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HomeMonitor™ is a new ‘plug & play’ secure cloud camera service that makes it easier than ever for people to monitor their home, loved ones and belongings from any device, anywhere. Quick and easy set-up takes minutes: connect the HomeMonitor™ camera to a home network (through Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable), create an online account and begin viewing live from anywhere; no technical knowhow or fiddling with routers required. Users can now see and store events securely in the cloud, viewing footage from any Internet-enabled computer or smartphone, with no monthly subscription required. Having the ability to tap into home life from anywhere in the world gives users peace of mind: check on children or elderly relatives, record clips each time someone approaches a front door or vehicle, or ensure the house is safe while traveling.
HomeMonitor™ is the first-ever residential monitoring solution offering both indoor and outdoor installations that are Wi-Fi enabled and offer true cloud-based viewing and recording. HomeMonitor™ Indoor ($199.99) and HomeMonitor™ Outdoor ($349.99) both come standard with the HomeMonitor™ free service package which includes 7 days of free online cloud storage and unlimited email alerts; an upgrade package is available to increase storage time for a low yearly fee (30 days of online recording is just $39.99 per camera, per year). HomeMonitor™ is a super easy, all-in-one home monitoring solution that works right out of the box.
A Wi-Fi video camera and secure online recording created just for you
HomeMonitor™ lets you watch live or see
recorded events from an internet-enabled
computer or smartphone, keeping you in touch
with what matters most.
Super simple to set up and use, just connect a camera, create an
account and you’re away. No technical knowhow, no fiddling with your
router settings, you don’t even need a PC to setup – it’s just a quick and
simple way to watch whatever you want.
It’s seeing your stuff – made simple.
Fast and easy setup
Get set up & watching your camera in seconds. No software installation or router setup needed.
Live view from anywhere
See and hear the things you love from anywhere on any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Free secure online recording
7 days free unlimted storage for all your videos stored securely in your own cloud-based account.
Infrared night vision
Around the clock performance with built-in infrared night vision which lets you see, even in complete darkness.
Motion detection and alerts
Record video clips and get email notifications sent directly to your device when any movement is detected.
Doesn’t constantly use internet bandwidth like other internet cameras as HomeMonitor only streams when you need it to.
Add multiple cameras
Need to see more? Add extra cameras to your account with ease, even if they are at multiple locations.
Cameras that go anywhere
use multiple Wi-Fi N cameras around your house, indoor or outdoor all under one account, without any additional setup..
Records before it happens
Smart BufferTM uses the cameras internal memory to start recording before things happen. Dont miss a thing.
The Cube is a professional grade, indoor IP camera providing exceptional video and audio representation, ideal for home or business customers seeking the upmost in security, integration, design and reliability. Cube offers remote viewing and recording, plus local recording to microSD or NAS. Offering the highest quality, and widest range of inter-device compatibility, each camera is filled to the brim with specialized features which provide the next level of security for high-tech homes and safety-conscious businesses, allowing users to stay in control no matter where they may be. Cube also eliminates the need for bulky camera equipment; its small and sleek design blends quietly into any setting.
Three versions of the Cube are available – VGA (640 x 480 resolution) and HD (720p and full HD 1080p) – in either black or white. All offer market-leading powerful night vision, automatic IR cut filter operation for uncompromising color and picture quality in day and night, intuitive motion detection, real-time video and audio streaming to Internet-enabled devices, and minimal bandwidth usage and storage requirements. Y-cam is also one of the few IP camera companies that supports both PC and Mac platforms.
Cube is a robust, powerful security solution providing complete reassurance and protection, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a full list of specs and to purchase Cube ($199.99-$349.99) beginning in February, visit www.y-cam.com.
“Over the past five years, we’ve seen a trend among parents trying to use our existing Y-cam cameras for baby monitoring. As parents ourselves, we understood that our current cameras didn’t meet the needs of modern parents so we tasked ourselves with creating a baby monitoring system that integrated the high-tech video and wireless Wi-Fi technology of our current lines blended with more user-friendly features and cutting-edge app development,” said Chawda. “The BabyPing Video Monitor leads the Y-cam vision to make monitoring loved ones simple and affordable for everyone.”
BabyPing is a secure Wi-Fi-enabled smart baby monitor. Parents can hear, view and monitor their infant at all times via an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using the free BabyPing app, which runs in the background so users can continue to read books, surf the web or listen to music on their devices while simultaneously monitoring their baby.
