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By June 9, 2014 Read More →

Could this be the Google Nexus 8?

nexus-8-leak-1Supposedly, two pictures of the new Google Nexus 8 tablet might have leaked online. Along with the photos, the source of this intel claims the following details for this tablet:

  • A 64-bit Qualcomm processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Android 4.5
  • Will debut at Google I/O on June 25

All of these specs are just generic but plausible enough to easily be viable, therefore, if this is a fake report, the source took the safe route and didn’t go crazy with out of this world ideas. The main reason we are so sceptical of this report is that the tablet has such a huge bezel. It looks like an 8-inch tablet, yet with an ugly inch thick bezel, the display would be no different than a Nexus 7. 

Likely, this is beta hardware for testing some new additions to the hardware feature set, the sensors required for  Project Tango for example.

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By June 7, 2014 Read More →

What’s new in Android 4.4.3?

nexus-logo-drop-shadowThe Android 4.4.3 update is finally baked. Google made the Factory Image available for download. This one is designed for the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. These images are 440MB to 465MB in size and will require fastboot set up to install.

This update includes a few new tweaks and enhancements: the dialler app has new colour accents and a card-based process for speed dialling, there is a bug fix related to CPU usage and the Nexus 5 camera. These factory images are obviously perfect for those who don’t want to wait for the OTA. 

Here’s the link to the factory images: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

Speaking of OTA’s, the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi-Only version is already receiving the update push right new. Users can expect to get it any time within the next few days. For some reason, the LTE version of the 2013 Nexus 7 is not yet supported by this update.

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By June 6, 2014 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 227: G3 IOS8 Mega 7.0 S5

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth and Matt get together to chat about the latest mobile phone, tablet and chromebook news in the UK.

Plenty going on in this week’s show with news from Apple about a couple of small announcements, LG and their new G3,  benchmarks, Chromebooks and more.

 

Featuring Gareth and Matt

 

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Mobile Mayhem

The LG G3 – A Quad HD smartphone

Archos Smart Home Bundle now available exclusively through Clove Technology

Apple iOS 8

Smartphones – your best budget options

Samsung Galaxy S5 is it worth the hype?

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 blurs the lines

Benchmarking comparison – S5 Vs. Note 3 Octa Core

Nvidia stepping back from mobile tech

Newchunks:

Another massive security breach at Ebay – What you need to know!

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Galaxy S5 Active

Kitt on KitKat?

Tablet Table and Laptop… Lap

Is Google Tangoing the tablet

Asus go for broke to take the world

Kujali iPad Mini case review

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ unboxing and hands-on

HP 14 Chromebook video review

New HP Chromebook and Android Slate announced

Bargain Basement

LG G Flex £299.00

LG G3 32gb/3gb ram + Free LG Wireless Charger (Approx £497)

Allfine Fine 8 Work 8.0″ Windows 8 Tablet £120.08

Three’s feel at home now includes France, Switzerland, Israel, Finland and Norway added to the list of USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland

Smartphones – your best budget options

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By June 4, 2014 Read More →

New HP Chromebook and Android Slate announced

hoHP has announced a refresh to their popular 11-inch Chromebook and the introduction of their first Android-powered notebook, the HP SlateBook 14. 

The new HP Chromebook remains sized at 11.6-inches swapping the generous 176° viewing angles afforded by the IPS display of the previous model for a standard backlit LCD. Some slight hardware changes include a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core ARM processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with 2GB RAM and a 16GB eMMC flash drive for storage. All sitting in a new, smaller, chassis used by its larger 14-inch Chromebook. There should also be a marginal improvement to the battery, up by about half an hour.

It’s hardly going to stop the presses however, it might be enough for the popularity to continue especially with the stylish design.

HP also announced the SlateBook.  This is one of two Android based notebooks to be released this year, the second being the Arcbook by Archos. This device is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, features 1GB RAM and a 16GB eMMC drive for storage. This combines a 14-inch touchscreen with a traditional notebook form factor in addition to  running Android 4.3.

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The Slatebook will arrive in with a black shading with a hint of yellow. Other colours are sure to follow as we have heard tell of a pink one in the wild.

