HTC One beats iPhone to win best Phone of the Year

For the second year running, a HTC smartphone has been named the best on the market by tech magazine T3.

At the 8th annual T3 Awards, the HTC One (M8) beat out Apple, Samsung and host of other high-end electronics brands.

It wasn’t against the iPhone 6 that HTC was competing but rather its predecessors the iPhone 5 and 5S. Samsung’s latest model, the Galaxy S5, was given a commendation.

Earlier this year, The Independent dubbed the HTC One (M8) “the best Android handset on the market.”

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Apple Unveils New MacBook Air with a Lower Price

On Tuesday morning Apple announced a new version of its MacBook Air, the company’s slim, lightweight, oft-imitated laptop computer. The new MacBook Air looks the same as last year’s model, but Apple has upgraded the computer’s processor, making it speedier at things like multi-tasking, and also taken $100 off the starting price.

The design, weight, and screen sizes and quality remain the same. What Apple has improved here is the guts of the computer, improving its zip and likely its battery life, too. Last year’s MacBook Airs, which launched in June, started with Intel dual-core 1.3 GHz processors; this year’s MacBook Airs will come with newer Intel dual-core 1.4 GHz processors.

That means better speed. The cheapest Continue reading “Apple Unveils New MacBook Air with a Lower Price”

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5

Samsung announced the Galaxy S5, its premium smartphone followup to the Galaxy S4, and a challenger to Apple’s iPhone 5s for the top smartphone in the world.

as one of the handful of tech companies whose every move is scrutinized closely by pundits and consumers alike, there had been a lot of speculation about what Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone might look like and do.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 probably isn’t the reinvention of the smartphone. But unlike last year’s Galaxy S4, there’s a good chance some of the new features announced Continue reading “Samsung unveils Galaxy S5”

Samsung Galaxy S5 with eye sensor to launch in Feb 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 with eye sensorWith all the major launches of the year over, all eyes are now on the next big gadget unveiling — Samsung Galaxy S5. The upcoming Samsung flagship has kept the rumour mill buzzing for quite some time, with speculations rife about a metal body and 64-bit processor.

The latest rumour about the Galaxy S5 comes courtesy ZDNet Korea, which cites sources at Samsung. According to the report, the upcoming handset will have QHD (2560x1440p) resolution as well as iris verification technology and will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress technology expo in February next year.

A QHD screen has four times the pixels that a 720p (qHD) display packs and is sharper than today’s Full HD panels. Samsung has already completed the development stage of the QHD panels and is now working on mass producing it for next-generation smartphones.

Earlier this year, Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S5 with eye sensor to launch in Feb 2014”

Google launches Nexus 5 with Android Kitkat

Google Nexus 5Google has officially unveiled the latest incarnation of its flagship Nexus smartphone.

Made by LG, the handset is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the Nexus 4 but its 4.96in (126mm) touchscreen is bigger. The Nexus 5 has been developed to show off the capabilities of the new version of the Android operating system.

Called Kitkat, the software has been designed to work well on both high-end smartphones and cheaper feature phones. The alliance with Google has helped bolster LG’s fortunes even though, according to statistics from Gartner, it is still a long way behind rivals Samsung and Apple.

In the April-to-June quarter, the consultancy indicated 3.8% of all smartphones sold were LG handsets putting the South Korean firm in third place. By contrast, Apple accounted for 18.8% of all sales and Samsung 29.7%.

The specifications for the new phone were widely leaked before it was announced on the official Google blog.

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Google to launch a smartwatch within weeks

Google SmartwatchGoogle is putting the finishing touches to a smartwatch that could be unveiled ‘within weeks’, according to industry insiders. The watch, believed to be codenamed Gem, could take advantage of the work Google has been doing on its Glass wearable computer. It could also use the same Google Now alerts for directions and text messages as the eyewear.

In August, it was revealed the firm bought a company called WIMM, which makes a watch that runs on Google’s Android software. It syncs with a smartphone and can show the phone’s notifications on its fixed screen. The WIMM One comes with pre-installed Micro Apps, including a calendar that syncs with Google and Exchange, weather, timer, stopwatch, world clock, and alarm clock.

‘Google could put a lot of the functionality of Google Glass in the watch product,’ claims Seth Weintraub of the 9to5Google website.

‘Push a button, ask a question, get a response as the watch talks to the Now-enabled smartphone.

‘Also, the ‘serendipitous’ information that Google Now shows you on your phone could come up in the watch.

‘Time to get home, Calendar alarms, emails, SMSes, etc. all could get pushed to the watch’s display.’

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartwatchSamsung Electronics Co. planted its flag in the battle over wearable devices Wednesday, unveiling a digital watch that can run apps and interact with its own family of smartphones.

Samsung, which raced ahead of Apple Inc. last year to become the world’s biggest maker of smartphones, is attempting to shake off long-running criticism that it has been a follower rather than an innovator in the competitive market for high-end devices.

The release of the Galaxy Gear, which is slated to go on sale Sept. 25 for $299, comes ahead of an expected smartwatch from Apple. But the technological limitations of Samsung’s device, and of others like it on the market, raise questions as to whether this category will take off with consumers.

As Samsung showed off the Galaxy Gear at a trade show in Berlin, Qualcomm Inc. announced plans to ship a new color-display smartwatch, the Toq, in the fourth quarter. The company said the gadget, which works as a companion to smartphones with Google Inc.’s Android operating system, will be available in a “limited edition” for about $300. In June, Sony Corp. unveiled its own Android-based smartwatch expected to start selling this month.

Neil Mawston, an executive director at research firm Strategy Analytics, said smartwatch manufacturers are “clearly still in the experimental phase today of trying to figure out what consumers and businesses really want.”

“The first generation of smartwatches this year, from Samsung and others, is likely to see modest global sales in the near-term,” Mr. Mawston said, forecasting 1.2 million smartwatches to be shipped world-wide in 2013, rising to 7 million in 2014.

The Galaxy Gear, which has Continue reading “Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch”