Sunday, November 29, 2015


Previous reports claimed that the Galaxy S7 will feature Samsung’s new 20-megapixel ISOCELL sensor. A new report, however, is saying that Samsung wants Sony’s impressive sensor on board its next flagship.



This new rumour comes from a post on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo. It claims that Samsung is talking with Sony to get the IMX300 sensor on board the Galaxy S7. The IMX300 sensor is the main camera on board the XPERIA Z5 Compact, the XPERIA Z5, and the XPERIA Z5 Premium.

If accurate, does this mean that Samsung will no longer use its 20-megapixel ISOCELL sensor on the Galaxy S7? If history repeats itself, some units will feature Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor, while others will rock Sony’s sensor (depending on the region), which is exactly Samsung did with the Galaxy S6.

Rumour has it that the IMX300 is actually a 25-megapixel sensor with unused corners to bring the megapixel count down to 23 in a 16:9 aspect ratio, or 21 megapixel in a regular 4:3 format. This is said to have caused a problem for Samsung, as it cannot advertise one S7 with a 20-megapixel sensor and the other with a 23-megapixel sensor. So it reportedly worked around the problem using compression tricks to even out the megapixel count.

What we’ve learned so far

Recently, we learned that S7 will launch in a regular 5.2-inch flat version, a 5.2-inch edged version (S7 Edge), and a 5.7-inch edged version (S7 Edge Plus) all at the same time. Another report says that the S7 will sport a high-end digital-to-analog converter (DAC) – the ESS SABRE 9018AQ2M. Earlier, we learned that Samsung will be using a magnesium alloy frame for the S7 that will make it both lighter and stronger. Speaking about The S7’s CPU, the variant to land in Europe is said to rock the Exynos 8890 SoC, which has broken every benchmark record; the variant to land in the US and China is said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, and third and final version headed to India will sport Samsung’s Exynos 7422, which is the same processor found under the hood of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. A USB Type-C connector is said to be on board. Lastly, the S7 is said to feature a Force Touch screen.

The S7 is rumoured to make its offical debut early in January and will launch early as well in February.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, S7 Edge Plus

This year Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 Edge, followed by the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus a few months after. If a new rumour is to be believed, we may see the two released simultaneously.

To launch simultaneously?

The new rumour comes from Vietnamese-speaking SamsungViet. A recent report claimed that the upcoming S7 will be launched in two screen sizes – 5.2 inches and a 5.7 inches version. This new report re-confirms the screen sizes, but is now saying that the two different screen sizes is reserved for the edged version of the S7 – the S7 Edge. Presumably, the 5.2-inch version will be called the S7 Edge, while the 5.7-inch variant will be called the S7 Edge Plus. Surprising? Not at all, since we did see the S6 and S6 Edge this year. What took us by surprise is that the report is saying that the two will share the same release date.

Like any rumour, take this with a grain of salt.

What we’ve learned from past rumours

Word on the street is that three versions are said to be available – a variant headed to markets such as Europe will feature the Exynos 8890 SoC made by Samsung, a variant headed to markets such as the US is said to offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, and a version headed to India with the Exynos 7422, which is the same CPU found under the hood of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Past reports have claimed that Samsung is testing a frame made out of magnesium alloy that will make the smartphone lighter yet stronger. A USB Type-C connector is said to be on board. The S7 is said to feature a Force Touch screen.  Its camera is said to be a thinner 20-megapixel ISOCELL sensor. Lastly, a recent report is claiming that the S7 will feature a high-end digital-to-analog converter (DAC) – the ESS SABRE 9018AQ2M.

Samsung is expected to lift the lid on its next flagship earlier than expected in January and release the device in February.

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The successors of the Samsung Galaxy A3 (believed to be the SM-A310) and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (believed to be the SM-A710) were both spotted going through tests in the GFXBench benchmark database. However, the successor of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (believed to be the SM-A510) was missing in action, until now.

Samsung Galaxy A5 follow-up benchmarked

The SM-A510 going through GFXBench’s tests (screenshot above) was first spotted by German-speaking It reveals that the yet to be announced smartphone sports a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Under the hood is an 1.6 GHz octa-core processor with a Mali-T720 GPU, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. We’re guessing this CPU is Samsung’s Exynos 7 Octa 7580, which is an octa-core processor with the said GPU. It will feature 16 GB of internal storage. There’s no mention of a microSD card slot, but we’re guessing Samsung will not omit this feature. Its camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that will take care of snapping selfies and video chat. It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

Going back to the specs of the SM-A310 and the SM-A710, the former sports a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (HD), while the later rocks a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). The SM-A310 was listed with a Samsung-made Exynos 7580 CPU, which is a quad-core processor with each core clocked at 1.5 GHz and a Mali-T720 GPU, coupled with 1.5 GB of RAM, under the hood, while the SM-A710 was listed rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU, which is an octa-core processor with cores clocked up to 1.5 GHz and an Adreno 405 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. The two offer 16 GB of internal storage, and we’re guessing they will also feature microSD card slots. In the camera department, the SM-A310 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video calls, while the SM-A710 rocks a 13-megapixel and a 5-megapixel camera combo. Both run Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know when Samsung is planning to lift the lid on the follow-ups of the Samsung Galaxy A3, the Samsung Galaxy A5, and the Samsung Galaxy A7. However, since the three have gone through a series of benchmark tests, it is likely that the three will be officially unveiled soon.

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Samsung Galaxy View makes its official debut

Samsung claims that the 18.4-inch Galaxy View is the biggest tablet powered Android in the market today. Past reports, however, have revealed that other manufacturers are developing even larger tablets.


Galaxy_View_1029The Samsung Galaxy View rocks an 18.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). In the photography department, the device sports a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. There is no rear-facing camera, which makes a lot of sense, since it would feel awkward snapping photos or recording videos using a massive tablet. The tablet’s storage options include 16 GB and 32 GB versions. If this isn’t enough, users can make use of microSD cards. Under the hood is an Exynos 7580 SoC made by Samsung, which is an octa-core processor with cores clocked up to 1.6 GHz, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Connectivity-wise, the tablet supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1. In the audio department, the device features stereo speakers. Keeping the lights on is a massive 5,700 mAh battery that offers 8 hours of video playback. The Samsung Galaxy View is rather thick at 11.9 mm. It is also quite heavy, weighing in at 2.65 kg. It runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. Since it will be tiresome holding the tablet while watching videos, it does come with a two-way stand.

So what was the reason behind the Samsung Galaxy View’s development? Samsung says the massive tablet was designed for people who just love watching videos.

Samsung CEO JK Shin said, “At Samsung, we are committed to creating new possibilities and bringing our consumers the best mobile experience. We are very excited to introduce the new Galaxy View, providing an entirely new way of consuming mobile video and entertainment.”

Unfortunately, Samsung failed to mention when it was planning to launch the Galaxy View. Additionally, pricing is yet to be determined. Some online retailers, however, are asking $599 (around £390) to pre-order the device. This is for the 32 GB Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet.

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Rendering of Pearns Point, Antigua
Rendering of Pearns Point, Antigua

With a popular citizenship-by-investment program, the Caribbean’s twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda is becoming the new billionaires’ playground.

From Chinese billionaires to Dubai royalty and French aristocracy, the Caribbean’s twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda is attracting some high-profile new residents from all over the world.

Earlier this year, Ondine de Rothschild, the daughter of the late Baron de Rothschild and a Parisian antiques dealer, snapped up seven acres of beachfront land on Antigua. Sources say the plan is to build a dream holiday home, overlooking the azure Caribbean waters and the white-and-pink sand beaches.

Last year, Australian billionaire James Packer and Hollywood A-Lister Robert De Niro announced plans to acquire and renovate Barbuda’s K-Club Hotel into a five-star resort, to the tune of US$250 million. After the proposal was submitted, Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne made De Niro a Special Economic Envoy, with the aim of attracting more investment and high-end tourism to the Caribbean state.

Members of Middle Eastern royalty are also joining the tourism game — Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi of Dubai, a member of the ruling family of Sharjah, signed a memorandum of agreement with the Prime Minister to invest in a US$120 million luxury resort. The new resort will be located on 36 acres of prime beachfront land on Morris Bay, according to a government release.

Sun Yinhuan, the Chinese billionaire who owns Yida Group, started the tourism investment trend in 2013, when he signed an agreement to build a US$1 billion mega-resort in Antigua. Construction on the massive 1,600-acre residential and commercial project, called Singulari, will include marinas, homes, golf courses and the Caribbean’s largest casino. The land was owned by disgraced Texan financier Allen Stanford, who is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2012 of running a global Ponzi scheme.

The surge of interest from ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals, defined as people with at least US$30 million in assets, has made its mark on the country. The Caribbean UHNW population increased by 2.1 percent last year as wealthy individuals flocked to the tropical paradise, according to Wealth-X. There is a reason for this sudden popularity: in October 2013, Antigua and Barbuda became the latest country to legalise a citizenship-by-investment route, joining its peers Barbados and St. Kitts & Nevis. Investors receive not only a liberal passport, but also a low tax jurisdiction and potential new business opportunities.

To gain an Antigua and Barbuda passport, there are three avenues — a US$1.5 million investment into a business, a US$400,000 purchase in a government-sanctioned property project or the most popular route, a US$250,000 donation to a national development fund. Successful applicants enjoy visa-free travel to 130 countries including the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Applicants must maintain their investment for five years and reside in the country for a minimum of 35 days annually.

According to Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment head, Don Myatt, around half the applicants so far are Chinese; the rest hail from the Middle East, with a small number of Europeans and Americans. “China has a large middle class of people who have a few million dollars and are looking for economic security,” said Myatt. “Travel with a Chinese passport can be a huge hindrance. You can’t just fly into London for a business meeting.” Myatt added that he anticipates as many as 200 applications per year. The process takes about three months, and most applicants are successful, he said. According to The Wealth-X Caribbean Wealth & Investment Report 2015, there are over 1,155 UHNW individuals living in the Caribbean, more than 67 percent of whom have relocated from another country.

Agents say the Caribbean also offers investment value – luxury resort home prices in the Caribbean remain below their 2008 highs, but have climbed 9 percent in the past year, and are forecast to continue rising. Developers are gearing up for a marketing push to sell some of their plushest properties. Dutch investor Albert Hartog and his partners Ben de Jonge and Rene Boon are behind Pearns Point, a US$300 million luxury development including a boutique hotel and 60 high-end condos. Designed by world-famous architects Piet Boon and Brian D’Ornellas of OBM International, the resort is already 20 percent sold. “I have never seen such beautiful beaches in my life,” said Piet Boon. “Waterfront properties are quite rare these days and becoming much more valuable.”

The appeal of the Caribbean state is being further enhanced by government initiatives. In a bid to bolster tourism, the government has improved 4G Internet connectivity, as well as the roads around the islands, and overhauled St John’s Port. There’s also the new 23,000-square-metre VC Bird International Airport terminal, due to officially open this year. It is designed for a throughput of 3 million passengers by the year 2030, up from the current 860,000, bringing in whole new streams of passengers, said the Ministry of Tourism.

“Our major source markets are the USA, UK, Europe and Canada, but the Ministry of Tourism has undertaken negotiations with multiple airlines to ensure that there is increased air access capacity for the anticipated increase in demand,” a Ministry of Tourism spokesperson said. “This will lead to an increase in visitor arrivals and will support the new hotel room stock.”

By Tara Loader Wilkinson

Citizenship by Investment Program - St Kitts and Nevis Passport

Basseterre, St. Kitts,The importance of reforming the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, came to the fore, during the first National Consultation for CBI, held today (July 30) at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

More than 120 stakeholders participated in the working sessions, which included a panel discussion, as they deliberated on the theme: “The Way Forward through Collaboration.”

“For me, the citizenship of my country is a prized and precious connection to the land that I love and to which I will always return,” Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris said at the opening. “It is not something to be commoditized nor bartered away easily.”

Dr. Harris appealed to persons interested in becoming an economic citizen, to enjoin him to build the country and help make it the best small island state in which one would want to be born, to grow up, and to work, to play and establish a family.

“You build, not just through a contribution to the St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) or real estate,” said Dr. Harris. “You build this country by supporting other projects and special purpose infrastructural work, in which the government may engage from time to time.”

Prime Minister Harris deemed the programme as an excellent product, and market leader.

“It is an enormously invaluable vehicle for promoting national development and economic resilience,” he said, while noting that it is a tremendous resource. “Like all resources, it needs to be managed carefully with credence, integrity and diligence.”

According to the Prime Minister, the benefits from the CBI are clear to all. The International Monetary Fund recently reported that St. Kitts and Nevis has the strongest growth in the region. Growth for 2015 is projected at 4.5 percent, which is partly due to the CBI programme, as it contributes 30 percent of annual revenue to the twin island federation.

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Starting your St Kitts real estate hunt.

St Kitts is a beautiful and wonderful place to visit and live in. No wonder you have decided on picking up St Kitts real estate for living-in or investing. Your St Kitts real estate hunt can easily begin with looking for the local real estate prices so as to have an idea of what kind of house and location would fit your budget. This comes after you have estimated how much money that you can afford to spend on a piece of real estate in St Kitts.

You can easily find out the St Kitts Nevis real estate prices with very little effort. There are many ways that you can do this. One way is to visit which is a St Kitts real estate listing portal. You can contact them and ask about the kind of property you can get within your budget (if you are looking for St Kitts real estate for investment purposes).

Many people say that they find it easy to just contact and get a grasp of the going prices for properties in St Kitts and Nevis. If you are looking for St Kitts real estate that is available under the St Kitts citizenship by investment program, then you would start with checking out what properties are available. However, if you are looking for St Kitts real estate because you actually want to live in St Kitts or Nevis (and enjoy your life and the culture), then you would be better off starting with your most basic requirements from a house e.g. you could specify a 1 bedroom house or a condo or whatever, if that is the minimum space you would need to be able to live in comfortably with your partner or your family etc.

If you cannot get the home you are looking for in the location of your choice in St Kitts or Nevis, you might have to rethink and figure out other options (e.g. looking for a home in another are in St Kitts-Nevis, or waiting for some more time before you can actually own that piece of St Kitts real estate that you desire etc).

So evaluation of affordability is important. Here, we are not saying that you should not evaluate the affordability factor if you are looking for St Kitts Nevis real estate for living in and not investing. It’s just that you will need to pose the question differently to that St Kitts real estate agent. In any case, you should never reveal your real budget to that St Kitts real estate agent. Mention an amount that is lower than your real budget by 10-20% even if your St Kitts real estate agent insists on what maximum you can spend.

If you are ready to find your next piece of real estate in St Kitts visit


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You are probably thinking the iCar is a new racing game for one of the many iOS devices Apple has but it is not. Yes, its’ a car but not a racing video game car; rather it is a newly proposed project of Apple who, after being an undoubted king of the smartphone world, now wants to enter the world’s automobile market by their newly designed and innovative Apple car. The advancements of Apple in the upcoming technologies may result in their complete hold over the technology world in the near future.

The idea of the Apple car is proposed by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and this car is predicted to be launched as soon as 2020. This car will be designed as a self-driving electric car. Apple is hiring engineers from Tesla for developing iCar (named project Titan) and has also imported experts in battery technology from Samsung. Self-driving cars are already available in the market. The battery of the iCar will be the most salient feature which will make it valuable.

LIDAR technology is supposed to be used for mapping purpose. LIDAR is a laser that spins about 10 revolutions per second and gives a complete 360° view around the car. The car will be installed with the iOS system which will allow you to unlock the car and start the engine by synchronizing with an iDevice i.e. iPad or iPhone and even Apple Watch. It is also been speculated that car will have the latest camera technology that will control car functions by detecting hand gestures.

Apple’s Carplay feature will help you to interact with the software of your automobile and to control it with voice commands. Apple states that once the iPhone of the driver gets connected to the carplay integration of the vehicle, voice commands will enable him/her to make calls, to dictate response to messages, to show contacts and maps, estimated time for arriving destination, mapping instructions and traffic situations on the roads.

iPhone could also be used to set the user preferences for the favorite seat position and to adjust the temperature and radio settings. The windshield of the car is supposed to be designed having about four times more pixels than reality. iCar will be a lightweight yet powerful vehicle, which will be able to careen across six traffic lanes.

A few test drives of the automated iCar have been reported in San Francisco and USA. The car that was found roaming on the main roads was well equipped with the cameras and other testing tools. It was supposed that the car was on the run to capture the mapping for iOS system. It is also rumored that Apple has established a lab near their head office, in which hundreds of workers and engineers are working eagerly to develop an automated electric vehicle.

iCar is it a rumor or reality? It will be clear soon after the launch of the iCar but it is a fascinating and innovative idea. It can’t be considered impossible as technology is growing day by day and anything could be made possible in the technical world. So, hope for the best and wait till this idea comes in front of your eyes as a reality.

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Kuhex, Dropbox

Birmingham, 9th June 2015 – Kuhex, the Birmingham-based technology consultancy, announced today they have become Birmingham’s first firm to join the Dropbox Partner Network, allowing them to officially offer Dropbox for Business to their clients. Dropbox for Business provides teams the power, security, and performance of Dropbox, along with robust admin capabilities that give IT visibility and control over company data.

The Dropbox Partner Network is a unique opportunity for Kuhex to introduce customers to a user-friendly file sync and share solution that helps improve employee productivity and efficiency while cutting costs for the business. Management capabilities with Dropbox for Business include Active Directory integration with single sign-on (SSO), recovery of lost or deleted files, two-factor verification, remote wipe, activity audit logs, and sharing controls.

Kuhex Managing Director, Sohaib Ahmed, said: “Through our unique partnership model, we work with our partners to help meet their business needs using the right technology. With business becoming increasingly mobile, Dropbox for Business allows files to be accessed at anytime, from anywhere – making business more flexible and productive. Joining the Dropbox Partner Network means we can remain at the forefront of new technology and provide comprehensive support to our partners, in Birmingham and the wider-area, in implementing this technology within their businesses.”

As Authorised Stockists for O2 and EE, Dropbox for Business perfectly complements the high-speed and powerful 4G data solutions available from Kuhex. Dropbox is already integrated into the existing product offerings from Kuhex including Microsoft Office 365 and Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Kuhex’s ability to create bespoke solutions for its partners will allow them to provide and integrate Dropbox for Business as part of a larger IT strategy where required.

Hank Humphreys, Head of Channel Partnerships at Dropbox, said: “Today, Kuhex has developed a strong portfolio of products and services that support SMB customers as they move their business to the cloud. We’re excited that Kuhex is now offering Dropbox for Business to their customers to help them benefit from increased productivity, efficiency, and mobility”



The Bancorp, a widely recognized financial technology company and leading prepaid card issuer, and MeaWallet, a leading provider of cloud-based payment platform, have entered into a partnership to deliver open loop mobile prepaid cards to card partners in Europe.

Oslo, Norway – June 9, 2015. The Bancorp and MeaWallet have agreed to a strategic partnership to deliver open loop mobile prepaid cards to The Bancorp card issuers in Europe. The partnership will be officially launched at the PayExpo, London, with the goal of launching the first commercial card program Q4 of 2015. Industry response to this innovative partnership is strong, with key customers already expressing interest in a platform offering joint service development and integration between the respective technology platforms into one solution.

The MeaWallet cloud-based mobile payment platform will be used to issue digital mobile prepaid cards. The partnership provides existing and new customers of The Bancorp the ability to add branded mobile wallets and cloud-based digital mobile prepaid cards to their portfolio of card products. The open loop mobile prepaid cards will initially support MasterCard® and Visa® cloud based mobile payment schemes. This means that mobile cards issued using the solution will be accepted for contactless and remote payments at merchants around the world that accepts these schemes.

“This partnership means that our customers will have a faster route to mobile payments, using new innovative products such as customer branded digital mobile prepaid cards and mobile wallets. We look forward to enabling many new and interesting mobile payment projects together with our customers in Europe,” says Kriya Patel, The Bancorp.

The digital mobile payment cards is using cloud-based security and Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology. The end-users just tap their smartphone at the merchant NFC-enabled POS-terminal to complete the payment. The service will work at all merchants that accept MasterCard PayPass and Visa payWave transactions.

“We are proud to partner with an innovative financial services provider like The Bancorp and we look forward to support them in the enabling of new, secure and attractive mobile financial services. “As the growing prepaid market now goes mobile, this partnership is strategically important for MeaWallet enabling us to offer our solutions to new customer segments”, says Lars Sandtorv, CEO at MeaWallet.

In the future, the solution may be expanded into the use of tokenization and using the smartphone for other digital mobile payment instruments like vouchers and gift cards.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with The Bancorp or MeaWallet during the PayExpo, London, please contact Noel Smith, Business Development Manager of The Bancorp at +44 7554 664468 or Morten Mansrud, VP Sales of MeaWallet at +47 906 74 707, or visit The Bancorp at Stand B04.