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Android Wear to gain more powers

The Android team announced new Android Wear features upcoming, which include GPS support and ability to communicate with other Bluetooth devices. There are also plans to implement a number of other updates, such as navigation and voice control improvements, by the end of this year.

All of the above is to make Android Wear devices more autonomous. Thus, with a GPS chip built in their smart watches, users won’t have to rely on their smartphones to run activity trackers and similar apps. As for the Bluetooth communication feature, it is claimed that, once it’s there, users will be able, for instance, to play back music directly from their watches, without connecting a smartphone to a Bluetooth headset. Google gives no other details as to what this new feature will mean, but one can assume a range of new possibilities opening up, from smarthome control to direct keyboard input.

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Lumia 530 now available in UAE

This is what Microsoft announced on September 1, 2014. The dual 3G SIM Windows Phone, considered to be a budget model, boasts a 4-inch LCD display, a 1.2 GHz processing unit, a 5MP rear camera and a 4 GB memory, which is possible to extend with up to 128 GB SD cards. Its 1430 mAh battery can last for as long as 22 hour. This smartphone comes with apps, such as Microsoft Office, XBOX games, Skype, and other native Lumia apps. Besides, it offers OneDrive cloud services, enabling users to access up to 15 GB free storage. The colors of the range include bright orange, bright green, dark grey, and white.

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Dubai Police runs anti-fake operation

As a result of the two-week undercover operation, Dubai Police seized 60 000 fake phones, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models, worth 13 m USD, and arrested 45 people.

According to the Police, the criminals smuggled the phones as separate parts to assemble them later when already in the UAE. The Police also warned that, because of the cheap battery, the phones posed a risk of explosion.

by Axiom telecom
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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, iOS 8 presentation

Weight and Dimensions

iPhone 6 Plus
Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 77.8 mm
Depth: 7.1 mm
Weight: 172 grams

iPhone 6
Height: 138.1 mm
Width: 67.0 mm
Depth: 6.9 mm
Weight: 129 grams

Display

iPhone 6 Plus
Retina HD display
5.5" (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Full sRGB standard
Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
Display Zoom
Reachability

iPhone 6
Retina HD display
4.7" (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Full sRGB standard
Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
Display Zoom
Reachability

Chips

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
A8 chip with 64-bit architecture
M8 motion coprocessor

iSight Camera

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
New 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5μ pixels
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
μ/2.2 aperture
Optical image stabilization
True Tone flash
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination sensor
Sapphire crystal lens cover
Auto image stabilization 
Auto HDR for photos
Improved face detection
Exposure control
Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
Burst mode
Tap to focus
Photo geotagging
Timer mode

Video Recording

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
1080p HD video recording
(30 fps or 60 fps)
True Tone flash
Slo-mo video (120 fps or 240 fps)
Time-lapse video
Video stabilization
Cinematic video stabilization
Continuous autofocus video
Take still photos while recording video
Improved face detection
3x zoom
Video geotagging

FaceTime Camera

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
1.2-megapixel photos (1280 by 960)
ƒ/2.2 aperture
720p HD video recording
Backside illumination sensor
Auto HDR for photos and videos
Improved face detection
Burst mode
Exposure control

Power and Battery

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Talk time:
Up to 24 hours on 3G
Standby time:
Up to 16 days (384 hours)
Internet use:
Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback:
Up to 14 hours
Audio playback:
Up to 80 hours

Touch ID

Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

Apple Pay

Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and in apps

 

by menarate
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ASUS gives ZenWatch to the world

ASUS gives ZenWatch to the world

ASUS announced  its first smartwatch. This Android Wear-powered ZenWatch is furnished with square 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 touchscreen, the top whereof is covered by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. ZenWatch timepiece features a genuine stitched-leather strap and aquick-release clasp out of the box, a curved stainless-steel case with rose-gold-colored band.

ZenWatch has mostly the same specs as LG G Watch and G Watch R: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It also has a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 (duh), a microphone and a bio sensor. What is important, ZenWatch meets the IP55 standards.

Moreover, ASUS preloaded some useful functions for your convenience. Watch Unlock ensures unlocking of your phone or tablet by touching the face.  Tap Tap allows to change over the functions. Besides, they added some other services, which need no comments: Cover to Mute, Find My Phone, Remote Camera and Presentation Control. Also, the device offers such features as heart rate tracking, step counting, and determination of relaxation level. Afterwards, you may get some advices on further improvements with your health. To take advantage of these features, you should first install theZenWatch Manager phone app, allowing to sync with your smartphone. Furthermore, you will need to download the Remote Camera app and the ASUS Remote Link app to your phone.

