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Sep

Nokia’s bringing HERE Maps back to iOS


Nokia HERE Maps Collections

Already a big deal on Windows Phone and soon to make its way to Android via Samsung, Nokia’s kept quiet over whether HERE Maps will make ever make a return to Apple devices. More than eight months after it pulled the original HERE Maps app from the App Store, citing iOS 7 compatibility issues that “harmed the user experience”, the company has now confirmed that a new iOS app is indeed on the cards. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Nokia SVP Sean Fernback admitted that after the launch of the first app “went horribly wrong,” the mapping team has regrouped and is now on course to launch a revamped iOS and new Android app before the end of the year. Given that we’re likely to see a new iPhone (or iPhones) in less than a week, Nokia’s unique mapping features, like true offline maps, will need to work flawlessly on iOS 8 if it’s to avoid a repeat of last time.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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3
Sep

Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS [iOS Blog]


After pulling its HERE maps app due to incompatibilities with iOS 7, Nokia is headed back to Apple’s mobile platform with a new offline maps application that’ll compete with Google Maps and Apple Maps. The app is in the final stages of development and expected to land before the end of the year, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Nokia’s previous version of HERE Maps for iOS

Nokia is introducing its new maps app to customers who are tired of their existing navigation apps and are looking for an alternative solution.

“I’m convinced people are looking for alternatives,” Mr. Fernback said. “Google Maps is a good solution for many, their maps work very well, but it has looked the same and done the same for a long time.”

Nokia’s will set its maps apart from its competitors by offering offline access to both navigation and searching. The new Nokia maps app will be offered for free in the iOS App Store once it passes through Apple’s App Store review process.

Apple’s Maps has been heavily criticized since it launched alongside iOS 6. The company slowly has been improving its mapping experience, adding features such as Flyover and expanding the points of interest available to users, but significant changes are still in the works. An overhaul of the underlying maps infrastructure and the addition of major features such as public transit directions may have been bumped from iOS 8 and pushed off to a future iOS version due to internal strife at the company.




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3
Sep

Samsung also announces the Gear VR, their Mobile Virtual Reality Headgear



We heard rumors that Samsung was dabbling in the world of virtual reality or at least with something that would be a bit Google Glass like. Now we have news of what Samsung has been working on and it leans way off to the left is much more Oculus than Glass. Which does make a lot of sense being that it uses Oculus technology to bring a virtual reality display to your face with a new Oculus Mobile SDK.

Samsung Galaxy Gear VR Innovator Edition

“Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.”

“We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus,” said John Carmack, CTO of Oculus.  “The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”

Reading through the press release from Samsung and checking out the project on the Oculus blog you can see what they did. Anyone remember Google I/O and Google Cardboard? I feel like Google knew about this the whole time and poked fun at Samsung at the time. Here is what I am seeing and reading, you pair your Galaxy Note 4 to the Gear VR and then click it under that blue shield and put it on your head. You can see the two eye holes in the product image above the actual device in the photo below.

Samsung Galaxy Gear VR


The unit does connect directly to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Note 4 becomes your VR world screen. It has physical controls by the way of a touch pad, back button and volume keys. It provides you with a 96 degree field of view with a motion to photo latency of < 20ms. The Gear VR isn’t coming immediately for consumers, more so for innovators, developers and early adopters. There is an additional perk with the Gear VR over Google Cardboard though. If you decide to buy one, you get a 16GB SD card that is loaded with VR goodies. Yes, you have to toss the card into your Note 4 first, but will contain a collection 360-degree videos and 3D Movie trailers. Below is a list of some of the other things that the Gear VR will bring to your face.

