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By February 20, 2014 Read More →

LG G2 Mini announced

g2-miniThe LG Nexus 5 and LG G2 have proven to be a great success for LG and today the Korean company has just announced a smaller followup for the G2; the LG G2 Mini.

This is LG’s first foray in to the ‘mini version’ market and, based upon the specification sheet you can see below, promises to be another popular device for them.

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By February 20, 2014 Read More →

Google IO dates announced

IOGoogle has just announced this year’s Google IO dates! Get ready and set your calendars for June 25-26, 2014. Senior Vice President of Google Sundar Pichai has just broken the news and we can’t be more excited to see what Google has in store for us this year.

For those who don’t know, Google IO is the Search Giant’s biggest event. It takes place yearly, in San Francisco. The main focus of the event is to educate and prepare developers to adopt and improve on Google apps and services, but Google has turned it into more than that.

We do not really know what is on the agenda right now, but Google IO is always big. We can definitely expect some big news related to Chromecast, Chrome OS and Chromebooks. These are growing at insane rates, so we are sure Google will have some good news for Chromies at Google IO.

Of course, we will also see news related to pretty much everything Google has to offer. Android, Chrome, Google+, Google Maps and Google Drive are a few of the big ones.

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By February 18, 2014 Read More →

Shiny – HTC M8 Mini pictured

m8-miniMore leaked pictures of HTC’s new flagship devices have surfaced and have been shared by Google+ user M. Helal. The user claims that the images are of the anticipated HTC M8 but most believe it to be, most likely, the HTC M8 Mini as the proportions seem to be inconsistent with the M8, particularly if you use the camera for scale.

So we believe that the image does indeed reveal a very shiny and sexy looking HTC M8 Mini and further reveals that intriguing dual rear-facing camera that we heard about last week.

Previous info suggest that the M8 Mini will have a 4.5-inch display with buttons on-screen, rather than capacitive buttons as on the 4.3-inch existing HTC One Mini.

The flagship HTC M8 is currently tipped for a late-March unveiling in New York, according to EvLeaks and we’d expect to see the HTC One Mini launched, most likely, a little after that and hopes that an HTC M8 Max would also be revealed at some point.

HTC M8 mini quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, expandable microSD card memory, Bluetooth 4.0, KitKat Android 4.4.2, and Sense 6.0 software.

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By February 14, 2014 Read More →

The wake of Flappy Bird

flappy-bird-ebay-iphoneApparently the hysteria around is Flappy Bird reaching new levels as someone put an iPhone 5 up on eBay for sale with the game installed on it. Now that in itself isn’t a big deal, however the fact that it sold for $94,000 is. Sure there have been crazier things that have happened on eBay but $94,000 for an iPhone with a free game on it is pretty insane.

This obviously reeks of rubbish, perhaps it has been targeted by a community to drive up the price and create a headline. This is further fueled by speculation that eBay took it down due to the listing broke some of the rules eBay has for posting listings. This isn’t confirmed at all though, only a rumour.

A quick search has yielded even weirder auctions going on related to Flappy Bird including Iphone 4s with the Flapster installed for a Buy It Now price of £1,000,000.00. A rare piece of paper with flappy bird written on it for £20,000.00. An Apple iPad Air 16GB for £1,350.00 with that Bird game installed and an another auction currently sitting at £6100.00. I would have linked these auctions however they probably won’t be there for much longer and I wouldn’t want to tempt you away from you hard earned cash as you know you couldn’t resist a slightly beaten up iPhone with a copy of a free game that people really only got annoyed at.

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By February 14, 2014 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 220: Please uninstall Candy Crush

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth, Phil and  Dan are here with another UK update on the mobile front.

In this weeks show we talk about the Candy Crush scandal, Flappy Birds,  new growing rumours of the HTC M8 and the iPhone 6

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By February 13, 2014 Read More →

The uncoming HTC Desire 8 leaked

htc-new-desire-leakA new leak seems to point at a possible HTC Desire 8 debut in the coming weeks at Mobile World Congress.

We have recently seen another unreleased HTC smartphone was revealed on Wednesday in a freshly leaked image with isn’t the much anticipated HTC One 2. Engadget managed to find an image of the HTC Desire 8 and this would look to be an upcoming mid-range Android phone from HTC that would likely debut in the coming weeks.

