While at CTIA 2014, I ran into a company with a unique new product for taking group photos and selfies. Here is a nice video that they just released portraying the product. It is definitely worth checking it out.
Say hello to the selfie, revolutionized. HISY is a tiny device that offers so much more than the term we’ve come to know and love. With HISY, users can snap photos andvideo from up to ninety feet away, eliminating woes like weird selfie arm and the exclusion of people from the shot. Just set, step away, and click, then admire your killerselfie #hisypix. HISY—it’s The New Way to Selfie!!
Say what you will about Google and other internet services’ proclivities toward data mining — they sure have given the human race some refreshingly honest perspective on itself. Those of us who believe in civil-minded discourse would like to think…
For years, Google’s critics railed that the Android operating system had a fragmentation problem, with too many manufacturers installing too many versions of the software on too many phones. As a result, they argued, the Android ecosystem was a mess…
The Motorola Moto X was finally unveiled earlier this month after, after a lot of leaks came out. Since it’s a Motorola phone, and Google bought Motorola it obviously matches the same market that would want a Google Nexus 4 smartphone, too. The fact…
Camera and Video
Features : 12.1 megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto focus; Sony’s Exmor® R for mobile CMOS sensor; 16x digital zoom; HD video recording (1080p); 3D Sweep Panorama™ mode; Image playback, supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP; Image capture, supported format: JPEG; Video playback and recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4; Accelerated Adobe Flash Video; Front-facing camera (1.3 megapixel, 720p); Face detection
Screen Color : 16 million color TFT
Features : Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass Screenshot capturing
HD Reality Display : with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Camera : 12.1 MP rear-facing camera 1.3 MP front-facing camera
Keyboard : Onscreen QWERTY keyboard
Bluetooth® Technology : Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
DLNA Content : Included
Wireless LAN : Wi-Fi® 802.11b/g/n
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) : 5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches6
Weight (Approx.) : 5.1 ounces
Music Player : Included
Tuner Type : FM Radio with RDS
Format(s) Supported : Audio Playback: MP3, 3GPP, MP, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis Audio Recording: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
Alarm : Included
Calculator : Included
Calendar : Included
Easy redialing : Included
Airplane Mode : Included
Geo tagging : 4
GPS : aGPS
Menu Options : Timescape™ application with Twitter integration Facebook® inside Xperia™ 2.0
Message Folder(s) : SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Predictive text input, Conversational Messaging View, Sound recorder, Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®4
Speakerphone : Included
Vibrating Alert : Included
ANT+ technology : Included
HDMI® support : Included
TV Launcher : Included
TV Out : HDMI® support
Tasks : Included
Operating System : Android 2.3
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port(s) : Micro USB connector
3.5mm Audio Jack : Included
Battery Life (Approx) : Talk Time (GSM): up to 14 hours 15 min5 Standby time (GSM): up to 660 hours5 Talk time (UMTS): up to 6 hours 42 min5 Standby time (UMTS): up to 850 hours5 Music listening time up to 17 hours 30min5 Video playback time up to 6 hours 18 min5
Battery Type : 1500 mAh
Charging Connector : Included
Stereo Bluetooth® Capability : Included
xLOUD Experience : Audio filter technology from Sony
Screen Size : 4.6 inches (measured diagonally)
Resolution : 1280 x 720 pixels
Supported Network(s) : GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 UMTS HSPA+ 850, 1900, 2100 LTE Band IV and Band XVII
RAM : 1GB
Internal Memory : up to 16GB with microSD support up to 32GB7
Operating System : Android™ 2.3
Other Preloaded Applications : Google Play™ Store, Google Mail™, Google Calendar™, Google Maps™ with turn Street View and Latitude, Google Talk™ with video chat, Google Voice Search, YouTube™, Facebook® inside Xperia 2.0
Processor : 1.5 GHz8 Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core
In the Box
USB charging cable
I am looking forward to it having Android Jelly Bean or Ice Cream.
I am surprised it did not come with any headphones in the box.
