Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tech news - Samung

Corporate espionage.

That's a nasty term in the business world and when it comes to new technology such as foldable display  patents, its evil and billions in sales are usually lost.

Such is the case with Samsung and a little known Chinese company named Toptec Co LTD.

Prosecutors for Samsung have indicted a chief executive and 8 employees of Toptec for leaking foldabLe display technology.

The group is accused of forming a separate shell company that received confidential information on the use of equipment and drawings of panels obtained from a Samsung subsidiary and which sold some of the documents in China for 15.5 billion won ($13.85 million), the prosecutors office said.

Prosecutors also stated Samsung Display invested 150 billion and over six years to develop the leaked foldable display technology of 3D lamination.

For the original Reuters article, click here

Monday, November 26, 2018

Windows Utilities - SpaceSniffer

When consistently downloading and installing programs, in the back of a users mind is that one big question. "Which programs are taking up the most space?"

While there are dozens of disk analyzer programs my preference is SpaceSniffer. It's quick in scanning your drive. My 250GB SSD took approx 1:20 at 100% scanning completed. Of course this varies with the drive capacities, amount of free space, and whether it's a standard hard drive or SSD.

SpaceSniffer has a few goodies. Besides the graphical GUI, it supports drag and drop, multiple views for different file types, customized search criteria and other features.

The website shows it's been tested on Windows 2000 thru Windows 8, however it works with 10 just as well.
The web page can be visited here.

Friday, November 23, 2018

The future of Android....and a colorful replacement called Fuchsia

Google is currently developing an Android replacement for Android and the OS already has a name.

Fuchsia is based on a new kernel called Zircon.. The project became known in 2016 on Github without any official announcement.

Fuchsia's user interface and apps are written with Flutter, a software development kit allowing cross-platform development abilities for Fuchsia, Android and iOS. Flutter produces apps based on Dart, offering apps with high performance that run at 120 frames per second.

Flutter also offers a Vulkan-based graphics rendering engine called "Escher", with specific support for "Volumetric soft shadows", an element that Ars Technica wrote "seems custom-built to run Google's shadow-heavy 'Material Design' interface guidelines".

Although it's more on the technical side, the documentation concerning Fuchsia is located at the Google Source website & Document Page.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Android - How an OTA update occurs

Your on your couch and you've heard that Oreo is out and available for you phone. Awesome! You want to upgrade so you can try the new Picture In Picture, and New Settings Menu.

On your phone you click 'Check For Updates"....and then download Android 8.0.....but what happened months before that update was available?

When it comes to getting the latest and greatest version on Android for you phone, it's up to the manufactures (not the carriers) to release the OS upgrades.

At the starting line: Google
Android is a Google product....it's also open source.

So Google releases the latest version on Android on the AOSP site. This isually happens the same time a new Nexus or Pixel device is announced

OEMs grab the code
At the AOSP site, manufacturers access the source code, tweak and adapt it to their own devices.The manufactures HTC, Samsung, LG, etc determine what devices on their product line will receive the latest version of Android and which devices will not. Obviously newer devices have priority to keep customers happy and to promote sales. Plus the more recent devices have better compatibility with the latest version of Android.

The older the device, the less likely it will get an update. Manufacturers stop developing updates for older devices to drive sales for new hardware and to make the most efficient use of limited resources. But it’s also the case that the hardware in older devices eventually becomes unable to meet the demands of new operating systems.

Pushing to the carriers
The manufacture then sends their updates to the carriers where they test the update.
Whether it's AT&T, Verizon  or Straight Talk, testing is very time consuming at this stage.
This is due to many legal (depending on the country) and technical hurdles (depending on the technology) to overcome,
At this point, carriers may add or take out certain features, such as tethering capabilities.

Releasing the update to the masses
Finally, after carrier testing, the OEM/Manufacture releases the
update pertaining to your device on a server where it's available to download.

Next: Project Treble .....and how the OS framework will speed OTA updates.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Windows 10 Tricks 101 - God Mode

There are two ways of accessing settings in Windows 10. The Settings Menu and the good ol Control Panel. It can be confusing trying to find specific settings. For example, Windows Update and Touch Screen Settings are only found in the Settings menu.

If you want an All-In-One bucket to access every setting you can imagine within Windows use whats called God Mode. God Mode is a complete breakdown of the Control Panel settings.
Placing the God Mode folder on your desktop is a must for those power users who like to give Windows the ultimate tweaks and settings.

To place the God Mode folder on your desktop, ensure your user account is an administrator.
Right Click on your desktop, Click NEW, Click FOLDER.

Copy and paste this in the Folder Name: