Wearables are gaining ground but there’s a revolution brewing in home appliances too – Google recently acquired Nest Labs while Samsung announced its own home automation platform. Instead of developing multiple incompatible technologies Nest, Samsung and others have united to create Thread.
Thread is built on 802.15.4 – a low-power wireless standard already used in home automation – but the Thread Group says previous standards built on it were developed before the Internet of Things. Read more »
You may have seen projection clocks, but what if you could wear one of those on your hand? That’s what the makers of Ritot are campaigning for on IndieGoGo – a smart band that uses a projector to cast a big, readable notifications on your wrist.
It has to be said the prototypes look much better than regular smart bands – an aluminum ring covered in leather, the Ritot can pass for a fashion accessory. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy K zoom packs a 2,430mAh battery, less that you would imagine looking at its bulk. Still, Samsung has had a few iterations to optimize its Exynos chipset for great power efficiency and the Galaxy Note 3 Neo got great results with the same chipset (but bigger battery).
Despite its camera-oriented nature, the Galaxy K zoom has full smartphone functionality. Read more »
We threw the new Samsung Galaxy S5 mini into the pit of ravenous Android minis and they were not kind to it. The previous mini battle saw the HTC One mini 2 win a decisive victory over the Galaxy S4 mini and while Samsung’s latest flagship mini put up more of a fight it just wasn’t enough.
Even the LG G2 mini, the biggest of all minis in the ring, dispatched its South Korean neighbor. Read more »
Have you ever had this happen – during the initial setup of an Android device, you tap the restore option and the OS starts reinstalling all sorts of apps you had on your old devices, including many you don’t need? Google might be working on a more intelligent restore option that will allow you to select a backup from a specific device to be restored.
This will make the restore process much easier to deal with for those that have more than one Android device. Read more »
Samsung unveiled its new 850 PRO SSDs a week ago and now we have the official prices of the new drives. They are built using a 3D V-NAND technology, which improves performance and energy efficiency. The drives achieve 550MB/s reads (100K IOPS) and 520MB/s writes (90K IOPS).
The 850 PRO series is launching in 53 countries in capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB. Read more »
To celebrate the launch of its selfie phone, the Xperia C3, Sony has dived into the history of the selfie and distilled the info into an easy to digest infographic. If you think “selfie” is a recent fad, you’ll be wrong – one Robert Cornelius took the first selfie in 1839.
This Victorian selfie wasn’t snapped with a cell phone in the bathroom mirror, obviously, Cornelius used the daguerreotype process. Read more »
The Asus VivoTab RT TF600T is getting on two years old now and Amazon is clearing out its stock by slashing the original price to just $175. The Windows RT platform is drying up on the vine, but getting a 10.1″ tablet under $200 is still a pretty good deal.
Before non-US readers get excited I should clarify that the price cut is only available on Amazon.com. Read more »
The recently announced Huawei Honor 6 flagship isn’t even on the market yet but some industrious folk got their hands on it and did what comes natural to tech geeks – they took it apart. While it’s not coming from iFixit the people who took apart the Honor 6 (also called Glory 6 in some markets) awarded it a 7/10 separability score.
The teardown photos reveal the back material can take some abuse, but the battery is not easy to take out. Read more »
Jolla released an alpha version of its Android launcher for testing but you need to sign up to gain access and it only works on Android 4.3. As can be expected, the XDA-developers forums already have the original APK plus a version for Android 4.2.
Keep in mind that the official release is an alpha – not even a beta – and has a number of issues. Read more »
In a surprise move Apple quietly updated its iPod touch lineup. The entry-level 16GB version got a big update, while the whole lineup got a price cut.
The iPod Touch 16GB was unveiled just over a year ago and it was a stripped down version with no camera or color options. Now, Apple has made it an equal citizen. Read more »
The sign up for alpha testers of the new Jolla Launcher has almost drawn to a close and those who signed up can now download the custom Android homescreen. Jolla wants to give users a taste of the gesture-based interface of Sailfish OS without having to buy the Jolla phone.
This initial version of the Jolla Launcher targets Nexus 4 and 5 owners, but it supports any Android 4.3+ device. You still have a day left to sign up for the alpha test program. Read more »
Since yesterday Android runs on just about anything – TVs, cars and new 64-bit enabled devices. NVIDIA provided the power for yesterday’s demos, the company revealed that both the Android TV devkit and the Android Auto demo were powered by a Tegra K1 chipset. The Project Tango tablet devkit (which was on the showroom floor) also uses K1 for its advanced computer vision.
Android L has full support for 64-bit processors like the ones inside the Tegra K1. Read more »
The upcoming Android TV seemed to threaten the very existence of Chromecast, but Google seems rather attached to it as it announced cool new features for its highly popular HDMI stick. The most important new feature is screen mirroring, which lets you display any app on your phone or tablet on your Chromecast-enabled TV (is this the end of Miracast?).
Chromecast is also easier to set up for casting from your friends’ devices – they no longer need to be connected to your Wi-Fi network. Read more »
Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.
Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »