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By August 26, 2015 Read More →

Archos announce the Diamond S

Archos 2Today, the French brand ARCHOS is excited to announce its newest addition to the ARCHOS Diamond line: the ARCHOS Diamond S!

“There is an enormous demand for superlative smartphones like the ARCHOS Diamond S at prices that the average person can afford,” explains Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “We’re happy to be releasing this product that furthers the mission of technical quality for everyone.”

ARCHOS: a story of high-technology democratization

Through its releases of 4G/LTE and impeccably-designed products, ARCHOS has established itself as the foremost democratizer of top-rate technology. Recent high-end ARCHOS smartphone releases have included the ARCHOS 50 Diamond and the newest ARCHOS Helium smartphones, which have been well-received by critics and customers. The new ARCHOS Diamond S embodies this same democratic high-tech spirit and builds upon its legacy with its powerful octa-core processor, exceptional specifications, and sexy design for under £159.99.

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World-class features, one device

The ARCHOS Diamond S has a 5” Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 screen that puts the smartphone in the premier leagues of screen quality. Its flat, glass-finish design is a perfect external manifestation of the outstanding technology inside the device. Sleek and slim, the phone slides easily into a pocket and nestles comfortably in the palm of a hand with its 118 grams. With just once glance, the design hints at all the brilliance that lies therein.

It also features an Octa-Core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage, so music, games, and content can be enjoyed without compromises in speed or storage. To complement this performance, the smartphone comes installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Android’s newest operating system. Battery management, push notification display, and user interface are all improved in this new OS. It also has fast charging capability to be fully ready as soon as possible.

The ARCHOS Diamond S offers dual cameras with impressive specs, so there is no need to settle for mediocre picture quality when using a cell phone to snap shots instead of a standalone camera. The back camera captures scenes at 16 MP and the front-camera takes 8 MP pictures for excellent selfie and videochatting visuals. As is customary for the ARCHOS Diamond line, the ARCHOS Diamond S will offer 4G/LTE connectivity for the fastest download speeds available on cellular networks today.

The ARCHOS Diamond S will be presented at IFA in Berlin, beginning September 4, 2015. For more on the ARCHOS story and the brand’s products, the ARCHOS booth will be in Hall 4.2/121.

The ARCHOS Diamond S will be available in November 2015 for the impressively low price of £159.99.

 

Processor –  Mediateck MT6753 – Octa-core 8 x 1.5Ghz
RAM – 2GB
Storage – 16GB + MircoSD
Size – 152. 6 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm
Weight – 118 g
Display – 5″ 1280×720  pixels (HD) Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 (294PPI)
Operating System – Android 5.1
Camera – 8mp front / 16mp read with LED flash
Battery – 2300mAh

 

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By August 25, 2015 Read More →

Do you want Android or Windows on your Archos?

50The French brand ARCHOS is excited to release two 5” smartphones both featuring great specs and an even better price: £99 each! The ARCHOS 50 Cesium runs Windows 10 right out of the box, and the ARCHOS 50e Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop; with a choice of operating system, these models can suit any need.

 “By providing a choice between two almost identical hardware models, we allow the customer to focus on what they like on the inside: the user interface. Android and Windows are both fantastic and provide varied software experiences,” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. 

Great hardware the ARCHOS Way

The ARCHOS 50 Cesium and 50e Helium smartphones are nearly identically fantastic in terms of hardware specifications. They both feature 5” HD IPS screens for top-notch viewing quality. The display renders bright, realistic colors and allows wide viewing angles.

The processing and storage of the ARCHOS 50 Cesium and ARCHOS 50e Helium support many varied uses ranging from light messaging and phone calls to CPU-heavy gaming applications. Both feature Qualcomm Quad-Core processors which run at 1.1 GHz.

Both devices feature 4G/LTE connectivity for the fastest possible download speeds and lightning-fast internet, email, and messaging. This internal power is complemented by a sleek outer design with rounded edges and a metal frame.

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Great software your way

As the ARCHOS 50 Cesium runs Windows 10, and the ARCHOS 50e Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, customers can choose the operating system they love the most without needing to worry about other technical nuances that differentiate smartphones. Since ARCHOS is offering a great base product, having only to choose between two operating systems is liberating and simple.

