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Tap your desk and look futuristic with the Lenovo Smart Cast Projector Phone

May 28, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Hardware News, Lenovo, Phone with No Comments.

Lenovo has stepped up in the phone and projection combo stakes by shifting focus from projecting the screen image to projecting a keyboard that will act as a virtual unit for the phone. The Lenovo Smart Cast Projector Phone will offer diversity in its keyboards (standard qwerty keyboard and piano keyboards are the first two pictured) and if it works will be a fresh step in smartphone technology. This key feature is leading the campaign and as such not much more info is known yet, other than it'll be an Android device. Via gizmodo

Gionee M5 smartphone solves battery problem by doubling up

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

We all know smartphone battery life is one of the world's worst modern problems. Developed in China, the Gionee M5 smartphone has a unique solution - it has two batteries so lasts twice as long! As this is the main info released about the M5 so far, it looks like this is the main selling point for this phone. The dual-battery system will apparently offer four days' charge and even better - they're swappable so spares can also be carried. Whether or not this will translate to a big, bulky, cumbersome phone will be revealed when Gionee releases more info about the M5. Via liliputing

Finger-lickin’ keyboards trialed in KFC for a week

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

The German Kentucky Fried Chicken went into digital overdrive with the introduction of a week of Bluetooth keyboard placemats on trays to keep people typing and tapping while they eat (no doubt hoping customers would be tweeting about typing on a tray). The week-long promotion saw plenty of happy customers pairing their placemats with their smartphones and once they finished their meal, most too the keyboards away with them. Via gizmodo

Xiaomi Power Strip keeps Chinese gadgets powered safely and in one place

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

Xiaomi continues its pledge to be the go-to for everything from top-spec phones and tablets down to day-to-day accessories. The latest is the Xiaomi Power Strip, which is an attractive option for lovers of Chinese gadgets, as it will do away with those adaptors that rarely seem completely sturdy and safe. The Power Strip has three USB ports for direct charging and three power plug sockets that should fit a range of regions' plugs. It's out now in China for 49 yuan (US $8), while international reseller prices will vary. Via gizchina

Nikola Labs creates iPhone case that charges with radio waves

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

According to Dr. Rob Lee of Nikola Labs, 97 percent of a smartphone's energy used to process information over radio frequencies is lost into the atmosphere. This power can be now be captured by the Nikola Labs iPhone case that for $99 will capture the energy that is given out and re-purposes it for charging. Now, this process doesn't give back much juice (thirty percent max) and it's a very slow process, but anything that helps battery life is a good thing, so a case that boosts its with no extra effort on the users' part is no bad thing. Confident with the prototype, Nikola Labs will take the product to Kickstarter sometime soon. Via engadget

The curious case of the Bluetooth case: suitcase charger and smart lock

May 2, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, GPS, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Suitcases with four full-axis wheels were the best thing to happen to travel. Now startup Bluesmart wants to make the next step in luggage innovation with its suitcase that packs in a 10,000mAh battery and USB ports, a Bluetooth-operated smart lock and dedicated laptop safety compartments. Their first product is a carry-on spec 21-inch case which also features 3G and GPS for tracking. While a big battery might add weight woes, the case weighs 8.5lb, so about the same as other roller bags. It began as an indiegogo campaign but with 9,000 orders production will be shifted from the USA to China in the hope the initial $320 price tag can be dropped a notch or two. Via wired

Bluboo X550 smartphone with Mediatek Pump Express tech for fast charging

April 28, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

The Bluboo X550 smartphone will be one of the first handsets in which the Mediatek Pump Express Plus fast charge technology will debut. THe X550 features a 5300mAh battery made by US company Amprius, who have pioneered small, powerful batteries that clock in at 30% smaller than the average similar capacity competitor models. Mediatek's Pump Express and Pump Express Plus technology cuts charging time down with an integrated power management circuit and special charger. Other stats aren't known at the moment but if battery woes plague your life and you're looking for an alternative, preorder begins in May. Via gizchina

Casio EX-TR60 camera Bluetooths selfies to smartphones for HD sharing

April 27, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News with No Comments.

The Casio EX-TR60 digital camera uses Bluetooth Smart to send snaps to smartphones for instant sharing - perfect for those who want higher definition selfies on Instagram and Facebook. It knows its audience and as such features a Selfie Pad sensor for easy 'me' pics and it has inbuilt 'Selfie Art' settings. Bluetooth Smart is a low-energy transfer system and the camera can also be controlled remotely via the smartphone. The LCD display rotates 360-degrees and it has a stand that allows all selfie angles to be covered. It has an 11.1MP sensor and comes in green, pink, violent and gold. It'll launch April 27. [gallery link="file"] Via fareastgizmos  

NailO prototype Bluetooth thumbnail trackpad

April 21, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other, Phone with No Comments.

While there's no plans to make the NailO commercially available at the moment, it's still a pretty cool new way of interacting with regular touchscreen displays. The NailO is a thumbnail sized Bluetooth trackpad developed by researchers at MIT Media Laboratory and can be used for easy scrolling. The tiny prototype features a microcontroller, Bluetooth radio and antenna, a battery and a capacitive touch sensor. There are a number of practical uses for this tech but it may have come a little late now smart watches are looking likely that they could provide a similar function. However, if this does make it out and at a nice price, it could be a nice solution for clean screens and distance navigation. Via liliputing

MediaTek gets AMD GPU – NVIDIA Shield rival on the way

April 18, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

PC graphics chip manufacturer AMD is stepping into the mobile world thanks to a deal with MediaTek in which AMD will provide a GPU for MediaTek chips, meaning the NVIDIA Shield tablet might not be the only high-end gaming tablet when the result of this partnership launches. It's expected AMD will bring its Radeon 3D technology to mobile devices. If the two major graphics cards companies get into a mobile tech war, it could spell good things for handheld gaming. Via tablet-news

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