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Wearables Attack! Huawei Announces A Fitness Band That’s Also A Bluetooth Headset

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Your fitness band got into my bluetooth headset! No, your bluetooth headset got into my fitness band! Stop! You’re both right!

In what I suspect will be a minor blip in the interstitial wearable world, China’s Huawei has announced a Bluetooth sports band complete with pedometer and calorie counter called the TalkBand B1. Why is it called the TalkBand? You can remove the 1.4-inch flexible OLED-fronted lozenge of electronics on the top and stick it into your ear, making it a Bluetooth headset.

The B1 works like any standard fitness band and pairs via NFC. However, because it can also act as a headset you could feasibly go for a run and take a call simultaneously, a boon to cardio-aware machers on the go. I doubt we’ll ever see this thing stateside so you’ll simply have to savor the strange idea of something you sweat all over going directly into your earhole.

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Wearables Attack! Huawei Announces A Fitness Band That’s Also A Bluetooth Headset

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Your fitness band got into my bluetooth headset! No, your bluetooth headset got into my fitness band! Stop! You’re both right!

In what I suspect will be a minor blip in the interstitial wearable world, China’s Huawei has announced a Bluetooth sports band complete with pedometer and calorie counter called the TalkBand B1. Why is it called the TalkBand? You can remove the 1.4-inch flexible OLED-fronted lozenge of electronics on the top and stick it into your ear, making it a Bluetooth headset.

The B1 works like any standard fitness band and pairs via NFC. However, because it can also act as a headset you could feasibly go for a run and take a call simultaneously, a boon to cardio-aware machers on the go. I doubt we’ll ever see this thing stateside so you’ll simply have to savor the strange idea of something you sweat all over going directly into your earhole.

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Wearables Attack! Huawei Announces A Fitness Band That’s Also A Bluetooth Headset

huawei-talkband-b1-mwc-2014

Your fitness band got into my bluetooth headset! No, your bluetooth headset got into my fitness band! Stop! You’re both right!

In what I suspect will be a minor blip in the interstitial wearable world, China’s Huawei has announced a Bluetooth sports band complete with pedometer and calorie counter called the TalkBand B1. Why is it called the TalkBand? You can remove the 1.4-inch flexible OLED-fronted lozenge of electronics on the top and stick it into your ear, making it a Bluetooth headset.

The B1 works like any standard fitness band and pairs via NFC. However, because it can also act as a headset you could feasibly go for a run and take a call simultaneously, a boon to cardio-aware machers on the go. I doubt we’ll ever see this thing stateside so you’ll simply have to savor the strange idea of something you sweat all over going directly into your earhole.

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LG Confirms Its G Pro 2 Flagship Phablet, Yet Another Phone That’s Mostly Screen

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Say hello to the G Pro 2, LG’s new flagship smartphone — leaked aplenty up to now but officially confirmed today by the mobile maker. The Android 4.4 KitKat powered 4G quad-core device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26 GHz processor, 3GB of memory and a 13MP rear camera with an optical image stabilization feature to support better snapping.

It’s (yet) another high end smartphone that’s practically all screen, with LG inflating the size of the pane vs last year’s model — bumping it up from the 5.5 inches of the Optimus G Pro to a 5.9 inch full HD pane.

That screen is clasped on two sides by an extra slim bezel of just 3.3mm, with LG touting “an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent”, showing how marginal form factor design parameters have become if makers are shouting about squeezing more screen onto the slab.

Definitions of how large a screen a smartphone must have to qualify for ‘phablet’ status vary — and are likely themselves moving goal posts as more and more smartphones get bigger — but according to Juniper Research at least 5.6 inches are required. By that definition LG has upgraded the G Pro from big smartphone to proper phablet with today’s sequel.

(The G Pro 2 is not close to the biggest phablet on the market. Sony, for instance, outted a 6.4 inch whopper last year — with its Xperia Z Ultra – a phone so big the company also makes a Bluetooth companion accessory for, y’know, actually making/receiving calls.)

Aside from its big screen — which does not feature a bend, as LG’s recent curvacious foray, the LG G Flex, does — the G Pro 2 sports the same rear key controls the company stuck on last year’s G2.  A key placement that’s either wildcard genius or the worst idea in smartphone design history, depending on your view. Just don’t press the phone down on a table and hope it stays powered on.

The most notable other addition to LG’s new flagship is an unlocking feature called Knock Code, that lets users devise their own sequence of touchscreen taps (aka a ‘knock pattern’) to unlock the device. Which is presumably another reason for LG to beef up the screen size — so users have enough space to get a-knockin’. (Another feature that makes use of the big pane is a dual-browser mode.)