Windows 10 is the latest Windows release and features Cortana, the Windows personal assistant, Microsoft Office apps, a more intuitive email inbox, and more. Android 5.1 Lollipop is the latest version of the famed Android software and offers better battery management, a dynamic notification system, and an aesthetically pleasing flat design. 

The ARCHOS 50 Cesium and ARCHOS 50e Helium will be available in November 2015 for the incredible price of £99. 

Specs:

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 – 4×1,1GHz Cortex A7
RAM – 1GB
Storage – 8GB + MicroSD
Size – 147 x 72.5 x 8.5 mm 
Display – 5 inches, 1280×720 pixels (HD,) IPS (294 ppi)
Operating System – ANDROID™ 5.1 Lollipop or Windows 110
Camera – 2 MP front and 8MP Rear with LED Flash
Battery – 2100mAh

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By August 24, 2015 Read More →

Leaking the Huawei Nexus 6

QQ_20150824155811Some images have appeared online today of what could possibly be the Huawei Nexus 6 refresh. A few days ahead of the Huawei launch of their new flagship phone these images may be something other than the new Nexus. The claims are coming from a Google+ user, Tiessen Fu insisting the device was given to him by a friend working on the Nexus successor.

For a design this radically different to the current Nexus 6 Google may be making some insane marketing choices. However, there is a lot to be said about breaking the mould and going with something different. It would be a hard sell to ask a company to keep some of the design influences from the previous model built by an entirely different manufacturer. Certainly companies do this however with a Nexus there is no need to imitate as the name and brand are already established.

I hope this is the new Nexus 6, whilst many are suggesting that it is a ugly ducking I find it refreshing to see something a little different.

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By August 24, 2015 Read More →

Logitech MX Master Unboxing

vlcsnap-error577Gareth takes a look at the Logitech MX Master, Logitech’s flagship mouse. This peripheral boasts to be the designed to give power users the ultimate comfort, control and precision. It offers a newly crafted, hand-sculpted contour, advanced features and is optimised for both Windows and Mac. MX Master is equipped with a precision wheel that auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling, a unique thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling, the Darkfield laser sensor for flawless tracking – even on glass – and a rechargeable battery with up to 40 days battery life.

By August 24, 2015 Read More →

ASUS Zenfone 2 crams in 256GB storage

enhanced-15664-1440341113-8There was never a storage war. Manufacturers seemed to be content to bring 8, 16 and 32gb variants with only the hardware daring to go further. Why both we the customer can go out a purchase a an SD card to expand as little to no expense for the manufacturer. Few grumbled with only those looking a cheap phone with 4 or 8gbs becoming infuriated. Recently, we have seen manufacturers becoming creative when it comes to including the SD card in a combined storage solution and others hoping that the cloud to solve the storage starved.

On of the less popular flagships out there, the Zenfone 2, is about to be produced in a Deluxe Special Edition versions with specs identical to the high-end version of the original Zenfone 2, 4GB of RAM and a faster Atom Z3580 processor, with the a mch greater storage capacity. A 256GB version will be available in two colors, one with a diamond-pattern back and another with black and grey diagonal stripes. Both get orange trim around the front screen and navigation panel and around the volume buttons on the rear. The device also includes a mircoSD card slot that supports up to 128gb cards.

The diamond rear is very reminiscent of the old HTC Touch Diamond from years gone by, a few with many merits however I seem to remember the back design not being one as the phone was prone to rocking when used on a flat surface. At any rate this is an exciting addition to the Zenfone line and I hope to have a look at this in the near future.

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By August 20, 2015 Read More →

Sneak peak at the Blackberry Android slider

here_is_a_short_glimpse_at_a_blackberry_venice_promo_video-news-13619.phpTop leaker Evan Blass, @evleaks, has posted a beautiful video of one of the most exciting announcements we are hoping for in Berlin in two weeks at IFA. The high-end Blackberry smartphone that will run Android, might debut as early as next month during IFA with sliding QWERTY keyboard. The pictures were called out as fakes almost immediately due to differing keyboard layouts however as there is nothing concrete right now we are going with exciting rumour and we hope what we see here is what we are getting. This could the be most exciting combination phone this year and a relaunch of the physical keyboard.