BabyPing has developed its own technology evolving it into a truly next generation smart baby monitor – not just a ‘baby viewer.’ SmartFilter™ technology cuts out background noise and static associated with traditional baby monitors, and Constant-Connect™ acts as a permanent tether between the app and monitor notifying the user when the baby is upset or or if their Wi-Fi network status changes at any point. BabyPing+ allows for viewing when outside the home over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi, and also gives one-tap sharing access to family and friends, wherever they are in the world. These features allow parents to not only see their baby remotely, but actually monitor their baby locally without delays or broken connections.
BabyPing is currently the only Wi-Fi monitor on the market with completely invisible infrared night vision, offering round-the-clock visibility without disturbing the baby. Modern and sleek in design, BabyPing is simple to set-up directly on an iOS device with no need for a computer, and the ability to use the monitor at home when not connected to the internet ensures parents who worry about privacy and security can rest easy. BabyPing also features all the specifications you would expect from a high tech baby monitor, such as vivid full color video with 640 x 480 resolution, a high quality built-in microphone and superfast wireless Wi-Fi, double-layer security and customizable alerts (live audio or silent vibrations) to inform parents if the baby cries, if Wi-Fi connection has been broken or if the iOS device is out of range, putting parents firmly in control by creating the safest way to monitor their baby.
Launched in September 2012 in the US, BabyPing has already received the prestigious 2012 Kind Und Jugend Innovation Award for its ingenious use of the latest in modern, safe technology.
We all use our mobile devices to do a variety of things like check appointments, listen to music and of course make phone calls. But if there’s one feature which has evolved greatly since the evolution of mobile phones, it’s the camera. Smartphones these days can capture images at such clarity that people don’t see the need to get a full fledged point and shoot camera (SLRs are still top dogs though). We saw that with the Nokia 808 Pureview, Lumia 920 and the range of Sony’s 2012 droids which packed massive camera sensors with optimum amount of research and technology involved. However, we can all agree that sometimes images taken from a mobile device or any camera for that matter, comes out blurred, especially if the person holding the device is in a hurry. We get to see a lot of these images in the tech world, and we like to tag them as Blurry Cam pictures. And now, RIM has taken the responsibility to avoid these Blurry Cam images once and for all by filing for a new patent which would require the user to hold and focus the camera for a certain amount of time before the image is taken.
We understand this is also a security feature as most corporate executives own BlackBerrys and there is a possibility of top secret confidential info being leaked out with the camera. RIM’s past solution to this was to launch specific BlackBerry models without a camera on the back. This perhaps is the most effective way to avoid leaking of classified info. However, this new feature could also be beneficial for the regular user who wants to make images look good. The patent filing states the following in clear terms – “the camera restriction prevents a user from taking a picture of a subject if the device has not been steadily focused on the subject in question for a predetermined period of time“.
There’s no word on exactly how long the user will have to hold the device and focus it in order to obtain an image, which according to Engadget is something left to the IT Department at RIM to figure out. When we think about it, it seems like the patent application has been made so as to strictly improve the user experience of BlackBerry smartphones and not to avoid leak of info. Because even with the camera requiring the object to be focused for a “predetermined” period of time, it won’t stop people from taking snaps of confidential info. But if RIM could find a way to avoid capturing images one after another and provide a cool down period of about 5 minutes between images, this could be very appealing for corporate users.
I’m not sure if any other company would even think of getting a patent like this, but RIM is within its full rights to obtain a patent for something which it sees as a necessary feature for its smartphones. So let’s hope we see this implemented in future BB smartphones, although we don’t think the current crop of BB10 smartphones (which haven’t been revealed yet) will get the said feature. The company has to discuss in detail as to when and where this feature could be beneficial for the users, irrespective of their profession. For those interested, this patent can be found under the tag – 8,346,072.
Android 4.2 is here, and with it comes proper support for multiple users on tablets. According to Cam, it’s easy to setup and intuitive to use, too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on phones at this point (presumably because of a Nokia patent).
At this point, we do have to address the pink elephant in the room here: it’s likely you don’t have 4.2 yet. And if the Android Platform Distribution numbers are any indication, most devices probably won’t get 4.2 until mid-2014.
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[Weekend Poll] Will/Do You Use The Multi-User Support In Android 4.2? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung’s much-anticipated EK-GC100 Galaxy Camera finally hit stores in the UK late last week and we’ve managed to get our hands on one of the very first samples to cross the assembly line. We’re putting the Android-powered hybrid through its paces at this very moment, but since this is the company’s first entry in a brand new category, we wanted to have you along as we opened the box. This may be a camera, but it’s very much a Galaxy device, and that’s immediately evident when you first see the packaging.
