maandag 26 mei 2014

HTC One mini

The HTC One is a smartphone you can fall in love with. It presents an irresistible mix of sculpted contours, gorgeous display, and fast performance. When the list of best Android phones for 2014 is drawn up, the One will be at or near the top. But the One is also expensive — a premium device at a premium price — and for HTC to thrive it needs tosell millions of phones to millions of people. Even Apple isn’t immune to these market pressures, as evidenced by last year’s introduction of the iPhone 5C as a more affordable way to get new users on board. When it goes on sale in June, the One mini 2 will be the HTC equivalent: a phone for those who want the One experience but not the One price.
HTC already did this once, with mixed results. The 2013 One mini was a cut-down version of that year’s One flagship phone. It had a similar aluminum build, the same camera, and an equally attractive display, but it also used too much plastic to cover up for its tighter budget. Nonetheless, says HTC, it was a success for many carriers because it “hit a good price point.” Now it’s time to do it all over again, with the added benefit of a year’s worth of hindsight and user feedback

The HTC One is a smartphone you can fall in love with. It presents an irresistible mix of sculpted contours, gorgeous display, and fast performance. When the list of best Android phones for 2014 is drawn up, the One will be at or near the top. But the One is also expensive — a premium device at a premium price — and for HTC to thrive it needs tosell millions of phones to millions of people. Even Apple isn’t immune to these market pressures, as evidenced by last year’s introduction of the iPhone 5C as a more affordable way to get new users on board. When it goes on sale in June, the One mini 2 will be the HTC equivalent: a phone for those who want the One experience but not the One price.
HTC already did this once, with mixed results. The 2013 One mini was a cut-down version of that year’s One flagship phone. It had a similar aluminum build, the same camera, and an equally attractive display, but it also used too much plastic to cover up for its tighter budget. Nonetheless, says HTC, it was a success for many carriers because it “hit a good price point.” Now it’s time to do it all over again, with the added benefit of a year’s worth of hindsight and user feedback.

The One mini 2 is an amalgamation of all three of its forebears. At 4.5 inches, its display is a little bigger than the 4.3-inch One mini, a little smaller than the 4.7-inch 2013 One, and different enough from this year’s 5-inch flagship to justify that tenuous "mini" title. Like the older devices, its power button is at the top left and its headphone jack is on the top right. Unlike them, the One mini 2 drops the capacitive keys in favour of on-screen Android navigation.
The big story here, though, is the lustworthy brushed aluminum design of the new HTC One. More than anything else, that’s what makes HTC’s leading phone desirable and sets it apart from the competition, so the question is, how much of it has made the transition to the mini 2? There’s a mathematical answer to that. 90 percent of the One’s case is made of aluminum, whereas the One mini 2 only reaches a mark of 70 percent. So it’s 77.78 percent as awesome.

A plastic frame that wraps around the sides of the One mini 2 accounts for most of the lost aluminum. I don’t mind it at all: it’s matte and subtle and integrates well with the phone’s overall design. Still, it’s not the One. The chamfered metal edges at the front of the bigger phone gleam invitingly, reminding the user of the craftsmanship required to perfect them. As Scott Croyle, HTC’s departing chief of design, told me recently, "just by the way the light reflects off that brushed surface, you instantly know that you’re looking at metal." That’s true when looking at the back of the One mini 2 but not the front.
Placing a One and a One mini 2 in each pocket, I’ve been walking around trying to distinguish a difference between them. There isn’t much. In spite of its name, the new handset isn’t that much smaller nor very much lighter than the 5-inch original. It’s once I pulled the devices out and started using them that the real difference manifested itself. I checked emails quicker, captured photos faster, and made calls more easily on the so-called mini phone — simply by virtue of it being so much more usable with one hand. The curved back of the One has always been a pleasure to hold, but its elongated body makes that awkward and sometimes frustrating. With the One mini 2, you don’t need to stretch your thumb’s tendons before attempting to reach the top-left corner of the screen. You just do it. It’s a small change in size that leads to a big improvement in ergonomics.

