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Google’s Car-Specific Android Auto OS Delayed

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While we know that Google is preparing on an updated version of Android meant specifically for cars, the launch is not going to happen any time soon. Android Auto was expected to launch at the end of the year but the plan has been delayed. This version of the operating system would be directly built into cars and Google hopes that it will allow drivers to enjoy benefits of the internet without the need of plugging in their smartphones. Google has not revealed the timeframe for its activities but one known that it will do this simultaneously with the Android M operating system. The latest update will come in the next 1-2 years, experts hint. With the new update, one will not even need to plug in the phone as is currently the case. If Google is successful in this endeavor, it will open new vistas of success for itself [+more]

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Sony e-Paper Smartwatch: Will It Be Something

Sony comes out with an experimental e-paper watch

Sony has come up with an innovative product in the form of an experimental e-paper watch. Being called the Fes Watch, Sony might start mass production of this watch if it is successful. However, it does fall short of expectations that you could have from a smartwatch. The good news, however, is that the battery of this e-paper watch can last for up to 60 days. The face and strap of this watch has an e-paper display and works alike to e-book reader technology like Amazon’s Kindle. Sony has deliberately kept this innovation a low key affair as it wants to be sure that if this technology comes out openly in the market, it should not disappoint the people who prefer to use it. Sony has given the task of developing this e-paper watch to Fashion Entertainment, a spin off division of Sony. Noticeably, Fashion Entertainment is also working on [+more]

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Constraints Of Cost, Features Could Cost Wearable Technology Dearly

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The battle in the wearable technology market is warming up. Samsung has taken a lead in this league with its Galaxy Gear smart watch. Following closely are other tech giants as LG, Apple and Qualcomm all of whom are working on their range of wearable technology devices. While LG is slated to soon launch the LG 3G smartwatch, Apple Watch and Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch are already in the market. Sony is also working on the 2nd variant of its smartwatch after the initial success of its wearable tech device. It might sound enthusiastic in the first instance but wearable tech devices do have their limitations. Let’s get an overview of the technology behind these devices to understand things in a better perspective. Battery life of the smartwatch Limited battery life is one of the biggest concerns in wearable technology devices. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung will last a day [+more]

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Review: JBL Charge 2

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JBL announced the launch of its Charge 2 at the ongoing IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The device is now equipped with meatier audio and several other additional features when compared to its predecessor. The device has been given a cylindrical design and features two passive bass radiators and dual drives. The JBL Charge 2 also has the capability to act as a speaker phone for calling when connected via Bluetooth. It also has a call answer key as well as power, Bluetooth and volume controls at the top. It features a social mode option, enabling up to three people to simultaneously connect their device with the speaker. This will enable them to share the music playing responsibilities. Additionally, you can connect your phone to the Charge 2 via USB cable for charging purposes. This is in addition to the speaker’s 6000mAh battery. The device is available in the color options [+more]

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IFA 2014: Sony Android Wear SmartWatch 3 Launched

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Japanese electronics giant Sony has finally introduced Google’s Android Wear software into its latest smartphone. Sony Android Wear SmartWatch 3 was launched during the ongoing IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. However, the company had earlier announced that it is not planning to switch over to Google’s wearable platform. The company has now officially said that the device will indeed feature Android Wear. The upcoming Sony’s Smartwatch 3 will run on 1.2GHz quad-core processor along with 512MB of RAM. The device will be equipped with 1.6 inch display as well as its trademarked IP68 waterproof standard. Sony’s Android Wear SmartWatch 3 will have a square form factor. Some of its notable features include 4GB of storage memory, NFC support and GPS. Additionally, the device will be having quite a good battery of 420mAh, offering enhanced battery life than the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. The Smartwatch 3 can [+more]

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IFA 2014: ASUS ZenWatch, MeMO Pad 7, EeeBook X205 Announced

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ASUS has finally announced the launch of its much-awaited smartwatch ASUS ZenWatch, which is powered by Android. The company has also announced its Intel-powered Android tablet dubbed as the MeMO Pad 7 as well as EeeBook X205. The ZenWatch is among the most attractive devices by the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, and its feartures and specifications are at par with the Samsung’s earlier Gear Live. The smartwatch is equipped with a 1.63 inch AMOLED display having a pixel resolution of 320 x 320. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor as well as sports 4 GB of ROM and 512 MB of RAM, similar to the hardware specifications of the Nokia Lumia 530 smartphone. Meanwhile, its MeMo Pad 7 will be powered by Android KitKat and will be commercially available in both the WiFi and LTE versions. The tablet will be having a 7 inch IPS display with [+more]

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Harman Kardon Onyx: Just The Bluetooth Speaker You Need

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Portable Wireless Speakers

The market is currently flooded with an endless range of choices when it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers. It is very difficult for the buyers to choose the best one. When we asked the experts, here is what they had t say: it is important to buy the one that has the best form factor, features and price point. The Harman Kardon Onyx is the latest entry in the market with a high-end volume and bass capabilities. When you remove the speaker grill of the device, it shows four transducers. There are two three-inch woofers and two three-fourth-inch tweeters. The device is also provided with dual passive radiators under the hood, which will result in offering balanced sound profile. Flip the speaker around and you will see a textured leather backside with a circular silver label. The silver label moves whenever you play a song with heavy bass. The Harman [+more]

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Samsung Gear S vs LG G Watch R: The Star Of The Future Is…

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Wearable smartwatches are yet to make a market in the commercial space, and this season is likely to change the whole story. Samsung and LG have already created buzz with their upcoming flagship watches ahead of the IFA 2014. We now bring to you the comparison between the Samsung Gear S and LG G Watch R smartwatches. The Samsung Gear S smartwatch has a screen dimension of 58mm, 40mm and 12.5mm, while there is no information available about the LG G Watch R smartwatch. The Samsung device has been manufactured with a curved rectangle shape, while the LG device has been designed in flat circle shape. The Samsung Gear S has been equipped with a screen size of 2 inches with a screen resolution of 360 X 480 and ppi of 300. The LG G Watch R has a screen size of 1.3 inches having a pixel resolution of 320 [+more]

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Apple iWatch Launch Date Is Likely To Be September 9

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According to a latest report by technology news website Re/code, US-based tech giant Apple is likely to launch its iWatch on September 9. This will enable the company to make an entry into the much-rumored wearable computing market. The iWatch is expected to be equipped with the latest technology coupled with sensors and computing power as well as style and innovation. The wearable watch can be directly connected wirelessly to iPhones or iPads. Apple is also expected to launch its much-awaited flagship smartphone iPhone 6 that would be having the larger screen size. Also read: Interesting details about the iWatch Some recent reports have claimed that the device would be launched in multiple sizes with a fashionable design. The device would be up to 2.5 inch in size diagonally, similar to the size of iPod nano. The company is expected to release one model with a screen size of 1.6 inch and [+more]

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Windows Phone To Now Have Free Streaming With Spotify

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London-based privately held company Spotify has recently announced that it has introduced its streaming option to the Windows Phone that would be free and feature ads. The company has updated on its blog post that users can enjoy the feature by installing an update from the Windows Phone Store. The feature has been introduced in the Windows phone months after its launch on the Android and iPhone devices The newly introduced feature would enable users to access playlists designed by their own as well as “shuffle play” the entire discography by any artist featured in the service. Under the free version, the users also get access of Spotify’s playlists that have been designed on different moods and activities. The app is also available at a monthly price of USD9.99 on-demand streaming service. The company is claiming that its new app for Windows Phone will bring in several enhancements to its [+more]

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