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By July 29, 2014 Read More →

The HTC Nexus tablets

HTC-generic-Tablet-concept-renderSupposedly, HTC is working on three different Android tablets and supposedly they plan to release later this year. On top of that, one of them will could be the Nexus 9 tablet for Google. 

HTC Nexus tablets specification:

  • 8.9-inch display with 281ppi
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB storage options
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 3-megapixel front-facing camera

According to the dude @evleaks, a Nexus 9 will have the model name T1 (and could have internal names of Volantis/Flounder as previously rumoured), while the other two unknown HTC tablets will be models T7 and T12. On top of this rumour, it has been speculated that the T7 will be the next Nexus 7 tablet, and that the T12 might be a successor to the Nexus 10.

Posted in: News, Rumours, Tablets
By July 26, 2014 Read More →

NVIDIA Unveils The Tegra-K1 Equipped Shield Tablet

Screenshot 2014-07-23 21.53.50We have seen to rumours, however now we have the details, Nvidia are putting out the Tegra-K1 Shield Tablet. We also have pricing details. Whilst the details are for the US we shall still share them. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.

Now for the juicy parts… here’s the primary spec-list:

  • 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
  • Tegra K1 SoC – 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
  • Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
  • Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space

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That’s not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some “world’s first” features for this super-gaming tablet. Here’s a quote from their presser with the details,

String of World Firsts

The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:

  • PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
  • Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
  • Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
  • Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.

 

 

 

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By July 25, 2014 Read More →

In-App Purchases do not a free game make

83f43adc59ca108ddac072c327b554b2After many complaints, and in order to abide by laws set up by the European Commision, Google will no longer be labeling games with in-app purchases (IAP) as free. The complaints are due to children charging up their parent’s credit cards, without parents knowledge, from games that were labeled as free, however offer IAP.

As gamers on the Android platform, we are all familiar with how some of these “free” games work. While some can be played in their entirety with the purchases being completely optional, other games have a pay wall, or a pay to win model where the game becomes extremely difficult or tedious to play without spending money.

Google’s plans to prevent children from making IAP and follow laws set up by the European Union goes into effect at the end of September. On the other side of the fence, Apple has yet to give a solid plan on how to deal with the issue on the App Store, but did issue a response concerning the matter after a scolding of sorts from the EU.

Apple takes great pride in leading the industry in parental controls that are incredibly easy to use and help ensure a great experience for parents and children on the App Store. The parental controls in iOS are strong, intuitive and customizable. And over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked. We’ve also created a Kids Section on the App Store with even stronger protections to cover apps designed for children younger than 13.

These controls go far beyond the features of others in the industry. But we are always working to strengthen the protections we have in place, and we’re adding great new features with iOS 8, such as Ask to Buy, giving parents even more control over what their kids can buy on the App Store.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best experience for our customers and we will continue to work with the EC member states to respond to their concerns.

Source [Engadget]

Posted in: Apps & Games, News
By July 22, 2014 Read More →

NVIDIA Shield Tablet leaked online

nvidia-shield-tablet-leaked-picThere have been many rumours of a NVIDIA Android gaming console over the last few weeks. We don’t have anything new to report on that front, but we do have a solid leak regarding NVIDIA’s upcoming gaming Android tablet from one of the most reliable sources, out pal @evleaks

The NVIDIA Shield Tablet could be one of the most interesting things to happen to Android gaming. In fact, it’s entirely possible there won’t necessarily be an Android gaming console from NVIDIA because, with the proper input/outputs, this could easily become a portable gaming console. We do know that this device is supposed to come with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC or if the newly leaked NVIDIA gaming controller is meant to pair with this device, a likely situation however. 

Either way, Android gaming is only just now evolving to reach a more mainstream gaming audience. This device could be a big step in that direction.

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By July 17, 2014 Read More →

Google Now jetson update. No I said Google Now gets an update

ok-google-searchGoogle Now is easily the most responsive voice activated software on the planet, however is certainly isn’t flawless. There is still has some learning to do before it can evolve to a higher level of intelligence and require the execution of some called Sarah Connor. As of right now, on the rare occasions when it doesn’t quite get a command right, Google’s engineers have given it a new feature which allows the feature another chance to do better.

Now, Google Now lets you say “No, I said… ” to try again. You simply need to restate what you were trying to do or search for after saying that “No, I said… ” line. This word correction feature isn’t the only new trick taught to this not-so-old dog. Google Now also lets you control your media with your voice. For example, you can now say “Ok Google, next song” to skip to the next track in your music player. Alternatively, you can say “Ok Google, pause song” to pause playback. Google Now can also create event cards for your calendar directly from your gmail emails. On top of this it can now better manage call reminders and let you know when to get off your train or bus.

