Archive for August, 2015

By August 18, 2015 Read More →

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

CaptureDroidlife have successfully captured, what is now know as, Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s boot screen in the Youtube video below. A lovely animated intro sequence is either an impressive fake or a lucky early leak. The animation does manage to capture Google’s colourful and smooth nature and helps this writer lean toward the authentic option.

The name Android 6.0 Marshmallow was revealed yesterday outside Google HQ and Tweeted by @davey_burke after a few days of teasing.

We have around two months to go before the new hardware and software are launched so check back for most up to date information.

 

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By August 18, 2015 Read More →

LG Google Nexus 5 2015 5.2” Stand Holder Shockproof

l2Pzo3LAliexpress.com has listed a Shockproof Stand Holder for the new LG Google Nexus 5 2015 edition, including a device in the image not unlike that we say recently. I wold imagine the listing will probably disappear quite quickly so I have persevered the images from the listing in this post, you know, for science. Case manufacturers get the dimensions from Google a little early so they can design and manufacture their cases and be ready for the phone launch. This is how we knew the dimensions and the position of each component a few weeks ago.

New For LG Google Nexus 5 2015 5.2” Stand Holder Shockproof Iron Man Hard Armor Hybrid Case Cover For Google Nexus 5 2015 Shell

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It’s only $5 in case you need to know.

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By August 18, 2015 Read More →

Rumoured specs of the Surface Phone

surface-wp2-11-e1438158350548It seems that the oft rumoured Microsoft Surface Phone is known by the codename of project Project Juggernaut Alpha, which matches the previous leaks we heard a couple of years ago. If true we’re seeing a device that one day might be capable of  running Win32 apps, especially as the spec sheet described a rather powerful device housing a beautiful a 5.5-inch AMOLED display of 1440×2560 16:9 resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 4. When it comes to its internals:

  • Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) 64-bit processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64 and 128GB of expandable storage
  • Surface Pen compatibility
  • USB Type-C
  • Wireless Charging
  • 1440×2560 16:9 AMOLED 5.5″ ClearBlack Gorilla Glass 4
  • Aluminum and Magnesium unibody
  • 21MP PureView Zeiss 6-lens primary camera
  • 8MP Zeiss Wide-Angle selfie camera
  • Windows 10 Mobile

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You can expect to see it is some shape or form in Q4 2015 or more likely Q1 2016.

Source: wmpoweruser

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By August 17, 2015 Read More →

Some EE Power bars recalled

power-bar_recall_16.9-1280x720Recently EE very kindy handed out free Power Bar chargers to their customers. EE has unfortunately identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06 (written as Model:E1-06 on the side of the device), and could pose a fire safety risk. They are therefore recalling batch E1-06 and request that customers stop using them and return their device to a local EE store at their earliest convenience. Power Bars from any other batch aren’t affected by this recall. EE intend to replace these chargers once we’ve completed our investigations.

EE has identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06 (written as Model:E1-06 on the side of the device), and could pose a fire safety risk.

We’re therefore recalling batch E1-06 and request that customers stop using them and return their device to a local EE store at their earliest convenience.

Power Bars from any other batch aren’t affected by this recall.

It’s our intention to replace these chargers once we’ve completed our investigations; we’ll be in touch once these have been concluded. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
What’s the issue with batch E1-06, and how do I identify my device?

We’ve identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06, and could pose a fire safety risk. EE Power Bars can be identified by a code found on the side of the device. For the recalled models this code will read ‘E1-06′ (see image below).

What should I do?

We’re requesting that customers stop using Power Bars from batch E1-06, and unplug them from handsets and the mains. They should return the Power Bar to a local EE store at their earliest convenience.

How do I get a replacement?

Customers returning batch E1-06 will be issued with a replacement once our investigations are concluded. The swap program has been temporarily suspended while we complete this recall process and restock.

How do I know the other batches are safe?

We’ve not seen any issues of overheating with other batches and they meet all safety standards. Here is some general advice on use of portable chargers.

For more information check over at EE.

