الأربعاء، 23 يوليو، 2014

Sony Xperia Z3x

One of the most interesting smartphones we have heard about over the last few weeks is the new rumored Sony Xperia Z3x, the handset is said to come with an impressive set of specifications.
What is notable about the rumored specifications on the Sony Xperia Z3x is the processor, the handset is said to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 mobile processor clocked at 2.86GHz, which will launch some time later this year.

The Snapdragon 810 is a eight core 64-bit mobile processor, which could end up being Qualcomm’s most powerful mobile processor to date, it features a quad core ARM Cortex A57 and a quad core Cortex A53, the processor will also come with an Adreno 430 GPU. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 will also offer massive download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, thanks to its built in Cat 6 modem.

The new Sony Xperia Z3x is said to feature a 6.14 inch display with an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1152 pixels , plus Android 5.0 L, and the handset will also get a new flagship Sony Exmor RS camera sensor. The new Sony Exmor RS camera is a curved 22 megapixel sensor which will replace the current 20.7 megapixel sensor that Sony currently uses in its high end devices.

The handset will focus heavily on the camera and photography, and it will come with a range of accessories that can be added onto the smartphone to turn it into a fully fledged camera, including lenses, a flash and even a microphone for recording video.

We are not expecting to see the Sony Xperia Z3x launch this year, we will have to wait until early next year to see the device, either at CES in January or MWC in February.

Sony Xperia Z3 Specifications Leaked

We’ve seen a handful of rumors about the alleged Sony Xperia Z3 in the past few days. The alleged handset turned up at the FCC.
Now we have some more details about the Sony Xperia Z3. Recently, the notorious leaker @evleaks released some specifications of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 with a model number D6653.

According to @evleaks, the alleged handset will come with a 5.15 inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.4Ghz with 3GB of RAM on board. The same report mentions it will come with a 16GB of RAM with a microSD card slot for expansion, as well as a 20.7MP rear camera for photos and videos, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera.
On the software side, the alleged handset is said to come with Android 4.4 KitKat as its operating system. There’s no confirmation, but if these are the real specifications, it may turn out to be a big disappointment for Xperia fans out there. It’s almost the same as the Xperia Z2, and there’s no QHD display, which is becoming normal for most flagships these days. LG G3 rocks a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and Samsung also launched the QHD version of their Samsung Galaxy S5.

الخميس، 10 يوليو، 2014

LG Kizon Is A Wearable For Kids

LG recently launched their first Android Wear smartwatch, the LG G Watch, and now the company has launched a new wearable device for kids, the LG Kizon.
The LG Kizon is designed for pre-school and primary school children, and it is designed to allow parents to track their kids, LG explains how the device works below.

With One Step Direct Call, parents can easily communicate with their children as well as providing them with information on the location of their children throughout the day. And parents aren’t the only ones who can use KizON to communicate with a loved one. With one press of the One Step Direct Call button, children can also dial a pre-configured phone number, which can be changed at any time through a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 or higher. If the child fails to answer a call from any of the pre-configured numbers within ten seconds, KizON will automatically connect the call to let the parents listen through the built-in microphone. Another important function of KizON is Location Reminder, which gives adults the ability to pre-set the device to provide location alerts at specific times throughout the day.

 The LG Kizon comes with 64MB of RAM and 125MB of ROM, it features a 400 mAh battery, and it will be available in blue, pink and green. The device will launch in South Korea on July the 10th and then will be rolled out to the U.S. an Europe in quarter three, there are no details on pricing as yet.

Asus launches the PadFone S and ZenFone 5 LTE

We’ve known for a little while that Asus was getting ready to release a PadFone S and an LTE-capable version of the ZenFone 5 smartphone. And today, both devices are officially available to buy in Taiwan. So if you are in that market, go get yourself one, if these devices catch your eye. They may also be launched in other markets soon. To refresh your memory, the PadFone S is the non-US version of AT&T’s Asus PadFone X. The PadFone S comes with a newer Snapdragon 801 processor, offers a splash-proof coating, and supports wireless charging. It looks like those are the only differences between the two models. The PadFone S has a 5-inch smartphone and a 9-inch tablet dock, both controlled by Android 4.4 KitKat. The PadFone S will cost around $500 in Taiwan. That price includes the smartphone and the tablet dock.