The cam ships just as any premium smartphone, with a very thin selection of accessories — you get an AC adapter, USB cable, a wrist strap and a pair of pocket guides (there’s no user manual to speak of). Much like Samsung’s latest round of point-and-shoots, it uses microSD cards and charges via a micro-USB cable and AC adapter. Even the 1,650mAh battery looks like a smaller version of Samsung’s smartphone offering, rather than something that ships alongside the company’s traditional camera lineup. Rest assured, we’ll have much more to share later this week, but for now, we invite you to join as we unbox the Galaxy Camera in our video just past the break.
Gallery: Samsung Galaxy Camera unboxing
PhotoSphere, Photosphere Get Yours Here!
There has been a lot of talk lately about Android 4.2, the newest sweet treat from our Mountain View friends. Recently there was a leaked Keyboard, well more like released, but that’s just splitting hairs, a adn was set up nd now we have the much hyped Photosphere Camera. This goody comes from the guys over at AndroidCentral and it is a nice one. I’ve been using the camera for the last couple of hours and so far it snaps fast, has a nice new UI, although the highly anticipated feature of the 360 degree Photosphere does FC. But hey it is worth a try, its only been out for a day, maybe less, the fact its working already is a compliment to the community we hang out in.
For those of you that don’t know about the Photosphere experience, it is a feature that allows you to take photo after photo after photo and so on, while in the Photosphere function, and afterwards the program compiles them all into what is a virtual 360 degree picture that you can navigate around in and see EVERYTHING around the picture taker. Pretty freaking sick.
Hugo Barra, on his G+ page made these comments:
We just announced new Nexus devices and Android 4.2 to the world – and one of my favorite features is Photo Sphere. With the 4.2 Camera app, Photo Sphere lets you create photos that are richer and more immersive than anything that has ever come out of a mobile device.
We were inspired by Street View in Google Maps, and the sophisticated pieces of equipment that Google custom-developed in order to bring you 360-degree photos from all over the world – cars, trikes, and even backpacks.
Photo Spheres make you feel like you’re really there. When you’re snapping a photo sphere, you can move in every direction, you can look up, you can look down, every detail from the original scene is just there.
Photo Spheres are stored as JPEG files, and all of the information required to view them is embedded as open XML metadata in the image itself. So you can email them, post them to Google+, put them in Google+ photo albums. Check it out and also check out all of our Nexus news.
This looks like something pretty sweet, and when it pans all the way out, its going to be totally sweet. Keep checking with us and we will do our utmost to keep you informed and have the downloads when they are ready.
To install the app, download, move into the system folder, set permissions, reboot, (I like to wipe dalvik and cache) and you should be up and running like Carl Lewis.
Thanks Dmmarck at AndroidAuthority for the release/find of this fresh goody.
Samsung’s got a new Galaxy in town, and it’s the Victory 4G LTE on Sprint. Available on the Now Network this upcoming Sunday, the device packs Android 4.0 (ICS), a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Lite SoC, 1GB RAM, Google Wallet and a 5 megapixel camera paired up with a 1.3MP front-facing cam. Additionally, the phone takes advantage of a 2,100mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, 4GB internal storage and a microSD slot. It also throws in a few features seen on the Galaxy S III, such as S Beam and AllShare Play. Lastly, the Victory weighs 4.9 ounces and is a ghastly 12.7mm thick. The price? $100, after a $50 mail-in rebate. We don’t see this thing selling like pancakes at that pricing tier, so what is it a victory over, anyway? Check the press release below the break for more info.
Sprint announces Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, available September 16th for $100 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well friends, it looks like we’re getting a little closer to seeing what’s going on with HTC. After getting specific instructions to mark September 19th on our calendars, there has been rampant speculation as to what HTC has up its sleeve. Naturally when a major manufacturer has an event planned, it almost always means a new toy is on the way and we have some news to possibly highlight the very thought. Chinese website Techorz has obtained an exclusive blurry photo of an upcoming smartphone and highlights a specific noteworthy feature. Despite the blurred photo, you can clearly see the horizontal bezel is a bit on thin side, which likely indicates a smartphone with a bigger screen.
The mystery device also has attractive items as well. Techorz reports it will feature a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, Jelly Bean and a 1080p or 720p display. All in all, the site mentions this mystery device could in fact be the “Endeavor C2″— though the “Endeavor C2″ is likely a different smartphone altogether, especially considering it’s supposed to have a Tegra 3 processor and not a Snapdragon S4. Hopefully whatever the mystery device is, more specific details will surface— especially as September 19th draws near.
After making the rounds with Mr. Blurry Cam, Sprint’s rumored LG LS860 ‘Cayenne’ handset has taken a breather from its photo tour and made a stop at the FCC. The federal filing reveals that the smartphone uses LTE bands tailored for the Now Network (CDMA 850 / 1900; LTE Band 25) and totes NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, SVLTE (simultaneous voice and data) and the usual suspects of WiFi b/g/n and GPS. If other details previously gleaned from the grapevine hold true, the mobile will be powered by a flavor of Android 4.0, pack a 4-inch WVGA screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core S4 processor. There’s no word from LG or Big Yellow about the phone’s official debut, but its FCC appearance means that it could soon show up packaged and properly photographed in the US.
LG’s LS860 ‘Cayenne’ visits the FCC, flaunts Sprint LTE bands originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 01 Sep 2012 14:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Pantech has been steadily building its relationship with AT&T over the past few years by supplying the carrier with a healthy dose of budget-friendly handsets. Could it be that the OEM has finally earned the opportunity to add a higher-end device to the GSM giant’s lineup? It may very well be the case with the P9090, aka the Magnus. Our source has hooked us up with the first images of the smartphone, which confirms an 8MP camera with LED flash, front-facing cam and at least Ice Cream Sandwich (if not Jelly Bean). While the image doesn’t reveal any other specs, we’re expecting to see a 720p display, LTE connectivity and a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. We’re still not sure what to think about the bumpy design on its back, though it does remind us a little bit of what Verizon has done on the HTC Incredible series. The specs may be quite similar to the Vega Racer 2, though the phone itself doesn’t look anywhere close to the manufacturer’s Korean flagship. AT&T still hasn’t announced the Magnus, but we’ll let you know pricing and availability as soon as we have it.
Samsung took to the stage in Berlin to showcase its new product lineup, and one of the featured devices is the first confirmed Windows Phone 8 device. Dubbed the ATIV S, the new Microsoft-sanctioned smartphone offers a 4.8-inch screen with an HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU, 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing cam. Additionally, it’s got a beefy 2,300mAh battery, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass 2 and will come in both 16 and 32GB flavors. At 8.7mm, it’s also reasonably thin. Its body is made of brushed aluminum and comes with a WP8-friendly MicroSD slot. We’ve got another pic of the ATIV S below, and we’ll have a hands-on to you as soon as possible.
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Samsung announces ATIV S, a 4.8-inch Windows Phone 8 device originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet to be launched by Canadian Research In Motion. It went on sale on April 19, 2011 in Canada and the United States. It has pretty good specs, but the company failed to sell this device in large numbers due to key software omissions at launch, such as the lack of a native email client. RIM faced losses due to this device up to a point that the company faced a $485 million hit last year because it was sitting on a huge inventory of unsold tablets.
After facing losses, RIM is trying to make a comeback by releasing a new version of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and it’s called as BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE. As the name suggests, the tablet device comes with 4G LTE connectivity.
4G LTE networks can be seen expanding day by day and as a result, more and more devices supporting this new technology are rolling out very often. PlayBook 4G is a welcome addition to the gang. Speaking of hardware, the PlayBook 4G hasn’t changed much and uses the same 7 inch touchscreen, with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, the same 5 megapixel rear cam and 3 megapixel front cam and the same 1GB of RAM, but the processor is bumped up to 1.5GHz from 1GHz in the Wi-Fi-only model. Both front and rear facing are HD video cameras and HDMI out is also included along with stereo speakers. As far as software goes, the tablet boots the same Tablet OS 2.0 that is found on the regular version. The only thing that seems to have changed, or rather added, is the 4G LTE connectivity support. It’s worth noting that this tablet supports 1080p video playback and hence makes a great media device.
“The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook offers a broad range of premium features, including a stunning 7-inch display, front and rear-facing HD video cameras, HDMI [High-Definition Multimedia Interface] out and stereo speakers,” Smith said in a statement.
The updated tablet device comes with support for 4G LTE networks and 32 gig of storage. It is anticipated on 9th August in Canada, via carriers Bell, Rogers, and Telus. The company has announced that it will releasing this device in the USA, Europe and other countries have 4G networks in the later part of the year. With the ever changing 4G situation in the UK, Ofcom has announced that they will be holding 4G spectrum auction early next year, and operators should be able to start their services later that year.
