Cookening connects people with locals through home-cooked meals

Posted by – April 16, 2014

Cookening is a platform that allows users to connect with people from different cultures by attending or hosting home-cooked meals. The startup provides a unique opportunity for travelers to experience authentic, local cuisine in the city they’re visiting, and for the hosts to meet new people. Cédric Giorgi’s initial thoughts started 2 years ago and some time later Cookening got founded.

Hosts are free to cook any meal they want to, but they first have to create a dashboard that includes information from their profile, photos of dishes they have cooked before, a list of the dishes that will be included (appetizer, main course, dessert, etc.), the location and photos of their home, and the cost of the meal.

Travelers can easily search available meals by the city that they are visiting. Once they find a meal, they can book it right on the Cookening website through its secure payment system, or message the host to find out more information. Cooks can respond to the messages and then choose to accept or decline a request. After the meal, hosts and guests can write a review to let users know about the experience they had through Cookening.

Huawei TalkBand B1 Wearable Bluetooth Headset

Posted by – April 15, 2014

The TalkBand B1 is Huawei’s first wearable device and has a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display, Bluetooth 4.1 support, NFC support, and a 90mAh battery that lasts for six days and charges in two hours using an USB connector.

The TalkBand B1 will be able to do wireless calling and the display area of the band can actually be removed and utilized as a Bluetooth earpiece. The gadget firstly will support connecting with some Huawei smart phones and tablets and later with devices running Android 2.3 or later, or iOS 5.0 or later, being able to track steps taken, miles covered, calories burned, activity time and progress as well as sleep duration and quality.

The TalkBand B1 will launch primarly in China and later in other countries for around €99.

Gionee Elife S5.5 is the slimmest smartphone in the world

Posted by – April 15, 2014

The Gionee Elife S5.5 is a smartphone that runs Gionee’s Amigo UI on top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It features a 5-inch display with no word on its resolution and display quality. The Elife S5.5 is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera for video calls.

The inbuilt storage on the Elife S5.5 is 16GB and there is no SD card memory expansion option available. The smartphone packs a 2300mAh non-removal battery. The Gionee Elife S5.5 has a single-SIM slot.

The Elife S5.5 measures in 145.1×70.2×5.55mm and weighs 130 grams. At just 5.5mm thickness, the smartphone is the slimmest smartphone in the world.

Connectivity options on the smartphone include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG. The Gionee Elife S5.5 comes in Black, White, Pink, Blue and Purple colours.

The smartphone will be launched first in China. The Gionee Elife S5.5 3G variant will be priced at around $374 in China.

Kiroco Smart Jewellery

Posted by – April 15, 2014

Kiroco presents their NFC based Smart Jewllery concept which allows you to view personal private messages from a loved one, and these precious memories are then stored so you can view them whenever you wish just by touching the jewellery to your phone.

All of Kiroco’s Jewellery contains an NFC chip which works when touched to the NFC readers in Android Smartphones, which then in turn launches the messages on a person’s piece of jewellery so that they can be viewed – whether a word, photo or video message.

With the exclusion of the K bracelet in white metal the rest of the ranges are made in sterling silvers with enamales, with some pieces containing Swarvoski Crystals or Cubic Zirconia.

ZTE Nubia X6, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 6.44″ FHD Flagship Phone

Posted by – April 15, 2014

ZTE’s Nubia brand just launched the X6, a 1080p 6.44-inch Smart Phone. This Phone features top-notch specs and premium design with built-in storage up to 128Gb. Because of the big screen the phone might be nicknamed from some as “phablet”, a mix of tablet and phone.

The Nubia X6 phablet has a 7.9mm thin metal body with narrow bezels. The 6.44inches LCD screen has 1080p resolution that sets the pixel density at 344ppi. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset running at 2.3GHz. The chipset is paired with 3GB RAM. ZTE Nubia X6 scores 27966 in AnTuTu Benchmark.

The rear camera features an 13MP sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). The front-facing camera also has a 13MP sensor. You also can use premium phone cases produced by ZTE for this phone in multiple colors. The phone itself is available in 2 colors: silver and gold. The phone has a 4,250mAh battery and built-in storage with 32Gb storage that costs 3,000 RMB($485), the 64Gb option for 3,500 RMB($565) or the 128Gb option for 4,000 RMB($645). There isn’t a microSD card memory expansion option.

Optinvent ORA SmartGlass with Augmented Reality

Posted by – April 14, 2014

Optinvent is a technology hardware designer company that is working on a augmented reality and smart wearables like glasses.

Optinvent ORA is the smart glasses device that Optinvent is working on at the moment. The ORA feels fairly well built and has a number of design features that are intended to make it usable for all types of workers in various industries. ORA glasses have mounting points for prescription lenses. The Optinvent ORA is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and features a very small-screen version of Google’s operating system. The device is controlled using the touchpad, which moves a cursor.

The glasses have an arm that moves up and down, which can place the display directly in the user’s eyeline or just below it for quick glances. What that “True AR” mode effectively amounts to is a tilting display, one that can sit just below your eye-level for a “dashboard view” of incoming messages and other notifications, or moved right into your field of vision if you plan on going full-RoboCop. Google’s Glass by comparison always places onscreen information above your eye-line.

Other specs include an eye-searing 3,000 nits brightness level, an ambient light sensor, a rechargeable battery good for between 4 and 8 hours of usage and a display that when positioned right in front of your eyes is the equivalent of having an 85-inch TV dangling off your face. The battery is said that will last three hours with intensive use or eight hours with typical use. The Optinvent ORA price starts at €699.

Optinvent is based in Rennes, France and Silicon Valley, United States.

Geniatech talks custom Set-top-box solutions

Posted by – April 14, 2014

Geniatech is an OEM/ODM specialized in open android based hardware and software platform for Android Set-top-boxes with advanced features like embedded digital TV tuners, video capture and video converters. Geniatech is making some TV Boxes and HDMI Sticks with the AmLogic M802 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Octa-core Mali-450 GPU. Geniatech can do HDMI-in and HDMI-out for overlay of the existing TV signals with Android features on top.

MediaTek MT6595 ARM Cortex-A17, MT8135 big.LITTLE A15/A7 and more

Posted by – April 14, 2014

Booth tour at the MediaTek booth featuring their upcoming MT6595 with ARM Cortex-A17, the already available MT8135 big.LITTLE, this video also features MT5327 (4K TV Box), MT8639 (Miracast dongle), and the MT6592 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 already in full mass distribution worldwide.

Chrome OS on Rockchip RK3288 with Mali-T764 in Tablets, Set-top-boxes, shipping next month

Posted by – April 13, 2014

Rockchip shows RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 in Tablets, booting Chrome OS (named Chromium OS when not Google certified), playing back H265 4K 60fp HDMI 2.0 10bit, extremely fast Mali-T764 GPU, mass production starts next month.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014

Actions ATM7039, ATM7021, ATM7029B, 4K H265, FHD, Thin Client, All-in-ones

Posted by – April 13, 2014

Actions Semiconductor shows their latest ATM7039 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with SGX544 for the high-end with up to Retina support and H265 4K decode, running thin clients, optimizing for All-in-one computers. The Actions Semi ATM7021 at the low-cost dual-core market for emerging markets, ATM7029B at the entry level tablets for developed markets. Actions shipped in 7 million tablets last year and they are aiming to be in 20 million tablets this year.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014