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Lamborghini Smartphone

It’s known for creating the ultimate in luxury sports cars.

Now, Tonino Lamborghini has released a luxury Android smartphone to match its vehicles – the £1,900 ($2,450) Alpha – One.

The phone boasts Italian handmade black leather and a frame made from the same ‘stronger than titanium liquid metal’ used to build its supercars.

The Alpha – One smartphone also comes with an accompanying custom black leather case, but critics claim the device’s specs do not match its price tag.

Despite Lamborghini claiming its latest phone features ‘the most luxurious technology’, the device has similar specifications to high-end smartphones that cost less than a third of the price.

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Tonino Lamborghini has released a £1,900 ($2,450) luxury Android phone (pictured) made with Italian handmade black leather and frame made of the 'liquid metal' used in its supercars

Kick the Smartphone Habit – Go Grayscale

The average American clicks, taps or swipes on their smartphone screen more than 2,600 times a day – and the heaviest users touch their device more than 5,400 times.

The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit.

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might not be so compelled to check their device – this is because certain colors used by apps, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones.

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The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might feel checking the device is less appealing - this is because some of the colors, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones

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MiniRig Stabilizes Smartphone Pics

The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories
The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories

Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more

Think Fingerprint Scanners are Safe – Think Again

Many of us rely on using our fingerprints to unlock our phones and pay for shopping.

But smartphone fingerprint scanners may not be secure as we think.

Researchers have developed a series of ‘MasterPrints’ made from the common features of human finger markings which they say can unlock any smartphone.

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Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint 'matched' with a real fingerprint
Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint ‘matched’ with a real fingerprint

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Don’t Just Jump Into an Expensive Smartphone

It's getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like...
It’s getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like the OnePlus 3T(Credit: Will Shanklin/New Atlas)

Premium smartphone flagships cost as much as 2-3 times more than their mid-ranged counterparts. In today’s market, the advantages of a more expensive phone are less distinct than ever. Here’s why even buyers that appreciate high-end builds and a buttery smooth software experience should think twice before paying top dollar for the latest and greatest. read more

Smartphones Could Learn From The Old Nokia

We think today's smartphone manufacturers could take a cue from phones like the Nokia 3310 shown...
We think today’s smartphone manufacturers could take a cue from phones like the Nokia 3310 shown here

The Nokia 3310 – one of the most popular cell phones in the world just after the turn of the millennium (along with its variations) – is having a surprising resurgence in popularity, amidst reliable rumors that Nokia will re-introduce a modernized version of the phone at the Mobile World Congress later this month. read more

Smartphone Amp Installs on Your Guitar

The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player's fingertips
The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player’s fingertips(Credit: JamStack)

Travel guitars with built-in speakers and effects have been on the market for an absolute age, but we’ve seen a number of dedicated instruments recently that have embraced our modern digital world to include smartphone integration. read more

New Sony Products

Sony has launched a new waterproof android smartphone.

The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater up to a depth of 1.5m, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface, the company said.

Launching it today, Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market.

 
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
 
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market

 

 

Calum MacDougall, Sony’s director of Xperia marketing, said: ‘The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.’

The phone will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which Sony says is the world’s fastest processor.

The screen also features handwriting recognition software that allows it to be used with pencil or stylus.

 
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a 'second screen' for any Android phone worn on the wrist
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist

 

 
Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures
Sony says it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures

The phone was launched today at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, alongside the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist.

Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures remotely using a built-in camera app.

Attribution: Jaymi Mccann, Daily Mail

No More Touchscreen Errors

A cure for sausage fingers: Clip-on tips which spell an end to smartphone typos

Do your fat fingers mean you make embarrassing spelling mistakes when you tap out a text on your phone?

If so, help is – literally – at hand, in the  form of supplementary tips for your fingers.

The new accessory, called Tech Tips, come in  different sizes to fit on to fingertips of any width and even over thick gloves – providing perfect contact with phones and tablets.

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Touching moment: Fat-fingered texters can save their blushes with a fingertip extension that makes using a touchscreen much easier

Fat-fingered texters can save their  blushes with a fingertip extension that makes using a touchscreen much  easierThe product, available in packs of  four  priced $9.99 (£6.30) from www.usetechtips.com, proved a hit at the Consumer  Electronic Show 2013 in Las Vegas.

And they’re already being snapped up  by  touchscreen phone and tablet users from around the world struggling  to get to  grips with the technology.

The creation is the brainchild of Sri Vellanki, who came up with the idea after finding it tough to use her  iPhone  with long fingernails.

 

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If you don’t fancy the Tech Tips on the end of your  fingers, you can buy gloves that are specially made to interact with your  smartphone’s touchscreen

Ms Vellanki, originally from India but now  living in Montana, USA, said: ‘I got my first iPhone in 2011 and I was having  problems because it always had to make skin contact and my nails didn’t  work.

‘I thought I could make an electrically  conductive nail polish and easily fix the problem but it turned out to be more  complicated than that.

‘So I figured out what had to be done to make  a very small stylus that was comfortable, economical and extremely  accurate.

‘I had a working prototype based on guitar  fingerpick within a month and it took me about a year from that point to get the  first Tech Tips styluses manufactured.

‘I used a mechanical engineering firm to help  bring my prototype into a product that could be manufactured  easily.

‘I had 3D prototypes done to make sure that  Tech Tips were comfortable and made to fit different sized hands, from those of  a young child to a large man.

‘We even have large enough sizes to fit over  a glove so that you can actually text without taking your glove off. There are  six sizes from XS to XXL.

‘So far we have had loads of interest and a  fantastic response at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 in January which is  where we launched our products.

‘Everyone from large retailers, educational  institutions and large corporations showed significant interest.

She added: ‘The nail had to look nice, I  didn’t want women to have to compromise.’

Attribution: Kate Bevan