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MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 4: SCREEN SIZE VARIANTS, FEATURE WINDOWS 10, IMPROVED BATTERY LIFE
[Details as to when it will launched is still unannounced but it is speculated to take place during the October event of Microsoft in New York.]


Microsoft is going to launch Surface Pro 4 soon and details about it isn't much of a top-secret. It's spreading like wildfire despite the company's efforts to keep it low-key in terms of their upcoming event in New York. According to International Business Times, the tech giant is gearing up to formally introduce the follow-up of the 2-in-1 tablet Surface Pro 3 and here are some of the things that interested buyers should know about it.
As said by Digitimes, the next-generation Surface 2-in-1 tablet is expected to come with advanced hardware and will have two screen sizes variants. One will feature a 12-inch display similar to its predecessor, while the other device will sport a larger display with 13 or 14-inch screen. It is purposely made larger for workers who can easily turn the device into a laptop and easily work on multiple tasks through the use of split-screen. There are also reports about the new device being compatible with the Surface Pro 3 accessories. Thus, the smaller size variant will be able to support accessories such as the docking station. Another great feature to look forward is its processor which is rumored to be Intel's latest fifth-gen Skylake. It will carry the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 configurations and help the company compensate for the overheating issue of the Surface Pro 3. With a high-end processor, performance and efficiency of the device will be improved. READ MORE...RELATED Head to Head: Apple iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 3 ...

ALSO: Samsung’s “Culture Explorer” App Teases Reality


Did you know that the National Museum of Singapore once displayed a moon rock collected by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in 1970? Or that the POW steps at the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens leading into the iconic Plant House were built by prisoners of war during World War II?
The past can be beautiful, but only with understanding. Samsung launches its “Culture Explorer” mobile application in the hopes of connecting communities and driving appreciation for Singapore’s heritage landmarks. Samsung uses augmented reality technology to enhance appreciation for culture and heritage landmarks in Singapore. The “Culture Explorer” is appealing to both children and adult alike. Brilliant for its educational value, the “Culture Explorer” enables users to appreciate the rich history of Singapore, and generate greater appreciation of Singapore’s culture and heritage. Gone are the days when history was learnt only through textbooks; say hello to the modern day hands-on application, which is bound to pique interest among the young generation with the use of augmented reality. The “Culture Explorer” app has made its way to primary schools in Singapore, where students will be each given a “Culture Explorer” kit containing activity sheets and tokens featuring Singapore landmarks to facilitate the learning process. Best of all, prizes such as “five stones” and pick-up sticks will be given upon completion of the activity sheets. READ MORE...

ALSO Manila’s town plazas revisited: Connecting culture with tech


By Eden Estopace --Aerial shot of Plaza Sta.Cruz today Eat, pray, love. In Manila’s old town plazas, memories are made of these.
 At a time when the town’s nerve center was the busy intersection of the church, the market, schools and government offices, a communal space for idyllic trysts and mundane daily wayfaring exists. A digital exhibit at the Yuchengco Museum seeks to bring back this era of easygoing 19th-century lifestyle without malls, traffic gridlock, and urban mayhem. Urban designer and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren, who is also curator of the project, says that plazas have been abandoned for the suburban peripheries and the building of suburbs, malls, and other mix-use developments in cities. “The old centers have deteriorated or have become parking spaces,” he says. “We want people to be inspired to protect these public spaces and to rediscover their meaning and significance to our history.” Take the case of the historic Plaza Miranda fronting Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, which was made famous by the bombing of a political rally of the Liberal Party in 1971. Today, the plaza is still the site of political rallies and a beehive of commercial activities where vendors, pickpockets, fortunetellers, churchgoers and typically every man on the street converge. At Samsung’s Digital Art Gallery at the Yuchengco Museum, a Samsung tablet and widescreen TV project on screen what it looks like across time. The throwback photos in sepia bring back images of the past – the Quiapo Church in 1800, the plaza in 1939, the Lacson Underpass under construction in 1961, the Liberal Party rally in 1972, and the current Plaza Miranda. READ MORE...


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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 details: screen size variants, feature Windows 10, improved battery life BY CHARMAINE MONTES, CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR September 6, 2015|7:34 pm

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015  (christianpost.com) Microsoft is going to launch Surface Pro 4 soon and details about it isn't much of a top-secret. It's spreading like wildfire despite the company's efforts to keep it low-key in terms of their upcoming event in New York.

