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News Update On Google Maps : Google Maps Code Transformed Into Infinite Series Of Abstract Art

If Jackson Pollock had been a cartography nut this is what his classic works of art might have looked like.

A Boston-based coder has created a site that generates random Google Maps images that are assigned random color and zoom settings in a manner that creates a constant stream of stunning abstract art.
The Random Google Maps site, created by Shaun Utter using the Google Maps API, pulls its geographic source material from 26 predetermined cities from around the world, some of which you may recognize.

However, you'll have to look quickly, as each image only lasts four seconds, after which it's replaced by another abstract image.
And because the lines and shapes of the maps at their various sizes vary from precise and repetitive (roads and building grids) to random and organic (mountains and off-road terrain), the series of images manages to look surprisingly original and deliberate.
Generative art, that is, art created through automated means, is sometimes derided as a soft assault on human-created abstract art. But Utter's creation is more proof that code can indeed create hypnotic and beautiful visuals, even if those visuals lack the fire of direct human inspiration.

It's not Picasso, but more and more of these generative art pieces are popping up in museums next to your favorite art masters. Humans, it's time to step your game up.

News Update On PC Gaming : Call of Duty: Black Ops III Beta Now Open To All On Xbox One And PC

The multiplayer beta test for the next entry to the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is now open to everyone on Xbox One and PC, following an update last night. Previously, the beta has been exclusively accessible via a code, with a majority being handed out alongside pre-orders. Playstation 4 owners were given a week's early access, on August 19, however after three days, the beta was opened to all using the console. The beta release on Xbox One and PC soon followed, and as of today, a code is no longer required to play.
From the onset, the beta offered three maps, hosting seven gamemodes, all within the multiplayer sandbox. Since its initial release, further content has been implemented, including new Specialists and maps. Last night’s update included a new map, Stronghold, alongside the new Reaper Specialist Class, which allows you to play as an experimental war robot, created in a now-abandoned military project. The level cap has also been raised to Level 34.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta can be accessed on Xbox One here, and on PC via Steam, here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will release November 6, 2015 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and PC.

News Update On BlackBerry Handset : BlackBerry's New Android Slider Gets An Unofficial Close-Up In Nnew Leaked Images

The Blackberry 'Venice' has been teased for quite some time with a lucky few Mobile World Congress attendees getting a first glimpse of the device in early 2015. While we have previously seen a few images and renders of the device, the newly leaked images are probably the clearest and most detailed to date.
BlackBerry has experimented with this type of design before. The upcoming slider looks modern, polished and is reminiscent of Dell's long-forgotten Windows Phone 7 handset, the 'Venue Pro'. If BlackBerry's previous devices are any indication, the 'Venice' should be a solid piece of hardware.

The 'Venice' will be a flagship device for BlackBerry, with specs rumored to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, Quad-HD display, 18MP camera and 5MP front-facing camera. The device will be a monumental release for BlackBerry, mainly due to it not running the company's own Blackberry OS. Instead, the device will be running Google's Android OS.

Currently, there is no official word from BlackBerry regarding the 'Venice'. The device is expected to be released sometime before the end of the year, with some reports indicating that it may arrive in November.

News Update On AI Based Virtual Assistant : Facebook Launches Its New Virtual Assistant ‘Facebook M’

Facebook is now moving to new league of virtual technology using assistants. Recently Facebook has launched a new virtual assistant named as Facebook M. This virtual assistant will be a part of Facebook Messenger and work on the same platform.

Interesting part of this assistant is while using this M users can do shopping and purchase items, get gifts delivered to your friends and loved ones, can book restaurants, can make arrangements of traveling and many more things that you can do simultaneously while talking to someone.
 
Unlike other virtual assistants that are available in market M uses text input to help users with their queries. Users will have to enter their queries and will get an answer as a text.

David Marus, the vice president of messaging products, said that on his Facebook Page that 'M' is powered by AI i.e. Artificial Intelligence that is trained and supervised by Human operators.

With no official date of launch, M has been launched in the Bay area in California and will eventually be made available to users all over the world. Facebook will develop this application for Android and iOS both.

