D-Link DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera Review

Introduction


Home security is an ever growing trend as technology gets smaller and better, and at the same time, it has also become a lot for affordable for the everyman. Today I’m taking a look at one of the best options in this category as I’m having D-Link’s DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi camera in my testing area.

Where most home surveillance cams still come with a 720p resolution, the D-Link DCS-2630L adds on top of that and goes for the full 1080p HD experience. While 720p already was a great step up from the old 480p CCTV resolution, it just doesn’t beat the full 1080p experience. The Wi-Fi camera doesn’t just feature a higher than usual resolution, it also has a wider field of view, allowing you to monitor an up to 180-degree wide area. Basic cameras only feature 90 or 120-degree view, which allows the DCS-2630L to monitor a lot more real estate that might prevent you from having to set up multiple cameras. The wide-view feature is also a lot better to look at than a traditional wide view fisheye view that distorts things.

Recording video during daylight is an easy thing, but you’ll also want to monitor what is going on when it is dark. After all, that is the time of day we usually associate with the need for protection. D-Link added night vision capabilities to the DCS-2630L with the help of infrared LEDs. The camera is able to see in the dark at a distance of up to 5 meters (16 ft) with as little as 0 Lux light. The IR LEDs can be turned on manually, but the camera also features a light sensor that determines when the LEDs are needed.

Next to the six infrared LEDs it also features two PIR sensors that detect infrared radiation when a person or animal passes for an enhanced motion detection. And that is another one of this cameras features next to just being able to show and record what is going on. With motion and sound detection, the camera is able to start recording automatically and also push notifications to your Windows, Android, and iOS device to let you know that something is going on.

D-Link didn’t just built-in a high-quality microphone to picks up on loud noises like the breaking of glass and the ability to send notification alerts about this to you, it also features 2-way audio that lets you send audio back. A high-quality speaker lets you respond to what you see using your mobile device.

The Full HD sensor features a 1/3-inch 3-megapixel sensor to deliver images in sharp and rich detail while the camera lens is made of glass for the best possible results. All this coupled with the de-warping technology provides you with a clear and ultra-wide 180º field of view surveillance. The camera comes on a wall mountable metal stand with flexible tilt for the perfect angle. It also allows for 360-degree camera rotation to ensure that your video is perfectly level no matter where you mount it.

It isn’t just an ordinary camera on the Wi-Fi field either and it sports a proper IEEE 802.11ac dual-band connection for reliable connection and streaming. It also features a convenient WPS button for quick and simple connection with the rest of your network infrastructure. Everyone can press a button. Besides the wireless connection, the DCS-2630L also features a micro SD/SDXC card slot with support for up to 128GB memory cards. This is enough for up to a week of continuous clip recordings in 1080p.

A status LED lets you know what your camera’s doing, which is a simple but very useful thing. The whole camera in itself is very power effective and only requires a USB connection, portable battery, or power adapter to run. That also allows for a very flexible placement.

Feature Highlights

  • 180-degree Ultra-Wide-View
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • Night vision up to 16-feet
  • Sound & motion detection triggers e-mail / push alert notifications
  • 2 PIR Sensors – Enhanced motion detection senses when a person or animal passes for accurate
  • notifications
  • microSDXC card slot – Record continuous, scheduled, or detection triggered video clips directly to a
  • microSDCX card up to 128 GB
  • Unique De-warping technology maximizes the video quality with less distortion to eliminate a fish-eye view
  • Built-in two-way audio
  • mydlink app support for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows phone

Specifications

Packaging and Content

The D-Link DCS-2630L is a consumer camera and the package is made to be as eye-capturing as the camera catches images. The front displays the camera and usage scenario as well as the product highlights such as 1080p and wide eye lens.

On the rear, you will find more detailed information about the functions and features, all in full colour.

Each of the two sides is full of information too. On one side you find the features listed above the minimum requirements for usage.

On the other side, you’ll find a simple representation of the camera’s easy setup and usage as well as what’s inside the box.

