Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8 plus 2018 Rumor Round Up
This is 2018 already and the phone manufacturers are already releasing their 2018 version of their existing smart phone lineup. This is a recent trend which is gaining momentum , the trend of updating your mid range lineup according to the year, sort of indication of the next gen stuff, with something updated if not everything. Many smartphone manufacturers are setting up for this trend , the Xiaomi have given out the Redmi 5 series in the January itself, of course it’s not released in India , but will soon be released. Nokia has also unleashed the Nokia 6 , 2018 edition , it’s price hovering around 13k to 16k. So how can we not expect the south Korean tech giant Samsung to do the same for it’s mid range as well as budget devices.
Samsung’s budget devices always get a refreshed look, like every six months or so . Samsung’s J series have all got the weird updates like the J7, J6, J7 max ,J5 ,J5 max and whatnot. Samsung has also got the On series with On5, On7, On Nxt ,On Max and whatnot. Samsung mid range lineup consist of the Galaxy C series and the Galaxy A series. For the C series it’s been like only one year or so while for A series it’s been here for long , and we have seen a lot of changes in design aesthetic.
The Galaxy A8 and A8 plus 2018 series.
Samsung launched the 2018 A8 and A8+ on 2nd January, 2k18 in Vietnam we were not even done wishing out new year and Samsung already launched their device , seems like Samsung is playing for a good start with the new year. Samsung has also released the price and the availability of the two smartphones in Vietnam. Samsung also mentioned that the two smartphones will be available for sale from 6th of January 2018. Samsung’s A series was also featured on Amazon India website, the device may soon be available for grab in the Amazon’s exclusive sale. The Amazon’s exclusive deal has featured only the A8+ model , so we can conclude that only the A8+ model will be sold in the country.
So what’s new in the Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8 plus 2018 edition.
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 features a 5.6 inch full HD+ (2220 x 1080) Super AMOLED 18.5:9 aspect ratio while the A8+ (2018) features 6 inch full HD+ (2220 x 1080) super AMOLED display with the same aspect ratio , which is slightly curved like the Samsung’s flagship S8 and S8+.
Under the hood it is powered by a 2.2 GHz octacore processor on both the phones. Now coming to camera segment it is the very first smartphone from Samsung which features two front cameras, which is the best for the selfie lovers. There is a 16 megapixel fixed focus f/1.9 aperture and an 8 megapixel f/1.9 aperture. There is also a live focus feature which enhances the bokeh effect even after the photos have been clicked.
The color variants for the device are black, gold, Blue, orchid grey. Both the devices come with 32/64 GB onboard storage options, which can be expanded up to 256 GB with micro SD card, which may lead you to compromise on the second sim card. Moreover the Galaxy A8 packs a 3000 mAh battery and the A8+ packs in a 3500 mAh battery, surely the A8+ will last longer, but the screen size may be determinant factor.
Both the phones come with an IP68 certification which will protect it from water, dust etc. It is also preloaded with Samsung PAY integration, further the smartphones support the Samsung Gear VR headset. The Android version of both the devices are Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Samsung A8 comes with 4 GB of Ram , while the Samsung A8+ comes with 4/6 GB Ram variant.
Now coming to the pricing the Samsung Galaxy A8 will be sold for around 30k to 31k and the A8+ will be sold for around 38k to 40k. It will be available for sale from 6th January 2018.
In conclusion, Samsung has been pushing the limits to get a better phone for their users but, in the same price range there are a while lot of devices which will compete for that price bracket like the one plus 5 and the one plus 5T, Nokia 8 devices which likes in the same range, it will be interesting to see how much Samsung can sell it’s devices in 2018. Hope you liked the “ Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8 plus 2018 Rumor Round Up” , to visit official website click here.
How does Apple Face ID works
Ever wondered how does Apple Face ID works. Apple first introduced the technology of Face ID for authentication purposes. Since then many smartphone manufacturers started giving Face ID for their devices in the budget range. Hail that notch which took the industry to cut the portion of the screen and play as bezelless display. In this article we will take a closer look of that notch particularly the Face ID and unravel the working of that technology. Will also be looking at some of the downsides of having a Face ID, cause ofcourse noting is safe in this world.
