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Coin 2.0 Next Generation NFC Wallet Unveiled

Coin have announce the next generation of their electronic Coin 2.0 wallet is now available to pre-order priced at $117.50 with shipping expected to start during the first quarter of 2016.

Originally launched on Kickstarter the electronic wallet has experienced the few issues along the way due to the change of credit card providers to use EMV cards, that are not supported by the original Coin wallet.

The new Coin 2.0 wallet now supports the new EMV cards and once again provides all the features and functionality of the original device. The great news for existing Coin owners is that Coin is replacing the original device for free, by upgrading all current owners with a new Coin 2.0 wallet.

To be able to request an upgrade for your existing first-generation hardware. Update your Coin application to the latest release which will provide instructions on how to register and receive your second generation wallet.

If you don’t already own one the second-generation Coin wallet is now available to pre-ordered directly from the official website and comes equipped with NFC technology for contactless payments similar to that of other providers such as Apple Pay.

Source: Coin

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New $40 Phillips Hue Smart Light Bulb Dimmer Kit Announced

Phillips has this week announced the imminent launch of a new more affordable Hue Smart Light Bulb Kit that takes the form of a $40 wireless dimming kit.

Although to bring the price down from the original starter kits that are priced around $200, Philips has needed to remove a number of the features for the new $40 bundle.

Removing the support to control the lights via your smartphone is one of the big differences between the two kits. The latest $40 kit does come supplied with a battery-powered dimmer switch that can be positioned anywhere within your home and is fitted with four buttons. The CR2450 battery should last for three years says Phillips, while the Hue LED bulb is rated for 25,000 hours.

Phillips also explains the dimmer switch is capable of changing the brightness on up to 10 bulbs at once, although extra bulbs will need to be purchased separately at a cost of $20 each. For more details on the range of Phillips Hue lighting that is available jump over to the official website.

Source: Phillips

Facebook Personal Assistant ‘M’ Arrives On Messenger

Today Facebook has announced that they have started testing a new Facebook personal assistant feature that they will be rolling out to the Facebook Messenger application.

The new ‘M’ Facebook digital assistant will be available within the Messenger application to help users find the answers to questions and complete tasks upon request.
Facebook’s David Marcus explains a little more in today’s blog post :

Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.
Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.
This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on Messenger to get things done across a variety of things, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives.

Source: Facebook

Archos Flip Convertible Notebook Unveiled

Archos has introduced a new addition to their range of convertible notebooks, with the unveiling of the new Archos Flip that sports a similar design to that of the Lenovo Yoga.

The 11.6 inch display on the new Archos Flip provides a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and the laptop/tablet is equipped with an Intel Atom X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, supported by 2GB of RAM.

Internally there is 32GB of storage as well as 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calling, all powered by an 8000 mA hour battery. Other features of the device include connectivity via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS and the system comes supplied running Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system.

When the device launches later this year throughout Europe it is expected to be priced at around €249 or roughly $280. Expect more information on the new Archos Flip hardware to be made available during the upcoming IFA trade show that will take place in Berlin Germany early next month. As more information is made available over the coming weeks we will keep you updated as always.

Source: Archos : Liliputing : Notebook Italia

Samsung Pay Beta Invitations Sent Out In The US

Samsung will launch Samsung Pay in the US and South Korea in September, the company has already been running a beta program for their mobile payment is South Korea.

Now Samsung has sent out Samsung Pay bets invitations in the US, offering owners of compatible handsets the chance to try the service out before it officially launches.

Samsung Pay will be available in the US with the Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

In order to sign up for the beta program you will need a Samsung account and either a Bank of America, MasterCard, Visa or US Bank Visa card.

Out of the major US carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are supporting Samsung’s new payment service, Verizon Wireless are not supporting it at the moment.

Samsung Pay will officially launch in the US and South Korea at the end of next month, the service will be available from the 28th of September.

Source Sammobile

Lenovo Mobile To Be Integrated Into Motorola

Lenovo took over Motorola in October of last year and now Lenovo has announced that it will integrate Lenovo Mobile into Motorola.

As well as making computers, Lenovo has released a number of smartphones under the Lenovo brand.

Lenovo now plans to integrated Lenovo Mobile into Motorola and it will also get rid of the Lenovo Mobile brand and all device will be released under the Motorola brand.

The news was confirmed by Lenovo Mobile group president Chen Xudong, although he did not give any details on when this would happen.

It makes sense for Lenovo to just have one mobile phone brand and it will give the company a chance to market the Motorola brand in countries where the Lenovo Mobile brand has been popular.

Source Android Authority

Logitech Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headphones Announced

Logitech has announced the launch of a two new sets of wireless gaming headphones, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum and G633.

