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Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 kicks into action

February 21, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Qualcomm with No Comments.

Announced in 2013, Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 has been sitting dormant but this year it'll come into its own. The technology is all about boosting power transfer and slashing charge times for smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm's fast charging technology has been tested in 30-minute trials and left the regular charger in the shade when it pumped the battery up to 60%, while the standard charger managed just 12%. Quick Charge 2.0 will arrive in two classes. Class A delivers 5V, 9V and 12V, while Class B goes up to 20V. The technology is already out there: Google's Nexus 6 has Quick Charge 2.0 and with the fast charger its 3220mAh battery gives six hours of use from a 15-minute charge. Other devices that use Quick Charge 2.0 include Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, HTC One (M8) and t

Xiaomi travels light for first move into US

February 13, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Audio, Hardware News with No Comments.

Chinese device manufacturer Xiaomi will launch its first US store but with a slimmed down product line that focuses on accessories. For the time being, the Xiaomi won't stock its smartphones and tablet but will instead push headphones and smaller gadgets, such as the Mi Band fitness tracker. After testing the water they'll no doubt incrementally increase their product range. In the meantime their bigger products will still be available from resellers. Via ubergizmo

Corning toughens up its Gorilla glass to sapphire strength

February 13, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Following the near miss with the iPhone 6 display decision, Corning is stepping up its Gorilla Glass with Project Phire, which combines the toughness of "Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire." Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is an across the board top standard option but with the new focus on scratch resistance, the Corning hopes to secure this place in the future. Via androidcommunity

MediaTek announces mid-range MT6753 octa-core SoC

January 30, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

The latest chip that could be in your new devices has been announced: the MediaTek MT6753 processor is a mid-range SoC that raises the bar for average specs. The octa-core CPU has Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz-1.5GHz. It supports displays up to 1920 x 1080p and can encode photos from 16MP camera sensors and 1080p video up to 30fps. Here's the full listing.   Via gizchina

Power plug-sized Xiaomi Mi Box Mini is a tiny Android streamer

January 15, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News with No Comments.

Xiaomi has announced its slimmed-down version of the Mi Box - the Mi Box Mini is a media streamer a quarter of the size of the original Mi Box. Inside the $30 Android 4.4.2-powered box is a 1.3GHz quad-Cortex A7 Mediatek processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB flash storage. Streaming supports DTS 2.0 and Dolby Digital Plus. It has HDMI 1.4a for 1080p 3D output but no USB or microSD support. It's a neat device though and one that'll only take up as much space as a plug. [gallery link="file"] Via engadget

Octacore no more! Mediatek plans 10- and 12-core processors for 2015

January 14, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

By the end of the year Mediatek will have raised their bid in the core stakes with the advent of 10- and 12-core processors, currently in development. Octacore processors took off in 2014, following Mediatek's lead (Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, etc.), but now the company is trying to supersede its own work. While the processing power of more cores probably won't be felt in current or upcoming devices, this'll no doubt give them the edge on the stats front in benchmark tests. Via gizchina

Scratch vinyl on your iPhone with a real-life interactive record sleeve

January 2, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Uncategorized with No Comments.

The vinyl edition of the new DJ Qbert album Extraterrestria links analogue and digital in a new way - the sleeve contains an insert loaded with MIDI tech that connects to Algoriddim's djay iOS app and acts as a hands-on controller. The sleeve also works with Apple's desktop OS but it's still limited to Apple. The project began as a Kickstarter so once they backers have got their copies, keep a look out for extras to try the mix of old and new DJ action. Via engadget  

VR unit Google Cardboard is still alive in Google’s eyes

December 11, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, App News, Hardware News with No Comments.

What seemed like a daft gimmick, the makeshift VR unit Google Cardboard is still being taken seriously by Google itself, meaning us consumers can still get some cheap VR antics on the go for the foreseeable future. Google continues "working to improve" Cardboard and has launched a dedicated collection page on Google Play for Cardboard apps. App highlights include a Paul McCartney concert and a trip to Middle Earth. Developers are also encouraged to get involved, with a new Cardboard software development kit (SDK) released for Android and Unity. 2015 will also see a viewer calibration tool for developers and no doubt a fresh batch of apps. Via techradar

Youku – the Chinese YouTube – to launch Android tablet and media streamer in China

December 11, 2014 by Tom in Android Tablet, Hardware News, Tablet with 1 Comment.

YouTube's international but the video service of choice in China is Youku Todou. Youko is capitalising on its success with the launch of a tablet, smart TV box and WiFi router in January 2015. The Android tablet will have a 15.6-inch screen (all the better to see you with, Youku). It'll run on a Rockchip RK2388 processor and have a 10-point capacitive touch screen at the unconventional 1366 x 768 pixels. It'll have 8GB of storage, which means it's probably going to be touted as primarily a viewing device. The WiFi router will use peer-2-peer technology for video delivery and the TV box will offer 4K streaming. Via liliputing

Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset available now

December 9, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Samsung with No Comments.

Samsung has made its Gear VR virtual reality headset available at the user-friendly price of $200. As this is burgeoning tech there are a few caveats: you'll need a Note 4 Smartphone to hook into it as its screen and it's sold as the "Innovator Edition", the product description of which hammers home the fact it's "a device targeted specifically to developers or early adopters of technology." If you're curious and have the right phone, $200 isn't too big a wad to drop on something potentially really cool, especially if you're looking to pioneer VR tech and make your own projects. Via engadget

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