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By August 17, 2015 Read More →

The Next Nexus in pictures

34X2EwFThe internet is rife with rumours about what is happening with the next Nexus incarnation. The most solid news is that there will be two Google-branded smartphones which will be made by LG and Huawei. These should be here in October or early November will ship with a new version of Android. @evleaks aka Evan Blass, one of the most reliable tipsters and all round good sod stated “Huawei Nexus sounds impressive so far: 5.7″ QHD w/ metal body, SD820 SoC, fingerprint reader. Ships Q4.” Similarly @onleaks touched on LG’s offering having a metal body, measuring approximately 147x73x8-9.8mm with a 5.2in screen, Front Facing Speakers,Fingerprint Sensor on the Back and USB Type-C.

An image slipped out this morning of the back of a phone carrying the Nexus branding. With the circular ring of Motorola and an interesting Nokia Lumia style camera housing. In addition this looks to be a plastic back with a dual LED flash. Some friendly folks on Reddit decided to do a little photo-shopping to clean up the image for a more handsome viewing experience below.

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By August 16, 2015 Read More →

Olixar Pocketsize Selfie Stick with mirror Unboxing

vlcsnap-error318Our third selfie stick is again from Olixar, this time devised for the pocket with a simple mirror to assist in using the larger rear camera on your phone. Recently we have seen manufacturers increase the optics on the front facing camera to help create more tolerable pictures. Olixar have taken a very simple step to reverse the camera utilising an age old trick of a simple convex mirror mounted to the selfie stick. If you have been using mobile phones for a few years you might remember back in the day a phone had a small silver nubbin that would help the user take a self portrait instead of using the rubbishy VGA camera on the front, if you were lucky enough to have one. 

Taking this a step further is the true genius behind the Olixar Pocketsize Selfie Stick, as a small mirror about the same size as a larger postage stamp, gives the user a better illustration of what is happening as the screen would normally do if you were using a traditional selfie stick. The mirror is a piece of reflective plastic that, whilst being being subject to fingerprints, manages the job very well. Running the line of being a little on the small side once fully extended, the mirror is actually just right as any larger would increase the overall size of the stick and therefore the footprint required to store it.

The quality of this stick is not as high as that of the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole or the Olixar Ninja Katana Selfie Stick however the price is notably cheaper and thus the quality cannot remain. As illustrated in the video above, there is a notable bend in when the stick is fully extended and a phone is in place. This isn’t a deal breaker by any stretch, merely a consideration as the other sticks we have look at recently will endure much more day to day abuse than this, the little brother. In saying that, this is when the stick is fully extended, when in compact mode and being tossed around in a bag the Pocketsize will take a licking. Everything fits away and it becomes a sturdy lump.

This is yet another handy stick to have and maybe more of a consideration for those on the fence of selfie sticks. They have their moments and this little stick can help you test the waters, if only to throw in a back and forget about until a moment presents itself. You can purchase the Pocketsize selfie stick from Mobilefun for £7.49.

  • Capture the perfect selfie
  • No need to recharge!
  • Easy to use, no Bluetooth pairing required
  • Built-in button to capture an image in comfort
  • Built-in mirror to use your phone’s higher quality rear facing camera
  • Retractable mini pole for portability, small enough to fit in a handbag
  • Safety locks and shock absorbing material
  • Case compatible
  • Compatible with Android 3.0, iOS 4.0 or later

 

 

By August 13, 2015 Read More →

HTC realigns to tighten up

HTC-logo-219x286HTC Corporation today announced a program of business realignment that positions the Company for significant profitable growth with a leaner and more agile operating model. The program includes the establishment of new business units, to create greater focus and profitable growth in our key areas of premium smartphones, virtual reality, and connected lifestyle products.

This realignment will also involve a streamlining of operations to result in an expected reduction in operating expenditure of 35%; this includes an expected 15% in headcount.

“HTC is an inspirational company driven by innovative people, with a unique blend of expertise in hardware and software integration, advanced technology and world-class design. Now, as we diversify beyond smartphones, we need a flexible and dynamic organization to ensure we can take advantage of all of the exciting opportunities in the connected lifestyle space,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “This strategic realignment of our business will ensure that each product group has the right focus, the right resources and the right expertise to win new markets.”

