Apple Takes Top Smartphone Spot From Samsung In Q4

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been incredibly popular for the company and now according to a recent report, Apple sold more smartphones in quarter four of 2014 than Samsung.

The last time Apple was number one on global smartphone shipments was back in 2011, the news comes in a report from Gartner.

“Samsung’s performance in the smartphone market deteriorated further in the fourth quarter of 2014, when it lost nearly 10 percentage points in market share,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Samsung continues to struggle to control its falling smartphone share, which was at its highest in the third quarter of 2013. This downward trend shows that Samsung’s share of profitable premium smartphone users has come under significant pressure.”

According to the data release by Gartner, Apple shipped a total of 74.8 million smartphones in quarter four of 2014 giving the company a 20.4 percent share of the global smartphone market. In comparison Samsung shipped 73 million smartphones in the quarter with a 19.9 percent share.

If we compare this to the same quarter in 2013, Samsung has a 29.5 percent share with 83 million handsets shipped and Apple had a 17.8 percent share with 50 million handsets shipped.

Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 had been lowered than Samsung had expected, the company just launched their new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones and it will be interesting to see if these devices help the company increase their sales and also their share of the global smartphone market.

Source Gartner
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Honda Civic Type R gets Official

We have posted a bit about the Honda Civic Type R the car was teased last month ahead of its official debut. That official debut has now happened and we know just about all there is to know about the Civic Type R at this point. One of the key features of the car is its all-new 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine.

Honda says that the turbo four offers more torque, power, and response than any previous Honda production car engine. The little turbo engine produces 310PS and 400Nm of torque. The engine redlines at 7000 rpm and can push the car from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds.

The car also has new active suspension with four settings to change how the car handles. Honda also gave the car a +R mode that changes the engine responsiveness and damper settings for more performance. Honda also spent time optimizing the outside of the car for style and aerodynamics. The car rides on 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 tires made exclusively for the Type R. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. One of the things that we don’t know about the car right now is the price. Honda will have the Civic Type R in showrooms in Europe this spring.

Source: Honda

Audi Prologue Avant Concept Shown Off In Geneva

The new Audi Prologue Avant Concept was announced recently and now Audi is showing off their latest concept car at this years Geneva Motor Show

It certainly looks impressive from the photos and it uses the same engine as the Audi Q7 e-tron which is a hybrid plug in system that has an electric motor and a 3.0 litre Audi TDI engine.

The hybrid power unit on the new Audi Prologue Avant Concept gives the car some impressive power, it comes with 455 horsepower and can propel itself from o to 62MPH (100 km/h) in just 5.1 seconds.

It also comes with an eight speed gearbox and the electric motor is capable of a distance of around 33 miles. As with the previous Prologue Concept, Audi does not plan to put the car into production at the moment and is using the car to showcase future Audi technology and design.

Source Autoblog

ZTE Grand S3 With Eye Scanner Announced

ZTE has announced their latest smartphone at this years Mobile World Congress, the ZTE Grand S3 and the handset comes with some interesting features.

The ZTE Grand S3 comes with eye based biometric security with Eyeprint ID that is used to unlock the device and also authorizing mobile payments, the technology was developed by EyeVerify.

The handset comes with a 5.5 inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the device is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 CPU.

Other specifications on the ZTE Grand S3 include 16GB of included storage plus a microSD card slot foe expansion. The handset also features an 8 megapixel camera up front which is designed for selfies and a 16 megapixel rear camera.

The ZTE Grand S3 features a 3100 mAh battery and it features Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the device will be launching in China where it will retail for CNY 2999, it is not expected to launch in other countries.

Source Android Central

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HTC One M9 Full Specs

The new HTC One M9 was announced the other day and now we have all of the specifications on HTC’s flagship Android handset.

Processing on the new HTC One M9 comes in the form of an octa core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor that features four cores clocked at 2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and it will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The handset also features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built in storage and there is also a microSD card slot for expansion which takes up to a 128GB card. The device comes with a 5 inch display that has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The HTC One M9 is equipped with front and rear facing cameras, on the front is a 4 megapixel Ultrapixel camera for video chat and selfies and on the back there is a 20 megapixel camera. The rear camera on the handset comes with a BSI sensor, auto focus, an f/2.2, 27.8mm lens and the ability to record video in 4K.

Connectivity on the new HTC One M9 comes in the form of 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band WiFi, DLNA, HDMI, NFC and microUSB 2.0 port. The handset is equipped with a 2840 mAh battery that will give you up to 25.4 hours of usage ion 2G, 21.7 hours on 3G and a standby time of up to 391 hours.

The One M9 measure 144.6mm by 69.7mm by 9.61mm and it weighs in at 157g. The design of the handset is similar to that of the HTC One M8, it comes with a dual tone metal unibody design.

