Google has unveiled its third-generation of Nest thermostat this month, that has been equipped with a larger display and a thinner design as well as featuring a number of new enhancements including Farsight.
Farsight has been added and designed to allow the new larger display to be seen from across a room and can provide details on the temperature you set or the time, which can then be viewed as either a digital or analog clock.
Google has also equipped the latest generation of Nest thermostat with more temperature sensors allowing the hardware to learn even quicker about changes in your environment and make adjustments. Google explains more :
With more temperature sensors, the Nest Thermostat is more accurate. So it’s even better at learning about your home. It gets to know how it heats and cools, or how drafty it is, and adjusts accordingly. And if your furnace is acting up, the Nest Thermostat will let you know. Most heating and forced air furnaces have an automatic shutoff to avoid overheating.
The Nest Thermostat is always looking out for shutoff patterns that indicate a persistent problem with your furnace. If anything’s out of the ordinary, every heating or cooling season you’ll get a Furnace Heads-Up message on your phone or tablet and the thermostat screen. And you’ll also get a notice in your monthly Home Report.
And of course, the Nest Thermostat works with other Nest products. If Nest Protect senses smoke or carbon monoxide, the Nest Thermostat will shut off your heating system. That’s because the furnace can spread smoke throughout your home in a fire and it’s also a common source of CO leaks.
The Archos Diamond Plus comes with a 5.5 inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the device is powered by an octa core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.5GHz.
Other specifications on the Diamond Plus include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage, there is also a microSD card which supports up to 32GB cards.
The handset comes with dual sim card slot, a 2580 mAh battery and front and rear facing cameras. On the front of the Diamond Plus there is an 8 megapixel camera and on the back there is a 16 megapixel camera.
Archos have said that they will be showing off the new Archos Diamond Plus at IFA this week, the device will launch in November and will retail for $179.99 Sim free.
Source Archos, Android Authority
It was an odd move when Nintendo decided to release just the New 3DS XL in the US this winter instead of its smaller New 3DS. Why would Nintendo shun American gamers by not offering a smaller, more portable handheld? Who knows? But they are making good on it now with this special bundle.
Nintendo has revealed that it’s bringing the New 3DS to the US on September 25th as part of a $220 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle. So if you want one and you like that game, you will want to grab this and enjoy Nintendo’s latest portable console design for yourself.
This console is Animal Crossing themed. The NFC Reader which you need to load up on Amiibo figurines and card will also arrive that day for only $20 if you need that too.
This is a start. Hopefully soon you will be able to get a plain non-themed New 3DS. Nintendo is sure to expand the selection pretty soon, but for now this is what US fans have in the way of the New 3DS. Once they sell enough, I’m sure they will offer it up in several cool colors and styles.
Google has unveiled a new Google logo for 2015, following on from the announcement last month that Google would be restructured under a new company called Alphabet.
As you can see from the image above the design is hardly revolutionary and only features a change in font, following on from previous designs that also only experienced font changes since its launch in 1998.
The new Google logo has been created to encompass the ever-growing range of Google products that are available to access from desktop computers to smart TVs and even wrist worn wearables. Google explains a little more :
So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!
Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).
PayPal has announced the launch of PayPal.Me which is a new service for peer to peer payments, it is designed to make it easier to receive payments.
PayPal users will be able to setup their own unique URL on PayPal.Me, which they can then use to quickly and easily send and receive payments.
The new service is launching in 18 countries which include the US, UK, Germany, Austria, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and Canada.
Source PayPal.Me, TechCrunch
US mobile carrier AT&T has announced the launch of a new tablet on its network, the LG G Pad X 10.1 and the tablet will be available for the 4th of September.
The LG G Pad X 10.1 will be available for $249.99 on a new two year contract, it will also be availble for $17.50 a month on AT&T’s installment plan.
The LG G Pad X 10.1’s slim, rounded metallic design delivers a large viewing area that is compact and comfortable. You can be productive and enjoy amazing browsing or entertainment experiences with the tablet’s 10.1-inch full HD widescreen display. The display offers you true colors, sharp text and clear images in a lightweight, portable design.
