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Upp emissions-free hydrogen battery gives a week’s worth of charge

November 19, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Intelligent Energy has launched Upp, a hyrdrogen-powered clean energy source that will recharge devices for a week. Available from the Apple Store and the Upp website, the battery pack starter set costs £149. For future top-ups, replacement energy packs will be needed because it can't be plugged into the wall for recharging. Refilling the cartridges costs £5.95 and each additional cartridge is £49.95. While they are available at the Apple Store, they have a regular USB output so any device can be charged, from smartphones to digital cameras. Via trustedreviews

Biodegradable cardboard battery concept

November 19, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News with No Comments.

A prototype cardboard battery top-up system designed by Tsung Chih-hsien has been revealed. The pocket-sized power-ups are marked with the amount of use each one will offer, from two hours to six. They'd also be biodegradable, so there's a little eco boost too. They're not yet available but could be picked up for manufacture by eco-minded companies. Via gizmodo

Intel and Rockchip collaboration should appear in devices sometime soon

November 19, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Intel, Rockchip with No Comments.

The CPU child of the pairing of Intel and Rockchip will soon be in devices and out in the world. Their first processor is the XMM6321, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 chip with 3G connectivity. The first order of 100,000 units has shipped and now the market for this chip is opening out to the world. It has an Intel/Infineon AG620 radio for 2G and 3G communications and supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The chip's not designed as a powerhouse but as a steady performer for mid-range decices. It supports resolutions of 854 x 480 or 1024 x 600 and decodes 1080p video at 30 frames per second. It supports cameras up to 8MP and OpenGL ES 2.0. Via liliputing

Prynt smartphone case channels the Polaroid camera for instant print-outs

November 15, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

We all take more photos than we used to but few of them ever materialise in physical form. Channeling the Polaroid camera, the new smartphone case from Prynt carries its own mini-printer so keeps your hardware safe from bangs and smashes as well as providing a rare outlet for physical photos on the go. It's currently a prototype but Prynt's hoping to produce a consumer model that'll store 10-30 sheets of photo paper. The tech uses Bluetooth to send the photo to the camera and it shouldn't be too expensive as it uses components sourced from Shenzhen, where good deals can be struck with manufacturers. Via ubergizmo

A little step further into the future: folding Super AMOLED screens are here

November 4, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Folding screens would be cool if they were a high enough resolution to be worth looking at. Oh! Here's a 1920 x 1080-pixel folding Super AMOLED display from Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL). Shown off in Japan at the Display Innovation 2014 trade show, the 8.9-inch display is a neat look at what could be the future of tablet technology. The 8.7-inch display has a pixel density of 254ppi and folds in two places, creating a three-panel display. SEL has also made a smaller display - a 5.9-inch, 720p model. They have a lifespan of 100,000 bends and use a c-axis aligned semiconductor and a top emission touch panel to allow it to bend and still function. If the likes of Nokia's bendy battery emerge too, the future could be limber. Via pocket-lint

Rockchip and Intel collaboration details revealed: XMM 6321 chipset

October 18, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Intel, Rockchip with No Comments.

In May we reported on the Rockchip and Intel collaboration and now full details of their first smartphone and tablet chipset have been announced. Presented at the Hong Kong HKTDC, Intel and Rockchip's first product is the XMM 6321 chipset, which features an XG632 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor and an AG620 wireless chip for 2G, 3G, WiFI, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. This first wave should slip into the desired budget space of cheap chipsets and the new partnership is looking to develop 64-bit processors that support 4G LTE in the future. Via liliputing

Xiaomi’s got game: Chinese company to launch Bluetooth game controller

September 23, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Xiaomi's pretty much got phones and tablets wrapped up, now it's got accessories in its sights with the announcement of its new Bluetooth game controller, which will cost a ridiculously cheap 1 yuan ($0.16) for the first 300 buyers. After that it'll go to the as yet unknown retail price. It should be compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices and depending on how well it performs, could be another notch on Xiaomi's digital bedpost. Via gizchina

Bowl-o-rama: Intel’s Smart Wireless Charging Bowl out by the end of the year

September 21, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

The 10-inch diameter Intel Smart Charging Bowl should be with us by Christmas. The bowl uses resonant charging technology based on the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP) standard, which allows the charging of multiple devices at the same time. Price and regional availability TBA. Via liliputing

SanDisk ups portable storage to a whopping 512GB with the Extreme PRO SDXC

September 15, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

The SanDisk 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC memory card is the storage solution to end all others. Aimed at photography and film professionals, the new card is a hardy devil too, being able to withstand water and extreme temperatures. The write speed is 90MB/s and it transfers at 95MB/s. As with all new big developments in storage, the forerunners are the most expensive and this is no exception - it will be out in the near future at $799.99. Via slashgear

Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 will bring LTE to all

September 12, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone, Qualcomm with No Comments.

Budget smartphones can experience the joys of LTE connectivity thanks to the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset. Aimed at emerging markets, the Snapdragon 210 will have 1.1GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPUs, Adreno 304 GPU, Bluetooth, 802.11m WiFi, and support form 720p displays and 8-megapixel cameras. The 210s are expected to launch at the start of 2015, and will see Qualcomm trying to increase their 27% market share. Via engadget

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