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BlackBerry Classic Launches In India

BlackBerry is continuing the global roll out of their new BlackBerry Classic smartphone, and the handset is now available to buy in India.
The BlackBerry Classic is being sold through Snapdeal in India, and the handset is available for Rs. 31,990 which is around $516 at the current exchange rate.

The handset is equipped with a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 720 x 720, processing comes in the form of a dual core 1.5GHz processor and there is also 2GB of RAM.
For storage the BlackBerry Classic comes with 16GB built in, this can be expanded by a further 128GB thanks to a microSD card slot.
The Classic comes with a 2 megapixel front facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera with auto focus and an LED flash.
Other specifications on the device include BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS + GLONASS And 4G LTE, there is also a 2515 mAh battery.
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Android 5.0.2 Factory Image For Nexus 10 And Nexus 7 Released

Google released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 7 (2012) back in December, and now the company has released it for a few more devices.

Now the Google Nexus 10 and the Google Nexus 7 (2013) both get the Android 5.0.2 factory image, and both builds comes with the build number LXR22G, which is the same version released for the Nexus 7 (2012) back in December.

This means that you can now install the factory image for Android 5.0.2 on your 2013 Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablets, although doing so will delete all of your personal data from your device.

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HTC RE Camera Can Now Stream Live To YouTube

HTC has announced that it is releasing a software update for its HTC Re Camera that will add the ability to live stream from the camera direct to YouTube.

The HTC RE camera will work in conjunction with your smartphone and a HTC RE app, HTC explains how it will work below.

With the Re app, sign in to your YouTube channel and activate live streaming. Once verified, broadcasting from your RE is a snap. Any live footage you wish to share is transmitted directly from RE to your smartphone, which then sends your broadcast to your YouTube channel.

HTC will be releasing a new version of their HTC RE app for smartphones, the app is expected to be available tomorrow and this will bring the new YouTube streaming feature to the device.
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OWC Envoy Pro Mini USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SSD Drive Unveiled At CES 2015

At CES 2015 this week Other World Computing (OWC) has unveiled a new pocket sized solid state disk (SSD) in the form of the OWC Envoy Pro Mini, which is fitted with a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SSD drive all contained within a compact thumb drive casing for easy transportation.
The OWC Envoy Pro Mini will start shipping later this month and is available in two sizes offering either 120GB of storage for $119 or a larger 240GB for $199.
OWC has also stated that they are currently developing a super-size 480GB capacity Envoy Pro Mini drive. That they are hoping to launch later this year, but unfortunately at the current time no prices have been announced by OWC.
During development OWC has been testing the transfer speeds of the new Envoy Pro mini and says that it has been able to achieve sustained transfer speeds of up to 433 MB per second.
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Zotac Intel Haswell Fanless ZBOX CI321 Nano PC Unveiled

As well as Zotac’s parent company PC Partners, unveiling their new 2581N1-F Linux mini PC created for the embedded market powered by a NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 quad-core processor and currently available to purchase within Japan.

Zotac has also this week unveiled its new range of ZBOX C-series nano mini PCs that are equipped with Intel Haswell processors and look very similar to that unveiled by its parent company in the form of the ZBOX CI321 Nano.

The latest ZBOX CI321 nano mini PC is equipped with a Intel Celeron 2961Y dual-core 1.1 GHz Haswell processor that can be supported by up to 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage if you opt for the Plus model.

Although the system is fitted with a Haswell processor the latest nano PC is not quite as fast as the ZBOX CI520 nano and CI540 nano systems that are equipped with Core i3 or Core i5 Haswell processors.

Other features of the ZBOX CI321 nano include connectivity provided by Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi. Together with HDMI and DisplayPort connections and a 2.5 inch drive bay for either a solid state disk (SSD) or hard drive to be fitted.


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Pioneer NEX Android Auto Systems Demoed

Pioneer has announced three new Android Auto in car systems at this years CES, the 8100 NEX, 7100 NEX and 4100Nex.
The guys over at Phandroid managed to get some hands on time with one of the new Pioneer
NEX Android auto in car systems, you can see the device in action
As well as Android Auto, these new aftermarket in car systems will also support Apple’s Carplay. Prices for the devices will start at $700 for the 4100NEX.
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Polaroid iZone Camera Works With Your iPhone Or Android Device

Polaroid has launched a new wireless camera that is designed to work with your smartphone at this years CES, The Polaroid iZone.

The Polaroid iZone can be connected to your iPhone or Android smartphone, the device comes with a 18 megapixel sensor.

Other specifications on the iZone include WiFi an NFC, the device also comes with 32GB of built in storage and 8x optical zoom.

“Smartphones will work for taking some photos, but the built-in digital zoom just isn’t great when it comes to image quality. To get better quality optical zoom on a smartphone requires adding an accessory lens, and it’s easy to miss the shot while you’re busy attaching the lens,” said Edward Cohen, VP of Imaging with Sakar/Vivitar. “But, with the Polaroid iZone camera, you’ve got instant access to an impressive 8X optical zoom—the same as found in much larger, higher-end cameras. Simply point, zoom and snap.”


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Razer Seiren Digital Microphone Launched


Razer has announced the launch of a new digital microphone which is designed to produce studio quality sound, the Razer Seiren, and it connects to your computer via USB.

The new Razer Seiren is designed for platforms like Twitch and YouTube and it comes with a number of different modes and features.

The Razer Seirēn also allows content creators to quickly switch between 4 different polar recording patterns (Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional) by rotating the main control knob. Allowing for greater versatility of use depending on recording applications. The microphones built-in headphone amplifier allows for zero latency, real time accurate monitoring of recordings to ensure users sound exactly as they intend to.

“Platforms like YouTube and Twitch are a big part of how people experience their media today, and they shape how we interact with each other,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Tuned for a professional-style setup and able to be assembled and transported quickly and easily, the Razer Seirēn is a microphone designed specifically for streamers and YouTubers.”

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New Audi Q7

The next generation Audi Q7 is now official, the new model is designed to be more efficient, and according to Audi, it consumes 26 percent less fuel on average than its predecessor.
Audi will offer a range of engine options in their new Audi Q7, which will include a 3.0 litre petrol TFSI version and a 3.0 litre TDI model, the new SUV is 325KG lighter than the previous version.

The Audi Q7 also sets standards with respect to the operating concept, infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems. The second-generation modular infotainment platform is on board, as is the Audi virtual cockpit. The new MMI all‑in‑touch control unit with large touchpad makes operation child’s play. Other attractive innovations include the expanded services from Audi connect, the Audi tablet for the rear seat passengers and the two sound systems with 3D audio. Smartphone integration with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also new. The new Audi Q7 is one of the first cars worldwide to offer these functions.


The new Audi Q7 will launch next Spring, as yet Audi have not revealed the full pricing for their new SUV, you can find out more details at the link below.
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LG 4K Ultra HD TVs With Quantum Dot Technology Launching At CES

LG has announced that it will launch a new range of 4K Ultra HD TVs at CES in January, and these new TV’s will come with LG’s quantum dot technology.

According to LG, their quantum dot technology offers improved colors and a wider color palette than traditional LCD TVs, it also offers improved brightness.

“Quantum dot’s vibrant and vivid color reproduction capabilities brings LG’s LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The addition of ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV lineup positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry.”

We will have more details about LG’s new range of 4K Ultra HD TVs when they are made official at CES 2015 in January, which takes places between the 6th and 9th of January.
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