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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:26

CES 2014 - LG G Flex

 

LG presented a new smartphone called LG G Flex on CES fair.

The smartphone features a very large 6-inch display and a resolution of 1280x720. In addition the display is very bright and the device is comfortable to use. The weight is only 177 grams. The smartphone is running under Android 4.2.2. It has a quad-core processor Qualcomm, clocked at 2.26 GHz and 2 GB of RAM, so the device should run very quickly.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:29

New 12,2-inch Galaxy Tab Pro

Samsung, one of the biggest manufacturers of smartphones and tablets unveiled at CES fair a new tablets.
Samsung presented new 12,2-inch tablets Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro. The main difference between the devices is attachment of the stylus and the relevant application for Galaxy Note Pro.  Used displays have a resolution of 2560 x 1600. This made it possible to implement a feature that enables applications to work in multiple windows.
In addition, Samsung has added a keyboard called Virtual Keyboard and Magazine UX making easier use of the internet on the big screen.
Tablets are running the operating system Android 4.4 KitKat. A big plus of the new devices is the 8Mpix camera.
In addition, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab with 8-inch and 10-inch screen. Each of the new tablets will be available this year.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:00

Dell Venue

The American company Dell, known until today mainly as a producer of relatively cheap but high quality laptops and netbooks unveiled its first tablet - the Dell Venue. The tablet is available with a 7-inch and 8-inch screen.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 13:49

New iPhone 5

The successor to the iPhone 5 will be a new smartphone iPhone 5S. Although the name of the device is similar to the former iPhone, it will have several new features. The quality of workmanship and performance are at a higher level, the camera placed on the smartphone is much better, and also has a much sturdier smartphone battery.

Friday, 09 August 2013 13:51

Convertible notebook

The success of netbooks was widely predicted several years ago. But they were soon supplanted by tablets. Most manufacturers of netbooks resigned from their production and went on to produce tablets that are more convenient to use. Meanwhile, a new devices appeared on the market - convertible netbook or laptop. Previously, you could find this type of construction, but they were marginal products that could not exploit well the potential of the touch screen.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:22

Moto X officially launched

The Moto X has been launched officially, with touchless Google Now and 10MP camera. Under year-long Google's new management, Moto X is Android-based midrange mobile device with few quite promising features, sometimes trading raw processing power for usability.

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Google has started sending invitations to Google Glass Explorer. Invitations are sent to current Google Glass testers, which will be able to invite his friends to participate in the program, and be able to purchase the device. At present, the program will be able for legal age USA citizens. The exact premiere date of Google Glass is not yet known. Some speculate that it won't be 2013.

 

We have a winner in a race for a million apps market. And a winner is Google Play. Hugo Barra, Vice President, Android Product Management at Google, officially announced during the conference in San Fransisco on 25.07.2013, that on Google Play already exist over milion apps. Apple needs about a hundred thousand new apps for reach this score.

Source: www.chip.pl

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 16:42

Nokia Lumia 625 presented

On a today's press conference, Nokia has presented their newest smartphone - Nokia Lumia 625. It was said that Nokia was preparing "something bigger", but up to day it wasn't sure whether a new device was going to be a smartphone, a tablet, or a phablet. Now everything is official. This new device is in fact a smartphone, and it is among budget line of products.

Among the top unique characteristics, it features a large, 4,7'' screen, although nothing really impressive - the resolution is 800x480px, which gives 201PPI density. Nonetheless, the IPS screen is using Gorilla Glass 2, and can be used even with the gloves. Under the hood, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960, dual core 1.2GHz CPU is used, and the amount of RAM is 512MB. Built-in memory is not impressive either with 8GB, but it can be easily extened by up to additional 64GB with a micro-SD card. The main camera used in this device is a 5Mpx one. Connectivity is good, as Lumia 625 has LTE support, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

This device uses a battery of 2000mAh, allowing for almost one day of 2G-talk time, and 15 hours for 3G-talk time. The physiscal dimensions are 133,25 / 72,25 / 9,15 mm. Lumia 625 is going to be produced in five different colours. The estimated price is said to be around 200 EUR.