Both of these new Logitech Artemis Spectrum wireless gaming headphones come with Dolby and DTS Headphone:X surround sound.

Designed by Logitech’s audio engineering team, these headphones feature patent pending Pro-G audio drivers that provide the amazing sound gaming fans have been asking for. They are also the first headphones to offer both Dolby and DTS Headphone:X surround options to gamers. So now you get to listen to your favorite in-game audio the way it was meant to be heard.
Each of these headsets is fully customizable. They both feature RGB lighting, swappable backlit speaker plates, programmable G-keys and an onboard software equalizer to customize audio settings and create personal sound profiles. What is one of the best new features? A USB mix connection and analog input that connects and mixes sound from on multiple devices. As you are fending off your gaming enemies from your PC, you can simultaneously order a pizza on your cell phone without missing a moment of action.

Source Logitech

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Launches On PC November 19th

It has been revealed today that the new Assassin’s Creed Syndicate video game will be launching on PC systems worldwide less than a month after its console launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In a recent interview Sam Kovalev, Studio Production Manager at Ubisoft Kiev explained that the development team has been dedicated to making sure that the PC version of the game is optimised and at its most stable from day one, he explains :

We have introduced several new improvements to our production pipeline and validation process, which allowed us to focus on polishing, stabilizing and optimizing the PC version very early on in the project. This has been one of the top priorities for the production team this year.

Recommended system requirements will target 1080p and 30 FPS for PC and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be launching on PS4 and Xbox One October 23rd 2015, and PC on November 19th 2015.

London. 1868. The Industrial Revolution. An age of invention and prosperity, built on the backs of working class slaves. As gangster assassin Jacob Frye, you will recruit your gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class. You’ll also be able to play as Jacob’s twin sister Evie, a relentless Assassin who has perfected the silent, swift, invisible strike. Lead the underworld to take back London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat.

Source: Uniblog

Archos Diamond S Android Smartphone Announced

Archos has added another new Android smartphone to their range with the launch of the Archos Diamond S which will go on sale in November.

The new Archos Diamond S comes with a 5 inch display that features a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

The device is powered by an octa core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and it comes with 2GB of RAM.

Other specifications on the handset include a 16 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front camera. The device also comes with 4G LTE and a dual SIM card slot.

Archos have said that their new Diamond S smartphone will launch in the US and Europe and the handset will retail for about $250.

Source Phone Arena

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mercedes S-Class Cabrio Gets Official

Mercedes has gone official with images and details of the new S-Class Cabriolet. The new convertible is the seventh car that slots into the S-Class and it is based on the two-door model. The top is fabric and it has all sorts of cool features inside. Mercedes even gives the car heated armrests.

Merc also fits the high-end convertible with Burmester speakers in the tonneau cover and a slick Airscarf neck warmer system so you can drop the top on cool days and still be comfortable.

It’s worth noting that this is the first time in a long time for an S-Class cabriolet to be offered. Specifically, the last drop-top S-Class was made 44 years ago. The official PR for the car is more focused on talking about the old S-Class verts than the new car. It’s unclear what the new cabrio will sell for, but it won’t be cheap. The car is certainly packed with tech features, including heated seats and automatic climate control. Most of that stuff is aimed at ensuring you can motor top down much of the year.

via Autoblog

Three New Samsung Wireless Audio 360 Speakers Announced

Samsung has announced the launch of three new speakers in its Samsung Wireless Audio range, the R5, R3 and R1 which the company will be showing off at IFA next month.

The Samsung R5, R3 and R1 speakers come with a new multi-room app and also physical controls.

The R5, R3 and R1 models follow the widely praised R7 and R6 speakers in Samsung’s Wireless Audio 360 line-up, and offer the same high-quality, balanced sound, and premium table-top design that enables them to fit seamlessly into any home.
“With these additional models we are bringing a new kind of high quality sound to the market, with design that is simple, yet premium, and offers a more intuitive user interface,” said Jurack Chae, Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “The R5, R3 and R1 will help cement Samsung’s position as a world leader in home audio.”

Source Samsung

SmartHalo Transforms Your Bike Into A Smart Bike

Using GPS from your smartphone and reading maps on its small screen while riding your bike is not always the safest way to navigate around busy cities.

But now a new device called SmartHalo has been created by CycleLabs to provide safe city navigation allowing you to concentrate on the more important tasks at hand, such as the road ahead.

SmartHalo is a smart biking device designed for urban cyclists And provides an intuitive navigation system that guides you to your destination safely. Watch the video below to learn more about this handy device that uses a military grade blocking system to make sure it stays on your bikes handlebars.

