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Two New iPads Get Certified by Eurasian Regulatory Authorities

By Radu Iorga

We wrote a few days ago that Apple’s collection of gadgets for the Fall has been leaked, but now it seems that more proof has surfaced. The Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC) has authorized two models for sale in Russia and other markets in the area, plus updates to other models with iOS 12 instead of iOS 11.

The filing with the ECC alludes to the tablet models A1895 and A1980, listed with iOS 11. These are supposed to be iPads, not iPhones, in case there was any confusion. I’m expecting one to be the new 12.9 inch iPad and the other a 11 inch slate to replace the 10.5 inch model. Filings for 11 other model numbers appeared back in April, but that filing has changed. Their references to iOS 11 have been changed to iOS 12. These devices have the codenames A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2014, A2015, and A2016.

None of these codenames have appeared associated with iPhone or iPad products till now, so we’re dealing with novelty here. The listing doesn’t include model names, but these are clearly iOS devices according to descriptions. Since there are so many devices, we could see an iPhone SE 2 and the trio of iPhones so rumored. These filings were done for the nations of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

We can’t tell much from the documents, except for the fact that the products will be launching within a few months. We’re pretty certain we’re going to see an iPad with a notch and Face ID, plus a new 11 inch version to replace the 10.5 inch one. Expect new CPUs, cameras, extra RAM and no more Home button. The Face ID mechanism will be reserved for the higher end iPads or iPad Pro models.

Expect more leaks in August, as we get closer to the September event.

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Microsoft Patents New Input Method That Involves Touch-Free Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has been working on touchless input for a long while now, even back in the days of the Lumia patenting a “3D Touch” mechanism that allowed users to interact with Metro UI tiles without touching them. Instead they would hover the finger above them. Now they’re back at it again, with a new patent for a touch free and smudge free tablet.

Touchscreens have become a staple of today’s life, but they’re starting to get obsolete as people look for the next best way to control a device. Microsoft decided to implement a system for future Surface devices, that will give them touch free input. It appears in a recently granted patent published by the USPTO on July 10th. It’s simply called “Touchless Input”.

Just like the Apple TrueDepth camera from the iPhone X maps the face the eliminate the need for regular login, this system relies on a similar camera that captures depth maps of an entire scene, including a human subject. We’ve got a detection system built within the device, which scans every pixel in each map, showing what’s junk and what’s actual input with fingers.

It could even model the whole human being, with a virtual skeleton and joints, in order to accurately predict the motions of the hand. The virtual joints are compared across all captured depth maps to determine a finger gesture based on machine learning. The system is able to track more than one human user and physical object. The device is able to map the physical location of the finger to the on screen cursor.

The user can move the finger in the air or any direction to provide input and commands. The system tracks multiple fingers, so you can perform complex actions, like clicking and dragging files and folders, zooming, panning, double tap, rotating and more. If the sensors are accurate enough, your fingerprints could be scanned in thin air. A visible light camera similar to the depth ones may be used in the system.

This sounds like a nice way to put the successor of a Kinect to work…

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: A Scary Day For Me And The BLU Studio Energy 2, I Thought It Was Dead!

By Tim

When your tech devices die it can be an agonizing reality, especially if you don’t have a spare device around that can do the same job! Today I thought I had run into that scenario!

However persistence and just plain stubborness paid of about 10 hours later with a nicely resurrected smartphone with a few spare GB’s of storage space and your’s truly here quite happy to be back in business!

However I still need a new phone and this brought that reality home! So perhaps some manufacturer or some kind soul can send me a decent 5.7 inch, 18:9 smartphone with at least Android 7.1 for testing? My tests last roughly 2 years and result in dozens of articles over that time period…hint, hint, Nuu Mobile USA, that G3 seems perfect!

Okay here is the entire saga in a relatively short video, at least compared to the almost 10 hrs of “fix” time om the BLU Studio Energy 2.

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Today’s First Video Worth Sharing: ALLDOCUBE KNote 5 2 in 1 Tablet PC, Hands On and Review

By Tim

This video comes to us from Chris over at TechTablets.com and is an interesting product. The Alldocube KNote 5 is a decent, but far from stellar 11.6 inch tablet with a keyboard case.

As usual for inexpensive tablets this one lacks decent speakers, which of course is easily cured a headphones or Bluetooth speakers. The display is a very decent , but not all that bright, IPS type and the device also does have a 128 GB SSD drive, which is nice to see.

This one also has an N4100 Intel Celeron processor and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM.

It is currently available at Gearbest for $309 at the time of this posting.

So below is the video and make sure to check out the TechTablets channel on YouTube for similar content to this!

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Apple Ready to Bring Full Photoshop to the iPads in 2019

By James A.

We already played with Photoshop on the iPads for years now, even scoring a bit of evolution points thanks to the Apple Pencil, but Adobe wants to take things further. Now they’re talking about bringing full Photoshop to the iPads from 2019.

iOS 11 was all about making the iPad a sort of fully fledged PC, but some core apps just weren’t there yet. Full version Photoshop was among them, but even that one is ready to make the transition. A fresh report from Bloomberg says that Apple and Adobe will announce a full Photoshop for the iPad in October and launch it in 2019. Scott Belsky, chief product officer for Creative Cloud confirmed the arrival, but not the timeline.

Adobe offered until now solutions like the simple Photoshop Express, but it didn’t reach the same level of quality as a PC or Mac app, to be frank. That allowed rivals like Affinity Photo to make a dent in Adobe’s market share. People are using the iPad more and more for a variety of tasks, so why not make fully fledged photo editing one of them?

A big strategy shift happened back in October 2017, when Adobe introduced Lightroom CC and last month they did the same for video with Project Rush. We mentioned Rush, because that’s supposed to be the inspiration for the stripped down Photoshop ready for introduction next year. It’ll work and sync across devices, have the Sense AI tech and offer more options than ever.

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