In order to make a difference for autism we are trying to gain exposure. We would love to have an article done on us for a magazine, online website, tv show or newspaper. We are trying to make a difference for people with autism.
The President of Autism Advocacy and technology news zone
A summary of our intent–>
As an individual with high functioning Asperger syndrome, a kind of autism, and the father of three kids who are also on the spectrum for this disorder, I have always felt a need to make a difference for the people with autism. I dream of establishing a national organization like the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society to make living on the spectrum better for those with autism related disorders. Utilizing my knowledge and passion for technology with my personal experience and interest in autism, I launched http://technewszone.com, on January 11, 2011 .
We are a tech-focused state nonprofit. As we get funded we intend to help those on the autism spectrum by using technology-tablets and related computer technology plus the gift of music and the arts, to make the lives of people with autism better, and to support their families and the educational facilities that serve them.
Are LTE speeds and an improved silhouette enough to lure wayward users back into the company’s willing embrace? Does anyone even care about non-Ice Cream Sandwich tablets? Read on as we explore the odd ends and angles of this curiously-shaped slate.
Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 vs Xoom LTE… fight!
So, let’s face that elephant in the Xoom head-on: this iteration of the Xyboard is lighter at 1.33 pounds (603 grams) and considerably thinner at just 0.35 inches (8.8mm). Gone are the hard edges that marred Moto’s original tab and, instead, we’re treated to the same curved edges that made their debut on the Droid RAZR, as well as a flanking of soft touch plastic. Immediately, you’ll notice the device’s ergonomic improvements over its predecessor, but it’s still a far cry from being a pleasure to hold. In fact, those awkward angles dig into your palms no matter how you orient the slate. Sure, the Xyboard’s looks serve to set it apart from the competition, but we’re not sold on this build as the model going forward.
Though this fella was meant to be a clean break from the company’s tablet past, it appears as though Motorola simply couldn’t part with its ill-advised decision to mount the power button and volume rocker on the device’s backside — here somewhat easily locatable on the upper right. It takes some getting used to, but we acclimated to this placement soon enough. Soft touch plastic surrounds the gunmetal grey aluminum back, which neatly stacks Motorola’s insignia atop that of Verizon’s own and the operator’s 4G LTE logo. Up top, the slate’s 5MP rear camera with single LED flash lies centered between the stereo speakers. Ports are mainly relegated to the bottom, where you’ll find a removable tray for the SIM card, as well as a micro-HDMI out and micro-USB. While the 3.5mm headphone jack is left by its lonesome on the opposite end, with the 1.3MP front-facing camera just beneath it.
With a dual-core processor bumped up to 1.2GHz and an ample 1GB of RAM, the Xyboard zooms along, hampered only by the addition of Moto’s Blurring of the Honeycomb OS.
The O.G. Xoom repped a 1,280 x 800 WXGA display which, although decent for its time, literally pales in comparison to the Xyboard’s TFT-IPS. Colors are noticeably bolder, the panel is brighter and images come across much crisper. Motorola’s claim of 178-degree viewing angles are no joke, either — the screen retains a stunning visibility even when tilted nearly full out of eyesight. Obviously, this bump in quality should go over well with folks who intend to consume mass amounts of streaming video on the tablet.
With a dual-core processor bumped up to 1.2GHz and an ample 1GB of RAM, the Xyboard zooms along, hampered only by the addition of Moto’s Blurring of the Honeycomb OS. Indeed, transitions are often choppy and lack the fluidity of Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. Why the company chose to break from offering users a pure Google experience and overlaid a choppy skin is beyond us. Again, tradition seems to prevail here. Save for the original Droid, all subsequent brand descendants shipped with the OEM’s special skinned touch. And so, too, has Motorola extended that consistently poor software customization to its successive Android 3.2 tabs.
With skinning comes crapware and the Xyboard has it a plenty. Third party apps like Amazon Kindle, Citrix, Dijit, Evernote, Fuze Meeting, Let’s Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, Netflix, Quickoffice, and Slingbox come pre-installed. That list doesn’t include Verizon’s own branded offerings which help to crowd the app drawer. Certainly, some of these applications are useful, but we’d like app downloads to ultimately be the user’s choice and completely uninstallable.
