Friday, 12 September 2014

Digitsole: The radiator for your shoe!

 

Digitsole: The radiator for your shoe!

Frosty feet whilst commuting and cold toes on the slopes may be a thing of the past thanks to the invention of Digitsole. By now you’ll be familiar with your wrists being decked in the latest technology with smartwatches and the launch of the Apple Watch this week. But it’s your feet that are the centre of attention with this product.

Digitsole is a connected insole that you can control straight from your smartphone which allows you to choose the temperature of your shoes. It doesn’t just keep your feet warm: once you’ve entered your height and weight it will also measure how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned.

It looks like any other shoe insole you might have used before, but this one has been created specially by the Digitsole engineers. They’ve created an insole made from lightweight materials Neotech and Poron to control vibrations, spread heat equally and better absorb shock.

To start using the Digitsole you need to charge it via a USB port, load the app and connect it to your smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0. It can be used in almost any shoe and you can adjust the temperature and keep an eye on your health at any time. All you need to do is get your hands on a pair, download the dedicated app and off you trot.

Fancy taking Digitsole for a stroll? The invention is up on Kickstarter right now: you can currently get the ‘super early bird’ price of $99 (£60.90) but the standard retail price will be $149 (£91.90), estimated to arrive in January 2015. If you’re after it as a Christmas present you can pay an extra £18.50 for it to arrive in time and give the gift of toastie feet.

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The new Angolan police app now available in nthe apple and android store


The Angolan police app for the general public is now available for the iphone. This app allows users some unique functions at the click of a button.


Some of the unique features are.

·         SOS button, no matter where in the country you are only  click away from safety.

·         Live updates for lost people.

·         Live updates for wanted criminals.

·         Find your closest police station

·         Report a crime

The main feature is the SOS button, if you press this in the main HQ for the Police a map appears with your details requesting assistance.  The controller can find the closes police person to you and tell them exactly where you are transferring your location to the police man and he can come and find you.  If you change location the system keep track of you no matter where you go.


Android


 

Apple
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

PS4 comes to android phones


Sony's latest smartphones and tablets can stream PlayStation 4 video games.

Owners will be able to attach the new devices to an existing PS4 controller via a special mount to play titles powered by the console's processors.

Until now this "remote play" facility had only been offered to the firm's PlayStation Vita handheld console.

Experts said the feature should help Sony's kit stand out from Android rivals at a time when competition is intensifying.

But despite the popularity of the PS4, they added, the move was likely to have only a slight impact on sales.



The Japanese company also unveiled a new smartwatch and a fitness tracker at a press conference in Berlin, ahead of the start of the Ifa tech show.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony PlayStation TV, Alienware Alpha, Skully smart helmet

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony PlayStation TV, Alienware Alpha, Skully smart helmet: Gadget digest

This week has seen some brilliantly cool gadgets, including the latest all-metal Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Throw in a couple of phablets, a smart motorcycle helmet and a Pi-powered camera, and there’s lots to catch up on. So read on for our weekly roundup, where we’re looking at the biggest and best stories of the week!

Super-smart Smartphones!

Samsung smartphones have always walked the walk when it comes to features, but they’ve generally lagged behind the very best when it comes to premium materials. Not so the Galaxy Alpha, which is the first Galaxy blower to feature a full metal jacket. It’s great to see a Samsung device finally take on the HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 5s in the style stakes!

We also spotted some incredibly cool ways to jazz up your Android smartphone this week, with the InkCase Plus promising to change the way you read notifications and e-books on the move forever. The compact case packs in an e-ink screen, letting you access a whole world of content without even having to unlock your phone!

If the Galaxy Alpha doesn’t do it for you, and you’re on a much more extreme budget, then Nokia may have the perfect handset for you. The new Nokia 130 crams video and music playback capabilities into a handset costing just £15 – could this be the ideal second phone for festivals or holidays?

High-end and low-end Phablets

In other Samsung news, the Galaxy Note 4 popped up on an Indonesian website this week, leaking out the specs we’ve been dying to know more about. How does a Quad HD screen and the latest Snapdragon processor grab you, for starters? It could turn Samsung into the king of phablets once again!

Games galore

With gadgets like the Nvidia Shield promising to stream games to the big screen from your PC, traditional consoles like the PlayStation 4 have a tough fight on their hands. Which is why Sony announced at Gamescom earlier this week that its own micro console – the PlayStation TV – will be on the way in November and packs in the ability to beam down games from PlayStation Now, along with streaming PS4 games via Remote Play – all for around £85. Not bad, eh?

That wasn’t the only gaming device to make an appearance this week though, with the Alienware Alpha also popping up. The Alpha was originally set to debut under Valve’s delayed Steam Machines initiative, but Alienware has decided to launch sooner, packing in some serious PC gaming punch into a tiny console, but you’ll be able to get your hands on one a lot sooner!

And in other news…

There have also been loads of fun gadgets popping up over the internet in the past few days, with the SnapPiCam a fantastic example. Wondering what to do with your Raspberry Pi? SnapPiCam helps you to turn it into a 5-megapixel camera! We were also particularly impressed with the Skully smart helmet, which crams in a heads-up display and rear-view camera to potentially save you from accidents. All the better for not needing its more protective qualities!

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Move over Netflix here comes Vident (video entertainment)


Over the past few years Netflix has become the master of video streaming for smart phones, smart devices, PC and nearly any items you can think of.  But soon there will be a new kid on the block, looking at taking video streaming to a whole new level.

Vident Corp (video entertainment) will be launching in December 2014 and its initial launch will be in South Africa.  This will be the first video streaming service available in the Africa continent. 

But what will make Vident different, at the moment video streaming is exactly that you watch, you put down.  Vident will not just be a video streaming app but it has several new ideas to make it a true future of digital entertainment., A mulit level platform with a variety of facets that allow you not just to watch movies on your smart device or PC but to interact with friends and family while you are using the Vident video streaming service.  One of the unique feature is that it will be a local app for each country showing not just US block buster movies but also local movies in local languages giving the viewers more to interact with.

Vident corp are a South African based company who have understood the future of video rental is through digital media and not your traditional outlets.

This app and the full system is being design By Easy Apps Business and will be available on Apple, Android, Blackberry, PC, Ipad and tablet at the launch and will then progress on to other smart devices, gaming consoles and countries in the following months.

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

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Save your USB: A simple guide to keeping your USB gadgets safe!

Save your USB: A simple guide to keeping your USB gadgets safe!

Millions of us have been using USB memory sticks and peripherals for years, but your trusty flash drives and accessories have recently hit the headlines with potentially huge security flaws. The idea that hackers take over your computer with the help of some hidden code in your thumb drive’s firmware is terrifying, so read on to find out all you need to know and find out if you’re at risk.

What’s it all about?

USB memory sticks have become one of the default storage formats for taking files on the go over the past decade, but an invisible security flaw has recently been discovered that could let hackers gain full control of your computer. It’s not just storage devices either; plugging in any USB accessory could lead to hackers issuing their own commands to do what they want with your computer. The code is capable of handling anything from installing malware to redirecting the web pages you open, and the fact it’s virtually untraceable is even more alarming.

How was it discovered then?

The tech gurus at Security Research Labs (SR Labs) discovered the security flaw when reverse engineering firmware on USB devices, with the company explaining: “Once reprogrammed, benign devices can turn malicious in many ways.”

Where is the malicious code hidden?

Unlike traditional viruses or malware, the malicious code hidden away on USB products isn’t easily visible. Instead of appearing as a regular file, it can be hidden away in the firmware on your USB stick, USB mouse or even your humble keyboard. For a quick refresher, firmware is software installed on a device itself, that controls what it does each time you hook it up to a computer. So when you plug in a USB memory stick, for instance, your computer knows what it is, and can open up the relevant folder. This means that malicious hackers changing the code in your USB drive’s firmware can have a truly massive impact.

Why is the malicious code invisible?

While your anti-virus software is happy to scan your computer and any of the storage devices you connect for malware, it won’t check out what’s going on with the firmware on any of your devices. SR Labs adds: “Malware scanners cannot access the firmware running on USB devices, and USB firewalls that block certain devices do not (yet) exist.”

Are you at risk?

Yes and no. While USB devices have been a traditionally safe medium, the fact malicious code can go so easily undetected means you could be using an infected accessory without even knowing it. Although you can’t easily scan for issues, there are steps you can take to help avoid problems.

What can you do if you’re worried about infection?

Stick to what you know! Firmware needs to be updated by an installer, so if you are offered updates for your devices, make sure they’re being offered from a trusted source. Don’t go using second-hand memory sticks or devices that you don’t know the history of, meaning it’s worth buying new accessories from shops you know and trust. You’ll be a lot safer if you know where an accessory has come from and who may have updated the firmware.

And if you do have issues? Throw your USB gadget away! SR Labs concludes: “Once infected, computers and their USB peripherals can never be trusted again.” Fingers crossed it wasn’t an expensive gaming mouse or high capacity stick!

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Apple iWatch, HTC Android Wear Smartwatch, Pink HTC One (M8), Huawei P7 Arsenal Edition smartphone:

 

Apple iWatch, HTC Android Wear Smartwatch, Pink HTC One (M8), Huawei P7 Arsenal Edition smartphone: Gadget Digest

It’s been another great week in the world of gadgets, and now we’re close to the end it’s time to look back and check out our favourite stories. From gaming tablets to smartphones, smartwatches and wearables, there’s been absolutely loads going on throughout the week. So read on to catch up on all the news from the past few days.

Smartphones for football fans!Football fans and smartphones may not usually go hand-in-hand, but Huawei wants to change all that with its new P7 Arsenal Edition. Will this svelte-looking blower be enough to tempt Gunners fans in their droves, or will it turn out like Arsenal’s last season: full of promise but unable to deliver when it matters… Only time will tell!

It’s been a good week for lesser-known (over in the UK at least) manufacturers, with Xiaomi also hitting the headlines with its brand new Mi 4 flagship. Boasting a full metal construction, could this be the ideal alternative to the HTC One (M8) or Apple iPhone 5s?

Speaking of the HTC One (M8), HTC launched a couple of new version of its range-topping handset. Fancy some colour to go with the premium build and minimalist design? You’ll now be able to buy both a pink and red HTC One (M8)!

There’s no need to spend all your cash to get a decent smartphone though, which is where the new Nokia Lumia 530 comes in. Windows Phone, a Snapdragon processor and a bright, vibrant design for under £80, what’s not to like?

Tablets, gaming tablets and more!

There’s been plenty going on this week when it comes to tablets, too, with the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet finally being officially announced. We’d already seen leaks and rumours about the tablet, so it’s great to see it make an appearance, complete with its own wireless controller for the perfect gaming experience.

The KingSing tablet sits at the other end of the scale, offering Windows for just £60. This 8-inch Chinese wonder may not set the world alight with its spec, but it’s certainly worth a look if you want to grab hold of a Windows tablet without spending a small fortune.

Samsung is also eyeing up the budget tablet market, launching the Android-based Galaxy Tab Q. It’s currently available in China only, but there’s every chance it could make it to those shores in the not too distant future.

Smartwatch invasion

It’s been a great few months for Android Wear smartwatches, with Samsung, LG and Motorola all getting behind the platform and launching new products. HTC is now also looking to join the party, with its very own all-metal smartwatch. With a metal bracelet and facia, it looks every bit stylish enough to wear on a night out, something that’s not always guaranteed with smartwatches!

Another week, and yet more leaks about Apple’s smartwatch – could it be the worst kept secret ever? This time, there’s news that Apple could be working on two completely different designs for its wearable, partnering the likes of Swatch to come up with something that’s as stylish as it is functional.

And in other news…

That’s just the start though! How about a gaming vest offering full body feedback? Or the latest face-tracking 3D games on the Amazon Fire phone? Or even a retro Bluetooth NES controller? Whatever you’re doing for the weekend, sit back, have a drink and enjoy catching up on the week’s stories.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Forget the Android Auto Alliance and Apple CarPlay: Get a connected car now!

 

Forget the Android Auto Alliance and Apple CarPlay: Get a connected car now!

Google, Apple and Nokia have spent the past few years working on the ultimate connected car, but you don’t need to wait years to kit your car out with gadgets and apps. There are loads of things you can do to make your journey better, from stereos that sync effortlessly with your smartphone to apps that turn your phone into music streaming sat-nav device. Read on to find out how to get CarPlay-like tech here and now!

Oxygen Audio O Car head unitThere are loads of car stereos out there that hook up to your smartphone wirelessly, but not many ditch a screen completely in favour of your handset. The Oxygen Audio O Car stereo does just that, with your iPhone clipping into the head unit and a companion app letting you control the stereo from the phone’s touchscreen. It may not be quite as elegant as CarPlay or the Google Auto Alliance, but it’s not far off!

The in-car personal assistant

Last year we showed you ways you could control the tech in your car by voice alone, but things have come on in leaps and bounds since then. If you want to use your smartphone, you’ll now be able to choose from other digital assistants as well as Siri, with Cortana on Windows Phone and Google Now on Android both letting you make searches, send text messages and a whole lot more all without touching a button on your phone.

The perfect Car App

If you have a Windows Phone, there are few apps better suited to driving than Nokia Car App. One of the simplest and easy to use apps we’ve ever tried, Nokia Car App removes all the clutter, setting up a faux Start Screen with just three buttons on it. Even when you’re driving along, it would be easy to tap a button to launch Spotify, HERE Drive or any other Windows Phone app, without worrying about hitting the wrong one or needing to take your eyes off the road for precious seconds.

Find your way home

Whatever phone or tablet you go for, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sat-nav apps from Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Go for a smartphone like the Nokia Lumia 930 and you won’t even need to download additional apps – HERE Drive is included as part of the package, and you can add free offline mapping for anywhere in the world. Both Apple and Android offer free turn-by-turn navigation apps as well, in the form of Apple Maps and Google Maps, respectively, and there are also plenty of paid for options too. If you don’t mind paying, apps don’t get much more comprehensive or easy to use than TomTom’s smartphone packages.

Apps apps apps

Connected tech like CarPlay promises to bring a host of prominent apps to the big screen in your car, but they’re all apps you can already get for your smartphone and tablet. All you need is a universal cradle to hold your device in place, a suitable means to charge your phone or tablet on the go, and a regular car stereo with Bluetooth or an Aux-in lead. Once you’ve connected your smartphone to your stereo, you’ll be able to stream music using Spotify and other services, listening to your favourite tracks through your car’s speakers! With audio streaming through your speakers, it’s even easy to set up a mini cinema in the back of the car for the kids, with apps like iPlayer and YouTube perfect for watching video on the move. Who needs CarPlay now?

Smartphone breathalyzer

Turning your car into a mobile tech fest doesn’t have to be restricted to entertainment either, with loads of cool gadgets out there that can help to keep you safe. Like the MobaBlow Bluetooth Brethalyzer, a Kickstarter gadget that works alongside your smartphone to help tell you when you’re OK to drive, or if you had a couple too many the night before and need to put the keys away for another couple of hours. And if you have drank too much, the accompanying app offers some nifty features like ‘Call a Cab’, ‘Call a Friend’ and even a ‘Find me’ feature!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Turn your iPad, Windows or Android tablet into a desktop PC replacement!

 

Turn your iPad, Windows or Android tablet into a desktop PC replacement!

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 may seem like the perfect tablet when it comes to actually doing work, but if you don’t have one, there’s loads you can do to turn your Android, Windows or iPad into a replacement for your desktop computer.

We’ve already looked at different ways you can turn your tablet into a laptop, but tablets these days are a lot more powerful. With quad-core processors and stacks of memory, gadgets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S can be ideal replacements for your desktop PC. So read on for some of the accessories and apps you’ll be needing if you want to ditch the desktop.

The big screen!The size of the screen is one of the biggest barriers to getting work done on your tablet, and nobody want to hammer out long documents on a tiny eight or 10-inch display. Thankfully, following a recent announcement at Google’s IO conference, it’s now possible to mirror the display on your Android tablet to your HDTV with a little help from the Google Chromecast, meaning you’ll no longer be left squinting at work you’re trying to do.

Apple’s iPad offers a handy solution when it comes to wirelessly streaming content from tablet to the big screen, in the form of the Apple TV. Meanwhile, the Windows 8.1 RT-based Nokia Lumia 2520 may not offer wireless screen mirroring, but it does cram in a micro HDMI-D port, making it easy to hook up to a big screen via cable.

Beating the Surface at typing

There’s no point in viewing content on your TV if you still have to resort to typing on a tiny touchscreen keypad though. Thankfully, there are loads of Bluetooth keyboards out there that are perfect for your tablet. Check out the Archos Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard for the Apple iPad, for example, or the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio from Logitech for your Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Productivity apps

If you’re serious about replacing your desktop computer, one of the first bits of software you’ll be needing is an office suite. Few are more accomplished the Microsoft Office, and the app is free for your Android tablet.

It’s just as easy to add Microsoft Office to your Apple iPad, but unfortunately, unlike your iPhone, you’ll still need to pay if you want to edit documents in addition to simply reading them. How much? Prices start at $70 (£43) for one computer and one iPad.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 goes one better, and it already has everything you need to start editing documents the second you take it out of the box. A full version of Microsoft Office – including Word and Excel – is pre-installed on the Lumia, so you’ll be good to say goodbye to the desktop as soon as you hook up to a proper keyboard and screen.

Add some tunes

If you’re working in a home office, the chances are you’ll also spend plenty of time listening to music. You’ll be needing speakers for your tablet then, letting you get the most out of Pandora, Spotify or your local music collection. Check out the NudeAudio Move L Bluetooth speaker as a great wireless solution for your iPad, Windows or Android tablet. We also loved the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20, which is another compact yet powerful wireless speaker.

You can print too…

Just being able to work on your tablet sometimes isn’t enough, and there’s a good chance you’ll want to print something every now and again. Thankfully there are loads of wireless options around, letting you connect straight from your tablet and print all without the need for cables.

The HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One printer is a great example, offering integrated Wi-Fi to let you connect to a home network, or even letting you use Wireless Direct to let you beam data straight from your tablet to the printer. Perfect for the home office!

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Mobile Apps Trumps Mobile Web Usage - Easy App Business

 

While the amount of time spent watching T.V. has stayed relatively stable over the past few years, time spent using mobile apps is increasing wildly.  Mobile app usage was averaging about an hour each day in 2010, and it has now doubled to more than two hours, as reported by the app data analysis company Flurry. 

For reference, television watching takes up almost three hours each day, and web browsing takes a bit over an hour (although, for some of us, web browsing is running neck-and-neck with breathing for our most popular pastime).

At this level of importance, mobile apps are far too popular for businesses, especially small businesses, to ignore.  As we have discussed in other posts, the mobile web is still very important, and the best strategy is always to create both apps and quality mobile websites.  In terms of daily usage, however, apps are currently in the lead.

If you want to communicate with a particular market, you need to meet them where they are.  What this new data reveals for small businesses is that people are spending a ton of time on their mobile apps, and that this channel is far ahead of websites in terms of daily time spent (and quickly catching up to television). 

Of course, a lot of this time is double- and triple-counted, as users browse the web, play with apps, and watch T.V., all at the same time.  But the numbers don’t lie.

As far as practical advice goes, small businesses can 1) develop their own app, 2) develop their own mobile website 3) do both.  Developing apps or developing a mobile website, as app usage continues to climb, will increasingly have greater value and impact.

