The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a few surprises in store for those upgrading from the Galaxy S III. It uses a new NFC chipset, which doesn’t support the company’s older NFC tags, dubbed TecTiles. So if you’ve set up those around your crib keep in mind your new Galaxy S4 won’t be able to communicate with them.
Samsung has issued a statement that its new NFC tags, TecTiles 2, will be available in the coming weeks and will be compatible with older NFC-enabled devices. Read more »
Google has given Glass sets to a select few and hasn’t really revealed much about its market availability thus far.
Speaking to Radio 4 Eric Schmidt has finally confirmed that Google Glass will hit the retail shelves next year (that narrows it down) but hasn’t said anything about pricing. A number of developers have been given the option to pre-order Glass at the staggering $1500, but that doesn’t look likely as final pricing. Read more »
Those lucky few, which got to pre-order a Google Glass set at Goole I/O last year have already received the Google Glass Explorer Edition (XE) and decided to share some photos of an unboxing, and even some footage captured with the Glass itself.
Brandon Allgood has an unboxing image, which shows the Google Glass set along with sunglasses, pouch and charging piece. Read more »
Ever since the device was announced, the exact specifications of Google Glass have been a mystery. Well, not anymore. Google has updated its website for Glass and added some basic specifications, which gives us a better idea of what the device would be like.
For starters, Google Glass has a 640 x 360 resolution display, which might not sound like much but remember it’s sitting very close to your eye. Google says it is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away. The camera is capable of shooting 5 megapixel images and 720p videos. The sound will be transferred to your ears through bone conduction. Read more »
A new mobile entertainment solution called Phonepad will allow you to turn your Samsung smartphone into a tablet or a gaming console. Think a third-party external screen, complete with a built-in battery and speakers along the lines of the ASUS Padfone lineup.
Phonepad transforms your existing smartphone into a 10-inch LED HD slate just by inserting the phone into a docking station. Read more »
I’ve watched my share of beautiful time-lapse videos and I thought those can hardly surprise me anymore, but a new experimental time-lapse project, which uses Google Street View imagery takes things to a whole new level.
The project calls the resulting videos hyperlapses and indeed, they can be amazing providing you find the right sort of scenic routes in good weather. And I do mean it, when I say “find”, because the tool lets you make your own custom hyperlapses, too. For a taste, here’s a stunning hyperlapse demo, created by the authors of the project. Read more »
In a bid to gain more popularity for its smartphones, Alcatel has turned towards Hollywood. The manufacturer’s One Touch Idol smartphones will make an appearance in the upcoming blockbuster Iron Man 3.
Along with Alcatel smartphones, the latest Tony Stark adventure will also feature products by TCL – the Chinese company which owns the handset manufacturer. Read more »
Samsung is a big company that makes nearly everything, but now it’s expanding the list with Samsung SMART Eco Trees. The eco-friendly gadget is an air purifier that shares many of the advanced features with the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The basic feature of Eco Trees is to purify the air and pump out oxygen while scrubbing CO2. They also automatically keep air moisture at pleasant levels and cool the environment around them. FOTA (Fragrance Over The Air) will also make the air more pleasant. Read more »
The Android-powered OUYA console has started shipping to Kickstarter backers, as promised. This is the developer console with a transparent plastic casing, while the retail unit (scheduled to hit shelves on June 4) will have a metallic outer shell.
The OUYA team says consoles will be shipped out of the factory over the next few weeks so you might not get yours right away. You will receive an email when yours leaves the factory. Read more »
We already told you how much we like the Tablet Z. It is a great tablet with impressive high-quality hardware and design, plus it’s water and dust resistant just like the Xperia Z smartphone.
The Xperia Tablet Z, just like other popular slates, will surely need some accessories and Sony is ready with the official lineup. Read more »
Lately, smartphones are becoming an integral part of our daily lives and it is important that our device’s battery offers us enough juice for longer hours of usage. That’s where a portable charger plays its important role and Nokia has unveiled a wireless car charger for its Lumia 920 smartphones, which should help its consumers enjoy that extra liberty of usage when they are on the go.
Nokia’s wireless car charger comes with NFC built-in and is designed like a Nokia car phone holder. Aside from the obvious benefit of the wireless charging, the NFC functionality will allow you to start a specific app or turn on specific car mode setting on your smartphone just by placing it on the stand. Read more »
How does it feel to use Project Glass? That’s the question Google has focused on with its Project Glass promo video showing the various ways you can use the sci-fi-looking frames.
Google has also given you a chance to pre-order the Project Glass, which was previously only available for developers. You can go to Google+ and share what you would do if you had Glass (in 50 words or less) and if chosen you could be rocking it when it goes on sale. Read more »
As smartphones start to pay more and more important part of our lives it gets more important than ever that their batteries don’t give up on us in critical moment. That’s why the portable chargers have been selling pretty well lately and understandably major manufacturers want to be a part of that business. LG has unveiled a portable charged named PMC-510 that should give you that extra autonomy when you are on the go.
LG’s PMC-510 portable charger is pretty compact and boosts a 5,200mAH lithium-ion battery. The on-the-go charging solution weighs about 152g and fits easily in your pockets. Read more »
The LG-made Google Nexus 4 is one of the hottest names on the market right now, but its wireless charging capabilities have been somewhat neglected due to the lack of cool charging stations. The good news for those of you who have purchased a Nexus and are waiting for its charging orb is that it is already s up for pre-order.
Pure Mobile has the sleek looking accessory listed with a price tag of $59.99. Read more »
OUYA, the Kickstarter-funded gaming console for Android, has changed its controller design after the company received valuable feedback from the developers who got their units.
OUYA has changed the directional pad of the controller (D-Pad), which was a flat “disc” earlier. Read more »