NXP and BRAGI Demonstrate World’s First Smart, Truly Wireless Earphones

BRAGI, a European-based earphone manufacturer, is the world’s first company to release smart, truly wireless earphones, based on NXP’s NFMI transceiver technology and its Kinetis K24 microcontroller. BRAGI’s DASHa completely wireless hearable– offers consumers a cord-free experience with freedom of movement, maximum comfort and high quality sound. The DASH combines three essential features into one product: a standalone music player, a live sports assistant and a smartphone companion.

With NXP’s NFMI transceiver technology, and the power and performance efficient Kinetis, the DASH is able to bring innovation to life with a truly differentiated and tiny hearable.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“One of the major hurdles in developing the DASH has been the ability to deliver reliable streaming of audio signals from ear to ear. Desperate of trying to accomplish this with 2.4GHz RF, we were relieved to come across NXP’s NFMI transceiver technology which has been used for almost a decade to enable ear to ear communication in hearing instruments,” said Nikolaj Hviid, CEO at BRAGI. “The NFMI transceiver solution is small, reliable and consumes minimal energy. And thanks to NXP’s NFMI technology’s ability to work under water, consumers can enjoy the DASH even while swimming. Hearables and NFMI are a perfect fit to deliver a delightful, seamless audio experience to consumers.”

bragiWirelessEarphones2“Without question, 2016 is going to be a year of more disruptive connected consumer experiences, many of which attendees will see at CES this year,” said Asit Goel, senior vice president of the securing monitoring and control business line at NXP. “NXP is focused on cultivating innovation in Internet-of-Things and is excited to work with the BRAGI team to demonstrate the DASH at CES. The DASH paves the way for a whole range of smart devices that will enable many applications beyond cord-free audio listening and communication.” NXP’s latest innovation, the NXH2280, an NFMI transceiver chip offers low power, high bandwidth, more processing capabilities and increased flexibility, while streaming audio and data from ear to ear. This makes the NXH2280 an optimized solution for hearables. In addition, NXP’s Kinetis K24 is a low power 120MHz ARM Cortex-M4F based microcontroller including 1MB of Flash, 256KB SRAM and full-speed crystal-less USB in a wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP) to provide a powerful controller with a small footprint which is critical for space-constrained systems like hearables.

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Availability
NXP is working with a select number of lead customers to embed NXH2280 in consumer products. The production start of the NXH2280 device is scheduled forApril 2016.
The Kinetis K24 microcontroller is in full production today.

Additional information about the NXH2280 and Kinetis K24 is available atwww.nxp.com.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries.

VIPole Secure Messenger for Teams and Enterprises Is Now Available on iOS

VIPole Secure Messenger with strong AES-256 encryption is now available for iOS users and there are plenty of reasons to try it before flinging into the New Year.  Alongside with the never-ending encryption debate that involves enterprises, governments and tech enthusiasts, there is a solution for secure communications developed with respect to customers’ privacy. VIPole messenger encrypts all types of transmitted and stored data and provides a unique set of features for extra protection of identity and sensitive data.

Today many messaging apps are pitching about user privacy and security priority but upon closer inspection, they are either tracking customer’s general whereabouts or storing deleted messages that can be retrieved anytime. VIPole demonstrates a fundamentally different approach to privacy, handing over the encryption keys ownership directly to its users. With end-to-end encrypted chats, calls and file transfer, VIPole is not just an IM app; it’s the ultimate privacy tool.screen322x572 (1)

The iOS release has topped up the list of available platforms and now in addition to Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Android devices it supports iPhones. The safety of communications is essential to VIPole, thus  the app entails a number of special security settings for privacy management and history editing. Besides advanced security settings, the current iOS version has limited functionality that includes instant messaging, group chats, calls and a password manager. iOS users will soon be able to enjoy a full experience as VIPole features will increase with each update.

VIPole is equally advantageous for both personal and business use providing the extensive secure system that connects communications in one cross platform app. In addition to regular communication features and productivity tools, VIPole offers extensions for team management. VIPole group chats bring together an unlimited number of participants, encrypted data storage ensures safe document circulation and files exchanged among users are seamlessly synched across all devices.  With full-featured video and audio conferences, VIPole distinguishes itself from those corporate messengers that provide only IM and file exchange.

VIPole is a UK company that provides secure business communications for teams and enterprises. With enhanced security and extended functionality, VIPole unites teams and ensures privacy for those who don’t want their personal data to be in public ownership. For more information, please visit the websitehttps://www.vipole.com/en/.