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By August 11, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo’s new line pack 4K and Xeon processors

lenovo-thinkpad-p70Lenovo today unveiled the beginning of a new family of mobile workstation innovations, the ThinkPad P50 and P70, at the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Exhibition. These new ThinkPad P Series systems are the best-performing and most reliable mobile workstations available and are designed to run the most demanding Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications.
                                                                                                                     
“We’ve built features into these machines that were previously unachievable in a notebook, making them the most versatile and highest-performing mobile workstations ever,” said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Workstations, Lenovo. “We’re focused on making sure users have the tools necessary to drive innovation. That is why we are expanding our portfolio and raising the standard of mobile workstation performance.  Introducing the ThinkPad P Series unites our mobile portfolio with our existing award-winning line of tower workstations, the ThinkStation P Series.”
 
Meet the New ThinkPad P Series
 
ThinkPad P70: Designed for high-end professionals in industries ranging from media and entertainment to oil and gas, the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 introduces a 17-inch mobile workstation to the ThinkPad family. The new offering comes packed with the most memory and storage ever found in a mobile workstation. The ThinkPad P70 is loaded with up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory and the ability to handle up to four storage devices and up to a terabyte of SSD storage, utilizing the latest PCIe technology for speeds up to five times faster than current SATA technology. Additionally, the ThinkPad P70 comes with two Intel® ThunderboltTM 3 ports for ultra-fast connectivity and a 4K UHD display or optional FHD touch. 
 
“Media and entertainment professionals invest in complex and incredibly resource-intensive applications to bring their creations to life. They are increasingly looking for the performance to run these applications in a mobile workstation,” said visual effects industry pioneer Scott Ross. “The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 gives these users all the performance they need and more to continue to raise the bar for graphics innovation and move their industry forward. It’s the best mobile workstation I’ve seen.”
 
ThinkPad P50: Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest full-function mobile workstation yet, the ThinkPad P50 features a beautiful 15.6-inch UHD 4K display and is certified to run users’ most requested ISV applications. The ThinkPad P50 is a feature-rich, highly powerful mobile workstation for performance-seeking users. As the follow-on to the ThinkPad W541, the P50 builds on the innovation and purposeful design of Lenovo’s industry-leading ThinkPad mobile workstations.
 
The Ultimate in Mobile Workstation Performance
 
The new ThinkPad P50 and P70 are mil-spec tested for maximum durability, and also come loaded with the most advanced components and features available in a mobile workstation. These machines are the first equipped with the new Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1500M v5 product family, for lightning-fast performance and enhanced reliability for critical workstation applications. Both systems feature NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs for unmatched graphics capability. The ThinkPad P Series also come with X-Rite® Pantone® color calibration, keeping colors accurate throughout the life of the product and protecting the customers’ investment.
 
The ThinkPad P50 and P70 feature a brand new FLEX Performance Cooling system.  The dual-fan design allows for cooler, quieter and faster performance. This revolutionary design allows for both optimal uptime, as dictated by the needs of the application, giving the user the ability to push the system harder and for longer periods of time.
 
 
 
 
Pricing and Availability
The new Lenovo ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations will be available starting in Q4 2015 through Lenovo business partners and on www.lenovo.com. Pricing for the P50 begins at $1599, and the P70 begins at $1999. More information about the ThinkPad P Series, including an interactive tour, can be found at www.thinkworkstations.com. For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo on Twitter and Facebook.
 
Lenovo Services 
Businesses can opt for a variety of service and support solutions to fit their needs. With a committed focus on customer, quality and responsiveness, Lenovo Services offers innovative and integrated solutions to ensure maximum productivity. Warranty Extensions, Upgrades, Accidental Damage Protection, Keep Your Drive, Priority Technical Support and a complete set of factory and automated deployment services help organizations effectively bridge the gap between consumer and business.
 
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“We are excited to bring Intel Xeon’s legacy of performance, manageability and reliability to mobile workstations,” said Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager, Mobility Client Platforms Group, Intel. “Now the power of Intel Xeon is in a notebook that can handle the unique compute and graphics intensive needs of engineers and designers.”
 
