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No TouchID sensor for the next iPad Mini :(

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With just four days to go before its official launch, the Apple iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 have leaked. The iPad 5 has been confirmed to feature the new TouchID fingerprint sensor, while the iPad Mini 2 will not feature a TouchID sensor.

The Apple iPad Mini 2 was thus far assumed to join the iPhone 5s and iPad 5’s fingerprint sensor bandwagon, but according to new leaked images from CTechCN shows that it will not be doing so, presumably to keep the iPad Mini 2’s costs low, especially considering that the introduction of its new Retina display will push up manufacturing costs. Outside, the iPad Mini 2 is expected to stay pretty much the same as its predecessor, but the inside is expected to change quite a bit with the introduction of a 64-bit A7 SoC and an enlarged battery.

The iPad Mini 2 is expected to outsell the larger iPads this year as the push for smaller tablets continues and the new Retina display pushes the tablet into new frontiers.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 18th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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This is Nexus 5: Google accidentally bring the Nexus 5 online

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Google just inadvertently unveiled the new Google Nexus 5 on the Google Play store, adding to it the starting price and some other tidbits of information that everyone has been eagerly waiting for.

This is what we know now:

  • The Google Nexus 5 will retail for $349, for the 16GB model, a 32GB model will also be launched
  • The Google Nexus 5 will feature a 2,300mAh battery
  • The Google Nexus 5 will launch on October 28
  • The Google Nexus 5 will run on the new Android 4.4 KitKat
  • The Google Nexus 5 will have a 5-inch 1080p display
  • The Google Nexus 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC

This is what we don’t know:

  • Will Android 4.4 KitKat devices taste like chocolate if you lick them?
  • Will LG make enough Google Nexus 5 device to cope with demand?
  • Will the rumoured $299 Nexus 4 LTE pack 8GB or 16GB of storage?
  • Will the Google Nexus 5 last at least half a day of heavy usage off of that tiny battery?

For now, we will have to speculate, just 10 days to go until Google is set to unveil the new Google Nexus 5!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 18th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

This is the Google Nexus 5

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Let’s keep this sweet and short.

This is the Google Nexus 5 for Telus in Canada courtesy of MobileSyrup.

It looks quite nice.

Rumoured to pack a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 8MP rear facing camera, 16/32GB of memory and a $399 pricetag, with the Nexus 4 LTE going for $299.

Made by LG.

Set to launch with Android 4.4 KitKat on October 28!

11 days and counting.

Yes, Amzer will make more accessories than there are stars for the Nexus 5, so be ready to pre-order!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Lenovo aims to take on the iPad Mini with their new $299 Windows 8.1 powered, 8-inch Miix 2

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A year ago you would most likely never have guessed that 8-inch tablets would be as popular as they currently are. No one wants the iPad 4 anymore, it’s too big, the Nexus 7 is too small. Android tablet applications suck and the iPad Mini doesn’t allow you to download torrents. So, Lenovo has solved your predicament for you with the new Lenovo Miix 2 tablet.

The new Lenovo Miix 2 may be the company’s best tablet to date. The Miix 2 packs a quad core Intel Bay Trail Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, an 8-inch WXGA touch display, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and you can get a funky flip cover and stylus for this baby. So, can it take on the best Android and Apple has to offer? Maybe, with its $299 price tag, it is sure to make some heads turn, and give the current run of Windows RT powered tablets the final nail in their coffins. Who know why you’d want a Windows tablet, but if you think you’re too good for Android, don’t like iOS and want a tablet, here you go.

Thus far Windows powered tablets have failed miserably. Microsoft had a massive stock writeoff. Most of their partners killed their Windows RT offerings. The Lenovo Miix 2 offers a Windows powered tablets at an afforable pricetag, and that is dope..

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Oh look, a Nokia smartwatch that Microsoft is likely to kill!

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So, of course Nokia would be working on a smartwatch of their own. They have had smart necklaces, armbands, pretty much everything, and of course everyone else is doing it. Now we get to see a working prototype, which looks quite interesting.

Dr Kent Lyons, who worked on developing the Nokia smartwatch concept above, codenamed Nokia ‘Facet’, sent Engadget a video of the smartwatch in action, and it looks quite interesting to say the least. The device uses 6 different facets, basically it has six screens that can be removed to work on their own, attached to the dedicated armband to use as a weird smartwatch or whatever you wish to do with it, it seems. Each screen can run a different application or task, so theoretically you could browse tweets, while making an appointment on your calendar and sending a quick email while replying to a text.