Samsung Canada Introduces the First Consumer Edition of Gear VR, Powered by Oculus

Samsung Electronics Canada, one of the leading suppliers of mobile phones in the Canadian marketplace, announced today the Canadian availability of its first Gear VR Consumer Edition.  Powered by Oculus, the new Samsung Gear VR broadens the accessibility of virtual reality and offers Canadians the opportunity to immerse themselves in new worlds, games and experiences by simply snapping their Galaxy smartphone into the device.

The latest edition of the Gear VR is compatible with the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge, leveraging each device’s super AMOLED display to provide the colour, clarity and performance needed for an amazing virtual reality experience. With new foam cushioning, the Samsung Gear VR is 19 percent lighter than the previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, making the device more comfortable to wear. In addition, the Gear VR’s touchpad has been improved, providing greater control while enjoying a robust selection of film, gaming, 360 degree video and experiential content available.

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“Samsung Canada has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences, and the newest Gear VR makes virtual reality accessible to even more consumers,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The Gear VR offers a truly innovative experience, getting Canadians closer to incredible 360 degree content in a completely immersive way.”

Elevating the virtual reality experience, there are more content options to choose from than ever before in the Oculus Store, including the Samsung Milk VR application, available for download in Canada starting today.  With 300+ content titles and 25+ hours of VR experiences, Samsung Milk VR brings high quality content to life for Canadians, with exclusively developed content such as GONE, an original scripted thriller produced by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert’s Skybound Entertainment. Also included are must-see titles like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as well as additional channels in music, sports, action and lifestyle.  All content can be streamed for instant access or downloaded for full-quality experience and offline viewing.ca_SM-R322NZWAXAC_000000007_Top_white

The Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition will launch in Frost White and will be available at select Canadian retailers and Samsung Experience Stores beginning December 11, 2015 for $139 CDN (MSRP).

Samsung Gear VR Product Specifications

Dimension / Weight

201.9 x 116.4 x 92.6 mm / 318g

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Proximity(Mount/Unmount Detection)

FOV

*Field of View

96 degrees

IPD Coverage

54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)

Colour

Frost White

Compatibility

microUSB connection to the Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Read and follow warnings and instructions with the Headset before use. The Headset should be calibrated before each use. Not for use by children under 13. A virtual reality experience may trigger health reactions. See a doctor before use if you have a history of seizures. Stop use if you experience health reactions. 

About Samsung Electronics Canada
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiatives. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of the top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.

To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Follow Samsung Canada at facebook.com/SamsungCanada or on Twitter and Instagram @SamsungCanada

SOURCE Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

The best of #tech 2015 #tablets #laptops

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With #cyberMonday rapidly approaching, folks have got deals on their minds. Here at Vancouver Gadgets we hope to enlighten you with some of our top tablet stories of 2015.

First off is the Sony Xperia Z4 which is a high-end Android tablet with a 10.1 inch display.

Sony Xperia Z4 tablet“Sony Mobile Communications [released ] the Xperia Z4 a powerful Android tablet. Xperia Z4 Tablet features a bright 10.1 inch 2K display, front stereo speakers an 8MP main camera and a 5.1MP wide-angle front camera. You can also connect the Z4 Tablet to a PS4 via Wi-Fi and use the Dualshock Wireless Controller. The Z4 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor, 32GB internal memory and up to 17 hours of video playback on one battery charge.”

 

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HP’s new Star Wars inspired laptop looks great and performs well with an Intel Core i5 processor, 12 GB memory and a 1 TB hard drive.

hpForceDark“HP is unveiling its new Star Wars Special Edition notebook a device that allies power, performance and portability and delivers an incredible experience for fans around the world in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: “The Force Awakens.” Inspired by the Galactic Empire, the Star WarsTM Special Edition notebook offers a special design including “battle-worn” distressed design with “Galactic Empire” written in the unique Star Wars Aurebesh font on the hinge and iconic Stormtroopers on the keyboard deck.”

 

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Microsoft’s Surface 3 is in the grey zone between tablet and laptop and can transform easily into either one or the other with the easily removable mobile keyboard.

“Powered by the new quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life. A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. The 10.8-inch ClearType HD multi-touch display featuring 3:2 aspect ratio, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound, and the durable magnesium design are just a few of the benefits of Surface 3 that customers will recognize from Surface Pro 3.”

