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By April 11, 2014 Read More →

Work emails illegal after 6pm!

eFrance is such a strange place. An aluring draw is felt with thinking of french bread, wine and le romancing! Another addition might just be a winner for those who hate the bleep of a blackberry when relaxing at home with a Bourgogne Chardonnay and a saucy french movie. If working in Franceland you will no longer be bothered by your beret wearing boss, a deal has been signed between employers federations and unions to say that employees will have to switch off work phones and avoid looking at work email, while firms cannot pressure staff to check le massages.

Michel de La Force, chairman of the General Confederation of Managers, has said that “digital working time” would have to be measured. Some emailing outside of office hours would be allowed but only in “exceptional circumstances”. Obviously there has to be exceptions however the move echoes Volkswagen’s rule to stop sending emails to their employees 30 minutes after their shift ends and only resume 30 minutes before. 

Some will be hoping for an opt in, opt out policy as 24 hour sales and self employment could potentially suffer, however for those in big business with pressure from Le Grande Fromage, this will be a breath of fresh air.

 

 

By April 9, 2014 Read More →

EU court rejects requirement to keep data of users by telecom companies

government-surviellenceOn Tuesday the European Union’s highest court overthrew a rule that required telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, on the grounds that it infringed on basic rights. The court ruled that the directive “exceeded the limits” of proportionality.

“The Court takes the view that, by requiring the retention of those data and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data,” it said.

“Furthermore, the fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance,” the court added in a statement.

The rule had required telecoms service providers to keep traffic and location data as well as other information needed to identify a user, but not the content of the communication. This directive was introduced by Brussels in March 2006 after bombings on public transport in Madrid and London.

The UK government says it is carefully considering the implications of the ruling so you can guarantee they will take their time and drag their feet.

Source [BBC]

By April 8, 2014 Read More →

Snapdragon Reveals 808 and 810 Chips for Next Year

qualcomm-snapdragon-810-2It looks like Qualcomm is just never satisfied with impressing mobile tech geeks. They continue to push the envelope, even when we are already blown away by the amazing tech they show off. Their latest creations scheduled to debut next year are the Snapdragon 808 and 810. Here’s a quick spec breakdown of these powerhouse chipsets, 

Snapdragon 808 MSM8992: (The 808 differs from the 810 primarily with a different core arrangement and slightly slower GPU and memory interface.)

  • CPU: 2 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (hexa-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
  • ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
  • GPU: Adreno 418
  • Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-933
  • LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
  • eMMC interface: 5.0
  • Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
  • Camera ISP: 12-bit dual-ISP
  • H.256 encode/decode: no/yes

Snapdragon 810 MSM8994: (The 810 is the higher-end of the two chipsets, and is designed to follow-up the Snapdragon 805, which is coming later this summer.)

  • CPU: 4 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (octo-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
  • ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-1600
  • LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
  • eMMC interface: 5.0
  • Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
  • Camera ISP: 14-bit dual-ISP
  • H.256 encode/decode: yes/yes

It looks like Qualcomm is now starting to make excellent use of the big.LITTLE architecture, which makes their stuff a bit more similar to Samsung’s Exynos. Regardless of how things are evolving in the mobile tech world, Qualcomm seems to be on the leading edge.

By April 7, 2014 Read More →

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 tablet due in April

chips-graphic_sun_1-600_1Very soon the first Snapdragon 805 equipped device will be available, but it won’t be for the average consumer. Qualcomm will soon release their next developer tablet so that the engineers of the world will have their first crack at the silicon. 

Here’s the full breakdown of specs for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 805 processor – quad-core CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU
  • Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz) DSP chip – for inerpreting sensor data
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of internal storage
  • 2560 x 1440 10-inch Display
  • 13 megapixel rear camera – with 4K video capabilities – and included front facing 3D infrared gesture camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
  • A microSD card slot
  • HDMI port
  • USB port
  • Its microphones can record sound from an ultrasound stylus
  • Fingerprint scanner on the back
  • 3,400 mAh battery – small because the device is meant to be used on a desk dock

 

By April 4, 2014 Read More →

Lenovo’s new A-Series Android Tablets

A8-50Lenovo today announced a line-up of new A-series Android tablets, offering configurations and screen sizes to match consumer needs for both ultra-portable tablets and multimedia performers. The portfolio, which also boasts quad-core computing power for a responsive, smooth tablet experience, will be available starting in the second quarter 2014.

