The Nintendo Wii proved a resounding success, so much so that Sony hadn’t outsold Nintendo in the console market since 2005. Japanese news outlet Nikkei reports that this changed in 2013 as the PlayStation 4 got off to a stronger start than its predecessor, while the Wii’s successor proved massively disappointing.
Sony moved 4.2 million PlayStation 4s by the end of the year (the console only went on sale in November), that number grew to 7 million by March. Read more »
We announced our Photo Compare Tool almost four years ago and since we’ve amassed a huge collection of camera samples from all the phones and tablets we’ve tested. Since photos are taken in controlled conditions, it allows direct comparison between devices.
However, we recently discovered that time – and the sun – have taken their toll on one of our charts. Read more »
Windows tablets are aggressively coming down in price, having reached the $100 / €100 mark. The Emdoor EM-i8080 packs surprisingly good specs for one Ben Franklin, but also some disappointing compromises.
The EM-i8080 has an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution and is powered by a quad-core Atom processor (Bay Trail). It even has stereo speakers. Read more »
The trickle of information about the LG G Watch continues and not always from official sources – despite having scheduled the smartwatch for a launch next month there are still large parts of its spec sheet that are unclear, including the chipset.
Right from the get go LG unveiled the watch will have 512MB RAM, but a leaked firmware image has offered a wealth of information including a quad-core processor. Read more »
Nokia Conversations has summarized the advantages of the Lumia 630 is a short and sweet infographic. Of course, the opponent in question is not named, but Lumia team is certain Windows Phone 8.1 is better than having a “lesser OS.”
To be fair, a lot of the comparison ring true when you put up the Lumia 630 next to the most popular WP phone in the world, the Lumia 520. Read more »
Google Glass is a revolutionary product with a major issue – a lot of people just can’t swallow how it looks. Google is great at tech and software, but for the design the company is bringing in outside help. First, Ivy Ross who was head designer for Mattel, Disney, Calvin Klein and others. Now, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Von Furstenberg has already worked with Glass by having her models wear the gadget at a New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 show. Read more »
Asus unveiled two new Transformer Pads, Android 4.4 powered tablets with keyboard docks. Those shouldn’t be confused with the three other Transformers unveiled today as they are mostly Windows devices.
Anyway, the two new tablets both fall under “Transformer Pad” name but they are actually two fairly different 10.1″ tablets. Read more »
Asus unveiled a large number of devices at the start of Computex, including four laptops – the Asus Transformer Book V, Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book Flip and Zenbook NX500. To call the Transformer Book V a “laptop” would be like calling a centaur a horse, however. Asus calls it “the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop”.
It’s the device Asus was teasing with the blender video. Read more »
The LG G3 is one beautiful device in person, but is not yet available in stores where you can experience it for yourselves. And there’s plenty to experience, like five different color options – Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Burgundy Red and Moon Violet.
While not as good as seeing them in person, here’s an image that shows all five colors doing the 360. Read more »
Blender-based ads have become a genre of their own over the past few years but Asus is trying to break the mold by advertising the products being blended rather than the blender itself.
So, what do you get when you blend together a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop? Read more »
Google is releasing info and video tutorials for developers to get them ready for the Android Wear platform. One of the recent tutorials details how notifications on a wearable will be richer than the ones in the notification area of your phone.
Android Wear notifications will feature pages – side-swipeable screens that will offer additional info and functionality. Read more »
Thanko, known for gadget curiosities like USB staplers and USB-powered allergy masks, has another interesting product in store – a telescope designed for the Apple iPhone. It can be used with naked eyes but put on an iPhone 5 or 5s and you get 100x magnification so you can play astronomer.
The iPhone 5 Astronomical Telescope kit includes a telescope with 700mm focal length, a tripod, ocular lens, iPhone 5 case to hold the phone and a number of other accessories. Read more »
Microsoft presented a cool upcoming update to Skype called Translator – it breaks down the language barrier by serving as an interpreter. It listens to what you say and then speaks it to the other side in a language they understand, then does the same for them.
Most impressive is the speed – not quite real-time, but the translation is spoken almost as soon as you’re done talking. Read more »
PLX Devices has two successful Kickstarter projects under its belt and it’s back for a third time with the Legion Meter. It’s a small USB device that promises to accelerate charging for your phone (or tablet) compared to just plugging a USB cable in your computer.
For additional functionality it has an OLED screen that can show how much power your gadget is drawing. Read more »
The HTC Desire 816 has one of the smaller batteries of all 5.5″ smartphones, 2,600mAh. There are a couple 2,500mAh but that’s hardly an excuse. Great battery life is one of the key selling points of phablets, second only to the large screen (actually those are the two selling points), so has this hurt HTC’s second phablet?
The answer is not so much, even without the use of HTC’s power saving modes. Read more »