Excessive Computer Use Causes Burst Blood Vessels in Mans Eyes

We as humans are increasingly living in a dependent digital age whereby we are immersed in gadgets. Laptops, tablets and even that latest 60-inch television you thought would fit into your living room, it’s impossible to have a break. You may want to take note of this story of an unfortunate man who burst blood vessels in his eyes after working for long periods at a time while using a computer.

Wuhan Evening News are reporting that 30-year-old Lee Chong noticed that his vision had become blurry, he went to the hospital where doctors informed him that he had in fact burst blood vessels in his eyes. The unlucky gentleman had what is known and is written as -8.00-dioptres high myopia, now, after researching this it seems to be extremely severe considering high myopia is usually described on glasses and contact lenses at around -6.00D (dioptres). If you’re wondering, Myopia is often known as “being short-sighted” and it causes your vision to be blurry in the distance but clearer when looking at things up close.

The cause, in this case, seems to be a combination of staying up for long periods of time coupled with exposure from gadgets. It just goes to show your eyes would benefit from periods of rest instead of being bombarded by the glare of the screen.

Remember to take breaks folks, last thing you want is this!

Check out this Supercut of Every James Bond Gadget Ever

From a simple hidden knife, to a laser equipped watch, James Bond has had a lot of cool toys over the years. Sure there are a few films that are a lot more understated in terms of tech than others, take the new Daniel Craig films for example, but the classics were full of whacky toys.

Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bond cards, they’re usually the most outrageous movie cars you can think of, but still look like something you could really own.

“Every gadget used by James Bond . . . plus a few from the Q Branch that were just too good to leave out. From every James Bond film ever, in chronological order.” say the videos creators, Burger Fiction on YouTube, and it must have taken ages to actually put together!

So how many gadgets do you think there have been throughout all of the movies? With a few to spare for Q and his team? Take a guess and watch the video; my guess was almost 50 gadgets short.

Which one of the gadgets was your favourite from them all? Let us know in the comments section below, but we warned, it could turn into a heated debate on who is the best Bond quite quickly.

Hewlett-Packard To Cut Up To 30,000 Jobs As Part Of Restructuring

Rapid expansion can have one fatal flaw, if you do not match or beat revenue expectations then you will have to eventually downsize your company. HP have found this out, or the employees to put it more accurately, have taken the brunt of another round of expected job cuts with the figure being somewhere in the region of 25,000 – 30,000 positions to fall.

The technology stalwart has confirmed these roles will go from HP Enterprise; this is with the aim of bundling together its data analysis and software divisions which in turn separates them from the personal computer and printer operation. This brutal scythe cutting will be completed by the end of October 2015; this is on top of 55,000 jobs which have already been culled over the last 3 years. HP aim to save around $2 billion annually from its business by reducing costs which include wages.

Chief executive Meg Whitman, who will lead HP Enterprise, informed investors of the potential to profit to the tune of around $50bn in annual revenue from the business. HP insists the company will be nimbler and therefore able to meet the “evolving needs of our customers around the world”.  The New York Times Square Stock Exchange has reacted badly, as expected to news of both further layoffs and also uncertainty over the direction of HP, it has lost 33% of its value in the year to date

Unfortunately, HP lost touch of the ever-evolving trend of consumer tech over the last decade or so, gone are the bulky towers and a large staffed manufacturing base with which to churn out consumer tech. Computers are now associated with tablets and smartphones and the trend of lighter gadgets have propelled a new innovation onto the market. HP will need to adjust or face further uncertainty, it’s a shame that ordinary employees are facing the brunt and employment is very uncertain considering the intense competition for fewer jobs within the world of tech.

Thank you sky news for providing us with this information.

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US Cop Creates Gadget to Snoop out Stolen Gadgets

When we hear the phrase “US cop”, most of us probably think of a big guy hanging out in his police cruiser while stuffing his face with donuts and reading a boulevard magazine; we can thank Hollywood for that image. It is probably true that there are some of those too, but there are also some really bright people in the force.

An Iowa City police officer named David Schwindt has now invented a little USB gadget that can detect stolen gadgets by their Wi-Fi signals MAC address. The whole thing is rather simple and that is probably the beauty here. By using basic methods of publicly available data and comparing it with a database of stolen items, he’s able to not only detect that they are in range, but also in what direction they are located.

Officer Schwindt rigged a USB thumb drive with an antenna and cooked up his own software for it. Once connected to his squad car’s laptop, it is able to sniff out media access control addresses (MAC) within range and compare them to a database of stolen items.

MAC addresses are often called a burned-in address (BIA), an ethernet hardware address (EHA), or simply a “physical” address, because they are literally assigned (by the IEEE) and stamped into your network card by the company that manufactured your hardware.

Now, we all know that MAC addresses can be spoofed and often are for legitimate purposes as well as illegal. However, most people don’t think of that on their mobile gadgets as much as they do on PCs, and the L8NT gadget, as the author dubbed it, will most likely be highly effective.

The device has a range of 300 feet and a directional antenna can be attached to pinpoint specific devices located. The tool won’t be used to find the occasional stolen iPod or laptop and it won’t give the police access to personal or private information such as many other surveillance tools. It is more designed to find devices from larger series of break-ins and more bring down organized criminals that work in this field.

There will no doubt be cases where the officer’s L8NT system won’t work, but David Schwindt still has big plans for his device. It was developed as a proof of concept and he already got a provisional patent on the device and he is planning to apply for a full patent shortly.

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Individual Wins Disability Grant After Claiming To Be Allergic To Gadgets

Well you learn something new everyday, a French individual has won a payout for being allergic to gadgets, and yes you read right, not gas but gadgets.

Marine Richard, 39, explained to a court that she is allergic to electromagnetic radiation with is emitted from gadgets. As a result, the ruling states that she may claim €800 (£580) per month for three years. After the ruling, Marine stated that it “is a “breakthrough” for people affected by electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)

This condition has some validity as WHO, what, yes WHO which stands for the World Health Organization, recognises it as a genuine condition, although as yet the causes are still unclear. As a result, Ms Richard has resorted to living in the mountains of south-west France – in a barn that has no electricity.

The symptoms sound quite severe considering a sufferer is likely to encounter headaches, fatigue, nausea and palpitations. I do feel this is a genuine condition but wonder how you would counteract it, after all, it is pretty impossible to escape these gadgets which include phones, Televisions and even Microwaves which emit electromagnetic waves. I do feel further research is needed to better conclude the health implications of certain devices.

It is a difficult one, if you’re a sufferer and it is recognised then it is not very pleasant, but, is it right to receive £580 pounds a month and call it a disability? Only time will tell.

Thank you bbc for providing us with this information

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Argos Rolls out Smartphone and Tablet Trade-in Scheme

Argos, one of the UK’s latest retail chains, has launched a trade-in incentive to recycle unwanted electronics. The retailer plans to offer vouchers in exchange for tablets and smartphones. Each device will either be refurbished and resold or recycled to help protect the environment. Unlike existing schemes, Argos’ retail presence allows for a convenient, in-store quote without having to ship the item off to a company and wait 5-7 working days. However, I highly doubt Argos will be able to match successful second hand resellers like CEX who offer competitive prices versus the competition. Additionally, consumers can sell their unwanted items through a number of means including eBay, Gumtree, Facebook groups and local advertisements. Usually, even after fees, the eBay prices are significantly higher than any trade-in offer.

Companies are hoping to get the custom from people who feel uncomfortable on eBay or find it too time consuming. Perhaps, they don’t know how to photograph items or cannot answer technical details about an electrical product. Amy Whidburn, head of corporate responsibility at Argos, said:

“As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices. Our new scheme in conjunction with Wrap offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.” 

It’s an interesting move and I’m fascinated to see how generous Argos’ trade-in prices will be.

Have you ever traded-in an old or unwanted item?

Thank you The Guardian for providing us with this information.

3 of the Most Incredible Gadgets for your Man Cave

The smart technology market currently represents huge business in the UK and around the world, with new products and devices being released on a daily basis. With modern technology also enabling a wider range of smart devices to be integrated within a single, wireless network, it’s now incredibly easy to set up a man cave that’s so technologically advanced, it could rival The Batcave.

