RoBoHoN: This smartphone-robot hybrid has it all

Written on Monday, 25 April 2016 11:53
Forget scary domineering robots of the sci-fi world, and embrace something pint-sized and innovative. Meet RoBoHoN, a small smartphone-robot hybrid companion manufactured by Japan-based Sharp Corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products. RoBoHoN specializes in communicating through conversation, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It stays connected via 3G and LTE. The miniature robot was designed by Tomotaka Takahashi, the CEO of robot development company, RoboGarage. RoBoHoN fulfills Sharp consumer electronics’ vision to alter the way we…
Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s mobile payment and digital wallet service, is officially available in Singapore, which marks the service’s expansion into its sixth country, and second country to arrive in Asia. As of now, residents of Singapore can only use American Express cards, but Apple has said that support for credit and debit cards from Visa and banks including DBS, UOB and Standard Chartered will soon follow in the “coming months.” Apple and American Express have already introduced Apple Pay…
BlackBerry Limited announced the launch of a new BBM release on iOS, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. With this new release, BBM users can now take advantage of enhanced privacy and control features that allow them to take control over the messages and content that they share without any subscription fees. BBM users can ‘Retract’ their message and pictures from recipients to take them back from their phone if they were sent as a mistake, or if they no longer wish…

Comparison: Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

Written on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:17
HTC Vive Specs: Approx price: $800 Display: OLED Resolution: 2160 x 2100 Platform: StreamVR Field of view: 110 degrees Tracking area: 15 x 15 feet Built-in mic/audio: Yes Controller: StreamVR controller, compatible with any PC Sensors: Accelerator, gyroscope, laser position sensor, front-facing camera Oculus Rift Specs: Approx price: $600 Display: OLED Resolution: 2160 x 1200 Platform: Oculus Home Field of view: 110 degrees Tracking area: 5 x 11 feet Built-in mic/audio: Yes Controller: Oculus Touch, Xbox One Controller Sensors: Accelerometer,…
Reports have surfaced that Californian-based Apple Inc. has a secret dedicated team working on significant user-facing changes to its App Store search results, such as charging developers to promote content. This could be controversial for aspiring app developers with little revenue to spend on advertising, having to compete for space on the App Store with well-established app market leaders who can afford to spend up large. Is it the right thing to do? Apple reportedly has a team of about…
Available in four stunning colors: Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold and Camellia Red; HTC recently released its new flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, which packs in everything you could want from a flagship device. HTC has been working behind closed doors for the past 12 months careful not to reveal any details about the highly anticipated device, and it’s finally here. In short, the newest addition to the HTC smartphone family comes equipped with a world class camera with…
Twitter recently introduced a new head of operations for what it calls Greater China despite still being banned in the mainland, as it attempts to boost already booming advertising in the region. While San Francisco-based Twitter is not allowed to operate in mainland China under the country's strict Internet censorship, it does have an office in Hong Kong that courts advertisers over the border. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey sent a tweet from his @jack account welcoming former Microsoft and Cisco…
WhatsApp, the instant messaging app owned by Facebook, recently introduced a full encryption for its services as a means of ensuring that only the sender and the receiver can view the messages being sent via the app. The new privacy feature, known as ‘end-to-end encryption', applies to everything that is uploaded within a WhatsApp chat, including photos, videos and group messages. The app is used in more than 50 languages around the world, including Brazil, India, and all of Europe,…

Huawei P9 first impressions

Written on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:14
After months of rumors and during a launch event in London, Huawei has taken the wraps off what could be its best phone ever: the P9 and P9 Plus. The two new smartphones succeed the P8 from last year as Huawei's new flagship phones. Following up the Huawei P8 from 2015, the same design language flows from the smaller P9 to the larger P9 Plus. Just like the iPhone, Huawei used curved-edge glass on the front of the device and…
For quite some time, Apple dominated the smartphone market with its pioneering iPhone devices. That was until Samsung rolled in and began to steal the show. It's still early days to say if Samsung will completely steal the show and the lead smartphone market, but right now, the Galaxy S7 is showing strong promise. Even the LG G5 and the HTC 10 will struggle to compete with the sheer popularity and effectiveness of the Galaxy S7, Samsung's elegant flagship device.…

Google Introduces Fiber Phone

Written on Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:03
Google has introduced Fiber Phone as a new option to help you stay connected wherever you are geographically. For $10/month, you get unlimited local and nationwide calling, and the same affordable rates as Google Voice for international calls. You can keep your old phone number, or pick a new one. You can use call waiting, caller ID, and 911 services just as easily as you could before. Fiber Phone can also make it easier to access your voicemail—the service will…

The sheer scale of mobile apps

Written on Monday, 29 February 2016 08:00
It was no less than ten years ago when people were just getting used to the phenomenon of texting. No longer did people have to make a phone call, or even speak for that matter, to contact someone. It introduced a new era of quick, convenient instant messaging. But mobile evolution didn't stop there. Today, with the astonishing efficiency of LTE networks, texting has taken a back seat to apps: self-contained programs or a piece of software designed to fulfill…
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