Sony has been on a kernel releasing rampage as of late. When T-Mobile’s Xperia Z1s hit stores last week, its kernel source was made public the same day it went on sale. It looks like the Japanese company is following the same trend with the Xperia Z1 Compact. The device was just outed by Sony, and its kernel source was released shortly after.
So why all the fuss behind releasing the source kernel for a phone? By having access to said kernels, developers are able to create better custom ROMs for smartphones. Read more »
Missed out on the white, limited edition 16GB OUYA a while back? Well, there’s hope for you yet, as the team behind the Android gaming system has announced that they’ll be releasing a standard 16GB version.
This particular OUYA will come with a matte black finish, or “anthracite”, as it’s officially called. Read more »
According to a report in The Register, Nokia’s highly-effective gyroscopic OIS tech has become available to other manufacturers on the open market. The tiny part made by ST Microelectronics was previously exclusively available to the Finnish manufacturer.
The dual-axis gyroscope for image stabilization carries the model number L2G2IS. Read more »
NVIDIA TegraZone got treated to a major update which expanded its availability to non-Tegra devices. Version 2.9.0 of the app is currently available to download in the Google Play Store for all devices running Android 2.2 and up.
It must be pointed that the updated app does not make Tegra-enhanced game playable to non-NVIDIA devices. Read more »
For those of you who find snapping photos with a tablet a tad too subtle, I have some great news! Sony has a tablet attachment for its QX10/QX100 duo of lens-style cameras coming your way.
Carrying the model number SPA-TA1, the tablet attachment is set to launch in Japan in the beginning of April. Read more »
Announced during CES earlier this month, the Sol Republic Relays are the company’s first entry into the market for headphones geared towards active people. The manufacturer boasts that the headset is the first of its kind to handle casual and sports duties with equal aplomb.
Sol Republic’s claim to have created an ultra-compact, water resistant, and perfectly fitting headset in the Relays sounds almost too good to be true. After all, it is no secret that headphones designed with sports in mind often look downright ungainly. Read on to find out if the company delivers on its promises. Read more »
Sony took the wraps off a Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra in Japan. The previously leaked compact tablet will hit the shelves in its homeland this Friday, on January 24.
The ultra-thin slate is priced at ¥52,000 (about $499). Read more »
As its name suggests, this particular version of the Element Case Sector 5 for iPhone 5s features the increasingly fashionable and lightweight carbon fiber. Designed and manufactured in the United States, the Element Case offering is part of a small club of iPhone accessories, whose design and finish sit on par with those of Apple’s latest smartphone.
Founded in California back in 2007, Element Case is established as one of the premier makers of high-end protective covers for smartphones. This year, the company announced a partnership with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati which will see a dedicated collection of its cases be sold alongside the legendary bikes. Read more »
Motorola gave a drastic price reduction to the natural wood finish back covers for the Moto X. The fashionable option for the smartphone now costs only $25 in Moto Maker, compared to $100 when initially announced last month.
In addition to the currently available bamboo finish for the Moto X, Motorola announced three new wood options on the way. Read more »
Official Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for Apple iOS devices. The application is available as a free download in the App Store.
Google Play Movies & TV for iOS allows users to watch media purchased or rented from Google Play store on their iOS device. Read more »
The iOS app of the popular cloud storage service Box got treated to a full redesign. Completely re-written, version 3.0.0 of the app now comes with 50GB of free lifetime storage to anyone who downloads it in the next 30 days.
Available for iPhone and iPad, the latest release of Box for iOS now features a flat look in line with the user interface Apple’s mobile OS. Read more »
Microsoft released a duo of new Xbox one promo videos on YouTube. The clips are focused on the gaming prowess of the console, as well as the accolades it received from both users and the press.
The first clip is entitled “Immersive Gaming” and highlights the realistic gameplay which the Xbox One provides. Read more »
Google acquired the designer and manufacturer of home products Nest Labs. The search engine giant paid $3.2 billion in cash for the Palo Alto-based company.
Founded in 2010, Nest brings modern design and functionality to ubiquitous home products. Read more »
Alongside the trio of Zenfone devices, ASUS released a new PadFone mini. Unlike the dual-SIM, Qualcomm-powered device with the same name which broke cover in December last year, the newcomer features Intel Atom SoC.
The new ASUS PadFone mini consists of a compact smartphone with 4” WVGA IPS+ display and a docking station with a 7” screen of the same type. Read more »
The Sol Republic Master Tracks sit on top of the young company’s product range. The over-ear headphones are designed and equipped to go head to head with the likes of Beats Audio’s new Studio headset, while being priced a good deal less than Dr. Dre’s offering.
Founded in 2011, Sol Republic’s popularity exploded during the 2012 London Olympics, when swimming legend Michael Phelps appeared wearing the company’s Tracks HD headphones in an American flag color scheme before going for a medal. Currently, in addition to a constantly growing number of celebrity endorsers, Sol Republic boasts a partnership with Motorola which sees its products offered in alongside the customizable Moto X. Read more »