So we have been hearing rumors that Sony could be getting ready to launch the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and recently it seems that Sony could have accidentally confirmed the existence of the tablet. This was revealed on the specs page of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet as you can see in the screenshot above snapped by the folks at gizmobolt.
The page has since been edited and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact name has been replaced with the Xperia Z2 Tablet. Now we’re sure some of you guys are probably thinking that it could be a typo, and while that could be a possibility, that would make more sense if the tablet was the Xperia Z3 Tablet, as opposed to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact which has an added word.
That being said the specs of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is only speculation at this point in time. Last we heard the tablet is expected to sport an 8-inch TRILUMINOS display with a Full HD resolution. It is also expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.
It seems that Samsung was pretty busy yesterday because not only did they officially unveiled a new smartwatch in the form of the Samsung Gear S, but they also took the wraps off a new pair of headphones that they have dubbed the Samsung Gear Circle. While the headphones themselves might look pretty normal, it does come with a nifty feature that some of you guys might appreciate.
Thanks to a built-in magnetic clasp, the headphones can be joined together at the edges and be worn as a necklace around your neck. We suppose on one hand you could always try and accessorize your outfit with it, but we reckon it’s more for convenience where instead of stuffing the headphones in your pocket or bag, or have them dangling, clasping them around your neck seems like a much neater solution.
The Samsung Gear Circle headphones will also feature vibrations that will alert the wearer to incoming calls or notifications. Users will be able to take calls with the headphones and also issue voice commands. It will pair with mobile devices via Bluetooth and will support codecs such as SBC, apt-X, Samsung HD, and SoundAlive.
When it comes to color options for the iPhone, Apple finally introduced a new color with the iPhone 5s with the gold finish, which was surprisingly not as gaudy as we had initially imagined and proved to be quite a hit amongst certain groups of customers. That being said with the upcoming iPhone 6, could Apple introduce a new color to the mix?
Well for those who are hoping that Apple doesn’t get too colorful with their iPhones, you can breathe a sigh of relief because thanks to newly leaked photos, it looks like Apple will be keeping the same colors as the iPhone 5s, which is silver, gray, and gold. This is thanks to the leaked photos which shows off the alleged SIM trays belonging to the iPhone 6.
Also it should be pointed out that the edge of the SIM card tray is slightly curved (it’s a bit hard to tell in the photo) which seems to “confirm” the iPhone 6’s redesign and its curved edges, unlike the previous iPhones which had flat edges. All of this seems to corroborate the rumors of the iPhone 6’s design, which have been met with mixed reviews.
Earlier this month it was revealed that 2K Games would finally be bringing the BioShock universe to iOS devices. Well the good news for BioShock fans who are looking to relive their BioShock moments on their iPhone or iPad is that the game has been officially released and is available for download via the iTunes App Store.
Unfortunately if you were hoping that the game would be priced like a mobile game, think again. The developers have slapped a somewhat hefty (hefty as far as mobile games are concerned) price tag of $14.99 on it. Also due to the somewhat graphically intensive nature of the game, it will not be compatible on older devices like the iPhone 4S or below, third-gen iPad or below, first-generation iPad mini and the iPod touch.
That being said if you have an iOS device that can run the game just fine, you can look forward to a full port of the original BioShock game that was released on the PC and the Xbox back in 2007. The game has been modified slightly to include controls designed for mobile devices. It is also expected to feature Bluetooth controller support if that’s what you prefer.
While Microsoft might have officially put an end to Nokia’s Android plans, the other Nokia continues to support Android in their way own – in the form of the Z Launcher. For those who are unfamiliar with the Z Launcher, it’s basically a launcher that Nokia designed for Android devices.
There are plenty of launchers already available in the market today but we guess by throwing Nokia’s name behind the Z Launcher, it has given it a bit of clout. That being said, Nokia has been busy making improvements to the Z Launcher and in the latest update, it should bring about several changes and improvements that might be welcomed by its users.