More information can be found on Nokia's website.

 

As the analysts start to publish their reports on the second quarter of 2013, the image of Android’s increasing foothold in the market becomes more noticeable manly due to slowdown in Apple’s camp. Tablets are the forefront of the battle between the OSs and forecasts show that it is not going to stop.
34% of personal computing devices shipped in Q2 2013 are tablets. It’s a 43% increase over the last 12 months. The division of the spoils, however, is a sour grape for Apple as its competitors are quickly gaining on the leader. That’s mainly thanks to smaller, less than 9”, tablets which are cheaper and therefore available to a wider audience.

 

Facebook annouced that their mobile application has been downloaded over 100 million times right now. Facebook mobile application has the same functionality as web application. In the end of March Facebook had over 751 million users connected by mobile devices.

 

Since Apple released iOS7 beta, developers are reporting new features hidden inside new mobile system.

This week new gizmo seems to allow users to perform similar level of control like the one found in Samsung Galaxy S4, where you could scroll pages using only your eyes. In iOS things will work differently, combination of left and right head movements could make phone launch Siri, notification centre, app switcher or home button.

The new iOS is expected to be available in early September for customers globally.

Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:24

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

A new hybrid phone will join to Samsung Galaxy 4 family. Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a combination of smart phone and camera. The front of the phone does not differ significantly from Samsung S4 Mini, but rear side of the device looks more like a camera than a smartphone. The device have a 2 core 1.5 GHz processor  working on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 4.3 inch AMOLED qHD display.

Samsung will launch three new Galaxy tablets on 7th of July. New tablets will have screens of 7'', 8'' and 10.1'', and will user different hardware components. The 7'' version will have 1,2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage with microSD slot for further expansion, 1024x600 screen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean system.

The next Galaxy, 8'' will have 1,5GHz dual-core processor, 1,5GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 1280x800 screen and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean system. Moreover, it will feature 5Mpx camera

The last Galaxy will use 10.1'' 1280x800 screen with 1GB RAM and 1,6GHz dual-core processor.

The exact specifications will be known on the release day. Samsung will also provide additional benefits, like 50GB Dropbox account for 2 years.

Sunday, 23 June 2013 09:06

76% of young people use smartphones

According to Telefonica Global Millenial Survey research, 49% young people in East-Central Europe think, that Internet is reliable source of news. It is more than for TV (33%) and press (12%). In all 27 countries in which the survey was conducted, 76% of young people use smartphones. In Western Europe it is 79%, in East-Central 60%. The survey was conducted in 27 countries among 12 thousand respondends in 18-30 years old.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 07:10

MicroPhone - "wallet" phone

We can expect, that in the near future mobile phones will be credit card size. Project MicroPhone - "wallet" version of the phone has a good chance to run. The gadget, in addition to small size (height 85mm, width 55mm, thickness 5.5 mm), will be equipped with 1.8-inch display, mini USB outout and a keyboard. Working  time is going to be impressive  - according to official information, it is supposed to work until three weeks in standby mode.

Monday, 10 June 2013 06:02

Possible end of roaming fees

On Tuesday, members of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee voted in favor of new legislation to end roaming fees by 2015 and the call was unanimously approved. It gives hope on end of high profit margins on roaming inside EU and lower cost of international calls.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043902/eu-politicians-take-a-step-toward-abolishing-roaming-charges.html

Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:56

New iPhone specifications

Rumors say that the new iPhone will probably revealed in September this year, and that it will feature even more sophisticated technology.

It is expected that new hardware version will be equipped with a 1704x960px, 4,2'' screen, which would mean to reach 489 PPI. The frame of a new iPhone should be narrowed a bit, and the foto module is to be replaced by a 12Mpx unit. Another feature is fingerprint reader embedded in the home button. It is also expected that the new iPhone will be produced in a number of various colours.

 Engineers at LG developed world first OLED flexible display panel for mobile devices. LG already shown 55 inch curved OLED TV about a month ago. New panel is developed using plastic, which promise to make it flexible but also - unbreakable, certainly a feature most welcomed im mobile devices.

