Sony announced that it has its own Google Glass competitor in the works called SmartEyeglass. A software development kit for the gadget is already available to interested developers.
Sony SmartEyeglass packs a number of sensors that include CMOS image solution, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, microphone, and brightness sensor. Read more »
It’s started. The oft-rumored move by Microsoft to get rid of the Nokia brand for mobile devices seems to have begun today. If you go to Nokia.com’s website for the UK, you’re met with the following message: “Nokia devices and services have moved to a new website”.
Unsurprisingly, that new home is under the Microsoft.com domain. This seems to have only happened for the UK regional site, but undoubtedly more will follow. Read more »
Samsung’s enterprise-oriented security feature, KNOX, got a sizable discount – it costs $0 for the basic Express version. With it your employer can create a password-protected partition on the device where apps and data are kept safe.
This new offering comes from a partnership between Samsung and Centrify, which will handle the management layer. Read more »
LG has decided to take its marketing game to the next level. So much so that it has set a new Guinnes World Record for the largest outdoor advertising structure ever.
The advertising campaign in question is for the LG G3 and the billboard the company has built is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is 240 meters wide and 12 meters high taking a total space of 3,000 square meters. Read more »
The time for the iPhone 6 teardown is now upon us and we get to see the phone’s innards for the first time. As per usual, it is done by the professionals over at iFixit, who have rated the phone 7/10 for repairability, just like its biger brother.
The teardown gurus didn’t like the proprietary pentalobe screws used by Apple and express their objection of Apple not sharing repair information with independent repair shops. Read more »
In lieu of Apple’s detailed commitment to user privacy, Google followed suit by laying out its own plans for handling the matter. The search giant will begin encrypting user data by default starting with the next major mobile OS release, currently known as Android L.
Android encryption has been available since 2011. Read more »
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already on sale in Australia, so the crafty folks from iFixit already went to work on Cupertino’s first phablet. As always, the device’s disassembly reveals quite a few juicy bits, which Apple doesn’t typically talk about.
The most important iPhone 6 Plus questions that the iFixit teardown answers are related to the amount of RAM the handset packs, as well as the size of its battery. Read more »
The Japanese manufacturer Toshiba announced that it will drastically reduce its consumer PC business. The move will include withdrawal from certain markets altogether.
Increased focus on the business market is the main reason behind the tech giant’s move. Read more »
Verizon has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 today. The tablet is being offered with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, as you’d expect. It’s already up for grabs at the carrier online, as well as in brick and mortar stores.
For a limited time, if you get it with a two-year data contract you’ll only need to pay $499.99. Otherwise, the full price of the Tab S is $599.99. You can also use Verizon’s Edge installment plan to pick up the tablet. In this case, you don’t pay anything upfront, but then you have to make 20 monthly payments of $29.99. Read more »
The fallout of the massive iCloud hacking scandal that leaked numerous private photos of female celebrities is is surely yet to play out.
And although Apple has taken the matter very seriously and is still investigating how their iCloud servers were compromised – if that is what, in fact, happened – Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued an open letter assuring the company’s commitment to user privacy. Read more »
Samsung announced earlier today it has began mass producing its latest 6Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM chips. They’re made using the 20nm manufacturing process and are designed with high performance smartphones and tablets in mind by achieving data transfer rates of up to 2,133Mbps.
A 3GB LPDDR3 package can now be made using four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips is 20% smaller and consumes 10% less energy than existing 3GB packages such as the one found in the Galaxy Note 4. Read more »
Apple got caught Photoshoping out a blemish on its new iPhone 6 – the pesky camera bump – but it’s not the only company that has taken some artistic liberties with promotional images. Samsung touched up the Galaxy Alpha in one of its images too.
The image in question is the one above – notice that in the third panel the device seems perfectly flat on both sides. Read more »
Amazon has announced a special Kids Edition of the Kindle Fire HD. This is essentially the newly announced Kindle Fire HD in 6-inch and 7-inch sizes but with a special rubber case around it to prevent it from being damaged.
If, however, your kid does somehow managed to break it, the Kids Edition comes with a two-year, no questions asked replacement guarantee. Read more »
A week ago, Google unveiled the Chrome OS support for certain Android apps. Now, thanks to a custom tool for Chrome OS, you can install any Android app you like, not just a select few.
Called chrome-apk, the tool requires a bit of tinkering to install, but is well worth it if you don’t have the intention to wait for Google to promote the the new Chrome OS App Runtime out of beta. Read more »
A bug in the HealthKit suite is forcing Apple to remove all apps using the framework from the App Store. The HealtKit enabled apps were supposed to launch with iOS 8 today, but this is postponed indefinitely.
An Apple representative has said that the company is working on a solution to the problem, which is likely to come out in the next couple of weeks. Read more »