Of course if it ever makes it to the open market, which is highly unlikely to happen, it would cost pretty much the same as or more than a Samsung Galaxy Gear. So, the choice is simple, buy a Pebble…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Twitter allows all your pesky stalkers to Direct Message you, without you following them

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Wouldn’t you just love it if anyone using Twitter could send you a direct message, whether you follow them or not? It was a rhetorical question, of course you would not like that, imagine getting a million spam messages per day. Point proven.

Twitter has started experimenting with a new feature that will allow users to allow anyone using Twitter to send them Direct Messages, whether they follow said person or not. Now of course it would lighten everyone’s timelines from brands constantly interacting with every single human being alive trying to solve their queries and adding a fullstop, a greeting or anything else before the persons handle. Now let’s look at the cons. Paedophiles get easy access to kids using Twitter. Spammers can harass loads of people that would otherwise have been pretty difficult to do. All of your exes or stalkers can now constantly send you messages, making your phone sing with notifications just as you were about to dose off.

So. Yes, the feature has to be enabled by the user first, but I would not recommend it, I already get enough DM spam, from everyone I follow, now imaging if all of the 200,000,000+ Twitter users could message you…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Could an Amazon partnership be what saves HTC?

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Can Amazon save HTC without buying them? The ailing Taiwanese manufacturer is currently valued at $3.8 billion, losing its worth day by day, and even more of its market share. A Lenovo acquisition is rumoured heavily. Now, an alliance with online retail giant is signalling a turnaround for HTC.

According to a report by The Financial Times, Amazon and HTC are in the process of making three different Amazon smartphones, one of which is already in advanced stages of production and is likely to appear early next year. The HTC One was lauded as the year’s best Android smartphone, winning awards, selling mediocrely, but can Amazon boost the company’s struggling image and make them valuable, and more importantly more profitable again? HTC’s three Facebook phones have failed miserably, as has their Windows Phone devices, their tablets and now most of their smartphones too. Amazon is offering an exclusive device that will surely sell in the several millions across the globe.

Amazon may very well save HTC with an alliance, or they will end up buying the firm and taking full advantage of the firm and all of its assets.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 16th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

LG takes a nab at the iPhone 5s, HTC One and Galaxy S4 in new Scandinavian ad campaign

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LG has always been lurking around in the background, trying to steal the spotlight from an unsuspecting competitor, such as their Time Square ad stating “LG Optimus G is here 4 you now” right next to Samsung’s ad teasing the Galaxy S4 launch, happening below the ad just days later. Now they have a new one.

No, it isn’t another meteor video on their new OLED TV screens. This time LG has decided to target users of competitors’ devices directly with targetted mobile ads in Scandinavia. If users using an iPhone access a site with the ad embedded, they are met with a screen stating “Hard to read this on your iPhone? Get the LG G2 with a 5.2″ FHD IPS Display”. They do something similar with HTC One and Galaxy S4 users stating “Tired of charging your HTC One? Get the LG G2 with 30% longer battery life” for the former and “Waiting for your Galaxy to catch up? Get the LG G2 with 20% faster processor” for the latter, both valid points and shown in a clever way.

Does LG have what it takes to become the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world or better? Do you think they have some pizzaz? They were met with a huge outcry from global BlackBerry users today after trying to poke fun at the ailing smartphone maker.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 16th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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Nestle teases Android 4.4 KitKat debut for October 28

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Have a break, have a KitKat. Sadly, the treat is the only KitKat anyone can look forward to for at least the next two weeks. Nestle today released yet another teased leaning towards the 28th of October being the date on which Google will be unveiling the latest version of Android, and their new Nexus line.

Last year, Google unveiled the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on October 29, it looks like they’ll be doing something similar just 364 days later. Nestle’s KitKat Twitter handle has been dropping hints towards the official launch date of Android 4.4 KitKat, first referring to “Everybody dance now.” that was sung by the 28th Street Crew and today to “This is it” the Michael Jackson movie which was released on October 28, 2009. Overall we are more than likely to see the devices on the 28th, 3 days earlier than rumours have suggested and just six days after both Apple and Nokia are set to unveil their latest line ups.

Google is expected to officially launch the Nexus 4 LTE, Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Android 4.4 KitKat, maybe less or maybe even more. For now, have a break…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 16th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

100,000 reasons Amzer ShatterProof is for you!

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If you’re like me, your phone or tablet is your life and you can’t simply replace it at will, nor do you really want to, nevermind spend a lot of time apart if it goes in for repairs. What happens when your device is left unusable after being smashed, dropped, bumped or scratched? You need the ultimate durable protection, the industry’s best. Amzer ShatterProof turns your smartphone or tablet into a indestructable Nokia 3310. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is 100,000 words on why ShatterProof is meant for you!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 15th, 2013 at 8:08 pm