Category Archives: Gadgets

Reversible USB cable design shown off for first time

Reversible-USBA new design for USB – a standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices – has been shown off for the first time.

The new connector will be reversible, bringing an end to the everyday irritant of trying to force a USB cable in the wrong way.

The images were first published by technology news site The Verge.

The USB Implementers Forum anticipates the new designs will be finalised in July.

But rollout of new ports will take some time as manufacturers gradually incorporate them into their products. Continue reading

New Amazon Kindle Fire HD And HDX Tablets Unveiled

amazon_kindle_fire_hdxAmazon will release a string of new tablets including a budget £119 Kindle Fire HD and a more expensive, better equipped HDX. The HDX comes in two sizes.

There’s been a lot of action in the budget 7” tablet market lately. First, Tesco released the £119 Hudl that they are using to promote their own services like Blinkbox. This was quickly followed by the Argos MyTablet, costing even less at £99 and aimed at the younger generation of potential tablet owners aged between 8 and 13 and coming preinstalled with suitable software and parental controls.

Amazon, who have performed well with their own Kindle Fire range of tablets, have announced that they will be launching a new Kindle Fire HD to compete with this new wave of budget tablets. Continue reading

LG G Pad Confirmed

LG-G-Pad-8.3_02201308302020377471Ahead of IFA in Berlin, which starts at the end of this week, LG has confirmed that it will be launching the G Pad, which they claim to be the world’s first full HD 8 inch tablet.

The LG G Pad has some pretty impressive figures to boast about. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7MHz quad core processor and feature 2GB of RAM so it should ably cope with just about any app and game you can throw at it.

In order to really enjoy some of the best HD games, of course, you need the screen to match the processor power. The G Pad boasts being the first 8 inch tablet to feature a full HD screen and it has a resolution of 1,900 x 1,200 pixels and a pixel density of 273ppi so is slightly above the 264ppi offered by Apple Retina displays. Continue reading

Sony Delays Smartwatch 2 Release As Microsoft Tests Transparent Aluminium

Sony SmartwatchSony has pushed the release date of the Smartwatch 2 back to September while it emerges that Microsoft are testing and working on a material known as transparent aluminium for its own device.

Sony’s second bite of the smartwatch cherry will have to wait until after summer, as it emerges that the company has pushed its release date back from July 15th to September 9th. The announcement was actually made by Clove UK who said, on their website, that the release date of 5th July provided by Sony themselves was incorrect and that buyers will have to wait until the 9th September to get their hands on the device. Continue reading

Samsung Patent Suggests Smartwatch Will Be Called Gear

Samsung-smart-watchA patent filed by Samsung eludes to the fact that their proposed smartwatch will be called the Gear. The patent also included a list of capabilities and features, coupled with an extensive description of the device.

Wearable tech is one of the areas of technology that is about to explode at the moment. Sony has already released the second version of its smartwatch while the Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch is currently meeting its list of preorders. Apple and even Google have stated or quoted as saying that they are working on a smartwatch of their own. Samsung has previously made some noise about the release of their own smartwatch device and it is one step closer now that a patent has been filed. Continue reading

Sony E Ink Slate To Take On Paper As Material Of Choice

sony e ink slatePaper has had a pretty good run. First used in 105AD by the Han Dynasty, paper really came to the fore in the 19th Century thanks to the innovative steam driven presses of the time. It’s cheap, it can be made from recycled materials, and it is readily available in an array of quantity sizes. However, Sony thinks that paper has had it too good for too long and they hope to remove the crown to place it on the head of one of their latest developments, the E Ink slate touchscreen device. Continue reading