Category Archives: Smart Phone

Satechi external batteries are like lightning in your pocket

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If your device dies, you can usually find a place to plug in. But that’s only if you carry your charging cord and even if you’re lucky enough to have it on you, you’re stuck at the outlet until you’ve got enough juice to go.

The electronics accessory company Satechi has made it easier to stay charged on the go with three new portable energy stations for pretty much anything with a USB port.

The elegant aluminum chargers, which Satechi introduced on Tuesday, can power up multiple devices at once if needed and is good for iPhones, iPads, cameras, MP3 players and Android products. The largest, the $40 SX20, has two 1A ports and two 2.4A ports to charge up to four devices.

The SX5 has one port, costs about $20, and is ideal to stash in a pocket or bag. The SX 10 costs $30 and has a 1A and 2.4A port.

Satechi makes a number of chargers and external batteries, smart phone and camera mounts, portable speakers, FM transmitters and other accessories. It even has entered the smart home space with smart lightbulbs.

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Table Tennis Touch captures all the fun of ping-pong with none of the humiliation.

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I suck at table tennis. Like, it’s embarrassing.

I’m alright at serving, and I can usually return, but if anyone smashes at all or puts any spin on the ball, I fold faster than a laundry robot. I still like the idea of table tennis, though, which is why I’m glad we have video-game versions.

And Table Tennis Touch, which is out now for all of your iOS devices, is easily the best one I’ve ever played.

Table Tennis Touch has pretty graphics, simple controls, a lot of variety, and all the options you need to make yourself comfortable. If you’re not working on your career by competing in tournaments, you have a lot of minigames you can play for fun and experience.

The side games include a mode that has you return balls into specific zones and a pretty fun version of bowling that has you knocking as many pins over as you can within a time period. Succeeding helps you unlock more games and gives you valuable practice.

You can also play quick games against computer opponents, and they all have their own personalities. Some are power players, some just love spin, and others are more rounded. You get to know the “characters,” and you know what to expect when they come up in the rotation.

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Get It on the App Store

Check the website out for the video too

Star Wars: Assault Team (IOS + Android) FREE!!!!

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Website : http://www.disney.co.za/star-wars

Get it on iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/star-wars-assault-team/id671189805?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

Get it on Google Play : https://play.google.com/store/search?q=star%20wars%20games (and a bunch of other Star Wars Games)

 

The Google PhoneBloks to be Released by January 2015

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Project Ara is in-fact a sub-project of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects). Regina Dugan, former DARPA director, heads this division. After ending its brief venture into the field of hardware production by selling off its cell phone manufacturing business with Lenovo this year and the purchase of Motorola, going back in 2011, ATAP is the only division that was held on to by Google.

The Project Ara aims to provide an open structural platform to which you can add a variety of modules including keypad, display, battery etc, like Dutch designer, Dave Hakken’s Phonebloks concept.

At the recent conference, Eremenko’s announced release date of January 2015 will post a number of obstacles in the way that need to be covered if they really want to follow their timeline. And no, the obstacles are not just hardware related.

Drivers will need to be developed to support the modular components since the Android OS does not exactly work with that. December is the time Eremenko expects these drivers to be ready, which he also announced at the conference. So that leaves him only a month before the hardware is made available to the public.

Eremenko designed Ara is to have a long lasting metallic chassis that will use electro-permanent magnets to hold the delicate components in place. Unified Protocol (UniPro) standard, which is used for interconnection of ICs in cellphones will be used for inter-component communication in Ara.

The $50 price is not too much considering that it will include the Ara classic chassis, low-end application processor, a battery module besides the Wi-Fi module and Android OS, according to Phandroid.

The device is to come in three different versions that include mini, regular and the phablet.

Read more at : http://motorolaara.com