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All posts tagged "mobile phones"

  • Quantum chip to bring 3D holographic projection to future smartphones

    With Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus attracting all the attention for its virtual reality headsets, Ostendo Technologies Inc. has been quietly working on developing technology that can project fully-rendered 3D images and holograms without the need for bulky goggles and special headgear. Technology Closely guarded with only minimal information released to the public over the past nine years since its inception, the technology responsible for the company’s vision of glasses free 3D and holographic projection is the Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager (QPI) that “combines an image processor with a wafer containing radically miniaturized light-emitting diodes (LEDs).” Ostendo’s chipset technology will “control the brightness,...

  • Top 5 worst mobile phones ever made

    Can you remember your first cellphone? I do; it was a Nokia 5110 (okay, this was my first personal cellphone — we had a family one before that was so obscure its name escapes me). I was able to call people on it, and once I had all the message-centre numbers set up correctly I could text on it too. As there were limited text characters, we had to invent ways of saying as much as possible in a single text message, so we didn’t have to pay an additional charge for multiple messages. Yes, I’m ashamed to say...

  • LG G2 review: this is the Android you’re looking for

    As a phone, as a video player and as a social media machine, the LG G2 is a success. It’s also the closest most of us will get to the Nexus 5, as the G2 is Google’s Android 4.4 phone in all but name and slight design changes. The big question though, is why should anyone spend R7 340 on it? Because it’s the best Android phone you can get and does something that almost no other phone can: actually surprise me. The battery life is amazing, the design is slick and the 5.2″ screen is the best I’ve...

  • Samsung Galaxy Round: it’s a prototype and you’ll most likely never own one

    The world’s first curved smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy Round is only a prototype and will be made in “limited quantities” inside South Korea, says Sammobile. It’s quite a blow to people with high cheekbones for which the Round was seemingly made for. Or those who wanted a phone they could rock back and forth like a sleeping baby. According to the report, Samsung will only produce very limited quantities of the devices as a testing stage for curved displays. Samsung’s made prototype devices before that haven’t made it into the big time, such as the flexible OLED smartphone last seen back...

  • Amazon’s ‘Project Smith': budget phone with FireOS, premium device with 3D

    Amazon’s had a busy year. Last week, we got new a few new Kindles and today, there’s an interesting update about 3D phones. Amazon wants to develop a smartphone with a 3D eye tracking interface, and a “budget” phone, says TechCrunch. This story isn’t new (we reported on it earlier this year), but today’s details are and according to “those familiar with the source”, the phones are already in development. But the people familiar with the plans said the smartphone and set-top box are just two elements of a broader foray into hardware that also includes the audio streaming device and...

  • Acer Liquid S2 has 6″ display, records in 4K

    Acer isn’t that well-known for its phones. But it will be if the Liquid S2 becomes an overnight success. What Acer wants to provide is an LTE phone running Android 4.2.2 with a 13MP camera, a 6-inch IPS screen with 368PPI and a recording resolution of 4K. Yup, it’s the “world’s first” Android smartphone with a 4K video-recorder, says Acer. The 4K recording is the feature Acer’s keen on highlighting, but this is a top-end phone with very beefy specs. The Acer press release (as seen on Engadget) places 4K first yet the display is astounding enough to warrant a...

  • Firefox for Android hits Beta 23, loves sharing

    It’s Firefox for Android (Beta 23) and its even cooler than before, because today Mozilla has released a slew of updates for this very promising yet young mobile OS. Even better, it’s ready for download and testing right bloody now. Can’t ask for better than that. Beta 23 of Firefox for Android helps us to “share content quickly and easily” with the new updates. There’s support for more languages, such as Catalan-Spanish, British-English and Swedish. Sharing is front and center, especially with updates like “Quickshare” which creates that social sharing/shortcut menu seen on the other OS’. NFC brings the sharing home with...

  • ZTE Geek rocks Tegra 4 CPU

    Nvidia’s Tegra 4 mobile CPU is primed to be one of those technologies that closes the gap between desktop and portable devices, thanks to its beefy specifications.  ZTE’s upcoming smartphone, the Geek U988S has the honour of being the worlds first commercially available Tegra 4 device, when ZTE chooses to disclose its release date, of course. Leaky Chinese gadget site, Tenaa digs up the full specs of this potentially groundbreaking smartphone from the infinitely growing  rumour barrel. The ZTE Geek is jam-packed with goodness, but let’s begin with the CPU, which is a 1.8Ghz quad-core monster which carries a full 2GB...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: the new king of mobile

    Update: We’ve had the Samsung Galaxy S4 in our testing labs for a few days now, and we’re putting it through our rigorous testing process as you read this to bring you a fully in-depth analysis of the handset. In the meantime, check out our updated hands on shots and check back as we’ll be bringing the full review with star rating any time soon. The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a huge Full HD screen, an improved camera and faster innards, and fits it all in a chassis the same size as theGalaxy S3. However, many will struggle to tell the difference between...

  • Huawei Ascend G710 could be the middle brother of the Ascend family

    The Huawei Ascend family of smartphones is getting another sibling with the Ascend G710. Although details are scarce (and unconfirmed) it looks like it won’t be the older sibling of the bunch, but more so the middle child due to its display specs. According to Engadget, and their source Evleaks, the G710 will sport a 5-inch display running a 1.5GHz processor, exactly the same as the Ascend D2. Unlike the D2 though, the resolution has been dropped to 720p, an unusual choice for a 5-inch display, which takes it out of the realm of high-end smartphone. A 720p display will...

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