively easily hacked in order switch certificates and change authentication procedures. In order to avoid this, companies have tried developing patches for SSL certificate flaws to limit the threat of cyber attacks such as the Spamhaus attack of 2013.

But with many people using mobile devices for internet banking and even to access online gambling sites like SpinPalace.com that offer a variety of games from slots to poker, it’s becoming evident that a more watertight security procedure is necessary.

 

Turing Phone

And so, it was with much fanfare that the Turing Phone was announced this month. This promises to become the world’s first hack-proof phone and it aims to do this through some revolutionary technological adaptations.

Rather than storing encryption keys on third-party servers, the Turing Phone will instead store the encryption keys on the phone itself. This type of end-to-end encryption will be able to keep phone calls and data completely confidential by decentralising the crypto key distributions.

Such a development comes at a time when over sixteen million mobile devices had been infected by malware in the last year, and this trend is showing no signs of slowing down. But by taking the encryption procedure off the internet so that no keys pass through external servers, it is thought that this will be the best and biggest change in cyber security yet.

The limits of innovation

But like any innovative new product, the biggest limitation faced by the Turing Phone will be encouraging its new techniques to be adapted in other products.

This is especially significant as the end-to-end encryption system will only work when information is passed between one Turing phone and another. And despite the developer offering his technology to the main mobile manufacturers, they were all reportedly content with the current levels of cyber security.

But as cyber criminals become ever more inventive in the way that they are able to steal our data, it looks like being only a matter of time before devices like the Turing Phone become increasingly essential.

Latest smart phones and Rumours

The latest rumours on the smartphone market

White Pearl Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
White Pearl Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

With news of the Apple Watch landing in our laps in the coming months, we’ve all gone a little gadget crazy this month in anticipation of the latest smartphone, tablets and phablets. The Apple Watch might be a funky accessory to iPhone owners, but if you’re looking for something a little bigger and more apt for gaming, check out some of the latest releases coming your way soon.

Samsung

The producers of the much-loved Galaxy are now releasing an upgrade called the Galaxy S6 edge. It promises a better battery life too, plus a screen that provides razor-sharp graphics.  If you’re a gamer, this is the perfect device for you. Of course, sites like Mr Smith Casino are playable from computer or on mobile, but if you do find yourself hungering for demanding graphics and stunning visuals while you’re out and about, then the Galaxy S6 edge is the ideal handset for you.

HTC

If you’re less bothered about user comfort and instead are more focused on having a mammoth screen, then the rumoured HTC Phablet could be your weapon of choice. The HTC One M9 Phablet was recently confirmed by HTC’s Chinese site, but there is still speculation as to whether or not it will arrive in the UK. If it does however, you can guarantee it will blow all other older models out of the water, but if you’re desperate to get your hands on some new HTC kit now, you may be better advised to purchase the HTC One E9, which is said to be £50-£100 cheaper than its Chinese successor.

Apple

Traditionally, the boffins at Apple choose to wait until September to release their newest smartphone. If the rumours are true, this will be the case once again for the iPhone 7 – but does this mean we will forgo the traditional transitional model of an iPhone 6S? According to well-respected market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this could indeed be the case. The iPhone 6S will feature a plethora of exciting additions, including the Force Touch Display, which will be able to measure the pressure of your fingertips.

Nokia

After going from strength to strength in the smartphone market, rumour has it that Nokia will be coming back with a bang in 2016. Representatives at Nokia Technologies have supported this, claiming that there is “a lot of great stuff in development.” Windows have recently been releasing many new upgrades including a Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 1005, so we should keep our eyes peeled for any new smartphones on the horizon.

2015 App Market Top Trends

app marketGoogle’s Play Store launched just a few short years ago, in 2008, and now contains over 1.4 million apps. As our phones become faster and more capable, those apps gain ever more functionality for gaming, lifestyle and organisation. When “app based” phones began to become the norm, most of us were enthralled by playing JellyCar or Candy Crush – relatively simple games, but still a huge step up from Snake. Now, the independence of app developers is changing the way we work, play, exercise and eat – so here we take a look at major upcoming developments in the app market.