Comparisons outside of HTC’s own smartphone range are less favorable. The cheaper Moto X has a larger 4.7-inch screen, but is physically smaller than the One mini 2. With its side-mounted power button and Active Display notifications, it’s also more convenient. Also costing less is the better-specced Nexus 5, while for the same price as the One mini 2, you could get the bijou powerhouse that is the Xperia Z1 Compact. Then there’s the very real threat of the Moto G, a handset running the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, with the same 720p display resolution, and now also the same LTE connectivity as the One mini 2. You could get a pair of Gs for the price of a One mini 2. What none of these phones will give you, though, is an aluminum unibody construction. Or the BoomSound.

Every size critique of HTC’s One line has to be tempered by the quality of its front-facing stereo speakers. They consume an unusually large chunk of space on each phone, but deliver sound that cannot be matched by any comparable device. I can casually listen to music on the One mini 2 without always needing my headphones. Only the Xperia Z2, which uses smaller but similarly arranged speakers as HTC does with BoomSound, comes anywhere even close. Having used that phone, the One, and now the One mini 2 for the past couple of months, I find myself reluctant to return to more conventional handsets. Good audio is a very nice thing to have, because it can be felt and appreciated in so many circumstances. Like the screen, it’s a pervasive part of the user experience and is worth the time to get right.
Display quality is a traditional strength for HTC, however the One mini 2 is a step below the best the company has shown so far. Its 4.5-inch 720p display is sharp and crisp, but it just doesn’t have the viewing angles or contrast of the HTC One or even last year’s mini. Whereas images on those handsets can look so lifelike as to seem drawn on, the new mini’s colors fade when it’s not squarely facing the viewer. It’s a subtle distinction, but like those chamfered aluminum edges, it takes away from the sense of excellence that the One emanates

Photography by Sean O'Kane. 

5 cheaper smartphones with Android 4.4

 is loaded on less than 10% of all Android devises currently on the market and right now it seems like it’s only the latest flagship smartphones that are jumping aboard the KitKat bandwagon. Generally speaking, if you’re looking for a smartphone that comes in under $200 dollars, you’re most looking at something with sub-par specs and an older version of Android. However, we’ve taken a look at some of the newer “budget” smartphones that are coming loaded with KitKat and we’ve compiled our top five here.
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Motorola Moto E

Motorola is taking the lead on how things should be done across manufacturers: providing different price ranges for their devices and making sure that they’re affordable and still functional. Coming in at $129 without a contract, the Moto E comes loaded with the latest version of Android 4.4.2. In comparison, there are much more expensive smartphones on the market that haven’t even jumped on the Android 4.4.2 bandwagon quite yet.
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Obviously, it is a budget smartphone and lack some of the snazzier features (such as  a front camera or LED flash for example) but the fact remains: this is a spectacular price for a smartphone with the latest version of Android.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style

Most of the news surrounding Samsung has to do with its flagship devices: the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note series. However, it often does some things right in the mid and budget range of smartphones. The Galaxy Ace Style is Samsung’s latest addition to its portfolio and although it’s still not available for sale yet, it’s estimated to run no more than $200 dollars when released later this month. Of course, it comes equipped with Android 4.4 but will also be sporting Samsung’s own Touchwiz user interface.
samsung galaxy ace style foto
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LG L40 & L35

Just this week, LG announced its L35 smartphone, a 3.2-inch device that will run about $100 without a contract. Alongside it, LG also has the L40 smartphone which runs about $150 and comes in at 3.5 inches.
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Both devices vary very little when compared: a small bump in price for about 0.3-inches and compared to newer devices, the screens do seem to be quite a bit on the small side. Both devices sport Android 4.4.2 as the factory default and sport 3-megapixel cameras, 4 GB of internal memory that can be expanded via microSD. Despite the latest version of Android, both of these smartphones come equipped with the very basic of hardware specs.

BQ Aquaris E4

If you’ve never heard of the BQ brand, you might not be alone. This Spanish manufacturer is relatively new to the game and has just released the Aquaris E4 to the market. If you can get your hand on this device, it will be available for just over $175 and will be sporting Android 4.4 when released in June.
bq aquaris e4
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For the price, you get a device with 8 GB of internal storage, a front 2-megapixel camera and rear 8-megapixel camera with a flash, a 1700 mAh battery, and an IPS 4-inch screen with a display that sports a 800x480 resolution.