The newvHP Chromebook 11 has an expected release date of July in the US with a price tag of $279.99 (or $249.99, depending on which press release you read). The Android-based HP SlateBook 14 launches on July 20 with a absurd starting price of $399.99 for 16GB, going up to $429.99 (32GB) and $459.99 (64GB).

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By June 3, 2014 Read More →

Asus go for broke to take the world

new-asus-stuff-june-2014Today Asus announced the Transformer Book V, which is a tablet/phone/laptop hybrid device. Along with the all-in-one combination of these physical devices, it even includes the ability to dual-boot between Windows and Android on the tablet and laptop portions of the device. 

Here’s what the Transformer Book V consists of:

  • A 12.5-inch tablet screen dock
  • Combining the phone with the tablet dock makes it a tablet
  • Combining the phone & tablet with the keyboard dock transforms it into a laptop
  • While in tablet or laptop mode it can switch between Windows and Android (although the phone is Android only)
  • The phone section contains an Intel Moorefield chip
  • The keyboard dock section contains an Intel Core CPU
  • 2GB of RAM in the phone/tablet
  • 4GB of RAM on Laptop
  • The phone and tablet use 64GB of storage and the laptop has 128GB of storage

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The only other specs/hardware revealed was the following:

  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K at 60Hz) / MHL 3.0 (4K at 30Hz)
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4 (4K at 30Hz)
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports

 

Also today Asus launched new and updated hardware devices. On top of the big announcement earlier of the Transformer Book V, Asus also unveiled the Fonepad 8 and a new MeMo Pad 7 & 8. Here are the details,

MeMo Pad 7 - 

  • 7-inch Display
  • 64-bit Android device – Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3745 chipset (clocked up to 1.86GHz)
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera – also includes a “high definition” resolution — 1280 x 800

MeMo Pad 8 - 

  • 8-Inch Display – “Full HD” resolution
  • Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core chipset clocked up to 2.3GHz
  • Billed as the world’s lightest 8-inch Android tablet at just 299 grams
  • Also only 7.45mm thin
  • 802.11ac WiFi and an LTE modem

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Really a phablet/giant phone 

  • 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Intel’s 64-bit Atom Z3560 quad-core processor at 1.8GHz
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • Android-based ZenUI is on-board with a new flat design and over “1,000″ software improvements

 

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By June 2, 2014 Read More →

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 blurs the lines

Samsung-Galaxy-Mega-7.0-leak-640x533It’s hard to believe there is a fine line between phablets, phones and tablets now, the Samsung Galaxy Mega didn’t quite hit the tablet size however it was much to be to be considered a phone, the term phablet had to be used. Now the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 is coming, it’s tablet sized and phone oriented. Too big to be a phone and even to big to fall into phablet.  The first images have appeared online this Samsung Galaxy Mega follow-up (SM-T2558 and SM-T2556) is said to feature a whopping 7-inch 720p display.

The Mega has never measured up to the specs seen in the Note or Galaxy S range. However, there have been an abundance of Samsung 7″ tablets over the year, is the Mega simply falling into one. Specs for the Mega 7.0 include a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. It would seem the Mega is a quad core variant of the Tab3 with an additional holes for phone calls.

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By May 30, 2014 Read More →

ZOTAC unleash the most powerful graphics card

ZT-70901-10P_image1ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the singlen most powerful graphics card ever made for gaming and professional computing – the ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z.

By combining the power of two flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor onto a single graphics card, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z delivers the absolute best experience for high-quality 4K gaming and immense compute power for full-precision workloads.

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“The ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z enables the most demanding users to have the power of a supercomputer in a single graphics card. A ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z will handle everything extreme enthusiasts can possibly use it for, including stunning 4K gaming and computing complex mathematical calculations,” said Carsten Berger, Each NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor in the ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z packs 2,880 processing cores for a combined total of 5,760 cores. The dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processors are paired with 6GB of GDDR5 video memory per GPU, or 12GB combined, to ensure smooth 4K gaming and plenty of headroom for NVIDIA Surround technology lets gamers embrace triple monitor gaming for a massive field of vision for unmatched immersion. Single-display gamers with NVIDIA G-SYNC ready displays can take advantage of the game-changing technology for unprecedented fluidity and smoothness.

