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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-1 prints your smartphone photos on the spot

Posted by wicked January - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It seems that photo printing is now trying to catch up with the rising trend of mobile photography. Building on its line of instax mini instant cameras, Fujifilm is now unveiling the instax SHARE SP-1, a small printer just for your smartphone.


In concept, the instax SHARE SP-1 would sound vaguely familiar, like the LG Pocket Photo 2 announced last week. You basically take a photo with your smartphone, send it wirelessly through a proprietary Fujifilm app made just for the purpose, and see your photo get printed out in small 62 mm x 46 mm prints. Fujifilm isn’t exactly forthcoming with the exact details of the device. The printer has a dedicated reprint button that will, you guessed it, print out the photo again. Other than that, we’ll have to wait and see what else this pocket printer has to offer.


What makes the instax SHARE SP-1 somewhat worthy of a second look is the free app that comes with it. Aside from allowing you to enlarge, reduce, or apply filters to the photo before sending it out to the printer, the app also offers a few templates, practically frames around the photo, to make it more interesting. The Real Time Template places information like date/time, location, and weather to make the photo truly memorable. The Limited Edition Template numbers the photos as in a series, conveying the fact that it is part of a limited edition set. The SNS TEmplate uses images uploaded from Facebook or Instagram and adds the profile photo of its source and the number of likes or votes on it.


Fujifilm hasn’t yet disclosed when the instax SHARE SP-1 smartphone printer will be available and with what price tag. It is also quiet on the types of film and paper that can be used with the printer.

SOURCE: Fujifilm

ZTE Projector Hotspot hands-on: a confused Android device

Posted by wicked January - 9 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

We’re no strangers to gadgets that try to do everything. After all, smartphones have mostly evolved to become just that. But there are just some things that leave you scratching your head and the ZTE Projector Hotspot unveiled at CES 2014 could be one of them.


Do not rub your eyes out thinking you misread something. Yes, this is one of those portable projectors that you can bring along in your bag for those off-site presentations. This projector is advertised to handle images of up to 120 inches, can output 1080p video, has a brightness of 100LM and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It is almost 5 inches in length and width and a bit more than 1 inch in thickness. So far so good and sounds like your run of the mill handy projector.


Of course, there is also the hotspot half of the equation. Aside from projecting your images or slides, it can also share your LTE connection with up to 8 clients and supports WPS and IPv6. But wait, there’s definitely more! This device is a actually full-fledged Android unit, running Android 4.2. It has a 4.0-inch capacitive touchscreen, at 800×480 pixel resolution, and has WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity options. This practically allows users to show content coming directly from the projector hotspot itself, as well as, of course, from some other device.


And in case you’re wondering, like other portable hotspots of late, the ZTE Projector Hotspot also doubles, or in this case, triples, as a backup charger, with its own 5000 mAh battery inside. The only thing that’s missing from this jack of all trades is pricing and availability, which ZTE has so far not yet disclosed.

Self-healing rechargeable batteries will lessen battery replacements

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

Lithium ion batteries used in mobile devices might have gotten more powerful, or, in some cases, less flat, but there’s no escaping the fact that, sooner or later, they will lose their life and need to be replaced. But thanks to researchers from Standford University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, that time might come later rather than sooner.

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The principle behind this new battery technology is in making sure lithiated silicon materials inside the batteries are able to hold electrons for a longer period of time. Silicon has been used in batteries to allow it to hold more electrons compared to oxides. However, silicon swells up when holding electrons and then shrink back down when discharged. Over time, this causes the silicon materials to crack and break apart, affecting their ability to hold on to electrons.

The key, then, according to Chao Wang from Stanford and Hui Wu of Tsinghua University, is in delaying that last stage by keeping the silicon materials together longer. The researchers used a type of “self-healing” coating that instantly repairs the cracks and pulls back the materials together. Thus, the materials are able to store electrons much longer than conventional batteries that use polymer binders, and thereby prolonging a battery’s life.

