Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shake-To-Wake With Astro3 portable Battery Pack That Could Charge Up Three Smartphones, Six Or Seven Times

Astro3 portable Battery Pack Could Charge Up Three Smartphones, Six Or Seven Times

It feels annoying when your smartphone battery is going to die and you have to check your mails, make some urgent calls but there is no power source for charging your device. Now, a company, Anker has found a solution to this problem by releasing a pocket-friendly backup battery pack, The Astro3 , with enough juice to charge up most modern phones six or seven times before needing a refill. The Astro3 sports three USB output ports, one of which can auto-identify the connected device and charge it at its full speed.

The Astro3 sports three USB output ports


  • Capacity:               12000mAh
  • Output:                  Total 4A
  • Input:                     5V / 1.5A
  • Weight:                  10.6 ounces (300 g)
  • Size:                       4.4 x 3.3 x 1 inches (111 x 86 x 26 mm)
  • Energy efficiency:    80 percent
There are no buttons, sliders, knobs or switches to spoil its lines. Instead, the Astro3 is activated with a quick shake. This either starts a dump charge to a connected device or displays how much juice the external battery pack has left courtesy of a circular LED status indicator.

There are no buttons, sliders, knobs or switches.Just shake it quickly to activate Astro3

A circular LED status indicator shows how much charge is remaining

A micro-USB input for charging its own grade A cells sits on top, along with three full-size USB 2.0 output ports. The Astro3 can simultaneously charge three mobile devices, so long as they're not all iPads (the total output across the three ports does not exceed 4 A).

Two of the ports are described as max speed universal ports that are reported capable of charging most devices up to 1.5 A. The third provides full-speed charges up to 2.4 A, using smart chip technology to detect the USB pin signals and identify the device, then auto-adjusting the output to suit.

Though the universal ports feature custom circuitry designed to charge Android phones at full speed, an iPhone will only charge at 0.5 A, so you'll need to make sure the smart port is available if you want your prized Apple smartphone to receive a fast top up. When the Astro3 has finished topping up your smartphone or tablet, it will automatically turn itself off.

It is compatible with all Apple and Android smartphones, tablets and other USB charged devices with a 5V charge input but the iPod nano and some GPS and Bluetooth devices are not supported.

The Astro3 ships with a micro USB cable and a 30-pin connector. It has a list price of US$99.99 in United States, but is available now on Amazon for US$49.99 and has a list price of £99.99 in United Kingdom, but is available now on Amazon for £35.99.


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Weye Feye Adds Wi-Fi And Smartphone Controls To Your DSLR Camera

Weye Feye Adds Wi-Fi And Smartphone Controls To Your DSLR Camera

If you are looking for a neat and compact way to add a Wi-Fi boost and smartpone controls to your standard DSLR camera the new Weye Feye might be worth a little more investigation. Generating its own Wi-Fi network, the device can be accessed by Android and iOS devices for remote shooting, complete with manual controls and Live View.

The device works by connecting to a DSLR via the USB port, at which point it projects a wireless signal that users can connect to with an iOS or Android device. Once connected, the feature then provides the same functionality you’d get from a WiFi-enabled camera, such as remote control and the ability to view footage from the camera in real time.

Weye Feye works by connecting to a DSLR via the USB port

Weye Feye works by connecting to a DSLR via the USB port

It's also more powerful than many other wireless options. Using 802.11n Wi-Fi technology, the Weye Feye can work at distances of up to 80 m (262 ft), and with a latency of a record 0.2 sec, shooting should be more responsive than other products. This could make the device useful even if your camera has wireless capabilities, but you need something a little more powerful.

It is possible for users to shoot from akward angles using Weye Feye 

There’s both a Live View and a Gallery Mode. Live View is as the name suggests – a live video feed from the camera. The Gallery Mode, meanwhile, allows users to look at the images and content they’ve taken, as well as sharing those images with a different device. Different photography and video recording settings are available under Live View for adjusting picture and such without having to mess with the camera itself.