Since 4G LTE is fairly new technology, and hence it may not be available everywhere you move, however, RIM says that 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet can spontaneously adjust to connect on a HSPA+ network without any issue, which is great.
With the arrival of newer tablet devices, things have changed and the competition has just got real hard. Recently launched Google Nexus 7 that is priced at $199 and $249 for 8 gig and 16 gig version respectively has taken the tablet market by storm. It uses a quad processor and runs latest version of Android, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for a relatively very low price. Tablets like Google Nexus 7 have set a benchmark on how a budget tablet device should perform and feel like. With the Canadian launch date coming up so quickly, RIM is still mum on the price tag, however, if RIM does wishes to sell a lot of these devices, it better price it close to Google Nexus 7.
The original PlayBook was launched with a price tag of $500, however, you can buy one for yourself at a much cheaper price. RIM is going through a financial nightmare at the moment, and although it’s good to see something new from the BlackBerry manufacturer, this device isn’t going to help much for the given situation and we will keep our fingers crossed for BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry 10 has many new features that will make the operating system capable of competing with operating systems such as Android, iOS and upcoming Windows Phone 8. With the upgraded processor, this tablet may run BlackBerry 10 OS when it is launched, and if that’s the case, the device will surely attract customers as the next gen operating system from RIM looks very promising, nevertheless, price will be a deciding factor. What are your thoughts on this? Will BlackBerry Playbook 4G be on your shopping list? Let us know using the comment form below.
NTT DoCoMo announced a roster of phones this past May, and among them was Sharp’s Aquos SH-10D. After spending some quality time with the FCC, the handset now has paperwork that could allow it to travel stateside. Along with a quartet of oddly angled corners, the phone packs a GSM and HSPA+ / WCDMA radio, 4.5-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12.1 MP rear-facing camera and a 0.32 MP frontward-facing cam for those awkward, Facebook-bound self-portraits. Hit the link below if you’d like to rifle through the FCC results yourself.
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Sharp Aquos SH-10D makes pit stop at FCC, earns stamp of approval originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Developer: Christoph Bodenstein
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
I never thought I would be the parent that excessively takes pictures of their child’s every move and then posts them on Facebook or Twitter but, 15 months after having my first daughter, that’s exactly what I have become. So being able to use the photo app Cam_A_Lot has made my excessive picture taking so much easier.
So for those of you that love to take pictures then this is the app for you.
The app allows users to set up their iOS devices as a webcam that will capture pictures and upload to your website or any social media outlet of your choice. Cam_A_Lot can be used to do something as simple as take pictures in bulk, as well as something as complicated as streaming pictures to your website or blog. The app will also post any pictures you take straight to Facebook or Twitter. Finish reading about this app on AppCraver.com.
After yesterday’s blurry cam shots, we’ve gotten a few more details regarding Motorola’s Droid RAZR HD via Nenamark. The processor is the dual core Snapdragon S4, running at 1.5 GHz and the Adreno 225 GPU.
The combination of the two again point towards an end-of-summer release, as we’re expecting the quad core Snapdragons and Adreno 3XX GPUs towards the end of the year. The screen resolution is 1196X720, and in my mind the 1196 pixels also point towards on-screen software keys.
Samsung isn’t content with dominating the world of Android smartphones and tablets: they want the nebulous portable media player market as well. And more power to them, since they seem to be the only ones who do want it. Their Galaxy Player series is now in its third generation, and while the Galaxy Player 3.6 isn’t anywhere near as capacious as the 5-inch version we reviews late last year, it’s still got its fair share of charms. How does Samsung’s latest phone-without-a-phone stack up? Let’s find out.
Comparing the Galaxy Player to the Galaxy S II, or even the original Galaxy S, will lead to disappointment. The hardware just isn’t designed to stack up to superphones: this is a compact, portable media player with an emphasis on music, that can handle web surfing and video over WiFi in a pinch. The 3.6-inch screen has a somewhat disappointing 480×320 resolution – think first-generation Android phones, and you’ve just about got it. The 1GHz processor is more than enough for basic Android tasks and music, but high-end games and flash are out of the question.
Construction is typical of Samsung’s products as of late: heavy on the plastic, but noticeably light and with a finish that’s admirable. While the device itself isn’t going to win any beauty contests, it’s exactly what it needs to be to get the job done. Samsung’s standard three buttons (all capacitive, strangely) are present, as is the power and volume control both on the right side. 8GB of storage on the base model isn’t a lot, but you can boost it cheaply with a MicroSD card. Samsung’s basic headphone/headset combo is included in the box.