The phone will reportedly include a 5.5-inch display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an impressive 5-megapixel front-facing camera and those stereo BoomSound speakers everyone loves so much.

As for when it might be unveiled, Engadget states March 18th as a possible launch date. That would make sense for Mobile World Congress as a launch platform.

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By February 12, 2014 Read More →

iPhone 6 going bezel-less?

iphone 6There are plenty of rumours about the forthcoming iPhone 6 out there at the moment, some of which also contradict others. However, there does seem to be a growing consensus that the iPhone 6 may have a larger, bezel-less screen.

Certainly there have been suggestions that the iPhone 6 could come in 4.7″ and 5.7″ variants which also seems to be becoming more credible.

The latest rumour to suggests two versions of the iPhone 6 comes from the South China Morning Post who claims an Apple insider has revealed details and that the new iPhone 6 will go on sale in September, later than many industry analysts believe.

It has also been suggested that Apple may ditch the existing Gorilla Glass screens in favour of Sapphire screens which are claimed to be virtually “indestructible”.

The last rumour, for today at least, relates to the iPhone 6 cameras. Claims from the news site Nikkei, say that Apple and Sony are in negotiations at the moment and that Sony may in fact be the supplier of the front and rear facing camera components for the iPhone 6. There have been further claims that the rear camera could be a 13 megapixel shooter and have a built in optical image stabilizer.

 
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By February 11, 2014 Read More →

Another pathetic swipe at Chromebooks by Microsoft

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Microsft have put together another advert for their new budget Windows 8 laptop built by Asus.

Honestly, the laptop looks quite nice, however, the content of the add is anything but. Singling out the Chromebook as an online only device, users of the Windows laptop can achieve so much more without an internet connection… like Chat!  The only real factor on display is that Microsoft must really be concerned about the Chromebooks and perhaps lends more substance to the likes of Samsung ending their Windows laptop production run and Dell preferring Windows 7 over 8 as a option.

Lovely to see that Google does not feel the need to retaliate, just let Microsoft embarrass themselves.

 

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By February 11, 2014 Read More →

HTC M8 to have 2 Cameras

HTC-One-2-M8New images of the HTC M8 leaked by nowhereelse.fr yesterday reveal not one, but two rear facing cameras. Initial thoughts were that one of the sensors would actually be a fingerprint reader but, despite the blurry nature of the shots from nowhereelse.fr it’s quite clear to see that both have lens elements in them. One appears to be the same as the Ultrapixel sensor on the HTC One while the other looks to be quite different. There’s also a dual LED flash evident that looks to be very similar to the two-tone version we have on the iPhone 5s

So why two cameras?

There are lots of theories at the moment including being able to take 3D photos. Personally I think we’re looking at a 4MP Ultrapixel camera that’s the same as the HTC One which will be ideal for low-light and fast action photos. And then I suspect that the other camera will have a much higher pixel count but have a smaller pixel size, so less light sensitivity. The cameras seem way too close together to give much of a 3D image separation.

Another theory is that the two cameras will work simultaneously and may or may not have the same pixel count but that together they will offer better IQ and light sensitivity, both images captured on each being combined with some clever interpolation software to push the boundaries and offer a best of both worlds solution.

Whatever they are we look set to find out in a few weeks time!

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By February 10, 2014 Read More →

HP and Asus announce Chromeboxes

hp-chromeboxHP has just announced a Chromebox! We have heard rumblings of Chromeboxes in the past however, one has yet to appear on a shelf nearby. ASUS also announced its own Chromebox this week and it seems both devices will be competing against each other fiercely. So, we should really be getting used to seeing them.

Specs and features are very similar between the HP and ASUS desktop Chrome OS unit, but it doesn’t seem like HP is offering a lower-end device.

  • 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor (Chromebox for Meetings version)
  • HDMI, DisplayPort and four USB 3.0 ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Wall-mountable (VESA)

Three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort adapters, and a VESA wall mount will feature as standard across the range.

In a nod to their Chromebook line-up HP are offeriung four different coloured designs will be available, all with artsy fartsy names: Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black.

We don’t know much else about other specs for now. We are not even sure what kind of processor the regular version will have, but it will be a Haswell processor. If we base it on ASUS’ hardware, though, it should be either an Intel Celeron or i3 processor.

 

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