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Sony announces SmartEyeglass transparent eyewear

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Sony announced that it has its own Google Glass competitor in the works called SmartEyeglass. A software development kit for the gadget is already available to interested developers.

Sony SmartEyeglass packs a number of sensors that include CMOS image solution, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, microphone, and brightness sensor. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus gets the iFixit teardown treatment, scores a good 7 for repairability

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Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already on sale in Australia, so the crafty folks from iFixit already went to work on Cupertino’s first phablet. As always, the device’s disassembly reveals quite a few juicy bits, which Apple doesn’t typically talk about.

The most important iPhone 6 Plus questions that the iFixit teardown answers are related to the amount of RAM the handset packs, as well as the size of its battery. Read more »

Samsung 20nm 6Gb mobile DRAM enters mass production

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Samsung announced earlier today it has began mass producing its latest 6Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM chips. They’re made using the 20nm manufacturing process and are designed with high performance smartphones and tablets in mind by achieving data transfer rates of up to 2,133Mbps.

A 3GB LPDDR3 package can now be made using four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips is 20% smaller and consumes 10% less energy than existing 3GB packages such as the one found in the Galaxy Note 4. Read more »

Bamboo StyleSwap covers for OnePlus One get cancelled

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OnePlus cancelled production of the optional bamboo StyleSwap covers for its affordable flagship killer. The optional back covers made their debut alongside the OnePlus One back in April.

It turns out that OnePlus experienced technical difficulties in mass-producing the accessories. Read more »

Toshiba releases ultra-thin 20MP CMOS image sensor for high-end smartphones

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Toshiba released a brand new 20MP CMOS image sensor, designed specifically with high-end mobile devices in mind. Sporting the rather uninspiring model number T4KA7, the 1.12 micron component will allow the development of sub-6mm camera modules.

Toshiba T4KA7 has an optical size of 1/2.4” and features high-speed circuit technology that allows it to deliver 22fps at full resolution image capture. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR will cost $199

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The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 phablet will cost $199 in the US. This comes straight from a spokesperson for the Korean company, so it’s pretty much official.

Sure, a press release would have been nice, but this will have to do for now. The price was revealed at the New York Fashion Week of all places. Read more »

Google Glass Explorer Edition goes on sale in the Play store

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Google Glass Explorer Edition is now available for purchase in the Play store in the United States. The move follows the expanded availability of the device’s beta program back in May.

Pricing of the futuristic gadget hasn’t changed. Read more »

Samsung’s Gear VR is already up for pre-order in the UK, yours for GBP 150

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Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Gear S, Samsung also announced the Gear VR yesterday during its event at IFA Berlin. And today the virtual reality headset developed in partnership with Oculus is already up for pre-order in the UK, believe it or not.

For now only one retailer seems to have it. Mobile Fun specializes in accessories for your devices, and since the Gear VR needs a Note 4 to function it probably qualifies. To be among the first people in the UK to own one of these, you’ll have to shell out £150. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 gets wet on a river football field

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is getting its last minutes of fame thanks to a rather interesting promo video where it plays more of a background role.

In its latest promo Sony is shining a light on UK Bourton-on-the-Water 100-year old river football tradition and throwing the Xperia Z2 in there to take photos and video of the event above and under the water. Read more »

AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi joins Apple

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The founder of one of the most in-depth mobile and computer tech sites, Anand Shimpi, is hanging up the tech journalism gloves as he joins Apple.

Founded in 1997, AnandTech is widely renowned for its technical analysis of personal computers and, more recently, mobile phones. Read more »

Here is how Samsung manufactures the metal frame of the Galaxy Alpha

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As part of the festivities surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch, the Korean manufacturer released details on the manufacturing process behind the device’s metal frame. The latter is widely considered to be one of the smartphone’s biggest highlights.

As you have probably guessed, creating the device’s metal frame requires a number of CNC processes. Read more »

Intel and Unity announce collaboration to bring Android support to x86 devices

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Intel and Unity Technologies announced strategic collaboration to extend Andorid support for the chipmaker’s devices. Unity will add Android support for Intel’s current and future x86 chips, including the Core and Atom families.

The graphic development platform creator will add Intel product enhancements to its Unit 4 and Unity 5 product families. Read more »

We benchmark the Tegra K1 chipset, results come out impressive

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Nvidia makes a big deal of its tegra K1 chipset as impossibly advanced and having the most advanced mobile graphics and is so determined to improve it that it launched a 64-bit version a few days ago.

It just so happens that we have the first tablet to commercially carry the non-64-bit Tegra K1 – the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and naturally we wanted to focus on the K1 benchmarking prowess. Check the very impressive results after the break. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 marketing stunt highlights Ultra Power Saving Mode

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 marketing stint in the United States is once again focused on the handset’s Ultra Power Saving Mode. The move appears to be an extension to the recent Galaxy S5 TV ad, which labeled iPhone users as wall huggers.

The campaign involves placing stickers around power outlets on three major airports in the United States, which carry the following message: Read more »

USB Type-C plug features reversible design, 10Gbps speeds

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The USB Type-C standard is finalized and one of the coolest features it brings to the table is universal plugging. This means that much like Apple’s Lightning connector, it doesn’t matter which way you plug the cable, it’ll always fit and work.

But that’s not the only new feature, as the list of improvement over the current USB 2.0 micro-B plug is long. The new standard can deliver up to 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors. This will result is faster charging. Read more »