Camera control features include touch focus, the remote adjustment of settings such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed, changing metering mode, previewing depth of field and remote manual focus. However, capabilities vary depending on the camera, so it's worth checking before buying.

The Weye Feye is designed small in size, so the extra burden of toting around a wireless component isn’t too bothersome. The device measures 83 x 45 x 16.5 mm (3.3 x 1.8 x 0.6 in), and runs on a battery that lasts 14 hours in Gallery Mode and between 7 and 8 hours in Live View.

The Weye Feye is priced at €250 or US$332 and will be arriving in stores during September 2013.


New TransitLink Mobile Services App

TransitLink Mobile Services app has been launched by TransitLink. It is a mobile app which is designed to benefit the commuters in Singapore, it provides them with convenient access to TransitLink's current suite of e-Services and e-Guide on their smartphones across both Android and iOS platforms.

The first partnership of TransitLink has been performed  with HTC to preload the Mobile Services app on its HTC One and HTC Butterfly S smartphones. The app will be preloaded on other selected HTC models progressively.

With the new mobile e-Services features, commuters can conveniently access a suite of key services, i.e. Customer Claim, Lost Concession Card Replacement, New Senior Citizen Concession Card Application as well as Lost Concession Card Enquiry.

Customer Claim

Through the Customer Claim function, commuters can now submit their claims and request to have their refunds credited to their accounts in 16 GIRO-participating banks*. Else, they can have their refunds credited directly to their stored value card at any of TransitLink's 41 Ticket Offices, 74 Add Value Machines Plus (AVM+), and six Concession Card Replacement Offices (CCROs).

Lost Concession Card Replacement

This app enables you  the convenience of uploading a photo ID taken with your smartphone, documents, as well as hassle-free secured direct payment via eNETS. The application will be processed and the replacement card will be mailed to the cardholder within 5 working days. This is an additional avenue for cardholders to apply for their concession cards. Currently, applicants can either submit their requests online, mail in their application forms or visit any of TransitLink’s CCROs.

New Senior Citizen Concession Card Application

Senior citizens have more reasons to celebrate when they turn sixty as they now have the choice of applying for their Senior Citizen Concession Cards through their smartphones with TransitLink’s Mobile Services app. This service will enable senior citizens to save a trip to the mailbox or Ticket Office to submit a completed application form.

Lost Concession Card Enquiry

Concession cardholders can now determine if their lost concession cards have been found by using the TransitLink Mobile Services app. This will allow them to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with applying for a replacement concession card. This feature allows cardholders to perform checks 24/7 on their smartphones.

Mobile e-Guide

This transport-centric app features a content-rich eGuide with useful information about public transport routes and options in Singapore.

There are six major modules, namely Bus, Bus Interchange, MRT / LRT Fares & Travel Times, MRT Station Map, Road and Place enquiry modules with SBST and SMRT integrated information. Users will be able to check estimated travel times, fares and arrival times from their smartphones.

In addition to the mobile e-Services and e-Guide, the app also includes a Locate Us module which provides information on where CCROs, TOs and AVM+ are located. There is also a quick contact menu, allowing users to call TransitLink directly or send an email.

StarHub Launches Singapore's Fastest Network Connection

StarHub Launches Singapore's Fastest Network Connection

Ethernet low latency network has been launched by StarHub. It is basically to allow Singapore-based financial trading companies to better respond to market changes and manage their risk exposure.

It also offers financial trading companies the fastest network connection, which provide a guaranteed low latency of under 1 millisecond round trip delay for the connection from their facilities to their set-up in Singapore Exchange (SGX) co-location data centre. This is up to four times faster than the existing network for financial trading. As such, financial trading firms using Ethernet low latency network can execute transactions in blazing speed as well as enjoy faster updates on market data from trading venues. This is particularly important to traders in algorithmic trading, who require the lowest latency network connectivity to reduce delay and maximise returns of investment.