  • As part of the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron partnership with Samsung, Gear VR users will gain exclusive access to Tony Stark’s Lab inside the all new Avengers Tower.
  • IMAX offers samples of Hollywood and documentary films in a virtual theatre with Samsung Gear VR – the next best thing to a live IMAX experience.
  • DreamWorks VR from DreamWorks Animation allows Samsung Gear VR users to interact and laugh with DreamWorks characters and content in a whole new way like never before.
  • Legendary’s Pacific Rim Jaeger Pilot is an immersive content experience that puts viewers at center of the action with Samsung Gear VR.
  • Cirque du Soleil Media presents a 360 live-action 3D VR experience, featuring an act from Zarkana filmed by Felix & Paul Studios for Samsung Gear VR.
  • M-GO Advanced, a new paradigm for digital video virtual reality applications, offers an unmatched interactive search and discovery of the latest premium movie and TV show content with Samsung Gear VR.
  • Vevo offers more than 100,000 HD music videos, live concert events and original programming that can be enjoyed in an immersive, full-screen theater experience on Samsung Gear VR.
  • Protocol Zero (working title) from DENA enables Samsung Gear VR players to infiltrate enemy grounds undetected in blackout conditions with hi-tech optics including night vision, X-ray vision, and thermal vision.

Since the Gear VR uses Oculus software, there are some new experiences coming from them as well. There will be the Oculus Home, Oculus Cinema, Oculus 360 Videos and Oculus 360 Photos. Oculus Home is is a user interface to connect to the Oculus Store to download things. Oculus Cinema is your virtual movie theater where you can playback your movies in a varietey of theater environments.

Oculus Cinema Samsung Gear VR

The remaining 360 Video and 360 Photos lets you view your panoramic content in a virtual view.

I am a bit interested in the Samsung gaming controller being part of the display. While I didn’t see any direct mention of it in the press release, I would imagine that Samsung has, or will be, offering up games that can be played through the Gear VR with the controller. Possibly the Pacific Rim Jaeger Pilot experience? I will keep poking around for details on that from some of the guys that are in Berlin for the event right now.

Sprints press release this morning does confirm that they will offer the Gear VR along side the Note 4 and Note Edge. So there is that. What are your thoughts? Love it, hate it, want to watch it burn in a fiery death?

Source: Samsung | Oculus


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3
Sep

Sprint to carry the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR



Looks like Sprint really wants to make a name for themselves today. Not long after the new device announcements from Samsung, they put out their own press release alerting us that they will not only carry the Galaxy Note 4, but also the Note Edge and the Gear VR.

Sprint’s announcement states that they will be the only US carrier to offer the trio of devices. The Galaxy note 4 and Note 4 Edge will pack the Sprint Spark high-speed data ability and I am sure it will carry along Wi-Fi calling and free International Wi-Fi calling too.

Sprint Galaxy Note 4


“Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge powered by Sprint Spark and Samsung Gear VR continue our tradition of working with Samsung to innovate and bring our customers advanced features they appreciate. We make it easier than ever to choose Sprint for Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge with the Sprint Family Share Pack boasting the best deal on shared data. Or enjoy all of the robust features of Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge without hesitation if you choose the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan offering unlimited talk, text and data on America’s newest network at one low price without surprising overage charges. Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge with the benefit of Sprint Spark and the value of our rate plans is a no-brainer decision for anyone looking for an innovative device at the right price.”

Pricing and specific launch dates hven’t been made available yet. Sprint does have a pre-register page set up with October listed. We already heard the Note 4 would launch in October, so that isn’t all that new. I don’t know is the Note 4 Edge and Gear VR will make an appearance at the same time or not though. I would suspect at the very least that the Gear VR would since it needs to be paired up with the Note 4. Having both available at launch time would make for an interesting packaged deal.

Source: Sprint


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3
Sep

Android Wear powered ASUS ZenWatch is Official



We have been watching ASUS release little teasers for their upcoming Android Wear powered smartwatch, the ASUS ZenWatch, for the last coupe of weeks. We knew they would be making their official announcement at IFA, which is well underway in Berlin right now. ASUS has made the device official, at least in terms of specs and pricing in Europe.

