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 end-year 2014, Ultra HD TVs are expected to gain a bigger market share against Innolux predictions. Indeed, popularity of the technology is skyrocketing.
According to earlier forecasts, the UHD segment was supposed to make up 6% of the total sales volume by end-year 2014. However, the share has proved to be substantially more significant, reaching 10%, with total quantities to be sold estimated at 20 million units.
Market demand for the technology is growing at a break-neck pace. In January, the technology’s total market share was as big as 1%, while, by April, it reached 6,8%. So, with consumers increasingly interested in the technology, UHD-devices are likely to gain a 10% market share by the end of the year.
This is mainly due to Korean giants, such as LG and Samsung, replacing their conventional OLED technology with Ultra HD, the reason for it being OLED inefficiency resulting in high reject rates. Now that the competition between these two major players is really severe 4K LED TV sets are becoming sales hits.
Both Samsung and LG boast sustainable shares of European, American and Asian markets (except for China and Japan where they have to really fight for consumers with local manufacturers).
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.
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.
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.
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.