Source HTC

Nikon D7200 DSLR with 24.2MP Resolution Announced

Nikon has rolled out an all-new DSLR camera that is the successor to the D7100 DSLR. The new camera is called the D7200 and it is a DX format DSLR built for photographers looking for a high performance camera in a lightweight package. The D7200 has a 24.2MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The camera also has a higher buffer capacity than the D7100 it replaces.

That higher buffer capacity means that the D7200 can shoot 18 consecutive RAW 14-bit lossless images, 27 12-bit compressed images, or 100 JPEG images. The camera can also shoot 6 fps continuously or 7fps in 1.3x crop mode. The camera has a 51-point autofocus system and integrated WiFi and NFC.

The integrated NFC makes paring with mobile devices easier and the WiFi capability allows users to share images directly from the camera with tablets or smartphones. The rear LCD is a 3.2-inch 1229k dot unit. Full HD video can be recorded and the ISO range for the camera is 100-25600. Pricing for the camera is $1199.95 for the body only or $1699.95 for the body and an 18-140mm kit lens. Nikon will launch the D7200 in early April.


128GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Now Supports Touch ID Encryption

The latest SanDisk iXpand addition now provides users with 128GB of storage that can now be secured using Touch ID encryption thanks to the free iXpand Sync app.
SanDisk explains a little more about the iXpand storgae device :

“It’s like the USB Flash Drive you use to transfer files between computers – but made for your iPhone and iPad1. Simply connect the drive to your iPhone or iPad with the Lightning connector, or use the USB connector to quickly and securely transfer your photos and videos to your PC or Mac computer. 
Simply connect the drive to your iPhone or iPad with the Lightning connector and the app will launch and, if you choose, you can automatically sync your photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive whenever it’s connected. The app makes it easy to watch videos or listen to music directly from the drive. To keep your content safe, the app even lets you encrypt files for secure transfer and storage between your devices.”

Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always. But the SanDisk iXpand app is now available to download from the iTunes App store.

Source: Apple World

Huawei Watch Is A New Android Wear Smartwatch

Wearable’s are expected to be big in 2015 and Huawei is getting in on the game with its new Huawei Watch which has been announced at MWC 2015.

The Huawei Watch comes with Google’s Android Wear OS and the device features a 1.4 inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels and 286 pixels per inch.

The design of the Huawei Watch looks interesting the watch measures 42mm in diameter and is 11.3mm thick it also comes with a Sapphire crystal display.

Huawei has obviously taken design cues and also materials from conventional wrist watches as the device is made from 316L stainless steel.

The Huawei Watch features a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor and it also features 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built in storage.

Connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0/4.1 and it features an Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG, Barometer, Vibration Motor plus a 300 mAh battery and a built in microphone.

The Watch from Huawei will be available with a choice of either a stainless steel watch band or a leather watch band, as yet there are no details on pricing.

Source Huawei

Warchief Android Gaming Console Unveiled

Anyone looking to purchase an Android games console in the next few months might be interested in a new edition to the market in the form of the Warchief that will soon be available priced at around $160.

Games for the new Android console will be available through an included App Store and last month Gameloft announced that three of its games will be available to play on the system at launch, that include Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Asphalt 8:Airborne, and Wild Blood.

The Warchief Android games console has been recently launched in China and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and comes supplied running Google Android-based software.

Together with the Tegra K1 processor The system is equipped with 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. As well as 4 x USB 2.0 ports Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI and support for 4K Ultra HD video playback.

The new Android games console has been developed by Qihoo 360 and Xiacong and for $160 comes equipped with a wireless gamepad, web cam and Wii-style remote control that is fitted with a gyroscope offering the ability for owners to control the console using motions rather than physical button presses.

Source: Tech In Asia : Open Consoles : MiniMachines : Liliputing

Lenovo Miix 300 Windows Tablet Unveiled At MWC 2015

In addition to their new smartphone camera in the form of the new Lenovo Vibe Shot which was unveiled today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 technology event taking place in Barcelona this week.

Lenovo has also taken the wraps off a new Lenovo Miix 300 Windows tablet that has been added to the company’s range of tablets this week.

Lenovo has priced the new Windows tablet at just $149 and will be making it available to purchase during July of this year. The Windows tablet is powered by a Intel Atom Bay Trail processor supported by 2GB of RAM and comes with options to install 64GB of storage.

The 8 inch display takes the form of an IPS touchscreen screen offering users a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and is powered by a battery that is capable of offering up to 7 hours of working life. Together with 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calling, together with a 7 megapixel rear facing for video and photographs.

The Lenovo Miix 300 is supplied with a 12 month subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and comes running Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 operating system and connectivity is provided by 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth connections.

Source: Liliputing

Samsung Galaxy S6 Full Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S6 shares many of the specifications as the S6 Edge, the handset features a 5.1 inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Processing on the Galaxy S6 comes in the for of a 2.1GHz eight core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor and the handset also comes with 3GB of RAM.

