When the original Galaxy Note first arrived on scene there was a fair amount of buzz. Was the note a smartphone or was it a tablet? Samsung’s Galaxy Note managed to blend both worlds together and in doing so created a unique yet useful smartphone device. Apparently they have no regrets and are preparing to do it all over again with a next-generation unit which will supposedly arrive in October to better compete against the next iPhone.
Recently the web has been ablaze with rumor and speculation regarding a big upcoming Microsoft announcement that was scheduled for Monday- which is now today. The wait is over, and it turns out that what was announced is part of the Microsoft Surface brand. No, this isn’t another massive Surface table, it’s a tablet.
Google’s instant sharing system for the music and movies on your various devices makes Google Play quite useful, but the truth is that most of the more casual PC, tablet and smartphone users don’t know just how useful Play can be. In order to solve that problem, Google has uploaded some pretty unique videos to the web in order to advertise its Google Play service and explain it in a very simple way.
Can you hear me now? We’ve all had the experience of dropped calls and loss of signal, but it looks like one way to get better cell phone reception is to open a special umbrella.
NFC technology is becoming more and more commonplace in today’s smartphones, but the truth is that outside of mobile payment systems such as Google Wallet, they aren’t really being put to full use. This could all change thanks to a new Samsung technology called TecTiles, which essentially are little packs of five stickers for $14.99 that are programmable and can be swiped by your NFC-equipped phone.
It’s summer and many of us are headed to pools or beaches. What’s better than lounging by a pool? How about listening to music while doing it. The downside is that there is always potential for damage to your electronics, that is unless you have a waterproof case like Grace Digital Audio’s ECOXPRO Waterproof Speaker Case.
As smartphones grow in power, the ability for them to truly be used as substitutes for traditional laptops is certainly an option. There have been a few solutions to that end already, such as the Motorola Atrix or even the ASUS Padfone, but now we get something new, something very “Apple Air” looking, the ClamBook.
For $80 you can now get your hands on a smaller Bluetooth-based iPhone variant of the iCade Core, the iCade Mobile.
Matrox has now announced a new DS1 Thunderbolt docking station that brings plenty of ports to Macbook and Ultrabook users, using just one single Thunderbolt cable.
There have been dozens of controller accessories that add gamepad functionality to Android and iOS, but honestly, none of these have done much more than become simple novelties. Some of the more arcade style controllers have done okay, but again, none have become ‘must have’ accessories. Now, comes yet another accessory called Power A’s Moga.
At a special Samsung event in Europe, pictures of the revised Galaxy Note tablet have surfaced. Samsung has considerably revised the tablet compared to when we first saw it at MWC, retooling the design to make room for the stylus while also beefing the device up with a quad-core Exynos processor.
The Jetpack 890L has arrived, allowing Verizon users to share their 4G LTE connection on the go with up to 10 WiFi devices at once
Did you buy a BlackBerry 7 smartphone with the hope that you’d be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 10 when the new OS became available? Well, Research in Motion has effectively dashed that dream to pieces.
As I mentioned in my post last week, it’s still a little murky as to whether the team in Waterloo will opt for a Torch-like slider form or a Bold-like bar phone for the keyboard-touting BB10 device, but it’s just as likely that they could go in both directions
Looking to turn your iPad into a handy netbook? Logitech has you covered with its new ultrathin keyboard case that it announced earlier today. The new case is designed for both the iPad 2 and new iPad, giving you a thin screen protector that also has a built-in keyboard. Similarly to Apple’s Smart Cover case, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover uses a magnetic clip to secure its iPad. According to Logitech, there is no reason to worry about battery life on the keyboard because if you were to use it for about 2 hours a day it would still have enough juice to keep it running for about six months. Not half bad at all, I’d say.
Using your iPhone or any other device with a capacitive display is a real problem during cold winter conditions as the touchscreen won’t work if you are wearing gloves or mittens (or else you should be using the new iPad which makes sure that your hand stays really warm). Washington, DC-based inventor Alice Ning has a solution for the problem. Her TapCaps will allow you to use a capacitive screen while wearing any pair of gloves.
Amid a sea of millions of iDevice docks, Grace Digital has launched the FireDock, one of the first speaker docks specifically designed for Amazon’s rather popular Kindle Fire tablet.
As cloud technologies continue to evolve, so does their potential. Imagine a world where all your electric devices can be easily managed, tracked, and even shut off directly from the cloud. That’s exactly what Sony is aiming to do with its new Authentication Power Outlet system.
Most people know about Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, but have you heard of Regis McKenna? McKenna was the mastermind behind the famous 1984 television commercial for Apple and he was the first ad and public relations guy. Looking back, he has some choice words to say.
Hacking, be it into bank cash machines or websites including social networking sites, is common as hackers find more ways to bypass the upgraded security systems. The results vary from inconvenience to confusion to loss of money among other serious implications. But none has been ones which cause real-life pain. Jack’s demonstration shows otherwise.
You thought the $199 Kindle Fire was a good deal? You thought OLPC was doing the right thing with cheap laptops? Archos is going even further with the announcement of the Child Pad, a seven-inch kid-friendly tablet that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.
As we get closer and closer to the unveiling of the Apple iPad 3, we’re also starting to see more leaks of the components that will make up the next-generation tablet. And today, we’re getting our first look at the supposed A5X processor that will power the upcoming iTablet.
Many believe that Apple’s decision to keep Siri away from non-4S iOS devices is part of their marketing strategy, while some believe that the company is simply unable to provide the service to the whole iOS population. But whatever the reason is behind it, it appears like Apple will always be deciding on who all will be playing with the voice assistant. They have killed Siri on jailbroken iOS devices other than the iPhone 4S.
Apparently, above all else, we use our mobile Internet devices to socialize with other. Who said basking in the glow of a small display was antisocial behavior?
We’re getting that much closer to the robot apocalypse. We already have computers beating us at trivia games. We already have robot flying machines that can act like a swarm. And now, we have computers that can read our minds, decipher our thoughts, and reconstruct them into comprehensible speech.
For better or for worse, Google controls a fairly significant part of my online life. And I want access to that online life even when I’m not plugged into the matrix. And that’s why it’s good to hear that the Google Docs for Android app is now bringing offline access into the picture.
It seems a revealed photograph of the iPad 3’s internal specifications has just confirmed it will feature a quad-core processor and global LTE capabilities. It also mentions model number J1 and J2 as clearly different, though similar, devices with one being WiFI only and the other having WIFI and GSM/DMA/LTE options.
US Cellular has finally joined the 4G LTE Bandwagon, launching its own service. While many of us have been expecting this for a while, it was a bit unclear which 4G LTE phones would be the first to hit US Cellular’s new network.
One of the hardest things to do is learn how to ride a unicycle. It might take an average human being several weeks to master one of those. But we can do that in about 20 minutes all thanks to the new version of the Self Balancing Unicycle (SBU) from Focus Designs.
The Adam 2 will be running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS and will also feature TI’s Wi-Link 7.0 (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM transmit/receive in a single chipset) and Phoenix Audio Power Amplifiers, along with PowerVR SGX5xx GPU.
Apple is not interested in CES, and Microsoft earlier announced that it’s bowing out of next year’s event. Many have started to believe that the show is losing its luster. But that did not stop manufacturers from around the world from unveiling their latest innovations.
50 Cent’s new line of headphones are stylish, sleek, and bassy. Their professionally tuned sound hits hard, and 50 would have it no other way.
I know. Just another case, right? Considering that I’m here at the Consumer Electronics Show, I am quite literally surrounded by so many different cases that really aren’t all that different from one another, but the Lille Case from Luxa2 actually takes a pretty interesting approach to answering your call.
Yes, that glossy black surface is nice and they’ve done an interesting job with that “weave” pattern on the top, but the Asus RT-N66U also happens to be really fast.
Although Detroit’s NAIAS is thought of as the first big auto event of the year, the presence of automobile giants at CES suggests that the Las Vegas event is fast becoming the kick-off of the year’s major auto events in regards to in-vehicle computing. We saw some interesting stuff at the automotive area of CES 2012 this year, one among which is the RoadRover Android-powered dashboard.
IK Multimedia is building up their audio arsenal at CES 2012 by announcing their iRig line. The iOS devices range from DJ consoles, to analog live inline guitar, mic, bass adapters.
Ice Cream Sandwich for the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet was planned to be available much later than it appears to be happening, as it has started to roll out for users just a couple of days ago. ASUS, ever anxious to see their achievement properly appreciated at CES 2012, even decided to make an introductory video themselves.