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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.

by menarate
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Samsung, which is now dominating the market of Super AMOLED panels for mobile gadgets, is soon to face a major competitor – the newly established JOLED company.

It is planned to launch the company in the beginning of the next year, its major specialization field being OLED displays for tablets and flexible OLED matrices. The company is supposed to join the efforts of two giants – Sony and Panasonic, each boasting a 5% share in JOLED. However, their participation mainly implies the use of their decades-long experience and providing for new developments. JOLED’s major participants are Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), holding a 75% share, and Japan Display (JDI), holding a 15% share, which are to ensure project funding.

by Ziad
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According to Sean West, an American, this time is enough to charge his newly invented battery, which is based on lithium-ion capacitors. And it is not only the charging speed that makes the battery stand out but also its safety and diversity of possible applications. The battery, while being the same size as a regular AA battery, lasts just as long as any conventional battery of the same type.

However to be able to use the battery users also need a special charging device as no regular ones are suitable for the purpose. Anyways, the set of a battery and a charging device is expected to cost not more than 25 USD.

The inventor intends to present his first products this October already, the range including both standard AA batteries, AAA batteries and batteries of other typical sizes.

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 Computer Care
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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 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.

 

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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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 answer is positive, at least, when it comes to nano-sized ones, which are actually controlled sound ripples.

A research team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology found out that these ripples could change electronic properties of substances. Thus, when the researchers tested it on a photoluminescent 2D material, the material tended to emit more light as the sound ripples grew more intensive.

The discovery can be useful for enhancing performance of cellphone cameras under dim light conditions, efficiency of solar cells and smart windows, and for a lot of other purposes. All the more, the above effect of sound waves is not permanent and disappears as soon as the “earthquake” stops.

by menarate
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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.