For storage there is no microSD card slot on the Samsung Galaxy S6 although you can choose from 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of built in storage, there is also a 2,550 mAh non removable battery.

The handset comes with a range of Samsung features including S Health 4.0, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Samsung Pay, Download Booster, Smart Manager and also Microsoft Apps in the form of OneDrive which gives you 115GB of free storage for two years.

The Galaxy S6 is comes with front and rear facing cameras on the front of the handset there is a5 megapixel camera for video calls and on the back there is a 16 megapixel camera with a range of advanced features including Optical Image Stabilization.

The handset comes with 4G LTE with download speed of up to 300 Mbps and it also features 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band WiFi, HT80, WiFi Direct, Mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB 2.0 and an IR Remote, plus the latest version of Google’s mobile OS Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Nikon Coolpix P900 With Massive 83x Zoom Unveiled

Nikon has this week unveiled its new Nikon Coolpix P900 camera that is equipped with a massive 83x zoom lens that is capable of capturing every pore on a person’s skin from 10 miles away, says Nikon.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a 16-megapixel CMOS bridge camera that is fitted with an optically stabilised lens that offers a focal range that has a 35mm equivalent of 24-2,000mm.

Although the new Nikon 900 camera is fitted with a 1/2.3-inch sensor similar to that spund on compact point-and-shoot cameras. Aperture settings on the Coolpix P900 are from 4/2.8 to 6.5 and the ISO range is 100-1,600 in auto mode, and up to 6,400 in PASM modes.

Other features of the new Nikon Coolpix P900 include built-in wireless connectivity for transferring images or connectivity via the Nikon smartphone application which is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Nikon has also equipped camera with NFC connectivity that allows compatible Android smartphones and tablets to be used to view, trigger and transfers images with ease. The Nikon Coolpix P900 will be launching in April of this year and will be priced at $600.

Source: Nikon

Samsung Pay Mobile Payments System Announced

Samsung just announced their latest smartphones at Mobile World Congress, the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and now they have announced their new mobile payment service, Samsung Pay.

Last month Samsung announced that they had purchased mobile payment service LoopPay, and Samsung are using the technology they bought in their new Samsung Pay mobile payment system.

Samsung have already teamed up with Visa and MasterCard, plus a range of banks including Bank of America, American Express and more.

Samsung Pay uses NFC for mobile payments and a new technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST and the new mobile payment system will be available on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.
“Samsung Pay will reinvent how people pay for goods and services and transform how they use their smartphones,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The secure and simple payment process, coupled with our robust partner network, makes Samsung Pay a truly game-changing service that will bring value to consumers and our partners in the ecosystem.”

Source Samsung

HTC One M9 Gets Official

After months of leaks and speculations, HTC has finally unveiled their latest flagship device, the HTC One M9, at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona.

The handset comes with a similar metallic design as its predecessor, but there are quite a few notable changes in the internals.

“HTC has built its reputation on challenging expectations in the mobile industry,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HTC. “The HTC One M9 accomplishes this once again with stunning elegance and design, combined with smart features that help bring your world to life, connecting you in a deeper way to the things you consider most important. So much more than just a phone, the HTC One M9 is an extension of who you are.”

The handset features a 5-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, which is a little surprising as most recent flagship devices are equipped with a QHD display, even the latest Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. But, there are some notable changes in the internals. The new HTC One M9 is powered by the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expansion which supports up to 128GB should you ever need extra storage.

The company has also ditched the Duo Camera setup as rumored before. The new HTC One M9 comes with a 20MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and 4K video recording capabilities, alongside an UltraPixel front-facing camera. Other notable features include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2,840 mAh battery, BoomSound speakers and Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 UI as its operating system.

There’s no word about the pricing, but the handset is expected to launch later this month. It will hit major US carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon early Spring. Customers interested in the handset will also be able to pick it up through, Amazon, Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, Costco Wholesale and Target.

Source: HTC

HTC Grip Wearable Fitness Tracker Announced At MWC

HTC has launched a new wearable device at Mobile World Congress, the HTC Grip which is designed for sports and fitness.

The HTC Grip comes with a 1.8 inch PMOLED display with a resolution of 32 x 160 pixels and it has 90 pixels per inch and it features a 100 mAh battery.

HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled its first high-performance, smart fitness tracker, the GPS-enabled HTC Grip™. Powered by UA Record, the new health and fitness network from Under Armour designed for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, Grip fuses HTC’s renowned design with powerful, accurate tracking across a range of sports and activities, allowing athletes to set personal goals, then smash them. Compatible with Android and iOS devices1, as well as Bluetooth-enabled accessories like heart-rate monitors, Grip extends its functionality, providing additional performance data to the Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform.

The device is designed to be waterproof and comes with an IP57 certification, and it features a range of sensors and it compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

The HTC Grip will retail for $199 when it launch in the spring.



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