HI-TECH NEWS

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HTC to release new camera

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.

by menarate
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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 menarate
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According to In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV division at LG Electronics, the EC9300, boasting a large cinema design screen on a neatly shaped stand plus LG’s WRGB OLED technology, is made for everyone to enjoy high-quality picture and feel the difference.

Announcing new releases upcoming this year, In-kyu Lee also explained that the company would be further expanding its range to give as many consumers as possible a chance to experience the true value of the LG OLED TV.

Ultra-slim and ultra-thin, EC9300 offers webOS based LG Smart+ TV, CINEMA 3D, incorporating LG’s proprietary FPR technology, and an advanced 2D to 3D conversion engine.

by menarate
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Join Google I/O 2014 Live Broadcast

Today, the 25 th day of June, is when Google I/O 2014 conference, a major mobile technology event, is to kick off. For users’ convenience, the company has launched an official web-application for online broadcasting, accessible through Play Market – predictably under the Google I/O 2014 option. All one needs to enjoy a live broadcast is to download and install the app.

by menarate
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The Kepler toxic gas detector has become a fresh Kickstarter hit. The smart sensor is mainly designed to prevent natural gas leaks. Once the gas in the air concentration is above the admissible threshold, Kepler generates an audible beep, warning about the dangerous situation via a mobile device. When the air becomes lethally toxic, the detector sounds an alarm.

As for its appearance, Kepler looks like a round display disk attached to a flat panel. It is possible to dismantle the disk-shaped main module from the panel to use it as a portable gas leak detector. The device can either be mains connected, which requires a USB cable and an adapter, or supplied from an integral battery. The battery charge lasts for about two hours. Besides, the Kepler detector can function as a timer clock and transmit data to mobile devices.

Kickstarter users can already pre-order it for some 60 Canadian dollars.

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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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.

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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Twitch is currently revising its policies as to storage of past game broadcasts, explaining that it is necessary to overcome current video on demand limitations, while going mobile. It has been announced that, for free users, full broadcasts will be kept for two weeks, while Turbo subscribers as well as Twitch’s partners will be able to enjoy those for 60 days. These are only highlights of up to two hours that can be stored for unlimited time.

Besides, Twitch is introducing muting of audio records, using the same technology that was used for YouTube some time before the Content ID. So, playing unauthorized tunes is no longer possible.

The changes are to take effect in three weeks, so users still have time to save whatever game clips they want somewhere else.