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Tag Archives: Cellphones

TAG Heuer Launches Phone With Infinite Power

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You wouldn’t have expected TAG Heuer, maker of watches, to get into the cell phone business, let alone to announce the launch of a phone with what they’re calling “Infinite Power”. Yet that’s exactly what the Meridiist Infinite is supposed to have. By inserting a transparent photovoltaic cell behind the screen, the phone is capable of remaining on standby indefinitely, so long as it’s receiving a specific type of light, whether natural or artificial. However if you’re actually using your phone, the “infinite power” thing doesn’t apply.

Like many luxury electronics, you’re going to be paying for the materials (sapphire, Titanium Grade 5, carbon, etc.), the brand name, but definitely not for the technology. The Meridiist Infinite is running Froyo, and even if it is being produced in limited quantities (1,911 units, to be exact), we’re not convinced it deserves the $7,000 asking price.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Emoji’s May Soon Be More Racially Diverse, Thanks To Apple

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If you’ve noticed your Emoji’s seem overwhelmingly white, it’s because they are (yes, even Miley Cyrus seems to think so). So MTV Act decided to do something about it and sent an email to Tim Cook. Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton’s reply is as follows:

Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.

Ok, so they’re working on it, although there’s no timeline for when the changes might be implemented. Still, it wouldn’t be so bad if the characters representing us in text messages, you know, actually represented us, and it’s good to know something’s being done about it.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Modular Smartwatch Gives You Options

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The Internet tubes exploded in a fury a while ago when word that a modular cellphone called Phonebloks was possibly in the works. We then found out Google might actually be putting their weight behind it under the guise of Project Ara, and we rejoiced. Well it stands to reason that modular is now becoming the it thing in the consumer electronics world, and the smart watch is receiving the treatment. Simply called Blocks, the idea is that you can customize your watch to your liking, attaching as many or as few of the myriad components available: accelerometers, thermometers, heart monitors, galvanic skin response sensors… The list goes on. With Blocks you’ll be able to pick out the face of your liking and combine it with as much functionality as you want or can afford.

Better yet, Blocks will have an open marketplace for developers, which is likely to spur innovation and result in greater choice and competition for the customer. As for when or if this might ever see the light of day, that’s another question. The UK team behind the watch claim they have a working prototype and are aiming for a crowd funded launch sometime in mid-2015. You can sign up on their website to be notified of when it’s time to put some money down.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Techcrunch ]

The YotaPhone Has Two Screens And That’s A Good Thing

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Of course, the screens are not identical, that would be stupid. Instead, the YotaPhone allegedly will have a regular 5-inch, 1080p, AMOLED screen on the one side, and a low power 4.7 inch e-ink display on the other. The idea is that you can use the e-ink side for things that don’t really require a bright colourful display, like reading emails or texts. This will help with battery life, while flipping the phone to the other side will let you use it normally, with a proper refresh rate and colours and all. On the inside you have a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor running Android and while we don’t have other prospective specs, the essential feature here really is the dual screen. The company is planning to release an open SDK so that other developers may build applications like e-book readers, and if all goes well the device should sell for around $675.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Blackphone To Be First Cellphone To Focus On Privacy

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It may be 2014, but it sure feels like 1984. With the NSA snooping on every phone call and keeping track of your every move, privacy is at the forefront of a lot of minds. Which sounds like the time is ripe for Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone to introduce the Blackphone, the “world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else.” Featuring an Android-based OS, a “top performing” processor, and a modem that will be unlocked and compatible with any GSM network, the phone is sure to appeal to those who haven’t completely given up on the notion of privacy. It’ll run “a skin called ‘PrivatOS’ that will allow you to make and receive secure phone calls and text messages, store files securely and browse the web privately through an anonymous VPN.” It’s being revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, though the price hasn’t been announced yet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