The new range starts with the A7-30 seven-inch devices, designed for optimal music or multimedia enjoyment through exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers while still packing a performance punch. The A7-50 is the affordable on-the-go reading companion with a 7-inch, wide-view HD display for sharper text and web pages, while the larger screen A8 is the mobile “home entertainment” center that comes in a variety of bold colors to suit different personalities and lifestyles. Rounding up the new A-series is the A10, which is equipped with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers for an amazing movie watching experience on the move.

  • A7-30, Pocket Studio with Dolby®: The Lenovo TAB A7-30 delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets in a seven-inch device. Armed with exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers, it is an ultra-portable tablet that music lovers will want to take everywhere. The brilliant 7-inch display and powerful quad-core processor make it a versatile performer for everything you do on the go, while SIM card support means it can be used to stay connected constantly with friends and family.
  • A7-50, Crystal Clear Multimedia Reader: The Lenovo TAB A7-50 is the ultra-portable on-the-go reading companion for those on a budget. The 7-inch, wide-view HD display reveals sharper text and web pages. Powered by a quad-core processor and equipped with a 2MP front-facing camera and rear camera, it’s the perfect companion to read, surf, and stay connected with friends with optional 3G connectivity. It is also available as the A7-40, which comes in a stylish Ebony color, 8Gb capacity and front-facing camera only.
  • A8, “Home Entertainment” On the Move: The Lenovo TAB A8 comes in a range of bold color options to suit different personalities and styles, while providing total entertainment on the go. The sharp, colorful 8″ HD display plus Dolby® audio and responsive quad-core power make it the perfect choice for playing games, watching videos, listening to music, socializing with friends and more.
  • A10, Mobile Home Theater System: The Lenovo Tab A10 provides an amazing video watching experience, without staying at home. Watch full-length high quality movies on the go with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers. The responsive quad-core processor ensures smooth video playback all day long. This is the tablet for movie lovers.

“Lenovo’s latest A-series tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities. With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we’ve introduced devices that speaks directly to each consumer’s habits, whether it’s enjoying music, reading e-books or watching videos on the go,” said Shao Tao, vice president Lenovo and head of Mobile BU, “Our Android family of tablets will appeal to users around the world as we’ve built our products to be highly flexible to serve multiple needs and budgets.”

The new A-series Android tablets will be available worldwide from Q2, 2014. The A7-50 tablet is priced from £99.99. Prices for the A8-50 start from £139.99 and the A10-70 tablet will be available from £169.99.

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By April 4, 2014 Read More →

Qualcomm powering Amazon’s Fire TV

AmazonFireTV-FireStandingIt feels like it came out of no where, Amazon have announced a new set top entertainment system called Fire TV. This will run a customized version of Android, just like the Kindle Fire tablet. Here are a few hardware specs of the device:

  • Quad-core processor (supposedly is three times more powerful than Apple TV and other rival devices)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dedicated graphics processor
  • Will ship with a tiny, plastic remote control that has only seven buttons and a directional pad
  • Voice command search queries
  • Support for Android gaming ( Amazon has launched a studio internally to develop in-house games)

This is a new device that plugs into your television and lets you stream video content from the Internet. Much like Apple TV, and Google TV before it Fire TV is more of a lounge/living room solution than the Chromecast however it essentially fulfills the same goals. The primary focus of Fire TV will be Amazon Prime Video however it will also support third-party content, like Netflix and Plex. As per usual this is geared towards the US market with Hulu and HBO being some of the touted apps. There is little news as to when we can expect to see it on UK shores and there will have to be negotiations with likes of BBC and Sky over their delivery services before it arrives. According to Amazon, more third-party apps will be coming to the Fire TV in May. This includes music apps like TuneIn, Pandora, & iHeartRadio.