Look into it app makers!

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Friday, 11 July 2014

SoundSight smart headphones work with your smartphone to livestream gigs!

 

SoundSight smart headphones work with your smartphone to livestream gigs!

Ever play a gig and wish you could share with friends and fans who can’t make it? The SoundSight wireless headphones could change things forever for musicians cramming in cameras, microphones and a whole lot more to make it possible to livestream exactly what’s going on around you, without needing to carry extra equipment around.

There are plenty of options available if all you want is wireless music streaming for your headphones, with cans like the Beats Studio Wireless well worth a look. SoundSight offers a whole lot more though, and we love the idea of being able to share exactly what you can see and hear with the world.

The cool-looking headphones pack in a tiny 1080p video camera and an impressive six microphones, letting you create your own music videos without even having to hold a camera. You can even rotate the lens on the outside of the earphones by 270 degrees, making sure you always get the perfect shots.

SoundSight isn’t just about recording everything you see and hear either, as it also crams in live streaming capabilities. The clever headphones work with a companion iOS and Android app, letting you edit video clips before you broadcast on social networks, and if the sounds you’ve captured don’t live up to expectations it’ll also be easy to add in music tracks or other audio.

The 800mAh battery delivers around four hours of use when recording, stretching up to 18 hours when you switch to just active noise cancellation instead. Don’t expect it to come cheap though, with pre-orders for SoundSight costing $349 (£204). That’s still a massive saving on the expected $499 (£291) retail price when SoundSight is officially launched next spring.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

You’ll soon be able to control Google Glass with your mind!

 

You’ll soon be able to control Google Glass with your mind!

Google’s Glass Explorer program has just kicked off in the UK, and thanks to its wider availability, plenty more apps have sprung up for Google’s wearable – including one that lets you control Glass with your mind! It’s called MindRDR, and with it, you’ll be able to snap a photo and share it to your favourite social network with just a thought! Read on for all the details!

Navigating through Google Glass with your voice or by using the awkward touch panel on the side, can sometimes be a pain, but what if you could simply carry out actions just by thinking? That’s what London-based design studio This Place is aiming to enable, all thanks to its new MindRDR app. Simply by thinking, you can snap a photo using Google Glass, and then share it to Facebook or Twitter with just a few brainwaves – the only drawback is that you need some extra kit to get it to work.

The first version of the free app links your already pricey £1,000 Google Glass wearable with a Neurosky MindWave EEG headset, which will set you back another £70 or so, and it’s an extra item to wear on your head. The MindWave also only measures four different senses out of a possible 18, meaning functionality is just limited at the moment – but it does open up the possibilities for the future, and as the app is open source, you could see even more apps pop up that let you use Google Glass with just your brain.

We’re excited to see where this app and hardware will take us in the future, and you could soon be seeing a fully integrated mind-reading solution too – we know we can’t wait to get our brains on it. No doubt you can expect to see more developments with the MindRDR app, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the latest as soon as we hear it.

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The iOS phablet? Larger iPhones on the way in August!

 

The iOS phablet? Larger iPhones on the way in August!

We love the iPhone 5s, but with a relatively tiny 4-inch screen it feels like a bit of a relic in comparisons to phones like the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5, let alone the current crop of phablets. The iPhone 6 needs to be bigger then, and if reports are to be believe, it looks like it could well be, with a 4.7-inch model launching in August, with an even bigger version on the way in September.

There’s still plenty of scope for smaller smartphones – the launch of lots of ‘mini’ handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini confirms that – but it’d be great to see a bigger screen on the next-gen iPhone, making it better suited to videos and catching up with The Gadget Show.

And according to a report in Reuters and the Taiwanese Economic Daily News, we could be seeing a couple of new, larger iPhones later this year.

The first Apple iPhone 6 looks like hitting the shops in August – a few months earlier than previous years – with the 4.7-inch screen putting it more on par with rivals when it comes to display real estate. News of a gigantic 5.5 or 6-inch version hitting the shelves in September – in keeping with timing of the launch of the last new model – is even more exciting though, and we can’t wait to see an iOS phablet go toe to toe with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and the Lumia 1520.

With 80 million iPhone 6 handsets reportedly in the making, this is definitely the biggest shakeup we’ve seen for the iPhone since the introduction of the iPhone 3G, with Apple needing to come up with something significant if it wants to stay on top.

Having bigger screens will definitely make a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see if Cupertino can nail the other specs. DSLR lenses for photography could certainly help it though!

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet on sale December 4, costs £400

 

Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet on sale December 4, costs £400Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet on sale December 4, costs £400

Nokia’s first tablet will go on sale next week. The Finnish phone firm has announced its Lumia 2520 slate PC will hit shop shelves on Wednesday, December 4. It’ll cost £399.99, and will be exclusive to John Lewis at first.

We knew the tablet was coming sometime before Christmas, but this is the first we’ve heard of an exact date.

