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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Huawei is working on a foldable phone for 2018

2017 was the year when bezels were out and big screens were in - could 2018 be the year when everyone brings out a foldable phone? We've already seen the ZTE Axon M, featuring a dual display with a hinge, and it sounds like Huawei has something similar in the works for a potential 2018 launch.

The company's CEO Richard Yu told CNET that Huawei already has a "working sample" that it's working on refining. Apparently it follows the blueprint set down by the Axon M, but the manufacturer's engineers are working on reducing the gap between the phone's two displays.

For the time being at least, it seems as though foldable phones will be two displays stitched together, but in the longer term we could see one seamless display that can bend in the middle. Yu says Huawei could launch its first foldable phone next year, but the timeline isn't set yet.

The future is foldable

In terms of looks and form factor, smartphones haven't changed all that much over the past decade, although the phones of 2017 certainly look better than their predecessors. Foldable technology could be just the hardware innovation that handset makers have been looking for.

Rumors of a foldable Samsung phone called the Galaxy X have been swirling for years, and it sounds like 2018 might finally be the year when it sees the light of day. Meanwhile, LG and Apple have also been tipped to launch something similar in the not too distant future.

It's certainly a massive engineering challenge to get this kind of technology working, and working well, but if the big companies can crack it then it's likely to lead to a boost in sales. As soon as Huawei makes anything official we will of course let you know, but in the meantime there's the Huawei Mate 10 to consider.

Posted By: Xyber Galaxy on Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Price Drop: Dink Smallwood HD (Games)

Dink Smallwood HD 1.89


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99 -> Free, Version: 1.89 (iTunes)

Description:

"Dink Smallwood is a perfect example of the refined basics of classic RPG and adventure games…enjoy the hearty dose of something simple, silly, and special." - Jordan Thomas, Avault.com

"The main hook in this game has to be the sense of humor that permeates it... the difference is that this game is beautiful, gory, and has a wonderful (and twisted) sense of humor.” - T. Byrl Baker, Computer Gaming World

It all began in a world where dragons roamed the land and knights fought with valor and honor.

And then there was Dink. Can a simple pig farmer thrust into an epic journey of magic and adventure save the world?

Dink Smallwood HD is the newly remixed version of the classic RPG brought to you by the original creators featuring:

•Now includes full in-game DMOD support! 300+ user made quests/stories available

•Supports the iCade controller

•Three add-ons included: Mystery Island, Agatha's Will, and Furball

•The complete re-mastered original CD soundtrack

•Speed up" button to fly through dialog and cutscenes at your own pace

•Automatic full state save/restore whenever you quit/restart the game

•Auto save and Quick save/load feature

•Upgraded and optimized engine, Dink never looked or sounded better

•Two control methods, directional pad and “drag anywhere”

What's New

* Vastly improved DMOD support with Dink Network integration
* iOS 11 support
* Fixed aspect ratio
* New fancy shadow renderer and PNG code from Dan Walma

Note: Quick saves are incompatible with older versions! Normal saves are still compatible.

Dink Smallwood HD

Posted By: Xyber Galaxy on Saturday, 21 October 2017

Price Drop: Dink Smallwood HD (Games)

Dink Smallwood HD 1.89


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99 -> Free, Version: 1.89 (iTunes)

Description:

"Dink Smallwood is a perfect example of the refined basics of classic RPG and adventure games…enjoy the hearty dose of something simple, silly, and special." - Jordan Thomas, Avault.com

"The main hook in this game has to be the sense of humor that permeates it... the difference is that this game is beautiful, gory, and has a wonderful (and twisted) sense of humor.” - T. Byrl Baker, Computer Gaming World

It all began in a world where dragons roamed the land and knights fought with valor and honor.

And then there was Dink. Can a simple pig farmer thrust into an epic journey of magic and adventure save the world?

Dink Smallwood HD is the newly remixed version of the classic RPG brought to you by the original creators featuring:

•Now includes full in-game DMOD support! 300+ user made quests/stories available

•Supports the iCade controller

•Three add-ons included: Mystery Island, Agatha's Will, and Furball

•The complete re-mastered original CD soundtrack

•Speed up" button to fly through dialog and cutscenes at your own pace

•Automatic full state save/restore whenever you quit/restart the game

•Auto save and Quick save/load feature

•Upgraded and optimized engine, Dink never looked or sounded better

•Two control methods, directional pad and “drag anywhere”

What's New

* Vastly improved DMOD support with Dink Network integration
* iOS 11 support
* Fixed aspect ratio
* New fancy shadow renderer and PNG code from Dan Walma

Note: Quick saves are incompatible with older versions! Normal saves are still compatible.

Dink Smallwood HD

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Fall gadget giveaway, Sonos One speaker, FrontRow camera, and more – Weekly round up

You’ve worked hard all week and have been rewarded with the weekend. I have another reward for you. It’s an easy to read list of everything that we posted on The Gadgeteer this week from news, to reviews and articles. Click through, and see if you missed anything.

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News

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Fall gadget giveaway, Sonos One speaker, FrontRow camera, and more – Weekly round up originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on October 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm.

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SmartOmi ANT Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker review

Sometimes one portable audio is a bit more portable than other portable audio. What the heck am I talking about? I’m talking about little speakers, people. Really little. I’ve reviewed a few other portable speakers here at The Gadgeteer, and I’d had varying degrees of satisfaction with them, so I hadn’t really been looking to review another one. But when the SmartOmi ANT Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker arrived at my door, in its itty-bitty little box, I became much more interested. Let’s check it out. Gadget on!

Specs

Per the SmartOmi site and the included User Guide booklet:

  • Inputs
    • Bluetooth 4.1
    • 3.5mm Auxiliary port input
  • Battery:
    • 800 mAh battery for up to 12-hour play time on 1.5 hour charge time
    • Charge voltage: 5V DC
    • Charge time: 1.5 hours
    • Playback time: 12 hours
    • Standby time: 310 hours
  • 5-Watt speaker power
  • Frequency Range: 100Hz-20KHz
  • Operating Distance: 33 ft
  • IPX7 Waterproofing & 1.5m drop resistant
  • Built-in microphone

Options

  • Black (reviewed here)
  • Red, which it turns out is virtually identical to Black, but with a red port cover

Packaging

The SmartOmi ANT arrived in a very sturdy, stout cardboard box with a top lid/bottom tray configuration.  Internally, there was a foam block with a cutout to hold the SmartOmi ANT.

The only complaint I had about the packaging would be that the lib and base were very conforming, meaning they fit very tightly together.  To the point where I had to actually use a couple of screwdrivers to pry them apart.  Though this was probably user error, I doubt it.  Maybe a couple of small ribbon loops or tabs attached to the bottom of the package would have assisted with this.

Contents

  • SmartOmi Ant speaker
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • 3.5mm Auxiliary input cable
  • User Guide booklet
  • Promotional booklet

Features, Functions and Performance

First impressions: This little dude looks cool and is way small.  It has almost a tactical (“tacti-cool”?) look and feel to it.  I liked its appearance right out of the box.

With its all matte black color and its faux leather texture on one side it also seemed somewhat industrial looking.

The faux screws around the perimeter of both sides were a nice touch that added to the overall aesthetic as well.

There are three buttons on the top of the ANT: from left to right they are the power/play/pause, volume up/next track and volume down/previous track buttons.  All of these buttons are covered by a single silicone strip which protects them from bumps as well as contributing to the speaker’s IPX7 water-resistance rating. The body of the ANT is also made from ABS plastic, which contributes to its shock-resistance, which Smartomi reports as having been tested to a 3-meter drop height.