LG says anything from two to eight taps can be used to form this knock pattern, on any portion of the screen. And it reckons the tech supports 86,367 ‘knock’ combinations.

With Apple adding its biometric TouchID system to its flagship iPhone 5s home key, so users can unlock their phone with their fingerprint, rival smartphone makers are clearly stretching themselves to come up with security differentiators of their own.

Elsewhere, the LG G Pro 2 lavishes care and attention on the camera and photo smarts of the device, with anti-shake functionality and larger and more sensitive sensors front and rear.

Other image capture features include 4K ultra HD video recording; an 120fps HD video recording feature that supports slow-motion editing; a ‘magic focus’ feature to select the depth of focus after a photo is taken — a la Lytro, presumably; improved flash for more natural shots/selfies; an up to 20 continuous shots burst mode; and a gallery collage feature for uploading multiple shots.

It’s not clear which markets outside LG’s stamping ground of South Korea the LG G Pro 2 will land in as yet, with LG saying global availability has not yet been determined. It will be showing off the handset at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona — where TC will be on hand to get hands on.

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AMD Kaveri review roundup: a solid gaming chip that’s ahead of its time

It’s been a busy week for AMD news, what with the launch of the Kaveri APU and then our first real evidence of how the new Mantle drivers can impact on PC gaming. But now’s the time to kick back and check out some full reviews of Kaveri over at the …

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Meet Egg, A Smart Cat Toy That’s A Real Companion For Your Kitten

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Keeping cats interested in any one toy for any length of time can be difficult, at least in my experience. Plus, most of them require a lot of manual input on the owner’s part. The Egg is a Kickstarter project that aims to keep things interesting for the cat, and save energy for the owner, with a smart toy that moves on its own and can be programmed via a laptop.

The Egg looks like its namesake, but contained within its plastic enclosure, it holds an offset weight and gearmotor, along with a printed circuit board. The Egg can detect floor type and even obstacles, like a cat’s paw or person’s foot, and rotate its weight using the gearmotor to change direction. The result is a ball that can continuously roll and keep a cat’s interest without any human intervention.

Or, with limited human intervention, I should say. The Egg still needs to be charged up, using a microUSB port on its side, and it can be plugged into a computer to switch it to various interaction modes using a desktop software interface.

Speaking from experience using an iPhone-controlled Sphero robot, this seems like a design that will indeed appeal to furry friends. Egg’s creator Jason O’Mara says that it isn’t designed to withstand the rougher brand of abuse that can come from dogs, however, so limit the Egg to feline pals only. O’Mara is an electrical engineer based in Portland, Oregon who previously worked for electronics industry vet TDK, among others.

Egg has managed to get within spitting distance of its $ 15,000 Kickstarter funding goal, so it’s highly likely it’ll reach it before long. O’Mara anticipates shipping the first production run by June, 2014, and backers can secure a pre-order for $ 31. That’s a small price to pay for what could potentially provide eternal enjoyment for your bored domestic animal.

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MaxStone Kickstarts A Remote iPhone Shutter For Digital Cameras That’s Also A Bluetooth Tracker

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A new Kickstarter project is hoping to combine some popular recent gadget trends with commonly sought after DSLR and pro photography features for a Bluetooth gadget that’s unique and more versatile than most in the same category. It’s called the MaxStone, and it’s a smartphone controlled camera shutter, Bluetooth device locator and remote smartphone shutter trigger all in one.

The MaxStone is a small device powered by a single watch battery that you affix to your camera via a simple loop strap. It attaches in touch a way that it covers the camera’s shutter button, and hands down a small, pebble-like main body in front of your camera’s IR sensor. This actually contains an IR blaster that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so that you can remotely trigger the camera’s shutter from your device. It’s a lot more low-tech than using Wi-Fi or something like that, but it means MaxStone is much more broadly compatible with a range of camera brands and models.

You can use the MaxStone apps to either trigger the camera’s shutter instantly or via time delay, or program it to take photos at intervals for time-lapse photography spanning nearly a full year, according to MaxStone’s Kickstarter page, and maintaining operation even if your phone is powered down or loses connection. It can also handle video start/stop recording on some models of camera.

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That alone would be pretty impressive in a device that’s priced at a $ 29 pledge to start for backers, but it also offers a Bluetooth proximity alarm sensor, which makes it possible to set a location gate so that you can receive alerts if you move away from your camera, or whatever else it’s attached to. It can also be used the other way, to located your phone, thanks to functionality that allows it to trigger an alert on your device when you press the MaxStone button. Finally, it can operate as a remote shutter for your iPhone camera, too, which is crucially important for the selfie generation.

