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.

 

phone gloves
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