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By August 29, 2015 Read More →

The Huawei Watch. Why they were pulled.

2yZ26IV (1)Four new smartwatches appeared on Amazon, and we taken down almost immediately. Eagle eyed Redditors managed to preserve the images online, I have attached them below for reference. Four colour variants were available for pre-order. A stainless steel/black priced at $350 sat at the lower end of the range. A solid black was on the next rung at $450. Gold/Brown was priced at $700 and a solid gold tops the package at $800.

Each device is to run Android Wear and we know in the past Google had mentioned they want to have Android Wear work with the iPhone, the Huawei Watch states in it’s description that it is compatible with iOS 8.2. Perhaps this is the reason it was taken down.

The description shows a launch date of September 2nd. With any luck this will be at IFA in Berlin, and I’ll be there to get a hands on, or an on wrist to be more specific.

 

 

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By August 28, 2015 Read More →

Huawei launch the Honor 7 smartphone

p281214-3Honor has introduced the European version of its flagship honor 7 smartphone. The fully metallic device, which is aimed at digital natives, is built for single-handed use and offers innovative and smart functions including multimedia capabilities operated through its dedicated smart button and gesture-enabled fingerprint reader.

Speaking at the product launch event in London this afternoon,George Zhao, President of Honor, said: “The honor 7 embodies our philosophy and mission to enable superior mobile Internet experiences for the Internet generation and era. The device’s precise dimensions and metallic finish offer an optimal form-factor and premium feel, while its smart and multimedia capabilities inspire action and creativity.”

Zhao also spoke about Honor’s first-half results for 2015 at the event, citing a revenue figure of US$2.63 billion. He attributed the successes to Honor’s steady technological investments, specific targeting of digital natives, and use of strategic partnerships to enhance mobile Internet experiences. As a pioneer brand, Honor will keep extending its reach. Meanwhile, it will concentrate on, and continue to invest in, some key markets such as the UK, France, Russia and India.

Among all the attributing factors, George highlighted the importance of partnerships. Partners of Honor are not limited to sales channels. More importantly, they cover all the interests of digital natives, such as entertainment, services and technology, which will help Honor develop more cutting-edge and creativity-driven products for the digital natives to unleash their inner creative. He summarised that Honor, as a global pioneer, is pursuing and will continually seek out more strategic partnerships covering all fields to foster an ecosystem for the digital natives enabling better mobile-Internet user experience.

Building an Honor ecosystem manifests the brand’s focus on the role of customers. Honor is customer-oriented and it adds value to the customer experience by collecting users’ feedback as one of the basics of product research and development and product iteration. “The honor 7 clearly showcases our commitment and capability,” Zhao said. “It’s now up to us to take the mobile Internet experiences it enables to new heights with partners in Europe that share in our vision.”

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Solid metallic build with ergonomic single-handed design

The honor 7’s fully-metallic body is air-brushed with a ceramic coating, offering an unmistakably premium finish. The device’s ergonomic 5.2-inch encasing and carefully positioned buttons and sensors meanwhile allows for ergonomic single-handed operation like never before.

Smarter fingerprint technology that speaks to users’ needs

The honor 7’s frame-free metallic fingerprint reader allows for rapid 360-degree fingerprint authentication from various angles and even boasts a self-learning capability that allows scanning accuracy to be enhanced through the subtle re-recording of registered fingerprints during use. The reader also supports intuitive gesture controls that enable users to do everything from unlocking their smartphone, to answering calls or taking photos. As users begin to use the fingerprint reader, the phone learns and recognises their pattern and becomes even faster over time.

Performance capabilities and tuning for the constantly connected

Powered by the ever-intelligent HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 935 processor with its A53 and punchy 3GB RAM (memory) and 16GB ROM (internal storage) offering, the honor 7 has the muscle to offer consistently smooth performance. Its L-shaped circuit board meanwhile eliminates the possibility of overheating. And when it comes to connectivity, Honor’s Signal+ technology and a smart dual-antenna design allows for the networks with stronger signals to be found at 80 times the average speed of similar devices.

Coupled with a long-lasting 3,100 mAh battery, which offers exceptional standby and use times as well as reverse and quick-charging[1] capabilities, the honor 7 is the ideal companion for the always-on and active consumer. The smartphone is ideal for multi-tasking, surfing the web and intensive gaming.

Multimedia might to unleash your inner creative

The honor 7’s superior multimedia capabilities are facilitated in part by its 20 MP rear-facing camera, which is powered by a Sony IMX 230 sensor and Honor’s PDAF fast-focusing technology that allows its f/2.0-aperture lens to capture strikingly vivid low-light-condition images in as little as 0.1 seconds. The 8MP front-facing camera meanwhile offers a wide-angle f/2.4 aperture lens and built-in LED flash. Complimented by the honor 7’s image enhancement capabilities and panorama feature, it’s the perfect selfie or groufie tool.

