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Cadillacs will offer wireless smartphone charging from 2015

July 30, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other, Phone with No Comments.

If you're thinking about buying a new car next year and hate your batteries running low, GM's Cadillac might be the car to consider. As of next year, some Cadillacs will offer wireless charging via Powermat (a company GM owns). The charging area will be positioned in the centre console of the Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe, the CTS sedan, and the 2015 Escalade SUV. While charging, the phones can take calls through the in-car Bluetooth system. So, for automotive charging, will you buy a new Cadillac or a Flux Capacitor lighter plug-in? Via geekygadgets

Super-cheap Allwinner quad-core processor now shipping

July 30, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

The next batch of budget Android tablets are most likely going to be powered by the Allwinner A33 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, which is available to device makers for a highly agreeable $4 (more for smaller orders, of course). The A33 has ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics and supports resolutions up to 1280 x 800 pixels. It also offers SmartColor display tech, an integrated Hi-Fi audio codec, 1080p video playback support and capture, and low power use. It won't set the tech world on fire but it'll definately boost the quality of budget tablets, with some A33-powered devices going out at around $60. Via liliputing

Tablet-sized Android touchscreen pocket projector

July 30, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Remember when phones and tablets with built-in projectors were a thing? Touchjet are holding onto the dream with the Touchpico projector. It's an Android-powered WiFi device that half delivers on the promise. The projection part is sound - it creates an 80-inch display but the touch part is only available through the accompanying stylus. Price-wise, you're going to really want a projector - early Indiegogo buyers will get it for $350 and it will retail at $500. Via gizmodo

Allwinner to be in the 64-bit club by the end of the year

July 26, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Dependable Chinese chip maker Allwinner will launch its first range of 64-bit processors at the end of the year. The chips will be based on new ARMv8 architecture and will support 4K video, as well as offer backward compatibility with older 32-bit ARMv7 apps, further diversifying the new range of Android devices, including tablets and set top boxes. Companies with 64-bit processors currently on the market include Intel and NVIDIA. Via gizchina  

Tangled earphones explained! Extreme agitation in your pocket

June 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Hardware News, Other, Uncategorized with No Comments.

Tangled headphone cables are a cause of extreme agitation; they're also caused by the cord being agitated, which causes pocket tangling within seconds. A study at the University of California, titled Spontaneous Knotting of Agitated String, sheds light on the universal conundrum. Cable less than 18 inches in length is immune to spontaneous knotting. Who knew? Sadly that doesn't help, given the average earphone cable length is more than that. 59 inches produces the maximum possible probability of a swift tangle. Apple's standard earphones are 54.7 inches long - they're prime tanglers. But as far as a solution goes, little has been offered. If you've a clear pocket or a tidy bag, you're still not safe - it's just a natural reaction of "agitated" cable. If you've the patience, get

Cheap shatterproofing for all! (Sometime soon, probably)

June 8, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Other, Phone with No Comments.

Smash! Crack! The shattered screen of a smartphone is a sorry sight. It's also a very, very common one. Scientists at the University of Akron could provide a solution, however, with their newly developed and most importantly, cheap, shatterproof film. The shatterproof touchscreen film contains electrodes that are as transparent as the current indium tin oxide on polymer surfaces but beat them hands down for durability. They can bent more than 1000 times without breaking and can also withstand peeling. It will be inexpensive to mass produce in a roll and could be a step toward avoiding shatter sadness. Via engadget

MediaTek’s next wave of quad-core SoC chips: MT8127 with Mali450GPU

June 6, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

The new quad-core SoC (System on Chip) MediaTek processors will come equipped with the Mali 450MP4 GPU. Ready for the next wave of devices, they'll support cameras up to 13MP, 1080p video recording and playback, Miracast, NFC, H.256 video encoding, Bluetooth 4.0 and Miravision HEVC. They'll lag a little behind Intel on mobile network support as they'll not support mobile networks and will remain WiFi only but it's going to be interesting seeing what comes out powered by the MT8127. Via gizchina

Intel & Rockchip join forces for Android assault

May 31, 2014 by Tom in Android, Hardware News, Intel, Rockchip with No Comments.

Forget Apple and Beats, the newly announced partnership of Intel and Taiwanese processor giant Rockchip could be bigger news as tries to usher in a new age of Android tablets. The pair will work on SoFIA processors, which will be Android-focused and carry onboard modems. The dual-core first processor will be out this year, with quad-core 3G and LTE chips due out in 2015. While it may be weighed in Intel's favour as they try to hit their 40 million tablet goal by the end of 2014 by piggybacking Rockchip's 10 per cent share in tablet processors and good links in China, it could still spell some interesting results. Via barrons and gizchina

Japan Display develops low-power, high performance 10.1-inch 4K tablet screen

April 24, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Tech company Japan Display has unveiled its latest innovation, a 10.1-inch LCD display that offers 2,840 x 2,160 (4K2K) pixel display for tablets at an all important low power consumption rate. The display uses low-temperature poly silicon (LTPC) technology, which the company developed a while ago and offers low power consumption, low profile and narrow dead-band features. The power usage is equivalent to that of a 10.1-inch WQXGA LCD module, despite the much higher resolution. Samples are currently being shipped. Via fareastgizmos

Next-gen AMOLED display from AU Optronics

April 12, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

We recently previewed Samsung's upcoming AMOLED screen revolution that'll deliver QHD 2560 x 1440 pixel displays but Taiwanese company AU Optronics has piped up with their own screens, which will be with us sooner than the Samsung effort. Their showcase 5.7-inch screen boasts 513 pixels-per-inch, with a 6-inch version also on the way. Via engadget

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