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.”

Xbox One Media Player App Rolling Out To Preview Members

Xbox One owners who are also members of the Xbox dashboard preview programme, will be pleased to know that Microsoft has started rolling out the new Xbox One media player app for members to use.
The latest Xbox One System Update includes several of the new social and entertainment features that were unveiled earlier this week, together with a few unannounced features for members of the preview programme.

Microsoft reveals some of the new features that are rolling out to our preview members :

- Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you.  You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.  Also, Parties now have a Party Leader.  This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party.

– New Friends Section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access preview members and we’re expanding it to additional participants enrolled in the preview program. The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with your current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore the most over the last 30 days. We’ll continue to roll this feature out to all participants in the coming updates.

– Xbox One Media Player – A new app will be available soon that enables you to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.

– Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Announced last week, this new hardware accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
– Stream TV to SmartGlass – Launching first in markets receiving the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you will be able to stream your TV across your home network to your smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. You can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on Xbox One.

– Boot to TV – Now you will be able to set your console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.

– Live TV Miniguide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. You can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.

– SmartGlass Updates – You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed as well as add comments and share items from both your Activity Feed and from Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile. Messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, if you upgrade the app directly we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.

– “Xbox On” in New Markets – Adding support for additional markets to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on consoles: Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil – a top used feature.

– Country Expansion – We’re doing a lot of work on the backend to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets in the coming weeks.

– Multiple GameDVR Deletes – You will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.

– Save your Avatar Gamerpic – A new option is now available to save Avatar GamerPics to your OneDrive.

– Settings Updates – New options help you manage your controllers and accessories. Also, Instant Sign-In is being moved to Settings, to the Sign-in, security & Passkey area.

– Bandwidth Usage Display – Located in Network Settings under the Troubleshooting column, Bandwidth Usage will show you how much bandwidth your Xbox One is consuming over a period of time. This is useful if you want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.

New SMS Audio Heart Rate Monitoring Earbuds Unveiled

SMS Audio as this week unveiled its new range of heart rate monitoring earbuds which are powered by Intel technology and equipped with biometric sensors and a custom heart rate monitor.

The new SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones have been specifically designed to deliver high-quality audio as well as gather data on your fitness activity using supported companion application that can be installed on either iOS and Android mobile devices.

Features of the new SMS Audio heart rate monitoring earbuds allow you to drop the less comfortable chest strap-style monitor and remove the need for extra sensors why training.

The new heart rate monitoring earbuds also don’t require any batteries and are powered by the 3.5mm jack connection to your music player or smartphone. The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones are also IPX4 rated, providing protection against sweat and also resistance to water. SMS Audio explains a little more:

“Sync with RunKeeper: To help track your heart rate, pace, distance, elevation and calorie burn, the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will be compatible with popular mainstream fitness app RunKeeper, with additional application support planned in the future. RunKeeper support will enable users to plan fitness routines and track progress — pushing enthusiasts to reach peak performance. “

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony are expected to announce a number of devices at IFA 2014 next month, one of those is the Sony SmartWatch 3, and now it would appear that we have some more details about the device.

The latest smart watches that have been released are launching with Google’s Android Wear, although according to a recent report, the new Sony SmartWatch 3 will not come with Android Wear.

According to details obtained by DigiWo, the new Sony SmartWatch 3 will come with a similar square design to the existing model, it is said to come with an improved display with a higher resolution that the current version.

Another interesting point is that the device will not come with Google’s Android Wear, instead the smartwatch is said to come with Sony’s own OS.

It is also rumored that the Sony SmartWatch 3 will come with WiFi built in, this means that the device will be able to be used on its own without having to pair it to a smartphone of tablet.

Sony are also making a number of other changes to the SmartWatch 3, it is said to be both dust and waterproof and will come with the ability to charge the device wirelessly.

SKULLY Smart Motorcycle Helmet Passes $1 Million In Funding

Earlier this week the awesome and innovative SKULLY AR- Rebel smart motorcycle helmet launched over on the Indiegogo crowd funding website, enabling motorcyclists to enjoy the future of motorcycle helmets.
The SKULLY smart motorcycle helmet has already passed $1.1 million in funding in just a few days since its campaign launched and still has 26 days left of its campaign to run.

The SKULLY helmet is equipped with a heads-up-display that is always in focus and uses an ultra wide rear view camera, combined with a high-speed microprocessor.
Check out the video below to learn more about the SKULLY smart motorcycle helmet and see it in action and what 800 funders have already backed generating over $1.1 million for its creators to make the jump from concept into manufacture.