News Update On Sony New Handset : Xperia Z5 And The Curious Case Of Sony's Flagship Phones

Could Sony make a comeback with fingerprint scanners, great cameras and a 4K phablet at IFA next week?

Sony's last flagship was the Xperia Z3 and their next is expected to be the Z5. This is because the Z4 was only released in Japan and was also called the Z3+ (pictured). Confused? You're not alone. Photo: Sony
Rumours and speculation have been bubbling for months online about the new phones Sony is expected to unveil in September, although if you've only been paying to the mainstream zeitgeist you'd be forgiven for thinking the Japanese company had stopped making phones entirely.

After a big splash with the waterproof, two-day-battery-toting Xperia Z2 in early 2014, Sony refined and improved its design with the Z3, set a high bar for small phones with the powerful Z3 Compact, and in the year since has struggled to hold the attention of the masses with its erratic release schedule and obtuse naming conventions.

An Xperia Z4 released in Japan was so similar to the Z3 that Sony didn't dare bring it to any other shores (in some regions it was later released as the Z3+). Australia in particular has seen a confusing bevy of new phones announced from the selfie-focused C3, C4 and striking phablet C5 Ultra to the budget E4 and the waterproof M4 and M5.

Next week at the IFA conference in Berlin, so say the rumours, Sony will return to the Z line and attempt to claw back some mindshare with a device packed with latest in Sony-made screen and camera tech, the newest Android software, impressive specs and a now ubiquitous fingerprint sensor. It's widely assumed to be called the Xperia Z5.
Familiar design, new features

Earlier this month a series of images from Twitter user "ViziLeaks" appeared to show an Xperia Z5 and the smaller Z5 Compact. The phones in the pictures follow the flat, monolithic glass 'omnibalance' design seen on all Z devices to date, although both appear to feature the kind of grippy edges and padded corners seen on the Z3 Compact.

The images show regular micro USB ports as opposed to the previously rumoured USB C, but confirm another rumour: that the Z5 devices will come with a built-in fingerprint scanner. Unlike that found on Apple and Samsung devices, Sony's supposed scanner is mounted on the side of the device, doubling as the power button. You can see the long, white scanner in the tweets below.
 
 
Mobile photography fans will be pleased to see that the devices retain the hardware shutter button for snapping steady pics without needing to touch the screen.
 
Go big or go home :

To date, the only big screen Z series phone was released in July 2013. Even risk-averse Apple fully committed to the phablet craze with the iPhone 6 Plus, but Sony's kept the bigger phones for its lesser product lines, like the media-focused T and selfie-focused M.

That could all change next week, with bloggers uncovering a user agent profile for a supersized Z5 (which means someone somewhere is using the phone to access websites) indicating some cutting edge specs, chief among them a 4K resolution screen.

The current high bar for phone screens is Quad HD, and while the two standards are frequently confused, 4K actually has a much higher pixel count (3840 x 2160, as opposed to Quad HD which is 2560 x 1440).

Assuming the Z5 phablet has a screen of 5.5 inches, a 4K screen would give it an astonishing pixel density of 801 pixels per inch (PPI). For comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus has an identically-sized screen and a pixel density of 401 PPI.

Sony was one of the first companies to champion the format for televisions, so it's believable it could bring its software and expertise to help it shine on a phone. It remains to be seen whether a 4K resolution on a screen so small would offer any advantage over Quad HD, but it's certainly a talking point.

Some sites have supposed the Z5 phablet to be called the "Xperia Z5 Plus", but given it already used 'plus' in an attempt to cover up its Z4 blunder, I think this would be too confusing even for Sony. "Z5 Ultra" seems more likely. Images apparently leaked from an internal slideshow seem to confirm the existence of the phablet.
 
A focus on the camera:

As with its fancy screen technology, cameras are an area you expect Sony to be on top of. After all, this is a company that not only makes sensors for its own high-end cameras, but also for its smartphone competitors at Apple and Samsung.

Despite this, the camera hardware on Z phones has been identical since the Z2. It seems a big change is coming in terms of imaging, and this tidbit is actually from Sony itself, or at least one of its European bureaus:
he shape and size of the phone in the picture makes it unlikely this is a flagship Xperia Z5, although it could easily be the Z5 Compact (or, if Sony hasn't learnt its lesson, something completely different).

