Are there moments in time when you were using your smartphone, and it goes all wonky on you that you have half a mind to just bang it on the table out of sheer frustration? The only thing that stopped you was the fact that replacing the shiny device in your hand is going to burn another hole in your pocket that you cannot afford. Well, if you have answered in the affirmative, perhaps you might be interested in Microsoft?s latest patent that, to put it less mildly, bitch-slap your handset in order to keep it quiet. This is a legitimate way of releasing your frustrations on your handset without damaging it.
The patent application claims that you can ?whack? your handset to turn it off, the thing is, will it turn off permanently since you have strength that is nearer to the Hulk?s? Hopefully the phones that carry this particular patent would be built tough enough so that they are able to take in all the future abuse that come their way.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Microsoft multitouch ePen patent applied, Kinect could see action in mobile cameras thanks to Microsoft patent,
Duke Nukem Forever lived up to its name, but Obsidian’s Kickstarter outing with Project Eternity certainly did not take eternity to fulfil. In fact, Project Eternity actually achieved their funding goal yesterday, having a time window of over a month left to laze about celebrating this success. Needless to say, the team is happy to announce that they have new stretch goals implemented into the Kickstarter campaign, where some of the stretch goals include a new playable race, class and companion for $1.4 million, while topping up that amount with another $200,000 would see a Mac version of Project Eternity being introduced in addition to adding a new major storyline that will be chock-full with new quests, locations, NPCs, and unique loot.
When funding hits $1.8 million, you get yet another playable race, class, and companion to provide more options to grow for your main character. $2.2 million will see a new region thrown into the mix, where it is accompanied by a new faction and another new companion, not to mention Linux compatibility. Anything more than that and you will probably have a unicorn shipped to your doorstep, magical horn and all.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: RetroBall super Pong table, Shimi the personal robotic DJ,
It goes without saying that reading between the lines is a skill that most folks should pick up in order to be more sensitive to people around us when communicating. Having said that, when we heard that Minecraft Pocket Edition is now out on the Amazon Appstore, it also translates to the official availability of this device for the Kindle Fire. You need not worry about pricing differences for Minecraft Pocket Edition on the Amazon Appstore, as it will still retail for $7 a pop, which is a similar price tag to what you are able to find on the Android and iOS app stores.
Kindle Fire owners who had to jump through hoops and perform other kinds of rooting tricks on their tablet previously in order to get a taste of Minecraft Pocket Edition need not do so any more. Kiss goodbye to third-party subscriptions, too, as you can enjoy Minecraft Pocket Edition on your Kindle Fire the legitimate way in exchange for some cash and a simple click.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Best Buy takes pre-orders for new Kindle range, Amazon: New Kindle Fire lets you opt out of ads,
At the end of last year, we took an in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and less than a year later, we have what is probably the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, known by its model number as the Samsung GT-i9260 thanks to details revealed in the User Agent Profile. Of course, we are not ruling out the possibility of the Samsung GT-i9260 ending up as the Galaxy Nexus 2, Galaxy Nexus Plus or perhaps with a totally different naming convention like the Galaxy Premier. Just what about the upcoming Galaxy Nexus sequel do we know in terms of hardware specifications?
For starters, we are looking at a resolution count of 1280 x 720 that is similar to the existing Google flagship, sporting an ARM processor with whispers of a 1.5GHz dual-core A9 CPU, and 2GB RAM amongst others. What do you think the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be called, and are you willing to hold off any future smartphone purchases until you see what Google?s new flagship has to offer compared to the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE receives AOSP Jelly Bean ROM , Galaxy Nexus to resume sales next week, updated to Android 4.1 to address issues in dispute, says report,
If you happen to be rocking to a Galaxy Nexus over on Verizon, are you one of those who did run into signal issues that did not allow you to stick to a 4G connection for more than just a handful of minutes before the connection dropped? That would be an extremely frustrating experience to say the least, and some folks actually went through not one, two, or three, but half a dozen replacement devices before the issue did not affect the handset. Having said this, is version I515.10 of the software on the device the culprit?
Best Buy thinks so, hoping that the software update which will be introduced to these devices in a couple of days? time will fix this niggling issue. Having said that, do not get your hopes up that the upcoming update will be the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, but rather, an interim software fix that will hopefully squash the signal issue bug.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Jelly Bean for Verizon Galaxy Nexus available (pre-release), Your Google Nexus experience with Verizon and Sprint - hot or not? ,
It goes without saying that one should always take the necessary safety precautions when cycling, such as wearing brightly colored clothes (or having a safety vest with reflective strips if you are cycling at night or early in the morning) as well as a helmet to protect your noggin? in case you take a spill. Well, the ICEdot helmet plays further on the ICE (In Case of Emergency) concept by using Bluetooth connectivity to trigger the accompanying app on your smartphone whenever you fall, calling your emergency contact in the process. This sensor was specially programmed to determine that you are in an accident, figure out just how serious the accident is, while sending your GPS coordinates to your emergency contact.
