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How Samsung Galaxy S5 4G is different from Galaxy S5

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How Samsung Galaxy S5 4G is different from Galaxy S5
NEW DELHI: Nearly three months after launching its flagship phone, Galaxy S5, in India, Samsung has now announced the availability of its 4G LTE variant. The new model will be available staring July 20.

Interestingly, the 4G variant of the Galaxy S5 doesn’t just feature an additional radio for receiving 4G signals. It also sports different internals. Here’s a look at what’s different and what’s not:

Processor: The non-4G version of Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5422 Octa processor that runs four high-performance cores at 1.9GHz and four low-power cores that run at 1.3GHz. Unlike the 8-core processor in Galaxy S4, this processor can run all its cores simultaneously if required.

The 4G LTE version of Galaxy is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) processor. It has four high-performance cores running at 2.46GHz.

The graphics chips in the two versions are also different. The graphics processing in Exynos (non-4G) version is handled by multiple cores of Mali-T628. The Snapdragon version features the Adreno 330 graphics chip.

We had compared the two variants of the phones across different benchmark tests and had found that the Exynos version of Galaxy S5 was theoretically as fast as the Snapdragon version(4G version). However, in graphics tests, Snapdragon version was ahead of the non-4G Exynos version.

Connectivity: Of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered version comes with a 4G antenna that supports eight 4G LTE bands including the TD LTE Indian band (2300MHz). The Galaxy S5 variant earlier launched in India, can only download data via 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

Interestingly, the 4G-enabled version also features Download Booster and Wi-Fi MiMo technologies which are missing in the Exynos version. The Download Booster feature lets users access 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously to download data faster. The fifth-generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO (Multi-Input Multi-Output) technology, equips Galaxy S5 with two internal Wi-Fi antennas to double the connection and accelerate the speed of Wi-Fi, as per Samsung.

This means that users can download files at a faster rate by turning on the 4G and Wi-Fi together leveraging both networks. For instance, if 4G speeds are at 8Mbps and Wi-Fi speed is 4Mbps, then it can offer up to 80-90% of combined 12Mbps speeds of 4G and Wi-Fi.

Other specifications: Other than the processor and antenna, both variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5 share common hardware. The phone sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920x1080p resolution and runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI layer. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage, supports up to 128GB microSD cards and has 2GB RAM. It has a 16MP camera with LED flash and a 2MP camera in front. It can transfer data via Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 3.0, infrared and NFC. Equipped with a 2,800mAh battery, the smartphone has a fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor.

Pricing: The 4G model of Samsung Galaxy S5 has been priced at Rs 53,500. The non-4G, Exynos-powered model of the phone was launched at Rs 51,500 in India. The smartphone is listed at Rs 51,000 on official Samsung India websites. However, it is now selling at Rs 36,990 on Flipkart and Rs 34,999 on eBay India.

Should you buy it? : The availability of the 4G variant gives more choice to Indian consumers. However, it would certainly disappoint early adopters of the Galaxy S5, who may have been interested in the 4G variant and willing to shell out more.

At a price upwards of Rs 50,000 it is targeted at the premium segment. It is worth pointing out that India’s 4G market is still nascent, and Airtel and Aircel are the only two telecom operators that provide 4G services in the country. Reliance Jio has said that it will launch its 4G network next year.

Apple iPhone 5S and 5C, LG G2 4G, Xolo LT900 and Oppo Find 7 are among the handful of 4G-capable smartphones available in India at present.

The 4G service is expensive and coverage is sparse. Even value added services are far and few. As more rollouts take place, it is expected that the tariffs will come down and prices of devices will drop. If you’re not in a rush to experience 4G and are price conscious, it would be wise to wait till the service becomes more widespread.

source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Tech/Mobiles/How-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-4G-is-different-from-Galaxy-S5/articleshow/38680927.cms

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THE FINTECH REVOLUTION IN INSURANCE

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Advancing technology has collided with longstanding customer issues to create a series of deep, lasting, systemic challenges for insurance. How will these trends impact insurers’ businesses and the industry overall?

The rise of fintech, changing consumer behavior, and advanced technologies are disrupting the insurance industry. Additionally, Insurtechs and technology startups continue to redefine customer experience through innovations such as risk-free underwriting, on-the-spot purchasing, activation, and claims processing.