The ZenFone 5 LTE is about $234 in Taiwan. The device is powered by a Qualcomm processor (a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400), which is an upgrade. Asus also upgraded the ZenFone 5 LTE to Android 4.4 KitKat. Other features include a 5-inch 720p IPS display, 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2,110 mAh battery. We don’t know for sure, but they may show up in other areas very soon

Tokyoflash Kisai Sequence Watch

We have featured a number of these geeky watches from Tokyoflash on Geeky Gadgets, the latest one is called the Tokyoflash Kisai Sequence.
The new Tokyoflash Kisai Sequence comes with two different display modes, plus a date mode, and an alarm, and you cna select up to six animations.

Kisai Sequence reconfigures digital time in a cryptic yet easy to read way. With a custom made curved acrylic lens, sub-surface digital tube LEDs and an alternating pattern of raised cubes, the watch includes two different time display modes, date mode, alarm and six user-selectable animations. Kisai Sequence is a USB rechargeable watch and comes with blue or red LEDs and a black or white leather strap.


The Tokyoflash Kisai Sequence is available in a range of colors which includes a black or white leather strap and you can choose from either blue or red LEDs. The device also comes with a built in rechargeable battery that can be charged via USB, the battery lasts around 2 months between charges, and it only takes three and a half hours to charge the device.
This new Geeky Watch is available for $109 until Friday and you can find out more information about the device over at Tokyoflash at the link below.

Apple iWatch Team Gets Two Nike FuelBand Engineers

Last week we heard that Apple had hired an executive from luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer for the Apple iWatch team, and now it would appear that the company has also hired to former engineers who worked on the Nike FuelBand.
According to a recent report, Apple hired Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale, who previously worked for Nike on their FuelBand, these new hires have apparently joined the iWatch Team.

Health and fitness is expected to play a large role in the Apple iWatch, and we have heard rumors that Apple will launch two versions of their new smartwatch.
One version of the Apple iWatch is said to be similar to the Nike FuelBand or the Samsung Gear Fit, and the primary focus of this device is health and fitness tracking. There have been rumors that the device will come with 8GB of storage, and will have the exact same functions as the iPod, which means that people who use their iPod for sports will be able to use the fitness version of the iWatch.
The other version of the iWatch is rumored to be a ‘designer’ smartwatch, which would explain why Apple has hired a former executive from Tag Heuer. Not much is known about the design of this device, although it is said to come with premium materials, probably stainless steel, and we are expecting it to feature a round design similar to the Moto 360.
Apple are expected to launch their new smartwatch some time in September, and we are expecting the device to be made official at the same time as the new iPhone 6, which is rumored to be made official on the 9th of September.

Spice Smart Pulse M9010 Smartwatch Unveiled For $67

Spice has launched a new smartwatch in India this month called the Spice Smart Pulse M9010 which has been launched for around Rs 3,999 or $67 and is believed to be the first smartwatch in India to be equipped with a SIM.
With the additional SIM support the new smartwatch is capable of enabling users to make calls directly from their wrists and offers dual-SIM (2G+2G) connectivity.

As with most smartwatches the Spice Smart Pulse M9010 can also be linked to any Android smartphone suing Bluetooth and uses a Bluetooth APK file that is required to be loaded on to the Android smartphone you wish to connect to.
The Smart Pulse M9010 smartwatch is also fitted with a 4 inch 240 x 320 pixel touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel camera, 420mAh battery and FM radio together with 8GB of onboard memory for storage which is expandable when required. On a single charge the device is capable of providing users with 180 minutes of talk time as well as up to two days of standby.