Of course, what happens when you accidentally drop your helmet or just take a minor fall? Good thing the app itself comes with an emergency countdown, allowing you to manually abort the call so that no one else needs to worry unnecessarily. The ICEdot helmet is being developed by Sense Tech LLC, where it is targeting a 2013 release date for approximately $200 a pop.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Striker HMSS helmet endows fighter pilots with 'X-ray vision', AirHead helps prevent "helmet hair",
Four days before the iPhone 5 is sold in participating retail stores and we already have some New Yorkers starting to line up for the iPhone 5. Four days! I wonder how much productivity is lost in the respective offices that these New Yorkers hold because of a smartphone launch. This line refers to Apple?s flagship store on New York?s 5th Avenue, but four days might not be too early as CNET reported on a handful of followers who already started to queue since last Friday itself, which is one whole week prior to the iPhone 5?s release.
Needless to say, sleeping bags and collapsible chairs will be a common sight around the flagship Apple store in that part of the world. If you happen to be on the lookout for a new iPhone, would you be one of those who would be lining up as well? After all, online stocks are already sold out while hitting a new pre-order record within an hour, and estimated shipping times of the iPhone 5 was also pushed back by a couple of weeks.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: iPhone 5 materials estimated to cost $168, Verizon enables cellular FaceTime use regardless of data plan,
More than a week ago, we took a look at the Oppo Find 5 phablet, where we did mention that it will come with a 441 ppi display (weighing in at 5? and having 1920 x 1080 resolution), accompanied by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the mobile operating system of choice, not to mention the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Well, there are more details to the Oppo Find 5 that we will look at today. Oppo already has laid claim to having the world’s thinnest smartphone and the world’s thinnest quad core smartphone, and now they want to stake their claim on the ?world’s first 1080p smartphone?.
Other rumored specifications will include 2GB RAM (similar to certain variants of the Galaxy S3), accompanied by a 12-megapixel rear camera which is accompanied by a 2-megapixel camera in front that would work great for vanity shots, sporting 16GB or 32GB of internal memory as well as a 2,500mAh battery pack to keep it going. The thing is, there is still no word on pricing or availability, so we will just need to be patient and wait.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Rumor: Oppo Find5 phablet with 441ppi display is coming, Oppo Find5 X909 photos surface, alleged specs look pretty impressive,
So the iPhone 5 was revealed just last week, and much has been said about the device. Even if you are the most loyal Apple fan, you cannot deny the fact that the improvements made to Apple?s best iPhone yet are not that revolutionary, but rather, they seem to catch up with the rest of the competition in purely hardware terms alone. Need some solid proof? Why not see what the Samsung Galaxy S3 has to offer in the upcoming ad that will run in newspapers and check it out yourself? This ad will touch purely on the key specifications in both handsets, and you can see that most of the hardware differences have Samsung taking the upper hand.
However, one must bear in mind that just like any good ad that takes jibes against the product?s competition, the South Korean consumer electronics giant does list a slew of software features which are specific just to the Galaxy S3 alone, including sharing photos wirelessly as well as tilt to zoom, without listing down any of the iPhone 5?s specific features. What do you think of this ad?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: iPhone 5 will put the Samsung Galaxy S3 to shame, Foxconn CEO says, Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 to feature Liquipel?,
More than a week ago, we found out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a high chance of appearing on T-Mobile, coming under the guise of the Samsung SGH-T889. Well, fast forward to today, and it has been confirmed that T-Mobile will be on the receiving end of the Galaxy Note, where it will sport similar specifications underneath the hood as that of the international variant, while running on T-Mobile?s HSPA+ network to boot. You will not need to wait for an operating system update, either, as the Galaxy Note 2 will have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed right out of the box.
Word has it that Samsung is hard at work in testing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the T-Mobile version, compiling test builds once every four to five days, while distributing them to their device testers via OTA. At this point in time, the T889UVALIC Firmware is being tested, freshly compiled on September 15th. All seems to run hunky dory as at press time, and we do hope to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 arrive on T-Mobile sooner rather than later lest it loses the ?wow? factor in the highly competitive smartphone market.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 headed for Verizon, and more [rumor], T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G priced at $150, set for 19th September release,