The report from Deloitte Global examines forces that are disrupting the insurance industry and presents four possible scenarios for the future. We explore:

  • Changing the channel: Partnerships with product makers and distributors, and embedding insurance into other products and services may enable customers to select products that best fit their lifestyle.
  • Underwriting by machine: Technology advancements including AI innovations and algorithms will likely individualize risk selection and pricing, and customers can select products based on a wider range of price points.
  • Rise of the flexible product: Time-flexible, event-driven, modular and adjustable coverage may evolve to accommodate life stage, lifestyle, and wellness changes among consumers.
  • E-Z life insurance: Given the growth and shopping patterns in emerging markets, insurers who introduce flexible term products, and master digital distribution without compromising underwriting are likely to win in the marketplace.

Read the report to understand what the future holds for the insurance industry.

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Neal leads Deloitte’s Global Insurance practice and is the US insurance consulting leader. He has 20 years of experience advising financial services and insurance company clients on corporate and comp… More

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EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK RUNS BLOCKCHAIN HACKATHON

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A team from EY triumphed in a 48-hour European Investment Bank (EIB) hackathon designed to find ways to use blockchain technologies to redesign the transaction processing of commercial paper.

The EIB brought together 56 coders from 15 countries in 12 teams for the hackathon, run alongside the bank’s annual forum dedicated to treasury issues.

While the conference was running, the coders were locked in an adjacent room, trying to prove that blockchain tech can improve the transaction process of commercial paper – a short-term financing instrument that is used worldwide in treasury operations and still relies on an ‘archaic’ and complex process.

In the pitching session, the EY team won the contest with an effort that taps a combination of blockchain, robotics and business AI tools to optimise the issuance process and reduce the number of exchanges between the EIB and its counterparties while maintaining each one’s role within the ecosystem.

The EY team won a EUR5000 cash prize and a contract with the EIB to further develop its solution into a proof of concept.

Alexander Stubb, vice president, EIB, say: “There will be major gains from the use of new technologies such as blockchain, generated from the simplification and streamlining of existing financial processes. The new perspectives opened up by digitalisation and Distributed Ledger Technology must be assessed and we must all be ready to make use of them and embark on this new venture.

“As the EU’s financial arm, we decided to be on the active side, learn by experience and make things happen, to be a facilitator and join with our banking partners to pave the way for tomorrow’s financial industry.”

Separately, Barclays is planning a hackathon that will see coders use blockchain technology for post-trade processing of derivatives contracts. The event will take place over two days in September in London and New York, according to Coindesk.

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GOOGLE NEVER REALLY LEFT CHINA: A LOOK AT THE CHINESE WEBSITE GOOGLE’S BEEN QUIETLY RUNNING

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More information is leaking out about just how Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a mobile search engine application that complies to the country’s censorship laws.

The Intercept first broke this story when a whistleblower provided them documentation detailing the secret censored search project (codenamed Dragonfly). According to them, an overlooked Google acquisition from 2008 — 265.com — has been quietly laying down the foundation for the endeavor.

In order to run a business in China, tech companies are required to obtain a Internet Content Provider license from the Chinese government. As it’s difficult for foreign businesses to obtain this license, Google has long partnered with Chinese IT company Ganji.com. Back in the early years of Google.cn, Google actually operated directly off of Ganji.com’s license, even claiming the Chinese company was temporarily running its search engine. Facing intense scrutiny from the Chinese government and the media over this license arrangement, in 2007 Google formed a legitimate joint venture company with Ganji.com — the Beijing Guxiang Information and Technology Co.

Because of the necessity of that license, Google has maintained that joint venture and has been operating in China under the name Beijing Guxiang Information and Technology Co. ever since. Even after the shut down of Google.cn, Google’s Chinese advertising enterprise has been operating under the joint venture company as well as, low and behold, 265.com. A whois search of the 265.com domain name, which provides a record of the current domain registrant information, pulls up Beijing Guxiang Information and Technology Co. as the registrant organization.

A significant number of Google employees are reportedly none too happy about Google’s project complying with Chinese censorship laws. This most recent news, that the company has long been collecting data for a moment just like this, surely won’t make morale among these workers any better.

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