For starters Nokia has made some performance improvements, such as increase in speed, faster startup, faster loading of apps, contacts, and as well as faster first-run performance when installed on lower-end handsets. Nokia has also introduced new animations, improved contacts search, improved web search results, and so on.
It seems like a coincidence but with every other version of Windows Microsoft has released, it has proven to be a bigger hit than its successor. For example Windows XP was a hit, but Windows Vista was not. Windows 7 was a hit and Windows 8 is still struggling to be adopted. In fact it seems that some OEMs claim that Windows 7 makes it easier to sell products compared to Windows 8.
That being said, adoption of Windows 8 is slowly on the rise. According to recent numbers released by StatCounter, they have revealed that Windows 8’s worldwide desktop market share has finally managed to surpass that of Windows XP. The combination of Windows 8 at 7.35% and Windows 8.1 at 8.2% have allowed the OS to surpass Windows XP which is sitting at 14.31%.
Given that Windows XP is now officially no longer supported and given how old it is, we’re not sure if this is a very encouraging sign for Microsoft and the Windows 8 operating system. As you can see in the chart above, Windows 7 is clearly still reigning supreme as the dominant operating system.
The PEN E-PL7 is a new $599-$699+ micro four third from Olympus which features a popular classic look while integrating the latest technological refinements at the same time. It is one of the fanciest selfie camera that you fill find, since Olympus has re-worked the user experience by flipping the screen towards the bottom so that users won’t have to move in front of the lens to use the touch screen to activate the delayed shutter, or even shots taken at regular intervals.
Inside, you will find a 16 Megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor which is mounted on an image stabilized platform (3-axis) to reduce blurring during handheld photo capture, or low-light conditions. The image stabilization (IS) will provide the equivalent of 3.5 stops, which is appreciable, especially with the kit lens (14-42mm f3.5-5.6).
The sensor is connected to the same TruePic VII image processor which has been used by Olympus in previous cameras, so there should not be a big difference in terms of image processing with the E-M10, it’s better than the TruePic VI of the PEN E-P5. The overall setup provides a good photographic base in relation to the size and price.
Because it is relatively compact, the Olympus E-PL7 is light. Its construction is a mix of metal (body) and plastic (buttons, etc…), which provides a sturdy frame, but at the same time, the port covers and other small pieces may appear to be more fragile.
The controls on the E-PL7 are minimal and there is one main dial. In the screen user interface, there are soft controls called Live Control and Live Guide which can change the brightness, color saturation, ISO etc… On one hand, it is useful to access these in an intuitive way, but on the other hand, soft controls are significantly slower than dials. Fortunately, the main dial can be interfaced with a number of controls for quick access.
It was earlier this morning that we were talking about how LG hinted at a round smartwatch in a new teaser image, and here we are with the official reveal of the LG G Watch R, which we are quite sure will make an appearance over at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, early next month. One can also assume that this is a response to Samsung’s Gear S timepiece, going to show how competitive both South Korean companies are.
The LG G Watch R is touted to be the world’s first watch-style wearable device that will boast of a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, where it will make use of every single bit (that’s 100% for you) of its watch face. This 1.3” full circle P-OLED display will be able to deliver stunning image clarity despite being under bright sunlight, not to mention having superb clarity when viewed from any angle. It will run on a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, accompanied by 4GB of internal memory, 512MB RAM and a 410mAh battery.
Anything that can be measured, can be improved – or so the saying goes. For those of you out there who love to keep track on just how your social media accounts are doing, here we are with word that Twitter has rolled out its analytic dashboard to the masses, which means it is no longer restricted to just marketers, verified users and Twitter Card publishers.
With the Twitter analytic dashboard, users are able to check out all of the unique details of their Twitter account, including the number of impressions that each tweet has picked up, all the way to the total number of favorites that their tweet has received, the amount of times that other folks have clicked on their profiles (out of curiosity or otherwise, we will never know), not to mention the grand total of retweets and replies on a certain tweet. Apart from that, your ego can be boosted (or deflated) by checking out the number of times that users are engaged with a tweet, as well as what that kind of engagement was.