According to International Business Times, the tech giant is gearing up to formally introduce the follow-up of the 2-in-1 tablet Surface Pro 3 and here are some of the things that interested buyers should know about it.

As said by Digitimes, the next-generation Surface 2-in-1 tablet is expected to come with advanced hardware and will have two screen sizes variants. One will feature a 12-inch display similar to its predecessor, while the other device will sport a larger display with 13 or 14-inch screen.

It is purposely made larger for workers who can easily turn the device into a laptop and easily work on multiple tasks through the use of split-screen.

There are also reports about the new device being compatible with the Surface Pro 3 accessories.

Thus, the smaller size variant will be able to support accessories such as the docking station. Another great feature to look forward is its processor which is rumored to be Intel's latest fifth-gen Skylake.

It will carry the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 configurations and help the company compensate for the overheating issue of the Surface Pro 3. With a high-end processor, performance and efficiency of the device will be improved.

READ MORE...

The device will also most likely be equipped with Windows 10 out of the box. It will activate the features of full screen apps and will also have a touch friendly interface.

The latest version of the operating system will allow the Surface Pro 4 to automatically switch to desktop mode if keyboard is plugged in, notes Android Origin.

The tablet-PC is also expected to have an improved battery life considering the short battery life of its predecessor.

A few more hours will be added into the pack and if the rumors about the Skylake processor pushes through, it will significantly help in the optimization.

Details as to when it will launched is still unannounced but it is speculated to take place during the October event of Microsoft in New York.

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Head to Head: Apple iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 3


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IF YOU WATCHED Apple reveal the iPad Pro in its keynote event, you may have thought you were having déjà vu . After all, by creating a tablet that is supposed to rival a desktop computer, Apple has put its new iPad in direct competition with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

The accessories for the iPad Pro even bear a striking resemblance to the Surface’s.

The Surface Pro 3 came out over a year ago, and in Apple time that’s enough to pump out a new iPhone generation, so a lot of the technology has changed.

If you are a mega-tablet enthusiast, you’ll want to check out this full spec rundown to see how the upcoming iPad Pro compares to the existing Surface Pro 3.


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As you can see, the iPad Pro offers a little bit more (better camera, better resolution, cellular data, more sensors, etc.), but with that comes a premium price.

It is also apparent that Apple decided to forgo some Surface features (such as extra storage space and USB ports) in order to keep the design suitable for its sleek aesthetic.


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Samsung’s “Culture Explorer” App Teases Reality 0 BY EMILY KOH ON JULY 18, 2015 SINGAPORE, TECH

Did you know that the National Museum of Singapore once displayed a moon rock collected by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in 1970? Or that the POW steps at the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens leading into the iconic Plant House were built by prisoners of war during World War II?

The past can be beautiful, but only with understanding.

Samsung launches its “Culture Explorer” mobile application in the hopes of connecting communities and driving appreciation for Singapore’s heritage landmarks. Samsung uses augmented reality technology to enhance appreciation for culture and heritage landmarks in Singapore.

The “Culture Explorer” is appealing to both children and adult alike. Brilliant for its educational value, the “Culture Explorer” enables users to appreciate the rich history of Singapore, and generate greater appreciation of Singapore’s culture and heritage. Gone are the days when history was learnt only through textbooks; say hello to the modern day hands-on application, which is bound to pique interest among the young generation with the use of augmented reality.

The “Culture Explorer” app has made its way to primary schools in Singapore, where students will be each given a “Culture Explorer” kit containing activity sheets and tokens featuring Singapore landmarks to facilitate the learning process. Best of all, prizes such as “five stones” and pick-up sticks will be given upon completion of the activity sheets.

READ MORE...

For the tech-savvy, you will be pleased to play around with this new “Culture Explorer” app. The “Culture Explorer” app provides you with a live image and directions to the nearest heritage site.

To use the “Culture Explorer”, you will have to enable your Location settings. Upon starting Augmented Reality, you will be guided around by bubbles and arrows which are rather fun to play with, especially for novices like me.

At each historical site, photographs and fun facts will be accessible with just a tap of your finger.

With the “Culture Explorer” app users can now travel back in time and explore the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall. One can even see how these landmarks looked like in the days of yore.