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By July 14, 2014 Read More →

Acer Chromebook CB3 leaks online

Screenshot 2014-07-08 07.12.57Mobilegeeks.de report that a CB3 featuring an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Celeron N2830 (Bay Trail) processor chugging along at 2.13GHz and paired with 2GB of DDR3 RAM will go on sale in Europe priced at €219. If rumours are true then this model will be particularly attractive as the memory is not soldered on to the board but housed in a slot. This means, theoretically at least, that owners should be able to swap the 2GB RAM stick for something larger.

The now ubiquitous 1366×768 resolution features, albeit with a glossy rather than matte finish, and there’s 16GB of eMMC storage for housing all your files.  There are a pair of USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0) and a full-sized HDMI out. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and webcam are all included, and the built-in battery is good for 8 hours.

Posted in: Laptops, News, Rumours
By July 14, 2014 Read More →

LG G Pad 10.1 coming to UK soon

lg-g-pad-10-1-main-imageLG have launched the G Pad 10.1 in the US and the UK is due to follow quite quickly. This 10.1″ WXGA tablet features a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and a 5 megapixel rear camera. The G Pad 10.1 will arrive with with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, an 8000 mAh battery, wifi and Bluetooth. LG says it will be available in two colours, black and red. At 8.9mm thick and 523g, the LG G Pad 10.1 is about the same thickness as the Nexus 10, but is lighter by about 80g. 

LG has not yet revealed any pricing for the new tablet. However, rumours are that the Pad will launch in the affordable range of $200-300. With any luck we will have some info soon on their remaining tablet model, the G Pad 8.0.

Posted in: News, Rumours, Tablets
By July 12, 2014 Read More →

Acer knocking out two i3 Chromebooks

Acer-C720-Chromebook-front-angle_w_450 (1)Acer America announced on Thursday that it is the first company to offer Chromebooks with an Intel Core i3 processor. The company actually updated its popular Acer C720 Chromebook, producing two new models with  starting prices of $349.99 and $379.99.

According to the specs, the difference between the two models is in the memory. The cheaper Acer C720-3871 will have 2 GB of memory; the slightly more expensive Acer C720-3404 will have 4 GB of memory. Both will pack the fourth-generation Intel Core i3-40005U dual-core processor (1.7 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache), and a 3950 mAh battery promising up to 8.5 hours on a single charge.

We will hopefully see these arrive on UK shores in the next few weeks.

 

Posted in: Laptops, News
By July 10, 2014 Read More →

LG get kids onboard with Kizon smartwatch

lg-kizon-2-640x415One smartwatch that likely won’t get as much press as the other offerings from LG or Samsung is the LG Kizon. This smartwatch allows a parent direct contact with their child no matter the distance.  The Kizon can track and report location via GPS and WiFi using the companion app, updating parents with location details throughout the day. The watch has only one button and pressing it will call a specific parent’s number that is pre-configured during set up through the companion app on an Android phone or tablet. It works the other way, too. Parents can call their child directly, and if they don’t answer within 10-seconds the watch will accept the call automatically, letting them listen in on whatever’s happening. 

LG Kizon specs include 64MB RAM, 125MB ROM, 400 mAh battery (36 hours life), 2G/3G Network and will be available in Blue, Pink, and Green. Liam Neeson is apparently purchasing his daughter one to avoid having to do Taken 4.

 

Posted in: Gadgets, News
By July 7, 2014 Read More →

Uncharged devices no longer allowed on US bound flights to counter terrorism

iPhone4-flatAmerica is banning uncharged mobiles or laptops on US-bound flights over bomb fears. A new measure is bound to cause chaotic scenes at airports around the globe, and is part of the US Transportation Security Administration’s effort to boost surveillance amid concerns that terrorists are plotting to blow up an airliner.

Jason Fernyhough, from mobile accessories distributor Accessory Lab, comments on the news: “most people board planes with enough charge in their devices for a few hours at most as, more often than not, devices will typically be switched off during flights. However, with this new security drive, I can see charging stations appearing at airports, rather like paid for Wi-Fi hotspots. Cafes and public areas will no doubt benefit from additional revenue, but also airport retailers selling mobile device chargers will see panic buying. In the short term, airport infrastructure will take a while to set up the charging booths and the cost to charge for passengers won’t be low, so we believe that there will be a boom in portable chargers and they will become a travel essential.

“To avoid any risk of being refused boarding on all US bound flights, portable chargers and power banks will ensure travellers have the ability to power up multiple devices and charge them very quickly before they board a flight. The keys considerations for travellers will be speed of charge, charging capacity, size of charger, durability and compatibility, which is useful for multiple devices.”

Accessory Lab has a range of chargers branded Olixar that will ensure anyone travelling to, or around, America can reach their destination. Please see information below.

Accessory Lab is also offering some advice on what to look for in a charger here: http://www.accessorylab.co.uk/2014/07/07/power-banks-and-portable-chargers-buying-guide

All Olixar products are available to buy now at www.mobilefun.co.uk, with prices starting from £19.99.

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