 

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New Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech. Want to connect three devices simultaneously? Easily!

New Bluetooth keyboard Logitech K480 is the best choice if you use several devices and want operate them simultaneously with keyboard. Logitech K480 allows you to connect up to three devices so you can switch for example between PC, phone and a tablet which are put in special row on the keyboard.

At $50 you will get great functionality and attractive styling:  fluorescent ergonomic keys, compact size, two color options and wireless connection above all. Logitech K480 will be a real gift for those who want to swap between devices and main computer without KVW switches and other yesterday’s tools. Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard should be available in late September. 

 

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Toshiba has crossed the line. New 7-inch Windows tablet for $120

Evolution of Windows-based tablets is a long tale about how to make device… smaller and cheaper. Indeed, every new product sets a record in price and new 7-inch Encore Mini by Toshiba is not exclusion. Priced for only $120 it passed the lowest $200-line common for 8-inch tablets. However, do not expect high-end specs for such a price: based on Windows 8.1, Encore Mini has a quad-core 1GB RAM Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1024 x 600 display, 16GB of storage, 2MP main camera and 0.3MP frontal camera. It’s a bit heavier than Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but nevertheless it won’t be a problem to keep additional 350 grams in your bag.

Definitely good news that purchase of Encore Mini grants you with a free year of 1TB storage on One Drive and either Office 365 service. Moreover the tablet is designed with additional microSDXC slot, so you can increase the storage up to 128GB.  Producer did it best to improve the scaling, thus you will always feel comfortable to work with on-screen objects in desktop mode. Attractive price, compact size, a plenty of storage – if you are tempted, Encore Mini is already in stores.  

by menarate
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ASUS gathers with Trend Micro to develop new utility for Wi-Fi routers

Trend Micro, - a company specializing in security software, teams up with hardware producer Asus to develop new Smart Home Network utility for Wi-Fi routers.

The Smart Home Network Solution will allow manage such Internet features on Asus Home routers as security, parental control and quality of service. In order to improve security services, the utility includes 3-step protection process (prevention-protection-mitigation) that will help to avoid Internet-risks for Wi-Fi router and other devices. 

Quality of service feature helps to control Internet traffic due to the identification of more than 800 Internet apps and around 1,000 devices including mobile phones, gaming consoles and TV sets. According to the producer the feature will essentially improve speed and quality of connection thus live-stream HD videos, online games and P2P downloading will no longer be something wait-half-a-day-to-download.

In its turn, parental control feature helps to restrict access for undesirable web-sites and applications.

As Asus officials say, cooperation of two companies is extremely important step in development of high-quality product for every-day use. Smart Home Network Solution will help to optimize daily use of Internet according to users’ preferences by combining function of control and security.   Taking in consideration compatibility of the new product with great variety of internet-connected devices, the utility is expected to be on demand among users. 

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HTC's new selfie wonder

No doubt selfies have become part and parcel of our everyday digital lives. With this in mind, HTC has done its best to make its newly released Desire Eye smartphone a powerful ‘selfie’ tool. Indeed, the first thing you notice about the phone is the big front-facing camera staring at you like some giant eye. In fact, HTC claims to have provided the highest front camera resolution to date – 13 megapixels. The camera also boasts features such as autofocus, 1080p video recording, and a dual LED flash (and on the back of the phone, too). The camera app package includes a mode where you can insert yourself into a scene or merge your face with some other person’s image, the face-tracking mode for video calls, and the automatic selfie snap mode. You can also take pictures, using both cameras – on the rear and on the front – simultaneously.

Actually, besides the powerful front-facing camera, the smartphone has more to offer than an average mid-range smartphone: a nicely designed 5.2-inch 1080p display, viewable from most angles, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB RAM. Its plastic body feels good to the touch and not so slippery as most metal bodies do. Moreover, it’s IPX7 water resistant, which means you can hold it under water at a depth of one meter for as long as 30 minutes with no harm done to it at all. The phone is also packaged with all the fancy features a high-end smartphone is supposed to have, and, though its price is not known for sure yet, it is expected to be sold cheaper than the M8 or other high-end phones.

However, all the rest of it is much the same as the M8 – the same Android 4.4 KitKat and the HTC’s usual Sense 6.0. And though Desire Eye does have a front camera of outstanding capacity and does take pictures of nice quality outdoors and in daylight, it has some obvious issues with taking photos in low light. In fact, compared to the iPhone 6's front camera, for example, pictures you can get with Desire Eye look way less impressive.

Anyways, it might be the right choice when a good nicely packaged smartphone for a good price is what you’re looking for.