Most of our digital information are stored on Phones and it’s important to protect that information. Face ID is the next big step in that direction. Face ID provides intuitive and secure authentication enabled by the state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system with advanced technologies to accurately map the geometry of your face.
With a simple glance, Face ID securely unlocks your iPhone X. You can use it to authorize purchases on the Apple Store.
The dot projector embedded in the notch produces over 30,000 invisible rays to create a depth map of your face and also stores an infrared image of your face. Apple’s A11 bionic chip also plays a significant role, it transforms the depth mapping and the infrared image into a mathematical representation and compares that representation to the enrolled facial data.
So what happens if my face changes like if i trim by beard or apply makeup or some crazy stuff, or even if I show half of the face, how does it recognise me?
The answer lies in the fact that it maps your face but does not open until you open it manually using your pin, it then knows you are the authorised personnel and it updates the mathematical representation, so it remebers how your face look under different conditions. It actually keeps learning over time or we can say updating that mathematical representation over time. So it becomes highly accurate.
The mapping of face is a very high dimensional data and needs a lot of computing power to work fairly fast. A part of the A11 Bionic chip’s neural engine — protected within the Secure Enclave, performs this task with an ease. Face ID is designed to work with hats, scarves, glasses, contact lenses, and many sunglasses. Furthermore, it’s designed to work indoors, outdoors, and even in total darkness.
To start using Face ID, you first need to enroll your face. You may do this during the initial set up process, or at a later time by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Face id works best at arms length and very well even when the phone is inclined to certain extent.
Security is important to protect information on our devices. Face ID uses the TrueDepth camera and deep learning for a secure authentication solution. Face ID data – including mathematical representations of your face – is fully encrypted and protected with a key available only to the Secure Enclave.
The probability that a random person in the population could unlock your device is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 which 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID. Face id only takes five unsuccessful attempts to prompt you to enter your passcode.
Face id also looks at your eyes when unlocking the device, so if you’re asleep then for sure nobody will be able to unlock it, unless they wake you up. Face id cannot be fooled by photographs as it does not have any depth, it’s designed to protect against spoofing by masks or other techniques.
Furthermore, you must enter your passcode for additional security validation when:
- The device has just been turned on for first time or restarted.
- The device has been idle for more than 48 hours.
- The device has received a remote lock command.
- After five unsuccessful attempts to match a face.
- After initiating power off/Emergency SOS by pressing and holding either volume button and the side button simultaneously for 2 seconds.
Some less known fact about Face ID is that the data doesn’t leave your device and is never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Only in the case that you wish to provide Face ID diagnostic data to AppleCare for support only then information will be transferred from your device. And even in that case data isn’t automatically sent to Apple; you have to first review and approve the diagnostic data before it’s sent.
If your iphone gets lost, then you can choose to delete the data on the device from another Apple device or Apple care cneted, the face id data also gets deleted.
Even if you don’t use Face ID the true depth camera is active all the time, it looks for your face, it dime the light when you are not looking at it, or pause the video when you are not looking at it.
Other third party app developers can also use the face id for authentication purpose, but the face id data is not shared with the developers.
The true depth camera is safe to use under normal conditions, it has gone through international safety standards, the infrared rays will not cause any harm to eyes or skin, due to its very low output power.
Some cameras may be able to detect the infrared light though we may not see it directly and it is normal.
Users with physical limitations can also use the Face ID, the enrollment doesn’t require the full head range of motion it mostly depends on the way you look at your device at the time of registering your face.
Drawbacks of Face ID
The Face ID can be easily tricked by twins or children under 13 having the same statiscal features. May also be tricked with spoofing neural networks which approximates your face fretty accurately. Face ID cannot be used for authorisation of family purchases. And it definitely does not work in landscape mode as they have shown in the commercial.
Apple’s face id is the next big step in security and authentication. The whole Face ID concept is new, as of now a lot of manufacturers started using the face id as a new security measure to unlock your device, the future of Face ID seems bright.
How to play Mages – Mobile Legends 2018 Mage Guide
The role of a Mage in a MOBA game is one of the most important roles as mages have the highest crowd control and burst magic damage. Being a mage requires patience and good positioning as mages are extremely squishy at any given time (early/mid/late) in game. Mage not only has the job of dealing heavy burst damage but to also support Fighters and Tanks early game as they lack damage at start.
