Samsung seems to have worked out the wrinkles on its much-rumored foldable phone and could unveil such a handset later this year, according to a report from Korea.
The electronics giant is working on a phone with a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, the Korea Herald reported Wednesday. It is expected to ship more than 100,000 units during the third quarter, sources described as familiar with the matter told the newspaper.
Korea-based Samsung had initially focused on a fold-in phone but abandoned the plan out of concern that people would find it inconvenient to unfold the phone every time they wanted to use it, the Herald reported.Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Source: Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally
Digital publishing platform Flipboard is keeping pace with the frenetic world of social media with the launch of Storyboard, a new advertising product that emphasizes flexibility in combiningmultiple ad formats.
Storyboard is also available to publishers for multimedia editorial content. It allows brands to deliver messages combining articles, images, gifs, video and audio, to formengaging multimedia narratives.
Storyboard helps advertisers compose the narratives with algorithms that gather their existing branded content from across the Web, allowing them to craftStoryboard messages without the need to create new content.
Users can browse the selection of ads and branded content, following an unfolding narrative, by swiping through the full-bleed Storyboard carousel. Like Flipboard’s platform for editorial content, the ads are optimized for consumption on mobile devices including both smartphones and tablets.
The new ad offeringdebuts with cosmetics retail brand Sephora as a launch partner. It is targeting readers of beauty-related content with a new holiday campaign, carrying the tagline: “Tis the Season, Love is theReason, Let’s Beauty Together.”
Source: Flipboard Unveils Storyboard For Multimedia Ad Messages 10/14/2016
AMP, which is essentially Google’s answer to Facebook’s fast-loading Instant Pages, first launched on Google’s mobile search results pages but it’s now being integrated into a wider number of products. As AMP reaches a wider audience, publishers are obviously also interested in being able to sell different types of ads on these pages. It currently features basic ad support already, but as the company announced today, AMP will soon get support for three new ad types: sticky ads, flying carpet ads, and AMP Ads for AMP Pages that should load as fast as the content.
AMP ads are probably the closest to the platonic ideal of having ads on AMP pages because they are meant to load as fast as the AMP page itself. These ads are written in pure AMP HTML, which is the main component that makes AMP posts load as fast as they do.
Source: Google is bringing new ad types to AMP, including those annoying flying carpet ads | TechCrunch
According to eMarketer’s first forecast of simultaneous media usage, this year, 182.9 million Americans will use the internet while watching TV at least once a month, That’s 80.3% ofinternet users. With Americans’ attention increasingly divided among an ever-expanding array of internet-connected devices, the number of people multitasking while watching television continuesto rise, while cord-cutting also accelerates.
Smartphones are the device of choice for multitaskers. This year, 146.9 million Americans will browse the web or use internet-connected apps ontheir phone (including chat apps) while they watch TV, representing more than two-thirds of internet users. And 68.0% of US internet users will use an internet-connected smartphone to do so. By 2018,that figure is expected to climb to 79.1%, the same year that 91.6% of internet users will use the web and TV at the same time.
Source: Web Surfing And TV Watching Going Hand-In-Hand 06/08/2016
Consumers are going to interact and connect tothe world of the Internet of Things in many ways.
The current main connection to that world is primarily via the smartphone, since many smart devices still need somewhat of a central control point.
Fitness trackers, for example, collect and aggregate activity information and quickly and neatly send that info to smartphone screens, thanks to Bluetooth. Consumers also will interact directly through devices they wear, which is where virtual reality (VR) comes in.
Virtual reality hardware is projected to skyrocket this year, with 10 million units shippingglobally, according to International Data Corp. (IDC). In terms of revenue, this translates to $2.3 billion to be spent this year. And by 2020, a combination of virtual reality and augmentedreality hardware shipments are projected to pass 110 million units.
Source: Consumers Tap, Talk, View Their Way Into The Internet Of Things 04/27/2016
There’s a lot you can do with Apple’s virtual assistant — and some things you can’t do. For example, while Siri can send texts, search Twitter, and open up your front-facing camera, she can’t adjust your device’s volume (something OK Google can do).
Apple hasn’t published a complete list of Siri commands, though you can find a fairly comprehensive guide to Siri’s abilities inside Siri herself (open up Siri and say “Help” to see what she can do). So here’s our unofficial guide to Siri commands and questions.
There are a few ways to get Siri’s attention.
- Press and hold the home button to activate Siri and issue her a command or ask her a question.
- If you’re using Apple’s Earpods, press and hold the center button to activate Siri and issue her a command or ask her a question.
- If you have Hey Siri enabled, say “Hey, Siri” when your iPhone is plugged in and charging, followed by a command or question.
- Call or FaceTime someone. Ex.: “Call Sarah,” or “FaceTime Mom.”
- Call an emergency number. Ex.: “Call 911,” or “Call the fire department.”
- Check voice mail. Ex.: “Do I have any new voice mail?” or “Play the voice mail from Mom.”
- Text someone. Ex.: “Tell [name] I am on my way,” or “Tell [name] I am going to the store.”
- Send an email. Ex.: “Send email to [name] about [subject] and say [message].”
- Hear your messages or emails read aloud. Ex.: “Read my new messages,” or “Check email.”Set a timer. Ex.: “
- Set the timer for 10 minutes.”
- Check the weather. Ex.: “What’s the weather like today?” or “Do I need an umbrella?”
- Check stocks. Ex.: “What’s Apple’s stock price?” or “Where’s the NASDAQ today?”
- Conversions (of all kinds). Ex.: “How many cups are in a quart?” or “How many dollars are in a Euro?” or “How many pounds are in a stone?”
- Calculate tips. Ex.: “What is a 20 percent tip on $68?”
- Solve math problems. Ex.: “What is 234 divided by 6?” or “What is the square root of 16?”
Source: The complete list of Siri commands – CNET
Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), an open source initiative with the goal of speeding up the mobile web, officially launched today. The open-source program promises to reduce load times and optimize news articles for mobile reading. “An AMP page is four times faster and 10 times less data,” said Richard Gingras, senior director of news at Google, in an interview with Re/code. “It’s instantaneous. It’s there right away. And that’s really powerful.” Google reports that hundreds of publishers have already incorporated the AMP code into their articles.AMP works like this: when a user launches Google search in a mobile browser, AMP stories appear at the top of the results. They are labeled “AMP” and are designated by a green lightening bolt. Users can scroll horizontally through AMP stories and new articles will generate as they scroll. The pages are simplified, limiting things like embed codes and Flash, which can slow down load time. This could have a huge impact on publishers’ traffic as more consumers are accessing content via mobile as opposed to desktop.
Source: What Publishers Need to Know about Google AMP – Publishing Executive