Technology companies love-making new toys, especially those that people have wanted for years. When it comes to technology, people have been looking forward to affordable electric vehicles, something which the company Tesla have been keen on creating. This may all come true with Tesla revealing their Model 3 electric car.
With their long-term plan always being that the high-end electric cars, like the Model S, were just a way to bring the technology to everyone at an affordable plan, it is safe to say with the Model 3 they are one step closer to the dream. At its debut event in Los Angeles, the Model 3 appears just like any other car. With a range of 215 miles, the Model 3 will give people access to electric vehicles for everyday drives, and with 0-60 in under six seconds and supercharging as standard the car already gives a wide range of options that make it stand out above electric vehicles before you get the $35,000 price tag.
The launch of Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus resulted in record operating sales figures despite implementing only a few iterative changes from the previous generation. However, Apple products incur a hefty price premium in countries with fairly decent wages, which makes people in poorer nations unable to purchase expensive handsets. As always, there’s a huge array of clones on the market to suit customers on a budget which fairly reflects their wage. Although, many of these have suffered from an atrocious battery life, poor user-interface and suspect call quality.
Only a few years ago, I decided to test a Sciphone which resembled an iPhone 3GS. Thankfully, it only cost £25 because its performance was nothing short of unbearable. In the last few years, copies have improved at an exponential rate due to the affordability of budget hardware and the Android operating system.
One particular example which caught my attention is based on the iPhone 6s and comes in a variety of luxurious colours. In terms of its specification, the handset features a Spreadtrum SC7731 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, expandable flash storage, and 5-inch QHD display. Unlike many smartphones these days, you can remove the back cover and swap out the internal battery. While it’s not the most impressive specification, it seems to run the operating system smoothly and costs an astonishingly low, $37. As the video rightly proclaims:
“Who wants to buy a $1000 iPhone in China? Nobody! People just buy copies.”
Furthermore, once you’ve purchased the handset, it’s incredibly easy to have the Apple credentials engraved. I’m not advocating this, but Apple really needs to rethink its pricing model in poorer countries. In the wider scheme of things, I have to commend the ultra cheap handsets which provide a usable phone for the less fortunate.
COUGAR recently released the brand new 550M and 500M flagship gaming mice, but not everyone has the money nor want to pay that much for a mouse. For those COUGAR also have something and that is the new and more affordable 230M and 250M gaming mice.
The 230 (last four images) is the pure gaming mouse where quality and accuracy is the only thing that matters. The 250 (first four images) features the same quality, but “adds to that with a broad functionality.”
The ambidextrous design makes these mice it equally suited for left and right-handed use, which I’m sure is something that will be highly appreciated by the left-handed users out there. The buttons should last you a long time thanks to the quality OMRON switches and it also features a gaming-grade scroll wheel.
That hardware inside isn’t without either as we’ve already seen on the switches. Both mice also feature a 1000 Hz polling rate and a low 1ms response time. The 230M has a 3200 DPI sensor while the 250M has a 4000 DPI sensor and both are adjustable. The 230M has four fixed DPI levels while the 250M allows you to configure the DPI levels yourself.
Where the 230M caters to the purists who do not need a wide array of functions, the 250M is aimed at those who want it all. With 6 fully programmable buttons, including two distinctive thumb paddle buttons, and internal memory for up to 3 full configuration profiles, the 250M allows the user to access up to 21 different functions.
Neither of these two new mice from COUGAR will cost you a lot and it even allows gamers on a budget to play with a great mouse in their hand. The MSRP is set to $29.90 USD for the 250M while the 230M is set to $19.90 USD.
Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar. Klif, first Firefox OS device is exclusive to French telecom operator Orange. The Alcatel Onetouch’s device is extremely budget friendly low-end sports 3G+ with connectivity speeds of up to 21 Mbps, 3.5″ HVGA display, Dual Core MediaTek CPU coupled with 512MB RAM and 2MP camera powered by 1400 mAh battery. It is by no means contender to Android and Apple’s Flagship. It runs highly optimised Firefox OS aimed for seamless web browsing experiences.
“We are pleased to partner with Orange to bring the mobile Web to users in a substantial number of new growth markets across Africa and the Middle East, I am also thrilled to see how the imminent arrival of Firefox OS has created excitement in the local Mozilla communities.” said Mozilla CTO, Andreas Gal.
