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Huawei develops quick charge battery that doesn’t diminish the lifespan

November 16, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

  Those with quick charge capable phones relish in zipping in juice on the fly but with the turbo-charged action the batteries’ lifespan can suffer.   A new Hauwei lithium-ion battery with a graphite-coated anode that claims to keep the lifespan in the green while still being able to manage 48 percent charge on the 3,000mAh battery in just five minutes.   From the same lab comes an even faster model that gives 68 percent life in just two minutes, but that’s a 600mAh battery so no use in the modern world of high-powered smartphones.   Via engadget

Qualcomm details upcoming Snapdragon 820 with impressive stats

November 15, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Qualcomm with No Comments.

  Qualcomm is a chip stalwart that keeps giving good reasons to look out for its products powering big-name devices.   The upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor has been detailed and boasts 40 percent better graphics performance, support for cameras up to 28MP and faster 4G LTE connections, hinting at what near-future smartphones will be packing.   The Snapdragon 820 is a 64-bit, quad-core chip based on the Qualcomm Kryo architecture and backed up by Adreno 530 graphics, the Qualcomm Hexagon 680 digital signal processor and a Snapdragon X12 LTE.   It's clocked at 2.2GHz and supports 4K Ultra HD video capture and playback.   It supports Quick Charge 3.0, as well as 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 and 2.0, and eMMC 5.1 storage. &

Wireless charging gets more united under new AirFuel Alliance movement

November 4, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

  QI Standard wireless charging is a straightforward and recognisable method of charging without plugging in. Beyond that it gets messy, with companies not subscribing to that method using their own varied means.   Now thanks to a new initiative called AirFuel Alliance, a second, simple, wireless charging option might become universal, especially as Samsung and Intel are among the 195 companies subscribing to it.   An AirFuel badge will indicate suitable stations for charging and should help make decisions when it comes to choosing a new device.   AirFuel Alliance came about with the merging of Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance groups.   Via engadget

Sony smartphone cameras might get even better if it buys Toshiba’s sensor division

October 27, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone, Sony with No Comments.

  While Sony smartphones aren’t the best-selling (let’s see if the new ad campaign with James Bond changes that) but their camera sensor components are a sign of quality in a smartphone and are used by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and Motorola.   Riding high on the success of their Exmor sensors, Sony looks set to buy Toshiba’s image sensor division to not only cut out a competitor but also increase the research and development team that earned them their sterling name in the field.     Unnamed sources claim the deal is close to being sealed for a 20 billion yen (US$165m) acquisition, which also bundles in Toshiba’s plant. Via androidauthority

See the future with updated View-Master VR headset from the past

October 7, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, App News, Hardware News with No Comments.

New from Mattel is a 21st century reboot of the classic View-Master toy. This time around rather than showing a static image, the VR View-Master houses a smartphone and puts the viewer into a virtual world. The headset is compatible with Google Cardboard apps, too, so rather than plump for the DIY kit, the $30 View-Master is a stylish way to dip into VR and it's launching with a View-Master app for Android and iOS. The app offers free previews of locations and complete "experience packs" cost $15. Compatible phones include Apple iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus; Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6 and Note 4, HTC One, Nexus 6, Moto X and LG G3 and G4 phones. [gallery link="file"] Via liliputing

Japan Displays at it again: tamed nearly 8K resolution into a 17.3-inch screen

October 6, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

If there's a development in resolution and screens, these days it's most likely come from the hard-working Japan Display company, whose latest achievement is an impressive 17.3-inch display with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, giving 510 pixels per inch. Japan Displays has called this their 8K4K display and if it can be produced at a relatively marketable price, this could be the kind of thing we'll be seeing in the next big leap of laptops, tablets and monitors. The LCD display uses low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) and has a 120Hz refresh rate, along with a 176-degree viewing angle. Don't toss out those 4K displays just yet though, we need to wait for the content providers to catch up to that first, then we can think ahead to beyond. Via liliputing

How fast are your balls? Find out with new smartphone speedometer gadget

September 22, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

People who are into sports are usually into stats, and that’s what the new Kickstarter project SCOUTEE is banking on with “The World’s First Smart Speed Radar”.   The gadget attaches to the back of a smartphone and gathers, one would presume accurate, data on the speed of baseball pitches, for example. It can also be used for cricket, rounders or, Frisbee, why not. SCOUTEE is up for the early bird price of $129 at the moment, a snip of the proposed retail price of $299 when it makes it off the crowdfunding bench.   Via engadget and kickstarter [gallery link="file"]  

Samsung will see your smartphone’s 3GB of RAM and raise to 6GB

September 10, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone, Samsung with No Comments.

  This year’s high-end smartphones have started coming out with an impressive 3GB of RAM to keep processes flowing seamlessly. But as chip manufactures keep upping their cores and new OSs keep pushing hardware, so too must the RAM increase and Samsung has turned up with a solution, touting a potential 6GB of RAM for future Galaxy phones. Samsung’s new LPDDR4 module is an industry first and is expected to increase processing speed by up to 30 per cent. These 6GB RAM modules are also set to make their way into slim ultrabook laptops and car dashboards. Via digitaltrends      

Wires be gone! Samsung monitor wirelessly charges smartphones

July 31, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Phone, Samsung with No Comments.

The Samsung SE370 monitor is a sleek-looking screen with a neat trick at its base - it has a wireless charging dock for smartphones, eradicating messy desk wires. The SE370 comes in 23.6-inch and 27-inch versions, both with a QI wireless charger. The Samsung Galaxy S6 supports wireless charging, so both can sit on your Christmas list if you're into brand loyalty or want a matching set. On the base is an LED light that shows it's connected and charging. The monitor is a PLS panel and is optimised for gaming with AMD FreeSync graphics. Price and release date TBA. Via pocket-lint  

Meet the dedicated Google TouchBot lag-checker

July 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Hardware News, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

While the technology we carry in our pockets is just amazing - it’s easy to take it for granted and fly into a rage when touchscreen commands get a bit laggy for a few milliseconds. Rather than taking a step back and trying to get some perspective, we can rest assured that somewhere in the world Google has a robot tapping and swiping screens in a never-ending effort to eliminate this first world problem. The Chrome TouchBot is an OptoFidelity-made robot that is dedicated to gauging latency on Android and Chrome OS touchscreen devices. Its findings are recorded and hardware and software are adjusted accordingly. Via engadget

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