The NSA is not an entity that many people look upon with a smile on their face. No sir, it does seem that the overall sentiment about the NSA has proven to be more on the negative rather than positive side. In fact, German news magazine Spiegel has shared a potentially “blockbuster” claim – that the NSA has the ability as well as capability to tap into your smartphone, rummaging through it for information such as SMS traffic, location data, and even ....
Sony has just announced the new IM10 Wireless Display that will let you easily displayyour smartphone’s screen to your TV set from anywhere inside the house. Powered my Miracast technology, the device lets you stream high quality video from phones like Sony’s newly unveiled Xperia Z1.
Last week at the annual IFA conference in Berlin, Germany, the folks from Samsung showed off and announced a new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition tablet. Along with improved specs and a decent slate, a few eagle eyed viewers found a surprise. What was that? An official Twitter tablet-optimized app. Something that should have been released 2-3 years ago.
Checking in from the Sony booth: We’ve received a fair few comments, and noticed much of the on-the-ground buzz here at IFA is around Xperia Z1′s design…
I caught up with Xperia Z1 design lead, Keita Hibi, to talk strategy / creativity / inspiration and more – enjoy.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself – who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going…
I’m Keita Hibi. I’m a senior designer at Sony Mobile, based in Tokyo – I’ve been working for Sony for around 14 years, having joined Sony Ericsson three years ago. My thing is hardware design; previously I worked on WALKMAN, Cyber-shot and Alpha NEX… I was also responsible for Xperia S (notably, the acclaimed transparent element), Xperia Z and now Xperia Z1.
I want to see where OmniBalance can go, with products free from restrictions. “Usability” is just accepted, but why settle for it? I’m keen to explore concepts that bypass that notion – things that just “work” and “happen”.
Gaming is a blatantly obvious solution for fighting boredom. It’s one of the most awesome things you can do on your smartphone these days, and it brings us different worlds, characters and plots we can immerse ourselves with on-the-go. This in turn fuels our creativity when it comes to making amazing start screens for our Nokia Lumia 625. For the above we used Skinery Themes.
Our announcement that Microsoft plans to acquire Nokia’s devices and services division was a historic event. We talked to Timo to find out where that leaves the Asha and feature phone ranges produced by our Mobile Phones unit.
Why is Nokia’s Asha and feature phone business attractive to Microsoft?
Has the LG Nexus 5 actually hit the FCC already? The answer might be in the affirmative, as the smartphone was spotted earlier on in one of Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat video, where an anonymous Google employee was spotted holding what seemed to be a LG Nexus 5, although that could not be confirmed.
HTC's UK arm this morning announced a special edition of the HTC One Mini, designed by British fashion guru David Koma.
It's a limited run of 10 handsets, HTC says, and HTC UK is giving them away through Sept. 24 when you tweet with #htckoma along with a design of your own making as inspired by Koma, and with "the idea of 'change'," HTC says. One overall winner will also take away a signed print of the original artwork.
Following of trio of devices announced as of late, the folks from Alcatel have just confirmed a new device for the One Touch Idol family here at IFA in Berlin. The new One Touch Idol Alpha is their brand new flagship 4.7-inch device, which is showcasing their new design direction with sleek curves and aluminum designs. We have all the details below.
The One Touch Idol X was announced back at Mobile World Congress, and late last month they quietly unveiled the Idol S and Idol Mini, so the new Alpha is the latest in their 4 phone attack. The screen isn’t as big as the X, but here’s what we know so far.
Google Glass might not exactly be ready yet as everyone thinks or hopes. At least definitely not for this year. A Google representative has mentioned that a Play Store-like system for Google’s eyewear won’t be ready at least until next year.
Rumors, and wishful thinking, have previously sprung up pointing to a possible commercial launch of Google Glass by the end of 2013. This, however, contradicts statements made by Eric Schmidt in April, saying that Glass won’t be ready for another year. Quality assurance and marketing considerations aside, it seems that one reason for the delay is that a key piece of the Glass ecosystem is still not ready.
We’ve had ASUS’ next 7-inch phone tablet in our radars for almost a month now, starting with a leaked roadmap that detailed the comapny’s future device line up. It seems that ASUS is just about ready to unveil the revamped FonePad 7 and has prepared a video spot showcasing its features.
Today has been full of excitement and random news with Google’s own Sundar Pichai announcing Android 4.4 will officially be called KitKat. Along with the announcement was our first pictures of the KitKat statue going up on the Google HQ lawn, just like previous years, but something caught a few eagle-eyed viewers eyes. Did Google just accidentally unveil the new LG Nexus 5? Possible, but they quickly pulled the video.
Just like previous Android releases Google gets another awesome Andy statue to go on their front lawn, and this time was a big
Samsung Introduces GALAXY Gear, a Wearable Device to Enhance the Freedom of Mobile Communications
September  4, 2013
Samsung GALAXY experience is now extended through GALAXY Gear
Berlin, Germany - September 4, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the GALAXY Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life. Samsung GALAXY Gear combines smart device connectivity, tailored technological features, and stylish design as a single premium accessory.
“Samsung’s ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. Samsung GALAXY Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung GALAXY Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call ‘smart freedom,’ by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected.”
The New Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Delivers Unparalleled Tablet Viewing, Productivity and Mobility
Berlin, Germany - September 4, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today unveiled the GALAXY Note 10.1, 2014 Edition, an original approach to balancing productivity, powerful content creation and consumption in one portable tablet device. Equipped with WQXGA Super clear LCD (2560x1600) resolution in a stunning 10-inch display, 1.9 GHZ Octa Core processor (for 3G / WiFi only version) and 3GB RAM, the GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) demonstrates Samsung’s innovation leadership by delivering ultimate productivity capabilities while remaining extremely thin and light.
“The new GALAXY Note 10.1 is the most progressive 10-inch tablet, delivering the best viewing and multitasking experiences. It is the most recent demonstration of Samsung Mobile's focus on constant product innovation to stay aligned with shifting consumer interests,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “The GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) unites a range of features that will consistently surprise consumers as they realize how much easier and more enjoyable it makes their everyday lives.”
The new GALAXY Note 10.1 expands on the advanced productivity and creativity leadership delivered by the original Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1. In addition to enabling productivity, the device has been redesigned with a sleek, light, slim frame that is both fashionable and portable.
It did not take too long since the Meizu MX3 was announced yesterday for its benchmark results – AnTuTu benchmark results in particular, to be released or spotted. Touted to be the world’s first smartphone that comes with 128GB of internal memory (of course, there are other capacities for you to choose from, depending on the hardware configuration and budget of your choice), the Meizu MX3’s AnTuTu benchmark scores with Samsung’s Exynos 5410 octa-core processor has been seen to pass the 29,000 mark.
Today sees the beginning of the next chapter for Nokia and Microsoft. They’re companies with a history of invention and innovation, having put a phone in every pocket and a computer on every desk. New directions and innovation are in the companies’ DNA, we could almost say.
So let’s take a look at what the first chapters of the reinvention l
There is some buzz going around that Panasonic has already begun to work out plans in unveiling what they deem to be the thinnest and lightest 20” 4K tablet, and this unveiling will happen before IFA 2013 kicks off for good later in the week. This particular slate will be part of the company’s presentation that will be entitled “A Better Life, A Better World,” but this does not mean that it is already prepared for a worldwide, commercial release.
The critics have spoken and it was a near unanimous verdict that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the greatest camera ever put into a smartphone.
However, even though I’ve read all the reviews, I was still unprepared for just how good the camera on the Lumia 1020 really is. I’ve been using one for just over a month and it’s been a complete revelation.
I should stress that I’m not a photography aficionado; I use a camera phone purely to capture fun events and to take photos of friends. I’m strictly of the point-and-click school of (very) amateur photography.