Microsoft has decided to introduce, or should we say, reintroduce a patch that was removed earlier this month after that installation of that patch resulted in boot failures. Needless to say, whatever bugs that were in there have been squashed as promised, so all should be smooth sailing from now on – fingers crossed, that is. In the kernel-mode security update KB2982791, there were a trio of known issues, where among them include the locking down of the fonts folder in Windows, the incorrect rendering of system fonts on Windows 8, 8.1, 8.1 RT and Server 2012 R2.
It did not take too long for Microsoft to address these issues, and the revamped patch is now available for those who want a headache-free installation, where it will be released under a new KB number that is called KB2993651. Microsoft has made a recommendation to their users who did install the earlier update to uninstall it, before installing the new one.
While I am quite sure that many of us have come up with our very own computer building projects in the past, how many of us have actually thought about printing a computer that we can call our own? Enter the 3D Printed Mac Pi, where this unique 3D printing project will actually be able to hold a Raspberry Pi as well as carry a 2.8” TFT display. Such a tiny display does not mean that it is a pushover – it is capable of emulating Mac OS 7 in order to run old school Mac Apps, where the open-source design happens to be free to download and modify. If you are interested in picking up the 3D Printed Mac Pi, it would be a decent DIY weekend project for those who are interested in electronics and 3D printing.
For those of you who love to jump aboard the bandwagon of whatever is the next big thing in the world of consumer electronics, then you will surely be pleased to hear that Samsung’s Gear S would definitely help enhance your smart wearable experience, and for the better to boot. After all, the Samsung Gear S does arrive with a beautiful curved design that is combined with 3G connectivity so that you will never run short of being hooked up to the virtual world. Enjoy a photo gallery of the Samsung Gear S after the jump.
The Samsung Gear S is meant to be a next generation smart wearable device which will be able to offer an up-to-date smart wearable experience, while offering optimized features that ought to be able to cater to the evolving needs of consumers.
Sporting an elegant, curved Super AMOLED display as well as a flexible band, the Samsung Gear ought to fit onto any user’s wrist comfortably. There will be a 2” curved Super AMOLED display that offers a richer view and an easy-to-use user interface, while its 3G connectivity will be accompanied by the likes of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Enhanced S voice functionality is also thrown into the mix, letting you seamlessly make and receive calls straight from their wrist.
Intel, the leader in semiconductors, has added another feather to their burgeoning cap with the introduction of a brand new 3G modem that is so tiny, it only measures 300 sq mm in size, now how about that? If you were to compare that to something that the ordinary man on the street is able to identify, then using a penny as a physical comparison would be just about right.
Known as the Intel XMM 6255 modem, the whole idea of this entire 3G modem would be to ensure that a smaller and more powerful modem in the market that is capable of transmitting information quickly and wirelessly will usher in a new era of technology, especially when it comes to the fast expanding and explored “Internet of Things” (IoT for short if you love acronyms).
Most of us probably take our hearing for granted. We buy new smartphones, headphones, and subscribe to music streaming services without giving it much thought, but when you are hearing impaired, suddenly you have fewer options that you would like. Now a few years ago, the FCC found that T-Mobile had “willfully and repeatedly” failed to comply with rules that required carriers offer customers a certain number of hearing aid compatible handsets.
T-Mobile had attempted to mitigate the fine that the FCC had imposed on them but it seems that they were unsuccessful. The FCC has since slapped T-Mobile with a fine of $819,000 and the carrier has 30 days to pay the fine, otherwise the case would be escalated to the Department of Justice where we reckon things might get a little more sticky.
htJust yesterday we reported that the HTC Desire 510 had been announced. The handset’s specs might not necessarily be the most impressive, nor its build quality, but it does pack Qualcomm’s 64-bit chipset which is a nice addition to an otherwise low-mid range handset. Now at that time of posting, it was suggested that the phone might only see a release in Europe and Asia.