ASUS ZenWatch

Actual hardware specs we are looking at the following:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 1.63″ AMOLED display (320×320 with a 278ppi)
  • 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 9 Axis sensor and Bio Sensor
  • IP55 rated water resistance
  • Measures in at 50.6 x 39.8 x 7.9 – 9.4 mm
  • Weighs 50g, Strap weighs 25g
  • Comes in Silver and Rose Gold with a brown leather strap

ASUS expands Android Wear a little and tosses in their own little software flares. Such as being able to cover the watch’s face to silence an incoming phone call, trigger your devices camera from the ZenWatch, Tap Tap and Find My Phone helps you locate your phone from the watch and it also has a suite of health apps through the Wellness manager. ASUS also tossed in over 100 combination watch faces to give it the look that is right for you when you want it.


ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, said they were looking to make this a competitive watch in the states and bring it in under $199. However, pricing details list it for 199 eruos in Europe. If that price sticks state side that puts it at $261.59 USD. Hardly under the $199. I assume pricing will vary here in the US.

If ASUS pushes it under the $199 barrier int he states, will it entice your wallet, or is the Moto360 still the Android Wear device of the year to beat? Even though we know very little about it.

Source: ASUS

Pricing courtesy of Phandroid


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3
Sep

Sony Unveils New Calling-Capable SmartBand Talk, Android Wear SmartWatch 3 and Lens-style cameras


Not content to allow Samsung to steal the spotlight, Sony today also kicked off the IFA 2014 conference with its own press event that unveiled new wearable devices, new smartphone photography accessories, and several new mobile devices. Sony’s newest hardware is slated to arrive in the coming months with price points that are yet to be determined.

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Perhaps most relevant to Apple fans given Apple’s impending wearable device announcement is Sony’s pair of announcements in that area, starting with the new SmartBand Talk that embeds a low-power, 1.4-inch e-ink display into a fitness tracker. The band also includes a microphone and speaker for phone calls, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 for syncing to a smartphone. Rounding out the feature set is IP68 waterproofing, accelerometer and altimeter sensors, and integration with Sony’s Lifelog lifestyle-tracking app.

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In the more full-featured watch segment, Sony also introduced its new SmartWatch 3, the successor to the SmartWatch 2 and the first Android Wear smartwatch from the Japanese company. The smartphone companion syncs notifications from a compatible Android device and offers 4 GB of on-the-go music storage. Sony’s SmartWatch 3 enters a growing Android Wear marketplace, competing directly with similar smartwatch offerings from Motorola and LG.

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Sony also added to its lens-style camera line with the new 30x zoom DSC-QX30 and the E-mount interchangeable lens ILCE-QX1, These lens-style cameras improve mobile photography by combining an image sensor with a compact lens that fits onto an iOS or Android smartphone and communicates with the mobile phone via Wi-Fi. The DSC-QX30 is a 30x optical zoom lens with Sony’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, while the QX1 allows photographers to use their existing Sony Alpha E-mount lenses on their mobile phone.

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Besides its wearables and smartphone photography products, Sony also expanded its Xperia Z-series smartphone and tablet lineup with the new extended-battery life Xperia Z3 smartphone, the Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone, and the Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact. These new Xperia devices are notable as they support PS4 Remote Play, allowing users to pair their mobile device with a DualShock controller and play PS4 games on the phone or tablet.




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3
Sep

Sony’s Action Cam Mini packs just as much power in two-thirds the size


While some users might not love everything about Sony’s current adventure camera lineup, you can hardly fault the Action Cams for being too large. Still, when size and weight really matter, such as when you’re mounting a camera on a helmet or a drone, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to shave off an inch or two. That’s exactly what Sony’s done with its Action Cam Mini, which replaces the AS100V we first met at CES with a camera that’s two-thirds the size. Fortunately, you won’t have to compromise on image quality, and all of the former model’s accessories work with the Mini, too.

The battery’s been scaled down, so longevity is reduced slightly, but the camera’s now splash-proof, so you don’t need a waterproof case when shooting mountain bike treks or trips down the slopes. Popping on the included case adds even more protection, making the Mini dust, sand and waterproof to five meters. As for specs, there’s an 11.9-megapixel Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor, a 170-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, a stereo mic, 120 fps high-speed recording at 720p and support for Sony’s super-sharp 50 Mbps XAVC S codec when you’re shooting at 1080p.

The Mini will run you $250, or $350 Mini when bundled with the new live-view remote, which gives you complete control over up to five cameras, including image-quality adjustments, flip, timecode and shooting mode. The remote is waterproof to five meters and also sports an integrated GPS — data is pushed to the camera — as well as video playback (without sound). Both products launch October 19th, and while you can’t pick up the new remote a la carte, you can still order its predecessor for $150.

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3
Sep

Sony updates ‘lens camera’ lineup with QX30, interchangeable-lens QX1


At last year’s IFA in Berlin, Sony announced its first two “lens cameras,” a pair of point-and-shoot cams that clip onto your smartphone. You use your phone’s display to control the camera, and while you can technically fire off shots using the integrated zoom toggle and shutter release, there’s no built-in LCD. Given the limitations, they’re not for everyone, but there’s apparently been enough interest for Sony to keep the QX line going, with a 30x zoom version and a unique interchangeable-lens model that accepts any E-mount optic now making their debut here in Berlin.

The first model, the QX30, sports a 30x, 24-720mm f/3.5-6.3 optical zoom lens. There’s a 20.4-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 12,800 top ISO and 1080/60p video support. You can store shots both on the camera’s microSD card and on your smartphone as well — images and videos can be transferred instantly via WiFi, and you can push pics to the web straight from your phone. The replaceable battery can keep you going for 200 shots or 45 minutes of HD video, and you can charge up the camera via micro-USB. The QX30 ships next month for $350.

Sony’s QX1 is by far the most interesting model of the bunch. There’s an interchangeable lens mount and a large 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, essentially giving your smartphone DSLR-like image quality. You’ll have access to many of the same features as Sony’s mirrorless camera lineup, including a 16,000 top ISO, 1080/30p video, advanced shooting modes and support for RAW captures. There’s also a pop-up flash and a much beefier battery (the same pack that Sony ships with its mirrorless cams), letting you capture up to 440 stills or 150 minutes of video on a single charge. The QX1 is expected in stores in November for $400.

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3
Sep

Sony PS4 Remote Play and Game Control Mount coming to Z3 devices


Sony has announced that its new Z3 lineup will exclusively get PS4 Remote Play, a service that has so far only worked with the Vita. The console will detect your Z3 device over WiFi and unlock it, letting you play with a Dualshock4 wireless controller using the new GCM10 Game Control Mount (see the image below). On top of playing games, you’ll also be able to use a Z3 device as a second screen to view livestreams (of games, of course) or chat over the Playstation Network. Sony kept using the word “exclusive” with Remote Play, so if you’re using a non-Z3 handset it seems you’ll be out of luck. The mount and service will likely arrive when the Z3s do, along with the pricing.

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3
Sep

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact stuffs full performance into an 8-inch slate


Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony had a minor hit when it unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact, which crammed a full-power smartphone into a smaller frame; now, it’s hoping to repeat that success with tablets. Its new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is not only one of the thinnest (6.4mm) and lightest (0.6lbs) 8-inch tablets you’ll find, but is actually more powerful than the full-size Z2 Tablet. It still has a 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, waterproofing, an 8.1-megapixel rear camera and a 2.2-megapixel front shooter, but runs a speedier 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. The Compact should also last for a very healthy 13 hours of non-stop video playback.

There are a few hefty software upgrades, to boot. Besides the audio upscaling also seen in the new Z3 phones, this is Sony’s first tablet with PlayStation 4 Remote Play — you can not only control your game console from the tablet, but use it as a primary screen if someone’s hogging the TV. You can even buy a custom mount for your DualShock 4 controller so that you don’t have to find a safe resting spot for the slate.

Sony expects the Z3 Tablet Compact to hit shelves in the fall. It’s not revealing full launch details at this point, but there will be both WiFi-only and LTE models.

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