Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana assistant at Build 2014

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1Microsoft has shown off their new updates for both the Windows 8.1 desktop and mobile OS during their Build 2014 keynote. The reveal is an effort to hook developers that have so far been far from enthusiastic about the latest Windows version.

They have shown off the 8.1 updates at the Build 2014 conference. Their annual event draws developers and tech industry leaders from all over the world. Today they had two major announcements: no licensing fees for OEM and ODM partners working on smartphones and tablets with screens under 9″ (which is most), and a converged developer platform.

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Android Wear signals the start of the SmartWatch revolution

Google Android WearI was very happy yesterday when I heard that Android finally took the decision to announce Android Wear OS and signal if it wasn’t clear enough that this is the start of the SmartWatch revolution. Motorola and LG apparently understood this signal and didn’t hesitate to show us how the first Android SmartWatches will look like.

After experiencing with smartphones, tablets and laptops it appears that Google wanted to go further on watches, making them smart. The good thing is that Android Wear looks like a polished operating system and this is why it might be interesting after all. I guess Matias Duarte team also had ideas here and there.

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San Francisco startup ‘Coin’ to introduce an all-in-one credit card payment system

  • 15/11/2013 at 00:33 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Coin All In One Credit CardCoin, a startup out of California, has announced their first product: an all-in-one credit card payment system that will let the user switch which credit card or account they want to use at any given time.

At first glance, it just looks like a thin, black card with a digital display, the same size as a credit card. But it is an impressive little device that accesses up to eight different credit, debit, membership or debit cards at once.

Users can quickly switch between cards at will, then swipe it through any regular card reading payment machine at retailers around the world. The display screen shows the last four digits, expiration and CVV (security) number of whatever card is currently selected.

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Google preparing to launch their own smartwatch

  • 29/10/2013 at 17:28 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleGoogle is planning the release of their own smartwatch, and are allegedly already in talks with manufacturing firms in Asia. It appears that Google’s wearable technology efforts will not just be reliant on Google Glass, sources familiar with a new project have said.

In the face of Apple preparing to launch their own iWatch in late 2013 to early 2014, and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear already out on the market, it isn’t surprising that Google is looking to release their own Android based wearable smartwatch. But rumor has it that it that they are wanting to create something entirely different with their version.

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Apple announced iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display

Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini RetinaAs it was expected, today Apple announced the next generation of iPads: iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display. It’s not a surprise because as usual we’ve seen a lot of leaks that suggested a new design for the big iPad and some that said that the mini iPad will get a Retina Display. And boy they were all true. The only thing that was surprising was the name of the new iPad: iPad Air.

Although I am not Apple no.1 fan, I must agree with majority and say iPad Air looks awesome. Besides this new design it’s also slimmer, lighter and faster. It comes with A7 CPU, the same that was first put on the iPhone 5S and also the first 64-bit CPU ever used in a tablet. It’s paired with M7 motion coprocessor just like it was on the iPhone 5S.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is now official: Snapdragon 800 CPU and Windows RT at $499

  • 22/10/2013 at 13:25 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Nokia Lumia 2520 TabletAfter numerous rumors surrounding a tablet, Nokia finally made it all clear. Today, at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi they announced their first Windows RT tablet, Lumia 2520.

As you can see in the picture, Lumia 2520 tablet looks awesome and it might be the first ever tablet that can take on the old iPad at least on design. Even if it looks like a bigger Lumia phone, it’s very stylish and thin.

The 10.1 inch display is Full HD IPS and Nokia claims it comes with high brightness and low reflectance, which will improve the outdoor and indoor readability.

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Nest will set their sights on a smoke detector

  • 08/10/2013 at 17:43 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Nest Protect Smoke DetectorNest, the tech company that brought you the digital thermostat for home climate control, is now setting their sights on the smoke detector. With Nest Protect they are hoping to revolutionize a product that has long since remained the same.

The smoke detector hasn’t made a whole lot of progress, as far as updates go. Surprising, given the fact that every home  and business is required to have one to remain up to safety codes.

CEO Tony Fadell, once an engineer at Apple who brought you the iPod, agrees. He has already tackled the thermostat, providing a digital dial that can be set for time away and monitored from your computer or mobile device. It even logs energy requirements based on user, finding ways to lessen the amount of energy used by each household.

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