3 of the best and most Innovative smart Devices to look out for in 2015

The market expands at a frightening rate, choosing the very best smart devices can be extremely challenging. So here are three of our favourites currently on the market:

The Netatmo Thermostat

According to Property Rescue, the UK as a whole uses approximately 4,600 kHw of electricity per household during the calendar year. This is causing the levels of demand to rise for energy-efficient smart devices, especially those that can be used in conjunction with one another. Take the Netatmo thermostat, for example, which can be connected to your existing home heating system using a traditional boiler or furnace. Working in a similar way to the popular Nest, this can enable you to reduce consumption and costs simultaneously.

Skybell

While a smart doorbell may seem like a relatively insignificant purchase, it actually serves the crucial purpose of connecting your front door to the smartphone in your pocket. The Skybell is the leading product on the existing market, primarily because it is equipped with a camera, speaker, microphone and a corresponding mobile application. This product is also stylishly designed, so it will not look cumbersome or out of place on your front door. So whether you are looking to improve the security of your home on a budget or simply want to be alerted remotely when someone is at your door, this is the ideal product for you.

Philips Hue Lux

Essentially smart, intuitive and energy-efficient light bulbs, the Philips Hue Lux range of fittings are functional and offer home-owners multiple options when it comes to usage. Cheaper than the industry standard Philips Hue bulbs, these fittings are affordable for most social demographics and enables uses to customise brightness. They can also be controlled remotely for your convenience, while the predetermined settings help you to establish a desired mood or atmosphere within the home. Simplistic, functional and iconic in equal measure, these products are smart devices that have genuine purpose in the modern age.

Microsoft Listed the Features You Won’t See in Windows 10

As the release of Microsoft’s latest distribution of Windows approaches, we all need to be informed on what changes to expect from the company. This is why the company listed a few deprecated features for users to know what the final build will miss compared to previous versions.

Of course, we will see some driver compatibility issues at first with older hardware, but we are more interested in what features are not included compared to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. From what we can see, Microsoft is stripping out the Media Center completely, along with Windows 7’s gadgets.

Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts Games will be removed as soon as users upgrade to Windows 10, but the latest distribution is said to come with a new version of the latter games named Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper. Also, I don’t think anyone is using a Floppy Disk nowadays, but it’s nice to see you can still get support for it through additional drivers. The full list of deprecated features can be viewed below:

Feature deprecation section

  • If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
  • Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

Young People a ‘Lost Generation’ Who Can’t Fix Technology, Professor Warns

People under 40-years-old expect technology to ‘just work’ and don’t know how to remedy problems, meaning more gadgets, computers, and appliances are being discarded rather than fixed, according to the professor giving this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures.

Professor Danielle George of Radio Frequency Engineering at the University of Manchester will lead the lectures, entitled Sparks Will Fly: How to Hack Your Home, starting December 29th.  Professor George sums up the thrust of her lecture:

 “We’ve got a lost generation that has grown up with factory electronics that just work all of the time.

All of these things in our home do seem to work most of the time and because they don’t break we just get used to them. They have almost become like Black Boxes which never die. And when they do we throw them away and buy something new.

But there is now a big maker community who are thinking hard about what we do with all of these gadgets. They are remaking and repurposing things.

I talked to someone who had used some LEDs on his bike so that he could put up a message as he was cycling.”

The Royal Institution Christmas lectures will air on BBC Four between 29th and 31st December.

Source: The Telegraph

Parrot Bebop Drone Coming in December

Parrot, the French telecommunications company, now more famous for its A.R. Drone, has announced that its new Bebop Drone will go on sale next month starting at $500.

The new drone is being billed as a ‘prosumer’ drone, with its 1080p, 14MP camera, 3-axis image stabilisation and optional range extender controller. The base model starts at $500, which you control with a smartphone or tablet, and the more expensive model will be available for $900 and includes the SkyController which extends the range from 200 metres to 2 kilometres. Both will be available from Best Buy and Apple Stores next month.

Many are seeing it as a competitor to the popular DJI Phantom – a drone famous for its ease of use and professional-grade video recording capabilities. It seems that this consensus is accurate too, as many who have tried the drone say that it is easy to fly, yet provides incredible footage and is pretty much indestructible.

Indestructible is important too, my drone flying days ended when my A.R. Drone went out of range and fell 2 storeys. Whoops.

