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Your touchscreen patterns are unique enough to be used as security

Posted by Tom April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

You’re so predictable. The way you jab your tablet and phone is just soooo typical of you. That’s what researchers at Georgia Tech have found out, and from that they’ve developed software that locks down your tablet if the usage isn’t in-keeping with your usual patterns.

Called LatentGesture, the software constantly monitors usage to develop a ‘touch signature’ and uses this familiarity to make sure it’s still your fingers tapping at it.

Accuracy has been up at 98% for smartphones and 97% for tablets, which is pretty impressive. Even at this stage it can accommodate multiple users on a single device. There’s thought that it could become a secondary security solution after the lock code’s been broken.

Via gizmodo

Tegra 4 Galaxy GALAPAD A1 is the gamers’ friend

Posted by Tom April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Out of China comes the Galaxy GALAPAD A1, a 10-1-inch HD tablet that runs on the gamers’ friend, the quad-core Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.8GHz.

Also onboard is 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.

Combined with the 1920 x 1080 resolution, this could be a contender for those looking to indulge in some handheld game play.

Via tablet-news

Getac T800 tablet runs Windows 8.1 and can take a punch

Posted by Tom April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The 8.1-inch T800 from Getac is the next contender for the ultimate rugged tablet.

Upping the ante for outdoor work, the screen is sunlight readable and it can survive drops from up to six feet, as well as knocks, spillages, an vibrations.

It’s powered by an Intel quad-core processor that’s clocked at a respectable 2.16GHz and can push through to 2.58GHz. You’ll not get lost out in the wilds either, thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi, GPS and WLAN. There’s also an additional battery in case you’re out longer than expected.

For all this extra might, however, there’s a price to pay. The hardy tablet will be available in June for US$1599 (3G) and $1999 (LTE).

Via tablet news

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z to get Android 4.4 next month

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

It was just a few month ago when Sony rolled out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to some of its early 2013 devices but it seems the manufacturer isn’t done yet. Up on their respective support pages, Sony has scheduled the Xperia Z, Xperia XL, and Xperia ZR smartphones, as well as the Xperia Tablet Z for another software refresh in May.

These aren’t exactly the latest Xperia devices and definitely not the most high-end ones. All them were launched in the first half of 2013, with some making their debut as early as the first quarter of last year. While they differ in most aspects, like screen size and resolution, all four of them share something in common. They all ran on a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2 GB of RAM. And, as of December last year, they were all upgraded to Android 4.3.

So it is with open arms that we welcome Sony’s resolve to bring the latest Android 4.4.2 to these devices, which it has scheduled for release in May. At the moment, the company isn’t saying much about what to expect, although it did share some of them, which consists of, unsurprisingly, updated Sony apps and supposedly a launch animation that matches those used in the PlayStation 4. Of course, aside from those we can expect Android 4.4 features to also arrive, like the redesigned navigation and notification panels, cloud printing, and immersive mode.

There is no specific date yet when the update will actually roll out, though it is probably already a generous estimate to expect it mid-May. However, when it actually arrives, especially those that first have to go through carriers, is a different question entirely.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Hisense Sero 8 budget Rockchip tablet

Posted by Tom April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Hisense Sero 8 is the latest budget tablet from the Chinese company. It runs on a quad-core Rockchip RK3188T processor and has an 8-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The Sero 8 comes loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and is clocked at 1.6GHz. There’s 1GB RAM, 16GB on-board storage and microSD expansion.

So far so good but at the budget price of £90 (US$150), something’s got to give – here it’s the cameras: 2MP rear and VGA front.

Other than that, it has the standard WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and is powered by a 4000mAh battery.

Via gizchina & liliputing

Login with Amazon simplified sign-in arrives for 3rd-gen Kindle Fire users

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Login with Amazon was first introduced about a year earlier. Amazon had been touting this as a secure sign-in solution that makes use of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. It had been pushed as something beneficial for developers and users. But flash forward till today and it seems Amazon has returned to ‘make things even easier’ for Kindle Fire users.

This latest update will be for those using one of the third-generation Kindle Fire devices. Specifically, the 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX as well as the 7-inch HD. Amazon has said customers will no longer have to login each and every time they launch an app — provided that app is making use of the Login with Amazon setup.

“Today we are making things even easier for customers using apps enabled with Login with Amazon on the latest generation of Kindle Fire devices. Starting today, mobile apps and games that use Login with Amazon on these Kindle Fire devices will no longer need to ask Amazon customers to sign in each time the app is run.”

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The first time a Login with Amazon app is run it will use the account registered to the Kindle Fire device to sign in. Naturally, the user will still need to click a few buttons, but the process should be much simpler as compared to creating an account, or entering a username and password each and every time.

There are similar sign-in solutions from Facebook and Google+, however the Amazon option should appeal to those using a Kindle Fire as they are likely already living in the Amazon world. That being said, this is something developers will need to enable before users begin seeing it live in apps. Developers will be able to get some additional details in terms of setup from the Amazon Developer Console.

SOURCE: Amazon

Octa-core Ramos P1 phablet preview

Posted by Tom April - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair hosted the official unveiling of the Ramos P1, a 6.44-inch phablet that runs on the octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor.

The palm-sized device also has 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage, an 8-megapixel back camera complete with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

It runs Android 4.2 JellyBean, has a 2.700 mAh battery, as well as Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio and support for GSM and WCDMA networks.

The device has been shown off but the price is still unknown.

Via tablet-news

Octa-core MediaTek chip powers Cube Talk U69GT tablet

Posted by Tom April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

A sister chip of the octa-core darling of smartphones, the MediaTek MT6592 processor, has made its way into a tablet, under the hood of the Cube Talk U69GT.

A variant of the MT6592, the MT8392 is optimised for larger devices and allows smooth running of the 7-inch Talk U69GT with a 1920 x 1080p 1200 pixel resolution with OGS technology, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.

It looks solidly built and has some nice curves.

Via gizchina

 

MiUi Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet due in May

Posted by Tom April - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Housed in a metallic shell, the Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet will be launched in May, and will come loaded with the MiUi interface.

It’s rumoured to have a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, a recent incarnation of Android, as well as MiUi – all for under $200.

It’s also expected to have an HD 7.9-inch display. More details and images are they’re announced.

Via tablet news

Ployer MOMO9 3G quad-core tablet previewed

Posted by Tom April - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The upcoming China tablet Player MOMO9 has appeared on Chinese sites, along with some tech-specs.

The compact, slim 7-inch tablet will feature dual-SIM 3G connectivity and run on the quad-core MediaTek MT8382 processor, clocked at 1.3GHz.

Backing up the processor is of 1GB RAM. Check out some more pics below.

Via imp3