Conference Room shows off increasing use of Apple TV for business
Though not explicitly mentioned during the Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote, the Apple TV will also be receiving an update to its differently-numbered iOS software in the near future -- one that supports iTunes Radio and offers a few minor new features. The first beta, which is referred to as iOS 5.4 (notably skipping 5.3 entirely), doesn't yet make any severe design changes but does add support for the forthcoming iTunes Radio, allowing developers a chance to test the service.
Complaints from customers force reversal by cay manufacturer
Ford will be reverting back to offering in-car systems with physical controls rather than touchscreens and voice recognition, according to a report. The move will remove some of the added complexity of its Sync and MyFord Touch systems, in favor of the buttons and knobs that drivers are used to adjusting while driving.
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 32GB storage also detailed
An Asus tablet that could be the successor to the Nexus 7 has appeared at the FCC, matching previous rumors. A device by the name of "ASUS Pad" with the model number K009 appeared in a filing, and according to details listed in the Commission's paperwork, would include LTE connectivity as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera.
Wi-Fi connectivity, Hot Shoe reportedly included in updated camera
An update to the Sony RX100 will have a tilting screen, according to images claimed to be from its instruction manual. The RX100 Mark II, expected to be announced by the company on June 27th, reportedly has a screen that will be able to vertically tilt, and will also have a light sensor to automatically adjust the screen's brightness.
Samsung chief interview mentions camera reveal at June 20th event
Samsung may be revealing a new camera in the near future, this time joining its existing NX range of shooters instead of being a direct replacement of the Galaxy Camera. A photograph of a camera allegedly called the Galaxy NX has surfaced, along with a confirmation from Samsung chief JK Shin that it will be showing off a new mirrorless camera at its launch event in London on June 20th.
K-500 DSLR ignores color choice, opts for AA power
Pentax Ricoh has introduced two K-mount DSLRs and one mirrorless camera. The K-50 and K-500 DSLRs both improve on the K-30, while still using the same sensor 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, while the mirrorless Q7 uses a larger 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor than the Q10, though maintains the same 12.4-megapixel resolution.
Amazon shipping Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD to India later this month
Amazon has launched its Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire HD tablets in India. Due to ship on June 27th, the Kindle Paperwhite and Paperwhite 3G will cost 10,999 rupees ($190) and 13,999 rupees ($240) respectively, while the Kindle Fire HD tablets are listed as 15,999 rupees ($276) for the 7-inch model, and 21,999 ($380) for the 8.9-inch version. The expansion to India follows a similar move by the retailer into China late last week.
Announcement confirms details spotted in FCC LTE filing
AT&T has confirmed it will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on its network. Last seen passing through the FCC with support for the same LTE bands that AT&T uses, the tablet will work on the carrier's 4G LTE network, and brings along the same 1280x800 eight-inch display that Electronista tried out at Mobile World Congress in February.
Retains 6.18mm thickness, 4.7-inch 720p display
The user interface for the Huawei Ascend P6 has allegedly leaked, along with an updated specifications list. The new Emotion UI, last seen by Electronista in the Ascend Mate, makes a reappearance with some slight tweaks that takes it a bit further away from stock Android, with the new leak appearing online just a week before the company's media event on the 18th of June.
Texas Instruments processor, Sandisk memory used in Glass
The Explorer Edition of Google Glass uses a non-replaceable 570mAh battery, according to a recent teardown. The main pod containing the 2.1Wh single-cell Lithium Polymer battery and the Glass hardware itself is also found to be removable from its main frame by a single Torx screw, suggesting that the device has at least some user-serviceable areas, with other parts not easily reached.
Galaxy Camera follow-up offers camera modes, zoom ring
Samsung has launched its Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone and compact camera hybrid. The reveal, after multiple photographs were leaked, follows on from the similar Galaxy Camera and shows it to have generally lower specifications compared to the Galaxy S4, but upgrades the camera to a 16-megapixel version with 24-240mm 10x optical zoom.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers to get free games until end of 2013
Microsoft revealed launch details for its upcoming game console, as well as an update for its current version, at its E3 keynote event earlier today. Aside from outlining upcoming games, the Xbox One is now slated to appear on store shelves in November this year, the Xbox 360 has been redesigned, and current Xbox Live subscribers will also receive some extra benefits.
UK's Yo! Sushi uses iPad quadracopters as drone servers
Daily Mail reports that London's sushi chain, Yo! Sushi, has employed a new, unorthodox method of food service. Yo! Sushi now delivers its patrons' meals to their tables by way of iPad-controlled quadracopters, aptly named iTrays. The devices are made of light-weight carbon fibre, and fly trays of food to tables up to 50 yards away from the kitchen at up to 25 mile an hour. The chain's Soho branch in central London is trialling the high-tech service style, and if proved successful, it could be carried out to all 64 of Yo! Sushi's UK restaurants next year. The drones join the chain's other novelty tech services offered, such as conveyor belt service, and speaking robot drink carts.
Tegra 4 confirmed, Nvidia Shield streaming technology on board
Game peripherals producer Mad Catz has provided more information about its Android-based micro-console. Project M.O.J.O. has been confirmed as being powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 system-on-chip, will be supplied with the C.T.R.L.R. game controller, and takes up a smaller footprint than its direct competition, the Kickstarter-funded Ouya.
Glance Screen provides always-on clock on display, double-tap unlocking
Nokia has commenced sales of its aluminum-clad smartphone in Germany, with a software beta for its lock screen. The Lumia 925, hitting retailers and carriers in Germany before reaching other European markets, China, then the US, will include something called the Nokia Glance Screen, which will allow some notification access without fully unlocking the device.
Budget smartphone provides 5MP camera, Samsung apps
Samsung has added another budget-ranged smartphone to its catalog of Galaxy devices. The Galaxy Ace 3 builds upon its predecessor by combining various features found in the Galaxy S4 into a lower-specification mobile phone, though variants with and without LTE connectivity oddly have different base specifications.
Voice search main addition to Google-powered smart TV addition
Sony has announced it is adding voice search to the next generation of its Google TV set-top box. The NSZ-GS8, the updated version of the NSZ-GS7, has a relatively unchanged trackpad and keyboard-based remote design from its predecessor, but the addition of a microphone allows it to be used for the vocal control system that Google demonstrated late last year.
Chipmaker will pay content providers a premium for new service
In order to get its new television service up and running, chipmaker Intel is offering the content providers rates as much as 75 percent higher than the traditional cable providers pay. Sources close to Intel's negotiations say the potentially higher rates are to be expected, as Intel would enter the television service market as a newcomer, and content providers typically charge a premium for operators with smaller user bases. Reuters reports that Intel is hoping to position its service at a premium level, but the outcome of its negotiations will likely have some impact on pricing.
Tech is so much better than ties and 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!'
If you're not a father -- or a future or recent graduate -- you've got a bit of a conundrum coming up: you're likely to soon need to buy a gift for a dad or grad. In the middle of graduation season, and with just over a week left before Father's Day, Electronista has got your back. Our Dads 'n' Grads Buyer's Guide is going to show you which gadgets to get, because tech gifts are immeasurably better than ties and copies of Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Tech reportedly avoids using Apple code
BlueStacks, the developer of the GamePop game console, says its hardware will be able to run iOS apps without using Apple code. The console reportedly uses a virtualization scheme known as "LookingGlass," allowing iOS games to run with few if any changes. BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma says he's not sure how Apple will react; iOS is a closed operating system, and iOS titles normally have to be distributed through the App Store.
Filing suggests possible host of cheaper BlackBerry phone in US
The BlackBerry Q5, the cheaper alternative to the BlackBerry Q10 that is destined for emerging markets, could be heading to the United States soon, according to an FCC filing. A device matching the appearance of the BB10 OS smartphone has been spotted in the listing, suggesting it may make an appearance in the US after all.
Device launch follows rollout of Amazon Appstore in the region last month
Amazon has launched its Kindle range of mobile devices in China, with sales in the country following on from a wider Kindle Fire HD release. Both the e-reader and tablet versions of the Kindle catalog are represented in the country, with two versions of the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite receiving prominent placement on the front page of Amazon's Chinese retail site.
Rebranded Optimus L3, Lucid hits contract-free roster
Verizon has introduced a pair of LG Optimus smartphones, in order to bolster its prepaid roster. The Optimus Zone, a rebranded version of the Optimus L3, and the Optimus Exceed are both on the budget end of the device spectrum, with both devices appearing on Verizon's website for a brief period before being removed from sight.
Two seven-inch Lenovo tablets include 16GB storage, 3,500mAh battery
Lenovo has put up a pair of Android tablets from its IdeaTab range up for pre-order in the United States. The IdeaTab A1000 and IdeaTab A3000 both offer 7-inch 1024x600 displays, run on Android Jelly Bean, and have relatively similar specifications, the A3000 adds to the 0.3MP front webcam by having a 5-megapixel counterpart on the rear.