Unfortunately no information has been made available as to whether the smartwatch will be made available outside of India, however as soon as any more information is announced we will keep you updated as always. But is available in India exclusively via HomeShop18 from July 11th 2014 and is available to wear with either black or blue straps. Mr. T M Ramakrishnan, CEO Devices, Spice Retail Limited explains:
“The Smart Pulse is innovative for its dual-SIM functionality, utilitarian for its Bluetooth pairability, and fashionable for the changeable wrist bands that come with it, a unique feature for this category.”

OpenReflex SLR 3D Printed Camera Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

Photographers looking for a more open source SLR camera that is capable of accepting all types of film whether it be a 35mm, medium format or Polaroid. Might be interested to know that the 3D printer camera called the OpenReflex.
Which we featured here on Geeky Gadgets nearly a year ago has now started a crowd funding campaign for €5,000 to help it become a reality and offer photographers a very unique camera body to use.

Making a pledge of €80 will provide you with an SLR camera body kit (without a lens) for you to assemble. However if you have deeper pockets you can also purchase a fully assembled OpenReflex camera for €250 or $340.
The OpenReflex 3D printed camera has been designed by Leo Marius who explains a little more about his creation and the crowd funding campaign :
“The campaign will allow me to make a finished reliable and easy to use OpenReflex,”-“For now it’s still as a prototype, you can already build it, take pictures with, but it’s still very tricky to take picture with, and  some problems need to be corrected.  Big work will also be done on the documentation.
The first Instructables were made very fast, and they are not that easy to follow. I think for the second version, I’ll keep in mind the first OpenReflex Instructable, but I’ll start from nothing again to make clear and simple blueprints with real images.
One of the strengths of the OpenReflex is you can adapt and fix any kind of lens and back,”-“Some digital backs  already exist for some professional medium format cameras, and nothing will stop you from using them with the OpenReflex to have your own DSLR. It’s professional hardware, however, and you will pay twice the price of a normal DSLR just for the back. The project that you create will be much better though.”


Chrome Remote Desktop Browser Extension Now Supports Linux

Linux users might be please to learn that Google has this week announced the availability of their Linux supporting Chrome Remote Desktop browser extension.
Chrome Remote Desktop support for both Mac and PC systems has been available for some time but until now no Linux support for the handy browser extension, that allows you to control another computer remotely.

The current release of Linux Chrome Remote Desktop only supports Debian and Ubuntu at the moment and Google suggest that you create a separate virtual desktop session to get things running smoothly.
By default, the Chrome Remote Desktop Linux extension will create a virtual desktop that is 1600 x 1200 pixels in size, but this can be tweaked if required. Google explains :
“We are excited to announce official Linux support in Chrome Remote Desktop with step-by-step directions provided in our Help Center.
The virtual session is set up so that, when you run Chrome from within the virtual session, it will be set up with a new profile. This is done because Chrome does not support using multiple X displays within the same profile. You can use Chrome Sync to synchronize your bookmarks and other settings within the virtual session.”
For more information on the new Linux supported Chrome Remote Desktop jump over to the Google website for the full announcement, instructions and a useful links.

Lenovo Golden Warrior launches July 18th

Lenovo has announced that the Lenovo Golden Warrior handset will first be made available to Weibo members for a special price of $32, starting at 10am on July 14th. If you can’t take advantage of this special offer, fear not, the Golden Warrior will be available from on-line retailer JD.com on July 18th. The version for China Mobile will cost 798 Yuan ($129 USD) while the model for China Unicom will be 898 Yuan ($145 USD). Both versions offer 4G LTE connectivity. That’s not bad at all.
The Lenovo Golden Warrior is powered by the true octa-core MT-6592 CPU processor from MediaTek, running at 1.7GHz, and also has the Mali-450 MP4 GPU. It has a 5 inch IPS display with resolution of 720 x 1280, 2GB of RAM with 16GB of native storage, and a 32GB capacity microSD slot if you need extra memory. The back and front-facing cameras are 13MP and 5MP and Android 4.4 comes pre-installed.

This model is another of the value-priced handsets that are currently coming out of China. You get the MT-6592 octa-core chip, but sacrifice a bit with a 720p resolution on the 5 inch screen. All things considered, this device seems like a great deal, whether you are a Weibo subscriber or not.

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