Posts tagged with "tech"

Microsoft reveals Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

With the Xbox One set to finally release in more markets soon, Microsoft is amping up their efforts to please global consumers.  Their new TV Tuner will help bring some of the TV features that, up to now, have been mostly accessible in the U.S. with cable/satellite customers.

"Beginning in October, the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, providing Xbox One users in those markets with an over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience through the USB single tuner, an alternative to accessing TV content from a cable or satellite set-top box connected through the HDMI-In port. The new digital TV tuner will also support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards."

The tuner will be available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain in October.  Check out the Xbox press release for more details.

Amazon Fire Phone unveiled

The Fire Phone from Amazon is the new kid on the smartphone scene.  Not content with just taking over TVs with their new Amazon Fire TV, they’re now trying to over your phone usage too.

Two key features according to the product page:

Dynamic Perspective

Experience interactions not possible on other smartphones. Tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to navigate menus and access shortcuts with one hand. Dive into a new class of immersive apps and games—peek to see detailed views of clothing, shoes, and more in the new Amazon Shopping app for Fire phone, or take on a character’s viewpoint to see around corners and obstacles in games.

Firefly technology

Quickly identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products—simply press and hold the dedicated Firefly button to discover useful information and take action in seconds.

The 3D Dynamic Perspective will open up new possibilities and could probably change the game for smartphones.

They’re also boasting about having a camera better than the competition.

Seems like the only sad part is that non-AT&T subscribers will be left in the dust, as the device is looking to be exclusive on that network for the time being.  The 32 GB version is up for pre-orders now and will be available on July 25th.

Read more about the phone over on Amazon.

Sites: Compressor.io

File compression is a big thing on the internet right now.  With the cost of bandwidth high everywhere, everybody is looking for ways to reduce file sizes and download times.  We just mentioned a similar site the other day with GFYcat, which can shred a 20 MB gif down to 2 MB, but this one is a bit different.

Compressor can take up to 90% off of an image’s file size.  Currently supported formats include JPG, GIF, PNG and SVG.  It does this with barely any noticeable differences between the new file and original, which is obviously extremely important.

Try it for yourself over on compressor.io.

LG reveals the LG G3

If you didn’t watch yesterday’s live event in the UK, here’s the news: LG’s new flagship phone is a beast.

  • 5.5-inch 1440p IPS Display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 801 Processor
  • Up to 3GB of RAM
  • Up to 32GB of Storage +MicroSD Slot
  • 13 MP Camera, featuring a laser autofocus system (the first of its kind on smartphones)

LG upped the ante quite a bit, especially with its Smart Notice personal assistant that’s baked into the OS:

LG has redesigned its Android UI along these lines and added a new Smart Notice service that works much like Google Now. It’ll remind you to call someone back, nag you to uninstall unused apps, and make timely recommendations like “you may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening.” It’s these natural language capabilities that LG believes will set Smart Notice apart from other personal assistant software.

The device is available today in South Korea, while the rest of the world will get it in June.  As is the case every year, there’s a lot of choices if you’re in the running for a new phone.

Via: The Verge

AT&T’s Street Charge: One step closer to solar-powered phones?

The other day I had a random thought: why haven’t there been any solar-powered smartphones released recently?  Complaints about battery life have been well documented over the years and people have their phones out often enough that the sun or room light would be conveniently recharging their devices without worry.

Since last Summer in 2013, AT&T launched a program called Street Charge, bringing solar mobile charging stations to key public locations such as parks and beaches to New York City (yes, NYC always gets the cool things first so no surprise there).  And as of recently on May 18th, they’ve added even more locations and will be sitting on 45 total.  It’s some pretty cool stuff, tbh.

Hopefully it’s the first stage in what hopefully will be mobile devices running on solar power one day.

If you’re in NYC, check out the charge station locations on a map over on AT&T’s website.

Apple Introduces iPad Air, iPad mini w/ Retina Display

The fifth generation iPad has a quirky name.  No, the tech doesn’t allow it to hover while you’re looking at it (yet), but the device is so light that they felt the name was applicable.  The device is 20% lighter than the fourth gen pad and the bezel is 43% narrower.  Overall, it weighs 1 pound compared to the 1.4 lb from the fourth gen version.  The other major change is the newer A7 processor found in the new iPhone 5S.

With other iPad news, the lil’ bro iPad mini now has a crystal clear Retina Display.  At 2048 x 1536 res on a 7.9 screen, the device follows the trend of recent 7-inch tablets having outstanding HD displays.  As a result, it’s also $70 more than the last mini model.

More info on both devices can be read on Apple.com.  Both devices will be shipping by November.

Apple iPhone 5S/5C Event Recap (Video)

In case you missed it, here’s a small recap of Apple’s iPhone event on September 10th that unveiled the latest additions in the iPhone family.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5C are now available from Apple and select carriers.  Both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will be available for purchase everywhere on Friday, September 20th.

[Via CNET]

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear Smartwatch (Video)

Above is the full 2-hour Unpacked event held earlier today by Samsung in New York City, revealing the expected third iteration of their Galaxy Note line along with a possible gamechanger with their new Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Won’t get into too many details about the Note, as you know the drill by now when it comes to smartphones (“bigger, slimmer, faster… blah blah”).  The smartwatch on the other hand is new territory, featuring a 1.63-inch Super Amoled screen and a 1.9 mp camera that can capture 720p video.  Yes, another lowkey method of creating the next Worldstar video sensation.

The Note 3 hits retail in 149 countries on September 25th.  The Galaxy Gear will launch sometime in October.

Video: Engadget Reviews the New Nexus 7

Set to drop this week, the new second generation Nexus 7 is the follow-up to what many believe was the best tablet of 2012, which sparked the creation of competitors such as the iPad mini.

Their full written review is also up, highlighted by spec comparisons between the old and new Nexus 7.  The general consensus among online reviews is that the new Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet money can buy and the HD screen is amazing.

New Nexus 7 + Android 4.3

Today Google officially announced an updated version of the Nexus 7, their popular small tablet that many sites/magazines called the Best Tablet of 2012. 

With this updated version, Google included a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, 1920x1200 (1080p) HD screen, and a 5mp camera and LED light (the original N7 didn’t have either).  Its also thinner and has a longer-lasting battery than the first N7, as well as an LED light (absent from the first).  Essentially the best tablet in its class got even better.  It will be available on July 30th for $229.

The device will also ship with Android 4.3 (Jellybean), the latest and greatest Android OS.  Most of the changes are technical and not easily seen, but one that was reported from the 4.3 leaks was native emoji support.  So if you’re one of the Android users who haven’t been using Swiftkey or other alternative keyboards, the native Android keyboard will now have built-in emoji support.  ‘Always-On Wi-Fi’ is another new feature, which keeps Wi-Fi on even when a device is in sleep mode.

Owners of the OG Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 will begin receiving the Android 4.3 update today.