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Rumor Mill: iPhone 5C Case Turns Up on Amazon

Plastic iPhone 5

For weeks, we’ve been hearing that Apple has a budget iPhone in the works. It makes perfect sense that they’re trying to tap into this market, considering the fact that the regular iPhone is way out of the budget of most people. For years, the Android has been hot in its heels and it looks like the rival OS is gaining more and more ground. There is a wide variety of Android devices available in the market, from high-end luxury phones to affordable but still full-featured smartphones.

Images of Apple’s purported budget iPhone leaked earlier this month. Apple hasn’t confirmed the existence of the device yet, although sources claim that they’ll be launching it this September. Perhaps fueling these rumors even more is the appearance of a case for the “iPhone 5C” on Amazon.Continue Reading

Now You Can Charge Your Smartphone on Your Kitchen Counter

DuPont Countertop Charger

How often do you leave your phone on the kitchen counter? I’m guessing a lot. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way to charge your phone while it was on the counter? If you agreed with me, then you’ll be happy to hear that DuPont has figured out how a way to do this. They collaborated with the Power Matters Alliance to create a tabletop that has built-in wireless charging capabilities.

The technology isn’t for kitchen counters only, as it can also be integrated with the nightstand in your room or with the coffee table in your den. Basically all they did was take Powermat’s wireless charging technology and incorporate it into a Corian solid surface, which is commonly used for counter tops.

Now this is awesome stuff.

VIA [ Bit Rebels ]

Rumor Mill: More HTC One Mini Photos Leaked

HTC One Mini

We’re a month closer to the rumored release of the HTC Mini One this August. While HTC hasn’t made any official announcement yet (and it doesn’t look like they’re about to anytime soon), the leaks just keep on coming. Late last month, specs about the HTC Mini One’s screen resolution was leaked online. A few days before that, a few sources led speculation to an August release date.

This time around, we don’t have much specs-wise, but we do have a couple of images of the rumored smartphone. It’s the smaller, budget-friendly version of the highly-popular HTC One, which many reviewers found to be better than Samsung’s Galaxy S4.

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OhGizmo! Review: The WakaWaka Solar Charger

WakaWaka Solar Power Light and Charger

In case of emergency, you will soon realize that two things you’ll definitely need is a source of light and a way to communicate to others (or to the outside world, if you’re trapped or stuck somewhere.) In short, you’ll need a torch and a phone with a charged-up battery. The WakaWaka Solar Charger is both of that, minus the actual phone, as it is actually a solar-powered device charger and flashlight in one.

The WakaWaka is primarily a charger, and it’s a pretty flexible one at that. You can position the device where the sunlight hits the solar panel in full and leave it there for 8 hours to achieve a full charge. If you can’t wait that long, then you can also just plug it in to your computer’s USB port or charge your device via AC–but then, where’s the fun in that?

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SolePower Charges Your Smartphone One Step At A Time

SolePower

SolePower is another contraption that lets you charge your smartphone through a very basic action that everyone does at some point during the day: walk. Similar concepts have been proposed before, but a group is finally taking action and their proposed device is called SolePower. It’s dubbed as a “power-generating shoe” that allows the wearer to charge portable electronics like smartphones, MP3 players, and tablets as they walk.

Instead of being embedded into the actual shoe, SolePower is a separate, removable insole that you can swap and insert into whatever pair you’ve chosen to wear.

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Rumor Mill: Could This Be Apple’s Budget iPhone?

Budget iPhone-

Speculations about a low budget version of Apple’s iPhone have been floating around for a while now. Given the variety of Android devices in the market, it makes sense for Apple to want to tap into the budget smartphone market since they clearly don’t want to make it too easy for their competitors.

Several images that are allegedly of the budget iPhone have been leaked over the past few days. It basically looks like a sleeker version of the iPhone, but I think the main difference would be what’s inside the device instead of its exterior.

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Sense+ iPhone Dock With Built-In Smoke Detector Might Just Save Your Life

Sense+

People have really begun giving more thought to how they make smartphone accessories. For example, the conceptual iPhone case with a built-in carbon monoxide detector could especially come in handy if you’re wary about carbon monoxide poisoning. Then there’s the Sense+ iPhone dock that does a one up on the case, because not only does it come with a gas detector, but it also has a built-in smoke detector and alarm.

The Sense+ isn’t just a concept though; it’s an actual product and it’s currently up for funding on Indiegogo. It’s a smart dock that comes with a companion app that provides you with custom personal protection options to safeguard the life of you and your family.

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HTC One Mini Screen Resolution Specs Leaked By an HTC-Owned Domain

HTC One Mini

The HTC One Mini is all but officially confirmed with the leak of these specs on the device’s screen resolution. Rumors have been ride about the yet-to-be-announced device that will be going head to head against Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini, which will be launched in the next few months.

HTC-owned domain HTCMMS published a user agent profile on the device that contains the device’s name, HTC One Mini. The page also indicates that the device will have a 1280×720-resolution display and that it will run on Android 4.2.

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Rumor Mill: HTC One Mini Might Be Released This August

HTC One Mini

The HTC One is one of the biggest rivals to Samsung’s Galaxy S4, and it looks like both smartphone manufacturers will be facing off once more this summer. Samsung has already announced the Galaxy S4 Mini last month. HTC hasn’t made any official announcements on a mini version of the One, but rumors are rife that a smaller version of their flagship phone is in the works.

Sources claim that the HTC One Mini will be released sometime this August. It will sport a 4.3-inch screen and come with a Qualcomm processor that’ll be less powerful than what the One is equipped with. That’s to be expected, considering that this is the “mini” version of that phone.

HTC will confirm the news in due time, so I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see when or if they do.

VIA [ Electronista ]