The StarHub Ethernet Low Latency Network also allows customers to enjoy dedicated bandwidth easily scalable from 2Mbps to 1000Mbps. This means they can subscribe for the exact amount of bandwidth that is needed, and also avoid paying for unnecessary capacity. At any time if an increase in bandwidth is required, they can expect a seamless upgrade of their network connection without service disruption.

Moreover, customers on this network can monitor their low latency link performance closely anytime, anywhere by logging on to the online network performance portal from their laptops or smart devices to obtain network statistics such as bandwidth utilisation, latency and network availability.

Google Launched "Views" Community For Viewing, Sharing And Contributing Of Photo Spheres To Maps

Google Launched "Views" Community For Viewing, Sharing And Contributing Of Photo Spheres To Maps

Google has announced a new community based service called Views. The new service serves one main purpose: it’s a place to publicly share your photo spheres to Google Maps.
If you need a refresher, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and above comes with a photo sphere camera that lets you snap photos in any direction and piece them together into 360ยบ panoramas that Google calls “photo spheres.” You can then view these on your phone, share them to Google+, add them to Google Maps, and even post them on your own website.
The Photospheres were a great way to share the entirety of the exact situation around a person but this feature is limited only to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher update devices. To make those spheres easily available to others, Google has announced a new community based site - Views. The Views page links the user's Google+ account and also Google Maps data for the location of the photosphere.

Google Launched "Views" Community For Viewing, Sharing And Contributing Of Photo Spheres To Maps

Photospheres are basically the 360 degrees panorama images but is available to select devices running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Photospheres are obviously bigger in terms of file size compared to a regular image captured using phone camera. Google has created the new Views page for the public sharing of the Photospheres.
Existing Photospheres can be uploaded directly from the Gallery app of an Android device or through the Google+ Photos from the Views community page. In the Gallery App of the Android device, select the Photosphere image, choose the option to share it and select Google Maps from the popped out list of the apps. Alternatively, users can log into the Views Page using Google+ credentials (Google Account) and upload the Photospheres from the Google+ Photos. These uploaded Photospheres would be publicly available through the Views page and Google Maps.
Understandably, there isn’t that much content on Views yet, so Google has added the Street View Gallery to compensate: it features panoramas of the company’s most popular Street View collections. You can access it on any Views page by hitting the “Explore” button at the top.
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X-Arcade Unveils Solo Version Of Its Dual Joystick For PC, Mac, Linux And Consoles

X-Arcade Unveils Solo Version Of Its Dual Joystick For PC, Mac, Linux And Consoles

X-Arcade is bringing out a single version of its dual joystick for players who don't want to share it with their friends. The X-Arcade Solo Joystick has been designed to be compatible with PC, Mac and Linux systems and can also be used on consoles if you prefer for a little extra cash.

The X-Arcade Solo Joystick measures around 11 inches from side to side and weighs in at 12 pounds (5.4kg).

This 12 pounds of gamepad comes with a lifetime warranty and boasts itself as “the most versatile and authentic joystick available.”

The company suggests that this joystick will be unbreakable with special American-designed parts.

 The device comes with a joystick and nine programmable face buttons, along with buttons on the side of the device, which means it can be customized to play with almost any arcade and fighting game on the market.

X-Arcade's Solo Joystick comes with a joystick along with buttons on the side of the device, can be customized to play with almost any arcade and fighting game on the market

Features of the new X-Arcade Solo Joystick include: Direct Support for PI, fully compatible with emulation software to relive arcade classics, Add-On adapters work on any game system PC, or Mac.

“Pick a favorite game, plug in this bad boy, and proceed to unload a can of whoop-ass on all your buddies, family members, unsuspecting children, or small furry pets. Unbreakable American-designed parts and special game console adapters inject the X-Arcade™ into your favorite game system.”

A diagram of the new and improved button layout

The systems compatible with the joystick are Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, PS2, PS1, GameCube, Dreamcast and Xbox.