Source: TechCrunch 

Add Wi-Fi to Anything for $19

A company that goes by the name of Spark has announced it’s Photon board, a $19 device that makes adding Wi-Fi connectivity to electronics easier.

The board is being marketed to people making their own gadgets who want a much more efficient and less technically demaning way to get them connected to the internet. The little board contributes to the idea of “the internet of things”, making anything and everything connected. The company, that grew out of successful Kickstarter campaign, is calling the device “the next Raspberry Pi”, as it believes it will be used by the same sorts of people – educators, artists, designers, children and tinkerers.

Source: Engadget, The Next Web

 

Amazon.com Now Selling Customisable 3D Printed Items

3D printing continues to shake up the world of manufacturing and has begun offering innovative and creative solutions for consumers. The latest to jump on the 3D printing trend is Amazon.com as they begin to offer customisable and pre-designed products that are 3D printed for you after you order them.

Amazon have set up a dedicated store front on their US site, which will allow you to browse over 200 products such as jewellery, homeware, toys and more. With the ability to customise the items so easily thanks to a simple user interface, it means you can create one of a kind items that would make great little gifts, or even just something for fun.

The site comes with a 3D mockup of what you’re creating too, so you can check every detail of what you are about to order before it is sent off to the printers and with a company as big as Amazon behind it, it’s got a great chance of being a big success.

Check out the official store front here and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Sugar-Powered Battery Said To Last 10-Times Longer, To Be Released In 3 Years

Sugar is the best biological source of energy. We need it to be active in just about anything, and not to mention its effect on kids when is almost bedtime! But recently, it has been discovered that with sugar, we can even break the barrier of lithium-ion batteries as well.

The chief researcher at Virginia Tech, Y.H. Percival Zhang, says they have created a sugar-powered fuel cell that has a density of 596 amp-hours/kilo, or to put it plainly, it has a capacity to deliver electrical energy and last longer than normal lithium-ion batteries. Zhang also notes that the fuel cell can be refilled with a solution of maltodextrine, a product which we normally find in sodas and candy.

Sugar and its properties for being a great energy source are not breaking news, since we used them throughout the ages and know fairly well what we expect to get out of it (namely a heap of energy and sleepless nights), but unless it is administered to a biological organism, it is useless. There have been attempts throughout the ages to make a device that can simulate an organism in order to decompose the glucose, fructose and other energy source properties from sugar in order to use it in non-biological forms, but all attempts failed.

However, Zhang and his fellow researchers at Virginia Tech have said to been successful in building a high-tech fuel cell which uses an enzymatic pathway to create a lot of electricity form glucose. Currently, the information on how stable this prototype is and how many refills can it take is not clear. But what is indeed interesting is the fact that the researchers did not immobilize the enzymes which help in decaying the sugar as in past attempts.

The prototype ‘biobattery’ uses 13 enzymes and air with an outcome of 24 electrons for a single glucose unit. There were some other mathematical calculations present, but to describe it in plain language, the outcome received forms a battery which can last 10 times longer than a normal lithium-ion battery. And the best part is that we get green energy, which is safer than the latter battery and most importantly, cheaper!

Besides smartphones and mobile gadgets, Zhang mentions of other areas in which the ‘biobattery’ aims to make itself present, such as implants, computers and other energy-hungry devices. But Zhang underlines implants more than everything else. Since the energy is not harmful to living organisms, it could ‘feed on the glucose in your bloodstream’, which in turn can provide an endless supply of safe electricity for implants inside your body.

Thank you Extreme Tech for providing us with this information
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ZTE Will Release Its Own Brand of Smartwatches

ZTE has yet to enter the battle with its own smartwatch. However, according to Lu Qianhao, head of the Shenzhen-based company’s handset marketing strategy, ZTE might be working on some that are predicted to launch somewhere around Q2 2014.

The same Lu Qianhao stated that their aim is not to launch something as prestigious as the Galaxy Gear, but focus on something more budget-friendly and basic. Also, the new smartwatches will be compatible with the ZTE line at first, though there are talks of introducing other versions which will be compatible with all other Android smartphones. Besides the smartwatches, ZTE is also looking into other gadgets, such as the Google Glass, but no specific plans or news are available at the moment.

Mr. Lu said that the new smartwatch should help make ZTE’s smartphones more attractive. He also said that part of ZTE’s strength lies in its deep understanding of telecommunications network technology, as the company’s core business is providing telecom operators with network gear. With more Chinese brands jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, the fledgling market may soon get crowded with more affordable models, similar to what has already happened to smartphones.

ZTE plans to release on the Chinese market at first, and afterwards gradually make their product available to Europe and the US markets later on.

Thank you The Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information
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SpaceGlasses: Augmented Reality Glasses

Have you ever imagined being a superhero, like IronMan? Perhaps you wished that you could go around with your own personal Head-Up-Display which gives you vitals or statistics of the things that surround you. If you have then you might be interested to learn a little something about SpaceGlasses.

Startup Meta will soon be releasing a developer version of their newly invented product SpaceGlasses. With SpaceGlasses  you are able to interact with objects in a 3-dimensional world. Giving you special abilities to shape and mold the things around you, perhaps even allowing you to create your own fantasy world. Yes, there are a couple of other products out there that are similar, such as Google  Glass or even Oculus Rift. Google Glass gives you a single lens in which are you able to verbally command the product, and Oculus Rift is more of a display screen. SpaceGlasses are able to sense your fingers, and allow you to manipulate objects by touching them. Based on the video below, you will be able to play a game of chess, and even sculpt items for 3D printing.

Though the glasses seem a bit bulky, soon they may be as small as a pair of sunglasses, allowing users more comfort while wearing the device.

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Developer versions of SpaceGlasses will start shipping in January, though you can pre-order now for a price tag of $667, OUCH. Though it is nearly half the price of Google Glass developer version, it still is not inexpensive. This new gadget could revolutionize computers in a short time though. Imagine sitting in your favorite lounge chair, staring at the ceiling or even laying out in a field of grass looking into the blue skies above while checking your email, or browsing the web. The possibilities are limitless.

Thank you to CNET for sharing this new gadget with us.

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Patriot Aero 1TB Wireless Hard Drive Review

Introduction


Earlier in the year I had my first look at a new line of devices that over the recent months have been getting more and more popular with people on the go who need heaps of storage with them. Naturally I’m taking about wireless hard drives and when I first saw the Gauntlet way back last year at a trade show, Patriot were keen to show me what these drives had to offer, with scalability for connecting up to three devices at once and streaming content through the use of a mobile application that can be downloaded through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

What really set these units apart from the likes of Kingston’s Wi-Drive was that considerably larger storage capacity – offering up to 320GB through a 2.5” hard drive. Battery life was also fairly remarkable at the time as well with around 4 hours of continuous use to be expected and seen.

Moving forward to today, the Gauntlet series of wireless hard drives is now seeing its third member to the line-up. So far we have seen the Gauntlet with 320GB of storage and the Aero; a disk-less option that gives flexibility for users to install their own hard drive or even an SSD for better battery life. Let’s be honest though, 320GB doesn’t exactly seem a lot since yester-year and consequently Patriot have addressed this with the release of the Aero – a drive of the same design, but this time with a whopping 1TB capacity and improved battery life to go along with it.

For those who have read my review on the Gauntlet, which can be found here: Patriot Gauntlet 320Gb Review, this review is going to feel quite de-ja-vous, but I am going to briefly touch on the design followed as expected by the performance figures to see if there is any gain in performance from the larger drive.

Inside the box, we find all the required cables and a power adaptor with US, EU and UK plugs for powering and charging the drive from the mains during wireless use.

A Urinal That Tells You You’re Drunk To Prevent Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a problem all around the world and there are many things that can be done to prevent it or help control the problem, but there is always room for one more and a club in Singapore seems to have an idea that stands out among the crowd, a urinal that can detect if you’ve had a few too many.

The club “Zouk” has worked with marketing agency DDB to develop the gadget which has been charmingly nicknamed “the Pee Analyzer”. Club-goers who drive would receive an RFID parking pass when they drop their cars off at the valet—after determining if the user is fit to drive when he has used the bathroom, the Pee Analyzer would store the relevant information in the RFID pass.

When picking up their cars, the RFID cards would be scanned by the valet—those who have consumed too much alcohol would be asked to take a cab or use the club’s drive-home service.