For the creatively inclined, the honor 7 offers a host of personalised filters, while its Good Food mode makes taking professional-grade meal shots a breeze. The device is also equipped with a revolutionary light-painting capability through which users can construct vibrant artistic images. To note, a sapphire lens cover protects the camera from harmful scratches, giving users peace of mind.

Intuitive design and smart functionality

Built to redefine mobile Internet experiences, the honor 7 offers exceptional smart capabilities aided in part by its smart key, an additional button placed on the left side of the device that can be used for snappy Google searches on the go. The equally well-placed fingerprint reader on the back of the device meanwhile also functions as a camera trigger, enabling users to take selfies without having to reorient the honor 7. For added convenience, the honor features more voice capabilities, such as the ability to be woken up with a designated command, like “Dear Honor”. Follow that up with a “Where are you?” and the device will call to you to indicate its location.

The honor 7 also makes taking screenshots easier with its knuckle-tap feature, through which users need only tap on the screen twice with their knuckles for an instant full-screen capture.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colours, Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It will be on sale in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain, via vMall.

Quick-charging charger sold separately.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colours, Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It will be on sale in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain, via vMall, and later via the other usual online sales channels, with other markets to follow soon.

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By August 28, 2015 Read More →

A look through the Archos VR Goggles

vlcsnap-error882Combined with your existing Smartphone, the Archos VR glasses technology are designed to to transport you to a deep 360° world where your can fly, visit imaginary worlds and explore the ocean floor from the comfort of your sofa. Priced at a mere £24.99 these goggles are certainly cheaper than Samsung’s offering however providing a better quality build than Google Cardboard.

Designed to be as compatible with as many devices as possible the Archos VR has the a lot of options to increase immersion with adjustable straps and optics to keep the user engaged throughout. Here we have a look at how this operates.

 

By August 26, 2015 Read More →

Archos announce the Diamond S

Archos 2Today, the French brand ARCHOS is excited to announce its newest addition to the ARCHOS Diamond line: the ARCHOS Diamond S!

“There is an enormous demand for superlative smartphones like the ARCHOS Diamond S at prices that the average person can afford,” explains Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “We’re happy to be releasing this product that furthers the mission of technical quality for everyone.”

ARCHOS: a story of high-technology democratization

Through its releases of 4G/LTE and impeccably-designed products, ARCHOS has established itself as the foremost democratizer of top-rate technology. Recent high-end ARCHOS smartphone releases have included the ARCHOS 50 Diamond and the newest ARCHOS Helium smartphones, which have been well-received by critics and customers. The new ARCHOS Diamond S embodies this same democratic high-tech spirit and builds upon its legacy with its powerful octa-core processor, exceptional specifications, and sexy design for under £159.99.

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World-class features, one device

The ARCHOS Diamond S has a 5” Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 screen that puts the smartphone in the premier leagues of screen quality. Its flat, glass-finish design is a perfect external manifestation of the outstanding technology inside the device. Sleek and slim, the phone slides easily into a pocket and nestles comfortably in the palm of a hand with its 118 grams. With just once glance, the design hints at all the brilliance that lies therein.

It also features an Octa-Core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage, so music, games, and content can be enjoyed without compromises in speed or storage. To complement this performance, the smartphone comes installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Android’s newest operating system. Battery management, push notification display, and user interface are all improved in this new OS. It also has fast charging capability to be fully ready as soon as possible.

The ARCHOS Diamond S offers dual cameras with impressive specs, so there is no need to settle for mediocre picture quality when using a cell phone to snap shots instead of a standalone camera. The back camera captures scenes at 16 MP and the front-camera takes 8 MP pictures for excellent selfie and videochatting visuals. As is customary for the ARCHOS Diamond line, the ARCHOS Diamond S will offer 4G/LTE connectivity for the fastest download speeds available on cellular networks today.

The ARCHOS Diamond S will be presented at IFA in Berlin, beginning September 4, 2015. For more on the ARCHOS story and the brand’s products, the ARCHOS booth will be in Hall 4.2/121.

The ARCHOS Diamond S will be available in November 2015 for the impressively low price of £159.99.

 

Processor –  Mediateck MT6753 – Octa-core 8 x 1.5Ghz
RAM – 2GB
Storage – 16GB + MircoSD
Size - 152. 6 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm
Weight – 118 g
Display – 5″ 1280×720  pixels (HD) Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 (294PPI)
Operating System – Android 5.1
Camera – 8mp front / 16mp read with LED flash
Battery - 2300mAh

 

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By August 24, 2015 Read More →

Logitech MX Master Unboxing

vlcsnap-error577Gareth takes a look at the Logitech MX Master, Logitech’s flagship mouse. This peripheral boasts to be the designed to give power users the ultimate comfort, control and precision. It offers a newly crafted, hand-sculpted contour, advanced features and is optimised for both Windows and Mac. MX Master is equipped with a precision wheel that auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling, a unique thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling, the Darkfield laser sensor for flawless tracking – even on glass – and a rechargeable battery with up to 40 days battery life.

