Archos unveils four new Android smartphones for the European market

French Android OEM Archos has just announced the upcoming availability of four new smartphones for the European market: Diamond Gamma, Diamond Alpha, Sense 55S, and Sense 50X.

All four will be launched on the market this summer during of the month of July. The most expensive of the four, Archos Diamond Alpha will cost €299 (after a cash discount of €50), while the Archos Sense 55S will be available for purchase for €249 outright.

Next in line, Archos Diamond Gamma is priced to sell for €199, whereas the cheapest of the four, the rugged Sense 50X will be up …


MIT unveils wearable guides for the visually impaired

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It’s frustrating to see so many wearable innovations without more devoted to providing solutions for the disabled, which is why MIT’s new prototype for the visually impaired is more than just a little exciting. 

A team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have come up with a wearable system that helps the visually impaired navigate their environment. 

The system consists of a 3D depth-sensing camera, electronically refreshable Braille pads that display symbols such as “c” for chair and “t” for table, and a belt that vibrate more as the wearable gets close to an obstacle.  Read more…

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Google unveils best Android apps selection of 2017 in its Play Awards winners

The Google Play Award picks the very best Android apps, according to Google itself, and the winners for best of 2017 have just been announced.
The 2017 Google Play Award winners include apps in various categories, and if you haven’t tried some of them (we know we have not checked them all out yet), you definitely should take a look.
Out of the 2017 winners, we can vouch for Memries and IFTTT, two great apps that we have been using for quite a long while, and that have proven to be of great help. These and the rest …

Nokia unveils the Withings Steel HR Leather Special Edition watch just in time for Mother's Day

Nokia has just released a special version of its Withings Steel HR connected analog health watch. The Finnish company believes that the Special Edition Leather of Steel HR would make a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day.

Unlike the regular version, the Steel HR Edition Leather comes with a state-of-the-art gift box. The box contains the watch, a leather wristband, a charger, as well as a silicone wristband that makes it perfect for sports, swimming, or wet weather.

Also, the watch comes with an Italian hazelnut leather wristband and a free silicon wristband. …

Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile

Cable giant Comcast announced today that it will be starting a wireless service called Xfinity Mobile that will launch in the middle of this year. Wireless plans will be offered only to Comcast customers who subscribe to the company’s Xfinity home internet service. Xfinity Mobile will use its 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots in conjunction with Verizon’s far reaching 4G LTE network. Comcast had an MVNO agreement with Verizon as far back as 2011, and is just now taking advantage of the deal it made with the nation’s largest carrier.

Despite the MVNO deal, Comcast is not using the Verizon name in …

Xiaomi unveils its own in-house octa-core Surge S1 chipset, which powers the new Xiaomi Mi 5c


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi became the fourth such company to produce its own line of chipsets when it unveiled the Surge S1 today. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high quality calls, even in a noisy environment.

One of the best things about producing your own chipset …

Archos unveils a shock-proof Android tablet with IP54 dust/water resistance and keyboard dock

Although tablets aren’t quite as popular as they used once to be, you shouldn’t count them out entirely just yet. Mobile World Congress is quickly approaching, and one device that we’ll be keeping a close eye out for is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. The Tab S3 is the successor to 2015’s rock-solid Tab S2, with some of the main features expected to be a 9.6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM. It’s shaping up to be a pretty impressive bit of tech, but it’s definitely a tablet you’ll likely want to baby and coddle.

If you’re someone who’s prone to being rather …

Microsoft unveils Lumia 435 and 532

Microsoft’s mobile unit has unveiled two budget smartphones, named Lumia 435 and Lumia 532. The Lumia 435 is the first smartphone under the company’s new 400 series of smartphones as well as its cheapest model yet. The new Lumia 532 comes in two variants (single- and dual-sim) and has a 4-inch screen with 480x800p resolution.

The smartphone packs a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM under the hood and comes with 8GB internal storage and microSD card support up to 128GB. Microsoft Lumia 532 smartphone also packs a 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 1,560mAh battery.

Lumia 435, which only comes in single-sim version, has exactly the same hardware as Lumia 532, except the rear camera resolution (2MP).

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Microsoft is offering 30GB free cloud storage, Lumia Camera and Lumia Selfie apps, Microsoft Office mobile suite and Skype integration in dialler in both Lumia 532 and 435.

On its Nokia Lumia Conversations blog, the company posted, ‘Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 deliver competitive hardware alongside innovative software that will continue to receive the very latest updates and enhancements, keeping users up-to-date with the best new features.

The company said Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will hit India and select countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa in February.