Around this time last year, Sony enabled magnetic charging of its smart devices via pogo pins starting with its Xperia Z flagship.
Charging dock solutions have since been outed for several Sony smartphones since, with a newly leaked model, the DK36, being poised to serve an as-yet unannounced Xperia flagship. 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 »
Being a mere smartwatch doesn’t save the Samsung Galaxy Gear from the developers’ desire at getting deep into the gadget’s core. And now, courtesy of XDA Developers, comes the first custom kernel for the Gear.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has already got its first custom ROM, showing that developers aren’t afraid to get creative, but the new kernel finally shows that they are also now ready to go one level deeper. The first custom kernel allows for the Gear to run at the maximum frequency of its dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which is 1.6GHz. Read more »
Google has expanded the availability of its Nexus Wireless Charger to four new countries. The new markets include Australia, Japan, Korea and India.
Right now, in some of these countries the accessory is listed as “coming soon”, but the status is bound to change in next couple of hours. Read more »
The Sennheiser CX 275s are pair of in-ear headphones designed specifically for mobile devices. One of the key features of this product is a universal microphone and call pickup/cancel button that is designed to work with practically every smartphone and tablet out there.
Other than the headset functionality, Sennheiser also promises a ‘bass driven stereo sound’ so you can definitely expect some bass-heavy sound. Let’s see how well it does in that department and in other frequency ranges. Read more »
Gaming company Razer famous for its gaming mice, keyboards, headphones and a gaming laptop, has announced at CES 2014 its latest endeavour – the Nabu wristband. The company calls the Nabu a smartband, as it connects to your smartphone and feeds you all sorts of notifications in addition to pulling off some fitness tracking duties.
The Nabu is a rubber wristband that holds two displays. While carrying the Nabu, the front screen will be the one you’ll quickly glance at for not so private notifications, while the secondary screen is on the back of the wristband. To see it, you have to twist your wrist on the side – it’s useful for reading SMS messages, for example. Read more »
Samsung and BMW have collaborated on a rather cool use for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. At CES 2014, Samsung showcased a specially developed application, which connects to the BMW i3′s “i Remote Application” allowing it to control some of the car’s functions and give you status information.
The Galaxy Gear will be able to show information of the BMW i3 such as door and window status (opened or closed), battery charge levels and drivable range. Read more »
Android in cars has suddenly become a hot topic with the foundation of the Open Automotive Alliance by Google, but who know how long it will be until the first Android-enabled car hits the showrooms. Sony has a simpler solution – a double-DIN smartphone dock.
If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, double-DIN is basically the standard for car head units. Read more »
Parrot, the company behind the popular AR Drone 2.0, has added two new smaller flying toys to its family of drones – the Parrot MiniDrone and Parrot Jumping Sumo
The Parrot MiniDrone is a smaller version of the aforementioned AR Drone 2.0 that almost fits in the palm of your hand. As a result of the smaller size, the MiniDrone is more simple than its bigger brother and doesn’t have a camera on board. Read more »
LG has just announced its smart wearable Life Band Touch. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, the high-tech wristband is water resistant and capable of keeping track of your workouts, runs, step counts, calorie consumption as well as distance walked.
Those are nice features, but are quite common, which has made LG up the ante by also making this a fitness accessory. As a result it sports a special earphone, called the Heart Rate Earphone. 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 »
Sony recently launched the QX10 and QX100 camera accessories that snap on to the back of your Android phone or iPhone and allow you take much higher quality images with optical zoom than is otherwise possible with the built-in camera. But while these devices are meant to fit a wide variety of phones, they don’t actually fit Sony’s own Xperia Z Ultra due to its enormity.
To solve this problem, Sony has now released new cases for the Xperia Z Ultra, that has a provision on the back to attach these accessories. You just snap them on the back without the attachment tool used for other phones and then use the phone like a point and shoot camera. Read more »
A press image of a yet to be announced LG wearable device made the rounds on Twitter, unsurprisingly thanks to @evleaks. Dubbed LG Lifeband Touch, the gadget is likely to break cover during CES 2014 next week.
The leaked press shot of the LG Lifeband Touch appears less than a week after a word arrived about the Korean manufacturer’s alleged plans to release wearable devices called G-Arch and G-Health. Read more »
Samsung is trying to gently enter the Android-powered console market using the Game Pad. The company was showing off the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition, which comes bundled with the Game Pad accessory and an HDMI adapter.
That’s right, while the Game Pad can hold phone ranging from 4″ to 6.3″, it cannot hold tablets, not even 7″ ones. Read more »
Pebble announced a dedicated app store for its popular smartwatch. The Pebble app store will be available in early 2014, and will integrate seamlessly into the dedicated Pebble app for iOS and Android devices, thus becoming the one-stop shop for installing applications on your smartwatch.
The Pebble app store will feature seven different categories. Read more »