samsung logo 640x480We have heard many times in the past about how Samsung is preparing to launch a Tizen-based smartphone. Samsung has used the platform in other devices like their wearables for example. Earlier this year, Samsung had announced the Tizen-powered Samsung Z, although the handset was delayed and seemingly cancelled.

So what gives? Will Samsung ever launch a Tizen device? Well they will and apparently they will be of the low-end variety, perhaps trying to compete in a market where price might be a priority, as opposed to specs and features, and more importantly where Apple is pretty much non-existent. Read full post →Samsung’s First Tizen Smartphone Could Arrive In India This November

Slider pic2While BlackBerry has created many QWERTY devices over the years, it is safe to say that the BlackBerry Passport has to be one of their more unique creations to do. For those hearing about the Passport for the first time, it is an upcoming handset from BlackBerry that will feature a QWERTY keyboard.

However the keyboard is also a gesture-based keyboard, meaning that users can swipe over it to perform certain commands, as well as press the keys for regular typing. This cuts out the need for a large touchscreen display as well as the need for a touchpad-like device found in BlackBerry’s other QWERTY devices. That being said, it seems that BlackBerry could be working on newer keyboard-based devices that could be just as interesting, if not more. Read full post →BlackBerry “Visa” And “Victoria” Devices Rumored For 2015

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Intel Smart BowlEarlier this year at CES 2014, Intel unveiled an interesting looking device which was a bowl that offered wireless charging. It was a unique idea since instead of finding an outlet to charge our phones or devices, we can just drop it into the bowl, much like you would with your set of keys and wallet when you get home.

Well the good news is that the concept of the wireless charging bowl was so well-received that Intel has decided to make it a reality. This was announced by Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich who spoke at the MakerCon conference in New York on Thursday. According to Krzanich, he expects that the device should be released by the holiday season. Read full post →Intel’s Wireless Charging Bowl Will Be Released Later This Year

musk coast to coast teslaThe idea of a self-driving car is an interesting one. After all who wouldn’t like to be driven around, right? This comes in handy when the commute is long or when you know that there will be a traffic jam and you just don’t want to deal with it. Now we have seen companies like Google make great strides with self-driving cars, and overseas we have companies like Volvo who are starting to test their cars on the road.

With all this progress being made, when can we expect these self-driving cars to actually be made available to regular folks like you and me? In a year or two? Three? Well according to Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, it seems that we might have to wait 5 or 6 years before the technology is available, and also for laws and regulations to catch up to the new technology as well. Read full post →Elon Musk: Fully Self-Driving Cars Are 5-6 Years Away From Happening

microsoft mobile 640x259According to earlier reports, it was suggested that Microsoft could be thinking about dropping both the Nokia and Windows Phone brand from their smartphones. Given that Nokia Finland still owns the name, we guess this was to be expected, but to drop the Windows Phone branding? Well thanks to a redesigned Mobile Devices website, it certainly looks that way.

Some have speculated that the redesigned Mobile Devices website is an indication that Microsoft could really be looking at moving away from the Nokia branding in the future. No word on whether Microsoft will ditch the Windows Phone brand, although earlier leaked images did reveal a handset with just a “Windows” brand instead of “Windows Phone”. Read full post →Redesigned Microsoft Mobile Website Hints At Rebranding

ip6 teardown 640x480When Apple unveiled the new iPhones last week, battery life of the devices were mentioned in days and hours, but specific battery sizes were a mystery. Well the good news for those who are wondering what the battery sizes are, you might be interested to learn that thanks to a teardown by the folks at iFixit and Macotakara, the battery sizes of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been revealed.

According to Macotakara who did the teardown for the iPhone 6, they found that the 4.7-inch iPhone has a 1,810mAh battery which corroborates an earlier rumor. This isn’t a huge leap over the iPhone 5s’ battery which is at 1,560mAh, but we guess it’s still a welcome upgrade nonetheless. They also found that the battery is fastened to the chassis via adhesive tabs, versus previous iPhones where the batteries were glued in. Read full post →iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Teardowns Reveal 1,810mAh And 2,915mAh Batteries

ff15 trailerIt looks like the folks over at Square Enix are not sparing any expense at all when it comes to making sure that this year’s showing at the Tokyo Game Show is going to appeal to just about anyone and everyone. After all, it has just been announced that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, a title that will arrive on the Xbox One in North America later next March 17, 2015, will come with a $59.95 price tag. However, what makes this particular title all the more alluring is the additional “carrot” that Square Enix has thrown into the mix – each purchase of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be accompanied by a voucher code that will feature a playable demo of the upcoming and highly anticipated Final Fantasy XV.

Read full post →Buying Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Will Net You A Final Fantasy XV Demo

mapssssHave you watched Minority Report? You know, an utopian society where crime is more or less non-existent – simply because “criminals” are caught before a crime is even committed, based on a system that claims to be able to figure out the thoughts and intent of a particular person. Hence, making the maxim “prevention is better than cure” lived out to the fullest. A team at the University of Trento, Italy, claimed that they might be on to something similar, being able to work out whether an area will feature a low or high crime rate – although the accuracy level remains at 70%.

Read full post →A Minority Report Future?

sony smarteyeglassIt looks like Sony themselves are about to make the jump to the world of smartglasses, too, with their latest effort being the transparent lens eyewear that they call the “SmartEyeglass”. Well, at least its software development kit (SDK) is now available, and the SmartEyeglass is meant to hook up to compatible smartphones (compatible here meaning smartphones which run on the Android operating system version 4.1 or later), allowing it to superimpose various information including the likes of text, symbols, and images, onto the user’s field of view.

Read full post →Sony SmartEyeglass Transparent Lens Eyewear Developed

radinnWakeboarding might look like it is a bundle of fun, but do bear in mind that there is a minimum of one limiting factor which you might want to take into consideration – someone out there is required to pilot the boat if you hit the water. Swedish entrepreneurs Alexander Lind and Philip Werner hope to eliminate that side of the sport, and their collective thought processes have resulted in the Radinn electric wakeboard.

Read full post →Radinn Electric Wakeboard Ditches The Boat