Tesco’s ultra-affordable Hudl tablet sold fantastically well and managed to shift over 750,000 units. Its successor, the Hudl 2 was quite successful and heralded as an excellent value-for-money tablet. Many customers could access either model at half price using the Clubcard Boost promotion which reduced the price to around £65. Despite much speculation, it appears the Hudl 3 isn’t a priority for Tesco at this time. A spokesperson said:
“We continue to sell our Hudl 2 and it remains a popular device with our customers. We have no current plans to release a Hudl 3.”
This statement has been misinterpreted by some into thinking the Hudl 3 will never be released. Clearly, the Tesco spokesperson isn’t confirming or denying the plans of the Hudl 3, so its future is certainly unclear. Perhaps, Tesco believes the advent of affordable tablets from Amazon and other Chinese manufacturers reduces their product’s appeal. It would be a shame to see the end of this particular tablet range given the superb price and pleasant user-experience.
Tesco hasn’t removed the Hudl 2 from sale, so you can still purchase that at the time of writing. However, as time progresses, it will be eclipsed by cheaper, and more powerful devices.
It used to be that the central audio hub in every household was the Hi-Fi system. A combination record player, tape deck, and CD player, unified in a single system, hooked up to two stereo speakers.
The advent of digital media has undermined these old familiar ways. Smartphones and mp3 players now carry shelf-fulls of music within their tiny cases. Users now listen to music by either headphones or tinny Bluetooth speakers, while 10,000 old speakers are sent to UK recycling centres every month. But now, inventor Paul Cocksedge has developed a bridge between old and new: the Vamp.
Vamp is a Bluetooth smart cube that can be hooked up to a conventional speakers via terminal or cable. Pair the Vamp with a smartphone or mp3 player and the audio is output to the connected speakers. Your Hi-Fi may be obsolete, but Vamp offers its speakers a new lease of life. The only downside is that, as of yet, the Vamp does not support stereo sound, meaning both left and right channels are combined into mono output.
“I kept seeing Post-it notes on old speakers saying, ‘Please take me home’. I thought, these are beautiful and functional. Their designers cared for them. Why are people throwing them away?” Cocksedge lamented. He realised that “people are communicating with technology differently now. We play music through our smartphones. No one has a CD player or record player any more. So how do I design something that links the new to the old?”
Huawei has unveiled its new, well I honestly don’t know what to call it, lets just go with TV or smart-display-device for now, named Glory A55. This is unlike any other product on the market as it has no external connections except a power cord. It receives its signal wireless and also has its own system built-in.
The display is a 55-inch big LG IPS 4k screen that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, a brightness of 300 cd/m², a contrast of 1200:1 and a response time of 9 ms. The body is 18 mm thick and it has a 7.8 mm bezel.
The A55 is powered by a Huawei Hass Hi3751 processor with four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU cores and 8 Mali450 GPU cores. It also has 2 VPU cores (video processor) and supports H.265 and H.264 hardware decoding. It has 2GB dual-channel DDR3 memory and 16GB eMMC storage.
Connectivity is provided by 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi, support for WiHD wireless display and Bluetooth 4.0. Sources have told that i can perform cold start in 7 seconds and only requires 1 second for a hot start.
While it doesn’t have any connections besides the power cord and doesn’t come with a default remote, it does offer support for IR remotes. It is however designed to be controlled by your smart phones or tablets.
It is running an Android based system and supports connectivity from Android and Apple devices among other wireless transmission protocols. It also supports the MHL function where the phone’s screen is displayed on the big screen.
The official sale should start November 11th and the mentioned price is 6999 Yuan which would equal to about £710 British pounds.
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With many journalists, developers, reviewers and those lucky enough taking part in the early testing of Google’s Glass there is sure to be a lot of social interest. Those lucky enough to be able to test or as Google puts it “explore”, the latest bit of must have tech, Google has released a guide to polite behaviour to it’s “explorers” . While most new tech devices that are taken out to the real world to be tested are easy enough to hide or not draw attention too, the Glass by Google is a little bit different. Seeing as the device is a form of eye-ware that is easily recognized Google has asked for it’s “explorers to not be “Glasshole’s” whilst in public with the device.
Google’s guide to being a polite “explorer” have lists of “do’s and don’t’s” some of these being;
“Do things like use voice commands to keep your hands free, be an active member of the Glass community and always ask permission before taking photos or videos. Don’t do things like wear Glass while participating in high-impact sports, get irked or impatient when people ask you about the device.”
The most important message it seems to be coming from Goggle is to not be a “Glasshole” with the guide going onto to state how to interact with questions about the device;
“Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.”
While this guide would seem like common sense to most people, there is much excitement and trepidation about the upcoming release of Google Glass and it seems like Google is doing all it can do to not only keep the hype about their latest device going, but to also keep those with early access to device aware of their social interactions and conduct while wearing the device out in public.