Archive for September, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge with Curved Display

Posted in SmartPhones by Darrin Olson on September 3rd, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note EdgeSamsung announced on Wednesday the Galaxy Note Edge, the companies latest release of the Galaxy Note smartphones. The un-missable feature with the Note Edge – the screen is bent on one side to make use of the edge of the phone as part of the interactive display.

Although there is one single continuous piece of glass as the display, the side bar interactions happen independently of the rest of the display to help with navigation and display side-note information. Samsung has some unique apps that take advantage of the curved side with a matching game, camera controls and date/time information when the phone is in standby.

Samsung Announces Gear S Smartwatch

Posted in Smart Watch by Darrin Olson on September 3rd, 2014

Samsung Gear S SmartwatchAlong with the Gear VR headset, Samsung today announced the Gear S Smartwatch, Samsung’s sixth, (yes six) entry into the wrist-wearable technology space. What’s so special about this smartwatch is that it can run on its own – no need for a smartphone to go along with it and communicate. It has a built-in nano SIM card and came make its own phone calls and receive emails directly to the device. You can even type emails right on the Gear S with a tiny touchscreen keyboard. Whether or not you want to do that might still be in question.

The Gear S features a 2-inch curved AMOLED screen at 260×480 with interchangeable bands and a slot for the SIM card in the back. In addition to calls and emails, it will support turn by turn navigation, a news feed and a couple of running apps from Nike+ and S Health.

Samsung Debuts Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset

Posted in Virtual Reality by Darrin Olson on September 3rd, 2014

Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality HeadsetToday at Samsung’s IFA event the company announced its entrance into the Virtual Reality product space along side of Facebook, Playstation and Google with the Gear VR virtual reality headset. The headset is built so that the Galaxy Note 4 (also announced today) with its 5.7 inch screen will fit inside and act as the display.

According to Samsung, Oculus is actually behind the software handy work while Samsung takes care of the hardware. They are also expecting the Gear VR to be released to consumers yet this year, way ahead of the competition. We’ll provide more info as it becomes available.

via The Verge

Elgato Makes Smart Charger for Your SmartPhone

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on September 2nd, 2014

Elgato Smart Power ChargerElgato has released a smart charger to go along with your smart phone with the Smart Power portable charger. This portable charger will connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth and an iOS app and provide information on the portable charger’s status whereabouts.

The actually charging still happens through a USB cord and the Smart Power holds enough juice to charge or iPhone 3 times. It can also charge other mobile devices with a USB connection. What sets this product apart is that it lets you know how much battery is left in it through the iOS app interface and will give you a reminder to plug it in and charge it up before you go places. Given access, the app can also be integrated with your calendar to identify busy days that you would be reminded to bring the portable charger along.

Rumored Sony QX1 E-Mount Lens

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on September 2nd, 2014

Sony ILCE-QX1 E-Mount LensThe Xperia Blog has leaked some photos, including the one above, of the rumored Sony ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera lens system. The QX1′s intention is to turn give your smartphone the ability to take DLSR quality digital photos.

The idea with this lens system from Sony is to basically create a very portable, professional type lens with all of the picture-taking features packed inside. They then give it the ability to mount onto your smart device and communicate with it wirelessly through Wi-Fi. The QX1 will pretty much work by itself to take pictures, but the phone acts as a viewfinder and a way to review the photos.

Engineer Makes 3D-Printed Key To Open Any Lock

Posted in 3D Printing,Security by Darrin Olson on September 2nd, 2014

3D Printed bump key to open any lockSome German engineers have revealed designs for 3D printing a “bump key” that they say can be used to break into common tumbler style locks. According to the engineers, using nothing but a photo of the lock and some software called Photobump, a working key can be created.

Bump keys are not anything really new, but the ability to produce a lock-specific bump key through 3D printing from a picture of a lock, well that’s pretty new. A bump key basically uses some force and some jarring of the lock to move the small pins in the tumbler into the correct position so that the lock will turn.

Check out the video below: