Xiaomi has just challenged its fans to a selfie contest over on its official forum. The Chinese company wants to see how much you love to take selfies. And to reward you, it’s offering three prizes: a Mi Box set top box, a Mi Camera Lens accessory for your smartphone, and a Mi Bunny mascot, in the 30cm iteration (which you can see in the photo below this paragraph).
All you have to do is go to this forum thread and post a selfie of you or your friends. The image should (obviously) include your face or your friends’ faces, but also things related to Xiaomi and MIUI, its Android overlay. So for example you can hold a Xiaomi product or a piece of paper on which you’ve written the company’s name. Read more »
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users that want a little bit of extra battery prowess from their top notch phablet look in Mugen Power’s direction.
The battery maker has a new extended battery case for the Galaxy Note 4 that provides a bit of extra protection, a 6,640mAh battery (or more than double the built-in 3,220mAh capacity), kickstand and both NFC and Qi wireless charging for the price of $89.50. Read more »
The manufacturer of leather goodies for smartphones and tablets DODOcase launched a collection of premium straps for Moto 360. The San Francisco-based company is known for its bespoke cases for iPhone and iPad.
DODO’s leather bands are made from premium Pergamena leather. Read more »
Along with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, Xiaomi also announced two new peripherals at its keynote today. The Mi Box Mini is a smaller version of its Mi Box set-top box, which is essentially an Apple TV-esque device meant for streaming content from your smartphone.
The Mi Box Mini is extremely small and can just plug in straight into a power point. Read more »
Earlier this week, the California-based manufacturer of luxury smartphone accessories Element Case took the wraps off an iPhone 6 cover with interchangeable photographic lenses. Dubbed iPro 6 Trio, the case aims to make the already stellar camera of the iPhone 6 even better.
The interchangeable lenses of the iPro 6 are developed by the pro lens gurus at Schneider Optics. Read more »
Last year, Philips announced the Fidelio M2L headphones designed to work with Apple’s Lightning connector. At CES this year, Philips announced a new model, the Fidelio NC1L that also includes built-in noise cancellation.
Just like the M2L, the NC1L includes its own integrated DAC and amplifier for converting the pure digital signal from the Lightning port into audio signal for the drivers. It also includes four microphone array for the noise canceling feature to work. Read more »
Toshiba’s got a couple of new SD cards coming, in multiple sizes each. First off, we have the FlashAir III, which is sort of like Toshiba’s answer to the Eyefi. And then there’s the first ever NFC-capable SD card.
If you’re wondering what pairing NFC with an SD card would be good for, well, apparently it’s been done so you can see up to 16 picture thumbnails from the card on your Android smartphone with just a tap. Oh, and you’ll also find out how much storage space is left on the card. Read more »
If it’s worth doing on camera, it’s worth doing in front of a live audience right? Maybe even better! HTC’s Re action camera will gain the ability to livestream footage to YouTube starting tomorrow, which will set it apart from market leader GoPro.
The new functionality is coming through an update to its companion app, Android gets it tomorrow while iOS will get it “later in Q1.” Read more »
Kingston introduced today microSD and SD cards under the UHS-I Speed Class 3 boasting some 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds. This is great news for those who want to play and record 4K video without stuttering.
In fact, as per the SD Association’s latest specifications, the UHS-I U3 standard guarantees performance of at least 30MB/s read and write, and Kingston’s latest offering exceeds the standard Class 10 SD cards 9 and 8 times for read and write speeds, respectively. Read more »
Sennheiser has updated its premium Momentum series of headphones. The current Momentum and Momentum On-Ear now feature improved design for better comfort as well as the ability to fold them for easier transportation.
Along with that, the company also announced two new wireless versions of the Momentum headphones. They feature the design improvements of the second generation models, but cut the cord and go for Bluetooth (aptX) to transfer the data. The headphones feature built-in controls to control your audio playback and calls, as well as NFC for pairing easily with your smartphone or tablet. On top of that, they also feature active noise-cancelation, which is not present in the wired models. Read more »
Mophie’s line of Juice Pack-branded battery cases are quite popular, and today the company has unveiled a trio of new such offerings, tailor made for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What’s more, all three are already up for pre-order at the Mophie website (although when they’ll start shipping is still a mystery).
The iPhone 6 gets two options, the Mophie Juice Pack Air and the Juice Pack Plus, while there’s only one Juice Pack available for the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more »
Razer is getting out of its comfort zone for CES 2015. The gaming peripheral company announced an Android-based gaming console dubbed Forge TV. For good measure, Razer also revealed the Nabu X, a simple and affordable smartband with just three LED lights.
The Razer Forge TV is quite compact at just 4 x 4 inches and houses a Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPU, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. Read more »
ZTE brought out the second generation of its pico-projector/Wi-Fi hotspot. The ZTE Spro 2 features a powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset, full access to the Play Store and a 720p built-in projector.
The Spro 2 also acts as an Wi-Fi hotspot, sucking up 150Mbps of LTE data and spitting it back out over Wi-Fi. Read more »
So far the Google Cast streaming protocol has been used with video in mind – after all, it is powering the Chromecast, the company’s very successful HDMI stick. But today Google has announced Cast for audio.
This will work in a very similar way to video casting, but it naturally won’t send video, just audio, to supported speakers. Like with the Chromecast, these won’t get the content from your mobile device – rather, they’ll connect directly to the Internet and fetch it from there, saving you battery life for your phone or tablet in the process. Read more »
The ambitious California-based startup accessory maker Antenna79 took the wraps off a rugged case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that improves the device’s network connectivity. Dubbed Reach79, the case boosts the signal of a device up to 2x (1.6x on average).
The PhD scientists from Antenna79 have done the trick by embedding the case with a micro-thin, gold-plated antenna. Read more »