Fans of Android phones are already spoilt for choice when it comes to new models, but head outside the Euro zone and there’s even more variety when it comes to unusual, quirky or tricked out handsets, from manufacturers with distinctive and exotic sounding names. Here are five such amazing smartphones – it’s just a shame you’ll need to book a holiday if you want to pick one up!
A nice little surprise here at CeBIT: A 15.6-inch laptop from MSI that gave us an early look at one of NVIDIA’s unannounced 2014 laptop GPUs. MSI’s reps at the event wouldn’t reveal anything about the new graphics chip (which we guess is based on NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture) except that it should be able to handle many of the latest games at high settings on their unit’s optional “3K” (2,880 x 1,620) display. The laptop itself is called the GS60 Ghost Pro and it’s a pleasure to look at and to hold — it’s just three quarters of an inch thick (19.5mm) and 4.4 pounds (1.99kg) in weight.
The Honeywell evohome smart thermostat has been launched, offering intuitive smart zone technology.
Available to purchase through the Honeywell Installer Network now, the evohome system uses special sensors for individual rooms to offer greater control.
“In the same way you don’t only have one light switch for your entire house, we believe you shouldn’t control your heating with one single switch”, said Jeremy Peterson, Honeywell EMEA Home Comfort and Energy System division GM. “With the right heating controls in place, you really can make your home your perfect comfort zone by setting different temperatures for different rooms, at different times.”
Evohome allows up to 12 zones to be created in your home by placing individual wireless nodes on your radiator valves.
You want the world’s best tablet. Great! But which one of the world’s best tablets is actually the best?
The decision was easy when the iPad Mini was a cut-down version of the real deal: you paid more, you got more. But now, the iPad Mini with Retina Display squares up to the bigger iPad Air with a dangerously similar spec sheet. This is going to be a close call.
So much for surprises. Oppo has been trying to maintain an aura of mystery around the launch of the Find 7 on March 19th, but the design lovers at Red Dot have spoiled things by showing off the smartphone in their product gallery, nearly two weeks ahead of time. While we’ve had some idea of what the Find 7 will look like, it’s now clear that the 5.5-inch device will have a more upscale look than the Find 5 with a seamless front and a “breath light” at the bottom for notifications
Too impatient to wait until next month to download the first big update to Microsoft’s latest desktop OS? If you know where to look, you might not have to. Then again, you may not want to just yet.
Wind of a release to manufacturing (RTM) build of the forthcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 started making the rounds of public cloud storage services after mistakenly being released by none other than Microsoft itself.
Although the update isn’t due for a public release until April 8, the leaked build is what manufacturers use to make sure their hardware is ready to go, especially for PCs that will ship with the latest version of Windows already installed.
Adventurous types won’t have to wait nearly that long, since the RTM build of Update 1 is now available for download, assuming you know where to look.
If there’s one thing the Internet has taught us, it’s that almost everyone loves bacon. And that’s why meat producer Oscar Mayer is capitalising on that love with a brand new iPhone accessory that emits the smell of bacon, all to wake you up in the morning from your dozy slumber. Is this the best alarm clock ever, or is it just a morning tease?
Oscar Mayer has created the small iPhone accessory, known as Wake Up and Smell The Bacon, that plugs right into your phone’s headphone jack, and when your alarm goes off, it’ll emit the sound and smell of bacon sizzling in the pan to wake you up in the morning – perfect for those who love to kickstart the day with a full English breakfast.
What’s the best router to buy? Should you go for Netgear, Linksys, D-Link or one of the many other brands you might not have heard of? Will it keep your home broadband secure? Does it have the range you need?
All are important questions to consider when trying to boost the Wi-Fi in your home broadband setup.
If rapid data transfer speeds mean the most to you, then you also need to decide whether to stick with an 802.11n router or one that supports the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac. You’ll need to make sure your devices support that standard, though. Read our in-depth look at 802.11n vs 802.11ac to find out if that’s what you need.