Both 5- and 7-inch HD Oxide TFT panels will be shown soon. That first size features a bezel that's just 1mm wide, enabling a borderless frame when installed in smartphones. Both displays are lightweight and consume less power than their traditional equivalents. Finally, LG will have a 14-inch 2560x1440-pixel laptop panel on hand, along with LCDs designed for use in refrigerators and automotive dashboards.

Samsung broke his own sales record of Android based smartphones. The largest seller of Android based mobile devices in the world has sold 4 million Galaxy S IV in four days. For comparison, Samsung has sold three million Galaxy S III within 21 days.

The leader in smartphone sales is still Apple, which managed to sell five million iPhone 5 during its first weekend after release.

 

Source: www.slashgear.com

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:43

Smasung Galaxy Core

A new middle-end model, called Core, joined the Samsung Galaxy family. This low-budget device will be sold in two versions:  with single or double SIM card slot. In the second case, the manufacturer assured it will be possible to use both cards at the same time, although further details were not disclosed. The interesting thing in this model is that the memory card can be changed without rebooting phone operating system. Other parameters: 1.2 GHz processor, 4.3-inch touch screen TFT with a resolution of 480x800px, 5 megapixel camera, dimensions of 129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm, weight 124 grams, batteries capacity of 1800 mAh.
Source: Samsung

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:11

Mobile Xbox Live rival from Google

As Android Police reports, during test of new  Google Play client, they found links to new service called Google Play Games. They found links to players ranking, game saving in cloud system, multiplayer functions and achievement system. The service is supposed to be integrated with Google+.

 

Source: Android Police

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:44

Nokia tablet coming in May?

Nokia had announced that it is planning to show the new Lumia on May 14 in London. Nokia stated that the story of Lumia continues on that day. But what is the story about anyway? Could be a Nokia Windows tablet.

According to the latest sources from India, Nokia set to unveil its first Windows tablet in London. The Nokia tablet is going to power by either Windows 8 or Windows RT.

The sources added that the Nokia tablet has a 10.1-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution, 1GHz of processor and 1GB of RAM. The measurement of the body is 256.6×175.3×9.7mm and the device is weighted at 676g. Nothing about pricing so far, also the specs are not most impressive, looks like low or mainstream device for masses. 

This could be just another rumor but do not rule out it yet because Nokia Lumia is quite popular in India.

(via gsminsider)

Thorsten Heins, the CEO of BlackBerry (formely RIM) recently admitted, that the future for tablets is not very bright. He argued that the current tablet market is very crowded, and that within 5 yers time there won't be a demand for the tablets we know today. Heins said that there is a space in the market for devices which have bigger screens that the mobile devices, but not in the shape of a tablet.

It's not sure whether this opinion is objective, or it is influenced by not-so-great launch of the Playbook tablets. It is sure, however, that the time will eventually bring the answer.

According to new IDC research, in the first quarter of 2013 were sold 418.6 millions cell phones. Over 51% of sold devices are classified as smartphones. It is the first time, when number of sold smartphones is greater than regular cell phones.

Connecting iPhone with binoculars was the original idea of Fujikake and Mac Daniel Nguyen. Employees of HI Resolution Enterprise developed a universal adapter fits almost every model of smartphone and binoculars. The real focal length of the lens is greatly extended from the built-in camera phone. 10x or 20x magnification is not a problem - the only limit is the quality and capabilities of binoculars. By using this combination, hobbyists can create a professional kit for digiscoping - view for more people, save photos and videos.

Link to the website http://kck.st/10drkXX

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:41

Hakitzu: Connecting learn with entertainment

Developers from Kuato Studios creates an application which can learn kids computer programming when they playing game. The game is based on the programming of movements that must take our hero to complete the mission successfully. Movements are programmed using JavaScript language.

At the moment, the game is only available in the iTunes store for iOS devices such as the iPad or iPhone.

Monday, 25 March 2013 10:44

HTC - new models on middle range market

On the network appeared the pictures of the new Android mid-range HTC smartphones: model Desire Q and Desire P (sports).

