Casio Reveals What Their First Bluetooth Low Energy Watch Will Look Like
The first prototype of Casio’s Bluetooth-equipped ‘smart’watch was shown at CES 2011 back in January, and while it was one of the more interesting things we found at the show, we’ve been curious what the first production version would actually look like. It turns out that the Bluetooth 4.0 profile technology, which allows the watch to wirelessly communicate with a smartphone while still maintaining a 2+ year battery life, is just being integrated into one of the company’s G-Shock models.
Definitely not a bad thing, unless you were hoping to have something particularly high-tech looking strapped to your list to draw people’s attention.
The most notable feature of the watch will be its ability to automatically sync the time to your smartphone, which are usually automatically set by the carrier’s network. Auto-setting watches that rely on broadcasts of the atomic clocks are already commonplace, but this should be more accurate and reliable, particularly when traveling.
Other connected features will be the ability to monitor calls, emails and messages including who they’re from directly on the watch’s face, as well as providing vibrating or audible alerts for alarms setup on the phone itself. But at this time specific pricing and availability info have not been officially announced.
Nokia E6-00 – the most detailed leak ever – Videos and Pics inside!
The Nokia E6-00, which was leaked a number of times already, has now landed in the hands of a user named Quick99 over at NokioTeca forums, and it has got a nice photo/video treatment from him !
We already knew/figured out it’s specs which include :
- A VGA capacitive (or resistive ??) touch screen ( Screen size not sure yet between 2.5-2.8 ? )
- A touch and type form factor
- Same hardware as the N8 and other Symbian^3 devices( ?? )
- 8 megapixel EDoF camera ( This is confirmed now ) with 720p video recording
- Runs a different version of Symbian^3 which is adapted to the 4:3 aspect ratio screen
Other details are yet to be figured out, but hey, this guy is in a forum and we are surely going to get a lot more of the device’s information, probably a review too ! Let’s dig into the images now
This is the backside of the device, you can notice the 8.0 megapixel camera , with dual LED flash and a speaker all housed on a slightly elevated (Like the N8) bump, but why ? I don’t know , people say it’s EDoF, but the jury’s out on that one. The battery is user-removable yay ! ( Weirdly enough i should scream considering N8 and E7′s miserable situation ) More or less the back looks like that of the Nokia C7 but a little wider.
Now the front looks pretty similar to what we have been seeing with the E-series range. E71,72 the E5, all carry the same ergonomics. But if you look at all the softkeys, they seem to be capacitive touch buttons. Take a look at the call/end and other shortcut keys except the D-Pad. All look like capacitive buttons ! The Keypad is pretty standard, like what we would expect in a decent phone. Now, the touchscreen, looks like 2.5-3″ ish IMO, non standard icon layout can be seen but i think this is better than the others, what do you think ?
This is the side view, pretty thin. Layout is very similar to C7′s.
This is the part where i let the readers figure out what’s present, nothing special.3
he top shows off the power button, 3.5 mm headphone jack and the micro USB input, below, we had already seen the microphone input. So, no 2 mm charging point like the E7 ? Also, i assume no HDMI ?
This is a direct camera sample ( 8 mp ) from the device , pretty good :
And this is a video sample from the device
And these blurry videos are from the user himself demoing some PR 2.0ish software that the E6 currently runs
Thanks to the fabulous @camb078 for the tip ! (Cheers Ben and hhh csc for the reminder tips! Also i would like to give the readers a shout for finding discrepancies in the post, much appreciated guys!)
HTC Incredible 2 with full Verizon regalia spotted in the wild
Do leaked, candid images of smartphones still excite you? Perhaps you’ll be thrilled to know that the successor to the HTC Incredible, the Verizon HTC Incredible 2, has been spotted in the wild and photographed for your viewing pleasure.
We’ve seen the HTC Incredible S at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, and the Incredible 2 is really not too different. To the untrained eye, they look practically identical. The only distinguishing feature, really, is the Verizon branding on the Incredible 2. Here are the rumored specs for the CDMA version of this device:
- 4.0” Super LCD WVGA
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) w/ Sense
- 8MP camera w/ flash
- 1.3MP front facing camera
- 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor
- 4GB internal storage
- 768mb of RAM
- 1450mAh battery
Not too shabby, but its success might not mirror that of its predecessor if folks are fawning over dual-core processors and LTE-equipped phones. If you remember the Incredible situation last year, it was a painful time for those who really wanted to the Android device. It quickly sold out in stores and online and it took Verizon and HTC quite some time to get it back in stock, which was a pretty good sign for both HTC and Android.
Let’s see how well this smartphone fares on Verizon’s shores against the iPhone 4 and the upcoming Thunderbolt, an LTE-capable Android smartphone also by HTC.
Apple’s iOS 5 To Feature Twitter Integration
TechCrunch reports that according to multiple sources, iOS 5 could include Twitter integration, which is one of the reasons Twitter is launching its own photo-sharing service this week.
It won't be earth shattering if iOS 5 includes Twitter integration, it didn't even make it to our iOS 5 wish list, but it would be a nice-to-have feature.
We’ve heard from multiple sources that Twitter is likely to have a big-time partner for such a service: Apple. Specifically, we’re hearing that Apple’s new iOS 5 will come with an option to share images to Twitter baked into the OS. This would be similar to the way you can currently share videos on YouTube with one click in iOS. Obviously, a user would have to enable this feature by logging in with their Twitter credentials in iOS. There would then be a “Send to Twitter” option for pictures stored on your device.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record when it comes to Apple related news has commented on the TechCrunch article, indicating that the Twitter integration in iOS 5 may go beyond just the photo-sharing service:
So close to the bigger story, but yet so far. Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.
30 Best Apple iPad Games
Wondering what games to buy for your new iPad? Well, this early in the product’s life, it’s actually pretty hard to sort the really good stuff from the just-decent stuff, particularly with the prices for many games being so much higher than their iPhone counterparts. But we took a shot at putting together a list of top titles that we feel meet the criteria for a good iPad game.
- And just what does make a good iPad game? We debated it for a while and narrowed it down to these five factors:
- It’s gotta be fun (obviously).
- Ergonomics (are the gameplay and control scheme well-suited to the iPad?)
- Uniqueness (though many iPad games play well as upconverted, higher-resolution versions of their
- iPhone predecessors, we respect new iPad-exclusive games).
- Value (some of the best iPad games currently carry high price tags, but we also tried to include titles we thought were simply a good value).
- Show-off quotient (extra points if the game flat-out looks good).
With that in mind, here are our current favorites, displayed in alphabetical order. Feel free to sound off with your own picks (or criticize our choices). With new games coming out almost daily, we will be updating this list frequently and taking your suggestions to heart. As more games are released, we may also expand the list to include more titles and, hopefully, discover some hidden gems.