The system has proved successful but it’s not without it’s flaws, as at the moment it only checks the male drivers and they would still need to implement a similar system for female patrons who drive, or as one whitty YouTube comment pointed out, what if they’re so drunk they pee in the sink and don’t get analysed?

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Thank you DesignTaxi for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of DesignTaxi.

Hövding AirBag Helmet, Stylish Yet Extremely Effective

It is always recommended that you wear a bicycle helmet, though many of us do not wear our helmets because they are uncomfortable, every time we go for a ride we put ourselves at risk that can have deadly consequences. It is important that we protect our head, Hövding knows this so they have tested and manufactured a new product that will protect our brain if we were to have an accident while riding a bicycle.

Hövding has been working since 2005 to set “a new standard in Swedish safety”, creating an “Airbag for cyclists”. The company name is also the name of this revolutionary airbag for your skull. At first glance, you wouldn’t notice that this device would be able to save someone’s brain, it is a simple collar that you fit around your neck, though they have come upwith some cool patterns, which are changeable to keep it looking bland.

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Some facts, the Hövding are possibly the safest bicycle helmet that you could wear, and it is not even a helmet! This device complies with the requirements for a cycle helmet given by the EU Directive on Personal Protective Equipment. Providing more than three times better shock absorption of any other helmet they have tested.

The Hövding has censors that monitor the cyclists movements when it is turned on, and is able to tell if it needs to be inflated and inflate protecting the user in a tenth of a second, protecting the users skull and brain from a harmful impact.

Though I don’t feel that you can really put a price on safety, if you want to use the Hövding, you will be paying a pricetag of around 399 Euros! If you need to be stylish while you are riding your bicycle then maybe this is the device for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hövding, make sure you check out their website, Hovding.com

 

Intel Dual Core Lenovo Ideaphone K900 Coming May 6th

Lenovo unveiled the Ideaphone K900 way back at CES 2013 in January and it was said to be the first Intel “Clover Trail” powered smartphone on the market. The device is now ready to be sold to consumers and will be available from May the 6th.

Lenovo’s Ideaphone K900 is powered by a dual core 2GHz Atom Z2580 Intel Clover Trail processor, a PowerVR SGX544 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The 5.5 inch 1080p display sports a whopping 440+ PPI and is basically on par with all the latest flagship 1080p smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and LG Optimus G Pro.

The operating system of choice is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Lenovo Ideaphone K900 supports wireless display technology allowing it to stream content directly to a TV wirelessly. Super fast charging mode also enables the smartphone to charge fully in around 90 minutes. The camera on the Lenovo K900 is 13 megapixels with a Sony Exmor RS lens, which is the same camera as featured on the Sony Xperia Z. This means you should get really excellent camera quality.

Lenovo’s 6.9mm thick flagship Intel smartphone is still awaiting an official price but this will be revealed on Monday May the 6th when the product is launched in China. Expect it to be priced similarly to its competitors. More detailed specifications can be found here courtesy of GSM Arena.

What are your thoughts on this beast of a smartphone from Lenovo?

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Nokia Lumia 928 Gets Revealed By Billboard Advert Leak

The Nokia Lumia 928 has been revealed before and so another leak is hardly surprising. The latest leak shows what appears to be a Nokia Lumia 928 smartphone advert on a billboard at some location in the USA. There is no word on whether this is genuine or “photoshopped” but you wonder why someone might go to the effort of faking it so we will assume it is real. In keeping with our previous article that showed that the Lumia 920 trumped the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z in low lighting – the Lumia 928 claims to have the best low light smartphone camera. This is a claim that we don’t dispute given previous evidence about Lumia performance in low lighting.

Image Credit: GSMArena.com

Nokia has an upcoming press event planned in the UK on May the 14th so we are almost certain to see much more information when that happens. Camera performance aside, the Lumia 928 looks very similar to the Lumia 920 but is slightly thinner at 10.2mm at its slimmest point and opts for a polycarbonate frame over the aluminium one of its predecessor. The Nokia Lumia 928 also has a curved back and a 4.5 inch OLED screen, compared to the Lumia 920 LCD screen. A 1.5GHz dual core processor, 32GB of storage and 1GB of RAM make up the rest of the specifications.

The Nokia Lumia 928 is expected to be a Verizon exclusive in the USA while the Nokia press event in London on May the 14th would suggest the UK will be getting the Nokia Lumia 928 very soon. What are your thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 928?

