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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ may have the thinnest bezel on any smartphone ever.Since the iPhone X debuted in September 2017, Apple has monopolized, all the smartphone attention.But Samsung, which sells more phones than Apple or any other company globally, is rumored to have no shortage of new, cool features, for its next flagship phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, are among the best smartphones you can get. They offer gorgeous bezel-less designs, sexily curved displays, and top-of-the-line specs. But they do have their faults. These include the weirdly positioned fingerprint scanner, the lack of dual-cameras and more. Fixes for all of these drawbacks and some new features could be part of the new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

Design

Knowing Samsung, the next generation of devices will not change too much on this front. Therefore, the Galaxy S9 will again come with the trusted dual-edge display, no home key, and a display that covers a large part of the phone’s front.

At the moment it does not seem like the fingerprint sensor will make its way to the display of S9. And as the iris scanner gets faster and better, there will be less need to use it anyway.Concerning the display of the Galaxy S9, only one question matters. Will the device come with the long-awaited bump in resolution os the screen to a 4K pixel count?This step is needed in order to evolve not only the visual experience of Galaxy S9 but also the VR ecosystem as well. At this point in time, however, tangible details have yet to emerge.Whether the S9, will increase its display size further, remains to be seen for now, though Korean site (The Bell) claims the Infinity Display will remain a key focus for the 2018 flagship.

According to a Pocket-Now report, (Korean Media) has claimed the S9 and S9+, will both retain the current screen sizes of 5point8-inch, and 6point2-inch respectively.We’d expect the display to stick with -Super-AMOLED), given it has offered Samsung so much success in the last few years.

Security

Iris scanning is present on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and it works well, so we expect to see the technology on the S9 also, probably a better version of it.

There have been some more reports, claiming that the iris scanner will increase in resolution, to make it more capable. There are reports that Samsung is keen to get more -banking apps compatible with the iris scanner.

Vivo, presented a public demo of the first-ever device, with on-screen scanning, in June 2017. And Qualcomm hashed out serious plans, about letting manufacturers sample their implementation of the tech. Samsung is said to still be working on an in-display fingerprint sensor, and maybe they are planning the tech, for the Galaxy-Note-9.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S devices have offered excellent camera- functionality, since the Galaxy S6, improving year on year. So we’d expect the same from the Galaxy S9.Rumors point to the Galaxy S9 having a single rear camera, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has a dual-lens camera and both cameras featuring dual optical image stabilization.

According to a new report, published by ET-News, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be able to shoot some incredible slow-motion video.Industry sources claim, Samsung is working on a rear camera that can shoot at (1,000 frames per second), which would be better than anything on the market in a phone right now.We’ve also heard more generally that it will have an upgraded camera system.

Hardware

The Galaxy S9 and S9+, are going to be the most powerful phones of the first half of this year.A Weibo user first posted the following list, which supposedly includes all the android-devices that will come with Qualcomm’s newly unveiled best processor to date.

supporting this idea, it has been claimed we will see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 appear in the Galaxy S9. possibly as an exclusive.The chipset also allows cameras to record 4K video at 60 frames per second.We will see Exynos in some regions too. Like in the UK.

Samsung will use the Exynos nine eight one zero chip, which will apparently feature, -an (integrated neural engine) that will be responsible for all the AI tasks, freeing up some of the responsibilities of the main processor, for improved battery life and performance.Furthermore, we can expect even more Android-devices to make use of newly unveiled, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip this year.

The S9 will come with 4 and S9+ with 6 GB of Random-access-memory. Both the devices will have 64 GB internal memory with MicroSD card support, expandable up to 256GB.

Battery-wise, we could see an increase in capacity for the S9 to 3,200 milliamp hours, according to a Chinese report. However, it’s not clear if the S9+ will get an increase as well.

In a tweet, by Ice-Universe (who has been known to have leaked some pretty accurate information in the past), it has been suggested that the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ could finally be launched with (stereo speakers).

This image, posted online on, slash leaks.com, features the USB type-C flex cable. As we can see in the image, there’s a cutout in there for the headphone jack port, confirming that Samsung will not kill the headphone jack, this year.

Software

In 2017, Galaxy S8 was released with Samsung Experience UX, which was formerly known as TouchWiz. The Note 8 came out with version 8.5, so it is not hard to spot the pattern.The Galaxy S9 is expected to be released with SE 9.0. Needless to say, the S9 will ship with Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box.

Release Date

A report back in September suggested that the Galaxy S9 could make their debut in January. But more recent reports tell us a different story.The other three reports we’ve come across, all claim that the S9 series will actually be announced in February, with sales kicking off a month later.The company is still expected to hold an Unpacked event in March, where the two handsets will be officially announced.

Price

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched with a price tag of $725 and $825, making them more expensive than their predecessors. Even though the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, likely won’t offer a lot more, than the S8 series, rumors claim they might come with higher price tags.

If prices do increase, we will likely see a domino effect. The fact is that Samsung dictates pricing with its -Galaxy S Series.

Keep in mind that, nothing has been confirmed yet. It’s still possible we won’t see a price hike, and that the Galaxy S9 handsets, will cost the same as their predecessors. What we can be sure of is that they won’t be cheaper.

Watch the full preview of Samsung Galaxy S9 here

Stuffbox Exclusive Renders of Samsung Galaxy S9 here

 

 

 

 

 

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How does Apple Face ID works

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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.

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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 safeguards

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.

Privacy

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.

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Apple face id

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.

Safety

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.

Accessibility

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.

Verdict

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.

 

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How to play Mages – Mobile Legends 2018 Mage Guide

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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 :

Positioning
Map awareness
Enemy items

Further explaining the points mentioned above,

Positioning

POSITION – behind tank

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.

Map Awareness

Keep an eye on the Map

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.

Enemy Items

Check enemy items to counter

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.

Top picks

  • Vexana
    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
    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.
  • Kagura
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Cyclops
    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

Top Banned

  • Selena
    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
    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
    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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