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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

New Oukitel smartphone claims of five-figure mAh battery

June 20, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

The rugged new smartphone from Oukitel packs in a 10,000mAh battery, according to the Chinese company. Pictured in its prototype/mock-up state, the power-heavy smartphone wlll also apparently ship with Android 5.1 and will offer USB OTG connectivity that'll let it charge other devices. Battery life is a modern bane of our own lives but how heavy and bulky a phone would you take for a more convenient charge time? More details are expected to be announced for this phone soon. Via gizchina

Allwinner and Qualcomm team up for mutual domination of China and America

June 3, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Qualcomm with No Comments.

China's Allwinner and America's Qualcomm have teamed up in the hope they can mutually extend their markets across the countries and beyond. Allwinner's chips are widely used in China but usually WiFi-only, while the likes of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 210 and 410 processors support 4G LTE and dualSIM, as well as Qualcomm Quick Charge. By combining their efforts, it's hoped by the companies that they'll be able to extend their reach and range of products they can offer. Via liliputing  

MediaTek announces second-in-command 2016 flagship processor Helio P10

June 2, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Heading into 2016, MediaTek's biggest and brightest chip will be the 10-core Helio X20 processor but second in command will be the newly announced MediaTek Helio P10 chip, an octa-core processor with LTE connectivity aimed at the mid-to-budget mobile device market. The P10 is part of the Premium Performance family (the x-series was the extreme performance set). The processor performance of the P10 will be a step up from the current X10 and bob between the capabilities of that and the X20. It has a 700MHz dual-core 64-bit Mali-T860 GPU and world mode LTE Cat 6 support for speeds topping out at 300 Mbs download and 50 Mbps upload. Also onboard is the integrated TrueBright ISP engine that offers support for "ultra-sensitive" RWWB optical sensors for super sharp, bright and accur

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

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