الثلاثاء، 2 سبتمبر، 2014

Samsung Gear Circle Bluetooth Earbuds Unveiled Ahead of IFA 2014

As well as unveiling their new Samsung Gear S Smartwatch today, the company has also unveiled their new Samsung Gear Circle earphones that combine both Bluetooth connectivity with sports earbuds and circular around the neck design.
The new Samsung Gear Circle is equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 and includes apt-X for improved sound quality together with an internal rechargeable 180mAh battery.

The Gear Circle headphones are capable of making and receive calls as well as allowing wearers to use voice commands to control features on their smartphone and tablet devices.

The Samsung earbuds are equipped with a micro USB port which is used for charging and a design that allows you to rest the headset around your neck when not in use. The rechargeable internal battery of the Gear Circle is capable of providing unto 300 hours of standby time and around 11 hours of talk time.
Samsung will start selling their new Samsung Gear Circle next month however no details on pricing has been announced as yet ahead of IFA 2014, during which Samsung is expected to announce more details and specifications.

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera Announced

Olympus has added a new micro four thirds camera to their range with the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-PL7. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 comes with a 3 inch display that can be flipped 180 degrees, which is ideal for taking Selfies.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 comes with a 6 megapixel sensor, and features in body 3-axis image stabilization, it also comes with WiFi and the device can be paired with your smartphone.

The OLYMPUS PEN series combines high-quality designs, portable, compact and lightweight bodies, and varied functions for expanding the powers of photographic expression to produce a “camera for expressing yourself.” Since the series was launched, in a camera marketplace where needs and uses are diversifying it has consistently provided the new leading styles of photography and the ways of enjoying the photographic expressions.
By enhancing the smartphone linkage function and the specialized functions for selfie that only comes from PEN Lite series, the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 offers the market a new “use with smartphone” style.

LG G Watch R To Come With a €299 Price Tag

LG has announced its premium LG G Watch R, which is set to launch in key global markets in the fourth quarter of 2014. The smartwatch will be up for preview at IFA 2014 next week.
As always, the company failed to reveal any detail about the price tag it will come with. However, LG’s German press release may have revealed the European price of the LG G Watch R, as well as its launch date.

According to the German press release, the LG G Watch R will come with a €299 price tag, and should launch in October — the same time when Samsung is expected to launch its Gear S smartwatch. This translates to almost $400, but there’s no word if it will be the same in the US as there’s a difference in taxes in both regions.
The smartwatch comes with a round P-OLED 1.3-inch display sporting a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 410 mAh battery. LG G Watch R runs Android Wear as its operating system and is compatible with all Android devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher.

Samsung Smart Home Range Expanded

Samsung has announced that they are expanding their Samsung Smart Home range of devices, the company will show off some new devices at IFA this week.
The company also announced that they will launch a Samsung Smart Home SDK later this year, and the SDK will be shown off at the Samsung Developer Conference.

“We are excited to deliver a Smart Home experience which will make our customers’ lives easier, with innovative products that help everyone’s day to day routine, such as managing home security and energy consumption,” said Wonpyo Hong, President, Media Solutions Center, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to be leading the way in making the Smart Home possible for our customers worldwide.”
The Samsung Smart Home places user convenience at the heart of its ethos. With the expansion of its Smart Home portfolio that includes third party devices, the service is designed to cater for all aspects of the modern smart home, from digital door locks to IP cameras and smart plugs. These devices combine with Samsung Electronics’ entire product offering to offer a complete Smart Home solution.

Best Buy Selling LG G Watch With A $50 Discount

Not too long ago, LG announced its premium LG G Watch R featuring a circular design with Android Wear as its operating system. The smartwatch is not hitting the shelves any time soon — LG mentioned it will be available in the fourth quarter, with rumors hinting at the October launch.
If you can’t wait, and are keeping an eye on the LG G Watch to see a price cut, you’re in luck. Best Buy is offering the LG G Watch for $179.99, a discount of $50 from the device’s official retail price. Customers can grab the smartwatch in black and white/gold color options from Best Buy’s website.

The first wave of Android Wear devices were not that impressive, especially in terms of the design and looks, but the same cannot be said for the second wave. We have some extremely decent and good-looking smartwatches coming up in the coming days.
Motorola is expected to reveal more details about the availability of its Moto 360 later this week, with LG G Watch R also turning up to be a very decent and gorgeous smartwatch. Samsung has also announced a new smartwatch, but it comes with the Tizen OS, the same OS which came with the Gear 2.

PS Vita to get app for PS4 live streaming

In terms of power, the PS4 and the PS Vita are not in the same league. Even so Sony has found ways to make both consoles work nicely with each other. Obviously hoping that you will buy both. Here is another way the two consoles are growing closer. Soon PS Vita owners will be able to use their handheld console to view live streams of games from the PlayStation 4.

This bit of news was announced by Sony at the Tokyo Game Show. The app is called “Live from PlayStation” and will arrive for the PlayStation Vita in a future software update. Great news for anyone who wants to watch live streams from a PlayStation 4 on their handheld console. I’m guessing there are at least a few of you.

Streams from a local PlayStation 4 can be viewed, but also the Live from PlayStation app will allow Vita owners to view gameplay streams from other PS4 consoles that are streaming gameplay. So you aren’t limited to just your own PS4. It’s like Twitch, but is only for the PlayStation platform. Sony also let us know that the PS Vita will also get the ability to customize the homescreen with software update 3.3.0.

Samsung Gear S Gets Some Swarovski Treatment

Samsung recently announced their latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S, and now the company is announcing another version of the device, this one comes with some Swarovski crystals.

The Swarovski Samsung Gear S features a new watch strap with Swarovski crystals, and the company will launch the device in October.

“One of the key aspects in wearable devices is providing diverse options for consumers to freely express their own taste and style,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung. “Our ongoing collaboration with Swarovski as demonstrated in the new Gear S Strap, allows us to stay ahead of trends and on the cutting-edge of design and style.”

“Samsung and Swarovski share a commitment to bringing high-quality, highly desirable products to the consumer market,” said Christoph Kargruber, Executive Vice President Global Marketing, Swarovski Professional. “Together we will continue to write the success story we began with the ‘Swarovski for Samsung’ collection.”

LG Swarovski OLED TV Announced

Samsung just announced a new Swarovski smartwatch, and now LG has decided to add some Swarovski crystals to one of their TVs, with the launch of the LG Swarovski OLED TV.
LG will be showing off their new LG Swarovski OLED TV at IFA in Berlin this week, the TV comes with a curved OLED display, and we suspect it could be even more expensive that the standard model.

LG’s OLED TV offers unrivalled visual precision thanks to the company’s advanced pixel-dimming system and the inherent advantages of OLED technology. Viewers can see every pixel come alive and will enjoy the incredible realism of sharp, natural colours and infinite contrast ratio. A singular product that combines the best of technology with the best of design, the luxurious LG CURVED OLED TV with Swarovski crystals glitters and shines in more ways than one.
“We are excited to showcase this one-of-a kind TV — our first collaboration with designers from Swarovski — to visitors at IFA,” said Hyun-hwoi Ha, president and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “The epitome of luxury and refinement, Swarovski crystals and LG’s premium OLED TV complement each other perfectly. The crystals help to create an aesthetic that is, quite simply, gorgeous, while our OLED technology ensures a level of picture quality that is every bit as stunning as one could imagine.”

الأحد، 17 أغسطس، 2014

Samsung Galaxy Alpha To Launch on Three UK

Yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha went official with an expected early September launch date. The handset is already up for pre-orders at Clove for £499.99.

Now, Three UK has announced that Samsung Galaxy Alpha will hit the carrier in the coming weeks. The carrier didn’t provide any details about the pricing or availability, but it’s still good to know that it will land on cariers in the UK as well.

Recently, the folks at Three announced on Twitter, “We’re delighted to confirm the gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available on Three. More details coming soon.”

Samsung Galaxy Alpha rocks a 4.7-inch display sporting a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, and comes with an octa-core processor which is made up of a 1.8 GHz quad core processor and a 1.3GHz quad core processor.

There’s 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, but unfortunately, users don’t get the option to expand it via microSD card slot. Other features include a 12MP camera for photos and videos as well as a 2MP front-facing camera, a 1,860 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat as its operating system.

PORTAL Router Project Offers Pocket Sized TOR Privacy

The PORTAL router or Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty device has been specifically designed to provided users with a pocket TOR router that is capable of concealing your Internet traffic when required.
Currently the PORTAL router is still in its prototype development phase and has been created to help bring back Internet anonymity which has been stripped away over the past few years.

The code for the PORTAL project itself has been available over on the GitHub website for more than a year. However Cloudflare’s Ryan Lackey and Lookout Security’s Marc Rogers have now announced during this years DefCon conference they now plan to make PORTAL which combines both software and hardware together.
Rogers explained : “Before the Snowden leaks, about one percent of Internet traffic was SSL protected,” he said. “Now it’s about three percent.”
The PORTAL project consists of a pre-built software image for an inexpensive pocket-sized “travel router”, that will protect the users Internet traffic using always-on TOR routing.
“The whole build process, management, etc. wasn’t available at Def Con,” Lackey said. “Turning this into a tool directly usable by end users, or at least “power users” or sysadmins responsible for a group of users, is important, and something we’re working on. Watch this space. Being able to flash your own devices is great, but for [more than] 95 percent of users today, they don’t even want to do that much (nor should they be expected to!), so we’re working on a solution.”

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