xperia z1Over the past couple of months we have heard rumors and seen leaks of Sony’s upcoming Honami device, which had also gone by the Xperia i1 moniker, but reports are now suggesting that the final name could be known as the Xperia Z1. In any case the folks at ePrice have reportedly managed to get their hands on what appears to be the press shots of the upcoming handset, along with what appears to be sample images taken by the handset.

Unfortunately the press shots of the device aren’t exactly very clear or big enough to see the details, but they do appear to resemble the leaked images that we have seen in the past. They don’t really tell us anything new, except that the handset could arrive in three different colors – black, purple, and white. As a quick recap for those who might have missed the news, the Honami is rumored to sport a 5” Full HD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset under the hood clocked at 2.2GHz, 16GB of onboard storage, a microSD card, a 3,000mAh battery, and its main feature would be its 20MP camera. There is a good chance that Sony could unveil the device during IFA 2013 on the 4th of September, so be sure to check back with us then for the details!

Lightwave Dios OvenNot many smartphones out there are equipped with NFC, although it seems that the trend is slowly starting to pick up these days. However for those who do own a smartphone with NFC capabilities, here’s a somewhat novel, albeit useful, way of using it at home. LG has recently announced a new Lightwave DIOS oven that is NFC-equipped. What this means is that smartphone owners with NFC are able to use their smartphones together with the oven. Basically through an accompanying app, the smartphone will be able to list around 220 different cooking options with presets attached to them.

For example if you wanted to roast a chicken but weren’t sure how long, just use the app and it will all be entered into the oven for you, and thanks to the use of NFC, you can browse the cooking options on your phone instead of hunched over the oven fiddling with knobs and buttons. Other features of the oven include an Air Fry mode that uses very little oil and according to LG, will reduce fat intake by as much as 77% which would definitely appeal to the health-conscious customer. No word on when LG will be releasing their Lightwave DIOS or how much it will cost, but what do you guys think? Could you see yourself getting one of these bad boys for your kitchen?

moto x review 12 640x426One of the features of the Motorola Moto X smartphone is not so much its hardware specs, but rather its customizability that would truly make the device a unique one and a personalized one for the user. One of the ways that customers are able to personalize their devices is by engraving their phone with a short message, but unfortunately according to our previous report, it seems that the feature will not be made available at launch.

This little hiccup has since been confirmed by Motorola to the folks at Android Central, with a Motorola spokesperson quoted as saying, “We love this feature. We’re going to make it happen.” No word on how long it would take before this feature is reintroduced, but according to previous reports, one of the problems with the engraving situation was that the quality was not what Motorola had expected and failed to meet their standards, hence the pulling of the feature. Undoubtedly this is sort of a bummer for would-be Moto X customers, but then again we guess it’s better to not have the feature than to have a poor quality one, right?

google glass wallpaper hd 640x400Earlier in April this year, Eric Schmidt was quoted as saying that consumers looking forward to getting their hands on the retail version of Google Glass could only expect it in 2014. However inside sources have claimed that a 2013 release was possible, although those rumors have since changed their tone and are now claiming a 2014 release, possibly during Google I/O 2014. When asked about the change in schedule, a Google spokesperson told Computerworld, “We’re always adjusting and readjusting timelines. The most important thing that we do is focus on building a great product for users whenever that might be launched.”

As it stands it seems that some people are actually happy about the “delay” to 2014, as some have criticized Google’s previous attempts at rushing products out the door only to fall on their face, the Nexus Q being a prime example of that. As it stands, Google Glass is priced at $1,500 via the Explorer program although a recent researcher’s report has suggested that the device could cost around $300 upon its commercial release, which in all honesty does not seem to be too bad of a price to pay. So there you have it, if you were hoping for a 2013 release of Google Glass, you could be disappointed, but hopefully the delay will give Google more time to iron out the kinks.

We’re sure many of you guys have experienced getting your earphone cables caught on something, like the edge of the table, the door handle, and etc., and the result is either the cables getting yanked out violently from your device, or it could pull the device from your pocket or hands and make it crash to the floor. However wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to connect our earphones to our media devices without worrying about that? Something like Apple’s MagSafe adapter where it would disconnect without causing the device to crash to the floor? Well that’s what the Pogo concept aims to achieve.

According to the Pogo’s description, “Using a neodymium magnet and 4 “pogo” pins, a strong connection is made between the two pieces, passing the signal through. The end result is a product that is universally useful, and innovates a technology that hasn’t changed much since its inception in the 60′s.” Essentially it would be similar to the MagSafe adapter in which the cable would disconnect if too much force is applied on it, but at the same time strong enough so that it will not disconnect too easily. Unfortunately the Pogo is a concept meaning that there’s no telling if and when it would be made a reality, but in the meantime you can check it out in the video above.

Samsung flexible displayWe have been hearing a fair amount of news regarding flexible displays since a couple of years ago, and that companies such as Samsung and LG could begin manufacturing and shipping them this year. In fact Samsung showed off its Youm flexible OLED displays earlier this year during CES 2013, so we wouldn’t be surprised if production is expected to begin, if it hasn’t begun already. Well according to a report out of Korea, word has it that both Samsung and LG are expected to begin mass producing their flexible display panels starting from November this year.

Both companies are expected to produce around 1.5 million units of 5 to 6” panels and are expected to increase production should there be a demand for it. What this means is that there might not be as many smartphones with flexible displays in the market at the start, which we guess would make sense since both companies would probably want to test the waters first. No word on what sort of devices we can expect from either Samsung or LG, but assuming the November production date is accurate, there is a good chance that a formal announcement of devices with flexible displays could be made during CES 2014, or maybe MWC 2014 at the latest.

Diablo3 FeatureJust last week a Diablo 3 teaser page was released with the title, Reaper of Souls. It was hinted that this could be the upcoming expansion for Blizzard’s action RPG, Diablo 3, and in case you were thinking that it might be something else despite previous hints, it looks like the expansion can be confirmed, and that the trailer itself will be shown off at Gamescom which is taking place in Germany. This is thanks to the German classification board who posted classification details. The posting was titled “D3 D3C & D3XP (gamescom Trailer)” with its publisher listed as Blizzard Entertainment SAS, and the genre being referred to as “trailer”.

The fact that the title itself says “D3XP” is pretty much a dead giveaway, not to mention Blizzard’s own Nick Carpenter was quoted last week as saying, “Wrapped another amazing cinematic. Can’t wait to show the world!” all but confirms the expansion. In any case we expect it shouldn’t be too long before the trailer makes its debut, so be sure to check back with us later for the details and hopefully a video as well! So, who else is excited about the upcoming Diablo 3 expansion?

IDC Q2 Tablet Market Share 640x384Apple’s iPad for the past few years has been considered the tablet to beat, although recent reports seem to suggest that the Cupertino company’s tablet could be losing its grip on the market and lose market share to the likes to their Android competitors. Well thanks to a recent report from the IDG News Service, it certainly seems that is the case as far as the Chinese market is concerned. While Apple has typically maintained more than a 50% market share in China, the latest figures show that Apple’s iPad market share has experienced a drastic drop to about 28%.

However for Apple and iPad fans around the world, it is not all that bleak as 28% still puts Apple way ahead of the competition from the likes of Samsung who shipped around 11%, Lenovo at 8%, and other manufacturers at around 1% each. According to the report, some reasons why the iPad’s market share could be slipping is due to the affordability of tablets from Android competitors not just from Samsung or Lenovo, but “white box” vendors who are putting out low-cost tablets that appeal to those shopping on a budget. Will Apple’s iPad market share continue to slip or will Apple be able to pull themselves back up? We guess only time can tell!

p9982 2Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen several hints and leaks that suggested that BlackBerry could be working on a Porsche Design version of the BlackBerry Z10, and with all the evidence we’ve seen so far, we’d be surprised if they did not announce the device in the near future. Now thanks to a sighting within the BlackBerry OS which has yet to be released to the public, more evidence of the Porsche Design BlackBerry Z10 has been sighted, and according to reports, they appear to be renders of the device which could possibly be from tutorials within the operating system.

While the image above does not say anything about it being a Porsche Design, the way the handset has been designed, along with the Porsche font, and the model number P’9982 (successor to the P’9981) seems to suggest otherwise. Unfortunately there are no images of the front of the device as these images appear to be part of a tutorial on how to insert a memory card and connecting the device to a charger. No word on when BlackBerry will announce the P’9982, but hopefully it will be soon and we can only imagine it will be announced alongside the BlackBerry Z30, so stay tuned for more updates!

instagram1While Instagram is no doubt a popular app, there are third-party Instagram apps out there who are no doubt trying to capitalize on its success by using “Insta” or “gram” in their names to associate themselves with the app. This practice has been going on for quite a while now and it seems that Instagram is not too thrilled about it and has since updated its brand guidelines that warns its customers and developers not to use terms such as “Instagram”, “IG”, “Insta”, and “Gram” in the app name. It also tells developers to not use logos that are similar to Instagram or use the Instagram stylized font to name their product.

As it stands Instagram has begun sending out emails to apps that they believe to have violated their brand guidelines, and one of them is the Luxogram app who sent the email to TechCrunch. Instagram app for Windows Phone, 6tagram, has also renamed itself to 6tag as per Instagram’s guidelines, according to its developer. Given that Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, has been pretty strict when it comes to cracking down on similar names as well, we guess it was only a matter of time before this practice was passed down to them as well.