Here comes the most exciting part of the “Culture Explorer” app – you can actually take a picture of yourself and upload it onto the app. Take a selfie in history and share it with your friends!

In this age of technology, the best way to link the past and present would be through the use of augmented reality, where history is readily accessible at the tip of your fingers.

Samsung has partnered with the National Heritage Board, National Parks Board and Singapore National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in bringing the “Culture Explorer” to life.

“Culture Explorer” is compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and Galaxy Apps.


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Manila’s town plazas revisited: Connecting culture with tech By Eden Estopace (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 7, 2015 - 12:00am 1 123 googleplus0 0


Aerial shot of Plaza Sta.Cruz today Eat, pray, love. In Manila’s old town plazas, memories are made of these.

MANILA, Philippines - At a time when the town’s nerve center was the busy intersection of the church, the market, schools and government offices, a communal space for idyllic trysts and mundane daily wayfaring exists.

A digital exhibit at the Yuchengco Museum seeks to bring back this era of easygoing 19th-century lifestyle without malls, traffic gridlock, and urban mayhem.


Paulo Alcazaren

Urban designer and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren, who is also curator of the project, says that plazas have been abandoned for the suburban peripheries and the building of suburbs, malls, and other mix-use developments in cities.

“The old centers have deteriorated or have become parking spaces,” he says. “We want people to be inspired to protect these public spaces and to rediscover their meaning and significance to our history.”

Take the case of the historic Plaza Miranda fronting Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, which was made famous by the bombing of a political rally of the Liberal Party in 1971.

Today, the plaza is still the site of political rallies and a beehive of commercial activities where vendors, pickpockets, fortunetellers, churchgoers and typically every man on the street converge.

At Samsung’s Digital Art Gallery at the Yuchengco Museum, a Samsung tablet and widescreen TV project on screen what it looks like across time.

The throwback photos in sepia bring back images of the past – the Quiapo Church in 1800, the plaza in 1939, the Lacson Underpass under construction in 1961, the Liberal Party rally in 1972, and the current Plaza Miranda.

READ MORE...

An aerial shot of the place was also taken by a drone camera and an augmented reality feature allows one to view the changes swiftly from today’s look to a hundred years ago.

“That is what the Samsung Culture Connect project is all about,” says Arita Narag, head of corporate citizenship at Samsung. “We realized that public spaces, especially our plazas, played a major role in shaping our country’s social, political, cultural and even religious identity. Next year, we want to take it even further and cover more size and more landmarks in the Philippines.

Samsung teamed up with the Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc. for the exhibit, which will be open until Sept. 18. It features 11 panels of plazas found in Manila -

Plaza Miranda and Plaza del Carmen in Quiapo,
Plaza Roma in Intramuros,
Plaza Rajah Sulayman in Malate,
Plaza Lacson, and Plaza Sta. Cruz in Sta. Cruz,
Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Plaza Moraga and Plaza Cervantes in Binondo,
Plaza Dilao in Paco, Plaza Moriones in Tondo and,
Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita.

Alcazaren, a founding member of the Heritage Conservation Society, believes that the marriage of technology and art will not only benefit artists, but also students of culture and history.

He offered this explanation of the layout of the old plazas in a video available at the gallery:

“The grid of the streets that is the pattern of the laws of the indies is like a checkerboard. This is called the “quadricillo” and in that grid you have voids that are located roughly in the center of the town. The plazas are the center of the town and also the center of authority and symbols of that authority.”

“Technology makes the arts, culture, and history more accessible and more appealing to people. It allows them to appreciate everything in a more dynamic manner, injecting a new dimension and giving it a meaning beyond what they get to read in books,” he says.


Samsung Digital Gallery opens at Yuchengco Museum

Coinciding with the exhibit is the launch of Culture Explorer, a mobile application that uses augmented reality technology to help people, especially the youth, learn about Manila’s plazas and other cultural and heritage landmarks.

The app is virtually a tour guide in one’s pocket, with fresh content and plenty of interesting trivia.

It also allows users to navigate around key landmarks and travel back in time to see how the landmark has looked and evolved over the years.

Since history is better appreciated with other people, the Culture Explorer app allows users to connect with other Culture Explorers who share their interest in the different sites.

Our urban landscape is evolving but our collective memory – past, presence and future - must be strengthened to provide context to our realities and cultural identity.


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