Images of rumored smartphone with 41MP camera come from multiple sources
Photographs of a rumored Nokia EOS smartphone have been leaked, suggesting it may end up being revealed sooner rather than later. The images of the alleged EOS body, shown with the background of an industrial environment that could be a factory, is supplemented by images of a more-complete device with a camera lens faceplate.
Large-scale ebook reader returns to Amazon store
Amazon has brought its large-scale e-reader back on sale, after an eight-month absence. The Kindle DX, quietly discontinued by the retailer last October, has appeared back on the company's ebook-device roster, with the e-ink slate seemingly retaining all of the specifications and features that it had before its removal.
Safe has enough capacity to hold wallet, keys, small valuables
Cannon Security Products has unveiled the RadioVault -- a dual-purpose biometric access safe and iOS device 30-pin dock with integrated radio alarm clock. The hidden security door is reinforced with steel, and disguised to look like speakers. Once the user scans a valid fingerprint along the biometric scanner, the spring-loaded drawer pops open to reveal a storage space that is 9.5 inches long, 6.75 inches wide and 1.75 inches deep.
Gaming tablet is bundled with controller, includes PlayStation Mobile store
The Wikipad Android tablet for gaming will be going on sale in the US next week. The tablet, which uses an optional docking controller and recently passed through the FCC for certification, will be released in the United States and the United Kingdom from June 11th, which will then be followed by a "global launch planned for this summer."
Pressure sensitivity shown using capacitive, non-active stylus on tablet
The CEO of Nvidia used Computex to demonstrate how Tegra 4 could be used to improve stylus input on a tablet. Jen-Hsun Huang drew on a Tegra 4 reference tablet with a basic capacitive stylus, and appeared to show the tablet being able to detect some level of pressure sensitivity, without the aid of an active stylus and digitizer.
E Ink creates 1.73-inch display for smartwatches, launches in Sonostar Smartwatch
E Ink, a manufacturer of monochrome displays, has announced it is creating a 1.73-inch e-paper screen for use with smartwatches. Offering 16 shades of greyscale, a resolution of 320x240, and low power requirements, Slashgear reports that the display will be surfacing in the Sonostar Smartwatch, due to be shown later this week at Computex.
Tegra 3 and 4 based systems available this summer
Taking another crack at the tablet market, Toshiba has released three new devices in the same 10-inch casing. The Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" line includes the entry level Excite Pure, the Excite Pro, and the pen-based Excite Write have all been announced at Taiwan's Computex.
Wi-Fi boosting, weather resistant cases highlight of some models
D-Link today expanded its line of myDlink-enabled Cloud Cameras with the introduction of the Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-5020L); the Outdoor HD Wireless Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-2332L); the Day/Night Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L), and the Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L). Each model is designed for around-the-clock surveillance and monitoring.
Foxconn manufacturing five devices for unnamed OEM
Foxconn has signed a deal with Mozilla to put the Firefox OS mobile operating system onto a number of mobile devices. The smartphones, to be manufactured by Foxconn on behalf of an unnamed OEM, are also accompanied by the companies showing off a prototype tablet, one that was hinted at in a report last week.
Ten-inch MeMo Pad FHD 10 includes 1920x1200-resolution display
At the same time as unveiling its Transformer tablet notebooks, Asus has revealed high definition versions of its affordable tablet line. The MeMo Pad HD 7 increases the display resolution of its existing seven-inch tablet from 1024x600 to 1280x800, and the MeMo Pad FHD 10 adds in a ten-inch screen and a 1920x1200 resolution.
Iconia W3 first tablet to use relaxed Microsoft Windows 8 requirements
Acer has used Computex to reveal a new Windows 8 tablet and an Android smartphone. The previously leaked Iconia W3 is the first in the world to take advantage of Microsoft's relaxed Windows 8 tablet requirements by using an 8.1-inch display, while the Liquid S1 continues the Liquid range of mobile phones and is the first "phablet" from the company.
Eight-inch Galaxy Tab 3 adds 'reading mode' display optimization
Samsung has revealed another two devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 range. The Tab 3 8.0 and Tab 3 10.1, offering an 8-inch and 10.1-inch display respectively, come just one month after the manufacturer launched its 7-inch version, with both shipping "globally" from the beginning of June, and later this year in the United Kingdom.
Google says facial recognition Glassware is a no go
Google will not be approving any facial recognition apps for its Google Glass wearable computing device, citing privacy concerns. The Project Glass team made the announcement on Friday in a post to its Google+ page. The decision reportedly came after the team listened to an immense amount of feedback from Glass users and people concerned about the impact of the technology.
