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.
HTC, most widely renowned as a manufacturer of Android smartphones, has announced the release of a new device – the standalone digital Re Camera. The camera is said to be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and, unlike the famous GoPro, popular with those keen on extreme sports and adventures, is designed for regular people.
It will be available in the US later this month for $199.99 in orange, blue, teal, and white, complete with a 8GB micro SD. HTC also offers a range of accessories for the camera, such as handlebar mount for bikes and a case to enhance its waterproof qualities.
As for the appearance, it is a pocket size camera of a simplistic design with a solid water-tight body in glossy plastic. All you can see on its outside is just a button on the front, another on the back, a red LED to indicate video recording, and a blue one for slow motion. However, even though the camera has nothing like a viewfinder, a display or a graphical user interface, it boasts 16-megapixel resolution, a 146-degree fixed-focus lens and can shoot 1080p HD video. The device is turned on automatically as you pick it up, and its 820 mAh battery allows shooting for as long as 1 hour 40 minutes on end without recharging.
According to HTC, the Re Camera is designed to make photographing more enjoyable. Using the camera, you supposedly won’t have to worry about framing a shot or starting a camera app, with your eyes off the display and open for the beauty of the moment. However, from preliminary testing, it doesn’t seem like a better option to take pictures than a smartphone. It takes too long for the camera to wake up and to capture an image, and the picture quality leaves much to be desired.
So, though HTC claims to be working on improvements, they will sure have to struggle to win a market for a non-pro camera in that price range.
Lenovo has announced a new line of Yoga tablets and laptops, available in a variety of sizes and configurations.
The new line includes 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, featuring Android OS, a built-in Pico projector, a 8Wt sound system with a subwoofer, an Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM. The quad-HD 2560x1440 screen makes the large-size Yoga Tablet 2 Pro a powerful presentation tool and, when used to watch movies and TV shows, gives one the feel of a true home cinema theatre. Its battery life is 15 hours in regular modes and 3 hours in the projection mode. The tablet also comes with a stand, which makes it possible to use it comfortably as a keyboard, or in the upright position, or even hung on the hook.
Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will also be available in smaller, 10-inch size, without a projector and with either Android 4.4 KitKat or Windows 8.1.
Another product of the new line is Yoga 3 Pro laptop. It is an ultra-thin and ultra-light Windows laptop, boasting a 13-inch display with HD resolution, 512GB of memory available for storage, a powerful Intel Core M Processor, and, of course, the signature 360-degree hinge. The hinge comes in an upgraded classy design and, as usual, enables using the device in four modes: the Laptop mode; the Stand mode, with the display bent back more than 180 degrees; the Tent mode, and the Tablet mode, with the display fully folded. Its battery is claimed to last for 9 hours, even with an active Wi-Fi connection.
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The United Arab Emirates intend to run a single payment system Mobile wallet, the local media report. According to Chairman of the Federation of banks Abdul Aziz al Ghurair, they will be the first country in which the banking sector will be to support the implementation of electronic payments via mobile phones.
With the help of Mobile wallet every citizen will be able to make money transfers, including domestic and foreign transactions, and manage Bank accounts, buy tickets and various goods without leaving home or office.
The project of a unified mobile payment system was introduced in February 2013. In its development was attended by representatives of nine banks headed by Tirado al Mahmoud, General Director of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The main advantage of the system is easy to use and accessible to all layers of population of the UAE, even for those users who do not have Bank accounts.
According to research company IDC, in 2014 will be sold more than 5 million mobile phones, of which approximately 3.5 million. will be smartphones. Already now the number of subscribers of mobile operators in the United Arab Emirates is about 17 million, while the level of mobile penetration is 200% and is the highest in the world.
If you compare the number of subscribers to the real population of a state, which is over 8 million people, it can be concluded that each inhabitant of the country has an average of two mobile phones.
It is expected that with the development of the project the system of mobile payments will be available for tourists.