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Monday, June 30, 2014
Australian auto media down yonder, Drive,reports that Subaru may not continue its BRZ into a second generation because Toyota is focusing on its relationship with BMW.
At Google I/O, the firm gave more detail on Android Wear for smartwatches. There are three devices at the moment so here we compare the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Motorola Moto 360.
The concept of bolting a huge zoom lens to the back of a smartphone isn’t new. In fact, Samsung has already tried a couple of times in the past with the Galaxy Camera and Galaxy S4 Zoom. Both were bad products and were arguably the worst of both worlds instead of being the best. They were underpowered, and their cameras weren’t particularly good.
Aimed at medium businesses and schools, NEC's new M352WS is a DLP projector that isn't your conventional looker. In fact, it more closely resembles a secret observatory, with its lens half-buried within that smooth exterior. See also Group test: what's the best projector?
The upright, book-like design of the TEW-818DRU –TrendNet's first 802.11ac router – is hardly inspiring. As with legions of other routers, it's no more than a plain, chunky plastic box. But its trump card isn’t its appearance, but the potential value for money it offers - it has an excellent specification and costs £120, a little less than many other 802.11ac routers. See Group test: what's the best wireless router?
Keeping an eye on your kids, pets or your property via an app on your smartphone is something most people would like to do, and now that's possible - and affordable - thanks to the latest generation of IP cameras such as the HomeMonitor HD Pro.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Search engine giant Google has kick started the online sale of two of its smartwatches from June 25, 2014 onwards. The smartwatches are the company’s first wearable devices powered by its Android Operating system.
A peek at the panel "Making High Res Audio More Accessible" from CE Week 2014.
Earlier this week, we were talking up the growing popularity of high-resolution audio. Apparently, we weren't the only ones. The subject was a hot topic at CE Week 2014 at New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion.
All five of the receivers in the 2014 AVENTAGE lineup will ship this summer.
Just in case you can't wait to purchase one of the new Dolby Atmos-capable receivers coming later this year, Yamaha Electronics is actually making a few options available this summer. The company just announced a total of five new receivers for its AVENTAGE line, two of which will have the power of Dolby Atmos.
It's safe to say movie-goers don't line up for Michael Bay films expecting Shakespeare. But somewhere in the middle of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" I was reminded of a line from Macbeth as the protagonist waxes poetic about life:
"It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
Though I wouldn't go so far as to say that Michael Bay is an idiot (though he may have appeared that way at a certain Samsung press conference), this latest "Transformers" film isn't raising the intellectual bar for the director's work. There's a whole lot of sound and fury here: plenty of explosions, chase scenes and gunfire, as well as those cool transforming robots - now even Dino-bots! But ultimately, there's very little depth and really not a lot that's new here.
The decision to move forward without the human characters from the first three films (most notably, Shia LaBoeuf's Sam Witwicky) doesn't seem to have made much of a difference to the franchise. It's still an action-packed spectacle as riddled with plot holes as it is with bullets. But honestly, all that being said, I (and my 10 year old son) actually enjoyed the ride. In my opinion, it's a better film than the two previous outings, but that's not saying much ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" earned an abysmal 1/2-star rating and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" only a half star higher). This time around, while the character development is still thin, the jokes are a little funnier, the effects even more impressive and the action sequences tighter. The over-long run-time of 165 minutes may have you shifting in your seat a bit, but the frequent changes in locale and scenery will make the time pass relatively quickly.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Search giant Google’s OS – Android – was the highlight at the first day of the ongoing Google Developer Fest in San Francisco on June 25, 2014. It It was pretty evident that Android has evolved as a market force to be reckoned with, as it powers everything from phones, cars, TVs and more. A two and a half hour long presentation was presented by Google’s Android chief Sundar Pichai.
The wearable device market – still in its infant stages - is on a constant innovation trail, tech firms Apple, Google and Samsung are looking to turn wearable gadgets in to machines which can calculate blood sugar levels in the body.
US based tech giant Apple is all set to begin the production of its next generation iPhone device. The iPhone 6 will come in two sizes, out of which one will be a 4.7 inch display version and the other will be a 5.5 inch model.
Getting confused when it comes to the topic of Ultra High Definition (UHD)? The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) wants to clear things a few things up for you.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Onkyo's TX-NR1030 will be among the first A/V receivers to support Dolby Atmos surround sound when it comes to market this fall.
Sharp will ship the UD27 line of AQUOS 4K Ultra HD TVs in 60- and 70-inch screen sizes, starting in September 2014.
Digital music fans and audiophiles, unite!
The above statement is something that a lot of music lovers never expected to happen -- but it's happening, people. A slew of companies have been releasing high-resolution audio players with both the digital music listener and the audiophile in mind.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Some of the recent reports have claimed that Apple Inc is all set to launch its much awaited smartwatch this fall. More reports have said that the iPhone manufacturer will launch the new device in multiple screen sizes. The mass production of the wearable device will begin from July, 2014 and will be in time for the October launch.