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Lumia 920 Trumps Galaxy S4 And Others In Low Light Camera Test

When it comes down to smartphone cameras, it doesn’t take a genius to see that they are improving very rapidly over time in terms of their quality. Modern smartphones offer picture quality similar or better than that on some discrete point and shoot cameras, except in a much smaller and more convenient form factor. However, low lighting is something people rarely pay attention to and it is important given the fact few smartphones utilise strong flashes, so low-lit photographs are frequently taken.

Over at Recombu they have been putting some high end smartphone cameras through their paces. They took the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 720 and 920 smartphones and conducted a low lighting camera test. You can see the image results above, Recombu decided that the smartphones performed in the following order of best to worst:

  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Nokia Lumia 720
  • HTC One
  • Sony Xperia Z
  • Samsung Galaxy S4

The Nokia Lumia 920 only has an 8.7MP camera but it shows the most detail under low lighting conditions and offers a very good white balance. The Nokia Lumia offers a 6.7MP camera with an f/1.9 lens and again has a strong white balance likes its bigger brother. HTC’s One did reasonably well as like the Lumia 920 and 720 it offered optical image stabilisation. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z both offered poor optical image stabilisation and had weak white balances, described as delivery “the noisiest shots of the bunch”.

So definitely some very interesting results. While the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 may trump many other smartphones in daylight photography, under low lighting it can be seen as performing very poorly. What are your thoughts on these low light testing results? If you are interested in higher resolution test images then please check out the source for that.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Gets Bluetooth Certification, Launch Imminent

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With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, comes the demand for a smaller and more affordable model, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also provides a reasonable alternative to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4, which has launched in over 50 countries and has left the South Korean company struggling to meet high demand.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is still yet to be released but the device has just received Bluetooth certification meaning it is gearing up for a release very soon – possibly in the next month. The Samsung GT-I9195, aka the Galaxy S4 Mini, will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will be Samsung’s second smartphone to run the latest Android OS.

In comparison to the full sized Galaxy S4 model, the Galaxy S4 Mini version reportedly sports a 540 by 960 resolution 4.3 inch display, comes with a dual core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8/16/32GB of internal storage. Other rumours suggest microSD expansion of up to 32GB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and two varieties of the phone: 4G LTE and Dual SIM.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini? Does it look like a good alternative to the bigger and more expensive Galaxy S4? Are you more likely to buy this one over its more expensive sibling?

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LG Announce Samsung Galaxy S4 Rival, The Optimus GK

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 looks set to take the smartphone market by storm as pre-orders for the phone soar and it is the talk of everyone smartphone buyers’ lips. Yet, the concept isn’t exactly revolutionary, is it? You’ve got a rectangular 5+ inch smartphone with a high resolution screen, some very powerful specs, running Android and it is thin and lightweight. Surely anyone can do that? Well LG certainly think they can as they’ve come out with a very similar smartphone in the LG Optimus GK.

The LG Optimus GK goes on sale in South Korea, LGs home nation, from May and there are no words on whether it will be expanded to outside Asia. That said, it is still an impressive phone which has the following specifications:

  • 5.5 inch 1080 by 1920 IPS screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
  • Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4G LTE Support
  • 13MP Rear Camera
  • 16GB Storage
  • SD Card Support
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC
  • 3100 mAh battery

There are a few differences to the Samsung Galaxy S4, but they are few and far between. For instance there is an extra 0.5 inches in screen diameter, a slightly older version of Android in 4.1.2 not 4.2.2 and there is a bigger battery – 3100 mAh compared to 2600 mAh. Apart from that everything else is nearly identical when comparing with the Qualcomm version of the S4. Obviously, the Exynos 5 based version would have a totally different CPU and GPU but we recently learned that very few markets would be getting the Exynos 5 version.

So there you have it, LG’s Galaxy 4 killer-come-imitation. What are your thoughts on it?

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets 8/10 Repairability Score From iFixIt

iFixIt are renowned for their deconstruction of modern consumer gadgets such as smartphones and tablets. Their most recent deconstruction sees them take a look at perhaps  what will be the hottest smartphone release of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The results are actually quite surprising as we are normally used to most high end smartphones being next to impossible to disassemble, resulting in repairs being impossible. The most recent example of that is the HTC One which got the worst iFixIt repairability score possible, with 1 out of 10. The Samsung Galaxy S4 scored an impressive eight out of ten for the repairability score.