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 →

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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By August 17, 2015 Read More →

Some EE Power bars recalled

power-bar_recall_16.9-1280x720Recently EE very kindy handed out free Power Bar chargers to their customers. EE has unfortunately identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06 (written as Model:E1-06 on the side of the device), and could pose a fire safety risk. They are therefore recalling batch E1-06 and request that customers stop using them and return their device to a local EE store at their earliest convenience. Power Bars from any other batch aren’t affected by this recall. EE intend to replace these chargers once we’ve completed our investigations.

EE has identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06 (written as Model:E1-06 on the side of the device), and could pose a fire safety risk.

We’re therefore recalling batch E1-06 and request that customers stop using them and return their device to a local EE store at their earliest convenience.

Power Bars from any other batch aren’t affected by this recall.

It’s our intention to replace these chargers once we’ve completed our investigations; we’ll be in touch once these have been concluded. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
What’s the issue with batch E1-06, and how do I identify my device?

We’ve identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06, and could pose a fire safety risk. EE Power Bars can be identified by a code found on the side of the device. For the recalled models this code will read ‘E1-06′ (see image below).

What should I do?

We’re requesting that customers stop using Power Bars from batch E1-06, and unplug them from handsets and the mains. They should return the Power Bar to a local EE store at their earliest convenience.

How do I get a replacement?

Customers returning batch E1-06 will be issued with a replacement once our investigations are concluded. The swap program has been temporarily suspended while we complete this recall process and restock.

How do I know the other batches are safe?

We’ve not seen any issues of overheating with other batches and they meet all safety standards. Here is some general advice on use of portable chargers.

For more information check over at EE.

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By August 17, 2015 Read More →

The Next Nexus in pictures

34X2EwFThe internet is rife with rumours about what is happening with the next Nexus incarnation. The most solid news is that there will be two Google-branded smartphones which will be made by LG and Huawei. These should be here in October or early November will ship with a new version of Android. @evleaks aka Evan Blass, one of the most reliable tipsters and all round good sod stated “Huawei Nexus sounds impressive so far: 5.7″ QHD w/ metal body, SD820 SoC, fingerprint reader. Ships Q4.” Similarly @onleaks touched on LG’s offering having a metal body, measuring approximately 147x73x8-9.8mm with a 5.2in screen, Front Facing Speakers,Fingerprint Sensor on the Back and USB Type-C.

An image slipped out this morning of the back of a phone carrying the Nexus branding. With the circular ring of Motorola and an interesting Nokia Lumia style camera housing. In addition this looks to be a plastic back with a dual LED flash. Some friendly folks on Reddit decided to do a little photo-shopping to clean up the image for a more handsome viewing experience below.

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By August 16, 2015 Read More →

Olixar Pocketsize Selfie Stick with mirror Unboxing

vlcsnap-error318Our third selfie stick is again from Olixar, this time devised for the pocket with a simple mirror to assist in using the larger rear camera on your phone. Recently we have seen manufacturers increase the optics on the front facing camera to help create more tolerable pictures. Olixar have taken a very simple step to reverse the camera utilising an age old trick of a simple convex mirror mounted to the selfie stick. If you have been using mobile phones for a few years you might remember back in the day a phone had a small silver nubbin that would help the user take a self portrait instead of using the rubbishy VGA camera on the front, if you were lucky enough to have one. 

Taking this a step further is the true genius behind the Olixar Pocketsize Selfie Stick, as a small mirror about the same size as a larger postage stamp, gives the user a better illustration of what is happening as the screen would normally do if you were using a traditional selfie stick. The mirror is a piece of reflective plastic that, whilst being being subject to fingerprints, manages the job very well. Running the line of being a little on the small side once fully extended, the mirror is actually just right as any larger would increase the overall size of the stick and therefore the footprint required to store it.

The quality of this stick is not as high as that of the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole or the Olixar Ninja Katana Selfie Stick however the price is notably cheaper and thus the quality cannot remain. As illustrated in the video above, there is a notable bend in when the stick is fully extended and a phone is in place. This isn’t a deal breaker by any stretch, merely a consideration as the other sticks we have look at recently will endure much more day to day abuse than this, the little brother. In saying that, this is when the stick is fully extended, when in compact mode and being tossed around in a bag the Pocketsize will take a licking. Everything fits away and it becomes a sturdy lump.

This is yet another handy stick to have and maybe more of a consideration for those on the fence of selfie sticks. They have their moments and this little stick can help you test the waters, if only to throw in a back and forget about until a moment presents itself. You can purchase the Pocketsize selfie stick from Mobilefun for £7.49.

  • Capture the perfect selfie
  • No need to recharge!
  • Easy to use, no Bluetooth pairing required
  • Built-in button to capture an image in comfort
  • Built-in mirror to use your phone’s higher quality rear facing camera
  • Retractable mini pole for portability, small enough to fit in a handbag
  • Safety locks and shock absorbing material
  • Case compatible
  • Compatible with Android 3.0, iOS 4.0 or later

 

 

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