X-Arcade's Solo Joystick  is available for pre-order now for US$99, shipping on December 1st. For those in the UK, the base price of $99 (around £64) is lifted up with the international shipping price of an additional $99 bringing the total to around £128. If you include an optional extra adapter, prices come between $9.99 and $99.99 depending if you want support for all 9 systems available.

X-Arcade's Solo Joystick  is available for pre-order now for US$99, shipping on December 1st

Top 10 Apps For Your Samsung SPen

SketchBook Mobile(editor's choice)

SketchBook Mobile by Autodesk is a professional-grade paint and drawing application designed for Android devices with screen sizes of 7” and under. Sketchbook Mobile offers a full set of sketching tools and delivers them through a streamlined and intuitive user interface. Use it to digitally capture your ideas as napkin sketches or produce artwork on-the-go. This app is designed to take full advantage of the S Pen with pressure sensitivity support so you can draw and create with accuracy and versatility.

CameraAce allows you personalize and pre-organize your photos with default themes. You can also create and manage images by assigning specific filters and applying enhanced effects such as photo collage.

PicsArt-Photo Studio
PicsArt-Photo Studio lets you unleash your creative soul with the S Pen. This full-featured toolkit wraps the best of what desktop photo and image editing suites can offer in an amazingly intuitive and easy-to-use user interface. Apply an incredible array of photo manipulations, collages, borders, stickers, clipart graphics, color adjust and more. You can also share your work and connect with a global community of other artists through social networks like Facebook, or SMS and email. Enhance your creativity with the accuracy and versatility of the S Pen.

Photo Desk
Photo Desk offers a user-friendly gallery with multi-split screen interface for photo management and editing. You can edit and use the image editing tool using the S Pen and touch feature simultaneously. Now you can enjoy the freedom of creating your own story with both photo editing and photo managing capabilities.

NewsAce is a one-stop multimedia news reader with 400+ recommended news channels. Use the S Pen on your Galaxy Note to annotate articles, make notes and highlight important passages. Subscribe to and browse through all types of news formats including video, podcast and radio, all in one place.

Infinite Painter
Infinite Painter brings fresh, innovative features that help unleash your creative imagination. This S Pen Apps Winner helps you create poster-sized paintings or ideate with more than 20 different brushes to express your style. Use the built-in brushes in a special mode designed exclusively for S Pen users.

Sketch 'Em
Sketch 'Em is a drawing tutorial for aspiring artists. With advice from professional artists and a fun and challenging scoring system, Sketch 'Em encourages you to master your technique. This S Pen Apps Winner will put all the creative tools you'll need at the tip of your S Pen. Start with basic human anatomy and work your way up to perspective drawing, then share your work with friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Handy Note Pro(editor's choice)
Handy Note Pro makes it easy and enjoyable to take notes. Used with the S Pen, Magic Pen technology improves your handwriting quality, and you’ll enjoy taking notes more than on paper. State-of-the-art design templates, along with note covers and papers, enhance the way you express yourself. Slideshow feature provides the convenience of presenting your ideas without PowerPoint.

Paintrala is a drawing app that can turn almost anyone into an artist. This S Pen Apps Winner gives you powerful tools to help you trace photos from your phone’s gallery so you can turn those into hand drawings or paintings. Compete in drawing contests and surprise friends with your inner artist.

Skitch helps you share ideas, take notes, or sketch out concepts to communicate visually with colleagues and friends. Use it to illustrate your ideas with the S Pen by marking up photos, screenshots, or web pages. Take snapshots of people you meet and annotate it with their names. Add highlights to images or markup text to illustrate your point.
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Moto X reveal 'Magic Glass' display

As Motorola’s first Google smartphone, the Moto X has been featured in murmurings for a while now.
 Reports have pegged the Moto X as a midrange smartphone with a premium feel.
The so-called Magic Glass is said to be Corning’s Gorilla Glass, but rather than your standard flat, tough glass named after a primate, the glass will wrap around the front edges of the device, offering a curved feel. The glass won’t wrap around very much, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it doesn’t offer any new viewing area. Instead, the glass would offer extra protection to the phone. It wouldn’t save the phone from a hammer intentionally directed at the screen by an ex, but would strengthen the phone against little bumps and dings, such as when you haphazardly place the phone on a hard surface.

