Apple Car confirmed for release in 2019

phpt9o0c8It’s no secret that Apple has been exploring the possibility of breaking into the car industry with an electric car, but until now details have been fairly few and far between. However, a newly released report from the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that the company has committed to the project and announced a projected release date for the car of 2019.

In a sudden surge of activity, the existing team of 600 working on ‘Project Titan’ has reportedly been tripled, with experts from the automotive industry having been brought on board in recent months.

With the release date being much sooner than expected, the report quashes rumours that the first ‘Apple Car’, as it’s being referred to by all but Apple, will be an autonomous vehicle. However, the fact that company has employed experts involved with self-driving cars strongly suggests that this is the direction the company intends the project to take.

It may be a bit of a departure from its usual direction, but Apple is certain to apply the same flair and expertise to Project Titan as it does to everything else it creates, and tech and automobile enthusiasts alike will be waiting with bated breath to see what it delivers in four years’ time.

What do you think of the prospect of an Apple Car?

Samsung teases Gear S2 smartwatch, again!

Last week when Samsung launched its two new phones, the Galaxy S6 Edge + and Galaxy Note 5, it also got the tech world excited by showing a short teaser video of its eagerly anticipated new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2.

To build even more hype for the new smartwatch ahead of its official launch in early September, the company has just released the teaser on You Tube for the whole world to get excited about the device that’s set to rival the Apple Watch.

With its stylish design, round face and apparently smaller size, the Samsung Gear S2 looks nothing like its bulky predecessor, the Samsung Gear S, and is arguably even better looking than the Apple Watch.

While we’ll have to wait until September for the full specs, the video does hint at some of its functions including heart rate sensor, sport tracking, stopwatch, weather and time zone apps.

The video confirms that the Gear S2 will be announced on September 3 at the IFA in Berlin, and we’ll certainly be tuning in then to find out more.

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Gear S2? Do you think it’ll be a match for the Apple Watch.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5Yesterday Samsung announced two new supersized phones at its Unpacked event in New York: the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The new handsets both have 5.7 inch screens boasting 2560 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED diplays, with 518 pixels per inch.

Like the Note 4, the Note 5 still comes with an S-pen stylus, but its predecessor’s plastic frame has been replaced by metal and glass, in keeping with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Measuring 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm and weighing 153g, the Galaxy S6 Edge is effectively a larger version of the S6 Edge, released earlier in the year, and retains the same curved sides. It has the same Exynos 7420 octa-core processor but boasts 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. However, there is no micro SD card slot and the 3,000 mAh battery is non-removable.

The Note 5 shares the same specs, and both have a16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, and fingerprint sensor for security and use with Samsung Pay, which was also announced at the event.

There’s also a keyboard attachment for both handsets, for those who prefer physical keys as opposed to touchscreen.

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expected to arrive on our shores on 4 September. However, there are currently no plans to release Note 5 in Europe.

What do you think of Samsung’s latest handsets?

Samsung takes on the iPad with its new Galaxy Tab S2

Just days after announcing its thinnest smartphone to date, the Galaxy A8, Samsung has just announced its thinnest ever tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S2.

At only 5.6mm thick, the new Galaxy Tab S2 is 1mm thinner than last year’s Galaxy Tab S, and even thinner than Apple’s 6.1mm thick iPad Air 2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung’s latest tablet comes in two sizes; an 8 inch and 9.7 inch model, both with a 3 x 4 aspect ration, which is much more reminiscent of the iPad’s dimensions than those of its widescreen predecessor.

The new tablets are not only super thin, but also extremely light, weighing only 265g and 389g respectively. They also have a 2048 x 1536 pixel super AMOLED display that, while lower res than its predecessor, is designed to provide bright, vibrant colours whilst also being easy to read.

As well as being slim and easy on the eye, the Galaxy Tab S2 is also fast and powerful, with loads of memory. It has an octo-core processor running at 1.9Ghz/1.3Ghz, and 3GB of RAM, with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be increased to up to 128GB via micro SD. There’s also a 8MP rear camera and 2.1 MP one on the front.

With its sleek design, altered dimensions and improved specs, it’s clear that Samsung is taking on the iPad, and the Galaxy Tab S2 may be its biggest rival yet.

Available in either black or white, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will go on sale in August although the price has yet to be divulged.

What do you make of Samsung’s latest tablet? 

Apple Music goes head-to-head with Spotify

Apple MusicApple Music was finally launched as a “one more thing” at the end of the company’s keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

Apple’s eagerly awaited music streaming service will launch on 30 June, and although initially only available on Mac, iOS and Apple TV, it will also be coming to PC and Android later in the year.

Users will be given a three month free trial of the service, after which it will cost $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family of up to six people. UK prices are yet to be released but it’s expected to be less than rival services.

The platform consists of three separate elements, which Apple hopes will encapsulate “All the ways you love music. All in one place”.

Apple Music favouritesFirst and foremost there’s iTunes, which you can use to search for, and listen to music you’ve downloaded, or stream from a huge library of other tracks and albums. You can also use Siri to search for or suggest music, if you want.

The app will also have it’s own radio station, Beats 1 that will be fronted by Zane Lowe and broadcast to over 100 countries around the world.

Its final dimension is a social network, known as Connect, where artists can share exclusive content with users.

It remains to be seen whether Apple’s multi-faceted music platform will be able to rival its biggest competitor, Spotify, particularly as the music streaming giant has just announced that it has doubled its paid subscribers from 10 million to 20 million in the past year. Judging by his reaction to the launch of Apple Music – an “Oh ok” via Twitter – Founder Daniel Ek doesn’t seem to think so.

Do you think Apple Music will be able to rival Spotify?