Features of the SKULLY include :
- Lightweight, aerodynamic polycarbonate shell
- Ultra wide angle rearview camera
- DOT/ECE safety certification
- SKULLY anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-glare E-Tint(R) visor
- SKULLY Synapse(TM) Vision Enhancement – shows true-to-life imaging of rearview panorama
- Audio/Visual GPS Navigation
- SKULLY Synapse(TM) Smart Heads up Display System with infinite focus
- SKULLY quick release chin strap and visor
- 3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
- Outlast(R) lining – reduces perspiration by 70%
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
- Internet connectivity via smartphone
- Over-the-air updates – download new features as they are released
- Open SDK – develop your own apps for SKULLY Synapse(TM)
الأربعاء، 30 يوليو، 2014

Tokyoflash Kisai Kaidoku Wood Watch

We have seen a number of wooden watches from Tokyoflash before, the latest is the Tokyoflash Kisai Kaidoku Wood watch, the time is displayed using words instead of numbers.
The Tokyoflash Kisai Kaidoku Wood features a stainless steel case and a wooden strap, and it comes with time, date and alarm functions, the guys from Tokyoflash explain how it works below.

Kaidoku means to decode in Japanese but this watch needs no translation once you understand how it works. Look at the words that are flashing and read them in order to tell the time. The date can be read in exactly the same way by pressing the lower button. 

Kisai Kaidoku Wood has a newly designed stainless steel case which contrasts beautifully against the 100% natural wood strap. There are three models to choose from, dark sandalwood with blue LCD, red sandalwood with green LCD and maple with a purple LCD.

The Tokyoflash is available for $109 for the next 48 hours, you can find out more information about this Geeky timepiece over at Tokyoflash at the link below, the device is available in a choice of different display colors and wood finishes.

BMW i DC Fast EV Chargers Launched In The U.S.

BMW recently launched their i3 EV in the U.S. and the BMW i8 is also headed to the U.S. soon, and now the company is launching its new electric chargers in the U.S.
BMW has started rolling out its new fast i DC  Fast electric chargers in the U.S., the chargers have been developed in conjunction with Bosch, they will be available in the U.S. from next month, and they are capable or charging the BMW i3 to 90 percent in just 30 minutes.

Conventional DC fast chargers are about the size of a standard refrigerator, cost tens of thousands of dollars and require a significant amount of electricity. Half the size of a traditional electric vehicle DC charger – measuring 31”H x 19”W x 12”D and weighing approximately 100 pounds – BMW i DC Fast Chargers can be mounted on a wall, a first for electric vehicle DC fast chargers. In addition, BMW i DC Fast Chargers will be priced significantly less than other DC Combo chargers in the market at $6,548 for authorized BMW partners.
“This is a milestone in the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure. With more than five years of real world experience, we understand that a robust network of publicly available DC Combo Fast Chargers is a key part of the mobility of tomorrow,” said Robert Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager, at BMW of North America. “BMW is offering the BMW i DC Fast Charger at an appealing price point, and more manageable size, to make the convenience of DC fast charging more accessible for BMW i3 owners.”

Driverless Cars Headed To Public Roads In The UK Next Year

At the moment driverless cars are only allowed on private roads in the UK, this is about to change, as the UK government has announced that they plan to allow driverless cars on our roads by next year.
There were previously plans to bring driverless cars to the UK roads in 2013, and it looks like 2015 is the year that driverless cars will land in the UK.

In order for these autonomous vehicles to be allowed on the UK roads, the government has to change some of our road laws, and also the Highway Code, plans to do this were announced last month.
There are a number of companies working on driverless cars and also assisted driving technology, in the US trials of these vehicles has been going on for some time, and Google launched their first driverless car earlier in the year.
At the end of last year we heard that a fleet of driverless cars would be tested in Milton Keynes in 2015, these vehicles will be EV’s that are called Pod cars, that will allow people to travel around the city.
If the trial goes well, then there are plans to have a fleet of 80 of these autonomous vehicles in Milton Keynes by 2017, and we could also see similar project launch in other UK cities.

LG G3 Lands In Vodafone Stores

The LG G3 is now available in Vodafone stores in the UK, the handset is available on a range of the carriers monthly contracts, and the device is available for free on their £43.50 Red 4G price plan, their plans start are £26.50 a month.
The company is apparently exclusively offering the Gold Shine version of the LG G3 in the UK, the handset comes with some impressive specifications.

The new LG G3 is powered by a quad core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 901 processor, there is also 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage, the handset also comes with a 5.5 inch display.
The 5.5 inch display on the LG G3 features a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, the handset also comes with front and rear facing cameras.
On the front of the device there is a 2.1 megapixel camera, on the back there is a 13 megapixel camera that is capable of recording 4K video, there is also Laser Auto-Focus. The handset also comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and the device features a 3,000 mAh battery.

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