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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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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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.
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