There are countless other bits and pieces that point to what Sony could be cooking up (for example it launched a quiet test of a new "stripped back" Android skin in July, could it be looking to ditch the bloatware?), but the most convincing rumours point to a trio of high-end phones that update the Z3 in predictable but powerful ways.

The landmark in the teaser image above is the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, and the date points to a couple of days before IFA gets underway in that city, so it's clear we don't have long to wait to find out if Sony has the goods to get it back out of the shadows.

News Microsoft Product Update Report : Microsoft Office 2016 To Launch On 22 September

After officially rolling out Windows 10, Microsoft is now gradually releasing updates to match up the new operating system. The company is rumoured to release the final version of the Office 2016 next month.

WinFuture learned from a source close to Microsoft that the company will launch Office 2016 on September 22. The report also claims to have sources inside Microsoft who provided them with a leaked screenshot of the company’s intranet site.

A page called the Office 2016 Launch Hub stated, “We’ll release Office 2016 with updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher. The innovation wave continues in Q2 with the release of E5 and Skype for Business, and on-premise servers will follow.” Microsoft has apparently already informed its employees in the last few days that the official launch for Office 2016 will take place end of September.

Back in June, Microsoft had released Office 2016 for Mac along with new apps for Android phones as well. An Office 365 subscription gets you – $70 for a single Mac or Windows PC at a time, or $100 for five. Mobile apps are free, though a subscription unlocks advance features that most people won’t need. Mac and Windows versions are sold the traditional way, too, with a one-time payment, though you can’t use Office on another PC without buying it again.

Update New Product Lauch : LG Launches ‘World’s First 4K OLED TV’ In India Starting At $57923

LG has launched the world’s first 4K OLED TV in India. The 55-inch variant is priced at Rs 3,84,900 while the 65-inch model at Rs 5,79,900.

The new LG OLED 4K TV features a transparent stand and the back cover is free of fasteners and holes. In addition, the TV also features 3D and Harmin Kardon sound technology. 3D glasses are bundled with the TV.

The company’s curved TVs are based on LG’s proprietary WRGB technology that boasts 33 million colour sub-pixels (about 27 million more than a conventional full-HD tv) to offer better colours and contrast ratio along with deeper blacks. The display offers a 5.9mm thickness as well.

The TV also has a maximum response time of 0.001ms (1000 times more than conventional LCD TVs) for blur free viewing, claims the company and the TV is also powered by webOS smart TV platform and LG’s magic motion remote that also supports voice recognition. In terms of connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi, Miracast, MHL and Intel WiDi.

Howard Lee, Director-Home Entertainment, LG India, said of the new range, “Once again LG has proved that it is a frontrunner when it comes to innovative technology. With the LG 4K Oled TV, we promise consumers in India the ultimate immersive cinematic experience. Time and again we have initiated ground-breaking innovation and raised the bar not only for ourselves, but for the industry as well. This latest Oled TV underscores LG’s commitment to bringing the best in home entertainment to our consumers.”

News Handset Launch Update : Oppo R5s With 4.85mm Thickness, 3GB RAM Launched

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just unveiled its latest mid-size device, the R5s, an update of last year’s R5. That being said the R5s does inherit same niggles from its predecessor, which includes the need to carry a USB to 3.5mm Audio jack adapter. The Oppo R5s is an upgrade to the previously launched R5 and the new variant comes with a couple of new features and hardware improvements.

The Oppo R5s hasn’t received an official announcement, but it is now listed on the company’s official European website.

The 6-inch Oppo R7 Plus is a capable device, with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD memory cards), a 13-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader. The phone’s design allowed the camera to be turned from the back to the front, and to various angles as well.

Coming to the detailed specifications, the display screen is 5.2 inch full HD (1080X1920 pixels) with a pixel density of 423 ppi. The camera department is handled by a 13-Megapixel primary Sony IMX214 sensor and a 5-Megapixel secondary sensor with a 83-degree wide angled lens.

The smartphone also supports 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Global Positioning System and could be priced in the range of Rs 20,000-25,000.

It runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat which is layered with the company’s proprietary ColorOS 2.0.1.

The R7 Plus also features Oppo’s VOOC fast-charging technology, which – according to the specs – gets you two hours of conversation after five minutes of charging. The Oppo R5s measures 148.9×74.5×4.85mm and weighs 155 gram.

News Handset Launch Update : Next-Gen Android One Phone Launches In India For $176

The Lava Pixel V1 offers a solid value for the price, combining mid-range hardware with the latest Android software updates from Google.

Google's Android One hardware partners are beginning stage two of the low-cost phone strategy: Say hello to the Lava Pixel V1.

The Android One handset launched online in India on Monday for ₹11,350, which works out to $176.71. And for under two-hundred dollars the Pixel V1 in some ways rivals smartphones that arrived just two years ago for much more money.

Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the dual-SIM 3G Pixel V1 is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core chip made by MediaTek and is paired with 2 GB of memory. There's 32 GB of on-board storage and the capacity can be expanded by another 32 GB with a microSD card.

Lava says even though the Pixel V1 has 5.5-inch display, the phone feels like a model with a 5-inch screen because it's not very wide. Don't expect a full HD screen though: At this price, you're looking at 1280 x 720 resolution.

There's also some compromise on the camera sensors. Lava advertises the phone as having a 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front camera but those numbers are boosted by software enhancements; the actual sensors are 8 and 5 megapixel models. The rear sensor does have an f/2.0 aperture and 1.4 micron pixels, however, which should allow for solid low-light photos.

Aside from the hardware and appealing off-contract price, the software has a key benefit. Since the phone is certified for the Android One program, software updates are directly controlled by Google, similar to the company's Nexus line of phones. That means there's no or little waiting to get the latest version of Android installed.

Having launched last September, Google's Android One program hasn't yet made a major impact on the smartphone market.

The strategy, however, is sound: Work with hardware partners in upcoming and emerging markets to offer high-value handsets that aren't saddled with carrier control. It's too soon to say if the approach is going to be a success but Google and its partners are on the right track.

Other Android partners can surely offer less expensive phones that have more capabilities, but none of them can provide the software update benefits of Android One.

News Samsung Update : Almost Every Single Detail About Samsung's Next Giant Galaxy Phones Has Reportedly Leaked

Samsung is rumored to be announcing two new phones later this week, but we may already have a clear idea of what to expect thanks to a new leak.

A Reddit user that goes by the alias "joelrtaveras" said a Samsung representative stopped by the retail location he or she works at with both phones. The user posted a rundown of initial impressions on the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, revealing almost every single detail about both phones. A bunch of photos of the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ also appeared on Imgur, and several reports seem to indicate that they were published by the same person behind the Reddit post.

Here's a photo that reportedly shows what looks like the rumored Galaxy Note 5 alongside the iPhone 6 Plus.

And here's the back of the phone.

You can see the edges are made of metal, and the author writes that the S Pen is "spring loaded" so it sits flush with the bezel of the phone.

Note5SPen
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And now here's the reported Galaxy S6 Edge+ alongside the iPhone 6 Plus.

Here's a side view of the Galaxy Note 5 (left) and Galaxy S6 Edge+ (right). You'll notice the phone on the right is slightly curved just like the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Several details about Samsung's new phones have leaked over the past several months, but these new photos provide the clearest depiction we've seen so far. It's the first set of images that compares both phones to the iPhone, which provides a size comparison.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the Reddit post:
  • The Note 5 has a tapered back, and it's slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • The Note 5 won't have an SD card slot and the base model has 32GB of storage.
  • The S Pen for the Note 5 has a "push to pop" mechanism for getting the pen out of its holster.
  • The Super AMOLED screen "looked great," but especially so on the S6 Edge+'s curved screen.
  • The S6 Edge+ comes with a feature called Apps Edge, which allows you to swipe from the right to view app shortcuts. This sounds like the feature Samsung debuted with the Galaxy Note Edge last year.
It's also important to note that both phones were running software that wasn't finalized, so there might be some changes on the final version. We're expecting Samsung to announce both phones at its Unpacked event on Thursday.
 
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