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General details

  • New ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z graphics card
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs (GK110)
  • Engine clock: 705 MHz (base)
      • 876 MHz (boost)
  • 5,760 processor cores (2,880 per GPU)
  • 12GB GDDR5 memory (6GB per GPU)
  • Memory clock: 7000 MHz
  • 768-bit memory interface (384-bit per GPU)
  • PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology
  • NVIDIA Surround capable
  • NVIDIA FXAA & TXAA technology
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • NVIDIA SLI read
  • NVIDIA SHIELD gaming portable ready
  • NVIDIA NVENC video transcoding acceleration capable
  • DirectX 12 technology
  • OpenGL 4.4 compatible
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable
  • ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle
      • Nero Kwikmedia
      • XBMC
      • UNIGINE Heaven DX11 Benchmark
          • ZOTAC Splinter Cell Compilation game voucher (select SKUs)
      • Splinter Cell Double Agent
      • Splinter Cell Conviction
      • Splinter Cell Blacklist
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By May 27, 2014 Read More →

The LG G3 – A Quad HD smartphone

 lg-g3-official-1Today the world is going wild for the LG G3, LG’s latest flagship. In synchronised events in London, New York and San Francisco LG have updatged their much loved LG G2 with a feature set that will directly compete and perhaps best the flagships of Samsung, Apple and HTC. Much like the HTC One (m8) the G3 has a lightweight metal body and rocks an impressive QHD 2560 x 1440p 5.5-inch display, that works out about 530+ppi.

Housing this delicious Gorilla Glass 3 screen, most interestingly, is virtually no bezel at all.  LG G3 measured 8.9mm in depth, 75mm long and 146mm wide. Inside there is a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM in the 16GB model, and 3GB of RAM in the 32GB model. This is expanded by a microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB. All of this is powered by a removable  3000mAh battery, similar to that we saw in the LG G2. Other features include Infrared, wireless charging LTE-Advanced, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and USB 2.0.

The LG G3 camera offers a 13-megapixel sensor featuring OIS+ (optical image stabilisation), dual LED flash, 4K video recording and a new Laser Auto Focus feature. On the front is a 2-megapixel “Selfie Camera” that shoots in Full HD. For this front facing camera the pixel size has been increased, ala the HTC One, to help with low level lighting and optimise the selfie frenzy that many are having to deal with.

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LG have added a couple of extra mics’ and upgraded the speaker. The rear buttons, a volume rocker and hold button carrier over from the LG G2 have been tweaked for comfort and design aesthetics.

One feature that really set the G2 apart was KnockCode – a way of waking up and unlocking the device with a user-defined sequence of taps on the screen. The G3 has a few new features of play with, Contact Lock to allow you to hide naughty pictures sensitive files and a kill switch… to avoid embarrassment incase those naughty pictures sensitive files fall into enemy hands.

LG G3 will be available on 27 June. A Carphone Warehouse Spokesperson added

“Fans of LG’s G series are typically more tech savvy than the average customer and the G3 certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of high end specifications. LG has somehow managed to cram an incredible 5.5” Quad HD screen, super-fast processor and top spec camera into one relatively lightweight handset with impressive and long lasting battery power. We’re predicting that this will be the geek chic device of 2014 that customers will want to snap up.”

Customers can pre-register their interest in the new handset from tomorrow (28.05.2014) at Carphone Warehouse and pre-order their handset from Carphone Warehouse from early June.  No prices have been set at this time however £400+ seems like a good starting place.

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By May 24, 2014 Read More →

Nvidia stepping back from mobile tech

Nvidia-WallpaperIt seems oddly strange timing, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has announced the company’s plans to take a step back from developing technology specifically for the mainstream tablet and smartphone markets. NVIDIA is currently preparing their next-gen Tegra K1 chip. It’s extremely powerful and recently destroyed the competition by a wide margin in some artificial benchmarks. 

