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Amazon Echo – Your Shopping Assistant By Voice

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Following in the footsteps of the Fire phone, Amazon has launched a new tech gadget named Amazon Echo for its hardware service this year.

According to the Echo’s official introduction, Amazon designed it around your voice with expertly tuned speakers that can fill any room with immersive sound. It starts working upon hearing its activation word “Alexa” and it complies, whether you’re asking for news, music, alarms, information, weather or more. Even so, when you ask “Alexa, add wrapping paper to my shopping list”, it’ll respond with, “I’ve put wrapping paper on your shopping list” in a second even without any physical interaction.

The Amazon Echo is equipped with an array of 7 microphones,using beam-forming technology to collect voice information from any direction. According to Amazon with its enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you just as well even when it’s playing music.

In short, Amazon Echo is a wireless loud speaker controlled by voice that can help to answer questions like Siri. However, the difference is Siri has to rely on iOS devices such as iPhones or iPads, but Amazon’s Echo can be used on Android, iOS, desktops and of course Fire OS.

Running on Amazon’s Web Services and connecting to the cloud, Amazon’s Echo will get smarter and automatically update new features and services. The more you use it, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. At the same time of being curious about how it actually works in real life, I’m more curious to know how Amazon will protect the users’ information without being hacked like iCloud in recent events.

Amazon Echo Introduction

Leaked Sony Xperia Z4 LCD Touch Digitizer

This past September Sony released their flagship Xperia Z3, however, there has been a flooded of rumors claiming that Sony will release the Xperia Z4 soon. Some say that Sony will bring Xperia Z4 to the public Jan.1st to Jan. 6th in Las Vegas, during CES 2015 together with the Xperia Z4 Ultra, Xperia Z4 Compact and Xperia Z4 Tablet. While others say that the Xperia Z4 will arrive at MWC 2015 Barcelona, Spain in March.

Like wise, the Xperia Z4’s features are hotly contested and have many a rumor surrounding them. Seemingly unanimously rumored is that Xperia Z4 sports a 5.5-inch 2560X1440 display, with a Snapdragon 810 CPU, Adreno 430 GPU, 4GB RAM and 16GB ROM as well as NFC, wireless charging, IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant functions.

Just a few weeks ago we leaked the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge LCD Touch Digitizer before its launch to the market, and they turned out to be the original parts. Today we have the Sony Xperia Z4 LCD Touch Digitizer, which we have reviewed for you. Well let’s strike while the iron is hot and check out the Xperia Z4’s screen.

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Compared with its predecessor, the Xperia Z3, the Sony Xperia Z4’s LCD Touch Digitizer has a similar display size. Perhaps this leaked part can put to rest the rumor saying the Xperia Z4’s screen will be 6.2 inches.

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From this picture, you can clearly see the differences between the Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3 LCD Touch Digitizer. The proximity sensor and front facing camera have their position reversed, and the Xperia Z4’s earpiece speaker position has been raised to the top edge. What about the bottom of the phone?

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Obviously, the Xperia Z4 has removed the stereo loudspeaker position compared with the Xperia Z3. Rumor had it that the Xperia Z4 will still feature dual loudspeakers; perhaps the Xperia Z4 has moved the loudspeakers to the bottom edge along with the USB charging port.

Rumors will stay rumors until the final product comes out next year, maybe Sony will give us more surprises, let’s wait and see.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge LCD Touch Digitizer Review

Announced back in September 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be available to the market soon. As a revolutionary new design for smartphones, the Galaxy Note Edge is sure to catch everyone’s eye by the sleek curved edge in the screen. This edge of the screen enables a new and quick way to access frequently used apps, and to receive notifications without interrupting anything on the main screen.

We got the Galaxy Note Edge LCD Touch Digitizer and compared it to the Galaxy Note 4 LCD Touch Digitizer. Wanna see what we found? Check it out!

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From the above pictures, we can see that the Galaxy Note Edge screen looks to be the same size as the Galaxy Note 4, even though the Note Edge’s screen is 5.6 inches and the Note 4 is actually 5.7 inches.

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However, with a bigger-size screen, the Galaxy Note 4 has a larger touch responsive area than the Galaxy Note Edge (curved area not included).

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In the below pictures, it’s clear to see the similarities and differences in dimensions between the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.

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Despite the dimensions, the proximity sensor and front facing camera positions of the Galaxy Note Edge are slightly different from the Galaxy Note 4.

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Even though the sensor and camera are in different positions, the home button positions are the same in size and position. From this design, we assume that the Note 4 home button can be used for the Note Edge.

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Putting all those features aside, I’m wondering if a tempered glass or anti-glare screen protector can be applied to the Galaxy Note Edge screen due to the uneven display. What do you think? Share your comments below.