Wiko Bloom

On the same front as the BQ Aquaris E4, you may not have heard of the Wiko Bloom before today. This dual-sim smartphone was just presented this week and despite a cost of around $175, this smartphone will be sporting Android 4.4 straight from the factory. On top of that, it will have 4.7-inch screen, a quad-core processor and have 1 GB of RAM.
Wiko BLOOM blanco
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Although relatively unknown on North American soil, Wiko is slowly gaining traction in the European market and is coming out with better and better options. If you’re impressed by the specs in the Wiko Bloom, keep an eye out for more stuff coming from this company shortly.

LG G3 Update: Leaked Pictures of Dummy

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LG's upcoming G3 flagship handset is hardly a secret any more. Many new phones are coming later this year, including Apple's iPhone 6 and Prime version of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but LG hogs limelight. Just a day before the big reveal, a dummy unit of the LG G3 was reportedly photographed at a mobile phone store in South Korea. The LG G3 is going to be revealed on May 27 at press events to be held in New York, San Francisco and London. LG G3 Dummy Unit Leaked LG is preparing to launch its most ambitious handset till date, the LG G3, on May 27. 

Rumors of the LG G3 have been spreading like a wild fire for several past weeks. LG has already confirmed the new device to come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD ( 2560 x 1440) resolution display. At the same time, many reports have shed light on the upcoming LG-made handset. The continues leaks of the G3 leave little mystery to LG's smartphone. Recommended: Micromax Appoints Vineet Taneja From Samsung As Its New CEO 

Now, earlier in the day, a dummy unit of the LG G3 has been apparently leaked ahead of global debut. The new images confirm the device to have a ultra-thin bezels and will also feature redesigned back buttons. The dummy units also give a sneak-peak at the the positioning of the USB port, IR blaster and 3.5mm headphone jack, GSM Arena notes. LG G3 - What about specs ? The LG G3 will sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD ( 2K resolution ) display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a massive 3,000mAh battery fitted inside, LTE, LTE-A, Wi-Fi, among others. LG G3 (F400L) to cost $635 in South Korea Recently, a South Korean mobile network provider operated by LG, accidently listed the LG G3 , alongside the specs and price. Apparently, the phone carries a model number - F400L, and will be priced $635 ( about Rs. 36, 830 approximately) in LG's home land. Source- GSM Arena 

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zondag 25 mei 2014

Android eat from the market

 increased their dominance in the UK smartphone market during the three months ending April, at the expense of Blackberry.
That's according to the latest statistics from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, which shows that for the three months ending April 2014, both Android and iOS made gains in the UK smartphone market.
Android's share climbed one percent giving Google a 52.8 percent hold on the market, while iOS grew 2.2 percent despite no recent iPhone launches, giving Apple a 30.2 percent slice of the market.
This likely was at the expense of Blackberry, which saw its marketshare sink by 3.9 percent, leaving it with a mere 1.6 percent of the UK market, just a month after the firm's CEO admitted he would consider leaving the handset market if Blackberry's smartphone woes continue.
Windows Phone, which seems to have wrestled third-place away from the struggling Canadian phone maker, saw its market share grow 0.9 percent during the three month period, giving it a 10.1 percent share.
Android's one percent quarterly growth isn't just at the expense of Blackberry, Kantar noted, and is likely to be credited to the emergence of smaller manufacturers. The research firm revealed that Huawei saw 123 percent growth during the quarter, with little-known manufacturer Wiki also demonstrating double-digit growth during the three month period.
Dominic Sunnebo, stategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, said, "Across Europe there is an accelerating trend of fragmentation in the handset market as smaller brands gain real traction.
"Established brands like Motorola and Sony are showing resurgence and newcomers to the European market such as Huawei and Wiko are challenging the established names. Consumers are starting to realise the true cost of handsets, and as a result they are shopping around to find cheaper alternatives."
Kantar also notes that Motorola is also seeing ressurgence in the market, likely thanks to the success of its affordable Moto G smartphone. µ