Besides the Wi-Fi camera itself, you also find the Quick Install Card with default information and QR-code for easy setup as well as the quick install guide, a GPL code statement, and an assistance card if you should have trouble.

There’s also an AC/DC adapter included with a plug fitting the region where you bought it. Due to the clever usage of micro-USB, the camera is also easily powered otherwise.

Welcome The First Ubuntu Tablet

When it comes to tablets people are often faced with the decisions between Windows and iOS operating systems, but that could soon be coming to an end with the first official Ubuntu tablet coming soon.

The Aquarius M10 is the first official tablet that will run Ubuntu, the open source Linux-based operating system. Costing you €259 (around £203) for the HD version of the tablet or for a mere extra 40 euros at €299 (around £235) you can grab the full HD variation of the tablet. Featuring a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1,280 x 800 display for the HD model or a 1.5GHz processor and 1,920 x 1,200 on the Full HD model, the tablets contain relatively common numbers for the modern market.

With 2GB of Ram, 16GB of expandable storage and 8-megapixel and 5-megapixels on the back and front of the tablet respectively it is a perfect little starter for tablets. The key point is that using Canonical’s open source software, the device will switch to a desktop PC when connected to a mouse, keyboard and external screen. Carry round computer anyone?

The device is slated for release in the second week of April and we are sure that some people reading will be more than interested in these tablets.

More Lenovo Yoga P40 Details Emerge as First Listings Appear

Lenovo first unveiled their Yoga P40 mobile workstation on December first and around two weeks later they revealed the specifications, at least some of them. When a new product like this is being introduced, we usually only get the top end specifications and not all options available. Top of the line is awesome, but it might simply be too much for some users, both performance and price wise.

I’ve long been on the search for a new mobile workstation to suit my needs, plenty of power, mobility, and universal usage, but there wasn’t such a product on the market. The Microsoft Surface Book came close, but I was seriously disappointed in the specifications and low-end hardware they used. Especially considering the premium asking price of the Surface Book. When Lenovo unveiled the P40, I saw my rescue and have since been waiting for it while scouting for more details.

Initially we got a starting price of $1399 USD at the same time as they revealed the specification. It was clear right away that this wasn’t the price for the model with the revealed specifications. Today, or rather yesterday, I finally discovered the first shop listing of the new Yoga P40 that both provide us with an estimate on a European price, some more specification details, as well as a possible release date.

The initial specifications were a QuadroM500M graphics card, 6th-generation Core i7 processor, 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM as well as an optional LTE version. Thanks to the first product listings we can elaborate a little more on that.

The 14-inch Lenovo P40 2-in-1 mobile workstation will come with either an i7-6500U or i7-6600U processor and either 8 or 16GB RAM. The SSD isn’t 512 GB in all models either and there will be options with a 256GB SSD instead. So far only models with FullHD resolution have been listed, but there should also come a version with a 1440p display instead.

The first listings come from two different shops which both are located in Poland and both revealed the same information. The prices start at about €1817.00 for an i7-6500U with 8GB RAM and 256GB HDD and goes up to about €2380.00 for an i7-6600U with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The product listings aren’t complete, but they do give us some more insight into these pretty cool mobile workstations.

While the release date on the Yoga P40 wasn’t listed for either of the shops, there are hints towards when we can expect to see it. Lenovo only revealed that it would be released in Q1 2016, but not when. The official ThinkPad Pen Pro for the Yoga P40 does however have an estimated delivery time set for 3 weeks. While that doesn’t mean that the Yoga P40 will ship at the same time, it makes little sense to sell a stylus for a product that isn’t on the market yet. So fingers crossed if you’re looking to buy one of these sweet machines. The waiting time should be over soon.

MMD Refreshes E-Line Displays with 3 New Philips Models

MMD, a leading brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announced a refreshed line-up of consumer displays with three new models. The first new monitor is a 23-inch version using an AH-IPS panel while the last two monitors feature PLS LED panels and are 24-inch and 27-inch respectively. All three of the latest E-Line displays are said to “offer vivid, true-to-life colours and wide-angle viewing, styled in an elegance-inspired design for a light, fresh face in any home or office.”