NewTrent PowerPack Ultra Comes With A Massive 14,000 mAh Battery

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External and high capacity batteries are becoming popular these days. Users with heavy usage either carry a spare battery, if their handset comes with a removable one, while other prefer to use cases with external battery or a battery pack that can help them charge their devices. If you’re looking for a powerful and durable external battery pack, take a look at NewTrent’s PowerPack Ultra. This beastie comes with a massive 14,000 mAh battery, which is more than enough to charge a smartphone up to six times. The battery pack has dual USB ports, with one carrying 2.1A while the other one comes with 1A, which can be used to charge smartphones. NewTrent guarantees that PowerPack Ultra can survive 500 charge cycles, which is pretty amazing. The battery pack is water-resistant and requires almost 12 hours for a full charge. PowerPack Ultra comes with a $69.95 price tag and can be purchased from the product page link below.

[Product Page] via [Slashgear]

Top Alternatives to the New iPhone

This article was written by , who is Marketing Executive at E2Save -Ed.

htc-one-silver.productpage_api.left The new iPhone models 5c and 5s caused a big storm when they were released earlier this autumn, but despite Apple being one of the world’s best-loved brands there are still millions of people who do not get on with their products. If you are one of those who simply cannot understand the hype surrounding the latest Apple gadgets then read on for some of the best alternatives to the iPhone 5c and 5s.

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The HTC One makes an immediate impact – it looks great and the full metal unibody has been well received. It was released back in spring but is still one of the best smartphones of the year thanks to its capabilities and features. However, the camera is far from the best on the market.

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Tired Of The Smartphone Landscape? Why Not Help Ubuntu Make The Next Big Thing?

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Between the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, there’s a fair amount of choice on the market. But if all this seems boring to you, you might want to look at what Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is cooking up. They’re looking to raise $32 million on Indiegogo, in order to develop a handset called Edge. Quite frankly, it just looks awesome:

Crafted from cool, textured amorphous metal, the Edge has a distinctive, precise look but its rakishly chamfered edges are shaped to fit naturally in the palm — our design prototype already has a wonderfully solid feel. It’s the right size, too. Edge gestures are the next big thing in mobile, and our testing has found that a 4.5in screen is ideal for comfortable control of all four edges with one hand.

We also believe the race for ever higher resolution has become a distraction. Beyond 300ppi you’re adding overhead rather than improving display clarity. We think colour, brightness and dynamic range are now the edge of invention so we’ll choose a display for its balance of resolution, dynamic range and colour accuracy.

We’ll protect that gorgeous display with something vastly tougher than glass: pure sapphire crystal, a material so hard only diamond could scratch it. For a phone to run a full desktop OS, it must have the raw power of a PC. We’ll choose the fastest available multi-core processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of storage. The battery will use silicon-anode technology, so we can squeeze more energy into the same dimensions.

So how much? The $600 early adopter version is sold out. So the only way to get one is to pledge $830. That may seem steep, but you’re paying for a phone that could double as a PC. That sounds pretty sweet to us, and look at that if it isn’t a thing of beauty…

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

1stfone Is A Cellphone For Kids… Really Young Kids

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How soon is too soon to give your child an iPhone? I say that as long as they’re under 18, they shouldn’t have one. But what do I know, I’m a cranky old fart. That said, you wouldn’t give a 5 year old a $700 smartphone, would you? But it still would make some sort of sense to give him the ability to call home on his sleepovers, or whatever the heck 5 year olds do when they’re away from you. That’s what the ’1stfone’ is for. It’s a dead simple handset which comes preprogrammed with 4 numbers, plus 999. That’s the emergency phone number in the UK, as this is unfortunately UK-only (and Northern Ireland, sorry). The child can easily press any of the four numbers, or answer a call if you wish to get in touch with him. And that’s all he can do with it. There’s no keypad for him to start making long distance calls, or touchscreen to play games, or anything; any change in the preprogrammed numbers requires calling customer service.

It’s a smart device that targets a neglected demographic and we sort of hope they succeed. It’s between £55 and £70 for the handset (depending on whether you choose Pay-As-You-Go or a Monthly plan) and plans start at £7.50 per month.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]