The Dual Window split screen allows side-by-side viewing of two compatible apps, offering a convenient option for multitasking. By pairing an existing Android™ smartphone to the new LG G Pad X 10.1, the QPair™ feature6 lets you answer calls, receive and reply to text messages and stay on top of social networks even when your phone is across the room. Enjoy improjeved e-Reading through Reader Mode, a solution that helps reduce eye strain by dampening the screen intensity often associated with LCD tablets.
The Mercedes AMG C 63S comes with a massive 510 horsepower and now there is an even more powerful version, the Brabus Mercedes C 63S which will come with 600 horsepower.
Barbus have announced that they will be showing off their new Brabus Mercedes C 63S at the IAA in Frankfurt.
Sedan or wagon: BRABUS PowerXtra B40 – 600 engine tuning makes the new Mercedes C 63S even more a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The BRABUS engineers used
state-of-the-art test rig technology and extensive test drives on racetracks and public roads to develop a performance kit that boosts the power
output of the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 by 66 kW / 90 HP (88 bhp).
BRABUS adapts a plug-and-play auxiliary control module to the electronic engine management system. It updates the engine controls with new mapping
for injection and ignition while increasing the boost pressure. As a result, rated power output jumps from standard 375 kW / 510 HP to 441 kW / 600
HP (503 to 591 bhp) at a low 5,800 rpm. At the same time, peak torque grows from 700 to 800 Nm (516 to 591 lb-ft), available on a plateau between
1,750 and 4,500 rpm. BRABUS recommends high-performance motor oil from technology partner MOTUL.
LG has announced its latest smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, which is a luxury version of the LG Watch Urbane.
The LG Watch Urbane Luxe comes with 23-karat gold and it will retail for about $1,200, LG will be showing the device off at IFA this week.
In collaboration with U.S. retail jewelry company REEDS Jewelers, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce a premium limited edition smartwatch, LG Watch Urbane Luxe. This luxurious wearable was designed with a specific wearer in mind and is adorned in 23-karat gold and gorgeous alligator leather strap set in an exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case. Available starting at the end of October, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe will retail for approximately USD 1,200.
The LG Watch Urbane Luxe will sport a deployment clasp for a fitted, elegant look that isn’t bulky. Invented by Louis Cartier in 1910, the use of a deployment clasp makes this timepiece even more exclusive and unique. The alligator band itself is handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers. The 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches.
The LG Watch Urbane Luxe will be limited to just 500 units and with will be sold through Reeds Jewelers in the US.
Some new malware that can affect jailbroken iPhones has been discovered and it has apparently stolen the login details of around 225,000 Apple accounts.
The malware is called KeyRaider and it was discovered by security researchers from Palo Alto Networks, you can see what they had to say about the malware below.
KeyRaider has successfully stolen over 225,000 valid Apple accounts and thousands of certificates, private keys, and purchasing receipts. The malware uploads stolen data to its command and control (C2) server, which itself contains vulnerabilities that expose user information.
The purpose of this attack was to make it possible for users of two iOS jailbreak tweaks to download applications from the official App Store and make in-app purchases without actually paying. Jailbreak tweaks are software packages that allow users to perform actions that aren’t typically possible on iOS.
These two tweaks will hijack app purchase requests, download stolen accounts or purchase receipts from the C2 server, then emulate the iTunes protocol to log in to Apple’s server and purchase apps or other items requested by users. The tweaks have been downloaded over 20,000 times, which suggests around 20,000 users are abusing the 225,000 stolen credentials.
Source Palo Alto networks, Techmeme
Samsung has been showing us photos of its new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, the device is now official and we have all of the specifications on Samsung’s latest wearable.
The Samsung Gear S2 comes with a 1.2 inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and 302 pixels per inch.
“For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business. “The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s most progressive innovation. It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout—and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun.”
This new smartwatch comes with Samsung’s Tizen OS rather than Android Wear and the device is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz.
There is also 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built in storage and the device comes with an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
Connectivity on the device comes in the form of WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC and there are a range of sensors which include a heart rate sensor, the device also come with a 250 mAh battery which Samsung says will give you between two and three days usage.
There will be two different versions of Samsung’s new smartwatch, one with WiFi and the other with WiFi and 3G.
