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Feb

Archos reveals three smartphones, one tablet for MWC


Famous French brand known as Archos decided to unveil their new line-up for 2014, which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The line-up consists of a tablet known as Archos Helium 4G, three smartphones known as 50c Oxygen, 64 Xenon and 40b Titanium. Check them out after the break.

ArchostabletArchos claimed that 80 Helium 4G is “industry’s first 8-inch 4G tablet under $250″. Apart from that, it comes with 4.3 Jelly Bean, 8-inch 1024 x 768 pixel display with IPS LCD technology, Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core processor,  5 megapixel camera,1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage with microSD extension.

Archos1Next up is the 50c Oxygen and 64 Xenon. They are different when it comes to design but specification-wise; the only difference is that Archos 50c Oxygen works with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7Ghz  and a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 while the Archos 64 Xenon works with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3Ghz. 6.4-inch display with the same amount of pixels. Both will be available for $199.

40btitanium-600x447And the last device is a low-end 40b Titanium, featuring a 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel display with a Mediatek dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and you will get all this in just $119. Check out the whole spec-sheet below to get a broader perspective about features of the devices.

spec sheetAre you planning to grab any of them? Let us know in the comment box below.

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20
Feb

Google Launches ‘Project Tango’ 3D-Mapping Smartphone


Google today launched Project Tango, an experimental smartphone and developer kit that incorporates 3D sensors able to map indoor and outdoor environments. Designed as a 5-inch phone containing custom hardware and software, the first Project Tango prototype makes more than a quarter million 3D measurements each second, tracking three-dimensional motion to create a visual 3D map of the space around itself.

Google describes Project Tango primarily as a mapping tool, automatically capturing the world around each user to provide directions, dimensions, and environmental maps.

What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?

The company also pictures Project Tango as the first step towards fully immersive augmented reality games that merge gameplay with real world locations.

Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature army, or hiding secret virtual treasures in physical places around the world?

According to TechCrunch, Project Tango utilizes a vision processor called the Myriad 1, from Movidius, which is incredibly power efficient compared to other 3D-sensing chips on the market. The power necessary for 3D chips to function has thus far been one of the major issues preventing the technology from being incorporated into a smartphone, but because it functions like a co-processor much like Apple’s own M7 motion co-processor, it is able to draw less power.

Project Tango’s three-dimensional mapping capabilities are similar to technology developed by PrimeSense, a company that Apple acquired last year. PrimeSense developed the technology used in Microsoft’s original Kinect and went on to create motion-sensing mobile chips capable of scanning an environment in full 3D. PrimeSense imagined the technology could be used for interactive gaming, indoor mapping, and more, much like Project Tango.

It isn’t clear how Apple plans to use PrimeSense’s technology in future devices or whether it has plans to release a smartphone that supports a 3D chip, but Project Tango demonstrates some of the potential capabilities of 3D sensing built into mobile devices that Apple could replicate should it choose to go in that direction. Apple has expressed interest in 3D indoor mapping in the past, having acquired indoor mapping company WiFiSlam in early 2013.

Google is recruiting professional developers to create apps for Project Tango and wants work to begin as soon as March. The company is distributing 200 prototype dev kits, inviting developers to describe what they would build using the technology. Google plans to give out prototype kits for developers interested in navigation/mapping, single/multiplayer games that use physical space, and new algorithms that use processing sensor data.

    



20
Feb

Former HTC execs equip latest Kazam budget phone with LTE


Kazam Thunder SQUARED

Say hi to the Kazam Thunder² 4.5L Android smartphone. It’s an LTE-enabled follow-up to the original low-cost Thunder (without the “squared” sign) that launched in Europe last year. The brainchild of two HTC execs who decided to go it alone, the 4.5L offers a low-res 854 x 480 4.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 8GB of expandable storage, 1GB of RAM and a widely copied screen replacement promise. We’re missing the most important spec — namely, the price — but Kazam says the device should start arriving in select countries over the next few months. Meanwhile, the company has also added irksome mathematical symbols to its Thunder² 5.0 and Trooper² range, which have received minor spec bumps but are still 3G-only. Honestly, we’d normally be helpful and lay out all the details, but there’s only so many times we can press ALT-zero-one-seven-eight.

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20
Feb

Nokia dives into game development with Modern Mayor for Windows Phone


It looks like Nokia has added game development to its repertoire as the handset maker released free-to-play Modern Mayor for WP8 Lumia devices today. The title tasks players with the mission of saving a dying town from complete ruin and returning it to its glory days. This means that you’re in charge of of all construction, keeping the town clean and donating to local charities with in-app purchases. Don’t worry though, Townhall Laura, the city publicist, is there to lend a hand. You didn’t really think the position was just a title, did you?

