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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.

au by KDDO make your own smartphone kit takes AGES to make

April 9, 2014 by Tom in Other Phone with No Comments.

au by KDDI and DaAGNOSTINI Japan is going to release a new weekly magazine series that comes with a smartphone component with each issue. Subscribers will receive new parts and assembly instructions to make the phone. This DIY tech project is a huge commitment, however, as Akihabaranews has calculated that it will take 520 weeks (approx 10 years) and 1,029,410 yen (approx US$10,000). Once complete, the smartphone will boast a whopping 40 minutes of battery life and will have a 0.32MP camera. Don't rush to subscribe all at once! Via Akihabaranews

Tag Heuer debuts its solar charging

April 7, 2014 by Tom in Other Phone with No Comments.

Watch and luxury phone maker Tag Heuer has produced a solar power-charging version of its Meridiist phone. The limited edition Meridiist Infinite is the first to bring this technology to market. Developed in collaboration with Atelier Haute Communication and Sunpartner Technologies, it features Wysips Crystal Technology within the screen - and this is their key to charging with sunshine. Wysips Crystal, a transparent photovoltaic component, sits beneath the LCD screen and charges in light. The Meridiist Infinite is produced to a limited number of 1911 pieces and will be very expensive (the regular Meridiist costs £3,221). However, if it the tech lives up to its promise, there's hope it can spread to less exclusive devices. The phone it currently lives in is made from grade

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