A curved surface wouldn’t fly on a phone with a standard rectangular design, though, as there would likely be a bit of a gap between the rounded curve and the flat bezel. 

This is a single sheet of Gorilla Glass which is moulded to a special polymer to make a continuous surface that wraps around the entire front and edges of the device. There is zero gap with the back. Moto X will feature a laminated aluminium design, with an emphasis on keeping it lightweight and durable.
The alleged specifications of Moto X include a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU for graphics. It is likely to feature a 4.5-inch display with on-screen keys. On the camera front, it is expected to include a 10.5-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. It's likely to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Moto X is expected to include 16GB of internal storage, out of which 12GB will be user accessible. Connectivity options might include NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The device is expected to be backed by a 2,200mAh battery.

10 New features in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Google has announced the roll out of the next iteration of its Android operating system, dubbed as version 4.3, with the launch of its new Nexus 7 tablet. The new version will be called 'Jelly Bean' and would actually be the third version to carry the same tag after Android 4.1 and Android 4.2. The latest update comes about nine months after Google introduced Android 4.2.
However, as suggested by previous leaks, the new Android version doesn't bring a big makeover and comes with a few major features. The new OS is being rolled out first to Google's Nexus range of devices including the original Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 tablet and will ship with the new Nexus 7. 
We take a look at its new features.

1. Restricted profiles

Google added multi-user profiles in the last iteration of Android and it seems the search engine giant wants to enhance that experience through restricted profiles. With the new feature, users can restrict app usage and content consumption on an Android device. So you'll be able to set profiles for each user of the device in case of multiple users. For instance, parents can control what apps or games their kids have access to on their tablets. However, it's worth pointing out that the new restricted feature is only available on Android tablets.

2. Bluetooth Smart Ready

Google seems to be making way for wearable technology by introducing the Bluetooth Smart Ready feature in Android 4.3. Devices running Android 4.3 will now support low-energy Bluetooth Smart accessories like heart rate monitors, pedometers, thermometers and many others. Users can now sync the low energy devices without these affecting the battery usage of the device, as per Google. This feature was missing on Google's mobile operating system, till now. This would also make way for Android friendly wearable tech.

3. Dial-pad Autocomplete

Android 4.3 now adds the autocomplete feature in the dial-pad suggesting contact names or phone numbers when users start keying-in something. This is not a new feature as OEMs like Samsung and HTC had already introduced this feature on to their UI skins running on top of Android, but devices running stock Android were missing it. Users can initiate the feature by going to the app settings and enabling 'Dial Pad autocomplete'

4.Notification Access
The Notification bar has been a popular feature on Android and with Android 4.3, you can control and interact with the status bar notifications. This would allow users to control how notifications are pushed to the primary and connected devices(smart watches, fitness bands). Users will also be able to see all the notifications at one place.

5. OpenGL ES 3.0
If you are a gaming junkie, the new update will definitely excite you. This feature would let Android devices render high quality graphics in games and other apps. Google claims that Android 4.3 supports the new version of the industry standard for high performance graphics. Google also gave a demo of a game showing detailed textures, lens flare, and reflections. This was missing in Android 4.2.

6. Simplified Setup Wizard

Android Jelly Bean now supports corrections to user inputs while signing-in to the device, the first time. This is due to more streamlined user agreements. Now a user can change the information that was keyed-in during the first boot of the device. Google has also introduced faster user switching from the lock screen in case of multiple users.

7. Bluetooth AVRCP

Google devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean can sync with Bluetooth enabled car stereos and offer additional functionality. The Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 version allows stereos to display metadata such as song names when music is being streamed from an Android 4.3 device.