Last Friday, Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) AAPL +1.13%, the maker of the iPhone, and Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) GOOG +1.40%, the company who developed Android, agreed to drop all lawsuits against each other concerning the unlawful use of patents in their Smartphone products.
smartphones market share
In reality, the truce is between Google’s Motorola Mobility unit and Apple, who were fighting several patent litigation cases over smartphone technology. The end of it will be termed as the end of the most high profile lawsuit in the technology sector in this decade that started back in October 2010.
Reuters first broke the story on May 16, where it mentioned that both companies said that “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies.” Furthermore, the statement added that “Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.”
Prior to the settlement, these two companies were fighting 20 lawsuits in the United States as well as in Germany. Since the agreement is between only Apple and Google, it will probably not end other intellectual property rights litigations, specifically the ones between Apple and Samsung. However, the collaboration between the mother company of Android indicates that Samsung may get some breathing air from the deal as well in near future.
Ever since the late visionary and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, declared that the will start a “Thermonuclear War” against Google for “stealing the iPhone concepts,” Apple started various direct, and proxy wars against Google and other companies who embraced Android. According to authorized biographer of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, the man behind Apple happened to utter that “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.”
Such feuds motivated Apple to fund patent troll companies like the Rockstar, whose sole purpose is to harass Android manufacturers in court. The decision from Apple to ceasefire came amid the ruling when it only won US$ 120 million damages against Samsung when it was seeking a US$ 2 billion payout. Also, the court found in that case that Apple itself infringed one of Samsung’s patents and awarded Samsung with US$ 158,000.
According to ABI Research, Android based Smartphones and the iPhone hold around 81% and 14% market share respectively. The legal feud has been disrupting the development of both platforms and, according to IDC analyst Al Hilwa, the truce will ultimately help consumers. “Anything that can make the ecosystem more interoperable, and for people to kind of easily move from one ecosystem to another is good for everyone,” he said.


zaterdag 24 mei 2014

Samsung Smart-Watch May Debut This Summer, Doesn’t Need To Sync With a Smartphone

Earlier in April, we had news from Korea Herald that Samsung was planning to introduce a stand-alone version of its smartwatch which would be named the Gear Solo. Gear solo would not need to sync with a smartphone to make a call as it would have its own SIM slot. Now, a news report in The Wall Street has further established the news.
Previews news reported that the device would offer a GPS, Bluetooth, a camera, a heart monitor and would be able to do almost all the things a smartphone can. There was however some doubt about whether the device would be named Gear Solo or not. The report also suggested that South Korea would be the first country to get this smartwatch, SK Telecom being the telecommunications partner. Also the smartwatch was rumored to run on Tizen instead of Android, like most smartwatches.
According to The Wall Street Journal’s news, the device could start shipping anytime between June and July. Its estimated price would be about $400.