Both models will have 4.3-inch display with the resolution of 800x480 pixels, 1GHz dual-core processor,
8 mega pixels digital camera with LED backlighting. Additional features: Beats Audio technology, microSD memory card slot, front webcam.
For more details visit Android4tw.com.

Monday, 25 March 2013 09:39

MLW 2013

From 18 to 22 of Feburary 2013, UNESCO headquarters in Paris helds the Second UNESCO Mobile Learning week. Meeting focus  on goals related to mobile learning such as how mobile technologies can support teachers, improve overall education quality and youth and also adult literacy.
MLW was divided into three parts:
•    (OPEN) Symposium on Mobile Learning
•    (INVITATION ONLY) Senior Policy Makers' Forum
•    (OPEN) MLW Webinar

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 09:08

Nvidia announces roadmap for Tegra

Nvidia has just announced a roadmap for their Tegra processors. According to the specifications, later this year first devices with Tegra 4 processors will be launched, which according to available benchmarks, has put the competition aside. The further development is scheduled for 2014, which will reveal Tegra 5 processors (codenamed Logan). As Nvidia materials suggest, the Logan chips will be integrated with GPU Kepler, which currently is being used for GeForce 600 series graphic cards.

More detailed information is available here: http://blogs.nvidia.com/2013/03/nvidia-ceo-updates-nvidias-roadmap/

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 06:37

Trojan horse My HRMIS & JPA Demo

Kaspersky Labs informs about new fake application for Android: My HRMIS & JPA Demo made by Nur Nazari. It is available on the Google Play. After the installation, it displays four buttons. But after user press any of the buttons, application steals ten newest addresses in address book or the newest three smses.

For more information read: http://www.viruslist.pl/weblog.html?weblogid=859.

According to Bloomberg, Apple might be releasing rumoured iWatch device by the end of 2013. News source is close to Corning - Gorilla Glass manufacturer,

Apple as always will not say anything about upcoming products, but various sources claim there is a team of over 100 engineers working on some sort of wereable computer. Device name is obviously unofficial, but rumour say it will be able to make calls, check caller ID and possibly include some sort of biometric sensors, similar to those now available with partnership with Nike. Map display - or at least relay is also possible. Well, pretty much everything is possible, but since Google is planning to release its Google Glass close to the end of 2013, there is at least this to push Apple towards releasing its own 'something'.

Full article is available here.

SMILE is a project from Stanford University, which tries to transform a traditional learning environment into one which is greatly supported by mobile devices. The project itself has launched in November 2011, nevertheless it is in constant development. Students are encouraged to use mobile devices as a support tool, they create and answer questions, and by such approach they are involved in the learning process.

Paul Kim, the creator of a SMILE project, recently gave a few remarks on what could be possibly done in order to help m-learning technologies go global. Highlights of his lessons learned are presented below:

  • the use of existing resources is crucial, as the ability to provide mobile learning content basing on what is at our disposal at the moment is sometimes a go/no-go factor,
  • tailoring the content to the environment is very important, because people won't learn something which does not apply to their lives at all,
  • making a good presentation of your offer in terms of publicity is of highest value, doing so will bring people to your mobile learning environment.

A short description of the SMILE project is presented below:

You can also visit a SMILE project website at http://gse-it.stanford.edu/research/project/smile

Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

MWC 2013

Between 25 and 28 of February 2013 Barcelona held Mobile World Congress 2013. Manufacturers presented their latest products. One of the most interesting was a combination of smartphone and tablet by Asus, the new product is called the Asus Padfone Infinity. Also, Hewlett-Packard entered the tablet market with its solution based on Android system.

Nokia except of new smartphones shows also traditional phones, designed for people who do not want to spend too much money buying a new device or do not need phone with new technologies.

 

For more information please visit http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:09

Tizen - new operating system for mobile devices

Samsung, in cooperation with Intel, developed a new operating system called Tizen. Perhaps it completely replace android in new Samsung smartphones in the future. Tizen uses the WebKit browser engine (based on the Linux kernel).

