It looks like Archos CEO Loic Poirier needs to learn the difference between “water resistant IP54″ and “water proof IP67″.
In a demonstration for his Archos Quechua phone he was on a roll, demonstrating how shock resistant it is by dropping it from chest height, showing off his working screen and then proceeding to put it in a jug which he filled with water to presumably test how waterproof it was. Problem with that is that the Quechua is actually an IP54 rated phone which is safe for splashes but not submerging. What happened next, you can probably guess.
If you’re using a Mac running on OS X Mavericks, here’s an update you wouldn’t want to miss. A few days ago, Apple released an update for iOS devices patching a web networking security hole and today, a similar update is available for Macs running on OS X Mavericks. On top of a security fix, the update, version 10.9.2, also brings other features and enhancements to FaceTime, iMessage, Mail, Safari and more.
The YotaPhone is a name synonymous with the most elegant e-ink companion solution to the modern smartphone and at MWC 2014, Yota Devices has just made it even better. In its second iteration, a full year after we first saw the original YotaPhone, the device gets a much needed specs and design facelift.
Apart from all the usual new smartphone announcements, MWC is also a place where other manufacturers are showing off their gadgets including this “i’m Tracer”, a GPS tracker made for children. Equipped with a GPS module and a GPS radio, the bracelet is designed so you can easily keep tab on your kids not just to stalk them, but also to ensure their safety because, you can never be too safe.
According to Nokia Developer’s website, approximately 75% of Android apps are able to run on the new Nokia X family of devices without any modification. We don’t know whether that holds true for this particular app but behold: we have spotted a Nokia X+ running Nova Launcher right at Nokia’s MWC 14 booth in Barcelona.
As you might have heard, Nokia yesterday has launched a brand new smartphone series called Nokia X which runs Android instead of the company’s own Asha platform or Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Since Nokia X’s operation system is built from Android Open Source Project, it doesn’t come with the usual Google Play app store.
Instead, Nokia X will depend on the company’s Nokia Store and several other external app stores such as Yandex. Despite that, the Finnish company claims that majority of Android apps out there should be able to run on Nokia X without any modification.
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Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphone has finally been unveiled, bringing along its own set of surprises. Contrary to what the many, many rumours and leaks have led us, the Samsung Galaxy S5 opts for a more refined Galaxy experience – and a handy set of new features.
Being one of the flagship device under Samsung’s Galaxy series, it is almost a no-brainer that the Samsung Galaxy S5 need to be packed with a lot of firepower. Hence, Samsung has equipped it with the top of the line 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (there’s also another variant with 2.1GHz Samsung Exynos octa-corner processor) which operates hand in hand with a humongous amount of RAM at 2GB.
So, how does that translates in terms of benchmark scores? Well, here’s the answer.
So in true fashion, the the claws come out this MWC after Samsung unveiled its latest device, the Galaxy S5 to the world at the unpacked event late last night. Taking to twitter, Nokia and HTC have gone to great lengths to flex their virtual muscles after seeing what Samsung had to offer.
While Nokia have gone the route of calling Samsung out in their approach of making the Galaxy devices all look the same, HTC have made an even bolder claim by saying anyone who is considering (or have bought) an S5 by the time they release their new phone on March 25th will immediately regret it.
What do you think? Justified or just insecurities showing through?
Taking a break from the mobile news from Barcelona we take a look at the new top of the range Nikon D4S. On the surface, not much has changed, the D4S still retains the same 16.2MP sensor from the D4 however if you dig a little deeper you’ll see something rather special. While the sensor offers the same sized images, it is completely reworked to allow 100-25600 ISO base and a Hi4 setting of 409600. The noise reduction has also greatly improved, comparing the D4S’ 1600 ISO, it will look like 800ISO images from the old D4.
BlackBerry has announced their next two phones in the Z3 and Q20. The 5inch Z3, which was codenamed Jakarta, will be launched in Indonesia in April – with more markets to join it after than. This might be a strategy from BlackBerry to alternate between Indonesia and Malaysia for the initial market. The Z3 is only 3G capable, which is a little disappointing; but BlackBerry CEO John Chen promises that there is an LTE version due for release.
It looks like there will be more than one variant of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 that was announced very early this morning. Samsung Mobile has just posted an infographic into its Samsung Tomorrow official blog, showing all the Samsung Galaxy S series of devices since its debut and listed in the Galaxy S5 section shows two different processors – the 2.5GHz Quad-Core one that we’ve heard, as well as a 2.1Ghz octa-core version.