Verizon’s LTE service in New York City hasn’t fared so well in the past few days, dropping off and defaulting the Xyboard to a 3G connection due to network issues. Things look to have been fixed on the operator’s end since and we’re back to enjoying those blistering speeds, which maxed out at 27.64Mbps down and 8.12Mbps up on the Xyboard. Typically, performance will hover between 17Mbps to 22Mbps down and 5Mbps to 7Mbps up, so if you’re planning on a marathon Netflix session, you won’t be left wanting. Big Red’s 4G coverage has had the benefit of an early head start and, consequently, signal strength was relatively hardy.
Perhaps to add that extra value oomph to the Xyboard, Motorola’s bundled a stylus into the box. But don’t let that get your hopes up, the functionality reeks of last minute add-on.
Perhaps to add that extra value oomph to the Xyboard, Motorola’s bundled a stylus into the box. But don’t let that get your hopes up, the functionality reeks of last minute add-on. Wondering why Evernote comes pre-loaded? Wonder no more, the app is one of three options made available when the stylus icon is activated from the tablet’s dock on the lower right. Users wielding Moto’s pen, which itself is actually well-made and feels great in the hand, can choose between Floating Notes to create and save memos, Open to see a list of saved memos and the aforementioned Evernote. Integration doesn’t run too deep, as you’ll only be able to choose from three distinct pen tip / eraser widths and eight colors. The handwriting recognition software showcases an apparent lag, trailing behind our hand’s movements and forget about resting your palm on the screen, as that’ll impede your ability to write. That’s not to say it totally fail to recognize your attempts at legible scrawl, but it’s definitely a hit or miss experience. Navigation and typing can also be managed via the stylus, although it’s not ideal.
For the power user, Motorola’s released a slew of accessories to extend the Xyboard’s functionality. There’s an HD station for docking the tablet that packs an extra three USB ports and HDMI out so you can watch content on your flatscreen, a portfolio cover that flips back to create an impromptu stand and a wireless keyboard with portfolio. We took the Bluetooth keyboard for a trial run and despite its decidedly less than premium construction, its usefulness actually exceeded our low expectations. The hard-edged square keys are stiff, but have just enough travel to make typing surprisingly fluid and natural feeling. We did occasionally encounter difficulty locating some of the modifier keys, shrunken as they are to fit the layout, but Motorola did manage to include shortcuts for menu, home, back and search. Depressing any of the alphanumeric keys while viewing the homescreen accesses the tablet’s search function, displaying a list of relevant contacts, search terms and applications. And to make up for the lack of a trackpad, there’s a soft rubber-coated mouse button that lies centered between the G, H and B keys. It’s implementation is actually more frustrating that helpful, as it’s overly sensitive and difficult to control. So much so, that we found ourselves defaulting to touch navigation out of resignation.
The Kindle Fire hardly needs an introduction, since Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO showed it off a few months before launch, it’s been a seriously hyped and anticipated gadget. Billed variously as an iPad killer, the king of eBook readers and Amazon’s latest attempt to maintain your addiction to their various digital storefront; the Fire instead is the product of mere mortals and it has no intention of murdering larger, fruity tablets. The Fire is clearly designed to deepen your addiction to Amazon’s eBook, video, music and Android Appstore though–compulsive shoppers beware. That is the real charm of this 7″ Android-based touch screen tablet: easy access to Amazon’s stuff. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you gain free (free other than the yearly $80 that gets you discounted expedited shipping on physical goods and 1 eBook/month on loan) access to 10,000 movies and TV shows, and they look fantastically sharp on the Fire. If you’re a Kindle owner with a large investment in Amazon eBooks, they’re all downloadable to the Kindle Fire, and your Amazon MP3s are available too. Since the tablet has only 8 gigs of storage and no microSD card slot, Amazon’s cloud for music, books and video are important; you can stream or download that content as you need it, then offload it.