 

 

 

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By August 20, 2015 Read More →

The new Samsung Gear S2

1440001479-bce21be9aaca4607e2e05b5159e1140b-1038x576The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 will be unveiled during a major press conference on the 3rd of September at IFA in Berlin. A video has popped up showing a rather sexy device that bears little resemblance to it’s predecessor. The new interface really looks to be the middle ground between Apple’s Watch and Android Wear. More than likely running Tizen the Gear S2 should really be the most mature smartwatch out there as no other company has tested the water more than Samsung in the last couple of years. 

We hope to be reporting live from the Press conference and will post a little hands on  experience with the wearable in a fortnight.

By August 19, 2015 Read More →

Xiaomi Mi5 specs look interesting

18-1439896230-letvimage3A new set of leaked specs show that the all new Xiaomi Mi5 will come with the Snapdragon 820 under the hood. We have seen a leaked Antutu benchmark screenshot allegedly showed the Mi5 scoring an impressive score of 73,075. Now, more leaks are slipping out detailing the specs of the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone.

The alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 is hopefully going to sport a 5.3-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 display hitting around 554ppi. As already mentioned the all new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC octa-core CPU will operate the heart of the device alongside and the Adreno 530 GPU.  4GB of RAM and 16GB/64GB storage variants options round out the major specs. Unfortunately Xiaomi are going the Samsung route as there will be no option for memory expansion though. The optics is handled by the 16MP camera with a dual LED flash on the back. Flavours of the month, a fingerprint scanner will be added along with a USB-Type C port. Powering it all is a 3030mAh battery the same as the previous generation.

The Xiaomi Mi5 will run Android 5.1.1 with the MIUI 7 enhancements running on top. The device to priced should retail for around £239 – £289 depending on the variant. The Mi5 will come with a slim profile at just 5.3mm. 

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By August 19, 2015 Read More →

Ever had an affair on Ashley Madison?

mzl.bjttmrvoSome months back we heard that Ashley Madison has been hacked and nearly 10-gigabytes of stolen data had been stolen. The dating site for cheaters admitted member email addresses, credit card transactions, and even profiles had been compromised.

The data has now been released, as the demands of the hackers were not met, and can be found on the dark web. Those who have downloaded are reporting there is a lot of interesting material. One analysis of the data stolen found it contains almost 15,000 military or government email addresses. The hackers demand to take down the site fell on deaf ears and there is now a real possibility that some families could be destroyed.

Calling themselves the Impact Team, the hackers said:

We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data … Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters. …

So to make sure that you are playing safe and you will find someone to have fun make sure that you use reliable sex sites.

Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion. Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver.…

Controversial outcome, they carried it through, true to their word and elements of people’s privacy will be exposed. Some might say for the greater good. Here’s a screenshot of the full statement included with the release:

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By August 19, 2015 Read More →

Google will sort your home WiFi with the Onhub

CaptureRestarting you router is a given these days, with the amount of conflicts an traffic the router is contractually having to deal with it is no wonder it just gives up after a while. It will then take the flack from the owner as they stomp across and hit a button to get things going again. It’s happened to us all and those Router Gremlins are a real pain in the backside. Thankfully it looks like companies that know what they are doing are promising to tackle this head on and produce better results than the currently generation of WiFi access points and routers.

Google is presenting the Onhub, a $200 router that promises the world and we can only cross our fingers and hope it delivers.

Specced out like so:

  • made by TP-Link
  • IPQ8064 Dual Core 1.4GHz (same SoC as the R7500 Nighthawk from Netgear)
  • 1GB DDR3L RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, 8MB “NOR flash”
  • one USB3.0 port
  • built-in 3W speaker
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • ZigBee/Thread 802.15.4 conformance (?????)
  • AC1900 tier
  • 13 antennas: 3×3 for 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, 3×3 for 5GHz 802.11a/n/ac, 1×1 auxiliary 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • gigabit WAN port, and only one gigabit LAN port

Stay tuned for an ASUS take on things. Their RT-AC87 model looks to be doing something similar.

 

We’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. Meet OnHub, a new router from Google built for all the ways you Wi-Fi. 

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