Powerful camera and tablet soon to come from Nokia
A new report has Nokia close to releasing both a tablet and a new smartphone with a powerful sensor, with both of those devices in testing at AT&T. Nokiapoweruser on Saturday carried the report that the United States' second-largest carrier is in the process of trying out new devices from Nokia. The tablet and EOS smartphone could see release as early as this summer.
Multiple reports make claim of Clover Trail+ in Samsung tablet
Samsung may be moving from ARM-based processors to one from Intel for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, according to reports. An alleged agreement between Intel and Samsung will see the chip producer's Clover Trail+ architecture used in the tablet, which if true could be a massive coup for the chip producer in its efforts to be used in mobile devices.
Working with device OEMs to make Roku software for TVs
Roku has received another injection of investment to develop its streaming set-top box. The $60 million round of funding comes from new investors Fidelity and Hearst Corp, as well as from previous investors such as broadcaster BskyB and News Corp, and brings the total amount of money invested into Roku to $130 million.
App for iOS can control DJ deck functions over Wireless Direct
Pioneer has created a DJ system that can be controlled through an app. The XDJ-R1 can follow commands sent from a "remotebox" app on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch over Wireless Direct, allowing the DJ to move around a venue and still have control over most of the deck's functions. This includes controlling the volume levels, playlist management, and the ability to mix songs from a USB device.
Full multi-track audio editor plus pre-amp adapter take recording mobile
IK Multimedia launched a one-two punch on Thursday with the release of two major new products: the iOS version of its audio editor AmpliTube -- now at version 3.0 -- and a new version of its hardware pre-amp adapter for quarter-inch connected instruments such as most electric guitars, the iRig HD. The latter sells for $100 and allows performers to record all manner of traditional instruments. The $20 iOS AmpliTube now offers a multi-track Studio mode with new gear models and timeline-based audio editing, along with effects and a built-in drum machine.
Designer device boasts touch-enabled remote, 29 video partners
Fanhattan and designer Yves Behar have revealed the Fan TV today, a set-top box bringing live TV, cloud DVR and streaming services all together in one place, integrating a touch remote. Coinciding with the launch, Fanhattan is rebranding its free entertainment service "Fan” on iOS and the web. The web app is emerging today from a limited private beta test and is now open to the public.
Rear camera, color options, iPod touch loop removed from 16GB music player
Apple has added a new iPod touch with a smaller 16GB capacity to its roster. The quiet addition to the iPod touch range slots behind the current 32GB and 64GB fifth generation devices, launched last year, and though it has lost some of its storage space, Apple has opted to remove a number of other features from it as well.
Pebble smartwatch firmware update adds multiple notifications, watchface
The Pebble smartwatch has received a firmware update, introducing more changes to the user interface. Notifications have been updated to allow for multiple items to be viewed, the UI for setting the time has been reworked, and the wearer's current speed in the RunKeeper app can now be viewed from the Pebble display. The minimalist Simplicity watchface has been added as an option instead of the Fuzzy Time watchface, which has now been transitioned to the watchapp library, according to the version 1.11 firmware release notes.
Easily installed device allows time, ID as programmable parameters
Today at the D11 conference, designer Yves Behar and technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson launched August and its flagship product, the August Smart Lock. Through a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) enabled locking mechanism and a mobile application, August allows users to send a virtual key to anyone to allow access to a home.
LTE version of Galaxy Note 8.0 could be unveiled on AT&T soon
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has passed through the FCC for testing yet again, this time for certifications related to LTE connectivity. The tested tablet is reportedly a version that will operate on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the new radio replacing the 3G version seen by the Commission in March, suggesting it could go on sale in the next few months.
Reveal of Firefox mobile device on day before Computex show
Foxconn is going to reveal a new mobile device alongside Mozilla on Monday, one that will apparently run on Firefox OS. While the event on June 3rd before Computex will showcase a new device of some description, neither Foxconn nor Mozilla have hinted at what it could be, but rumblings suggest it could end up being a tablet instead of a smartphone running the new mobile operating system.
Current sales of the Droid DNA may delay HTC One arrival
A leaked image has seemingly confirmed that the HTC One will be making its way to Verizon, long after AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint started selling the smartphone. The image, said to be sourced from someone that needs "knowledge of upcoming devices," is accompanied by further information suggesting that Verizon customers may be in for a longer wait than they thought before they can buy the flagship HTC handset.
New 4K-capable televisions include optional DVR with 6-channel recording
Toshiba has revealed it will be launching a new set of 4K-capable televisions in Japan. The Regza Z8X range of UHDTVs, measuring 58, 65, and 84 inches, will include native support for NHK's "Hybridcast," a system the Japanese broadcaster is trialling which adds more information to TV programming through an Internet service.