8. Location accuracy features via Wi-Fi scan only mode
Google has now increased the location accuracy of Android devices by allowing location scanning via Wi-Fi.

It now allows apps to get location data through Wi-Fi even when Wi-Fi is set to off and not being used for data access.

9. Keyboard & input

Android 4.3 comes with an upgraded algorithm for tap-typing recognition that makes text input easier while chatting via messages or even while composing emails. It also brings a new emoji keyboard, which we've previously seen in iOS. The update also adds lower latency input for gamepad buttons and joysticks.

10.Hindi support lands on Android 4.3

Google has introduced native local language support to its operating system for Afrikaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili and Zulu. Hindi has finally reached the stock Android operating platform.

With the update, Google has also added support for Hebrew and Arabic (right-to-left) in the home screen, Settings, Phone, People, and Keep apps.

Bonus - New Camera UI

Android 4.3 also offers a new updated Camera app that features a new arch based menu which makes it easier to control and switch camera settings.

Military Standard Rugged Android 4.1 Phone

Military Standard Rugged Android 4.1 Phone4.3 Inch Screen, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, 8MP Camera 

Android 4.1 military standard rugged mobile phone, packed with great features such as a 1GHz processor, 4.3 inch touch screen, dual SIM, IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating, 8MP camera and much more. Built like a tank wtih MIL-STD-810G standard, this phone is virtually indestructible. 

If you are looking for a phone which is built to survive, then look no further. The “Rhino” rugged Android phone complies with the latest military standard (MIL-STD-810G) and is IP67 water- and dustproof. Unlike other rugged phones, the “Rhino” is also a Smartphone, running on Android 4.1 and equipped with the latest hardware. It will easily run several apps at the same time without losing any of its processing speed, all thanks to its 1GHz built-in CPU. Plus, you won’t have to walk around with two phones in your pockets anymore since the “Rhino” comes with Dual SIM slots. 

Rated with an epic IP67 waterproof score, the “Rhino” is completely protected against dust, indicated by the 6 in the IP67 code and the 7 indicated that this phone is protected against the effects of temporary immersion in water up to 1 meter depth. Of course, the “Rhino” doesn’t only perform well under extreme conditions, you’ll find that this phone is also perfectly fitted for everyday use. Equipped with Bluetooth, GPS navigation, a wealthy Google Play store, and a stunning 8MP back camera, the “Rhino” also is a master of the urban jungle. 

This true all-purpose Android 4.1 rugged phone is an essential accessory for anyone working on a construction site, hikers, urban explorers, miners and everyone else who requires a tough phone. The “Rhino” is available at an incredible low wholesale price. Brought to you be the leaders in electronic gadgets and Android phones, Coolgadgetonline

At a Glance...

Military Standard Rugged Phone (MIL-STD-810G)
IP67 Water- and Dustproof
Android 4.1
8MP Camera
4.3 Inch Screen
Manufacturer Specifications


  • OS Version: Android 4.1
  • CPU: MT6575
  • Processor Speed (max): 1GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G: WCDMA/HSPA 2100 MHz
  • MIL-STD-810G Military Standard Compliant
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof
  • IP67 30 Minutes, 1 Meter Immersion in Water
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Google Play
  • Adobe Flash
  • Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot (3G Tethering)
  • 8 Megapixel Rear Camera + 0.3 Megapixel Front-Facing Camera
  • Mic and Speaker
  • Battery Size: 300mAh
  • Usage Time: 6 Hours
  • Battery Standby: 72 Hours
  • Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian,   Dutch, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, Arab, Thai, Chinese (simp), Chinese(trad)


  • Display Size: 4.3 Inch
  • Display Resolution: 800x480
  • 2 Point Capacitive Multi Touch Display


  • Internal: 4GB
  • Micro SD Card up to 32GB

Media Formats

  • Video: MP4, 3GP
  • Audio: MP3, WMA
  • Picture: JPG, GIF
  • eBook: PDF, TXT


  • 2x SIM Card Slots - 2x GSM + WCDMA
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • 3.5 mm Audio Out Port
  • Micro USB Port


  • Gravity Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor


Main product dimensions: 145x70x20mm (L x W x D)
Main product weight: 260g
Weight/dimension is for the main item of this boxed product, to help you compare product sizes before buying: please do not base your shipping calculations on this price - shipping prices depend on your cart contents, shipping destination, and shipping method: please use the checkout to select options and preview shipping price for your total order.

