Author: Kevin Sadria

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Cookening connects people with locals through home-cooked meals

Posted by Kevin Sadria – 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 Kevin Sadria – 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 Kevin Sadria – 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 145.1x70.2x5.55mm 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.

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

Posted by Kevin Sadria – 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 Kevin Sadria – 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 Kevin Sadria – 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.

Netatmo June bracelet adds fashion touch to sun exposure monitoring

Posted by Kevin Sadria – April 9, 2014

Created in 2011, Netatmo is an innovation company developing consumer electronics for a better and connected lifestyle. Netatmo carefully designs their products mechanics, electronics and embedded software. Netatmo is basically concentrated in working with wearables related with skin care and sun exposure monitoring.

JUNE is the first fashion bracelet that measures sun exposure. It advises the user how to protect their skin on a daily basis from the effects of the sun. Sun exposure can cause sunburn and lead to premature skin aging, even on overcast days. JUNE and its companion App offer a new serenity in the sun.

Aimed at women, JUNE comprises a jewel containing UV sensors that can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch. It connects wirelessly with the user's smartphone with the companion app monitoring the user’s habits and UV exposure to provide tailored sun-care information and notifications of when to apply sunblock, wear a hat or put on sunglasses.

The June bracelet will be available for purchase with a price tag of $99.

Freescale Freedom Board Sensor Fusion Development Platform

Posted by Kevin Sadria – April 8, 2014

The Freescale Freedom development platform is a small, low-power, cost-effective evaluation and development system perfect for quick application prototyping and demonstration of Kinetis MCU families. The platform offers an easy-to-use mass-storage device mode flash programmer, a virtual serial port and classic programming and run-control capabilities.

The model of the board in this video is FRDM-KL25Z. FRDM-KL25Z is an ultra-low-cost development platform for Kinetis L Series KL1x (KL14/15) and KL2x (KL24/25) MCUs built on ARM Cortex M0+ processor. Features include easy access to MCU I/O, battery-ready, low-power operation, a standard-based form factor with expansion board options and a built-in debug interface for flash programming and run-control. The FRDM-KL25Z is supported by a range of Freescale and third-party development software.

JSR Innos Qualcomm Smartphones (even Windows Phone soon they say)

Posted by Kevin Sadria – April 5, 2014

JSR is a 4 years old company that makes smartphones. Most of their smartphones run on Qualcomm processors, have plenty of RAM memory and come with different optional color designs.

Their smartphone market is branded "Innos". The smartphones are Dual-Sim and use IPS display viewing angles and OGS (One Glass Solution) touchscreen technology with HD and FHD resolution. Their smartphone models are claimed to be very stable and are 3G compatible. On the coming months they are releasing a smartphone with LTE compatibility.

JSR is on negotiations with mobile service operators in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Philippines for maybe making custom made devices. JSR already has a widespread market all around the world. Microsoft has sold a Windows Phone Software license to JSR for being able to make Windows Phone smartphones which are coming later by JSR. JSR sells more than 300,000 devices per month.

Open-Silicon semiconductor solutions

Posted by Kevin Sadria – April 5, 2014

Open-Silicon provides leading edge semiconductor solutions to get customer’s products to market. These solutions include traditional ASIC design, derivative and platform SoCs, hardware and software design services, and production handoffs where Open-Silicon provides manufacturing operations.

In addition to a broad menu of in-house engineering capabilities, Open-Silicon also utilizes the best-in-class engineering capabilities of partners like Synopsys, Cadence, S3, TSMC, ASE, and Wipro.

By combining the specific expertise necessary for each design with the most appropriate open-market technologies, and managing the process through a single point of organization and ownership, Open-Silicon has raised collaborative engineering to a new level.Since its founding in 2003, the company has focused on raising the bar on SoC execution, measuring the quality of engineering work and the ability to hit customer schedules and reporting that to the board of directors at every board meeting.

Also, the company has invested in technology, from the 2007 acquisition of Zenasis Technology, a leader in the processor performance space, to the 2009 acquisition of Silicon Logic Engineering, a leader in networking and computer system architecture, to the in-house developments of scan shift frequency scaling (TestMAX) and back biasing (VariMAX).