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ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

  The IFA 2014 Trade Show in Berlin seems to be the talk of the town, with various OEM’s coming with new devices. Samsung came up with their new flagship the Galaxy Note 4 and a first of its kind Galaxy Note Edge. Also in the smart watch department they unveiled their new Galaxy S smart watch. Now talking about smart watches, ASUS finally lifted the curtains on its very own smart watch the ASUS ZenWatch.  On the looks front, you can already tell from the picture above, its a classy looking watch. The body of the watch is metal and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it for extra protection. The straps are leather, giving it a very premium and sophisticated look. The 1.63 inch display on the watch is AMOLED having a resolution of 320×320, 278ppi. The smart watch is a new member of the Android wear family, so it basically has all the features, of a standard Android wear device. On top of that the ASUS ZenWatch has a couple of neat little features as well, for example you can unlock your phone straight from the watch. When a call is incoming you can just put your hand on the watch to silence the call (pretty helpful in most situations).  How many times have you put your phone in a place you cannot find, well now you can easily track your phone down with Tap Tap and Find my phone options in the watch. ASUS Remote Camera app lets you use, your watch’s display to control your smart phone’s camera, some pretty spy stuff there!! Lastly, the presentation controls in the watch act as a remote during your presentations or lecture. The ASUS ZenWatch also doubles up as a health monitor companion. A feature call Wellness Manager measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level. So you wont have to wear a separate sport ever band again. Asus ZenWatch Tech Specs Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU OS System: Android Wear Memory: 512MB RAM Storage: 4GB EMMC Display: AMOLED1.63″, 320×320, 278ppi touch display Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Sensor: 9 Axis Sensor , ,Bio sensor Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 USB Port: Micro USB on Charging Cradle Audio: Built-in microphone Battery: Polymer 1.4Wh Water Resistance: IP55 Colors: Silver and rose gold color layering, Brown leather strap Size: 50.6 x 39.8 x 7.9-9.4mm Body Weight: 50g Strap Weight: 25g The device will be available for most markets by October and will be around 199 euro. Though the dollar conversion is yet to be seen, we’ll have to wait for it to release in...

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Samsung announces the GALAXY Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 with QHD Super AMOLED Displays

Samsung announces the GALAXY Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 with QHD Super AMOLED Displays

When it comes to making grand stage announcements, Samsung always tend to have the correct formula. The South Korean Tech giants in their live “Premiere Event” at Madison Square Garden in New York officially unveiled their new range of flagship tablets for 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with both the device having almost the same specs, with the only difference being the screen sizes. As their name suggest, the tablets would be available in 10.5 and 8.4-inches respectively and would be running on Samsung’s latest Magazine UX. As far as the devices body is concerned both the devices would be enclosed in a premium plastic coating together with a perforated faux leather back. Both the devices would be available in two color variants, Black and White. When it comes to Samsung’s premium range of Android devices, the one common thing among all of them would most certainly be the perforated faux leather back which featured for the first time in last year’s GALAXY Note 3 followed by the recently launched GALAXY S5. Now coming to the software, both the devices would be running on the latest Samsung Magazine UX engulfed on top of Android KitKat. Samsung also had to make another major announcement as far as the devices software goes, aimed especially for the kids. Both the tablets will feature a child-friendly “Kid mode” and connectivity with your Galaxy S5 that allows you to receive calls directly from the Tab S via a feature they’re calling “SideSync 3.0.” Samsung also announced partnerships with Netflix to bring full HD 1080p video streaming to the Tab S, along with Condé Nast for Vogue, GQ, Glamour, content, as well as National Geographic. Marvel have also announced that they would will include the Tab S in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie and have also promised that they’d be giving away a free 3 month subscription to Marvel Unlimited, along with Google Play with their free 90-day trial to Google Play Music All Access and free copy of Gravity for Play Movies & TV. As far as both the devices prices go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 WiFi model will be available this July for $500, or $400 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, with pre-orders beginning June 13th. Samsung also announced accessories like their very own “Book Cover,” and the Logitech Type-S Bluetooth keyboard for an additional $99. Specifications at a Glance 2560x1600p Super AMOLED display Samsung Exynos 5420 SoC (WiFi model), or Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC (LTE model) 3GB RAM Android (KitKat) 16/32GB internal storage with micro SD card expansion slot (up to 128GB) 8MP rear and 2.1MP front...

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Sony’s $100 SmartBand now available in the US

Sony’s $100 SmartBand now available in the US

  These days it seems like the trend from smart-watches is slowly shifting more towards smart wrist bands which can become your ideal companion whether you are sprinting, working out or if you simply want something that would not only look good and sleek on your wrists, but also at the same time have enough fire power to notify you with your usual day-to-day activities. Even though smart watches these days can be a little bit pricey, for those of you who  are looking for a cheaper alternative should consider going for this little helpful device by Sony. The Sony SmartBand can become your perfect everyday compatriot. Priced in at just $100, the SmartBand features motion and location sensors for your daily activity tracking, physical controls for all your media playback, LED-powered and vibration-driven notifications for alarms, calendar reminders, SMS messages, missed calls etc. All you need to do is simply sync the SmartBand with Sony’s Lifelog app  (the two can be paired using NFC) to give you a quick  look at all your workout data that automatically syncs over Bluetooth 4.0 LE. SmartBand consists of a removable core unit and the band will come in a number of colours. The band is waterproof and will have a 5-day battery life along with a premium looking Sony fastener button. As mentioned earlier, Lifelog isthe Android companion app for the SmartBand, which captures all of your physical, social and entertainment activities visually. The app keeps track of all your media content or how much you’ve been using social networks. Points will be awarded depending on how much you move and your lifestyle generally. You will also be able to set daily activity goals and try to beat your all-time best scores. For all our friends in the United States, the watch can easily be purchased from Sony’s official website for $100 and on doing so you would also be rewarded with 100 Sony Reward Points together with free shipping all over the...

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HTC rumored to launch its first smartwatch – The HTC One Wear [Rumors]

HTC rumored to launch its first smartwatch – The HTC One Wear [Rumors]

  Smart-watches have been the in-thing lately with every other OEM you can think about entering into the limelight. Samsung and Sony, were among the first ones to bring these wearable smart wares a couple of years ago followed by LG and recently by Motorola as well with the announcement of their much awaited Moto 360 smart watch scheduled to be released soon. Not the ones to be left behind, HTC have are also contemplating their viable options now and are planning to launch their very first smart watch sometime later this year. According to rumors from some of our reliable sources, the smart-watch would be called The HTC “One Wear” and is said to rival the elegant looking Moto 360 with a similar looking round design and would be available in both polycarbonate as well as in metal. Well for now, that’s all the news that we have got for you guys. Will keep you updated once we get hold on some leaked images of the device along with some further details so do stick...

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Turn your Smartphone into a DSLR with the Oppo Smart Lens [Images Leaked]

Turn your Smartphone into a DSLR with the Oppo Smart Lens [Images Leaked]

A while back Sony came up with the first ever NFC attached extended lens for a smartphone or a tablet. Now its Oppo’s turn to make your smartphone into an all out DSLR. Leaked images of the Oppo Smart Lens have surfaced on the site GizChina which look exactly like a DSLR’s detachable lens.  The Oppo Smart Lens works on NFC as well as WiFi, and has nothing to do with the smartphone’s built in camera as the pictures suggest. The lens unlike Sony’s QX10 and QX100 has its own physical power button and it connects via NFC when attached to the device and I guess the WiFi feature maybe when using the lens for remote shooting. The Oppo Smart Lens has 10x zoom, while rumors for a 15x zoom model are very strong as well. The device in the picture which the lens in attached to is the Oppo 7 , and if it connects via NFC then using on Non- Oppo devices wouldn’t be a problem. Lets hope that is the case as the lens won’t come...

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The Moto 360 – Smart just got a bit more Sophisticated

The Moto 360 – Smart just got a bit more Sophisticated

Google’s announcement on the Android Wear smart watch platform has opened doors for many more smart watches to come this year. Motorola seem to be the first in line and have announced their upcoming smart watch the Moto 360 which is sure to make your jaw drop! Motorola are calling their smart watch a “a truly modern time piece” and with the way its looking, they could definitely be right. The Moto360 has an stylish circular shape face, with an elegant overall design.  The smart watch is said to deliver all your important notifications, so you would not miss out on anything meaningful in your life. No specs of the device are mentioned yet, nor a specific release date, what me only know is that it is coming in summer 2014. You can sign up on the official Moto360 page to keep track of any updates. So what do you guys think about Motorola’s version of a smart watch? Yay or Nay?  The video might help you make the decision quite easily….trust...

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