The 10.1-inch slate is equipped for 4G, and has a 6.7-megapixel snapper on the back. Given how impressive Nokia’s smartphone cameras are, we’re intrigued to see how its tablet’s snapper performs.

It also has a 2-megapixel front-facer.

Inside is a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. Nokia claims its 800mAh battery will give it 11 hours of life before needing a recharge.

Windows RT 8.1 comes as standard, letting you edit Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents, as well as use Outlook. Nokia’s Camera and Video Director software also let you get creative with your stills and footage respectively.

The Lumia 2520 comes in a glossy case that’s white or red, or a matte case that’s black or cyan.

Nokia’s Lumia 1520 also goes on sale next week, on Friday December 6. The 6-inch smartie is the biggest Nokia has ever made, and also the largest ever Windows Phone handset.

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

64% of smartphone shoppers will buy more from their mobiles this Christmas, predicts IMRG

Summer must be over: the predictions about ‘A Mobile Christmas’ are starting to arrive. First out of the paddock is IMRG-eDigitalResearch, suggesting that more than half (64%) of smartphone shoppers who are planning to shop from their devices this Christmas are claiming that they will make more mobile purchases this year compared to 2012.



eDigitalResearch and IMRG found that 44% of smartphone owners have said that they will consider doing some of their Christmas shopping online, with over half of these (64%) planning to purchase more gifts and Christmas items from their device than they did during the festive period in 2012. The survey of 2,000 online consumers also found that almost all respondents (96%) will shop online this Christmas, with 48% purchasing at least half of their Christmas shopping on the internet.


The results highlight the need for retailers to ensure that all their touch points – no matter how many they operate – are accessible to everyone in order to maximise Christmas sales.


The survey also found that a quarter (25%) of consumers feel that their online shopping experience is ‘significantly better’ or ‘slightly better’ at Christmas time thanks to special deals and a bigger range of products on offer. Just 7% feel that it gets worse.


In comparison, almost half (42%) feel that their in-store experience deteriorates during the festive period with busy stores, queues and a limited number of staff to deal with requests some of the main reasons that people feel high street shopping at Christmas is worse than any other time of the year.


The quarterly eCSI study has been tracking people’s Christmas shopping habits since 2008 and has found that consumers are increasingly turning to the internet and their online devices for better deals and more choice as household budgets continue to be squeezed.


Derek Eccleston, Commercial Director at eDigitalResearch, says: “Back in 2010 just 35% of smartphone owners said that they would even consider doing Christmas shopping from their devices. This Christmas, retailers are likely to see more festive purchases through mobile sites and apps than ever before. As a result, retailers and brands need to ensure that they are ready for the usual Christmas shopping spree and provide a seamless shopping experience no matter what channel a consumer uses. The customer experience has to be right from the offset – from a simple, yet inviting homepage right through to fulfilling orders on time as promised and ensuring that gifts arrive in time for the big day”.
 

Andy Mulcahy, Editor at IMRG, adds: “It is little wonder that such a high percentage of people (64%) say they are planning to do more shopping through their phones this Christmas; we’ve seen sales through mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) grow rapidly over the past few years, accounting for 23% of online sales in Q2 of 2013 with site visits at 34%. To put in perspective the rate at which confidence in the channel has grown, three years ago at the start of 2010, sales through mobile devices stood at just 0.4% of online sales.”


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Samsung's Google Glass rival revealed!

 

Samsung's Google Glass rival revealed!

A new patent seems to suggest that Korean firm Samsung is following Google into the smart glasses space. Google Glass competitor, complete with translucent frames, side controls and what appears to be a camera on the front, so you can record with little more than a wink.

Earphones will allow users to listen to music, but unlike Google’s offering – which can operate independently of other tech – these specs pair with your smartphone in the same way that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch does. There’s even some kind of connective plug on the back, which looks a bit old-fashioned to us.

Of course, this is just a patent and the final product – should it ever make it to market – will no doubt end up looking a lot different to these simple line drawings.

Are you excited about the concept of wearable tech, or do you think it’s a revolution that will fall flat on its face? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Adidas miCoach Smart Run: Sporty smartwatch packs GPS skills and heart rate tracking!

 

Adidas miCoach Smart Run: Sporty smartwatch packs GPS skills and heart rate tracking!

Nike just revealed its brand new FuelBand SE yesterday, and now it’s time for rival sports company Adidas to get in on the wearable tech action: meet the Adidas miCoach Smart Run, a smartwatch that packs in GPS skills and pulse-based heart rate tracking to help boost your running game. Who needs a FuelBand now?

Adidas’ new miCoach smartwatch is aimed directly at joggers, thanks to the inclusion of built-in GPS tracking to chart your runs and provide real-time coaching, plus you can keep on top of your heart rate thanks to optical technology. There’s also an accelerometer crammed into the watch to count your every step, while the GPS measures your speed so you know exactly how fast you’re running, how many steps you ran and the actual route you took. Handy.

You’ll also be able to load up your favourite tunes on the watch too, and push them via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones, while you’ll also be able to receive training suggestions from your very own digital coach, who’ll tell you speed up or slow down. There’s also visual guidance for specific workouts on the watch’s 1.45-inch screen too, to help make sure you don’t pull a muscle and do each exercise correctly. That comes in the form of workouts and training plans listed on Adidas’ miCoach website, which the Smart Run watch can sync to over Wi-Fi, checking off different workouts when you’ve finished them.

If you were hoping for the miCoach to hook up to your smartphone or tablet, you won’t be in luck: the watch is a standalone gizmo to help with your heart rate-based interval training, meaning you won’t be reading your notifications, emails or text messages on the touchscreen display. And with the watch going on sale next month for $399 (£249.59), it might be a hard sell for those who want their smartwatch to do everything and anything, like with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear – and Nike’s new FuelBand offering is much cheaper at £129. Still, Adidas is offering a competitive package for runners who want to maximise their training, and with the addition of a heart rate monitor built right into the watch, it could be the next best thing since dedicated running shoes were invented, round about the same time as sliced bread and the wheel.

Are you interested in Adidas’ new miCoach Smart Run watch or are you more keen on Nike’s brand new offering? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

New Androids phones galore, iPads incoming, brand new Chromebooks and more

 

New Androids phones galore, iPads incoming, brand new Chromebooks and more: Gadget Digest

Here we are again: it’s the end of the week and that means it’s time for your round-up of the top stories from the world of tech. We’ve spotted a leak of HTC’s next big phone, Samsung’s unleashed the world’s first bendy blower and Sony’s Xperia Z1 gets downsized. There are also yet more Android gaming gizmos on the way, the iPad 5 event is coming up and there’s a brand new duo of Chromebooks touching down too. We’ve got everything you need, right here in your gadget digest.

Android flagship phone fiesta: HTC, Samsung and Sony

What a week for Android phone fans! We’ve spotted a peek at the hotly rumoured HTC One Max, and it looks like it’s a super-sized Galaxy Note rival that’s set to come packing fingerprint sensing skills, just like the iPhone 5s. The phone looks like a definite reply to Apple’s latest flagship phone and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, but will it be able to best either of them? Not to be outdone, Samsung meanwhile has trotted out its brand new Galaxy Round, the world’s first phone that comes packing a curved display.

We were impressed by Sony’s current flagship Xperia Z1, and it’s now it’s had the mini-me treatment, just like Samsung’s and HTC’s flagship phones before it. Meet the Xperia Z1 f, a downsized version of Sony’s current top blower, but unlike the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Sony’s smaller version comes packing the same speedy specs as its bigger brother, only in a smaller, more pocket-friendly version: there’s the same quad-core processor and 20.7-megapixel camera on board. It’s currently heading to Japan in December, and while there’s no international launch planned just yet, we hope to be seeing it soon.

Brand new iPads are on the way

We’ve just had the brand new iPhones, and now we’re getting some new iPads too: according to a report by AllThingsD, Apple will be hosting a major event on 22 October, and we expect to see the iPad 5 and a new iPad mini there too! We’ve already spotted a leak of the iPad 5, and there’s been plenty of buzz around a next-gen iPad mini with a Retina display, so in less than two weeks, we’ll be treated to plenty more Apple gizmos. Are you looking forward to them?

Get your Android gaming on!

Have you been itching to play with Mad Catz’s Ouya rival, Project Mojo? You won’t have long to wait, as the super-speedy Android gaming console has now got a date and price: you can get your hands on the Tegra 4-powered Mojo on 10 December – but it will cost an eye-watering £219.99. Phew.

Fancy your Android gaming on the go instead? Archos has got a brand new version of its GamePad on the way, and it’s out this month! The Archos GamePad 2 delivers the same physical controls as its predecessor, but it boasts better specs, an improved screen and a slick new redesign. Will you be grabbing one?

Even more Google Chromebooks are on the way!

Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks are making a lot of headway thanks to their low prices and lightweight and powerful software, and now there’s a new duo on the way to help make Chromebooks a real force to be reckoned with. HP’s brand new Chromebook 11 offers a stylish little laptop, complete with a low £229 price tag and can even be juiced up by the same charger as your phone.

Acer’s also got a tiny titan on the way, the C720 Chromebook, that features the same 11-inch form factor, but this one’s armed with one of Intel’s low-power chips to give it an impressive battery life of eight and half hours – making it absolutely perfect for your 9-5 away from a plug socket. Windows 8.1, eat your heart out.

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Monday, 7 October 2013

LG G Flex incoming - but what's the point in a bendy phone?

 

LG G Flex incoming - but what's the point in a bendy phone?

We’ve heard that LG has been working on flexible screen tech for some time now, and now the South Korean company says it’s ready to start production of its first bendy phone, which is set to be called the G Flex, beating Samsung to the punch in the process. LG’s brand new blower is nearly here, but what’s the point in a phone that bends anyway? Smartphones with 3D screens never took off, but this isn’t just another tech gimmick: here are a few reasons why flexible gizmos will be the next big thing.