Sound quality is typically good. The pack-in earbuds aren’t going to give you a symphonic experience, but connecting your more high-quality speakers or headphones produces solid sound in all registers. Video is obviously pretty small and low-resolution, but for simple YouTube-style web videos it’s serviceable. Don’t expect a great Netflix experience here, but if you’re just catching up on the Colbert Report, it’ll do.
After months of using gigantic 4.5-inch and larger smartphones, the Galaxy Player 3.6 is almost refreshing. The smaller size makes managing media quick and easy, and it won’t slow you down while jogging or hitting the gym – at least, not nearly as much as a Galaxy Nexus would. For the $149.99 asking price you’d be hard-pressed to do better if you want Android, and you could spend a lot more if you want that other OS.
By now I’m so familiar with Samsung’s TouchWiz-tinted version of Gingerbread that I could navigate it in my sleep. While the Android fanboy in me is disappointed that Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t make an appearance (and almost certainly never will) the utilitarian must admit that it really doesn’t need it. Gingerbread does well on the hardware. Samsung’s spent so much time working with TouchWiz that it seems like it could do well on a Palm Pilot.
The included apps will be familiar to anyone who’s messed with a Galaxy phone, but there are some additions to the apps that are actually appreciated in this form factor. An FM radio is a major bonus when you get tired of listening to your all-Eagles mix, and the voice recorder gives the Galaxy Player 3.6 yet another useful function. Pre-installed Angry Birds should thrill fans of the aggravated avians, without being controversial for anyone else.
If you live in a Samsung world, the inclusion of the SmartView remove viewer application and AllShare (DLNA) will be useful – assuming that you don’t have your music or video hooked up to a Samsung screen somewhere else. These are appreciated if you get the urge to watch something on a bigger, better video device, but given the small amount of space, you won’t be saving much video anyway. It might be more useful if you could see the screen on your Samsung TV on the Galaxy Player itself – if you’re working in the kitchen, for example. Other additions include Kies air, a free version of QuickOffice, and Samsung’s solid if bland skinned version of Android’s default media apps.
The Galaxy Player 3.6 comes with a 2 megapixel rear camera in the back and a VGA front-facing cam. You can take them or leave them – and most will opt for the latter. There’s nothing wrong with the shots and video that these cameras produce, all things considered, but if you’ve got a later smartphone or point-and-shoot around anywhere, you have better options. On the plus side, the front-facing cam is at least useful if you intend to do some web video chatting. Hey, it’s a hundred and fifty bucks – what did you expect?
Like most WiFi-only devices, the Galaxy Player 3.6 seems to have a pretty awesome battery life when compared with its smartphone counterparts. You don’t need much to keep this little guy going all day. All the power and battery advances that Samsung has made get dialed up to the may when there’s no constant cellular data connection to worry about, and the small low-res screen actually helps in that department.
If you want something that’s going to replace your high-powered Android smartphone minus a data connection, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to the latest iPod Touch, you’re not going to get the same high-res screen or gaming performance. But if you want a simple media player that uses Android to become considerably more useful, the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 might be right up your alley. Five years ago $150 wouldn’t get you anything more than a lot of storage and some really frustrating video options – but now that Android’s come into its own, you get a lot more.
For the price and the expectation, the Galaxy Player 3.6 is a solid choice. If you love Android and want to keep a familiar interface in a small media player gadget, this is it. The expandable storage, great battery life and the connectivity and software options make for a rich experience on this little device. If you want something bigger, track down the last-generation Galaxy Player 5.0, or wait for the newer 4.2 version that’ll be available in May.
- Device Name : Galaxy Player 3.6
- Manufactuer : Samsung
- Carrier : NA
- Announced Date : March 16, 2012
- Release Date : April 09, 2012
- Also Known As :
- Screen Size : 3.65 Inch
- Resolution : 480×320
- Screen Type : TFT
- Height : 4.52 Inch
- Width : 2.45 Inch
- Depth : 0.38 Inch
- Weight : 108 Grams
- Battery Type:
- Lithium Polymer
- Battery Capacity : 1500 mAh
- Talk Time : NA
- Stand By Time : NA
- Android OS:
- Audio Playback:
- Video Playback:
- h.264 / AVC
- MPEG-4 (MP4)
- CPU : OMAP 4
- CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
- Core : 1
- Ram : 1000 MB
- Internal Storage : 8GB GB
- Front Facing Camera :
- Camera Resolution : 2 MP
- External Storage:
- Ambient light
- QWERTY :
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Location Features:
- Wi-Fi location
- FM Radio :
- NFC :
With rumored release dates looming, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the Incredible 4G (formerly the HTC Fireball) surfaced. Little was unknown, but this is the first time that we are seeing the device in what appears to be a fairly finished state. It definitely looks like an a newish version of previous Incredibles. [...]
