Monthly Archives: June 2013

Google Working On Games Console And Smartwatch

Google PlayGoogle is joining the Android console war with its own hardware and is extending its wearable tech offering with an Android powered Smartwatch.

Wearable technology is become the focal point for a lot of companies. The likes of Samsung and Apple are both working on smartwatches, Sony has released its second incarnation of a similar device, and Google itself has launched, albeit to varyingly poor reviews, a pair of augmented reality glasses. It is not too surprising, then, that Google is working on a smartwatch of its own. Continue reading

Amazon AutoRip Comes To The UK

amazonCustomer that have purchased CDs, tapes, or vinyl music from Amazon since 1999 can now download the music completely free from the new Amazon Autorip service.

Amazon has launched its impressive Autorip service in the UK following successful releases in the USA, France, and Germany. The service enables consumers that have purchased music in physical format from the retailer since 1999 to download or stream the music digitally completely free of charge. What’s more, all future purchases of physical music will allow the buyer to enjoy the same benefits.

Amazon has been busy reaching agreement with music publishers to offer the service on 350,000 albums. Continue reading

Nvidia Shield Delayed Until July

nvidia-shieldThe tepidly anticipated Nvidia Shield may have dropped in price but its recently announced 27th June launch date has been put back to sometime in July due to unforeseen problems during the testing phase.

The Nvidia Shield is a mobile Android gaming device that has a lot of great features to offer but also had a massive price tag. Big price tags are usually associated with hardcore gamers while Android is a name that is more normally associated with mobile and typically lower quality games. The mix was, therefore, a little odd.

Earlier this month saw Nvidia attempt to address this problem. They not only announced a 27th June release date for the device but they also shaved £30 off the price so that it would cost “only” £195 on the day of release. Continue reading

Sony Cybershot RX100 II Professional Compact Camera

Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100Premium compact cameras are something of an odd concept. They certainly offer the portability of a compact camera but they attempt to combine this with improved sensors and other features that would normally be associated with high end and expensive units. The problem is that compromise must be made – few of the units sold have decent interchangeable lenses and while a little more room is given for a bigger sensor, they rarely match the benefits of a digital SLR camera sensor. They also cost considerably more than a standard compact camera so is there room for the likes of the Sony Cybershot RX100 II announced this week?

The Cybershot RX100 II is certainly not without strong features, many of them new to the mark 2. It has a tilting screen which is useful for capturing awkward shots and when the camera is placed on a tripod or stand. It has both WiFi and NFC, too, so it can communicate with just about everything from mobile phones and laptops to the self-service tills in Tesco. Continue reading

Huawei Announces Ascend P6 Release And Unveil New MediaPad Vogue Phablet

huawei p6 PhabletHuawei have provided a release date and price for the higher end Ascend P6 and have also unveiled their first foray into the phablet market, in the shape of the MediaPad Vogue.

Huawei have been extremely busy in recent months, releasing a slew of devices and while the majority have been targeted at bargain hunters thanks to their meagre specifications, the Ascend P6 offers much more.

The Ascend P6 has a quad core 1.5GHz processor and a more than respectable 2GB of RAM. It also has a 4.7” touch screen that is a decent size and resolution. Continue reading

Blackberry Give Q5 Launch Date, Price, And Specifications

blackberry Q5It is a month since Blackberry announced the upcoming launch of the Q5 smartphone and rumours have surfaced today that provide further details of the handset including a launch date, price and specifications.

The Blackberry Q5 is a more affordable alternative to the powerful Q10 phone. It features a fully QWERTY keyboard, which is one of the big selling points with most Blackberry handsets, and has decent specifications for a mid-range phone.

It’s rocking a dual core 1.2GHz processor and while it won’t set the world alight it will perform well for the majority of tasks and handle multitasking well. This is further augmented by the addition of 2GB of RAM and, as well as 8GB of internal storage, buyers will be able to extend the useful storage that they have with the addition of microSD cards. Continue reading