Samsung will be showing off their new smart watches at IFA 2015 in Berlin this week, as yet there are no details on pricing.
LG are expected to reveal a new flagship smartphone later this year and we previously heard that the device would be called the LG G4 Pro, although the device could possibly be called the LG G4 Note.
A new LG trademark filing has been discovered for the LG G4 Note, it could possibly be the handset we have been hearing about or another device.
LG’s new smartphone is said to be a phablet, which would mean that the LG G4 Note name would be ideal for the handset.
The device is rumored to come with a 5.8 inch display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, the handset is also said to feature an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.
The new LG phablet is rumored to come with some new duo cameras, although as yet we do not have any specific details about the device.
Source Android Guys
Google has this week release a new version of Android Wear that now supports Apple iOS devices in the form of the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running Apple’s iOS 8.2 or higher operating system.
Currently the latest Android Wear for iOS only supports the LG Watch Urbane Android smartwatch, but Google explains that in the future all Android Wear watches, including those from created by Huawei, Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS.
The latest Android for iOS software has already started rolling out and will allows users to pair Android watches with iOS devices offering the following features :
– Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
– Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
– Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”
Google explains more :
When you wear something every day, you want to be sure it really works for you. That’s why Android Wear offers countless design choices, so you can find the watch that fits your style. Want a round watch with a more classic look?
Feel like a new watch band? How about changing things up every day with watch faces from artists and designers? With Android Wear you can do all of that. And now, Android Wear watches work with iPhones.
Dr. Seuss once said: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” We agree. So whoever You are, and whatever You like—Android Wear lets you wear what you want.
Source: Google Android Blog
Following on from the launch of the Orange Pi 2 that is available to purchase price at around $25. Its creators Shenzhen Xunlong Software have now launched a more cost-effective version in the form of the Orange Pi PC.
The Orange Pi PC has now launched priced at just $15 and provides a similar system based on the Allwinner H3 SoC powered by a Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.6 GHz processor supported by an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz.
Features of the new Orange pI PC include a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with 28 GPIOs, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, CAN, I2S, SPDIF, LRADC, ADC, LINE-IN, FM-IN, and HP-IN
Other features include :
• System Memory – 1GB DDR3
• Storage – micro SD card slot (up to 64GB)
• Video Output – HDMI with CEC and HDCP support, AV port
• Audio I/O – HDMI, AV port, on-board microphone
• Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
• USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
• Camera – CSI Interface
• Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
• Misc – IR receiver; Power button; Power and status LEDs
• Power Supply – 5V/2A via barrel jack (micro USB OTG cannot be used to power the board).
• Dimensions – 85 x 55 mm (vs 93 x 60 mm for Orange Pi 2)
• Weight – 38 grams
This month PayAnywhere has announced the immanent launch of a new mobile credit card reader which has been created to provide small businesses with the ability to accept Apple Pay transactions.
The new PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader will be launching next month, during September 2015 and will be available to purchase exclusively from Apple stores, enabling businesses to enjoy $5000 in free at port Pay transactions.
The credit card reader will be priced at $39.95 and connects to the PayAnywhere Mobile app that is free in the App Store. PayAnywhere explains a little more :
PayAnywhere is a go-to mobile credit card reader for businesses and individuals who want to accept Apple Pay, the easy and private way to pay that’s safer than credit cards today. Available for iOS devices, this new PayAnywhere Mobile reader accepts Apple Pay, other contactless NFC payments, traditional magnetic stripe credit cards and is EMV-capable. PayAnywhere is also offering merchants $5000 free in Apple Pay transaction processing with a new PayAnywhere account, an unprecedented offer in the industry.
Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.
For more information on the PayAnywhere and new mobile credit card reader jump over to the official website via the link below. For More information on Apple Pay jump over to the Apple website.
TVR will start making sports cars again and the first of the new cars will launch in 2017 and the company has already sold out the first allocation of the new TVR.
The company stopped making cars around 10 years ago and the brand will relaunch in 2017.
TVR will start production of their new car this year and they have now sold out the initial run of their first 250 cars in just six weeks.
The company has taken a deposit of £5,000 on each of the new cars from its customers and volumes in the first year will be limited.
TVR are expected to increase production if their new cars and will take orders from more than 250 cars in 2018.