“Workstation users need the best graphics performance possible to harness the full potential of their professional applications,” said Greg Estes, vice president of Enterprise Marketing, NVIDIA. “By using NVIDIA Quadro mobile GPUs, the Lenovo ThinkPad P Series will provide customers with the most advanced graphics technology available to achieve the highest quality results, regardless of the task.”
 
“Our customers are using SOLIDWORKS to make great designs happen. The Lenovo ThinkPad P Series is designed to offer the performance they need without having to sacrifice functionality or reliability,” said Nicholas Iwaskow, SOLIDWORKS, Director Alliances and Partnerships, Dassault Systèmes. “We are excited to see how the ThinkPad P Series continues to evolve in the years to come.”
 
“The Lenovo ThinkPad P Series products are powerful mobile workstations for professional users,” said Susan Skidmore, Head of Partner Relations, Professional Video, at Adobe. “Creative professionals who use Adobe Creative Cloud and its powerful tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC expect their systems to keep up with their demands. Lenovo has built these systems with the application needs of these users in mind, and we’re confident that they will be more than up to the challenge regardless of the user’s industry.”
 
“Many product designers using PTC Creo® value system performance, functionality and portability,” said Brian Thompson, Senior Vice President, CAD Product Management at PTC®.  “It’s exciting to see that Lenovo has considered all of these factors in designing the ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations.  The innovations in these new mobile systems should be appealing to PTC Creo users working with resource-intensive models.”[1]
 
“Designers rely on their screens to display colors accurately and consistently over the life of their machines,” said Chris Winczewski, X-Rite’s Vice President, Product Marketing. “Only the Lenovo ThinkPad P Series features an integrated X-Rite Pantone color calibrator, so users can properly calibrate their displays for the most demanding projects. With this X-Rite exclusive technology, users can be sure they’re getting the highest color accuracy in a mobile workstation.”

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By August 11, 2015 Read More →

Panasonic Viera range gets some big additions #VieraVIPClub

Screenshot 2015-08-11 at 10.09.52This year at the giant tech show IFA in Berlin Panasonic are going to be announcing something a little special. Having spent some time restructuring their approach to televisions and making it all about picture quality Panasonic are going to be upping the ante and pushing to achieve that which we all desire from a television, best picture quality. 

Rather than fussing with developing new software for the panels, Panasonic are bringing in a couple of specialised solutions to enhance the television experience. The software side is going to become a great deal more interesting.

The first major addition is the inclusion of Freeview Play. This updated viewing platform is taking Freeview to the next level. Making TV content available after live play in the electronic programme guide. Providing a catchup service without having to access separate applications, Freeview Play collates content on the channels you want in the same place. There will be a big role out of Freeview Play in the near future and Panasonic will be ahead of the rest as the first manufacturer to incorporate the service into a television.

The second exciting development is the move to Mozilla for the interface of the television. Gone are the clunky app selections and possible incompatibilities. In  comes the fresh, new Firefox OS, designed specifically to simplify experience and become personalised to your exact needs with minimal fuss of knowledge.

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We will be covering the announcements live from Berlin so check back for news of Panasonic’s new screen they will be debuting along with a couple of other surprises. We will have hands on with Firefox OS on the TV alongside release dates and pricing.

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And Google is now Alphabet

Screenshot 2015-08-11 at 11.12.32It comes as a bit of a shock this morning that Google is getting a bit of a reshuffle. Announcing this on the Google blog post today, Larry Page, the current CEO of Google, is declaring a full re-organisation of Google, bringing in Sundar Pichai as the new CEO of Google.

Each of Google’s core business (Search, Advertising, Maps, YouTube, and Android) will be called Google and the rest (Google Ventures, Google Capital, Google X, Life Sciences, and Calico, Google Fiber, Nest and others will become individual businesses with their own leaders reporting to a holding company called Alphabet — and that will become the company’s new name.

Larry will be taking up CEO duties of the newly formed umbrella company named Alphabet (http://abc.xyz)

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google — the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products–the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

 

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