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In addition to TV and movie content the little black box is boasted as a gaming platform also. We will see some rather tasty games, obviously the finest Android can provide. The Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. As the first product of its kind to go live with a Snapdragon 600 processor, the Fire TV will utilize the processor to enable new and improved user experiences, essentially redefining the living room experience. Multimedia performance with 1080p HD video, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, a graphics accelerated UI and console quality gaming. The Qualcomm processor also provides the Wi-Fi connectivity.

The device will be available to buy today for $99, and a gaming controller for it will cost $39.99, Stateside of course.

By April 3, 2014 Read More →

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Tab4 series

Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-4-70-leaked-press-render-1Samsung Electronics has today announced its next-generation tablet, the Galaxy Tab4, offering a unique and vivid viewing experience for the whole family. The Galaxy Tab4 has a premium look and feel combined with a lightweight and portable design. 

Available in 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes, the Galaxy Tab4’s vivid WXGA display with a 16:10 screen ratio makes watching content even more enjoyable. Its Multi Window functionality means you can seamlessly switch between apps and windows, as well as drag and drop different content easily.

The new Galaxy Tab4 range comes equipped with a number of fun and shareable services allowing you to access content and stay connected with friends and family wherever they are, including:

  • Group Play: Share and play music, documents and games with friends in real time
  • Samsung Link: Share and play content across smart devices anytime, anywhere
  • WatchON: Watch TV shows and movies on any device, anywhere in your home or on the go

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab4 line will be offered in a choice of Black or White globally beginning in April, 2014. UK availability and ranging will be announced in due course.

Galaxy Tab4 10.1 Product Specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 X 800),
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 3MP camera + 1.3 MP Front facing
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 6,800mAh Battery

Galaxy Tab4 8.0 Product Specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • 8.0-inch WXGA (1280 X 800)
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 3MP camera + 1.3 MP Front facing
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • WiFi/3G/LTE versions
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 4,450mAh Battery

 

Galaxy Tab4 7.0 Product Specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • 7.0-inch WXGA (1280 X 800)
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 3MP camera + 1.3 MP Front facing
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • WiFi/3G/LTE versions
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 4,000mAh Battery
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By April 1, 2014 Read More →

Amber Gold HTC One (M8) available at Carphone Warehouse

image006Nope, it’s not an April fools joke, Carphone Warehouse really do have the HTC One (M8) in Amber Gold.

The brand new HTC One (M8) is now available in trendy Amber Gold first at Carphone Warehouse. It is available to purchase online at http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/htc/one-m8 and on the telephone from today (Tuesday 1 April) and in selected stores from tomorrow (Wednesday 2 April). Prices start from £38 with a £49 upfront cost or free from £42 per month.

A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson says, “Over the past 12 months we’ve seen more gold handsets launch than ever before and that trend looks sure to continue this year as their popularity with consumers shows no signs of abating. HTC’s Amber Gold is a very tasteful colour option and fits the premium feel and unique metal design of the HTC One (M8) perfectly. This is the newest smartphone on the market and in the newest colour so we’re excited to help our customers get hold of it ahead of everyone else.”

The HTC One (M8) is built with a lot of attention to design with a durable high quality metal unibody and the subtle gold effect on this metal makes this the perfect choice for the fashion conscious.

Featuring stereo speakers and HTC BoomSound™, the HTC One (M8) is ideal for when you want to get the party started. It also comes with a Duo Camera, which lets you take brilliant shots in any light thanks to HTC UltraPixel technology, before adding professional looking effects. In addition, the HTC One (M8) has been designed with selfies in mind, featuring a 5MP front camera – ideal for capturing your best side.

Carphone Warehouse is offering £100 cashback on the new HTC One (M8) in all colour variants (Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, Gun Metal Grey) on Pay Monthly and Upgrade deals. For more information, visit http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/htc/one-m8

 

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By March 31, 2014 Read More →

HTC One (M8) full hands-on video

M8_PerLeft_GunMetalWe’ve had our HTC One (M8) for a while now so thought iut was about time that we recorded a full hands-on video to show off some of the more important features and take a more detailed look at the hardware.

In the video below I’ll show you the hardware and discuss the specification before booting up and playing with the OS and user interface to look at some of the features that have changed in HTC Sense 6.0. I’ll also show you some of the elements that are part of the Duo Camera experience that features so heavily in HTC’s push of the HTC One (M8).