They are trying to get devices in the hands of people who’ve never owned any type of smartphone. The main idea with this 3G smartphone is to get more people online in places where they previously couldn’t. After the announcement from Mozilla and Orange back in Mobile World Conference 2015 in February, Africa is their main focus. It makes strong sense to make affordable devices available in markets like Africa where the potential is huge and could bring significant growth.
Thank you Mozilla for providing us with information.
Reports have indicated that a four person team inside Google X labs have switched from testing batteries back in 2013 to actually looking into technology for creating a new and improved version.
The group is said to be led by former Apple battery expert, Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, and formed back in 2012. One concept the group is said to be looking into is solid-state batteries, which are made by replacing the liquid chemicals with a solid current-inducing alternative. This is said to lead to smaller and safer batteries which can be produced in thin layers.
While the batteries are being designed for powering mobile devices, Google is said to also be looking into using the battery concept to power human body implants. Google is also not the only company to be working on futuristic batteries, but whoever comes up with the long-lasting, affordable, safer and smaller alternative to the current ones will be able to dominate the consumer market.
Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information
Raijintek is back once again with yet another product that promises great quality at an affordable price. Raijintek have been on a winning streak here at eTeknix; every product we’ve seen from the company has been excellent and competitively priced, can their new Arcadia chassis keep that trend going? I certainly hope so.
The Arcadia is a budget chassis. With a price tag of just £25 there is no doubt that this is an affordable product. Cheap cases are often associated with being lower quality, but in the last couple of years we’ve seen several chassis’ hit the market that offer incredible value for money, without skimping on features. I’m hoping we’ll see something similar from the Arcadia.
As you can see from the specifications below, the Arcadia is available in black or white and it supports ATX and MicroATX motherboards. There are two 5.25″ drive bays, a range of 2.5″ and 3.5″ mounts, USB 3.0 support and more. Cooling is managed via four 120mm fan mounts with a single 120mm fan pre-installed.
The packaging is nicely designed, with a graphic representation of the chassis on the front and the specifications around the sides.
In the box you’ll find a 120mm dust filter for the PSU and a 240mm dust filter for the top panel. There’s also a simple user manual, some cable ties and all of the major screws and fittings required to install your components.
Microsoft’s Cortana has been very well accepted in the US and UK where it’s already rolled out in beta state. Now Microsoft is ready to remove the beta tag from the assistant as well as add it to more markets. The next ones to get access to Microsoft’s voice based assistant are Australia, India and Canada as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 Denim update.
The new update will allow it to tie more tightly to apps, giving Cortana the ability to “Skype Peter” or order up an Audiocloud music stream and more, and all this without having to unlock the phone and press a button. The new version will also feature an Always Listen feature, something it seemed many users have requested. A similar function is already available in the Moto X with Android World. When enabled, the device will always listen for the phrase Hey Cortana and then perform it’s action upon that.
While this sure will drain your battery faster, it can be very useful. You can sit across the room from the phone, speak the trigger phrase and let it record a reminder, ask a question or launch an app.
Microsoft also presented 2 new phones, the new Lumia 830 and Lumia 735, to address holes in Microsoft’s product offerings. The 830 is labeled as the affordable flagship and the 735 is a selfie phone. Indirectly they presented three phones, as there’ll also be a dual-SIM version of the 735 that will be called Lumia 730. They are set to roll out this month, so you don’t have to wait long if you’d like one of them.
The Lumia 830 is priced at €330, but doesn’t lack in specifications. It has a 5-inch, 1280 x 720 display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage, and a removable 2,200 mAh battery. The phone measures 139.4 mm x 70.7 mm x 8.5 mm and weighs 150 grams. Microsoft’s SensorCore is also built in, providing a pedometer sensor for tracking your steps via the Bing Health and Fitness app. It has a 10 MP PureView camera with optical stabilization on the rear and a 1 MP front-facing camera, which seems somewhat underwhelming.
The new Lumia 735/730 is a so called selfie phone that is growing in popularity at the moment. It has a 5MP front-facing camera and features to improve the quality of images and Skype calls. Microsoft even throws in a promotional three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription to get you used to making Skype calls on the go instead of regular ones. The rear facing camera doesn’t have a much higher resolution then the front with 6.7 MP.
