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Like Cyanogen Android variant? Hold out for the ZUK Z1

August 25, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

Cyanogen is a popular variant of the Android OS and will ship with the ZUK Z1 Chinese smartphone, which is backed by Lenovo. With Cyanogen OS 12.1 and some great stats, this could be one to watch. The ZUK Z1 will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor backed by 3GB of RAM. Storage is 64GB and it has a 5.5-inch 1080p display. It will launch internationally in September and is expected to cost around $299. Via engadget

BQ Aquaris Ubuntu smartphones goes worldwide

August 9, 2015 by Tom in Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

Spanish phone maker BQ has put its Aquaris Ubuntu handsets on global sale, so everyone can now try out the popular alternative OS. Two BQ Ubuntu phones are available - the Aquaris E4.5 and E5 HD models. The E4.5 (€179/US$196) has a 4.5-inch display at 960 x 540 pixels and it runs on a MediaTek quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It packs 1GB of RAM, a 2,150 mAh battery and 8MP/5MP cameras. Upping the stats is the slightly more expensive (€200/US$219) Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition. This has a 5-inch display at 1280 x 720=pixels, as well as 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage and a 2,500 mAh battery. The cameras are better too, at 13MP and a 5MP front-facer. The support 3G data and are out now. Via liliputing

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone arrives in Europe

June 25, 2015 by Tom in Meizu, Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

Invites have been sent out for the first European models of the Chinese Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphones. While Android and Windows phones are standard, the more adventurous tinkerers might want to try a lesser-experienced OS for their phone. To get an invite, interested parties must register here (and complete the "origami wall"...). The MX4 has a 5.36-inch 1920 x 1152-pixel display and runs on an octa-core MediaTek 6595 processor. Inside is 2G of RAM and a 3,100mAh battery. The rear camera is a 20.7MP Sony unit and the front-facer is 5MP. The phone will launch in Europe at €299 ($334). Via pocket-lint

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus get Rose Gold makeover to match Apple Watch

March 19, 2015 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

The Apple Watch 18k rose gold model will be joined by the forthcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. These renders of the new models have been mocked up by Martin Hajek. The 6S and 6S Plus smartphones are expected to feature the Apple A9 processor and sport more RAM than the current 6 models. It's expected they'll surface in September, which could also see the release of iOS 9. Via geeky-gadgets

Thanko straps on for iPhone lanyard

February 7, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Other Phone, Phone, Thanko with No Comments.

Thanko has announced a product that seems a little too practical, sensible and tame given their delightful history of innovation. This, however, will probably be a success as it's a sensible rigid hook that lets a lanyard or strap securely attach to an iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus, meaning safety, security and the ability to add any amount of accessories (see below for some inspiring ideas!). The hook is put in place by removing the two screws at the bottom of the iPhone 6/6 Plus and replacing them with the bracket. Easy! It's out at the nice price of ¥1,280 ($10.80). Via akihabaranews [gallery link="file"]

Lovely: Y!mobile and ABIT corporation Heart 401AB phone

January 21, 2015 by Tom in Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

Y!Mobile and ABIT corporation will release a heart-shaped phone in March, just missing out on the Valentine's Day market. The novel little phone twists to answer calls, at which point it becomes a regular oblong shape for speaking and listening. In blast from the past specs, it has phone call and phone book functions - no internet, emails or even SMS. It has a 0.9-inch display and a built-in touch sensor for input. It weighs 54g, has 2 hours battery life and 160 hours standby.   Via akihabaranews

iPhone 6 Plus users, get on the WiFi or buy an unlimited data plan: Netflix has gone 1080p for you

November 15, 2014 by Tom in Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

The size of the iPhone 6 Plus has been applauded and laughed at in equal measure. Netflix is putting that extra girth to use, however, with the announcement that Netflix 7.0 will offer 1080p video playback for the 5.5-inch phone. The update is available now on the App Store. Via techradar

Happy iOS 8 day!

September 17, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple's latest mobile OS, iOS 8 will be available sometime today, September 17th. Two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, all Apple users will get a refresh with the latest OS, which is all about convergence with Mac OS X Yosemite and Apple Pay. For a full list of what to expect, check out the Apple iOS 8 page. Via techradar and Apple

New Street Fighter II iPhone 5 cases have special moves

August 28, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Other, Other Phone, Phone with No Comments.

20-odd years on, if you still have trouble remembering the combo for a Shoryuken or Hadoken, these new Street Fighter II iPhone cases from Japan might just be what you need. The cases feature the classic image of the signature moves of Ken, Ryu and Chun-Li, along with a handy combo reminder along the bottom. Check out below for the full set of images. They're by the Fujumoto Dengyo Corporation and cost 2,300 yen (US $22). Via akihabaranews

iOS 8 beta round-up – what to expect in the fall

August 8, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Pocket-lint has complied a comprehensive guide to the changes made in iOS 8, which has recently been released in beta form. Changes include fine-tuned notification options, embedded Podcasts app, Family Purchases displayed in the App Store, a "Raise to Listen" option for Messages, WiFi calling for selected networks, lots of Health changes, credit card scanning for online purchases, and much more. Check out the full list here at Pocket-lint.

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