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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Galaxy S6 and HTC M9 Latest, EE London Air Ambulance App and Wearable Banana Tech
We are literally a few hours away from the launches of two new eagerly anticipated smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9 which are both due to launch about 6 this evening. The speculation and rumours are reaching fever pitch so here's what's emerged since our last blog on the subject.
Images of the purported Samsung Galaxy S6 have allegedly been surfacing on the internet which seem to confirm a premium metal design and possibly a wrap-over screen on one side of the handset. If they turn out to be real then we could see a three-sided curved screen on the S6 similar to the one on the Galaxy Note Edge with the curved edge of the screen used to display important notifications. There are also reports that the Galaxy S6 will come with its very own special antenna for superior communications and transmission of data.
There has been a veritable flurry of leaks concerning the HTC One M9 over the last week - promotional videos have appeared online (and have quickly been removed) but not before they were spotted and written about. So what is the latest speculation on the M9? It looks like the M9 will be sporting a two-tone metal design, the camera on the rear is expected to be a 20-megapixel snapper and the front-facing camera has been upgraded with Ultrapixel technology which will offer much better images in poor light conditions. The BoomSound speakers will now include Dolby Audio Surround and a brand new HTC Connect feature will apparently enable you to stream video or music with the swipe of a few fingers.
From new smartphones to new apps, and EE have been working in close partnership with London Air Ambulance on a new app designed to save more lives. The app will markedly reduce the time it takes to dispatch Air Ambulances and Rapid Response vehicles. It's thought that the app will knock several minutes off the time is takes an Air Ambulance helicopter to respond and that the Rapid Response vehicles will be ready to depart in a matter of seconds. The app is designed to work on a tablet using EE's 4G network and will display navigation and route information as well as important details surrounding the incident. With around 5,000 emergency calls to the London Ambulance Service every single day, patients with the most critical injuries and illnesses will receive much needed medical help even quicker than ever before.
Despite being named after a fruit, you can't actually eat any of Apple's devices (well, not without experiencing some severe indigestion). But last weekend's Tokyo Marathon saw the launch of an entirely new, and entirely novel, new gadget - the edible wearable. A couple of the Tokyo Marathon's competitors sported an a banana on their wrists, but not just any banana. These 'wearables' were in effect edible fitness trackers complete with display information on the skin regarding distance travelled, their heart rate and at what point in the race was the optimal time to consume the actual bananas. Inside the yellow fruit were some sensors, LEDS and a small battery. Could this be the start of more more fruit-themed wearables in the future?