Microsoft Surface 3

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And finally the Samsung GALAXY Tab A is being positioned as a tablet for the family complete with kids security controls.

“The technology needs of Canadian families are changing,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The GALAXY Tab A enables families to share one device while experiencing a high level of personalization and a better viewing experience, all in a portable form factor, at the right price. I truly believe that this is the ultimate family solution.”

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The best #tech of 2015 #smartphones

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2015 was an exciting year for smartphones and Vancouver Gadgets has lined up a showcase for the year’s best stories.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge arrived in Canada back in April but is still one of the hottest items on Christmas lists for 2015. Samsung’s flagship phone is compatible with Samsung Pay mobile payment service.

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Lenovo backed company ZUK launched Z1 smartphone loaded with the Cyanogen OS. This partnership is expected to do very well. Cyanogen is an open OS built on Android and includes enhanced security and improved battery life.

“ZUK and Cyanogen are partnering closely to bring the best customized Android experience to international users, and the ZUK Z1 international version will be the first device from ZUK to come preloaded with the commercial Cyanogen OS.”

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The LG G Flex2 features a curved and more ergonomic design compared to traditional smartphones. This allows both the earpiece and microphone to be better positioned to the ear and mouth respectively.

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LG G Flex2 smartphone

One of the most exciting developments is that of ARA which is a modular smartphone system being developed by Google.

“Just imagine the possibilities with 3D printers. In the future you could potentially download a blueprint for an ARA module and print it out on your 3D printer. This is being discussed on Reddit. However ARA is not quite there yet according to the ARA FAQ, they “did look at 3D printing module shells, and have been working on a production 3D printing system capable of putting out high-quality, consumer-grade materials.”

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ARA smartphone

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Audiophiles take note, the Marshall smartphone was made with you in mind.

“Marshall London packs a lot of heat under the hood; take for example the Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. This soundcard gives the London a separate processor for music, allowing it to play at a higher resolution. Higher resolution means that even the best quality MP3 will sound phenomenally better when played with London. Additionally it lets you play uncompressed music such as FLAC format.”

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Apple iPad Pro is a great #BlackFriday buy

iPad Pro SmallWhen Apple launches a new product the tech world stops and collectively holds its breath to see what might be coming next.

The iPad Pro is no exception as its expansive 12.9-inch Retina display, doubled CPU performance of iPad Air 2 and refined Multi‑Touch technology have taken tablets to a new level.

Hardware and Design

With 5.6 million pixels, iPad Pro features the highest‑resolution Retina display of any iOS device. The 12.9‑inch screen makes editing 4K video, designing presentations, running a business — easier, faster and more engaging.

Despite the big display iPad Pro has an astonishingly slim and light design — just 6.9 mm thin and 713 g. Yet thanks to the strong unibody enclosure, it feels well‑balanced and sturdy. We like this!

Wi-Fi + LTE

This is a key part of any tablet these days and you probably wonder why we have looked at this before other features. the iPad Pro connects to fast Wi‑Fi and cellular networks, so you can download movies, browse the web and share documents from almost anywhere. Whether or not you’re in Wi‑Fi range, the superfast Wi‑Fi + Cellular model supports a range of LTE bands.

Audio

With four new high‑fidelity speakers built directly into its unibody, iPad Pro creates an audio experience as big as its display. The new design produces an engaging soundstage with three times the acoustic output of iPad Air.

A9X Chip

At the heart of iPad Pro lies the new A9X. It delivers up to 1.8 times the CPU performance and double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2. So even the most demanding apps run effortlessly.

Apps

iPad Pro comes with a variety of built‑in apps that make it easy to take on the essential things you do every day. And on the App Store, you’ll find incredible apps designed just for iPad, so there’s virtually no limit to what you can do.

Camera’s

Maybe tablet camera’s haven’t replaced digital SLR cameras yet but they are still getting better and better. The iSight camera on iPad Pro has an advanced sensor that lets you shoot beautiful images and video. The Apple-designed image signal processor gives you excellent results, whether you’re taking a panorama or using burst or timer modes. You can also shoot time‑lapse and slo‑mo video in 720p HD. And with a larger viewfinder, you’ll see more detail than ever before

The front‑facing FaceTime HD camera also has an improved sensor which, along with the larger display, makes video calls feel more lifelike. Even in low‑light or backlit settings, your pictures and videos will look great.

