We got yet another high-end Android smartphone to complete our battery test trials. The Meizu MX came up as a large unknown to our office, but quickly started earning fans among the team and completed our review as one of the very decent droids out there.
With a 1600 mAh battery and a 4″ screen with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, we were expecting a result somewhere in the middle of the pack and that’s about what we got from the MX. Read more »
China is finally done with the development of its own geo-positioning system. Named Beidou, the new GPS alternative promises to provide your location with accuracy of up to 10 meters, your speed without erring by more than 0.2 m/s and give you the exact time plus minus 0.02 millionth of a second.
To put things into perspective, the American GPS has a margin of error of 20 meters when finding your location. Read more »
Android has really gotten into the holiday spirit – first Google sold some apps for $0.10 for 10 days straight, then GetJar offers 100 apps for free and now Gameloft announced it’s planning to offer all games in its catalog for $0.99 each.
The promotion will include all games (last time it was just 4) and will last from 10PM Pacific time on December 29 to 10AM on January 5. Read more »
Google may have finally found a solution to the social networking problem that has eluded them for years – Google Plus is populated by 62 million users and will hit 400 million by the end of 2012, according to self-proclaimed “unofficial statistician” Paul Allen (no, not that Paul Allen).
The last official figure we got was 40 million users, but that was way back in October. Allen’s estimates put the growth rate of Google Plus at 625,000 new users per day. At this rate, Google Plus will hit the 100 million users mark before the end of February and 200 million in August. Read more »
These days it seems there are only two ways to sell a tablet. Either you have to be Apple and your tablet is called the iPad or you bring the price down so low that people just cannot resist buying them. The first strategy has worked out well for Apple and second is working well for Amazon and in the past for a short time for HP too.
RIM hasn’t had much success with their PlayBook so for the past few months they have constantly been offering great discounts to entice buyers. Today we have another one of those sales that will end along with the year 2011. Read more »
Do you have a T-Mobile Galaxy S II (SGH-T989) or an AT&T Skyrocket? Then you might want to check if your display is having any issues.
According to a thread on xda-developers forum, a lot of T989 and Skyrocket users are complaining about vertical lines, blobs, circles and pixellation on their displays. The defect is especially pronounced at lower brightness levels, where you can see strange vertical lines as shown above depending upon what background you have. Read more »
HTC’s first Android tablet – the Flyer – started off with a hefty price tag in the UK (£600!), but it has dropped significantly since then. The latest price cut brings it to a manageable £200.
The specs of the 7″ aluminum-clad tablet won’t impress anyone, but with Android 3.2 already rolling out, it’s not a bad piece of kit. Read more »
Most of the iOS devices are finally going to stay jailbroken with the new untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1. It works on every iOS 5-compatible gadgets but the A5-based ones (the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S).
The exploit was discovered by pod2g and is now implemented into the latest redsn0w and PwnageTool. Read more »
Action Movie FX is a relatively new mobile app that allows you to add cinema-grade special effects to your own footage. It’s not about a new iMovie app for post-processing, instead, you choose a single special effect, you go shoot a short clip and the app adds its magic onto it.
The result… Well, it varies. I’ve had some really nice time experimenting with it and once you get how the effects work, you can get some really good footage.
The most impressive thing of it all is how real these explosions look bearing in mind the whole thing has been rendered on a mobile phone. Geez, you will be amazed. Read more »
The long-awaited Consumers Electornics Show in Las Vegas isn’t due for two more weeks, but already Nokia gets us excited with a little something.
And by the leaked photos of it, it’s a 3-inch device, which doesn’t feature any hardware buttons at all. Excited? Don’t be. Read more »
The Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple, has great potential but so far has been limited to Apple’s computers. Soon, however, that will not be the case.
Digitimes is now reporting that Intel has notified its partners that the company will fully release the technology in April 2012, with several first-tier PC manufacturers already planning motherboards, notebook and desktop PCs to be released with Thunderbolt next year. Read more »
A few years ago, Sony and Samsung entered into a joint venture to develop S-LCD panels. Today, the two companies have announced that Samsung will be buying Sony’s stake (50%) in the joint venture for 1.08 trillion Korean won, which is roughly US$933 million dollars.
The new agreement allows both the companies to continue cooperative engineering efforts focused on LCD panel technology and for Sony to secure a flexible and steady supply of LCD panels from Samsung, based on market prices without the responsibility and costs of having their own manufacturing facility. The transferring of shares and payment is expected to close by the end of January 2012. Read more »
The first ever released Curve with a touchscreen has made it to our office. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the latest RIM smartphone running on the OS 7. It’s quite similar with the Torch 9860, but comes with a smaller and low-res display.
The Curve 9380 packs a less-capable 800MHz processor, but offers variety of connectivity options – 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and even NFC. The camera is 5 megapixel fixed focus one and is capable of capturing VGA videos. Read more »
Ever wanted a 7-inch Android tablet that also had gaming keys on the side? Then JXD has just the thing for you. Although the company usually spends its time making PSP clones, this time they have gone ahead and made something original. Oh, wait. Never mind.
The device has a 7-inch display with a rather unimpressive 800 x 480 resolution. What is impressive, however, is the processor it runs on. The S7100 has the same dual-core Cortex A9 with Mali-400 GPU found under the hood of Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Read more »
Some of you iOS users might think that the Newsstand app on your homescreen is absolutely useless but certain publications, particularly Popular Science and all its new readers will want to disagree with you.
According to the chart above, courtesy of Mag+, a division of Popular Science’s publisher Bonnier Corporation, you can see that sales of the magazine suddenly shot up in the second week of October this year, with a growth of over 13% in that week alone and also an increase in the growth of the magazine after that period. Read more »