You might choose Exynos over Qualcomm in the Galaxy S7
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is next up on the hype train, especially since new info and benchmark results from the Samsung Exynos 8890 processor catapulted the unconfirmed handset into the limelight. Obtaining record-breaking scores on Antutu and GeekBench, the Exynos 8890 SoC right now seems like the top-notch mobile SoC on the market and it’s going to be powering some units of the Galaxy S7. Not the U.S. or Chinese ones, though. Samsung might be poking fun at the U.S. market with the Galaxy S7 by launching it with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 CPU on board, as a kind of revenge for people initially criticizing the move to turn away from Qualcomm’s hardware for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 line-ups.
The Galaxy S7 release should come around in March 2016, if Samsung keeps its release cycle, but more recent rumors suggest that we might see the handset unveiled as early as January 2016. With the new benchmark results for the Exynos 8890 posted on GeekBench and Antutu databases, hype about the handset seems to be growing as it usual does when we’re getting close to a product launch. News reports about the performance of Samsung’s new chipset have been flowing, and most of them praising the scores the SoC was apparently getting. However, we won’t be getting an accurate reading of how good that chipset actually is until we see it work in the Galaxy S7.
When the South Korean company launched the Galaxy S6 and fans realized it did in fact move away from the Snapdragon 810 CPU, some of them didn’t like it. Regardless of the good reports about the Exynos 7420 CPU, Android fans felt a bit threatened by the change – with good reason. With the Galaxy S6, the company let go of many features that were considered trademarks of the Galaxy S line-up, such as waterproof certification, removable battery, removable storage, durable design, etc. Straying from the norm even further was unusual, and the company got a good deal of negativity over it.
Nonetheless, the company confirmed that it wouldn’t be using in-house chipsets in the Galaxy S7 in the U.S. and China, but did not offer any details as to why it made the decision. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 will be the driving force behind U.S. and Chinese variants of the Galaxy S7 and when that news first broke, people were pretty delighted. Qualcomm made a good name for itself with the Snapdragon 801, 615, 805 and 808, but failed to meet expectations with the 810, Benchmark tests of the Snapdragon 820 are promising so far, and people were delighted to hear it would be featured in the next Samsung flagship.
They might regret that once the Exynos 8890-bearing variant of the phone gets its first reviews online – if the current benchmark scores end up reflecting reality with real life performance, that is. Fortunately, benchmarks are not always right. Most likely, both the Snpadragon 820 and Exynos 8990 chipsets will be powerful and the Galaxy S7 will provide the same user experience regardless of CPU manufacturers. Nonetheless, Samsung’s chipset sounds pretty darn amazing and it might end up dethroning Qualcomm (not that it’s sitting that well).
Right now, it would be unfair to say either of these processors is inferior since real-world tests have not yet been performed. However, the benchmarks do offer some insight into how much Samsung has improved over the past couple of years – and how much it has expanded. If real tests do reflect the record-breaking score of the CPU, Qualcomm might see itself in trouble.
RVs can use the more expensive Starlink internet connection from SpaceX
For its hardware kit, an upfront payment of $2,500 is required.
While the Starlink service for RVs provides a way to stay online even while you are off the grid, it has one significant drawback: It cannot be used while moving. Now that you may utilize Starlink on moving vehicles, SpaceX has released a new version called “Flat High Performance” for RVs. To use the service, you merely need to be prepared to pay nearly five times as much for the required dish.
The Flat High Performance Starlink for RVs has a larger rectangular terminal with a 35 percent greater field of view than its normal version, making it ideal for use when moving. Additionally, it features improved GPS capabilities that provide the dish the ability to connect to more satellites, making it possible to access the Starlink internet even when a vehicle is moving. The terminal has higher performance in hot weather and snow as well as improved weather resistance. However, the Flat High Performance dish must be permanently mounted on top of your RV as opposed to the conventional version, which can be set down on the ground.
Flat High Performance is already available for pre-order in a few locations, and deliveries will begin in December. Be aware that the hardware kit for it costs $2,500 and includes the dish and mount. Only $599 must be paid up front for the regular Starlink for RVs’ equipment. Like the basic version, the service itself costs $135 per month, which is $25 more than a standard Starlink connection. However, you are not required to pay for the months you do not utilize the service because you can pause (and unpause) it at any moment.
According to an Apple SVP, iPhones will support USB-C charging to comply with EU law
Greg Joswiak, SVP of the company, claimed that Apple was forced to abide by the new regulation.
It was very clear which company would be most impacted by the mandate when the European Parliament voted in favor of establishing USB-C the regional charging standard. Apple, naturally. The tech giant’s iPad models already have USB-C connectors, but its iPhones still use a lightning connector. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, has now stated that the tech giant will switch to USB-C connectors in order to comply with the EU rule in an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event.
“We’ll have to comply, of course.” When asked whether Apple is switching to USB-C by WSJ Senior Personal Technology Columnist Joanna Stern, Joswiak gave a response. Let’s first discuss the company’s history with regulatory compliance, such as how it had to develop its own solution because the available technology at the time was ineffective in order to make its phones compatible with hearing aids.
Joswiak also discussed how, ten years ago, the EU pushed for the adoption of micro-USB. Apple made cables detachable so that consumers may quickly swap out cables because the EU was concerned that people would need to have multiple adapters with various connectors. The CEO claimed that by making the change, more than a billion consumers were able to keep using their lightning cables rather than discarding them and creating “a load of e-waste.”
“We have no choice as we do around the world but to comply to local laws,” Joswiak said.
He omitted, however, to mention whether Apple is continuing to sell phones with lightning ports elsewhere while just producing a new model for the European market. He added that Apple believes that “not having a government be that prescriptive” would have been better for the environment and its customers.
Apple previously justified its decision to stop including power adapters with new iPhones by citing environmental concerns. The IT company claimed that since more iPhones can fit in shipping containers, doing so will save 861,000 tons of metal and also fuel. However, not everyone agreed with the company’s justification, and Apple has received fines in Brazil on multiple occasions for leaving adapters out of iPhone packaging.
Under the end of 2024, Apple will be required by the new EU mandate to supply iPhones and iPads in the region with USB-C connections.
More than a dozen US public airport websites were taken offline by hackers.
The event had little impact on crucial activities, such as air traffic control.
On Monday, hackers who are thought to be located in Russia momentarily took down 14 public-facing websites for US airports. Websites for LaGuardia, O’Hare, and LAX were among those attacked; the majority of them are now operational. According to a senior US government official, tourists seeking for security wait times or other information may have experienced some inconveniences, but air traffic control, internal airport communications, and other important activities were unaffected. No internal airport systems were hacked, and there were no operational interruptions, according to a LAX official.
A Port Authority representative informed ABC News that a denial of service event that lasted 15 minutes occurred on Monday, October 10, 2022, at around 0300. As a result, there were intermittent delays in accessing the LaGuardia airport website. “The cybersecurity defense system for the Port Authority accomplished its duty by swiftly identifying the incident, taking care of the issue in 15 minutes, and enabling us to inform others by immediately contacting federal authorities. No facilities managed by the Port Authority had any operating issues.”
The pro-Russian hacking group Killnet has been blamed for the event, which is alleged to have been caused by distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults. However, it is not thought that the hackers are connected to the government. According to a cybersecurity specialist, there is no proof that the Russian government was engaged in this event.
According to CNN, the Transportation Security Administration and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are both keeping an eye on the issue. According to CISA, there are no operational problems at the airports that are a concern.
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