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Those of you stateside Windows Phone hopefuls just dying to get on the Lumia bandwagon will have a new handset to jump on beginning early next month. AT&T has confirmed to CNET that the Lumia 900 will be hitting U.S. retailers on April 8th, for $99.99 on a two-year contract — an aggressive price for the flagship smartphone. The LTE-equipped device includes a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 512MB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear-facing cam with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash. There’s also a non-removable 1830mAh battery, which should keep the 4G slab powered for a fair amount of time. Want to take a closer look at this new Microsoft-friendly flagship? Jump past the break for our hands-on video, direct from CES 2012.
Update: AT&T will release the Lumia 900 in Cyan Blue and Black Matte on the 8th, while you’ll need to hang tight until the 22nd to get your hands on the high-gloss white version.
Nokia Lumia 900 to hit AT&T on April 8th with $100 price tag in tow (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Those of you stateside Windows Phone hopefuls just dying to get on the Lumia bandwagon will have a new handset to jump on beginning early next month. AT&T has confirmed to CNET that the Lumia 900 will be hitting U.S. retailers on April 8th, for $99.99 on a two-year contract — an aggressive price for the flagship smartphone. The LTE-equipped device includes a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 512MB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear-facing cam with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash. There’s also a non-removable 1,830mAh battery, which should keep the 4G slab powered for a fair amount of time. Want to take a closer look at this new Microsoft-friendly flagship? Jump past the break for our hands-on video, direct from CES 2012.
Nokia Lumia 900 to hit AT&T on April 8th with $100 price tag in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Viewsonic’s ViewPhone 4s was on hand at Mobile World Congress and we couldn’t help but stop and check out this surprisingly likeable handset. First off, the 326ppi 3.5-inch IPS display is beautiful, very beautiful. Other notables include dual SIM support, a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing cam and 4 gigs of storage that can be augmented via an SD card. The housing wasn’t complete in the handset being shown, though the design is pretty sharp with the inclusion of a trapdoor on the bottom which folds open to reveal a SIM tray and the spot for expansion memory. The interaction with the Android 4 OS was really fast and perfectly smooth with the standout being the ViewScene 3D launcher interface. Have a look at the video for a quick once-over and the gallery for pics from every angle and side.
Gallery: ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s hands-on
Zach Honig contributed to this report.
We expect to see the HTC One X tomorrow in Barcelona, but if these leaked images from Greek site FullGSM are the real deal, we can discuss the specs today. And there's a lot to discuss! The leaked product sheet lists all sorts of goodies that HTC fans have been waiting for. The One X is expected to ship with HTC's version of Android 4.0, and the Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 SoC is confirmed here as well. All the basics are covered, things like Bluetooth 3.0 and a full array of motion sensors, and we see that NFC is on-board and that the One X is said to be Google Wallet compatible. Maybe the most interesting thing is the new camera hardware. The 8MP shooter comes with a "smart" LED flash, a backside illuminated f2.0 aperture, a 28mm wide angle lens, a dedicated HTC Image chip and a dual shutter module to allow taking pictures while filming 1080p video. This one should take beautiful pictures in any lighting conditions. Here's the bullet-point highlights:
- 4.7-inch Super LCD2 at 720p resolution
- Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 CPU
- 32GB storage
- 1GB RAM
- 1800mAh battery
- Wireless HDMI via HTC Media Link unit
- Pogo pins
- 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera
- Beats audio
You can check out the full list of specs on the product sheet, and a handful of pictures after the break. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when see everything HTC has to say at Mobile World Congress.
If you’ve ever felt the need to have the tools of a spy or cool gadgets like in Person of Interest, today may be your lucky day. The folks at Swann have introduced not one, but two brand new pen cams that are both less than $100.
The new HD PenCam and the PenCam 4GB Mini Video Camera and recorder are both working pens concealing high quality cameras that can capture the action in the room. Whether you’re doing a business deal and want extra surveillance or you’re on a spy mission these two pen cameras deliver the features you need in a very small space.