Intel Security Battery Optimizer for Android Devices

I came across something very cool today. It’s a battery optimizer for Android devices made by Intel Security. I wanted to share as I think its something that would be super helpful for everybody. This app actually monitors device performance in real-time meaning that it can find app issues and alert you to them.

You can also use this to clean up temporary files and downloads that have been lingering around which is nice. And probably the best thing is that you can extend battery life. The optimizer will identify apps that drain the battery and stop them if you request.

The product is made by Intel so you can be confident that there will be a high degree of quality involved here. Intel is one of the largest computer chip makers in the world so they have a reputation they need to uphold.

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HIT Technologies Announces Launch of HITCASE SNAP for iPhone

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hitcasesnapHIT Technologies Inc. (TSXV:HIT) (“HIT” or the “Company”), designs, develops, manufactures and distributes the world’s most advanced adventure products for iPhone, including the shockproof, waterproof HITCASE® PRO with professional lens and mounting systems for iPhone. Today, HIT announced the launch of HITCASE SNAP, a slim profile HITCASE for the iPhone 6/6s and Plus models, with versatile mounting options and unmatched lens clarity, made for everyday adventures.

“We are excited to add HITCASE SNAP to our line of creative products,” said Brooks Bergreen, CEO of HIT Technologies. “Our goal is to get people ready for adventure and provide them with the tools to capture and share their experiences. We believe that life should be an adventure and with SNAP, we are now able to offer our customers the opportunity to capture and share their everyday experiences. HITCASE products are a force multiplier for the iPhone that unlock further camera potential.  Our customers love the HITCASE PRO but they asked us to make something they could use everyday, so we built the HITCASE SNAP.  Having already seen great response from our recent HITCASE PRO-6/6s launch, and recognizing that our customers need a slim case that isn’t waterproof for everyday use, we’re excited to extend this potential with HITCASE SNAP.”

Bergreen added: “By expanding our product suite, we will generate greater demand for our HITCASE products, as well as create the opportunity for cross-selling over time. With the iPhone 6s hitting a record 13 million units sold in its first weekend, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing market opportunity.  We will continue to focus on offering our customers multiple ways to capture their adventures.”

The launch of HITCASE SNAP follows closely behind the Company’s launch of its much anticipated, HITCASE PRO-6, a waterproof, shockproof, and mountable case for the iPhone that takes users’ photos and videos to a creative new place.

HITCASE SNAP comes with the following accessories:

  • WIDE LENS: A TrueLUX ™ wide-angle photo and video lens with 104° field of view
  • SHOOTR POLE: A compact telescoping selfie pole that extends up to 18.5 inches
  • TILTR TRIPOD MOUNT: A mount that allows customers to easily mount a SNAP to any standard tripod
  • RAILSLIDE: A mount that allows customers to quickly mount a SNAP to any of HIT’s custom HITCASE mounts. It is also compatible with GoPro ®
  • LENS KEYCHAIN: a handy lens loop that provides quick access to lenses and doubles as a bottle opener for celebrating life’s adventures

To find out more on our HITCASE SNAP for iPhone, visit www.hitcase.com/snap

iPhone Plus models will be available to order October 28, 2015.

About HIT Technologies Inc.

HIT develops and markets a portfolio of products for use on Apple iPhones across the globe. HIT believes that there is a significant opportunity in helping people get Ready for Adventure™ with the best camera they already have, their iPhone. HITCASE PRO allows people to create exciting photo and video content using patented Railslide™ mounts without the need for additional cameras, or gear that get in the way of the fun. With a combination of software, professional quality lenses, patented waterproofing and mounting technologies for every conceivable activity, The HITCASE PRO makes it fun and easy for users to capture and share a day at the beach, on the mountain, in the backyard, or anywhere else life takes you. For more information about HITCASE, visit www.hitcase.com. Search #hitcase on Instagram to see some of the amazing images created by HITCASE customers.

SOURCE HIT Technologies Inc

G-ZED Mobile Launches Kristall® Liquid Screen Protector in Canada

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Kristall, the world’s hardest nanoglass screen protector for smartphones and tablets, is now available in Canada from G-ZED Mobile. This discovery Kristall Blueproduct was recognized with a Most Innovative Accessory award at Mobile World Congress 2015.

Kristall is the world’s hardest nanoglass screen protector for smartphones and tablets.