IPS panels are the preferred ones by most people, so let’s start with the 237E (237E7QDSB) 23-inch monitor. The stand and frame is a glossy black finish with edge-to-edge glass and narrow borders. The narrow borders give minimal viewing distractions and also allow easy setups with multiple monitors. For an extra sleek look, the front border is kept free of touch buttons, instead the monitor features a discreetly placed EasySelect toggle key on the rear to make quick adjustments to monitor settings. You can spot the EasySelect key on the bottom left side in the photo below.

The EasyToogle button is present on all three new monitors, also on the 24-inch 246E (246E7QDSW) and 27-inch 276E (276E7QDSW) monitors. You also get the same 178-degree viewing angles, Full-HD resolution at 60Hz, and a 250 cd/m² brightness on all three models.

Besides the difference in panel type, the three new Philips monitors are almost identical. The 24-inch and 27-inch monitors use PLS LED technology and aren’t black. Instead, they are available in a glossy white finish with a slim and elegant metal stand. Colour-wise, the two can reproduce 82% of the NTSC colour gamut.

All three displays come with technology features such as Philips Flicker-free, SmartContrast, Economy mode, and SmartImage Lite. Connection wise you get an analog VGA D-Sub connector, a digital HDCP DVI-D connector, and an MHL-HDMI connector, making them suitable for almost any system. That even goes for mobile devices that are MHL-capable. With an optional MHL cable, you can connect it directly and charge the mobile device at the same time.

The new Philips displays 237E7QDSB, 246E7QDSW and 276E7QDSW will be available at the beginning of November at £149, £159 and £219 respectively.

AOC Presents New IPS Displays With Asymmetric Stand

AOC expanded their line of stylish monitors with two new ones, a 23.8-inch model called the AOC I2481FXH and a 27-inch model called the AOC I2781FH. Both monitors are basically the same except for the difference in size. They come with an IPS panel for a great visual experience, but sadly only with full HD resolution. The monitors also feature the unique looking and asymmetrical stand.

The two monitors feature a very narrow bezel for that suits the overall design very well. The bezel of the 23.8-inch AOC I2481FXH is a mere 7.5 mm wide and the bezel on the 27-inch I2781FH model is just 9.9 mm.

The monitors feature a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a 4ms grey to grey refresh rate. The flicker-free technology that regulates brightness without flickering should further enhance the already great visual experience that these monitors will give while reducing the eye strain. The monitors come with three display connectors, two HDMI and one D-Sub VGA, allowing you to easily connect both modern and older devices at the same time.

The AOC I2481FXH will be available October 2015 and the AOC I2781FH will follow in December. Their MSRPs will be £139 and £199 respectively, which isn’t all that bad. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty that includes on-site exchange service.

Transcend Unveils DrivePro Body 10 Body Camera With Infrared LEDs

If you need that little bit of extra personal security, may it be for personal reasons or job related, then Transcend has a lot of options available. The latest addition to the security line-up is the DrivePro Body 10 that essentially does what their dash cams do, only for yourself instead of your car. Police officers and other security personnel could also benefit from these as pictures speak a thousand words.

The DrivePro Body 10 body camera features a F/2.8 aperture, a wide 160-degree viewing angle, a built-in battery, infrared LEDs for clear images at night, and a handy snapshot button on the front. You can record full-HD 1080p videos in 30fps and it doesn’t matter whether it is day or night as the infrared LEDs automatically turn on in low light conditions. Recording at night is now easier than ever before.

The built-in Li-Polymer battery has a charge of 1530 mAh and can record up to 3.5 hours of footage on a fully charged battery. It is optimally protected and IPX4 water-resistant against splash water and it also features a great shock resistance in case it should be dropped and passed the U.S. military drop-test standards.

