Sony announced the new Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone. The Z4 Tablet is the company’s latest flagship tablet while the M4 Aqua is more of a mid-range offering.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 10.1-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB memory, stereo speakers, 8 megapixel camera, and digital noise cancelling. It’s also IP68 certified, making it waterproof and dust resistant. Sony also made a Bluetooth keyboard for it to be used as a notebook. Read more »
Swatch has announced the new Touch Zero One watch that is made specifically for volleyball players. The watch can track your steps, distance travelled, power hits and power claps, and then calculates the calories burnt.
The watch then pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth and the Swatch app helps you track your fitness level and also use a virtual coach to set fitness goals for yourself. Read more »
Samsung came under fire recently for listening to conversations on its Smart TVs and then sending the data unencrypted over to its servers. Samsung responded by saying that the television on which this was found was an older model and newer models don’t have this issue.
Unfortunately for Samsung, the researchers at Pentest Partners found even the new TVs exhibit the same behavior. While the previous test featured the UE46ES8000 model from around two years ago, the new test featured the UE55HU7500 model launched last year and still on sale. Even on this model it was noted that data was being sent in plaintext. Read more »
Mozilla is rolling out an update for the Android version of Firefox on the Play Store. This update brings with it a new tablet interface and HTTP/2 support.
Firefox now has a revamped tab layout on top that looks just like the tab design on the desktop version of Firefox. There is also now a fullscreen tab panel, which shows a grid of open tabs with thumbnails for a better view of your open sites. Read more »
Earlier this week Google announced that it won’t be allowing people to have sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform. Earlier such content would be marked as ‘Adult’ so as to provide a warning to viewers before the content was presented to them but then Google thought even that wasn’t enough.
However, it seems the company has received a fair amount of backlash on the decision, following which it has promptly reversed its stance on it. Read more »
One of the best features of Safari on desktop or mobile is the Reader mode, that extracts the basic text and the relevant images from a web page and presents it in a more readable manner, free of distractions such as advertisements and odd font choices.
Google has been working on something similar for Chrome. They already added it in Chrome for Android a while back but oddly you have to mess around in chrome:flags to enable it. Now they are bringing it to Chrome for desktop and you can use it with more fiddling around. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new keyboard specifically for Android tablets called Keyboard for Excel. It works only on Android tablets and is aimed at hardcore Excel users who enter a lot of numbers in their sheets.
The main feature of this keyboard is the 10-key number layout or a numpad on the right that makes it convenient to quickly enter numbers and offers similar experience to the numpad on your computer keyboard. Read more »
Micosoft Band. the company’s first proper wearable device, just got a major update. One of the key additions is bike tracking. The device will now be able to track your biking activity, whether it’s outdoors on a proper bike or indoors on a stationary exercise bike. The band adjusts its sensors such as the heart rate monitor to adapt to the different stress levels of biking compared to other activities.
The other major additions is a virtual keyboard. The band now shows a tiny keyboard on its tiny display. It uses the same Word Flow or swipe feature present on Windows Phone 8.1 keyboard. If you don’t want to type, there is also a new voice dictation feature. Both of these only work with Windows Phone 8.1 devices, however. Read more »
The original G Watch R was already a good looking watch and the first to have a proper circular display instead of a flat tire. But LG recently launched the G Watch Urbane, which improved upon the design of the G Watch R.
The G Watch Urbane has a stainless steel body that comes in gold and silver finishes. It also has a thinner profile and narrower bezel than the G Watch R, making it sleeker and more unisexual than the G Watch R. The Urbane comes with a leather band but it can be replaced with any 22mm band. Read more »
You know we have reached peak political correctness when people start demanding ‘racially diverse’ emoji. But Apple seems to care about that sort of thing, so in the latest beta of iOS and OS X, you will notice that there is a new set of emoji, with a more racially diverse color palette.
Now, when you press and hold on any of the human faces in the People section of the emoji picker, you will get a popup with additional skin tones, six of them to be precise, from black to a rather absurd bright yellow, which seems more racist than racially diverse. Read more »
Bang & Olufsen has announced a new portable Bluetooth speaker for use with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The speaker has an interesting picnic basket-like design, with a handle to carry it around.
The Beolit 15 has an aluminum and plastic body, with a rubberized texture on top to keep your phone. The handle is made out of genuine full-grain leather and angled to avoid the speaker from wobbling while being carried around. Read more »
AG Drive is a racing game featuring anti-gravity space ships that you race around a futuristic race track set in the year 2260. The game is a combination of Wipeout and F-Zero, and pretty much what you’d expect that to be like if you’ve played those games.
AG Drive is now available on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad and has been given the Apple’s Editor’s Choice, which, to be honest, doesn’t really mean much if you see the history of some of the previous games that got this honor. Let’s see if this one’s any good. Read more »
Alto’s Adventure is procedurally generated endless snowboarding game. You play as Alto and his friends, going down snow covered slopes on snowboards, catching llamas, grinding on rooftops, and pulling off stunts in mid-air.
The game is now available on the App Store and promises beautiful visuals and an exhilarating gameplay experience. Let’s see if it delivers. Read more »
For years, people have been doing sponsored videos on YouTube on top of having YouTube ads enabled for their account. This allowed them to earn money from their sponsors that they endorse during the video, along with the earnings from the ads that play before and during the video.
Unfortunately, Google is not quite happy with that. You see, when people have sponsors for their videos, it leaves Google out of the loop, unable to earn anything from the revenue that people are generating on YouTube. So Google has now decided to stop people from having sponsored content on YouTube with its new policy change. Read more »
IF This Then That, otherwise known as IFTTT, is an extremely useful service that lets you create and download ‘recipes’ that automatically performs a task for you when a preset event occurs.
The company has now changed its brand name from IFTTT to simply IF. It still performs the same basic functions, but just has a new name. Read more »