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Source: Modern Mayor (Windows Phone Store)

20
Feb

Apple brings two-step verification for Apple ID to more countries


After discovering a huge security hole last year, Apple added an extra layer of protection for Apple ID and iCloud users in the form of two-step verification. Today it’s making the important security feature available in more countries: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Spain. With two-step verification, Apple sends a special code to a trusted device like your iPhone whenever someone attempts to make changes to your account or log in for the first time on a new device. Similar to what Google does with Gmail, the extra step prevents malicious changes happening without your knowledge. It’s a simple thing to set up, and something that can save you from a whirlwind of pain should your Apple ID ever fall into the wrong hands. Those in the mentioned countries can register now on Apple’s website.

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Via: 9to5Mac

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20
Feb

Samsung Galaxy S5 to Come in Gold


Two days ago we reported that a tipster told Bloomberg that Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone will be sporting a 5.2-inch 2K display.

Well, rumors are surfacing every day about the Galaxy S5 hardware and specs but none of them say much about the color flavors the handset will be coming in. Evidently, besides the white, blue and black editions, Samsung is planning to add another fancy version as well. According to a leaked document from Vodafone’s database, the S5 will be be dressed in gold. Fingers crossed that this time the gold edition of the handset will be hitting the store’s shelves on the launch day and not months after, like the golden Galaxy S4.

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Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event takes place in five days, so all the above will be either confirmed or denied this Monday in Barcelona.

We wonder what you guys think about the golden Galaxy S5. Will it show up along with the rest standard versions or we’ll have to wait months to get our hands on one again? Sound off in the comments below.

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20
Feb

Google Announces Project Tango – Prototype Smartphone with 3D Mapping Technology [Video]


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From the team that told us about Project Ara, comes Project Tango; another project Google is working on to further revolutionize the smartphone. This technology allows your device to track movement, then while tracking, it will create a 3D map of the environment around you. Think in the terms of virtual reality.

The video below demonstrates how this technology works, and when they go over it in detail, the first thought is this will wear on the battery greatly. Luckily, with Movidius’ Myriad 1 vision processor, this technology will not consume as much power as you might think, and they have already slapped this into a 5-inch prototype. Project Tango is pretty fancy looking, so check out the video below, and give us your thoughts about.

20
Feb

IQTELL marries ‘inbox zero’ and GTD in new app [App of the Day]


If you’re like me then you’ve likely got an email inbox full of unread messages and a to-do list that gets longer every day. For all the labels and rules we’ve set up in our lives the truth is that we can do better. IQTELL’s new Android app is here to help.

Employing a combination of David Allen’s Getting Things Done principles and some secret ingredients, IQTELL promises to deliver a consistent “inbox zero”. You’ll find it merges an assortment of tools and services such as Gmail, calendars, Evernote, projects, and more.

Users can log into the system through a variety of account types but we’re pretty sure you’re most focused about Gmail. With that in mind, you can also start from scratch with an IQTELL account.

To keep things moving along at all times, the app works even in times when you have no data connectivity. Push reminders, snoozing, batch processing, and stars are some of the components that help users stay organized. For those who need a bit of guidance and direction, IQTELL also delivers a weekly review to see where things can be improved.

The app is new to the Google Play Store but thus far the reviews are quite positive.

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20
Feb

MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR team up on 120 Sports, a 24-hour streaming video channel



Not to be outdone by the NFL, other major sports leagues in the US are combining efforts to launch a digital network of their own. Dubbed 120 Sports, the newly announced channel is a collaboration between the MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and Time Inc., with the general goal being to deliver video content to fans in a speedy manner and all day long. Unlike the NFL’s Now network, 120 Sports’ bread and butter will be two-minute segments, which it plans to use for news, highlights, analysis as well as original stories — sorry, no live games (one day!). Along with being able to stream from the desktop site, there will also be apps for smartphones, tablets and more “connected devices.” But here’s the best news: Once 120 Sports launches this spring, you won’t need a pay-TV subscription to access it.

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Via: Capital

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20
Feb

Xbox One Media Remote arrives in early March for $25


Xbox One Media Remote

That didn’t take long. Scarcely a week after the Xbox One Media Remote briefly surfaced at a Canadian retailer, Microsoft has made it official. As expected, the peripheral lets you navigate videos more elegantly than with the bundled gamepad. However, it’s not just a cheap substitute for a mobile device using Smartglass. If you have your Kinect plugged in, the remote will also steer the power and volume of your TV or receiver. That consolidated control may help justify buying the peripheral for $25 when it ships in March — especially if you’re the sort who’s more likely to watch Netflix than play Forza.

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Source: Xbox Wire

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