There are 3 things you will need to follow to survive in the game while playing mage :
Further explaining the points mentioned above,
Mages deal heavy burst damage throughout the game but are extremely squishy so the best way is to hide behind a Tank/Fighter. Always let the tank take the damage instead of you and position yourself in a way that you can easily cast skills and damage the enemy and dominate the lane.
As being extremely squishy mages are free/easy kills for enemy assassins as mages lack mobility so if you learn positioning well combine it with map awareness to avoid getting ganked by enemy assassins and fighters.
Weird point? No believe me, while playing mages always keep eye on enemy items especially fighters, supports and tanks as items provide a way to counter enemies. For example, you can reduce enemy’s life steal or healing from supports or increase penetration to melt beefy tanks.
Mages are fun to play as you can deal tons of damage without going to the front lines. MLBB provides a wide variety of mages with mechanism which are absolutely fun to play. As of September 2018 there are 18 mages namely: Lunox, Selena, Chang’e, Valir, Pharsa, Zhask, Odette, Vexena, Aurora, Cyclops, Kagura, Gord, Eudora, Nana, Alice, Harley, Karina, and Gusion.
Vexena is a mage whose specialty is Poke and Crowd Control (CC).
Her abilities are high damaging and cause CC effects on multiple enemy heroes
making her one of the top picked heroes in Epic rank and above.
Harley specializes in dealing heavy damage and is best for Poking.
He is a mage who has a blink ability allowing him to play aggressively.
He is not the best pick for ganking but is more effective when soloing or partnering with an aggressive fighter or assassin.
Ever thought of perfect mage who can CC enemies has crazy burst damage and is gank proof then kagura is the one who has all the required skills. Kagura is one of the mages with highest difficulty and complicated mechanics. Kagura is one of the top picked heroes in legend and above ranks.
Alice is a mage who has the most AoE skills with decent Burst, CC and Blink.
Having complicated mechanics and difficult play style Alice is mostly seen in Mythic rank.
Cyclops is a mage with high amount of Damage and Poke. He does stupidly crazy burst damage mid game but is highly vulnerable. He lacks long range except for his ultimate which is a nightmare in 1 v 1 situations.
Best for Beginners
As for starting games with mages, in early ranks I’ll suggest playing these mages as they have good damage and decent mechanics which are easy to learn.
Eudora is perfect for beginners as she has easy mechanics and top notch damage which can easily kill assassins, marksman.
Recommended Emblem: Magic Emblem with Magic Power Surge talent or Mage emblem with Magic Worship
Recommended item set: Arcane Boots, Enchanted Talisman, Lightning Truncheon, Divine Glaive, Winter Truncheon, and Blood Wings
Aurora is a mage who can deal heavy burst damage and is skill shot based but being AoE they usually hit so not to worry if you are completely new to MOBA.
Recommended Emblem: Magic Emblem with Magic Power Surge talent or Mage emblem with Impure Rage
Recommended Items: Demon Shoes, Holy Crystal, Ice Queen Wand, Divine Glaive, Fleeting Time, Blood Wings
Yes Cyclops is also good for newbies as he has easy mechanics and decent damage and requires no skill shots.
Recommended Emblem: Mage emblem with Golden Touch
Recommended Items: Rapid Boots, Enchanted Talisman, Concentrated Energy, Glowing Wand, Divine Glaive, Lightning Truncheon
Selena is by far the most feared and banned Mage/Assassin in MLBB because of her Broken abilities and an out of the world stun which has straight 3 second duration. Getting hit by Selena’s abilities mark heroes with Abyssal Marks which deal crazy damage making it the main reason for her ban.
Vexana is mostly banned because of her CC and Her ultimate ability (Cursed Oath) which gives her a 12 seconds puppet of the enemy she marked which deals 70% of the hero’s damage and is Tanky.
Gusion is not a pure mage, but is both Mage and Assassin giving him high mobility and high magic damage which melts squishy as well as beefy enemies. Though gusion is not banned much in Mythic ranks as he is countered but is banned in Low tiers.
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