This is why NVIDIA’s move seems a bit puzzling at first. After reading Huang’s perspective on the subject, it seems a bit more sensible. NVIDIA has realized their higher-end technology isn’t meant to compete with the menagerie of mediocre mobile models available. While NVIDIA was striving to take on their biggest rival, Qualcomm, the smaller MediaTek was swooping in to dominate in the low-end markets. This was basically rushing NVIDIA from two sides. 

To be clear, NVIDIA is not at all abandoning mobile. On the contrary, they are instead refocusing their efforts on future tech and on markets they have always been good it. That is automotive mobile and mobile gaming respectively. Huang indicated he does not want NVIDIA’s flagship Tegra brand conforming to inferior standards. NVIDIA sees the Tegra as a powerful line which should not have its standards sacrificed in the name of more efficient chipsets. In other words, NVIDIA wants to be the Lamborghini or Ferrari of mobile chipsets, instead of catering to mass production markets eventually relegating the Tegra line to that of a value sedan. 

In retrospect, this move makes a great deal of sense. NVIDIA has always been one of the two big titans in the gaming world. They are experts at fighting in that market. Of course, the mobile auto industry is new, but if NVIDIA can get there first, they can get a leg up on the rest of the mobile industry while their competitors’ focus on smartphones and tablets.

It sounds like NVIDIA will still have chipsets for tablets, but they will more than likely be geared towards gaming. Of course, the NVIDIA Shield device is also their baby, and Huang renewed their commitment to that product. In fact, Haung made it clear that he believes NVIDIA Shield will be the device which transforms Android into a great gaming platform.

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By May 23, 2014 Read More →

The New Sleek and Powerful Acer TravelMate B115P

TM B115 touch_frontToday Acer announced a new modestly specced and even more modestly priced laptop. Geared toward the student and as a road warrior work machine, the Travelmate B115P have some attractive features to warrant consideration:

• New FlowCurve design with 21.2mm slim body
• Intuitive Windows touch controls
• 10 hours battery life
• Fan-less design for whisper-quiet computing

Acer has today unveiled the new TravelMate B115P laptop with stylish new FlowCurve design, improved mobility and up to ten hours of battery life. Together with its quiet fan-less chassis and Windows-based touch control, the B115P delivers a great mobile computing experience.

Weighing only 1,190 grams with a 21.2mm body, the B115P features an Intel Celeron Dual Core processor, 4 GB memory and 500GB HDD, offering users a lightweight and powerful solution. The device is also encased with a sleek aluminium top cover and is strong enough to withstand everyday use.

Powerful Design
The B115P comes equipped with all the essentials needed for a busy working day. With an intuitive HD multi-touch display, full-sized keyboard and large precision touchpad with enhanced sensitivity and accuracy, users are able to work quickly and efficiently no matter what the task. It also features a HD webcam with High Dynamic Range (HDR) to provide clear image for video conferences while powerful speakers ensure music is enjoyed to the full.

Users can rest assured that documents are secure as Acer Office Manager enables small businesses to deploy security policies, monitor IT assets and set maintenance whilst Acer ProShield lets users easily maintain their credentials, data protection and web accounts. Business contacts can also be quickly saved to smartphones via Contact Pickup while Face Login enables quick login using facial recognition.

Enhanced Productivity
The B115 comes equipped with Windows 8.1 allowing simple access to all Windows apps. Users can Skype with friends or work colleagues, complete work with Office tools, access online files anywhere with SkyDrive, or find their favourite apps using the Windows Store.
In addition users can touch, write and create content with Acer Touch Tools. Acer Screen Grasp allows users to capture and grab images which can be placed on Acer Scrapboard perfect for creating a collage. Finally, Acer AccuFinger is designed to help users tap tiny items on the screen for much more accurately.

For the Education market, Acer Classroom Manager (ACM) is also available and allows teachers to improve the efficiency of content sharing and communication by centrally instructing students on their computers. ACM enables teachers to better monitor students, help them to focus, and maximize their time by making it easier to access and share content. In addition, with the Student Journal application enables lesson details to be captured and saved.

The TravelMate B115 is also available as an alternative to the touchscreen B115P.

The TravelMate B115P will be available in the UK in early July with an SRP of £349.

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