The HD PenCam is capable of capturing high definition AVI videos at 1280×720 as well as high resolution jpg images.
The PenCam 4GB takes high quality images and has the largest hard drive of any PenCam on the market today.
To view your video recordings or still images, transfer to a computer is made possible via a card reader or the included USB cable. The HD PenCam is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that lasts 45 minutes on a full charge and recharges via a computer’s USB port. Thanks to the flexibility of an additional 16GB MicroSD card, users can capture up to 8 hours of video or 72,000 still images.
When you’re ready to view your footage, simply unscrew the pen and the lower half contains a USB connector that plugs into a computer for easy back-up. Enjoy up to 90 minutes of usage per charge and recharge the built-in Lithium-ion battery via a computer’s USB. With the 4GB built-in memory, users can capture approximately 2 hours of video or 18,000 still images.
The PenCam 4GB will set you back just $69.99 while the HD version is only $99.99 and they’re coming soon to major electronics retailers like Fry’s and Amazon.
Website eprice, has gotten their hands on a testing unit of the HTC Ville. We can tell this is a legitimate blurry cam shot because you can see the watermark on the front of the screen. That’s an HTC watermark and not the typical watermark that mobile websites usually put on a picture when they have it first. It’s also the same watermark seen in the video below.
More after the break, including that silent video
HTC is looking to release less phones than last year and focus on quality vs quantity. HTC is holding a press event at MWC and we’re expecting to see this device along with a few others including the HTC Edge.
The HTC Ville is expected to feature a 4.3″ qhd screen, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and a dual core 1.5ghz processor. The HTC Edge is expected to be HTC’s first quad-core phone.
[Updated] Android 4.0.4 Makes Another Surprise Appearance, This Time On The Verizon Galaxy Nexus (IMM30B) – Come Download It
When last we checked—mere minutes ago—ICS 4.0.4 source code hadn’t been released to the public. Which is why we were surprised to learn that 4.0.4 was available unofficially for the Nexus S 4G. Today, the mysterious Android version that’s forcing me to resist a “page not found” joke is showing up in a few forums, this time for the Galaxy Nexus.
Update #1 from Cam: After spending a bit of time with this update, one thing is for sure: it’s stupid fast. The camera launches almost immediately now, even from the lockscreen – an area in which is used …
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- HTC EVO 4G Battery-saving, Root-killing OTA Update Re-Released, This Time With The Bricking Feature Turned Off
- Minor Software Update Coming Soon To HTC Rezound, Brings Various Bugfixes
- Another Point For The Dev Community: Official HTC EVO 4G Froyo Build Rooted
- T-Mobile To Offer ‘Signal Boosters’ To Customers Beginning On September 7th
- New EVO 4G Radio v2.15.00.09.01 and PRI v1.77_003 From The 3.29.651.5 OTA Now Available – Download And Flash Away
[Updated] Android 4.0.4 Makes Another Surprise Appearance, This Time On The Verizon Galaxy Nexus (IMM30B) – Come Download It was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Canadian contract-free carrier Mobilicity has announced that the Galaxy Nexus is now on sale, four days ahead of the expected February 6 launch. The Nexus is available in stores for $599, and comes with a free Samsung HM1100 Bluetooth headset for a limited time. The device's availability coincides with the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Mobilicity brand– it also comes one day before competing pay-as-you-go carrier WIND Mobile will begin selling the flagship device.
Mobilicity also announced a Valentine's Day-themed promotion to run from February 6 through the 17th. In-lust couples are invited to submit a video of their best kiss to the carrier's "Mobile Kiss Cam Contest" via Facebook– winners will receive a free Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Mini, with six months of free unlimited service.
Mobilicity's full presser can be found after the jump. Canadians itching to take a bite out of Ice Cream Sandwich will find Mobilicity's product page at the source link.
Mobilicity, a relatively new contract-free Canadian carrier, has launched its Galaxy Nexus four days ahead of schedule. This is incredible news for Canadian Android fans who desperately wish for a contract-free Galaxy Nexus experience. It’s retailing at Mobilicity for $599, and for a limited time you can also receive a Samsung HM1100 Bluetooth headset.
As an added bonus, if you’re so lucky as to have a Valentine for this coming lovers holiday, Mobilicity is also holding a promotion February 6th through February 17th. If you want a free Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Mini with six months of unlimited service, you and your hubby should submit a video to their “Mobile Kiss Cam Contest” with the best kiss you can catch on video.
LG Spectrum cranks out the Verizon LTE, coming January 19th for $200 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.