Imagine a phone that starts small but can fold out to be even bigger

Remember the days of folding out a map to figure out where you’re going? That unravelling motion could soon make a come back with bendy displays, letting your pocket-sized phone fold out to a super-slate. It’s still early doors with the tech at the moment, but in the future you could see phones that fold out like a clamshell, without the ugly visible hinge in the middle. Take the Kyocera Echo, for instance, a dual-screened, folding Android phone that lets you use both screens as one: imagine that with a seamless, singular, flexible screen instead. Bendy screens just open up even more possibilities – your next newspaper could rock a folding E Ink display, for instance. Of course, we’ll need to invent flexible batteries and processors too – but this is the direction we’re heading.

It’s perfect for smartwatches

Small curved displays make for the perfect tech to sling around your wrist. We’ve even seen concept examples from the likes of Samsung in the past, but rumours are now circulating that Apple will be using similar screens for its smartwatch. With flexible displays steadily making improvements, and smartwatches currently all the rage, you could see the next-gen Galaxy Gear or Sony Smart Watch packing in a curved display to give your more screen space and a comfier fit.

Never smash your screen again

In addition to being bendy, flexible displays are also a lot more durable – potentially even unbreakable – meaning you can say goodbye to smashed screens. They can roll, they can fold, and they can survive a lot more than your traditional, brittle glass touchscreen too. That means you won’t have to deal with yet another scratched-up display, or fork out a premium to get it replaced.

Fit it anywhere

Phones are getting bigger and bigger these days, and that means that you might not be able to fit your phone in your pocket – and sooner rather than later if you’re into skinny jeans. That could change thanks to flexible screen tech: in time, you’ll be able to bend the whole phone and stuff it into your pocket better than a whole, rigid six-inch phone. As it’s flexible, it’ll contour to the shape of your leg too, so it’ll be a perfect fit into your pocket each and every time. And one day, when bendy screens mature even more, you’ll be able to just fold up your phone into a size that could even fit into your smallest jean pocket – yes, the one that no one seems to know is for.

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Meet Dell's next-gen Windows 8.1 Venue tablets!

 

 

Meet Dell's next-gen Windows 8.1 Venue tablets!

Watch out Apple: the next generation of Windows 8 tablets mean business. Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s own Surface 2 reveal, American computer giant Dell is storming ahead with a duo of new tablets that pack in some impressive specs. Meet the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Dell Venue 11 Pro, two new tablets that aim to keep you productive on the go!

Dell’s new Venue tablets bring full-fat Windows 8.1 to you in a small, thin package, and they both give Microsoft’s latest tablets and Apple’s iPad a run for their money in the specs and looks department. Both tablets are very slim despite the beefy internal guts, and Dell is also providing a range of accessories to help you with your productivity when you’re on the move.

First up is the smaller of the two tablets, the Dell Venue 8 Pro, and like its name suggests, it’s an 8-inch tablet that comes with a HD IPS display and an Intel Atom quad-core processor under the hood. Dell has also armed it with a range of connectivity options, including mobile internet, Wi-Fi and micro USB. It measures up at just 8.9mm, and has a battery life rated for up to 10 hours. We got a quick play with it, and found it to be a very sturdy slate, completely free of any flex. Dell is also bundling Office 2013 Home & Student with the device and there’s also an optional Dell Active Stylus available.

The larger of the duo, the Dell Venue 11 Pro, features a 10.9-inch full HD IPS display, and is powered by Intel’s latest processors. You can configure your Venue 11 with either an Intel Atom quad-core Bay Trail processor, up to a fourth Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors or even an Intel vPro processor. The Venue 11 Pro also comes with full size USB ports, making it easy for you to plug in USB sticks and keyboards, while there’s also a user replaceable battery on the back which you can access by peeling back the rear cover. You’ll also be able to arm the 11 Pro with up to 8GB of RAM and a massive 256GB of storage, plus there’s also Wi-Di (wireless display) tech embedded and NFC too.

To go along with the tablets, Dell is also unleashing a range of accessories, including cases, an active stylus, a dock (which comes with a second video output to let you hook up an additional two monitors!) and two new keyboards that look like they can go toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s new Surface Touch Cover. First up is the simply named Dell Mobile Keyboard which comes with an additional battery to provide you with up to 18 hours of wireless freedom, and it also has a trackpad beneath its full sized chiclet keys. When folded up, it’s almost like you’ve got yourself an Ultrabook. The Dell Slim Keyboard is much more similar to Microsoft’s offerings, and gives you added protection and a stylus holder as well as a full sized keyboard with keys that have 0.2mm of travel, meaning you’ll feel some feedback as you type.

If you’re interested in picking up either of Dell’s new tablets, the Venue 8 Pro can be yours from 19 November, although the price is yet to be announced, while the beefier Venue 11 Pro will be available from 7 November for £349 – both from Dell’s website.

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