Top trends in the app market for 2015

If you watch TV, especially sports, you can’t have failed to spot betting adverts offering mobile betting apps – particularly Ray Winstone’s famous catchphrase “get your mobile and laptops out, it’s in play time”. Mobile betting has been a growth market for the gaming industry and casinos are struggling to offer the most comprehensive product.

The latest generation of apps will offer in play betting, live streaming and hundreds of casino games. Some operators like https://casino.betway.com have gone further by trying to add next generation “social games” which combine the narrative, gameplay and objectives of an RPG with gambling elements.

We can also expect to see a lot more apps offering tracking and connectivity to 3rd party devices; an early development of the “internet of things”. Tracking apps like Argus can already register your movement and activity, which you can supplement with your own data. However, these health apps are increasingly offering support for tracking bands like Nike+, Jawbone and WeGo. Analysts predict that our phones will begin to act more like “nerve centres” for our internet connected devices including activity monitors, smart watches and the like.

Your phone may also increasingly be able to interact with objects in the home. Phillips recently released its Hue lighting system, which can be controlled remotely through an app. Heating and electricity companies now offer “smart” apps that connect to lights and boilers allowing them to be controlled remotely.

2015 could also be the year that we can begin to seamlessly manage data through any device, as the cloud becomes a day to day reality. Already apps like Dropbox can sync your files with an online server, or you can update your calendars for multiple devices with Outlook. But its a fair bet that more of these functions will become more commonplace over the coming year.

The app market, by its very nature, is decentralised and dependent on innovation from small developers. This may make for healthy competition, but makes predicting the future a notoriously difficult art! However its fair to say that the internet of things is not a fad, but will be a major challenge for the market in coming years.

 

Smartphone casino

Casinos Move Into Mobile Markets

Smartphone casinoThe latest data from Google’s Consumer Barometer shows that smartphone penetration is at an all-time high, with Singapore leading the pack at 85%. Not only are people now using their smartphones for everything from keeping in touch with friends and family to paying bills and transacting with banks, smart devices are also becoming the preferred platform for internet access.

As smartphones power ahead, online gambling seeks to establish itself.

With all of this movement towards smart devices, industries like the online gambling market have begun to take notice. Having taken off in 1996 with CryptoLogic’s launch of Intercasino;, the online gambling market has continued to grow exponentially, developing into a market that’s worth a whopping $41.4 billion annually. But with less people now using computers, this growth seems likely to slow down. People now prefer booting up apps on their smartphones over logging into websites to play games, taking away a great source of profit for online gaming companies.

In response, they’ve begun launching mobile services, developing their games in HTML5 so that they all run on both computers and phones, accommodating both players who like the large screens of computers and those who enjoy the convenience of playing on their phones. Some casinos have also released mobile apps for their services, but this remains a largely uncommon practice. This is because, to this day, major app markets still don’t publish apps that allow real-money gambling. Google; has remained steadfast in not allowing any real-money gambling apps at all to be published on the Play Store, while Apple has allowed some casinos to launch mobile apps, but required that they limit their services to states and countries that already have legislation allowing online gambling.

Google’s stance has allowed them to stay clear of the issue, but Apple’s decision has brought some trouble to their consumers. Many users have complained of being misled into believing that they could play for real money on their phones and making initial deposits, only to be blocked from the apps once it was determined that they weren’t playing from one of the regions that allow online gambling. To avoid issues such as these, online casinos still prefer to host their own apps on their websites, but many consumers are wary of downloading apps not hosted on major app markets.

With mobile clearly becoming the key to bigger, better markets for online casinos, however, they have no choice but to continue to push forward with their endeavours into mobile gaming. Until Google and Apple allow and acknowledge real-money gambling on their markets, these casino operators are left with producing HTML5 content to appeal to both the players they’ve lost to smartphones, and those who are just discovering the joys of online gambling.