donderdag 22 mei 2014

Motorola says Moto 360 has “$250

moto 360 watch face psd

Motorola’s kicking off a design contest for users to create Moto 360 watch faces. That’s the skinny of it. Winners will have their designs considered for use on the Moto 360, naturally, and they’ll also be entitled to some pretty nice prizes. One of those prizes — the granddaddy of the lot — is a Moto 360 itself. The story isn’t that Motorola is giving the watch away, though.
The story is that they may have leaked their own pricing for the smartwatch without the intention of doing so. The document lists the Moto 360 as having a “$250 ARV,” which stands for “approximate retail value.” This is by no means concrete proof that Motorola will price the Moto 360 at $250 at launch (things could always change by the time it reaches store shelves), though we can’t think of any other reason they’d set that as the ARV.
What we still don’t know is when we’ll be able to buy one, but we’re hoping Motorola will tag alongside Google at IO late next month to unleash those details for our lonely wrists. In the meantime, if you want to take a crack at this contest (they provide some PSD files for you to toy around with) be sure to visit Motorola’s Google+ page right here.
Motorola Moto 360
As part of a quick behind the scenes tour of Motorola’s new HQ in Chicago, the folks at The Verge conducted a quick interview sesh with Jim Wicks, Motorola’s senior vice president of design and the man behind products like the Motorola Moto X and the upcoming Motorola Moto 360.
During the interview, we get a brief glimpse at the Moto 360 as it appears on Wicks’ wrist in its sleeping state. The Verge notes that Wicks was “dogfooding” the smartwatch, a prototype highlighted by the Motorola “M” on the watch’s bezel (don’t expect the logo to appear in the retail version). It’s entirely possible he was keeping the display off to keep the press from seeing early Android Wear software builds, but there was a few times during the interview where Wicks manually turns on the display to fiddle around in its UI. 2 things:
  1. Will users have to manually touch the physical button to wake the smartwatch
  2. Will there be an “always-on” option that perhaps Wicks wasn’t using on this prototype?
Really, it’s tough to say by the few seconds the 360 appears on camera and we’ll have to wait until Motorola reveals more details about their smartwatch in the coming weeks before drawing conclusions. But I think it’s safe to say a smart watch you have to physically interact with in order to show the time could be a tough sell for some. You may remember last week when LG took the wraps off the white/gold version of the LG G Watch last week, the Korean manufacturer was touting an “always-on” display.
The Motorola Moto 360 is set to go on sale this summer, right around the time we’re expecting to see a followup to the Motorola Moto X, currently rumored as the Motorola Moto X+1. Video tour of Motorola’s new digs — as well as a quick look at the Moto 360 — can be found below.


woensdag 21 mei 2014

Google is famed for naming the major versions of Android after sweets, and that too in an alphabetical order, so the next one comes to Lollipop.

Android 4.5 Lollipop is likely to be revealed in the I/O conference on June 25th , door Google, samen met al zijn coole functies. Google heeft zijn jaarlijkse conferentie van ontwikkelaars in juni van elk jaar en de verwachting is dat er updates voor de Google Glass, slimme horloges evenals de Android slijtage samen met de Nexus 7, en het allerbelangrijkste, de nieuwste versie van zijn Android-software , de 4.5 Lollipop. Momenteel is de versie van het Android OS is de 4.4, die ook bekend staat als KitKat, in september 2013 gelanceerd, krijgt de naam van haar commerciële aanleggen met Nestle (KitKat chocolade).
It is also rumored that there is going to be a total rethinking of Android and the web apps, showing how Android 4.5 might possibly look like. It is supposed to bring about a change by way of unifying Chrome with Android and Search. It is also said that the user interface will be revamped to a significant extent. The Project Hera is Google’s effort for unifying the experience of users who have Android, Search and the Chrome browser on their Android devices.
Unique Features
Android 4.5 Lollipop is expected to offer extra support for the processor and for the graphics chipset as well. It will also offer support to 64 bit processors and make it easier for devices to use a higher RAM with increased software drivers. Defragmentation can be better managed as well. It is also supposed to retain support for 512 MB RAM of the Android KitKat and offer more compatibility in case of mobile networks, with increased improvements in camera features. The new Android 4.5 will also be able to offer a better audio and video experience to users as well as expand their gaming experiences. Users will be better able to handle multi tasking and it will improve the battery life and the performance of the mobile device. User experience is sure to be smoother and users will be able to take advantage of a number of applications as well as services. It will offer writing support for micro SD card and offer support for the older devices.
Google has revealed its plans for wearables in its new version. Android wear has been specially designed for running on smart watches, but with Android 4.5, it will run on several wearable technologies in the future. The new version Lollipop will also be integrated with the Google Glass. It is also likely that there will be a new Android wearable application. This wearable app will be able to control or monitor the devices that you connect with your smartphone or your tablet. With the new version, all this will be done without too much drain on the battery life of the phone and the data allowance.
Security Improvements
Though Android and Security are not words that go together, Google is about to make attempts to improve the 4.5 versions, so that it is less vulnerable. It is likely that Google Play will see some improvements, as many mobile malware are usually targeted to the Android OS play store, with many such malware found in the official Play Store. With the new version the app selection system is bound to be more rigorous and it will also respond more quickly to user and developer complaints. The device is also going to become more secure with the latest Android version, which means that you can handle all your data by using the fingerprint sensors on a native basis. Face Unlock will also become a better feature and be more useful with the new version.

