Thanko, known for gadget curiosities like USB staplers and USB-powered allergy masks, has another interesting product in store – a telescope designed for the Apple iPhone. It can be used with naked eyes but put on an iPhone 5 or 5s and you get 100x magnification so you can play astronomer.
The iPhone 5 Astronomical Telescope kit includes a telescope with 700mm focal length, a tripod, ocular lens, iPhone 5 case to hold the phone and a number of other accessories. Read more »
Microsoft presented a cool upcoming update to Skype called Translator – it breaks down the language barrier by serving as an interpreter. It listens to what you say and then speaks it to the other side in a language they understand, then does the same for them.
Most impressive is the speed – not quite real-time, but the translation is spoken almost as soon as you’re done talking. Read more »
Sony said nothing about wireless charging during the Xperia Z2 announcement in Barcelona last February. But today the manufacturer officially unveiled the Wireless Charging Cover WCR12 and Wireless Charging Plate WCH10 for the smartphone.
The accessory combo will enable Qi wireless charging on your Xperia Z2. Read more »
Google first announced its plans in 2010 to make a self-driving car that, well, drives itself around and the passengers just have to sit and enjoy the ride without worrying about driving the vehicle. After years in development, Google has revealed an early version of its prototype vehicle.
The car, other than its self-driving ability is not much. It’s a cute little hatchback with just two seats inside and a screen to show the route. It doesn’t have any creature comforts on the inside and that is on purpose as this one is more for testing and demonstration purposes. Read more »
The Huawei Ascend P7‘s 6.5mm waistline is a site to behold, and the Chinese manufacturer has released a new ad to make sure you know about it.
The “Supermodel thin, Superhero tough” spot looks at Huawei’s flagship with a touch of humor, and does a good job of showcasing its elegant design. Read more »
There have been lots of rumors about the iPhone 6: the most notable being the smartphone’s 4.7”, sapphire-coated screen, and an all new body that’s more akin to the current generation iPod touch.
Someone decided to take these supposed design changes to the street (with a dummy unit) and see what the everyday person thinks about them. Read more »
LG G3 was announced just minutes ago with a 5.5″ QHD display, Snapdragon 801 chipset and a 13MP OIS+ camera with laser auto-focus. The device will be hitting South Korea tomorrow, while the rest of the world will get in in the next couple of weeks.
We have a lot of coverage about the phone’s announcement but we thought you may also enjoy the first official G3 promo video. Read more »
PLX Devices has two successful Kickstarter projects under its belt and it’s back for a third time with the Legion Meter. It’s a small USB device that promises to accelerate charging for your phone (or tablet) compared to just plugging a USB cable in your computer.
For additional functionality it has an OLED screen that can show how much power your gadget is drawing. Read more »
Apple’s Find My iPhone users in Australia have been hacked by someone or a group of people hiding behind the pseudonym Oleg Pliss (otherwise a respected software engineer and technology scientist). Some of the affected devices are put into lost mode with a message saying “device hacked”. Some users report demands of $100 sent by PayPal as ransom.
The information comes from numerous Apple users that have gone to Apple’s support forums complaining about the issue. Allegedly there were also reports from New Zealand users and one Australian currently in London. Read more »
Despite having its announcement a while ago, LG is still keeping the G Watch shrouded in mystery. Its key specifications aren’t disclosed just yet, as the company awaits the first Android Wear devices to debut at this year’s Google I/O.
This leaves the G Watch’s features open to speculation and according to industry sources cited by a Korean media outlet, the watch is going to feature a USIM module allowing it to place calls. Not surprisingly, the report suggests LG U+ carrier will be the first to release the G Watch in South Korea. Read more »
The LG G Pad 7.0, the smallest in the new series of tablets announced by the Korean company at the MedPi trade show earlier this month, has been pictured in France.
The new hands-on images highlight some odd design choices for LG’s tablet lineup, including a relatively thick waistline and an oddly placed microSD slot on the top of the device. Read more »
There’s still some time before Samsung officially announces its new duo of Galaxy Tab S tablets on June 12. We already have a general idea of what they’re all about, especially the Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ one, but thanks to a listing from the AnTuTu Benchmark database, we can now see the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 key specs.
Carrying the model number SM-T700, the 8.4″ Tab S rocks an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset with 1.9 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs. They’re bundled with an 533MHz ARM Mali-T628 and 3GB of RAM. Internal memory is 32GB, which should be expandable via a microSD card slot, but that’s not yet specified. Read more »
It appears that Samsung has a round smartwatch in the works. The yet to be announced gadget was revealed in US patent filings by the Korean manufacturer from last year.
The patent paperwork reveals that the smartwatch is not a standalone device, but needs a smartphone or a tablet to work. Read more »
Several major Silicon Valley companies have reached a settlement with some 64,000 workers for allegedly colluding not to hire each other’s employees.
Apple, after adamantly denying that former CEO Steve Jobs made an agreement with Intel, Google, and Adobe brass not to poach employees, has agreed to settle out of court. Read more »
Google’s I/O is coming in a month – June 25 through 26 – and is getting more interesting by the second.
When you open up Google’s page for the I/O event you’ll be greeted with a mysterious tablet stamped as a big picture across the top of the page. The slate isn’t anything we’ve seen yet and sports speakers on its top and bottom along with virtual on-screen buttons and what appears to be aluminum casing. The bezels are a little on the big side through. Read more »