Last February’s Mobile World Congress showcased the gadgets that were expected to hit the markets this year. One eagerly awaited device was HP’s Slate 7. At the time, the Slate 7 was scheduled to be rolled-out in April, but we’re already more than halfway through the month and still no sign of the tablet. Or so we thought.
HP has announced that the Slate 7 Android tablet will soon be hitting UK shelves on May 1 and will cost about £129. This is undeniably welcome news, assuaging concerns that the tablet’s release would be postponed until June.
With computer sales still plunging, HP knows how important it is to be ensconced firmly in the tablet arena. HP is hoping that the entry level Slate 7 will become more popular than the TouchPad, the company’s previous offering. Analysts are expecting the 7” tablet to be at loggerheads with Amazon’s Kindle Fire since both have almost the same price, has the same screen size and resolution.
The Slate 7 runs on the Jelly Bean 4.1 so more apps and content can be downloaded from Google Play. The tablet has a 1,024 x 600 resolution, Beats Audio, 3mp front camera and a 3mp rear camera. It will be powered by a 1.6Ghz Cortex A9 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage that can be expanded to 32GB via a microSD card.
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Love it or hate it. Google Glass is coming to town in just a few weeks time. With its much-awaited arrival, Google has announced that the Explorer Edition models will be the first to be released in public. Technical specifications have been made public, as well. Check it out.
Glass is a wearable, computing device that is capable of capturing images, videos, syncing with mobile phones and more. For its specifications, it has a 640 x 360 display equivalent to a 25-inch HD TV from 8 feet away, 5MP camera, 720p video recording, audio capability through its built-in bone conduction transducer, Wifi, Bluetooth, 16GB internal storage with 12GB of it capable of syncing with Google Drive and comes with microUSB cable and charger.
In addition, it comes with adjustable nosepads and extra nosepad accessories in two different sizes. Battery is said to last for one full day on a single charge although continuous video recording could quickly use it all. Bluetooth-enabled phones can be paired with the Glass while Android mobile devices with ICS platform and up can use GPS and SMS messaging by installing the MyGlass companion app.
For those of you who are wondering if the Glass can be used underwater, the answer is no. The device is not waterproof and can’t come in contact with liquids. It also has other limitations like its harder to use voice input while at a noisy environment and might cause eye strain for some users. In other words, Glass isn’t for everyone but, if you still want to buy one, be prepared to shell out $ 1500. Hit the comments below if you’re interested to get one.
After months of rumors and leaked images and photos, Panasonic finally unveiled the Lumix DMC- GF6. The good news is, this high-quality camera is the device for the social butterflies among us.
The Lumix DMC-GF6 is a step-up from the DMC-GF5. It has a heftier body and a smooth metallic form. Panasonic has integrated quite a few noteworthy upgrades like a screen that can be tilted to 180-degrees, wireless connectivity and a mode dial. Its connectivity is what Panasonic hopes will set the GF6 apart from the rest. The camera has built-in NFC and WiFi capabilities and can connect effortlessly to any smart phone or tablet via an integrated app. The GF6 also has an Instant Transfer function that allows for automatic and wireless transfer of photos or videos.
Aside from its connectivity prowess, the GF6 also boasts of full 1920 × 1080 HD AVCHD video recording at 50i or 60i. There’s also a heap of modes built in the camera. Some exciting modes to check-out are the Creative Panorama, Self Shot and Stop Motion Animation. The camera’s revamped mode dial is now located at the top to easily access settings that are often used.
Panasonic hasn’t confirmed when the Lumix GF6 will hit the market or how much it will cost. However, some reports have pegged the camera to cost around $ 680 and that it will be available by April 24.
Motor City now has something to be proud of. Local automaker Detroit Electric recently unveiled the city’s first-ever pure electric sports car, the Sp:01.
Today, several car manufacturers are aiming for alternative means to reduce fuel consumption or promote the use of electricity. The energy-saving trend has also been adopted by the latest sports automobiles. The SP:01 is a sports EV that boasts of 201 bhp (150kW), 166 lb-ft torque electric motor that produces a top speed of 155mph, 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Staying true to its “Pure Electric Excitement” mantra, the SP:01 doesn’t only presents an efficient electric motor. The 2-seater sports EV has a custom-made body in order to provide a more energy efficient ride. The exterior is made of carbon-fibre material (similar to what is currently used in F1 racing cars) while its battery unit is made of lightweight material giving it a leaner body at just 2,354 lb. Handling is also not a problem with the SP:01. Detroit Electric provides its with first-class suspension, steering and brakes to give its customers security and enjoyment while riding this beast.
For geeky car enthusiasts, the SP:01 also provides state-of-the-art infotainment system. The electric sports car utilizes “SAMI” (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment system) allowing car owners to use their smartphones to control in-car features like music player, interior lighting, vehicle system status, satellite navigation, climate control and even has a car locator functionality.
However, charging time could be a deal breaker to some since the SP:01 takes longer than similar models at 4.3 hours on a 240V outlet. On the other hand, this is a small price to pay considering that it can run up to 180 miles with just a single charge and not consuming a single drop of fuel!
Only 999 units will be produced by August of this year with a price tag of $ 135,000 apiece. The purchase includes a 30,000 mile warranty.