On the bottom of the ANT, on the side opposed the control buttons, is another silicone strip with the words “OPEN CHARGER” and an arrow on it.This silicone strip covers the micro USB charging port as well as the 3.5mm audio in auxiliary port.  The silicone cover helps seal these ports against moisture and there is a tether to keep it from falling out and getting lost.  The cover’s thickness helps it stays seated down into the body of the ANT, but it is fairly easy to remove it by gently prying it up with a fingernail.
In the above photo, I’ve plugged in both of the cables included with the ANT, the micro USB charging cable (left) and the 3.5mm audio in auxiliary cable (right).
As mentioned above, one side of the ANT features a faux leather texture that is actually molded into the body, along with the SMARTOMI logo.
Another useful feature of the ANT is a leather strap that can be used to attach the speaker to a bag or even hung up in the shower other places with a carabiner, or to help give you a better grip it when holding it.  Note that although it appears that is secured with a snap, it is actually a rivet that cannot be removed.
For a speaker of its compact size and shape, it puts out some decent sound.  Good enough for my teenage daughter to have commandeered the ANT within a day of it arriving at my house and using it constantly.  My daughter reported that she had the ANT paired with her iPhone in just a few seconds, and she was rocking and rolling (literally, since I’ve managed to get my children into some classic rock—parenting win!).

As mentioned above, the ANT is very small and compact.  Like, it could easily fit into a purse or backpack small (or possibly even in a pants pocket).

The ANT also has a tiny microphone hole on the side which enables it be used for hands-free phone calls.

Conclusion

I really like the Smartomi ANT speaker.  It is very small and compact, puts out good sound for its size, and looks cool. To me it seems to live up to its namesake, an ant: tiny, black and strong for its size (in sound, anyway).  It’s definitely my favorite portable, water-resistant speaker that I’ve tried thus far.  Now if I can just get my daughter to let me use it once in a while…

Source: The sample for this review was provided by SmartOmi. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

 

Product Information

Price: $99.99
Manufacturer: SmartOmi
Retailer: Amazon
Requirements:
  • A device with a Bluetooth connection
  • A USB port for charing
Pros:
  • Very small and lightweight
  • High waterproof rating
  • Good sound for such a small device
  • Looks tacti-cool
Cons:
  • None

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Is this what the OnePlus 5T is going to look like?

Right now there's a lot of uncertainty about what OnePlus has planned for a successor to the OnePlus 5 - stocks of that phone are very low, so does that mean we're going to see a OnePlus 5T soon? After all, OnePlus has done the minor upgrade trick before, with the OnePlus 3T bump last year.

Well, here's another little clue that the OnePlus 5T is on the way: renders of the phone leaked to Chinese social network Weibo and posted by GizmoChina, an outlet that seems convinced that we are indeed going to see another OnePlus flagship this year.

As the images show, the update would enable OnePlus to join the thin bezel, 18:9 aspect ratio crowd along with the likes of LG, Samsung, Google and Apple. To make room for the massive new display, the fingerprint sensor gets pushed around the back - you can see it just above the OnePlus logo.

The waiting game

Apart from the new super-sized screen and the shifted fingerprint sensor, these new pictures don't tell us too much. It looks like the dual-camera system used on the back of the OnePlus 5 is again used here, and it's likely that the innards are going to be the same as well, led by the Snapdragon 835 CPU.

We haven't heard too much in the way of speculation and rumors so far about whether the OnePlus 5T is going to happen, and that makes us think that the Chinese manufacturer might wait until 2018 and jump straight to the OnePlus 6 - it's possible that these are pictures of next year's phone.

If you're thinking about buying a smartphone in the next few months though, it might be worth waiting to see if OnePlus has anything up its sleeve. The phone is likely to be launched in November, if it's coming at all.

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Harness the power of the Dark Side to vacuum your living room!

I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of dust bunnies under my couch cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced… 

Just in time for holiday shopping, Samsung brings us their POWERbot robot vacuum in a limited edition Star Wars theme! Available in either a Darth Vader or Stormtrooper design, the POWERbot maps the contours of every room and includes sensor technologies to avoid getting trapped in its journey. It also includes edge cleaning, remote control via your smartphone app, and voice control compatibility with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. 

Harnessing the power of the Dark Side isn’t cheap: pre-order pricing is set at $799 for the Darth Vader version and $699 for the Stormtrooper edition. But if you’re shopping for the hardcore Star Wars fan who has everything, you can check out the details at Samsung’s website.

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