That said, this self-healing property doesn’t actually prevent the silicon materials from breaking up in the first place, which will eventually lead to the battery’s death, but in a much longer time. Still, the researchers are hoping to be able to produce batteries that can last up to 500 charge cycles before being replaced.

VIA: Gizmodo

The Role of Mobile Phones in E-Commerce [Infographic]

Posted by wicked March - 21 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

mobile paymentI’ve just got a new infographic to share with you. Did you know how many people using their phone to purchase products? What are people doing in physical stores with their phones? Or what are they doing after recieving a text offer?

Consumers are becoming more and more comfortable buying items electronically. With no travel time, no waiting in line, and better deals, it really is a no brainer. Merchants and brands are making it even easier by offering apps, alerts, and deals to this modern elecrtonic consumer.

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AT&T drops device return policy from 30 days to 14

Posted by wicked October - 8 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re planning to pick up a smartphone this fall or holiday season from the folks at AT&T you might want to make sure you know what you want, and choose the right device for you. As of yesterday AT&T has cut their device return policy from 30 days down to just 2 weeks. Yup, you’ll have 14 days to decide if that HTC One X+ is right for you — or if you’d rather enjoy that Galaxy Note II instead.

Essentially they’ve cut the return window for new purchases completely in half here. This also works into their ETF (early termination fee) that I’m sure many are familiar with in this handcuff world of smartphone contracts. The 30 day return window was for those that had something come up and they had to cancel, didn’t like the device or their plan, or just opted to go with another carrier.

Previously users could opt out and return their device within 30 days, including their 2-year contract, and not pay any fee’s for early termination. Now that’s just 14 days instead. Now this may be bad news, but Verizon only offers 14 days, and it has been that way for a while with most other carriers too. AT&T is just joining them with providing less time to their customers.

Back in February AT&T doubled their upgrade fee to $36 for customers, and now their cutting our “grace period” in half. So essentially you’ll be paying a bit more to upgrade, and having less time to decide if that was the right decision for you. It’s also worth noting that AT&T business users will not see this increase — they’ll be staying at 30 days. Overall this isn’t that big of a deal because most people know good and well what device they want (read: Galaxy S III) and won’t be effected by this new policy. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

[via PhoneScoop]

Microsoft lets Android users try Windows Phone 7 — sort of

Posted by wicked November - 29 - 2011 - Tuesday Comments Off

I know many of you loyal readers and Android enthusiasts would never even dream of switching to Windows Phone 7, nor would I. Today we have learned that Microsoft thinks showing off their phone user interface for everyone to see and try themselves might help their chances. I must admit this is actually an awesome idea. Android phone users can now get a little taste of Windows Phone 7 right on their device — in a matter of seconds. More details are available after my awesomely confusing image below.

Looking at my image we clearly have the Android 2.3 powered HTC Sensation but wait are those capacitive Android buttons, is that Ice Cream Sandwich up top? Or wait, maybe it’s just CyanogenMod 7 with my favorite Cyanbread theme. All running with Windows Phone 7. I’m actually sort of enjoying that photo to be honest.

If you haven’t tried a Windows Phone 7 device down at a local store Microsoft aims to get your dollars by giving you a quick glance and personal hands-on time with Windows Phone 7 right from your Android smartphone. All you need to do is go to the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 demo page from your mobile device and enjoy the tasty Mango (name for WP7′s OS). This will load a surprisingly smooth and nice mock-up of Phone 7 and their tiles. You’ll be able to enter a few different areas like the application tray, contacts, calender and things of that nature. It’s actually quite neat and even though I’d never ever consider making the change I did enjoy the quick demo.

Apparently this will also work on those i*hones too if anyone has one of those devices (For Barista’s see this video). It doesn’t give us an extremely close look but either way this was pretty cool and I figured you’d all like to give it a try. It’s an awesome marketing tool I must admit — well done Microsoft. Now stop suing everyone and their dogs in the world of Android. K thx bye.

Windows Phone 7 demo site (click from mobile device)

[via Engadget]


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Posted by xrip August - 11 - 2011 - Thursday Comments Off

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