After months of speculation. AMD has finally cleared the smoke around its next line of chips, based on the new Carrizo-L CPU cores. This gives us a clearer picture of what the 2015 low-power computing scene might looks like with the new microarchitecture, dubbed Puma+.
This new family of chips is the new AMD мид-tier, intended to replace the 2014 Beema chips with Puma cores. The new SoCs use a 28nm production process and share the same socket as the high-end Carrizo chips. Just like their predecessor, Carrizo-L chips cover the power range from 10W, all the way up to 25W, so we can expect to see them in various tech and form-factors. Naturally, Carrizo-L is an AND APU, which means, it is equipped with some dedicated graphics processing power as well. It comes courtesy of GCN Graphic Compute Units. Read more »
Well, frankly, we all know the answer to this one. And yet, there is still something weirdly satisfying about witnessing a high-end device undergo creative carnage and destruction. This is undoubtedly why stress test videos have really been getting absurd recently.
Needless to say a slick curved phone with a glass finish has practically no chance of surviving even most air gun shots. Still, the guys over at dbrand really didn’t want to leave anything to chance and opted for a .50 AE Desert Eagle. Both are legendary for being extremely high-powered and, but the S6 was simply blown away (apologies for the bad pun there). Read more »
The internet of things, or IoT, as it is commonly referred, is well on its way to creating yet another tech revolution. The concept is definitely not new, but it was not until recently that big names, such as Google and ARM started working hard towards creating smart connected appliances for a seamlessly interconnected experience all throughout the home of the future.
One such initiative is the Thread Group, in which Samsung takes part as well. The Korean tech giant is taking the concept quite seriously, which is evident by introduction of a brand new line of integrated chips, intended to power future devices, connected to the global network. Read more »
Smartphones slowly became a key part of our everyday lives, but with all the technological advancements and the search for better and faster hardware we sometimes forget that out mobile phone is also a personal accessory, which makes styling and looks an integral part of the final product.
This was a lot more-apparent in the days of the simple mobile phones, when an appealing exterior had a much greater influence on buyers. But, even though we have mostly adopted and grown accustomed to the flat, slate look for our beloved devices, there is still a lot to be considered in terms of exterior. That is why, this week, we decided to ask you what material you deem most-suitable for a flagship device. Read more »
Apple is allegedly getting mixed up in yet another antitrust saga, this time in relation to the Beats Music streaming service and its revival. The Cupertino giant purchased the platform last year, as part of the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and has since stated its intentions to revive the service.
In doing so, however, Apple might have abused its leading position in the digital music market, as industry sources claim that the company has approached more than a dozen music labels and artists with proposition of limited and exclusive rights and partnerships. Read more »
Mediatek’s latest chipset, dubbed the MT6797 Helio 20 is almost ready to hit consumer markets and the Chinese company is already promoting its new silicon. With the chip, the manufacturer hopes to build on its recent success in the mobile market and secure more supplier contracts, both with local and international brands.
In order to give prospective buyers a clearer picture of what the MT6797 Helio 20 SoC has to offer, Mediatek has pit it up against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 in a comprehensive stats comparison chart. As it turns out, the new MT chip has a lot to offer and has a few significant improvements over its predecessors. Read more »
Having a shiny new phone has become a much sought-after experience. But springing for a high-tech handset is just the beginning and it can all be a very short-lived thrill once gravity kicks in or your new toy has an unexpected play-date with water, dust or really any of the elements. Enter cases and protectors and the thicker and uglier they are, the better they fend off unwanted damage. But if you are willing to sacrifice aesthetics, why not opt for something more than just protection, like more battery.
Mophie’s latest iPhone 6 case aims to deliver precisely this type of combined service. The product, dubbed H2PRO, is the latest in the company’s line of juice packs. Just like its predecessor, the juice pack air, it is equipped with a 2,750mAh battery, which is said to double the battery life of your iPhone 6. And according to the advertisement, it has a few other tricks up its sleeve, too. Read more »
A US jury has ruled that Motorola Mobility owes Fujifilm $10.2 million for patent infringement. The suit itself started back in 2012 when Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujifilm Holdings Corp took Motorola to court on claims of infringing three of its patents related to digital photography and another four having to do with wireless data transfer and Bluetooth.
The jury has ruled against all of the claims, but one, related to converting color images to monochrome. The $10.2 million settlement is far less than the $40 million Fujifilm originally sought. Motorola spokesman William Moss, commented that the company is somewhat pleased by the current outcome, but also a little perplexed, considering the Lenovo owned business has, in fact, paid for a Bluetooth license. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge might be the current “top-dogs” of the mobile world, but that definitely doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Like all sophisticated tech, various problems are expected and the enormous attention towards Samsung’s latest creations has already led to the uncovering of a few hidden problems.
Yesterday, we reported that some S6 and S6 edge units have been spotted with Samsung’s own ISOCELL camera sensor, instead of the Sony IMX240. Read more »
No product campaign nowadays is truly complete without a few good clips, which is why HTC often hits YouTube to showcase various features of the One M9 flagship.
The videos are quite a few and touch upon such features as HTC Connect, HTC BoomSound and the new and improved HTC Sense. The phone’s new theming engine is also advertised and so is the impressive camera setup and camera app, which just recently received RAW photo functionality. Read more »
In the ever-so-dynamic race of everyday life, mobility has become one of the key aspects of our personal tech. Ultrabooks have definitely gotten a long way in this respect but while some, like Apple are achieving ultra-portability at the expense of performance, others, like Lenovo, prove that there is really no room for compromises in today’s tech world.
The LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 are a true testament to this. Both laptops are incredibly compact and measure 12.56″ x 0.67″ x 8.35″. They are also incredibly light – the LaVie Z weighs in at 1.87 lbs for a base model, while the more-advanced LaVie Z 360, complete with a touchscreen and flappable hinge, starts at 2.04 lbs. Read more »
Well, it’s definitely a Sony and it has four in its name and it’s not a severely-overdue huge disappointment. You guessed it, it’s the Xperia M4 Aqua and its Sony’s latest mid-range offer. The Japanese tech giant really deserves points for this one, as it does look to be quite a premium device with a budget-friendly price tag. But, let’s not be hasty and go by impressions alone.
We first caught a glimpse of the M4 Aqua at MWC 2015 in Barcelona and it left us with quite a pleasant impression. The reality of Sony’s current situation is kind of odd. In the absence of a proper flagship device, given the disappointment of the Z4, new mid-rangers are left with the hard burden of filling the void. There has been talk of an upcoming Xperia P2 with a formidable specs sheet, but for now it is up to the M4 Aqua to keep users happy. Read more »
Last week, we asked you to tell us what you think about the Apple Watch and how you would size it up against an array of competitors. The results are now in and you definitely made it clear that Apple’s new smart wearable just isn’t your cup of tea.
The Apple Watch took a hell of a beating in our polls and some of your comments seem to show why. Most of you seem to agree that poor usability and high price are major drawbacks to picking up an Apple Watch. But is seems that there one even more-prevailing opinion across the board – that all wearable devices, despite functionality, price, platform or manufacturer come with little actual purpose at this point in time. Cluttering said devices with apps also doesn’t seem to be the answer, as most of you seem to be skeptical of Apple’s “more is better” strategy for the wearable as well. Read more »
If anyone still hasn’t hear, although we highly doubt that with all the fuss, the LG G4 is official. The announcement was made on April 28 and there are even preorders, already available for the device in both its leather and plastic back variants.
Naturally the Korean company is now launching a PR campaign to promote its new flagship. TV commercials are a large part of any such undertaking and just a few days after the launch, LG is already showcasing the clips it will be running. Read more »
The annual Microsoft BUILD conference is now well under way and we are happy to report that Windows 10 is making great progress in developing new and interesting features. Despite the slow and heavily developer-centric start, the keynote did get to four new interesting technologies that will debut in Windows 10, helping Microsoft expand its Windows Store.
The company has worked on enabling developers turn their existing Android, iOS, Web and even .NET and Web32 code to the Windows Store ready apps. It boils down to a new added ability to reuse various existing application code and repurpose it as a Windows universal application. Read more »