So what do we think of the HTC One (M8) so far? We’ll I’m really impressed with the design and build quality but that’s no surprise from and HTC device. Performance-wise the M8 is great and out-performs anything else that I’ve previously used. The camera is brilliant and the Duo Camera features allow for some really creative shots.

It’s a long video so I’m going to come back to some of the other features in another video soon…

 

 

HTC One (M8) specification:

 SIZE: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

WEIGHT: 160 grams

DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p

 

CPU SPEED

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU

 

PLATFORM

  • Android™ 4.4 with HTC Sense™ 6
  • HTC BlinkFeed™

 

MEMORY

  • Total storage:  16/32GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

 

NETWORK

2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 

3G – WCDMA:

  • EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
  • Sprint: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
  • Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
  • TMUS: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps    

 

CDMA:  

  • Sprint: 800/1900
  • Verizon: 800/1900  

  4G – LTE:

  • EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
  • Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
  • Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
  • Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
  • TMUS: 700/AWS MHz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

SIM

  • Nano SIM

 

SENSORS

  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • Barometer sensor

 

CONNECTIVITY

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer,
  • HTC Connect™
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection  (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Support consumer infrared remote control

 

SOUND

  • HTC BoomSound™
  • Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Sense Voice

 

CAMERA

Duo camera

  • Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
  • HTC ImageChip 2
  • 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
  • Secondary camera: capture depth information

 

Front camera

  • 5MP, f/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image Match

 

MULTIMEDIA

Audio supported formats:

  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
  • Recording: .aac

 

Video supported formats:

  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4

 

Location

  • Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
  • Digital compass

 

BATTERY

  • Capacity: 2600 mAh
  • Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
  • Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 496 hours for 3G
By March 30, 2014 Read More →

The Armiga – part Android, part Commodore, all awesome

1820-armiga-project-prototypeThere is a new IndieGoGo campaign is hoping to provide Commodore enthusiasts with an authentic as possible experience to the original Amiga with an all-in-one enclosed package. Running on a Raspberry Pi is an Amiga emulator configured as an Amiga 500 with 1MB of RAM, equipped with an on-board 3.5″ floppy disk drive .

There have been a wave of machines that emulate various pieces of old hardware recently. From Bluetooth Spectrum 48k for an iPad to the Retron 5 taking all manner of cartridge based games. Whilst the argument that you are better off using the original hardware these newer alternatives appealingly offer HDMI outputs, a more reliable method of enjoying pixel perfect gameplay on modern displays.

The system features a dual booting setup. Equipped with the latest build of Android users will have tools at the ready to create disk images of original floppies. Emulation fans can look forward to screenshot functionality and the addition of save states too, while the techies amongst us can revel in the possibilities the ethernet port may bring.

The Armiga Project is hoping $140,000 in the next two months, with pledges of $139 securing one of the first systems.

Armiga Specification:

  • Powerful Dual Core ARM CPU.
  • 2 USB host: Joystick, mouse and keyboard support, as well as pendrives/hdds.
  • SD card slot: Save your ADFs or bring new ones!
  • Ethernet connection: Connect to your network for easy ADF management.
  • HDMI: Digital AV quality on the big screen!.

Features:

  • Full Amiga 500 emulation: The target machine is the iconic Amiga 500 and right now 90% of the disks are running!
  • Boot to Android: Armiga supports Dual Boot and comes loaded with Android 4.2.2, so when you’re not playing you can have all the power of Android!.
  • Automatic disk load: Like in the original Amiga; insert the disk and off you go!.
  • Disk dump: Create ADF images of your favorite games and keep them safe on the SD.
  • ADF support: Bring your own ADF images on a pendrive or SD card and enjoy!
  • Disk swap: Just insert the disk and it will be dumped. When time comes to change disks, just select the right ADF. Ain’t it easy?.
  • FTP server: No need to take the SD off to manage the ADFs; just do it from your computer!.
  • Graphical menu: Simple and elegant, with usability as main focus.
  • Game save: Save your game and resume later.
  • Autosave: Forgot to save?. We do it for you!
  • Screenshot: Wanna share your joy?. Give our screenshot feature a try.

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