Samsung-Camera-20-megapixelWhile more megapixels does not necessarily mean a better camera, it is unfortunately still heavily marketed by companies. After all to the average consumer, bigger numbers usually means better, right? In any case it seems that Samsung could be working on a 20MP camera module that is set to debut in the second half of 2014. This is according to Korea news website, ET News who claims that Samsung Mobile’s Advanced Development Team has begun working on such modules. Assuming there is any truth in these claims, it means that said module could possibly debut in 2014’s Galaxy Note 4 as it might be a bit too late for the Galaxy S5, especially since the Galaxy S5 is rumored to sport a 16MP camera instead.

The reason for working on a 20MP camera module is also because it has been rumored that Samsung will not be including optical image stabilization in its 2014 cameras due to components not arriving on time, which means that they will be trying to use the megapixel count as a way to differentiate its devices. While Samsung’s phones have not exactly been slouches in the camera department, we’re sure there are users out there who would rather more advanced camera features rather than simply increasing the megapixel count, but what do you guys think?

galaxy-note-3-review-12It wasn’t too long ago that Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, the successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 2. Given the specs of the device, it was priced at a premium but the good news is that if you do not have the cash to splash but would like to have a Galaxy Note-like device, you might be interested to learn that Samsung is reportedly planning a Galaxy Note 3 Lite that will debut at MWC 2014. Earlier we had reported on a Samsung device that was spotted in shipping manifests that went by the model number SM-N7505. According to SamMobile, they are “confirming” that this device is indeed the Galaxy Note 3 Lite.

As we mentioned in our earlier report, there were two display sizes mentioned. One was at 5.49” and the other at 5.7”. Apparently Samsung is still testing both sizes and it is unclear as to which size Samsung will go with in the end. Other rumored specs of the Galaxy Note 3 Lite includes a possible downgraded camera which will be at 8MP instead of the 13MP on the original Galaxy Note 3. The display could also see a change from Super AMOLED to LCD. As it stands the rumors claim that Samsung has Galaxy Grand Lite that will also debut at MWC 2014.

Summer is a great time to get out there, put on your bathing suit and hit the beach for some fun in the sun! While that idea sounds appealing, unfortunately there are some nasty side-effects such as being overexposed to harm UV rays. The idea is to get a nice balance between a healthy dose of vitamin D and prevent oneself from being overexposed to said harmful UV rays. Well if you’re not sure where that line is drawn, you’re in luck because a gadget by the name of UVA+B Sunfriend has been designed to let you know when it is time for you to start seeking some shade.

Of course one could always apply sunscreen to minimize the damages from UV rays, but for those who’d rather not, the UVA+B Sunfriend is the device for you. The wristband contains UV sensors and LED lights that will light up and start flashing once the safe limit has been reached. Users will be able to set their skin tone along with their sensitivity, both of which are then taken into account when it measures for UV exposure. UVA+B Sunfriend is currently an Indiegogo project that is seeking $25,000 in funding, so if you’d like to learn more or pledge a donation, hit up its Indiegogo page for the details, or alternatively you can watch the video above.

oppo-n1It was several months ago that we heard rumors of the Oppo N1 which was then confirmed. What made the device special was not because of its hardware, but rather the fact that it will be the first Android phone to come with CyanogenMod preinstalled as an option. Given that there are many Android users out there who aren’t too pleased with how manufacturers are creating their UI, CyanogenMod has been a favorite amongst the Android community as providing a more lightweight alternative. In any case the good news is that if you were thinking about getting your hands on the device, you might be interested to learn that Oppo has announced that the phone will be headed stateside come 10th of December and will retail for $599.

The handset was originally announced for the Chinese market but it was speculated that a global launch would follow soon. It was speculated that it could take place in November, but we guess those rumors did not pan out, but either way better late than never. The Oppo N1 will sport a 5.9” Full HD 1080p display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It will feature 2GB of RAM and will come with 16GB or 32GB storage options. The phone will also come with a 13MP camera that has the unique ability to swivel to the front or back. So, any takers?

dellAt this time, Full HD 1080p resolutions are still considered to be the standard, meaning that monitors typically support resolutions of 1920×1080, but with 4K UHD displays starting to enter the market, we wouldn’t be surprised if further down the road it becomes the new standard. While most of us don’t have use for 4K right now, there are some out there who do and it looks like Dell might have a 24” 4K monitor that they are planning on announcing soon. This is according to Dell’s website where a recent listing for a 24” 4K 3840×2160 monitor was sighted.

