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Tag Archives: Cellphones

Forever Alone: The Selfie Arm Makes It Look Like You Have Friends

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Oh, what a sad lonely world we live in. Think about it. There’s a product out there made specifically for you to take selfies while making it look like you’re in someone’s company.

Or not. There isn’t. Thank God. The Selfie Arm is actually a piece of art by Aric Snee and Justin Crowe.

It’s the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm. and better yet, it doesn’t talk or have emotions of any sort. you can even create fake accounts and use its finger to like all your images; its not you its the hand! ‘selfie arm’ is made of fiberglass, is lightweight and portable, and fortunately only a prototype. the collaborative project is a direct commentary on the growing selfie stick phenomenon, and the constant, gnawing need for narcissistic internet validation.

But of course, this kind of art is likely to be nothing but inspiration to some company turning the idea into actual product you can buy. Mark our words, it’s just a matter of time before this is a thing, at least as a gag item. If it isn’t already.

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[ DesignBoom ] VIA [ IncredibleThings ]

Interested in a new phone? How About The ASUS ZenFone 2?

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Sponsored post. -Ed.

ASUS has outdone itself again with their newest smartphone release. The ZenFone 2 features top of the line specifications for a middle-end price, making it a top competitor on the current smartphone market. Its display is based upon a 5.5” Gorilla Glass 3-protected screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. It is backed with Intel’s own 64-bit Atom Z3560 mobile processor that packs 4 cores clocked at 1.8ghz each. This is paired with a PowerVR G6430 GPU that is sure to be able to drive any mobile game or application smoothly. ASUS is releasing two models that have difference in the RAM including a 2GB model and a 4GB model. Due to these high-class specs, ASUS is claiming seven times better gaming performance as compared to the original ZenFone. Most smartphone users want a good camera to match their superior internal specifications, of course. The ZenFone 2 supports a 13-megapixel camera with 5 element f/2.0 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. All of these components are powered by a 3000mAh battery that is sure to last for the whole day.

This phone is unlocked and is available on service providers all around by supporting GSM, WCDMA, and LTE-FDD. It ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, providing the optimal software for the phone. This ensures a smooth interface that is sure to fit any user’s needs.

An enormous benefit of this phone is a newly released coupon code. GearBest.com is offering a hugely decreased price of over $30. After making an account on www.gearbest.com and adding either the 2GB or the 4GB model of the ASUS ZenFone, users can specify the coupon code of “ASUSZ2″, which will then apply the promotion. Originally the 4GB model is priced at $367.20 and then is reduced to $330.74 (308.44 Euro) and the 2GB model is normally $288.30 and is slashed to $244.98 (228.46 Euro).

Overall, the ASUS ZenFine 2 is one of the best smartphones on the market and is to satisfy the needs of even the most powerhungry user with the top-notch Intel Atom Processor and the large 3000maH battery. Paired with the low cost due to the promotion, this phone is a steal for the performance it will bring.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 can be purchased through GearBest with the promotion code ASUSZ2 at http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_170575.html

Oaxis inkCase i6 Puts an eReader Screen On The Back Of Your iPhone 6

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Some of you may have looked at the Yotaphone with some lust. You know, it’s that crazy Russian phone with two screens, one of which is an eInk display? Yeah, nice phone, but getting yourself a Yotaphone also means giving up your iPhone 6, and that won’t do. So take a look at Oaxis’ inkCase i6 instead. It features its very own 800 x 480 4.3″ anti-glare eInk display that communicates with your mobile via Bluetooth. This way you can display any number of things while using no power from your device, things like the weather, wallpapers, sports score tracking, etc. And since the eInk only uses power when being updated, the integrated 300mAh of battery, small as it seems, should be enough to last for several days without needing a charge.

There’s no word on price or availability, other than “this spring.”

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

Windbreaking Foam Balls Keep Your Phone Conversations On The Quieter Side

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As sophisticated as modern smartphone noise cancellation algorithms are, they still struggle against the havoc wind can cause on your phone conversations. So someone thought it would be a good idea to design these Windblocker foam balls, which are designed to prevent wind from getting into your phone’s mic and disrupting your calls. Sure, it kind of looks like a clown costume for your phone… but if you have a really important call to make, outside, it wouldn’t hurt to carry one of them in a pocket, strange looks be damned. They have a little clip that lets them easily be put on or taken off your device and while pricing info hasn’t been revealed just yet, we would be shocked if you were expected to pay anything more than $5-$10 for them.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

One Month After Launch, iPhone 6 Plus Scalping Is A Huge Problem In Canada

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I preordered my iPhone 6 Plus 128GB in Space Grey on September 12th, at 11:22am, with Fido, a large Canadian carrier. It’s now October 21st, and I’m still sitting in the pre-order queue at #206, down from #414 when I first completed the procedure. This is ridiculous. But it gets worse. I have been checking the Apple site daily, hoping to be able to make a reservation there and there never is anything available, ever. So I went to one of the Apple stores several times, hoping for a miracle, only to finally be informed by one of the Geniuses of what’s actually going on: scalping!

According to this Genius, it seems there are teams of resellers who hire kids to refresh the Apple site all day, immediately snagging any units as soon as they become available. They then waltz into the store, buy the devices full price, and sell them for an outrageous profit. To confirm this, I decided to see if I could actually get my hands on a phone from one of these resellers. After walking around a local mall for a few minutes, I happened on a small kiosk that sold cell phones. I asked for a 6 Plus, 128GB and was told that “of course, you can have one. It’ll be $1,500.” Oh. Ok. That’s a 50% profit margin!

Meanwhile, Fido has apparently received only about 200 units of the 6 Plus 128GB Space Grey in one month’s time. That’s Canada-wide! What this seems to mean is that Apple is funnelling the vast majority of its available inventory directly to its retail outlets, rather than through the carriers, since we imagine this way they can reap the full profit rather than sharing a portion with the carriers.

It’s a frustrating situation. Of course we understand Apple’s apparent decision to make as full of a profit now that demand is still high, but the unfortunate side effect of this is that regular customers are being gouged. Supply to legitimate carriers is apparently being throttled, and no one at any retail outlet besides the Apple store seems to know what’s going on.

Any other Canadians experiencing this?

Deal Of The Day: 51% Off On Universal Car Mount

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Driving with your phone in your hand is a bad idea. Not only is it illegal in most places, it’s also a bad idea; people die. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to set yourself up with a windshield mounted phone holder. The Universal Car Mount pivots 360°, and its adjustable arms grasp onto pretty much any sized phone. The best part is the price: $14. That’s as little as a couple of Starbucks creations, but will be more likely to save your life than the triple shot of caffeine you’d normally get.

[ 51% Off On Universal Car Mount ]

These Pants Wirelessly Charge Your Nokia Lumia As You Walk

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The pants you’re looking at have an integrated 2,400mAh battery as well as a DC-50 Induction Charging Plate sewn right in. With this setup, your Nokia Lumia 930 phone will start charging as soon as you put it in your pocket, with no need to plug any wires or do anything. Granted, it also means your pants will need a charge from time to time, but if that means a longer battery life, we suppose we can live with it. “Created by British designer Adrien Sauvage in collaboration with Nokia for London Collections: ‘Modern Man’”, the pants will actually be available for pre-order on Amazon soon for £200 (approx. $350).

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[ Nokia ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

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 ]