The DrivePro Body Toolbox is a practical video file management system which simplifies the settings of the camera and video/photo files. It features a user-friendly interface

Transcend’s DrivePro Body 10 carries a two-year warranty and comes bundled with a 32GB microSDHC MLC memory card that offers consistent durability and endurance.

PC Specialist Lafité Notebook Review

Introduction


When I found out I’d be reviewing this laptop from PC Specialist I decided to check out their site and do some homework to see what I was getting.  Having no hands on experiences with Intel’s new Broadwell chips previous to this meant I finally get a chance to see what all of the Broadwell fuss was out, or perhaps to discover it was just marketing hype. After a while of making the cheapest and most expensive builds possible to curb my curiosity my very own review unit had arrived. Reading the spec list I was given ahead of the arrival, features like “5th Gen i5 Broadwell CPU”, “1080p 13.3″ screen”, “250GB SSD” were all ticking the right boxes to me, but when I seen how remarkably thin the chassis was on the website photos it was then my interest peaked.

The question is though, is it as good as it looks or is it all style and no substance? Let’s get this unboxed and find out!

Specifications

  • Name: PC Specialist Lafité
  • Case: PC Specialist Lafité Silver Aluminium Chassis
  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i5 Dual Core Processor i5-5200U (2.20GHz, 2.7GHz Turbo)
  • System Memory: 8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
  • Main Boot Drive: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
  • Graphics card: Intel® HD Graphics 5500
  • Battery: Lafité Series 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (6,300mAh)
  • Optical Recovery MediaWindows 8.1 (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Wireless: Gigabit LAN & Wireless Intel® AC-3160 M.2 + Bluetooth
  • Screen: 13.3″ Matte Full HD IPS LED (1920 x 1080)
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
  • Price: £599 as configured Delivered.

Opening the outer box reveals shows the majority of the notebook inner box is surrounded by extremely strong air padding

Removing the air padding reveals the inner box, it may be plain, but there’s no chance of damage in transit here.

The contents merely a few items, including AC Adapter, SSD Manual and PC Specialist handbook

Up close on the power supply.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Eurocom Launches Upgradeable M4 Ultraportable Laptop

If you’re in the market for a compact laptop that still packs a great display and enough power for even demanding usage scenarios, then you might want to take a closer look at the new Eurocom M4 ultraportable laptop with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, intel Core i7-4940MX upgradeable processors, and a QHD+ 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.

The new Eurocom packs a lot of power but only weighs 2kg and measures just 330 x 227 x 31.9mm. As with all Eurocom models, you can customize just how much performance you need and want to pay for. The M4 now provides three levels of graphics cards to choose from, the GeForce 960M, 860M, and 765M. The new 960M might be the perfect choice for a system like this, providing a great performance at decreased power consumption.

The system is powered by Intel’s HM87 Chipset that can handle the full line of Intel’s 4th Gen Core i7 processors, including the Core i7-4940MX with four cores and eight threads, running at 3.1GHz. You can equip the system with up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory via the two SO-DIMM slots and with up to 4TB storage capacity through one 9.5mm 2.5-inch and two mSATA storage bays, even the most demanding users needs should be covered.

The display is also customizable, not everyone want’s a QHD resolution on a 13-inch screen. Other options besides the 3200×1800 display is a 2560×1440 Quad HD matte display and a 1920×1080 Full HD matte display. Even with all that power at your disposal, the M4 can still give you a long battery time of 5 hours.