The only downside of the Galaxy S4 was that the screen is fused to the front glass meaning the only way to “repair” a damaged display or front glass is by replacing both, which is certainly not going to be cheap.

You can see full details of the teardown at the source. What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S4 having a good repairability score? Is it essential that expensive high end smartphones can be repaired? Or would you rather just have an “Apple-style service” where if something major breaks you just get given a brand new handset?

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LG Will Launch Flexible OLED Smartphone By The End of The Year

LG electronics have had a great start to this year with record numbers of smartphones shipped, but their year looks set to get a lot more successful if what they say materialises.

Yoo Bu-Hyun, vice president of LG’s rapidly expanding mobile business, has confirmed that the company are working on a smartphone that looks set to shake up the entire market. Why? Because it promises to have a flexible OLED display.

In practice this does sound amazing, and LG should be praised for pushing the market forward with their innovation. However, there aren’t many other components that have the same level of flexibility – i.e. currently we do not have flexible casing, flexible batteries and so on. This means the usage of the flexible display will be limited, unless LG can come up with some really innovate designs that allow the handset to be normal and rigid but the display to be used in a flexible way.

That said, LG could have a wrap-around display device, that would certainly make for a very interesting looking smartphone and make use of the screen’s flex capabilities.

LG didn’t mention any specific products or any specific dates but we can expect to see a flexible OLED smartphone sometime in Q4 (October 1st to December 31st) of this year.

What are your thoughts on a flexible OLED smartphone? Good idea? Exciting news? Or impractical given the fact the rest of the phone isn’t flexible?

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4K Tablets Expected By The End Of 2013

Tablet displays are evolving very quickly, managing to move comfortably from 1280 by 720 (Nexus 7) to 1920 by 1080 (Xperia Tablet Z) to 2048 by 1536 (iPad 4 Retina) even to 2560 by 1600 if we look at Google’s latest Nexus 10 tablet. This accelerating trend towards higher resolution displays is something we are seeing all smartphone and tablet manufacturers get involved with. The bigger the resolution of the display the more bragging rights and marketing power they are going to have against their competitors.

Despite it taking more or less 5-6 years to become a standard on the PC and TVs, 1080p is now relatively common on tablets and smartphones, emerging in a couple of years. Now it seems that the tablet platform will launch into the lead opting for the 3840 by 2160 4K displays well before the PC and TV platforms. In fact anyone who is a PC user out there will know the PC display market has been pathetically slow to innovate and bring prices down with regards to higher resolution displays such as 2560 by 1600 and 2560 by 1440.

Apparently Taiwan based manufacturers will be ready to provide the 4K tablet screens by the end of this year while Sharp is making the 4K displays for laptops and notebooks. Panasonic has been one of the first to show off 4K tablet demonstrations, as the picture above shows, and they are expected to be one of the first companies to come to market with 4K tablets.

Expect pricing to be very high on initial launch but demand for tablets should help bring those 4K prices down. Maybe this will lead to cheaper 4K displays for everyone else and the PC & TV markets?

What are your thoughts on 4K tablets by the end of 2013?

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iPad 5 Details Leaked, Launch Date Delayed

Through a cloud of internet rumors and speculation, one that was impossible to confirm any of them, Ming-Chi Kuo an analyst for KGI Securites has cleared the air (a little anyways). The most intriguing information out of his statements was that the iPad 5 will be out sometime this fall, as opposed to this month according to previous estimates.

Kuo continued by saying that Apple will continue with it’s trend of making it 25% lighter and 15% thinner than the previous model. This would mean that Apple is perhaps experimenting with fusing the digitizer, screen and gorilla glass into a single thinner unit.

Further information dictates to a smaller bezel, a size between 7.5 and 8mm in thickness and a weight of around 500 grams. The size difference isn’t impressive, but perhaps they’ll make up for it with the power. The SoC is apparently the next generation Apple A7X, so expect to see an enormously powerful processor.

Apple’s annual WWDC is now confirmed for June 10th, so we might have more concrete data then.