Waiting for a battery to charge is the second worst thing you have to do (after filing taxes, I guess). Thanks to the engineering prowess of Shawn West, however, the former task could be done in just 26 seconds.
West has created a battery that can replace normal AA, AAA, C and D-sized batteries with super fast rechargeable ones. He also says that tech this could be adapted to work in mobile phones as well. Read more »
Wikipedia is now available as a full-blown app on the Apple App Store, following its release on the Google Play Store more than a month ago.
Previously, Wikipedia relied on wrapping its mobile website in an app format, but now the largest online encyclopedia is available for the two most popular mobile operating systems as a native application. Read more »
Motorola announced the Android Wear running Moto 360, but was mum about a lot of details, including a launch date. The company also showed a bunch of photos of the smartwatch, on which it appears to be made of metal. Well, not so fast with the conclusions.
The latest rumors have it that the phone will actually be made out of plastic. Additionally, because of the wireless charging feature, the Moto 360 is rumored to be 13.5mm thick. In comparison, it’s brethren the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are 9.9mm and 8.9mm thick, respectively. Read more »
The Wireless Power Consortium has outlined the new Qi v.1.2 wireless charging standard, which comes with support for greater charging distance. The current Qi standard is only capable of charging at a distance of 7mm, while v1.2. promises to increase this to 45mm.
The consortium says that five different member companies are already demonstrating charging at 45mm distance using prototype receivers. It also quite possible that charging station will become cheaper, as the new standard enables them to use a single inverter to power multiple coils.. Read more »
If for some reason you went with the Verizon version of the LG G Pad 8.3 instead of the Google Play edition, you will be glad to know that the device is now getting the KitKat update.
The G Pad gets the usual set of improvements that come with the KitKat update, both under the hood and in terms of UI. It also gets the useful Knock Code feature found on LG’s newer smartphones (and something you won’t find on the GPe). Read more »
In the past few days we’ve been witnessing lots of controversy regarding evidence that the phone manufacturer Xiaomi is sending your personal data to a Chinese server. A lot has been written about that – we’ve heard both sides of the story as Xiaomi representatives are trying to put down the wild fire and assure everyone that this is not the case.
We just wanted to make it clear that as an editorial team we stand behind them and for us it seems there is no truth to these allegations. Indeed, we may have helped aggravate the situation by reporting it rather… bluntly. Read more »
Three UK just announced inTouch – an app for Android and iOS that can route your calls and texts over a Wi-Fi network. This isn’t like Skype or Viber, no this is for regular calls and texts that would normally go through the GSM network (they even come out of your monthly plan).
It’s not a new feature – O2 UK and T-Mobile US has been offering it for a while now – but few phones support it. Read more »
The iFixit team has decided to do a teardown on the Galaxy S5′s little brother and see if the similarities on the outside continue with the internal design too.
And as you can probably guess, Samsung didn’t feel the need to rethink everything from scratch and the Galaxy S5 Mni shares the same negative and positive repair traits as its bigger sibling. Read more »
The round smartwatch field may heat up very quickly – Motorola is taking its sweet time to put the Moto 360 on sale, while Samsung has already patented three round smartwatch designs. OnePlus may also throw its hat in the ring as there are already 3D renderings for promo material of the OneWatch.
A photo of what appears to be the product page of the OneWatch along with some sketches reveal the smartwatch’s specifications and that it might be close to ready. Read more »
Shazam has released a desktop version of their popular mobile application for the Mac. The app has so far been limited to iOS, Android and Windows platforms.
The Mac version of Shazam works similarly to the mobile version, except you can now have it running all the time in the background. It will constantly look out for music or other media such as TV shows or even advertisements in the background and will show a handy notification for you when it recognizes it. Read more »
The Mac mini hasn’t received any hardware update love for some time.
But that might change soon though, as rumor has it that Apple is planning on refreshing its little computer-that-could. Read more »
Samsung trademarked the Gear S name. The Korean giant filed the paperwork for the moniker in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) earlier this month, on July 22.
There is no word on what product will Samsung use the patented name. Read more »
The Tylt Energi 2K travel charger is a product of a successful Kickstarter campaign by the young company. The gadget brings together a typical USB charger and 2,200mAh battery in one bright-colored package.
Founded in 2011, Tylt quickly established itself as designer and manufacturer of quality products with characterful design and quality ergonomics. Read on to find out about the company’s latest creation! Read more »
The iPad Air 2 is coming this year, that much has been made obvious by the myriad of leaks about it. If you’re tired of seeing iPad Air 2 dummy units pictured and shown in videos, what about a couple of cases for the upcoming tablet?
Both the image above and the one that follows are said to be from a Chinese case manufacturer, which has already published them in anticipation of Apple’s next full size tablet. One thing that’s obvious in these pictures is that the next iPad Air will in fact have a Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in its Home button. Read more »
Samsung has patented three new smartwatch designs, all of which have a rounded display instead of that on their well-known rectangular Gear smartwatches.
The patent number is US D709,873 S and covers the design of three smartwatches with slightly different displays and straps. All of them feature a camera on the strap, which may indicate the use of Tizen OS over Android Wear. Read more »