Well the good news for those of us living stateside is that it looks like the phone will be making its way to several US carriers as well. This was confirmed in a recent tweet by HTC USA who revealed that the HTC Desire 510 will be making its way to carriers such as Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Cricket, and Boost.
For our friends and readers in Canada, HTC Canada also confirmed the handset will arrive on Fido, Telus, Rogers, Virgin Mobile, Videotron, and Sask Tel. Unfortunately HTC did not reveal how much the phone would cost upon its release, but given its specs and given that the phone seems to be headed towards prepaid carriers (for the most part), we reckon it should be relatively wallet-friendly.
It’s always a good idea to backup your phone’s data every now and then because you never know what could happen. You could misplace it, drop it in the toilet, have it run over by a car, and etc., so always having a backup means that your data will always be up to date, or at least as close to up to date as possible.
Backing up your phone is not hard as all you’d need to do is plug it to a computer, but what if you are on holiday and you don’t have access to a computer? It would suck to lose all your holiday photos in one go, wouldn’t it? Well that’s where the bleep smart charging cable comes in. The bleed smart charging cable is your standard micro USD charging cable, except that it also comes with built-in storage that can backup your data at the same time.
It’s pretty simple – all you’d have to do is plug the bleep cable to your power outlet, plug it into your phone, and it will begin backing up your data automatically! The cable will come with 16-64GB of onboard storage so it should be enough to backup the contents of your phone, such as contact information, images, messages, and so on.
If you happen to work on your tablet a whole lot more compared to a notebook, then you would surely have an accessory that will include a keyboard of sorts – it surely makes life easier if there is a huge document that you need to crank out within the shortest time possible. Here is a Kickstarter project that you might want to check out – the SleeKeys, which is an iPad keyboard that works without the need for any kind of electricity or Bluetooth connectivity.
In other words, the SleeKeys arrives in the form of a sleek, simple and clever iPad case which will boast of an integrated full-size QWERTY keyboard, delivering faster and smoother typing, alongside a lower number of mistakes. It will be conveniently built right into your iPad case, and the keyboard works the moment you open up the iPad cover. There will be magnetic infrastructure which will ensure the keyboard remains firmly in place to deliver a steady and solid feel.
Samsung and Apple still have a fair number of court cases to work it out between them, but in the second California patent trial, the judge had denied Apple’s injunction against Samsung’s devices. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh handed down this particular order, which meant that Apple’s motion to put into motion a sales ban against Samsung products is thrown out of the window.
In the order that relates to the second Apple v. Samsung court trial in California, it showed that Apple failed to adequately demonstrate how Cupertino as a company suffered from irreparable harm, and there were no ties that could be made to have been harmed by Samsung’s infringement of their trio of granted patents.
It seems as though there is going to be a new rival to HP’s yet-to-be-announced $199 Stream laptop, and this time around it would be Taiwanese firm ASUS that has stepped up to the front. French retailer pc21 has put up a product page that showed off an unannounced ASUS device that carries the model number ASUS F205TA.
The asking price for the ASUS F205TA currently stands at 205 Euros, and this will include VAT taxes, so assuming it makes its way across the pond all over to Stateside, the ASUS F205TA might very well retail at the same price point as the upcoming HP Stream laptop. Unfortunately, there were no images of the ASUS F205TA depicted by pc21, and it remains to be seen whether this device itself is a laptop or a tablet, but there are encouraging signs that point to it being a highly affordable laptop device.
If you happen to own the BlackBerry Z10 or the BlackBerry Q10, and are rocking to AT&T as the mobile carrier of your choice, then you will be pleased to hear that AT&T has just issued their most recent software update for both devices. The BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 will be on the receiving end of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 software update, where this particular update will deliver a slew of new key features as well as enhancements that will target both individual and enterprise customers.
Having issued the most recent software update for the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, you can expect key features and enhancements when it comes to both individual and enterprise customers. Expect to see your productivity soar (in theory, at least) thanks to improvements such as enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to hook up to other Bluetooth devices and car kits easier than ever before, not to mention being able to snap better photos and videos which can be attributed to the new camera enhancements like improved focus and stability.