SmartHalo finds the quickest, safest routes to make your ride a stress-free experience. Input the destination on your smartphone, tuck it safely in your pocket and let SmartHalo take care of the rest. Get turn-by-turn navigation straight on your handlebars…a bike GPS communicated through an intuitive light halo. Alleluia.
Automatic tracking capabilities save your biking metrics seamlessly. The powerful front light illuminates your path at night. And when you’re not around, SmartHalo keeps your bike safe from thieves. This is the smart biking system you’ve been waiting for. Unlike regular fitness apps, there is no need to press “start” or “stop” – SmartHalo tracks your progress as soon as you start pedalling. Get extensive metrics and visualize the data in the app.

Source: Kickstarter

One-Hour Amazon Prime Now Delivery Hits Seattle

Amazon offers several delivery options for products that they offer. The fastest delivery option is called Prime Now and it promises delivery of certain products within just one hour. It is only available in a few cities right now, but Amazon has just expanded it to Seattle, Washington. Prime Now will also be available to customers in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. Pretty cool news right?

Hopefully Seattle residents will enjoy the benefits. Customers can check and see if the Prime Now service is available at their address by entering their zip code at Amazon and that will let you know.

The service has been available in several cities like Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Baltimore and others for some time now. Not every item can be delivered within one hour, but Amazon says that it has “tens of thousands” of products that can be delivered within the hour. We are living in an amazing age where a company like Amazon can do this and do it well.

Prime Now deliveries are made during specific times and in Seattle they will be available from 8AM local time till midnight, including Sundays. Be aware that if you want your products within the hour you will have to pay an additional $7.99 shipping charge for Prime Now.

Source Ubergizmo

Microsoft Nokia 222 Feature Phone Announced

Along with acquiring the Lumia brand when Microsoft purchased Nokia’s mobile phone business, the company also purchased the Nokia brand for feature phones and now Microsoft has announced a new feature phone handset.

The Nokia 222 is the latest feature phone from Microsoft, the handset will be available in single and dual SIM versions.

The device comes with a 2.4 inch WVGA display and it features an 1100 mAh battery, there is also a 2 megapixel camera and a microSD card slot which takes up to 32GB of storage.

Microsoft have said that they will launch the new Nokia 222 feature phone in September and the device will cost $37 before taxes, you can find out more details at the link below.

Source Microsoft

How to impress Clients When Hosting a Business Tech Event

If you've got a new tech product or products in the pipeline and are planning your marketing strategy around them for when they launch, then you've very likely already considered the potential of events and trade shows.While many people think that the world of online is removing the need for people to get together and show their products and services, it just isn't true – even in the technology industries there’s simply no substitute for a physical event. Here are some tips for getting the most out of any event.

Attracting clients with your venue

First up is attracting clients over to your stand. If the event is outdoors, then you’re going to need a venue or temporary structure around it. Temporary structures are excellent for hosting events and exhibitions Take a look here to see some examples of the different types of structures you may want to consider. These types of structures can be purchased or hired, your choice should rely upon the frequency and purpose of use, how big the event will be how much space you have and the environment you want to create. If it’s indoors in a convention centre, then you’ll have less to think about, but ultimately, it’s the area where your guests are going to be walking, both indoor and outdoor, that counts to attracting those clients over.

Companies can spend several thousands getting their venues right, they should represent the image and atmosphere you wish to create and be aesthetically pleasing and memorable, but they need to also be functional and innovative too. The best stands strike a balance somewhere in-between. This pinterest board has lots of inspiration for finding that perfect balance for your event.

Engaging and interacting with you clients

Once you have attracted clients to your stand the next thing is to engage and interact with them. Clients that have come to visit your event want to see the products you are displaying or, learn more about your services. Product demonstrations, presentations, videos tutorials are a great way to showcase and engage with clients about your products and services. Invite them over to test out the products for themselves, and hold a question and answer seminar to resolve any questions that clients may have about your products and services. Get creative and Incorporate live social media alongside your event use hash-tags or, tweets and run a live stream twitter feed or video blog during the event. Technology and gadgets not only help attract visitors to your stand, they can also be a great way of gathering contacts, completing surveys and can demonstrate useful knowledge and expertise. Having your products available for people to see, touch, and use goes a long way into impressing clients.

Careful Planning and following up.

In Addition to this it is also very important that you and your colleagues know exactly what they’re doing and exactly how to help with clients at your event. You want to be able to personally meet as many people as possible, and demonstrate as much knowledge and expertise as you can, leaving them in no doubt about your product/service. Book in meetings and plan in advance if you can. This will help you organise things better and ultimately sell your products and services. Finally remember to follow up with any new leads within a few days of the event, make the contact personal and memorable.

Hosting a technology event is all about wowing people. Attract them with your cool stand, engage them with your technology expertise, and impress them with your personal skills, and you’re sure to have a successful Tech event.


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