EUROCOM M4 VGA / GPU Graphics Options:

  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (N15P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1029MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board
  • 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (Kepler); 128-bit; 768 CUDA; GPU/VRAM Clock 850MHz/2000MHz; on-board
  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (N16P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1097MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board

EUROCOM M4 Processor / CPU Options:

  • 2.40 GHz (up to 3.40) Intel Mobile Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.50 GHz (up to 3.5) Intel Mobile Core i7-4710MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.60 GHz (up to 3.20) Intel Mobile Core i5-4210M (Haswell); 2C/4T; 3MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 37W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.80 GHz (up to 3.80); Intel Mobile Core i7-4810MQ; 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.90 GHz (up to 3.90); Intel Mobile Core i7-4910MQ; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.00 GHz (up to 3.90) Intel Mobile EXTREME Core i7-4930MX (Haswell); 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.10 GHz (up to 4.00); Intel Mobile Core i7-4940MX Extreme; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866

Logitech Introduces Portable Videoconferencing Solution

The new Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a portable all-in-one video conference solution with a design for small and medium sized rooms. It works with any computing device with USB connection like PC, MAC, and Chromebooks and with virtually any video conferencing software: Microsoft Lync and Skype, Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Lifesize, Vidyo, Zoom, and many more.

“For about the cost of an office chair, businesses of all sizes can now afford to quickly connect with customers, vendors and remote employees anytime and anywhere with the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect,” said Jason Moss, general manager of the Collaboration Group at Logitech. “We believe there is simply no workspace that should not have video conferencing capability, and the ConferenceCam allows us to connect to meetings no matter where we are.”

The portable solution can easily be moved from room to room and around where ever it’s needed at the time. It supports mobile connectivity for screen-mirror projection through Miracast technology and Windows and Android users can connect wirelessly to the ConferenceCam Connect for screen-mirror presentations, spreadsheets, videos or Internet content.

It has a 90-degree field of view with digital pan and tilt, mechanical tilt control, 4x digital Full HD zoom, and ZEISS optics with autofocus. The speakerphone supports both mobile and USB audio calling with features such as Bluetooth, NFC, and USB. The 360-degree sound system allows users within a 12-foot diameter range to hear and be heard, while full duplex sound, acoustic echo, and noise-canceling technology delivers great quality.

It even has a built-in battery for up to 3 hours video conference or up to 15 hours speakerphone use, but it can also run on AC power.

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The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is expected to be available worldwide in March 2015 at a suggested price of $499, €499 and £449.

Thanks to Logitech for providing us with this information

BenQ Will Show WiFi Home Theater Projectors at CES

BenQ announced a long-range of monitors they’ll be having with them at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and we’ve presented you with them over the past couple weeks. But monitors aren’t the only thing BenQ creates, and as such they’ll also be bringing along their new HT1075 and HT1085ST Home Theater Projectors for Big Screen Enjoyment.

The short throw projectors can project an image up to 100 inch from just 5 feet away, and they do that with a native Full HD resolution, Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) and over 1 billion colours as well as 3D readiness. Optionally, they can be upgraded with wireless capabilities with a range of up to 100 feet. The projectors come with built-in speakers for even more convenience and the setup is said to be a one-time thing and very easy.

The brightness of 2200 ANSI lumen and 10,000:1 contrast should give you some great movie, sports, tv and gaming visuals directly on your wall. The projectors won’t blow your wallet either, at least they’re said not to. The listing I could find so far point more towards a list reservation than actual prices. Amazon UK has the HT1085ST listed for around £1,050.00 while the HT1075 is listed for around £1,725.00. As you clearly see, these prices must be far off and due to early listings.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

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HannsG Rolls Out Its New HS Monitor Series Featuring IPS Panel Technology

HannsG has announced its new HS series of affordable monitors, featuring IPS panel technology. The new HS series comes in screen sizes of 21.5″, 24″ and 27″, bearing the HS221HPB, HS241HPB and respectively HS271HPB serial numbers.

The HS series are said to be LED monitors with ultra-wide viewing angles of 178-degrees, featuring IPS panel technology and full HD resolutions. HannsG is said to also include its ACTIVE contrast ratio of 80,000,000:1, which along with the 250 cd/m2 and 1000:1 contrast ration is said to deliver the very best visual display experience.

The IPS technology, HannsG promises consistent, accurate colour from all viewing angles without any blur, as well as stable response times of 5 ms and super fast data processing. This is said to help users experience the best viewing experience, perfect for heavy graphic applications and gaming.

In terms of connectivity, the HS series come with one HDMI 1.4, one VGA and one DVI-D connectivity solutions. HannsG is said to have included the Multi-Video Modes technology, which enables quick selection of optimal picture settings for difference activities, such as Movie, Game, PC and Eco, along with built-in speakers to complete the Audio-Video package.

Other specifications include a 3 year warranty, an Energy Start 6 certification for all HS series monitors and Anti-Glare technology on the panel surface. HannsG is said to have made the 27″ currently available in stores, while the 21.5″ and 24″ monitors are said to follow shortly.

The company has also released a recommended price for the HS series monitors, having the 21.5″ HS221HPB priced at £94.99, the 24″ HS241HPB at £119.99 and the 27″ HS271HPB at £179.99.

New Windows v2 Kinect Available For Pre-Order, Shipping to Start on the 15th of July

Microsoft’s team of engineers designated for the Kinect have announced that developers can finally pre-order the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor from Microsoft’s Store at just $199. Microsoft has also stated that customers who pe-order the new Kinect now will be able to receive it ahead of general availability, stated to be a few months away.

Information gathered from Microsoft’s Store indicate that customers pre-ordering the new Kinect during the pre-order phase will receive the device somewhere after the second half of July, having the company start shipping the new batch on the 15th of July. Microsoft is also said to plan a release of their public beta software development kit for the devices as soon as the first new Kinect devices start shipping.

In terms of specs, the new Microsoft Kinect is stated to come with increased depth-sensing features, full 1080p video support, improved skeletal tracking and enhanced infrared technology. The company also states that the v2 sensor will also start shipping in July to whomever participated in the Developer Preview programme, though not a lot of developers were accepted into it.
Microsoft also hopes that the pre-order option will address the sensor’s demand before it is made available to the public.

Microsoft also mentioned that the new Kinect is available in limited quantities spread throughout 23 regions, including the US and UK, being priced accordingly based on the respective region’s currency.

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MediaTek Announces Its Quad-Core Cortex-A7 MT8127 Soc Featuring the Mali-450 MP4 GPU

MediaTek has just announced its newest addition to its SoC empire, the MT8127, which is said to offer full hardware support for the new HEVC or H.265 video playback standard, allowing videos to play with an average of up to 50% less video bandwidth consumption compared to the previous H.264 standard.

The MediaTek MT8127 is said to feature connectivity solutions such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, FM reciever and GPS, having the SoC target the super-mid market given its advanced multimedia features, great performance, low power consumption and affordable price. The company also states that the MT8127 allows manufacturers to shorten the time and costs of delivering the product on the market.

In terms of performance, the MT8127 is said to feature a Cortex-A6 Quad-Core processor having it clocked at 1.5 GHz as well as the Quad-Core ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU. Other features offered by the MT8127 SoC includes low-power consumption, Full HD 1080p video playback and recording and 13 MP camera support. In addition to the latter, the MT8127 also comes with MediaTek’s MiraVision for excellent image quality and Miracast as well as NFC, providing easy content sharing between devices.

Mediatek announced that the MT8127 will be featured in Alcatel’s Onetouch Pixi 8 tablet which will be launched later this year.

Thank you MediaTek for providing us with this information

15.6-inch Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming Laptop Announced by GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE has announced its lightest version for the gaming laptop series, the Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming Laptop, being only 20.9 mm thin and weighing in at only 2.16 kg. The gaming laptop is powered by Intel’s 4th gen Core i7 CPU and nVidia’s GeForce GTX 870M graphics card, having 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming Laptop shows its ultimate gaming skill in 3DMark11, scoring P7109 and together with Intel’s Core i7 CPU, it also provides better battery life and improved power efficiency.

The P35W v2 does not come lightly equipped in terms of disk space availability as well given its massive quad-storage support for up to 4 SSDs and up to 4TB of disk space. Having an ODD/HDD hot-swappable bay also provides the Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming laptop with flexibility for ultimate convenience and countless customisation possibilities.