Unfortunately there is no word on when this particular model will see a release, or how much it will cost, but presumably it will be announced soon thanks to its listing. 4K displays at the moment do not come cheap so we don’t expect Dell’s offering to be cheap either. According to the listing, we are looking at features such as 8ms response time (probably not ideal for hardcore gamers), 185 pixels per inch, antiglare coating, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, brightness of 350cd/m2, and a 178-degree viewing angle (both horizontal and vertical).

urine-robot-heartWe have seen the possibility of a urine-powered robot earlier last month, but here we are with scientists from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK who claimed to have developed a prototype robotic “heart” that will successfully be able to be powered solely by human urine alone. This is an interesting development, as this prototype heart was made using a 3D printer. Needless to say, the journey is far from finished, as a full working robot happens to be under development still, as the heart is the only working component at the moment.

In fact, this “heart” is made out of a rubber-like 3D printed material that is called TangoPlus, where it can charge up to 3.5 volts and perform 33 pumps thanks to just 2 milliliters of “fresh” human urine. If one were to extrapolate this particular idea, who knows, we could have an entire slew of ecologically-friendly robots that will be able to be powered simply by using energy from waste that has been collected from urinals, and public lavatories at that. Hopefully it has some sort of useful air filter, no? It would certainly be yucky to clean the innards of the robot, especially where the urine is gathered, don’t you think so?

Now here is a robot that all criminals might want to avoid – the K5 Autonomous Data Machine which is touted to be a 300 pound crime fighting machine. In fact, it has been hailed as the next generation of digital night watchmen, coming in a 5-foot tall form factor that was specially designed so that it will stand guard all the way from night until dawn breaks. Described as being created “to augment private security services on corporate campuses and in large, vacant buildings and warehouses,” all of the tedious and monotonous monitoring will be handled by the K5, while all other ‘hands-on’ activities will fall upon human security personnel.

Knightscope, the creator of the K5, claims that it “utilizes a combination of autonomous robots and predictive analytics to provide a commanding but friendly physical presence while gathering important real-time on-site data with numerous sensors.” In the YouTube video above, it depicts the K5 as performing a sweep across a slew of license plate numbers on vehicles that were parked in an unidentified parking lot. It remains to be seen just how much the K5 will cost, but it will arrive with a video camera, thermal imaging sensors, a laser range finder, radar, air quality sensors, and a microphone. Unfortunately, this is one thing that the folks over at iFixit are unlikely to tear down and give us the Bill of Materials.

sm-7505When it comes to model numbers for a particular device, it is a love it or hate it affair. After all, you can never quite tell just whether it is true or not, although based on the previously released devices, they could prove to be an indicator of what’s to come as the model number would have a slight increment in the figures. Zauba, a logistics website which keeps track of imports as well as exports to and from India, have shown that the Samsung SM-N7505 is part of the shipment, and it will apparently arrive with a couple of variants in tow.

One of them shows off a display size that measures 5.7” in size, while the other is wee bit smaller, measuring 5.49”. The two units happened to make their way into India for “testing and evaluation” purposes, although there has been no guarantee that this particular model will eventually make its way to the general market worldwide. Right now, we do know that the Samsung SM-N7505 has been listed for approximately $533 as an unlocked device, which would certainly place it out of the mid-range league, being more on the high end side of things. It would most probably be part of the Galaxy Note family.

worldaids-appleEvery year, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1st, where it is meant to help draw additional awareness among the general public concerning the seemingly never ending battle against the twin terrors of HIV and AIDS. Apple has nodded towards World AIDS Day by changing the color of their Apple Store logos to red, while some of the Apple Stores also took the extra step of using existing display tables to show off Product (RED) versions of various Apple devices. Not only that, should you take the step of picking up a Product (RED) Apple device, Apple will ensure that a portion of the proceeds would be donated to the Global Fund in the ongoing battle against AIDS on the continent of Africa.

Apple has a storied history when it comes to raising the level of awareness in the fight against AIDS, as well as making donations to the course. In fact, Apple has been hawking Product (RED) items for a fair number of years already, and if we were to turn back the clock this year, Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive did take part in a notable charity auction for Product (RED) that raised several million dollars at the end of the day.

whatsapp-fbWhen it comes to the world of mobile messaging, you can be sure that it is not short of any kind of competition at all. In fact, this particular market has gotten so competitive, you could say that us consumers have ended up for the better. After all, the companies involved in mobile messaging intend to deliver the best bang for our hard earned buck, so they had better deliver the best possible effort. Some of the mobile messaging options include proprietary solutions such as iMessage, in addition to cross-platform solutions including Facebook, WhatsApp, Hangouts, BlackBerry Messenger, Snapchat, Skype, Line, and WeChat, among others.

On Device has performed a survey that comprised of 3,759 Android and iOS smartphone owners across US, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, and China, and they concluded that WhatsApp is more popular than Facebook now, making it the numero uno mobile messaging platform. Do bear in mind that there were no Windows Phone users mentioned in the survey, not forgetting the fact that the whole European continent is missing from the survey. Apart from that, the question that was posed read like this, “Which social messaging app do you use at least once a week?”, so it does not have anything to do with the frequency of use or number of messages processed. In your opinion, who would come up tops?