“Kristall represents a new category of screen protection,” said Lee Goren of G-ZED Mobile. “The unique liquid solution takes the guesswork out of protecting your device, no matter which model of smartphone or tablet you own. It’s unlike anything else on the market today.”

Most screen protectors will only fit one specific device, and are difficult to apply without air bubbles, trapped dust or wrinkles. But Kristall’s liquid nanoglass technology offers an invisible, universal fit for all smartphones and tablets and is fast and easy to apply – with no bubbles, dust or wrinkles.

Kristall Liquid Screen Protector Features

  • Universal fit for all glass-screen smartphones, tablets and smart watches
  • 9H surface hardness (equivalent to sapphire)
  • Fast and easy to apply
  • Invisible protection
  • Bubble-free, wrinkle-free
  • Scratch, smudge and fingerprint resistant
  • Water repellent
  • Ultra-smooth, high-gloss finish
  • Lasts one year with a single application

Availability

Kristall Liquid Screen Protector is available now at select Canadian retailers including PureMobile.ca, Lockercase.com, Amazon.ca and NewEgg.ca, plus at Destination Mobile and Cellcom locations in Quebec for an MSRP of $29.99 (smartphone size) and $34.99 (tablet size).

About G-ZED Mobile

G-ZED Mobile is a Canadian importer and distributor of branded, private label and promotional mobile products and accessories. Founded with the express goal of filling an underserved gap in the marketplace, G-ZED Mobile’s custom solutions and exceptional service help companies succeed in today’s hyper competitive market.

ZUK launches the Z1 in partnership with #Cyanogen #mobile #OS

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zuk z1 cyanogenZUK, a brand new company backed by Lenovo, officially launched the international version of its smart phone Z1, and unveiled their software partnership with Cyanogen Inc, a leading mobile OS company. ZUK and Cyanogen are partnering closely to bring the best customized Android experience to international users, and the ZUK Z1 international version will be the first device from ZUK to come preloaded with the commercial Cyanogen OS. Mr. Chang Cheng, CEO of ZUK and Mr. Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen presented at today’s press conference.

Earlier this month, ZUK announced the Chinese Version of Z1 in Beijing, and it has quickly become a hit in the Chinese market. The Z1 received over 2 million pre-orders within one week, and 40,000 handsets sold out immediately after the 1st wave purchase kicked off on Aug 18. Today, ZUK announced that the international version of the Z1 is expected to go on sale in Europe, America, the Southeast Asia and the Middle East beginning in September; prices will start from $299.


The ZUK Z1 international version has almost the same top hardware configurations as the Chinese version. Z1 is the first smart phone featuring a reversible Type-C charging port with USB 3.0 level data transfer speeds. Besides, the other configurations of Z1 are also ranked top standard on the market: 5.5-inch 1080P FHD display, a fingerprint sensor, a 4100mAh battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset will come in white or space gray.

The ZUK Z1 international version will come preloaded with Cyanogen OS 12.1, a fast operating system customized for Z1 with a number of advanced features that are optimized for performance, power consumption, security and privacy.

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ZUK CEO Chang Cheng expressed the planning of the international market development and his expectations, he said: “We’ve had a great start in the Chinese market, and we hope we can achieve success in overseas markets too. We believe a great product sells itself.”

“It’s a great honor to partner with ZUK, we’ve been cooperating together to deliver the best user-focused Android experience for consumers,” said Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen. “We recognize there is a great diversity of consumer needs in international markets. With the ZUK Z1, we’re empowering users with a significant level of customizability and flexibility.”

In addition, ZUK revealed they would cooperate with well-known global enterprises such as Amazon, which would further reduce the cost as well as improve the customer experience.

Smartphone news: #Addiction #Nokia #SelfCharging #Marshall #Audio

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This week’s smartphone news covers addiction, self-charging devices, the revival of Nokia among several other stories. Let’s begin with addiction.

The smartphone addiction problem

In a story published by TIME, Katy Steinmetz discusses a problem most of us face now in the 21st century, the problem of anxiety related to being without our handheld devices. Why are we letting technology rule our minds and can we have the strength to be in control of our technology usage? Larry Rosen from California State University explains,

Technology tends to “overact” our brains, draining us of unfettered, daydreaming-type creativity, he says. Today’s average college student, a member of the first generation to really grow up digitally native, now focuses and attends to one thing for about three to five minutes before feeling the need to switch their attention to something else, he says: “It makes us very tired. It makes us very miserable. It overloads our brains. … It is not good for us.” In his work, Rosen has referred to these gadgets by using an acronym for Wireless Mobile Devices — or WMDs, for short.

