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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. …

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. 

By August 18, 2015 Read More →

Will there be a 5 inch iPhone 6C?

iphone-6s-5-inchA refresh is on the way for the iPhone and as usual there js little in the way of official details. Expected are two variants with 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays. However there are reports of an iPhone 6c being in the works, and more recently a suggested rumour emerged that the 6c will be built by Foxconn with a 4-inch display.

However, a more recent rumours of a 5-inch model being manufactured by Foxconn are making the rounds. According to the Foxconn insider the 5-incher will apparently rock an 8 MP camera, a dual-LED flash and powered by an A9 processor. A sketch depicting the alleged 5-inch iPhone 6s model has popped up from the Foxconn insider who was not able to provide a photo of the device due to Apples security measures.

Could Apple be planning four devices?

 

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By August 18, 2015 Read More →

Might the UK have an Electric Highway?

55d2850e04d0aElectric Motorways that allow electric cars to charge whilst on the move are to be tested in the UK this year. The 18-month scheme, announced by Highways England, will ”test how the technology would work safely and effectively on the country’s motorways and major A roads. The concept of wirelessly charging technology under the road is used to power buses in Korea. However, these tests in Britain are said to be the first of their kind. 

The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector. As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones

If successful, the new roads will mean that electric cars could be driven for long distances without the need to stop and charge their batteries. Although, it’ll require Highways England to install plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network, something which they’ve committed to doing. The days of autonomous electric cars could be here sooner rather than later.

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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