Product Notes

The Android OS version on this device cannot be upgraded or flashed and any attempts to modify the default OS will void the warranty. As a wholesaler, Coolgadgetonline provides no software support, advice, or training regarding the Android operating system and software.

Package Contents
  • Phone
  • USB Cable (Product Specific)
  • Earphones (Product Specific)
  • Standard Power Adaptor
  • Clasp (Product Specific)
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BMW launches it's i3 Electric Car

Front View Of BMW i3 Electric Car

Back View Of BMW i3 Electric Car

The German luxury carmaker BMW has presented its first mass-production i3 electric hatchback. The Munich-based company underscored the seriousness of its long-term ambitions regarding mobility in Germany and abroad.

The i3 is a funky-looking four-seater that Wired is calling “the most innovative thing to come out of Munich in a decade.”

The i3 comes after an estimated $2.7 billion (2 billion euros) investment program, with the German carmaker hoping the resources pumped into research and development will eventually pay off.

The i3 is more than just a car. It's a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility. It is purpose-built around an electric power train to serve the needs of our megacity customers," said Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Norbert Reithofer, at the world premiere in New York on Monday.

The fact that a typical electric vehicle (EV) can only be driven 75 miles to 80 miles (120 km to 130 km) before requiring a recharge — which takes up a lot more time than a gas-station pit stop — is a deal breaker for many consumers. Using electric power, the BMW i3 can be driven out 80 miles (130 km), perhaps 100 miles (160 km). That’s fine for many commuters, but insufficient for longer journeys.

Extending the driving range of the i3 is as simple as purchasing the optional two-cylinder, 34-horsepower rear engine that runs on gasoline — and that basically doubles the vehicle’s range. BMW is also expected to give i3 owners access to gas-powered loaner cars during the days when they need a vehicle with longer driving range — on, say, a weekend road trip.

BMW i3 Electric Car's interiors

BMW i3 Electric Car's interiors

One of the most common arguments against EVs is that the math doesn’t add up: whatever money you’d save on gas is negated by the premium you pay compared with a traditional gas-powered car. Prices have already dropped significantly on electric cars, with abundant cheap lease deals and thousands of dollars slashed off the sticker prices of the Ford Focus EV, Nissan Leaf and others.

The i3 also leverages the latest mobile technology to enhance functionality both in and out of the car. An Apple cable connects iPhone owners with apps and phone features. The BMW i Remote smartphone app offers functions like battery monitoring, car location, and door locking and unlocking.

The i3 comes with an i Remote smartphone app

In the U.S., the BMW i3 will start at US$41,350 or US$45,200 for the version with the backup gasoline engine, before factoring in federal and state rebates and tax incentives. That’s not cheap, but it’s less expensive than what many anticipated for an electric-powered BMW. It’s also a lot less pricey than the Tesla Model S, the premium that has already set the standard for electric cars — and that starts at around US$70,000.


Sony Xperia Z Ultra Launched in India for Rs 46,990

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Launched in India for Rs 46,990

We have already discussed about Sony Xperia Z Ultra specifications in our previous article. It's time for indian viewers to keep it in your hands as it has been launched in india for Rs 46,990. 

Sony's latest smartphone, an LTE-capable phablet rocking a massive 6.44-inch screen, is a powerful addition to the Xperia family.  the device features a 6.4" monstrous screen and a Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is the fastest ARM chip put in a smartphone to date that runs at 1080p resolution.

This new screen is paired with Qualcomm's latest and greatest mobile processor, the impressively potent 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity too.