Tablet peripherals manufacturing giant Wikipad has launched a snap on controller for the iPad Mini, known as the Gamevice. The new MFi controller can be attached to the Apple tablet, bringing a more traditional gaming control feel to the device.
Someone at HP has obviously had on their thinking cap on. The company recently released its HP Envy 17 laptop with a built-in Leap Motion sensor that allows you to control the laptop with hand gestures. The HP Spectre 13 boasts a less exotic – but probably more useful – innovation in the form of a Very Big Trackpad™. See also: What's the best laptop you can buy in 2014?
Announced at MWC, LG has launched the G2 mini a number of months after the full-size LG G2. The smartphone is cheaper, smaller and lower spec so here's our LG G2 mini review.
Although there's not yet a version of the Brydge for the iPad Air, those with an iPad 2, 3 or 4th gen will certainly appreciate the excellent build quality of the Brydge+. Its design mirrors the MacBook and more than once we reached for the non-existent trackpad, such is the similarity.
Amazon yesterday launched its first smartphone. The Fire Phone has a slew of exciting features, including 3D-like visual effects and a semantic visual search app that could revolutionise your weekly shop. Amazon invited only 300 people to its launch event, many of whom were guest Amazon fans and software developers. Fortunately we had in the room Susie Ochs, a senior editor for our US sister publication Tech Hive. And she provides the hands-on info for our first Amazon Fire Phone review. We'll update this piece as we do more testing.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Canon SELPHY CP910 review: print photos from your smartphone wherever you are, with this compact photo printer
Canon's chic little SELPHY CP910 is an upgrade of the CP900 photo printer they released in 2012 and has been issued in attractive glossy black or white editions. It's extremely lightweight (810g without the ink cartridge) and can easily be slipped into a ruck sack or overnight bag as it measures only 178 x 127 x 60.5mm.
HTC's One M8 is an incredibly desirable smartphone, with a stylish metal-clad design, fast performance and some excellent hardware features, but you'll be wasting your money if you buy this smartphone. We explain why in our HTC One M8 vs HTC One E8 comparison review. Also see: 31 best smartphones 2014.
The Vauxhall Adam is one of the most customisable cars on the market with different colour options, roofs, seats, interiors, wheels and more. It might not look like it, but it can also be packed full of nifty technology. Here we review the IntelliLink infotainment system and Advanced Park Assist optional upgrades.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet comparison review: The best 10in tablets you can buy
Samsung's latest and greatest tablet is the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 but how does it fare against the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet comparison review.
XFX Radeon R7-265 2GB Core Edition review: graphics card offers good value for money, but not great on performance
The AMD Radeon R7-265 graphics card should be of keen interest to a more typical PC user – specifically for those gamers who don't need to sweat over gaining a few extra frames per second available from £300-plus graphics cards. Instead the R7-265 nestles nicely around the £120 mark. See also Group test: what's the best graphics card?
Lumsing 10400mAh Power Bank review: Portable phone, tablet, camera charger is a must-have for festivals and camping
Lumsing's Power Bank is a must-have for festival-goers and campers this summer, allowing you to charge your smartphone, tablet, camera and any other 5V USB-powered device wherever you are.
WD's My Cloud range is catering to home and small business users who might normally be intimidated by complex NAS drives. The dual-bay My Cloud EX2 is another attractive addition to the range.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
If you've seen anything by Wes Anderson, you already know that he has a certain style. The sets, the colors, the costumes, the music and even the dialogue is all distinctly Wes Anderson. Love him or hate him, there's certainly no one like him. And if you fall into the former camp, you will absolutely love his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
That's because this is where everything and anything Wes Anderson comes to a head. It's the writer/director's most successful film to date, but also his most maniacal, most gruesome (those moments are brief, but certainly memorable), and possibly most entertaining. (Frankly, I could argue about that all day, being that Rushmore is one of my absolute favorites.)
"Venus in Fur" was one of the true highlights of this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Roman Polanski's adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's (the godfather of masochism) bawdy 19th century story crackles with sexuality and humor.
There are only two people in the cast and both are outstanding. Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is a stage director about to head home for the evening. Casting has finally been completed and he is packing up. Through the door walks Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski's wife).
She is incredibly self-assured and demands to read for the lead of the play. Thomas is annoyed and tries to push her aside, but she is not the type who can be easily pushed around. She pushes back, and harder, but it's never in a threatening way. Vanda is powerful, though, and she is soon locked in a battle of wills with Thomas. Their battle melts into the actual play so that you are thrown back and forth between the script of the play and the interaction of our warring couple. The parrying never stops, but there are swings in momentum, with Vanda throwing quite a few verbal haymakers.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The Unicode Consortium, announced the Unicode 7.0 which which will have more than 250 new emoji characters introduced for smartphones and computers. The UC is a industry body which is devoted to develop and promote software standards. The new emoji characters include symbols for weather, like the thermometer, tornado and many such other innovative symbols.