Perhaps we need more self-control software. I understand there are a few companies offering help to the addicted but there may be room in this space for startups interested in helping people find focus in their lives.

Self-charging smartphones

Nikola Labs is probably fueling the problem of smartphone addiction by making the technology ever more available. If we can avoid the inconvenience of charging our phones then we won’t ever have to part ways. Plugging your phone into a socket will still be required (for now) but research is under way to eliminate the bother as Will Zell, CEO of Nikola Labs explains in a report from MIT Technology Review,

They won’t make plugging your phone into a charger obsolete, but Zell says that Nikola’s phone case should be able to give users about 25 to 30 percent more battery life between charges. The company built its first working prototype of a smartphone case this spring and plans to start selling it in the first three months of next year for about $100 (a Kickstarter campaign for the company had raised about $74,000 of its $135,000 goal with eight days to go as of publication; Zell says Nikola Labs has separately raised private funding to bring its product to market).

I wonder how the addiction problem would look if we never had to charge again. Even so, charging while we’re sleeping really isn’t much different. Personally my smartphone is available 95% of the time as it is.

Nokia’s smartphone plan

In a statement from Robert Morlino, Nokia has laid out the options to re-enter the smartphone market. This time the business model will be different in that the company will no longer be producing the hardware but will partner with another company that will apply the Nokia brand name on a device designed by Nokia.

The right path back to mobile phones for Nokia is through a brand-licensing model. That means identifying a partner that can be responsible for all of the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for a product.

If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation, as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet. That’s the only way the bar would be met for a mobile device we’d be proud to have bear the Nokia brand, and that people will love to buy.

Leveraging the Nokia brand name is a huge win for the company and finding a partner with the right terms and conditions could mean a huge cash cow for the company long term. Expect to see Nokia smartphones running the Android operating system in Q4 – 2016.

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Marshall’s music focused smartphone

Get ready for a smartphone with a focus from audio giant Marshall. Founded in 1962, Marshall has 53 years of experience in the audio industry and are now poised to release a top notch smartphone. The Marshall London phone is a gorgeously designed Android device that has its focus on sound quality. The product page says it all.

Marshall London packs a lot of heat under the hood; take for example the Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. This soundcard gives the London a separate processor for music, allowing it to play at a higher resolution. Higher resolution means that even the best quality MP3 will sound phenomenally better when played with London. Additionally it lets you play uncompressed music such as FLAC format.

Thanks for joining Vancouver Gadgets as we wrap up the smartphone news for the week ending July 18th 2015.

Jay Kenobi

Jabra Sport Life app provides in-ear audio coaching

Jabra Sport Coach

For fans of burpees, lunges, squats and planks who want the added motivation of individual coaching while listening to music, the world’s first wireless cross-training audio solution has arrived. The Jabra Sport Coach Wireless earbuds combine personalized in-ear coaching with premium Dolby sound to get the most out of cross training workouts. The launch of the Sport Coach extends Jabra’s sport audio product line, and follows the award-winning Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds that introduced in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.


 

Key features of the new Jabra Sport Coach Wireless headset optimized for cross training include:

  • Best music experience with premium Dolby sound quality
  • Integrated motion sensor and advanced Sport Life app provide real-time in-ear audio coaching
  • Secure fit, lightweight and compact design
  • Extends Jabra’s sports audio product range, pioneered by the award-winning Sport Pulse wireless earbuds for runners

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Developed to meet the needs of cross training enthusiasts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless creates customized workouts based on over 40 different exercises – either time or repetition-based training – via the Sport Life companion app. The app lets users plan, track, and analyze cross training workouts, choosing exercises from beginner to advanced, with in-the-moment, personalized in-ear audio coaching. To ensure you achieve optimal performance and your overall fitness goals, the integrated TrackFit motion sensor provides advanced tracking of pace, distance, step count, cadence and calories to make every workout count.

 

“For sports, we are committed to delivering innovative audio solutions designed to enhance the training experience for fitness enthusiasts,” says Jabra CEO René Svendsen-Tune. “We started by specifically targeting runners, and now we are taking the next step by delivering a solution optimized for cross trainers. We see clear possibilities for in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics.”

 

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless will be available in July for $169.99 at select Best Buy Canada stores,www.bestbuy.ca and www.jabra.ca.