The Z Ultra also weighs in a bit more than the Xperia Z, at 212 grams versus 146 grams, but offers better water resistance certification. The Sony Xperia Z is certified to IP55 and IP57 levels, while the Xperia Z Ultra to IP55 and IP58 standards. Which all basically means that the Xperia Z can withstand submersion in water to a depth of 1m for up to 30 minutes, while the Xperia Z Ultra can safely go under the 1m mark and stay under water for longer periods. I also noticed that the headphone jack is exposed in the Z Ultra, but is still water resistant, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active’s design.

Available in stores in black, white or purple colors, from August 2nd onwards. There will also be a cover with battery (available seperately for Rs 11,990), Magnetic charging dock DK30 (Rs 2990) and Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH52 (Rs 7490) available at launch.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra will bea vailable in stores in black, white or purple colors, from August 2nd onwards



Farm 432: A Kitchen Appliance That Breeds Fly Larva For Protein

Farm 432: A Kitchen Appliance That Breeds Fly Larva For Protein

Flies are usually considered unwelcome guests in the kitchen, but a Designer and Fulbright scholar Katharina Unger has created "Farm 432" whisc is a fly-breeding device for home use that continually collects fly larva as a protein source for less squeamish diners. As unappetizing as it may sound, the designer hopes that convincing the Western world to add insects to its diet could help increase the planet's overall food supply.

"Farm 432 enables people to turn against the dysfunctional system of current meat production by growing their own protein source," said Unger.

Unger, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, devised her concept of a self-contained fly larva farm as an alternative to factory livestock.
"Black soldier fly larva are one of the most efficient protein converters in insects, containing up to 42% of protein, a lot of calcium and amino acids," the designer adds. After 432 hours, 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs turns into 2.4 kilograms of larva protein, so Unger predicts that people could harvest approximately 500 grams of larva a week, producing two meals.

Using Farm 432,  after 432 hours, 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs turns into 2.4 kilograms of larva protein

The Farm 432 itself resembles an empty water cooler with a compartment on top for adding the initial batch of larva. After the larva have matured, the resulting flies migrate into the large, clear plastic chamber so they can mate and produce more larva. The bottom of the chamber contains several holes which provide either food, water, or a space to lay eggs. Any eggs that are laid in these spaces drop down into another chamber, where they hatch and grow. Once they're able to move, the larva instinctively climb up a short tunnel, where they are trapped in a collection bucket to be consumed later.

Once the larva have matured, the resulting flies will drop down into the large, clear plastic chamber so they can mate and produce more larva

The bottom of the chamber contains several holes which provide either food, water, or a space to lay eggs

The larva instinctively climb up a short tunnel, where they are trapped in a collection bucket to be consumed later

As long as some of the larva are set aside and put back in the main chamber, the cycle can continue indefinitely with just a little bit of food to sustain them.

"The larvae I bred have a very distinctive taste," she said. When you cook them, they smell a bit like cooked potatoes. The consistency is a bit harder on the outside and like soft meat on the inside. The taste is nutty and a bit meaty."

"With my design I am proposing a new lifestyle," the designer said. "It's about a potential new western culture of insect eating and breeding. It is really about making people see that there is a great variety of food on our planet that we rarely consider."

Unger explained that by 2050 meat production will need to increase by 50 percent to meet population increase, predicting that because we already use one third of croplands for the production of animal feed, it will be necessary to develop alternative food sources and production methods.

She added that her system so far uses just one out of 1000 edible insects in the world and she wants to develop the idea further in collaborations with manufacturers and researchers.

In the future, Unger plans to develop her farm further to support a greater variety of edible insects and possibly mass produce it as a consumer product. Of course, the most obvious hurdle for her fly-breeding device is convincing more people to eat insect larva, regardless of taste. That's a difficult concept for most Westerners to swallow under ideal circumstances, but especially when 500 grams of protein requires about 10,000 larva. On the other hand, insects do contain less calories than most sources of protein, so that could be a selling point.