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 »
Microsoft unveiled the next generation of Surface Pro yesterday and it’s already available for pre-order in the US and the UK.
Here are the prices and shipping dates for the various models of Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Read more »
Do you own an Oppo Find 5 or a Find 7 / Find 7a and love flashing new firmwares? You might be just the person to help Oppo develop its Color OS launcher. The company is looking for advisers among its “Ofans” to take part in the development and testing of its custom Android skin.
Here’s what you’ll need besides a compatible phone and the desire to participate. Read more »
The HTC Desire 816 is the company’s second phablet after the HTC One Max from last year. Unlike that one, the Desire 816 is a mid-range device with specs similar to the new HTC One mini 2. Not an aluminum unibody though it does have front-facing stereo speakers and a 13MP camera.
So, why hasn’t HTC entered the phablet market the way Samsung, LG and Sony has, not to mention the countless smaller brands? Read more »
Schools in the US are running scalable 1:1 computing initiatives and Samsung created a tablet just for them. It’s based on the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 but adds Google for Education support and a rugged chassis. The tablet is aimed at K-12 schools and the tougher exterior will be needed, especially in the lower grades.
Google offers a web console (asking $30 per device) that allows school IT personnel to quickly set up a large number of tablets. Read more »
Sailfish is one of several alternative OSes that are trying to make their mark on the mobile landscape but is so far available natively on only one device – the eponymous Jolla phone.
The launcher will soon be transplanted on Android so more people can use Jolla’s take on what a mobile UI should be like. Read more »
LG has the irksome habit of announcing stuff with just a photo and virtually no specs, the same thing happened with the three new LG G Pad tablets. We have to resort to sources like AnTuTu for specifications of the LG G Pad 7.0 as if it’s a rumored, unofficial device.
So, here it goes. The 7″ screen has 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, making for 216ppi. Read more »
The tech company behind SlimPort unveiled a new version of the USB-enhancement called SlimPort Pro. The new standard can simultaneously transmit high-definition video (up to UHD / 2160p), 8-channel audio, USB 2.0 data (480Mbps) and power over a standard-looking 5-pin USB port.
The press release talks up docks – with smartphones becoming more powerful, a dock could connect them to both displays and peripheral devices and SlimPort Pro can do it with a single connector. Read more »
In January this year Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad 8, a Windows 8-powered tablet. Now it revealed the ThinkPad 10, you guessed it a 10″ version of the tablet. It has a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Atom processor (Bay Trail) and 64-128GB of built-in storage (plus what you put in the microSD card slot).
The ThinkPad 10 body is made of aluminum, while its face is protected by Gorilla Glass. Read more »
Evleaks posted a number of images of HP tablets, though it turns out some of those are already official. Still, there are at least two new tablets among the images, possibly three.
One is very characteristic – a spitting image of the HTC One (M8). It looks quite similar to the HP Slate7 VoiceTab, except the front-facing camera is positioned differently. Read more »
Ephemeral messaging is huge right now with Snapchat leading the charge. Except “ephemeral” messages are more permanent than the name might suggest – charges were filed with the FTC against the photo messenger about this and a couple of other issues.
“If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keep those promises,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Any company that makes misrepresentations to consumers about its privacy and security practices risks FTC action.” Read more »
Nokia’s 6-second teaser has been expanded to a full video and it’s a trip down memory lane. It shows iconic products from Nokia’s past but also Microsoft’s – this video celebrates the two companies’ long history and plays up their future together.
The video shows a Rube Goldberg machine incorporating plenty of gadgets. Be warned though, the Nokia 3310 isn’t the only nostalgia-inducing product in the video. Read more »
Samsung just unveiled the NX3000 smart camera – an interchangeable lens camera with advanced connectivity features. It goes back to relying more on hardware controls than on touchscreen controls, similar to the NX1000.
It has a 20.3MP APS-C sensor that can record 1080p videos, the same basic specs as its two predecessors. Read more »
The iPhone 5s debuted with a fingerprint scanner for added security, but it turns out Siri can be a double agent – bypassing a pass code or even a TouchID-secured screen on iOS 7.1.1 is as easy as asking politely (the fingerprint scanner isn’t 100% trustworthy either).
The trick allows you to browse all contacts stored on the phone and make a call out to any one of them. Read more »