On Google, advertising, and invading your home appliances

In answering federal regulators' questions last year, Google merely stated the obvious — 'mobile' doesn't fit the new categories of device of the future

Can't say I didn't see this coming.
Late last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission — one of the bodies that helps make sure businesses play fair — had some questions for Google regarding its year-end 2012 fiscal report, which was filed in January 2013. Some of those questions regarded Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility. Some had to do with taxes. Some with Motorola's Home business. Other questions had to do with the difference between the "cost per click" for advertising on desktop versus mobile.
It's Google's answers to that last section that got the headlines, of course. It's blogger gold. "ZOMG Google to put ads on thermostats and refrigerators and your newborn baby's forehead."
Only, that's not really what Google said.
  1. Your response to prior comment 1 suggests that platform price differentials remain between desktop and mobile. We also note that advertisers are diverting their advertising campaigns from desktop to mobile and tablets.Please quantify the impact of the various factors identified in your discussion of changes in revenue that caused the six percent decline in average-cost-per click paid by advertisers. If the decline is primarily attributable to mobile advertising, explain why quantification of mobile activity would not be meaningful. Further, tell us whether the increase in the number of paid clicks was the same across each platform. Tell us whether the number of paid clicks for desktops and tablets increased at the same rate as the mobile platform. Tell us what consideration you gave to providing the percentage change by platform.

The blurred line between tablets and phones

Basically, the SEC wants to know why there's such a difference in CPC (that's cost per click, remember) between desktop and mobile. Google's response started with why its year-end numbers were what they were. But the juicy part for everyone comes toward the middle, when Google starts talking about how it's actually getting tougher to say exactly what a "mobile" platform is. Google started with:
We would also like to highlight the significant difficulties we see with the practice of breaking out CPCs and paid clicks — or any performance metric — by device platform. It is increasingly challenging to define what exactly a "mobile" platform is from period to period — and what it will be going forward.
That is to say that simply having two categories — desktop and mobile — doesn't take into account future categories of devices, nor does it accurately reflect how we use our current devices today. Simple enough.
Google went on to explain that "most industry observers would have included tablets (in addition to handsets) in their definition of mobile." I'm inclined to agree — we pretty much do that here as well. And Google notes that it'd been treating phones and tablets as members of the same category for a while as well, including in third-quarter revenue numbers for 2011 and 2012.

But we don't use tablets like we do phones, right?

However, as tablets gained momentum in the market, it became clear to us that their usage had much more in common with desktops than with handsets.
As more people starting buying tablets, Google noticed that they were being used more like desktop (or laptop) computers than phones. And that makes sense. You probably don't keep a tablet in your pocket. You're not pulling it out every 2 minutes to take a peek. It's more of an appliance that you use for a little bit, and then leave it be.

'Mobile' isn't a future-proof category

Ads on thermostats, oh my!This probably isn't what Honeywell has in mind. Or google, for that matter.
Now for the juicy part. Again, emphasis mine:
We expect the definition of "mobile" to continue to evolve as more and more "smart" devices gain traction in the market. For example, a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.
Folks, that's just Google stating the obvious. As more and more devices become "smart," with touchscreens and connectivity and the ability to reach more people, companies might want to monetize them in some way. That's all. Google's listing possible platforms for ad delivery.
Our expectation is that users will be using our services and viewing our ads on an increasingly wide diversity of devices in the future, and thus our advertising systems are becoming increasingly device-agnostic. Enhanced Campaigns was specifically designed to help advertisers become more efficient in a multi-device future; rather than writing unique desktop campaigns, handset campaigns, and tablet campaigns, etc., Enhanced Campaigns allows our advertisers to write one ad campaign, which we serve dynamically to the right user at the right time on whatever device makes the most sense. Because users will increasingly view ads and make purchase decisions on and across multiple devices, our view of revenue is similarly device-agnostic.

