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Well, guys, you like curves?
Well the new creation from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University certainly has them. 

The first holographic smartphone with ample flexibility will hit store shelves at some point in the future but first the makers have this video to show to keep your appetite whetted.

The Holoflex as the phone is called has a touchscreen that allows users to see and manipulate holographic images by simply bending the phone.




 The Queen’s University in a press release said  "Images are rendered into 12-pixel wide circular blocks rendering the full view of the 3D object from a particular viewpoint. 

"These pixel blocks project through a 3D printed flexible microlens array consisting of over 16,000 fisheye lenses. The resulting 160 x 104 resolution image allows users to inspect a 3D object from any angle simply by rotating the phone."The resolution is the spot of trouble though, with the i-Phone 6 spotting an impressive 750 x 1334 is vastly superior to the Holoflex which comes in at a much less impressive 160 x 104.

The Holoflex gains major brownie points especially with its input method.

There was an Angry Birds demo used to test out the phone. In the video, the user was bending the phone to increase tension in the slingshot in-game and that's pretty darn cool.

Also according to the creators, the touchscreen can be used to maninpulate objects in the x and y axes, while squeezing the display to move objects along the z-axis. Due to the wide view angle, multiple users can examine a 3D model simultaneously from different points of view.

"By employing a depth camera, users can also perform holographic video conferences with one another", says Dr. Vertegaal from the Queen researchers. 

"When bending the display users literally pop out of the screen and can even look around each other, with their faces rendered correctly from any angle to any onlooker".

The HoloFlex is still a ways from full completion but will be unveiled by the Queen’s researchers in San Jose, California at the top conference in Human-Computer Interaction, ACM CHI 2016, on May 9.

We're certainly looking forward to it.





Samsung seems to have something brewing again with leaks of their new offering the C5 hitting the internet over the last couple of weeks.

The phone has yet to be announced, but it has been heavily leaked, with a cool looking front and back image of the phone available for viewing.



The shots give an indication of what to expect with the C series from Samsung; a metal-clad body, antenna bands and a thin body.

The front looks quite Samsung though with the almost spherical home button that has become practically trademark Samsung. 

But what's on the inside,

In terms of Specs, the Galaxy C5 sounds the part. The whispers promise a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16/8MP camera combo and Android Marshmallow. 



From the look of things, the Galaxy C5 sounds like a pretty sweet phone, a definite upgrade to the A series and with its sleek design could make it a pretty good i-Phone doppelganger (in some design aspects at least)

No idea how much it would cost or its initial release date but then again it's been heavily leaked, so odds are we'll hear something pretty soon.





Opera launched their inbuilt VPN service on their browser. What it allowed users to do essentially was to bypass usage caps or indiscriminate monitoring, allowing the user access to free streaming without the hassle of data caps or online monitoring. This will be especially useful to those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, like those pesky I.T. departments at work or elsewhere.

On installation on mobile devices, it removes all those annoying ad-tracking cookies, you know, the ones that stalk you all over the internet – and then try to lure you in with adverts that they feel you'd like and such.

Opera also explains that the app allows users to encrypt their local web traffic, for further privacy protection. This is useful when using unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, too.

This helps people who would like to keep their business private especially with their personal devices. In this era of constant online monitoring, the Opera VPN is helping people bypass these restrictions and giving them a sense of privacy.


Chris Houston, President of Surfeasy, Opera’s VPN division, said in an announcement released this morning.“Every day, millions of people, from students to working people, find that social-media sites like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are blocked when they surf on their campus or workplace Wi-Fi. The same goes for video-streaming sites,

 “With the new Opera VPN app, we help people to break down the barriers of the web and enjoy the internet like it should be,”


The good news now is-- the app has now come to the iOS, which means that users of the i-Phone and i-Pad also have access to the protection Opera's VPN provides. The user will have to open the settings page of the browser and turn it on as it's off by default.


The VPN app, at launch, lets you choose from one of five virtual locations: the U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands. It’s also available in several languages, including English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


An android version is already in the works, but iOS users...yay!
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