Posts Tagged ‘HTC’

So, yesterday we showed you the wonders of Piena, which promises to solve an issue that every parent has to endure, simplifying the sterilisation process for us all.

Call us the Mary Poppins of the Tech world, as we have something else for you on the horizon which we think again parents will love and in the end need!

One of the biggest fears in life is losing a child, which is so easy in modern day malls and super markets, but the guys over at BeLuvv think they have solved the problem. The idea was born after the founder himself lost his child in a supermarket and had to come up with an idea to keep track of him in today’s modern connected world.

Guardian, a small device which can be clipped to your child’s clothing or put into a watch type strap is used to communicate with your smartphone to keep track of your child’s whereabouts. When your child is in Bluetooth range, Guardian keeps track of them and notifies you if he or she approaches the tracking boundary which can be amended by the parent at any time from the app.

The device comes with an app to help you track your child in real time and it also creates a network of parents that grows stronger as more people join the system. Since every copy of the Guardian app can connect to central servers, when the child leaves the phone’s range, the cloud-based system can trigger an emergency network search, and you’ll get an alert with your child’s location if he or she is close to another person with the Guardian app.

Of course, this has to see a massive take up for it to become viable on a local level for the network search features, but as an out-of-range assistant will work extremely well. I cannot see any parent saying no to this, the wearable device can easily be worn by a child and at a pre-order price of $24.95 you cannot afford to not take a look.

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With the advancement in the smartphone industry, we are quite rapidly seeing the quality of pictures from our phones getting rather close to our point and shoots. With sharper images, high res displays and millions of pixels being packed into a device that basically is a computer, why would you want to carry anything else.

As we have seen, the demise of the SatNav market due to GPS becoming a strong feature in pretty much every phone, will we see the likes of Canon and Nikon having to collaborate with firms like HTC, Apple and Samsung as the navigation industry has had to do?

Personally, I think photography has a few more strings to its bow than this and will survive the onslaught, but they will have to change strategy to ensure profits stay alive and the industry continues to flourish.

Canon have already started to bridge this gap. Today we see the launch of the PowerShot N, which brings this company closer to the mobile industry.

The metal bodied camera is compact as you can see and features a 12.1 MP CMOS sensor, Full HD movies recording on a micro SD, 16 x zoom, 28mm lens and a 7.1 cm touch screen to see your images.

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The gap is bridged in a number of ways. Firstly we see the inclusion of Creative Shot, the creation of 6 images from the original shot to satisfy the Instagram generation. The camera still includes the normal scene modes to aid shooting.

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Secondly it’s all about connections. Along with USB, we have WiFi which works to connect to the internet and Via a dedicated Facebook button, publishes your photos direct to your profile. Obviously this relies on the fact that you can get a connection as no 3G/4G chips are included. You can tag your shots automatically via its GPS feature to track where you are taking your photos around the world.

To make this more familiar to the mobile generation, Canon have thrown in the whole zoom and shoot feature which most people are used to and of course the “any way up” feature which allows you to operate the camera at any angle. Angles of photos are taken care of as the display is a tilt-up screen which I have to say works very well when taking some photos.

This is a very nice camera and is aimed at a particular group of people, but I think more importantly we see here how the industry is having to adapt to an ever changing future to survive. But the problem is, at £270 I don’t think this group will carry this along with their phone…..sorry Canon, back to the drawing board.

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Quite a title eh, but I think true. Nokia, in my opinion have thrown everything at this phone as recently they have been seen as the company that just won’t let go. With rumours of Apple looking at releasing a cheaper iPhone, Nokia have a lot to be worried about as this is the sector they used to thrive in. But with the 925, they are aiming at the top, with a similar price point to match.

Announced today, the flagship Lumia 925 windows phone is nicely contained within an aluminium frame, more commonly seen in the likes of the iPhone 5 and the HTC One.   The back of the phone is still made with polycarbonate, housing the camera lens and a dual LED flash, but they have managed to keep this phone thin and relatively light at 136g (iPhone 5 112g) which makes the phone feel rigid and strong.

The phone comes with the toughened Gorilla 2 glass shielding its 4.5″ AMOLED screen (1280×768).  Inside its thin body, a dual core 1.5ghz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1gb of RAM is driving the unit and the camera has a more than suitable 8.7mp sensor which along with the new Carl Zeiss lens should improve sharpness immensely.

Annoyingly, instead of coming with wireless charging in-built, you have to purchase an accessory cover which will let you do it. This would have been a nice function to have in-built to recharge the 2000mAh internal battery.

Nokia have made a well-rounded phone here, but with the likes of in-built wireless charging and Xenon flash missed out, it doesn’t really appeal to us to ditch our HTC’s or iPhones and go for this. With that said, it is a worthy competitor to be on the same stage.

Could this be the start of a turn around for Nokia? Priced at €469 and released in June, it certainly will give it a good go.

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The Galaxy S4 is due to be announced tonight as the flagship smartphone in the Samsung armoury.

This model has always been the thorn in Apple’s side, but with Blackberry releasing the “Z10” (receiving a record 1 million handset order), Sony releasing the awesome “Xperia Z” and HTC releasing the “One” will this smartphone impress once more?

In a well timed WSJ interview with Apple’s Phil Schiller, the exec talks about how Android still needs to catch up with Apple in the user experience, stating “When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with….They don’t work seamlessly together”.

The Galaxy S4 is rumoured to have the following spec;

1.8GHz 8-Core CPU
2600mAh Battery
2GB Ram
4.9 Inch Full HD 1080p Display
MicroSD Slot
Smart Eye Tracking

Of course we have had the normal slideshow of Chinese leak pics, but the phone will be officially unveiled in New York tonight at midnight.

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