Google didn't say 'Nest' — bloggers did

Google did not say it'll put ads on a Nest thermostat. I get why we used a picture of Nest in our original story. But c'mon, folks. Google didn't even purchase Nest until after it submitted these answers to the SEC. (Update: Engadget got a quote from Google pretty much saying exactly this.)
Google also didn't say it's going to do any of this stuff tomorrow. Google's just saying what any other company in its place would say. There are these potential avenues for advertising. Maybe we'll use 'em. Maybe we won't. But here's what they are, and they're not all what we'd consider to be "mobile." 
And so this "Enhanced Campaigns" system lets advertisers create a single ad campaign across phones, tablets and, eventually, other platforms. That's all. No interstitials between changing temperature settings. No pop-ups asking you to take a poll before turning on the heat.
Just common sense when answering the questions of a regulating body. Again, you can read the full answers here. It's a lot easier than picking up a pitchfork.

zondag 18 mei 2014


If Chrome on your Android device is acting sluggish, stuttering as you scroll down pages, you don’t have t
o just twiddle your thumbs in silent frustration. By changing how much memory is allocated to the app, you can speed things right back up.   more info ( I'd like to start from the important part. Here's what I did GOTO :Reddit  and wired......


Do you spend so much time on your phone that you just can’t be bothered to hold it anymore? Well, this could be the answer. This flexi-phone allows you to pop the centre piece out to provide an ear clip. The clip would even perform in a chameleon-like way by matching its colour to your skin tone when attached.

Mobile phones have become more than a necessity. As we make our way into the future mobile phones have gained a cult status of being a way of life, a constant effort for perfection. And Ilshat Garipov’s newest design seems to take technology to a whole new level.
Uniquely named Kambalaphone, it is not your average cellular phone, as far as the looks are concerned. At first look it’s hard to determine if it’s actually a phone because the novelty of its design fools the eye into thinking that it is a funny looking gadget. On a closer inspection however its true identity is revealed. The body of the phone is made of multilayered polymer and all the electronic components of the phone are cleverly placed inside between those layers. A black, ultra-slim frame of the phone is a refreshingly new design among the hoard of phone designs that we come across every day. The shape and pattern of the phone resembles more like an open and very slim book than that of a conventional phone. The inner surface of the device is a touch-sensitive flexible continuous screen which displays the internal images onto the exterior.
One interesting feature which is sure to win the hearts of many phone lovers is its ability to display colors. Like a flounder fish, the phone from Ilshat Garipov has the capability to take any color from its surroundings and morph into an invisible device. For example if held next to the skin, the phone can take on the skin’s hue and completely camouflage itself making it virtually impossible to see it.

The main idea behind the concept of this phone is to devise a gadget which combines both the features of a phone as well as acting as wireless headphones. Garipov’s design however manages to combine the two not only successfully but also turns the design into something which has never been seen before. The wireless headphones are skillfully hidden in the phone and are visible only when you gently squeeze the phone. Upon giving it a squeeze the earpiece appears which can then be inserted in the ear to function as an earphone.

Though looks and novelty quotient are amazingly high on the device the functionality remains to be seen. Many would be captivated by the linear design but there are going to be a few heads shaking in disapproval as well, especially people who like the good old mobile phones.
There are various other mobile concepts such as Futuristic Cellphone Designs and AVA Concept Phone that might also grab your attention.

Visual Sound Mobile Phone Concept Design.

Visual Sound Mobile Phone Concept Design is a device created for the deaf. The phone will act as a voice-to-text converter, so whenever the disabled received a phone calls, the conversation will be transformed into a texts displayed on the transparent screen. The visual sound mobile phone is designed by Suhyun Kim, a student from the Pratt Institute.
It featured a modern and futuristic technology where there are two pillar-like holders where you can scroll out the touch sensitive and translucent screen where the disabled can interact with. To respond to the calls, Visual sound mobile phone concept provided a qwerty touch board where the disabled can type their thoughts in.

zaterdag 17 mei 2014

Is the future and this one is a step in that direction.

Apple has been rumored to be working on its "iWatch" smart watch for a while now, but the company has begun accelerating work on the project as it tries to expand its family of mobile devices to the wrist. Apple has already started work on trademarking the name in a number of countries in preparation for a late 2014 launch, and the device is said to be in production as of the second quarter.
Because we don't yet know what an Apple iWatch will look like, the photos we've included in the roundup are either mockups or existing non-Apple products.