It has a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 OLED screen with sunlight readability enhancements and a high brightness mode, 1 GB memory and 8 GB of storage. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip that runs at 1.2GHz. Again Microsoft used a 2,200 mAh removable battery. The phone weighs slightly less then the 830 does with just 134.3 grams. It measures 134.7 mm x 68.5 mm x 8.9 mm. The 753 is expected to be priced at €219.
Both phones offer wireless charging as well as traditional. Remember, these phones aren’t meant to be the flagships, they are meant to fill a gap in the product lineup, and I think they do that pretty well.
Thank you PC World for providing us with these information.
If you want an all-electric sports car to go show-boating around in, there is one name to look at – Tesla. Over the last few years they have been designing and building some of the most innovative and technologically advanced all-electric vehicles on the market, with levels of performance that rival those of their petrol powered counterparts. Whilst this is all fun and games though, their reach is somewhat limited with prices well over $70,000 in the States and £50,000 here in the UK.
Although we are some way off any cheaper solutions actually hitting the road, Tesla have announced that they have a more budget friendly ‘Model-E’ in the pipelines which should draw the masses in with a more attractive price of $30,000 or approximately £25-30k here in the UK once you take VAT and other silly UK price additions into account.
In this price bracket, Tesla are looking to build an alternative to the BMW 3-series coupés and the A4 Sedans from Audi, although the final price of the vehicles will be largely down to the cost of producing the batteries that are needed to power the electric motors.
In order to keep the production costs down, the Model E – which could be here between late 2016 and the early part of 2017 – will use cheaper materials such as steel as opposed to aluminium for the chassis with bonding and rivets possibly holding it all together, reducing the fabrication costs as well as the materials.
As far as specifications, designs and features go, we are very much in the grey at this moment in time and between now and then a lot could change in the motoring world. What we do know is that Tesla are looking to make the -E around 30% smaller than their flagship Model-S and the image above is just one of the concept renderings that have been let out to the wider world.
Considering their popularity within the higher end of the market, the more affordable 3-series rival could prove to be a massive hit – it’s just a case of time will tell. Let us know if you would be interested in this type of car – are you all for electric vehicles or would you prefer to stick to petrol for you adrenaline fix?
Just a short time ago there was no such thing as a bargain tablet – at least no such thing as a bargain tablet that was worth buying.
Over the last year or so there has been a rapid move towards manufacturers making much cheaper tablets available. No longer do we have to fork out for an iPad if we want the convenience and ease of use of a tablet – but are any of the cheap ones any good?
Here’s a quick rundown of just some that are available in 2013 and going into 2014.
What should you look out for?
With a cheap tablet you obviously won’t have anywhere near the same kind of spec and performance as you can expect from an iPad 4, and this needs to be taken into account. If you’re spending less than £200 then it will be affected in terms of performance.
However, you need to keep an eye on storage and screen size, how powerful its processor is, how long the battery is likely to last and its dimensions. Pretty much all of the cheap tablets come with Android, meaning you will be reliant on Google Play. However, this is no bad thing as there are loads of apps available and plenty of games to choose from.
One of the most popular games played on tablets and handheld devices now are online casinos and gambling sites, whether that’s bingo or a more traditional online casino that offers online poker and roulette or games like reel thunder – all of these will be playable on a cheap tablet as well as the more expensive versions.
Some cheap and cheerful options
The GoClever Tab R974 is around £179 and although it does show its bargain basement credentials in terms of its build quality and screen resolution, it has a really impressive set of features and its performance is good and reliable. It’s a 10 inch tablet and if that’s what you’re after then you could definitely do worse than this one.
Even cheaper is the Barnes & Noble Nook HD which can be picked up for around £159. At that price it’s an absolute bargain and offers a really easy to use tablet at an almost unbeatable price. It’s simple and basic but it works and it looks good – a really good choice.
One of the very cheapest available is the Tesco Hudl that comes in at around £119. It has a really pleasing design and works far better than you’d expect given its price tag. It has a very nice quality seven inch screen, a Micro HDMI port and a microSD card slot.