According to a report from earlier, it was suggested that the upcoming Oppo Find 7 handset would have the ability to snap photos of the 50MP variety. Yes, you read that right, in fact having the ability to take 50MP is not only impressive as far as phones are concerned, but it even beats out dedicated cameras.
However a follow up report suggested otherwise, hinting that the camera onboard the phone will pack a 13MP sensor instead. We guess all will be revealed on the 19th of March, but in the meantime thanks to additional photos that have made their way online, it looks like the 50MP rumors are back on track. (more…)
It hasn’t been too long since Samsung announced the Galaxy S5. In fact if the handset was what you were after, you wouldn’t have to wait too long to get it either as the handset has been pegged for a release sometime in April. Or at least that’s what the initial plan was until a recent fire broke out at one of Samsung’s partner factories.
According to reports out of the Asia News Agency, a fire broke out at one of Samsung’s manufacturing partners that was responsible for building the PCBs for the Galaxy S5. The report claims that over $1 billion in equipment and components have been destroyed in the fire, a fire which took a total of 287 firefighters, 80 vehicles, and over 6 hours to put out. (more…)
So we’re sure that by now, everyone is aware that HTC will be launching their All New HTC One flagship smartphone on the 25th of March in an event held in New York and London. The handset is probably one of HTC’s worst kept secrets as photos the handset keep leaking despite HTC’s best efforts.
That being said thanks to a recent set of photos being leaked out of China, safe to say that whatever doubts you had about the design or shape of the handset will pretty much go out of the window, unless of course there are a set of very elaborate photoshop jobs (which we doubt). (more…)
The Sony Xperia Z2 is the company’s latest flagship smartphone. The handset was unveiled at MWC 2014 and naturally it did feature some upgrades over its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z1 which was launched in the later part of 2013.
Now apart from the obvious changes in hardware, there is one piece of upgrade that is very noticeable, and that is the Xperia Z2’s stereo speakers. For those unfamiliar, the Xperia Z1 came with a mono speaker which was more than capable of getting the job done, but when placed side-by-side with the Xperia Z2, sounded downright dull. (more…)
While BlackBerry is trying to find its next great product to turn things around for the company, they cannot forsake their current customers, who despite everything, have remained fiercely loyal to the Canadian company, and that’s what BlackBerry’s new CEO, John Chen, will be doing.
In a recent interview that John Chen did with the New York Times, he was quoted as saying that he would be taking a leaf out of Steve Jobs’ book and instead of focusing purely on creating a new product, he would turn his attention to the company’s current customer base. (more…)
The Windows Phone platform does not have as many apps as iOS and Android, although in the past few months/years they have been slowly gaining some big names, with one of the latest ones being that of Facebook Messenger.
For those who don’t know what Facebook Messenger is, it is an app available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone where it allows Facebook users to chat with one another without actually having to launch the Facebook app. On the Android platform, it takes it one step further through the use of Chat Heads. (more…)
Over the past decade or so, we’ve seen all sorts of storage mediums. It used to be that data would be stored on those huge floppy disks, then we had the smaller and more sturdy disks. We also witnessed tapes which would offer up more storage than disks, then we had the CD, DVD, and Blu-ray.
Blu-ray, at its largest (BDXL), would be able to store anywhere between 100/128GB and while that might be pretty sizeable for the average user, it seems that professionals might not think that is enough. For professionals working in the music or film industry, burning through gigabytes worth of data is not an issue, which is why Sony and Panasonic have recently teamed up to offer a new storage medium called Archival Disc. (more…)
We’re sure many of you guys read comics from all sorts of publics, like Marvel, DC, and even those of the foreign nature (such as Japanese manga). Now in these comics, since they’re pretty much pictures on a page, character voices and sound effects are something you’ll have to imagine for yourself, or does it?
It seems that Marvel is looking for a way to create a more immersive comic book experience by introducing audio to the digital versions of the comics. For those who read Marvel’s comics via its Marvel Unlimited app, you will be able to check out Marvel’s efforts in Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker. (more…)
If you’ve ever grown up playing LEGO, well you know everything you create is pretty much limited to your imagination. In fact nowadays LEGO has gotten to the point where there are creations far more impressive than they were back in the day, although admittedly much more expensive as well.
We’ve seen LEGO being used for electronics in the past, so we guess we can’t say we’re too surprised to learn that builder Jason Allemann has actually managed to piece together an actual working keyboard using bits of LEGO, and electronic components of course. (more…)
Smartphones have begun to demonstrate a greater degree of robustness, where there are more and more handsets arriving with waterproof capability. How about drones? I know one drone which would not jive well with water, and that would be the CUPID drone that delivers a whopping 80,000 volts via a stun gun. Imagine that kind of electricity coursing through the water or at a swimming pool. The WAVEcopter happens to be a fully waterproof multicopter frame which was constructed using chiefly readily available and highly affordable electrical parts.
When you are at an ATM with a long queue behind you, it pays to be wary, especially if the city you’re in happens to be in a foreign land and is famous for pickpockets. There might be some PIN thieves behind you, who cannot wait to get a glimpse of your ATM’s PIN number before relieving you of your wallet and its contents afterwards through an accidental bump. Well, Google Glass, when working alongside the Ubic system, might prove to be a deterrent to PIN thieves. How does it work? When the user, who wears a pair of Google Glass, walks up toward an ATM, “identifies himself” to it. The Ubic software will see the ATM identify the user’s unique digital Google Glass signature, where it will then respond by showing off a customized QR code on its screen.
It seems that Delta Airlines has decided it is time for the old to go, and the new (relatively speaking, of course) to arrive. We are referring to the airline making the move to upgrade their bunch of Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones to that of the newer Nokia Lumia 1520 devices. At point of publishing, existing flight attendants make use of the Nokia Lumia 820 in order to take down in-flight food orders, although the bigger sized Lumia 1520 would come in handy as there is more visual area to look at, in addition to allowing the flight attendants to begin selling seat upgrades on the flight itself.
The Panasonic Lumix GH4, a digital camera that was first announced at the beginning of February, and has already been priced on a Dutch website for €1,499 a pop, is all set to hit the US, where its pricing details have been revealed as well. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is a mirrorless camera that is capable of recording 4K video for less than $2,000 – or rather, $1,700 to be exact. Do bear in mind that this will be for the camera body itself only, where underneath the hood you will find a 16MP CMOS Micro Four Thirds sensor, alongside an optional YAGH pro audio/video interface unit that will set those who are interested back by an additional $2,000.
Are all drones peaceful? Not so on the battlefield, although the likes of the Amazon Prime Air program would be welcome by folks with open arms. The CUPID drone might sound as though it is oozing with love and will do its bit to send that engagement ring over to the table, but it actually packs a whopping 80,000-volt stun gun. Yes sir, CUPID is short for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, where it sports a powerful stun gun that ought to be a terrifying prospect for those who are on the receiving end.
In one of the more recent videos that we have come across the Wi-Fi Sense feature in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system. In a relatively short clip on UnleashThePhones’ YouTube channel, it depicts how one is able to turn off Wi-Fi connectivity on their smartphone for a short time, before it is turned on again by itself. Wi-Fi connections can be turned off for a single hour, or you can opt to have it shut off for four hours or an entire day in addition to the normal manual selection. Apart from that, the Wi-Fi Sense feature was also shown off. Assuming one actually drops by a Wi-Fi hotspot on a regular basis, this particular feature would allow them to save up their username and password information in order to ease the burden on your brain. This makes life easier if you want to login automatically the next time that the handset “senses” that the Wi-Fi hotspot is within vicinity.
Taiwanese smartphone company HTC looks all set to roll out their upcoming flagship smartphone in a fortnight’s time thereabouts, where it is known as the All New HTC One, or the HTC M8 as its code name. However, there might be precious little that the public will not know about the All New HTC One when it arrives this coming March 25th, considering the amount of leaks and rumors that have made their way to news wires and online channels? Serial leakster @evleaks has posted an image of a new and upcoming flip cover for the All New HTC One that you can see above, where it sports a variety of colors with the ability to depict the time as well as weather even when the flip cover’s lid is closed.
Mt. Gox, the Bitcoin exchange that has fallen from grace, has not quite reached the bottom just yet. We have just heard word that Mt. Gox’s CEO, Mark Karpeles, had his personal blog that is known as MagicalTux.net, in addition to his Tumblr and Reddit accounts, hacked. The person(s) behind this particular hack also left a “MtGox2014Leak.zip” which allegedly points out “relevant database dumps, csv exports, specialized tools, and some highlighted summaries compiled from data.” Of course, it is highly recommended against downloading any kind of executable file from untrusted sources, but some folks who have decided to take the plunge have verified on Reddit as well as Twitter that their personal account balances, along with the data within, is available as an Excel spreadsheet, being tied in to the User ID that was part of their Mt. Gox registration e-mail.
Robots might not be in line to take over the world from us humans (yet), but this does not mean that they are not biding their time. After all, robots have certainly helped us out in the industrialization of the nations. Just take a stroll through any high tech factory, and you will see how robots have made life a whole lot more efficient in the manufacturing process. How about in the world of sports? Robots are still far from edging out a human especially in team sports, but in a one-on-one face off like a game of ping pong, humans might have met their match. We do know that Timo Boll would be going bat-to-bat against the KUKA robot real soon, but with the one handed Ulf Hoffman Tischtennis Roboter (Ulf Hoffman Table Tennis Robot), or UHTTR-1 for short, do ordinary people like you and me who play ping pong recreationally stand a chance?
There are some things that are very Canadian, among them the amount of snow, the maple leaf, as well as BlackBerry. Yes sir, BlackBerry – the smartphone company that has not really been doing too well for quite some time already. In fact, Windows Phone has just narrowly edged out BlackBerry over in the US, and you know that times are getting desperate when BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, has called iPhone users as “wall huggers”, simply because the iPhone’s battery life tends to be a whole lot shorter, and needs to be hooked up to a power outlet more often than – a BlackBerry, I suppose, eh Chen? Come on now, surely we are above name calling? How about doing things with a little bit more class instead, like in the ad above? After all, if your product is good enough, folks would buy it.
Smartphone manufacturers like Samsung have come up with a “mini” version of their flagship models in the past, which does not work as though it was some sort of miniaturized version of the real deal, as some of its bits and pieces have been downsized or are not up to par. I suppose users are able to live with that, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, which has been in circulation for 17 months now, has received yet another iteration in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini Value Edition, where it has already gone on sale if you happen to live in the land that is full of windmills, that is, the Netherlands.