Category: OS

Archos Smart Home, Connected Home and Connected Self Smart objects

Posted by – January 17, 2014

Archos releases a full range of Smart Home Bluetooth 4.0 low energy sensors, cameras, fitness band, scale, blood pressure monitor, movement sensor, temperature meters, GPS/3G tracker (for dogs, cars, bicycles etc), and a bunch more. Archos designed a special 7″ Tablet with modified Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize seamlessly with up to 30 devices at the same time (while the normal Bluetooth 4 spec limits devices to connect to 4 devices). Archos is going to sell their range of Smart Home and Smart Self devices in batches, and where users will be able to buy separate pieces as they wish, buy extra smart plugs, buy extra sensors, cameras, etc as you need more, at prices from around $20 retail per device. Flat batteries last about a couple of years in each of these devices, they don’t need to be connected, they all work wirelessly. Archos also presents their really cool Android and iOS app that enables users to program their smart home, selecting conditions, programs, things you want your smart home to do automatically. For example send you a picture to your phone when there is movement in your home, turn off lights when you exit the room, wake you up earlier if the weather is really bad. Archos kind of invented the ARM Powered Tablet, introducing it (on my initial video-blog posting) in 2004 running Qtopia Linux. Then copied by Android and everyone. Archos also introduced the 7″ Tablet in 2006, years before the Nexus 7, Archos was the initial Android tablet maker since 2009, this is now Archos showing the industry what is next.

Toshiba launches 13.3″ Chromebook For $279

Posted by – January 17, 2014

Toshiba’s first Chromebook is 13.3″ (1366×768 resolution). Sadly it uses an Intel Haswell Celeron processor. The Toshiba Chromebook has a fullsized laptop keyboard. In terms of storgage you get 16gb internally and 100gb of cloud storage. The Toshiba Chromebook contains most basic ports such as an HDMI and SDXC slot. The battery life is 9 hours. The Chromebook will sell for $279 and it will be on the market next month.

Alcatel One Touch idolx+ 5″ 1080p with MT6592 Octa Core

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Based on the newest fastest yet Mediatek MT6592 Octa core ARM Cortex-A7, with a 5″ Full HD IPS LCD display, thin and light form factor, this is the highest yet performance from MediaTek, Alcatel One Touch is a very rapidly growing Smartphone brand.

LG G Flex, launching for $300 (with 2-year $2000+ contract) on Sprint on January 31st

Posted by – January 14, 2014

LG shows their really big curved 6″ 1280×720 smartphone design, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash.

Wyplay open source Set-top-box software provider

Posted by – January 13, 2014

Wyplay powers open, modular, and innovative Home Media software solutions for leading pay TV Operators (IPTV, Cable, Satellite, Terrestrial) around the world. The technology developed at Wyplay enables TV operators to easily select, configure, and deploy solutions from the richest list of pre-configured functionality in the market (Zapper, Recorder, Media center, home connectivity, Social TV, HTML5, Android, OTT platform, multi-screen, multi-room…). Specialties include Middleware Provider for Operators and Broadcasters, DVB (Satellite, Cable, Terrestrial), OTT, Multi-Application Framework (HTML5, Android…), Advanced Media Player, Connected Home, CAS/Chipset/STB/Back-end Agnostic providing solutions for MIPS and ARM based platforms from ST ARM, Sigma Designs MIPS, Mstar MIPS and to Broadcom and other. Wyplay is a privately owned French company founded in 2006 by Jacques Bourgninaud.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Adreno 420, HEVC 4K decode, 802.11ac, 4G LTE and more

Posted by – January 12, 2014

Qualcomm is showing off their newest latest S805 ARM processor with their newest Adreno 420 GPU. The performance is improved to Krait 450 quad-core CPU running at up to 2.5 GHz per core with a newer amazing memory bandwidth design of up to 25.6 GB/second for faster multimedia and web browsing performance. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 support up to 4K HEVC hardware decode, supporting that resolution on either a built-in monitor or as output.

Hank Exynos 5410 Octa Core Tablet

Posted by – January 12, 2014

Hank is showing their Samsung based solutions, including Exynos5410 Octa Core, Exynos4412 Quad-core and more. They sell 40-50K tablets per month. They also work on HDMI cables for installations requiring long high quality cables for commercial purpose.

Contact Hank (serious importers/distributors only please, tell them you watched the video):
Hank Electronics Co Ltd
Kevin Zhou, Regional Manager
Mobile: +86 18098975717
Phone: +86 75582537027
Skype: kevin.hank
kevin@hank-tech.com

http://www.hank-tech.com

Pipo shows 1920×1200 7″ with 3G, RK3188 Ultrastick, Intel Baytrail Windows 8 Tablet at CES 2014

Posted by – January 12, 2014

Pipo is showing their latest tablets at CES 2014, including now an Intel Baytrail Windows 8 tablet, 9.7″ Retina RK3188 with 3G Ultrastick, Full HD 1920×1200 7″ RK3188 with 3G built-in is finally ready. The trend Pipo is for more and more of the tablets to be with phone call functionality.

OLPC XO-2 7″ $149 and XO-10 10.1″ $199, bringing productive education to tablets

Posted by – January 11, 2014

The One Laptop Per Child shows their latest quad-core RK3188 Tablets, 7″ retailing for $149 and 10.1″ retailing for $199, those retail prices can subsidize the One Laptop Per Child foundation, bringing tablets and laptops to more children in the developing world as soon as possible. The XO Tablets ship with OLPC’s latest UI replacement for Android 4.4 kitkat. Parents can unlock that UI and use the tablets as Nexus-like unlocked tablets also. When are all the 1 Billion children in the world going to have full access to education using technology?

You can also watch Giulia D’Amico of OLPC talk to Engadget about the latest with OLPC here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/olpc-interview/

$35 Scope Smartwatch, sends Notifications over Bluetooth 4 from Android/iOS

Posted by – January 9, 2014

Basic Smartwatch design from Scope, Shenzhen based Tablet and now also Smartwatch maker. The Scope company already sold more than 1 million educational tablets to Thailand. Last month they already sold 100 thousand of their smartwatch.