When it comes to cooling, GIGABYTE saw fit to include its exclusive Supra-Cool technology, giving the P35W v2 its ability to house dual thermal pipes in addition to two dedicated fans for the processor and GPU, delivering the most optimal cooling environment for the most demanding games.

In terms of display, P35W v2’s 15.6-inch display features full HD anti-glare display technology, having over 170˚ wide viewing angle and providing clear and vivid images thanks to the 72% color gamut. It also provides a mini Display Port output, giving the P35W v2 the ability to connect to any display of up to 4K resolution.

GIGABYTE has also added an abundance of features to the P35W v2, ensuring the user will enjoy the best gaming experience possible. First of all, the backlit keyboard is essential is low-lit environments, therefore the auto-adjustable backlit technology is there to aid in such conditions.

In addition to the latter, the GIGABYTE Smart Manager is there to aid you in each condition, whether tweaking the fan speed with its 3 speed modes, or eliminating network latency and improving online gaming with the Lan Optimizer.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini ‘Black Edition’ Announced, Faux-Leather Again?

South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, have released the ‘Black Edition’ of their latest Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini handsets. As the edition state, both handsets will have an onyx-black color and give the design more style.

Samsung has poured numerous combinations of device on the market, some great, other not so great. But this time around, they might have outdone themselves. Both handset look pretty sleek, and the company has actually thrown in a little surprise. Late adopters of its two handsets can now sample Sammy’s new ‘big thing’ in design, namely the faux-leather backs. They have first been revealed in the Galaxy Note 3, however these shells are obviously plastic. But they’re a rather convincing copy, displaying a good imitation of stitching on the sides, and the texture looks quite believable.

The community is mostly split on Samsung’s new ornamentation of choice, but it actually feels like an improvement over the fingerprint-happy glossy plastic of old. In terms of specs, both handsets are the exact equivalent to your regular Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S4 mini, meaning a 5-inch, 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and a 13-megapixel camera in the case of the former, and a 4.3-inch, qHD (540×960) screen, a dual-core Snapdragon 400, and an 8-megapixel rear shooter for the latter.

It appears that the new editions will only hit Russia next month for $660 for the Galaxy S4 and $460 for the Galaxy S4 mini. There’s no word on international availability, but given Samsung’s track-record, it is expected for those to make an entry in other markets sooner rather than later.

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14-inch Armadillo Multi-Touch Ultrabook Launched By Eurocom

Eurocom is reportedly launching the 14″ Armadillo Ultrabook, a thin, light and multi-touch enabled notebook. The 14″ notebook has a FHD 1920×1080 pixels display with 10 point multi-touch feature, maximizing user interaction with Windows 8 features with the help of multi-touch technology, scroll and select with intuitive gestures.

“The EUROCOM Armadillo is a perfect complement to our line of thin and light notebooks from 11.6″ to 15.6″ as it focuses on the pleasure of computing combined with a beautiful 14″ design. The EUROCOM Armadillo has the power, speed and slim build that can’t help but turn heads, who knew an Armadillo could be so beautiful!” said Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

The notebook weighs only two kilograms ( 4 lb. ), has a 22 mm thickness and is said to have a battery endurance of 9 hours. It is made with a sleek brushed metal exterior. It has two hard drive bays, supporting a 1.4 TB hard disk space, and can be used by combining a standard SATA-3 storage drive with a mSATA solid state drive. You can choose from an mSATA SSD of 120 GB, up to a 480 GB SSD.

In terms of specs, the Eurocom Armadillo Ultrabook can take up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM ( 2 x 8 GB modules) boasting a frequency of 1600 MHz, having an Intel low-powered i7-4500U clocked at 1.8 GHz (with up to 3.0 GHz in turbo mode) and Intel HD Graphics 4400. There is also a 6-in-1 card reader present on the side, granting easy access to download your data, photos or videos off your memory card.

The base model for the notebook starts at a price of £624, however you can also choose to further upgrade the Ultrabook to a whooping £1748 notebook. More information about the notebook and customization can be found here.

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Skybox Imaging Provides First Full-HD Video Of Earth From Space

Skybox Imaging based in San Francisco has been working on revealing the first public high resolution and definition video footage of Earth from 600 km above. The image resolution is fairly high, where anyone can easily observe objects such as cars, trucks, shipping containers, using the video recorded by the company’s satellite, named SkySat-1, which was launched in November.

“There’s an enormous amount of knowledge that we can glean from analyzing movement – supply chain monitoring, maritime awareness, industrial plant activity, environmental monitoring, and humanitarian relief monitoring – and we are excited to explore the breadth of possibilities with this unique data source. skybox official website”

The satellite is said to be capable of capturing full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels, images at a 30 FPS for up to 90 seconds. Comparing a normal ground camera snapshot or clip with an orbital one is clearly not an option, since the two are completely different things. And having a satellite camera capable of recording a full HD clip for 90 seconds, given that the requirements for capturing an orbital imagery is quite high, is a big improvement.

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Skybox is making progress and innovation with its Start-Up program, and for anyone interested in more details about the project can have a look at their web page here.

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Samsung Could Be Working On Another Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

Samsung had a few attempts at making an entry in the Windows Phone sphere, first being with the Ativ S I8750, an S3 imitation having running the Windows Phone OS, and afterwards two more in the shape of the Ativ Odyssey and the Ativ Neo S. It seems that they were not so interested in leaving their already vast ground gained with the Galaxy series running on Android. Yet there may still be a new Samsung Windows Phone in the works for next year.

Rumor has it that the new flashgrip appeared under the name of SM-W750V, a 5 inch smartphone that’s been listed recently by Zauba, the “home to India’s import and export data.” Sadly, there aren’t too many details about the SM-W750V, but Blog of Mobile (in Japanese) says it’s running Windows Phone 8. Could it be another attempt for Samsung to expand their perspective and really try to gain some ground in the Windows Phone area? We don’t know yet.

When the first Windows Phone was released, the Ativ S I8750 and the Galaxy S III were identical in design, so it would make sense that the SM-W750V could be a Windows Phone version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. If that’s the case, we can expect it to have a Full HD display and a Quad-Core processor, given the recent Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update that features supports for Quad-Core processors.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 should be officially announced somewhere in the Q1 or Q2 2014 timespan, and maybe the SM-W750V will be unveiled at around the same time.

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LG D830 And Samsung SM-N7505 Leak Online

As it happens, @evleaks came across two unannounced LG and Samsung handset, and asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions, the D820 and D821, whilst the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.

LG’s website was the source of discovery for the LG D830 and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 appears to have a Full HD display boasting a 1920 x 1080 resolution and will have LTE support.

The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Given the information provided, it looks like the screen size for the SM-N7505 will be in the 5.5 and 5.7 inches range and has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”

There are no images available for either device at the moment and no official statements have been made on this matter. We will just have to wait and see what else will be unveiled next.

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Google Nexus 5 Official Promo Video Released

Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5. While we already know much about the phone already, let’s have it once more, this time officially. The LG made Google Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch Full HD IPS LCD display having a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, which boasts an awesome 445 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s top-dog, the Snapdragon 800, working at 2.3 GHz. There’s also a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU to power the latest and greatest mobile titles.

LG has put Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to use, making sure that your display is protected from scratches and the occasional drop to the floor. You get 16 GB or 32 GB flavors with no MicroSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera with OIS, 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery which supports wireless charging. Dimensionally, the Nexus 5 is one of the lightest Full HD Smartphones to date. Weighing only 130 grams, the device measures 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm.

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Starting tomorrow, the Nexus 5 will go on sale in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan and Korea. India is one of the emerging markets which will get the new Nexus soon. In terms of the pricing, it will sell at $349 / €349 / £300 for the 16 GB version and $400 /€400 / £340 for the 32 GB variant, on Google Play Store. Amazon, T-Mobile, Sprint, RadioShack and Best Buy will also offer the phone starting November 1.

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