It supports both of native applications (specifically for this system) and written in HTML5, jQuery and JavaScript applications. A foretaste of system capabilities on the Samsung devices we can preview thanks to Engadget web page. The tested model of smartphone is powered by Tizen 2.0, has 4.7-inch HD screen very similar to the Galaxy S III and supports HD films hardware acceleration on the GPU.

Canonical already released developer version of Ubuntu for smarthpones and tablets. For now, we can install it on smartphones Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 and tablets Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. Along with system, its source code has been published. In order to install Ubuntu on mobile device visit wiki.ubuntu.com. Canonical warns that it is still an experimental distribution and in the extreme cases it can damage a device.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:41

Responsive design

With increasing of the availability of the Internet access on mobile devices, developers faced with the problem of proper display of created web pages on smartphones or tablets. HTML and CSS frameworks helps them to build responsive design fast and easy. Webmaster gets a tool with which to ensure that the site will be properly displayed on mobile devices.

One of the most popular responsive frameworks are Twitter Bootstrap, Aeon, Zurb Foundation and HTML Kickstart.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:02

ASUS 7'' Fonepad

ASUS 7-inch Fonepad presentation - officially called the tablet, but with the phone calls function. Fonepad is powered by Intel’s Atom Z2420 and Android 4.1.  It has 1GB RAM and 1280 x 800 screen resolution. The device has a built-in 3G antenna for voice calls through a microphone or a Bluetooth headset. Fonepad will be available with 8GB or 16 GB built-in memory. All models have a 1.2 MP front camera and the optional 3MP rear camera  with autofocus (with the ability to record video in HD 720p). It weighs 340 grams and it is 10.4 mm thick. The battery can last up to 9 hours. The release is planned for March 2013.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:10

HTC introduces One - new flagship mobile

Today HTC officially announced HTC One flagship mobile phone. After rough 2012, HTC surely has high hopes that this piece of hardware will turn around troubled phone manufacturer.

Surely, the Android powered handset looks brilliant, with bold specs, like 4.7 inch, 1080p display, Qualcomm new quad-core 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. Body is made from one piece of aluminum, with a bit curved angles. List of features goes on and on, sound quality should be very good with front facing speakers, each with own amplifier. The One's camera is equipped with so-called Ultrapixel sensor, which HTC claims to collect "300 percent more light". Speaking of light, the lens is F2.0, still something seen not very often in mobile device ranges.

Moving on to software side, One is powered by Jelly Bean Android with Sense 5, sort of own HTC interface, which somehow seem to be pretty close of live-tiles concept known from Windows 8.

Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:12

Fix for iPhone 4S iOS 6.1

With iOS 6.1 comes well know bug with 3G connections. Fortunately, Apple release new version, which introduce only one change - it fix the bug. Update to iOS 6.1.1 is already avalible and has about 23MB.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:59

HTC hints upcoming new One phone

Apparently HTC is trying to tease its new flagship smartphone via special promo page.

HTC One images leaked already quite a few times. Official launch date was set for February 19 and this promo page contains counter to this date.

Looks like HTC is trying to generate early hype and potential interest for potential users.

News via techcrounch.com 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 16:17

Mobile learning - international conference

An international conference "Mobile Learning 2013" is going to be organised in about one month (14-16 March) in Lisbon, Portugal. You can still register, although the early registration ended in December 2012.

The "Mobile Learning" conferences have been very successful since the beginning in 2005, when the conference was organised in Malta. From that time on, the conferences have taken place in Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Germany, and this year it is going to be held again in Portugal. The programme of the conference is fixed and available on the website: http://www.mlearning-conf.org/ The keynote speakers are confirmed, and the list reads Cathie Norris (University of North Texas) and Elliot Soloway (University of Michigan), who are actively involved in promoting m-learning technologies in education.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Blackberry Z10 Launched

Candian phone manufacturer Blackberry launched today much expected Z10 smartphone. Event was lead by Blackberry CEO, Thorsten Heins.

Blackberry new phone is a hope for loosing market company, with dropping sales and shrinking userbase. Z10 is currently unders testing by several operators and should be widely available in middle March.

News via techcrounch.com