The MaxStone was created by Will E and Lia Zhang, a husband and wife team who did the original prototyping and design. Radio engineer Will Griffith helped refine RF communications, and Shawn Han developed and continues to build the MaxStone iOS app. The New York-based team is seeking $ 50,000, and has raised around $ 6,500 already, with 59 days left in their campaign. Should everything go as planned, they plan to ship the MaxStone by March, 2014.

I have yet to plunk down any cash for a lost-and-found style Bluetooth tracker, but MaxStone’s versatility and price point might make it the first such device I do back, and yet that’s not even its main function. The team here has the right idea though: bundle a number of smart device features that make sense together, and suddenly people have more than one reason not to look elsewhere or pass on the idea altogether.

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An iPad That’s Mini in Display Size Just

It’s mainly accepted that miniature variations have to compromise on something. Fancy sports cars do not have back seats, snack-size sweet bars are missing a lot of chocolate and the iPad mini desires for high quality screen resolution and rapid performance.

Previously.

Apple’s brand-new iPad mini, which starts at $ 399 and appeared recently, has essentially the exact same specs as its huge sibling, the full-size iPad Air. Both provide the exact same head-turning Retina display with a super sharp screen resolution. Both have the same new chip for faster processing and improved graphics performance. Both have better innovation for connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular networks. And both have improved front-facing cameras that work better in low light.

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Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display has a processor that’s four times as quick as the original mini, which assists with apps like iMovie, 2nd display from the right.

This means you generally just choose exactly what size display you like, the 9.7-inch iPad Air or the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display, without compromising.

I’ve been checking the iPad mini with Retina display for the past week and a half, and this mini version doesn’t make me seem like I’m jeopardizing on anything. My daily iPad is the iPad 3 with Retina display, however I discovered myself reaching more often for the new mini, tossing it into a bag to utilize on the go. I also carried it around the house more than I do my full-size iPad. And in my straining battery test, it lasted 11 hours and 17 minutes, which is longer than Apple’s quote of 10 hours.

This iPad mini with Retina display is the 2nd iteration of the iPad mini. The first version, which came out about a year back, has actually now dropped in price and is just readily available in a 16-gigabyte model; the Wi-Fi version costs $ 299 and the Wi-Fi and cellular model costs $ 429.

When I chose up the brand-new iPad mini with Retina screen, it looked and felt like the original mini. Technically, it’s somewhat thicker and heavier, however these distinctions are barely recognizable.

The genuine modifications can be seen when this thing is turned on. While the original iPad mini’s display wasn’t sending people back to the establishment with problems, I saw pixilation in it after being spoiled by the larger iPad with Retina display. This new iPad mini repairs that problem with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, compared to 1024 x 768 in the original mini. And because it has the same resolution as the bigger iPad Air however has a smaller screen, it in fact packs in even more pixels per inch, 326 versus 264.

Apple included its A7 chip in this gadget, an addition that offers the mini a processor that’s four times as fast as its predecessor and graphics that are 8 times as quick. It zoomed from one display to the next, downloading apps and films much quicker than previous versions of the iPad. And I edited video clips in iMovie without any hiccoughs or delays.

Apple’s App Shop now hases more than 475,000 apps for the iPad and all operate on the iPad mini without any distortion or magnification needed. Since Sept. 1, all brand-new Apple mobile devices come with free variations of Apple apps, including iPhoto, iMovie and iWork (Apple’s version of Microsoft Office-like programs called Pages, Figures and Keynote).

I tested the brand-new iPad mini’s battery life by playing a continuously loop of video with the display readied to 75 percent brightness and Wi-Fi turned on to accumulate e-mail in the background. The 11 hours and 17 minutes I got was remarkable on its own, but also notable considering that the iPad Air got over 12 hours in the exact same test. Unnecessary to state, you won’t frequently stress over charging either of these tablets.

The front- and rear-facing cameras on the new iPad mini are improvements to their previous versions, as I discovered while capturing images and videos or while making FaceTime calls. The front-facing video camera now uses exactly what Apple calls its next-generation FaceTime HD video camera and it has improved sensors for low-light circumstances. I especially appreciated this brand-new feature since, with a new infant, I make a great deal of FaceTime calls to relatives from poorly lit rooms where the child is sleeping. Thanks to the brand-new chip and the new iOS 7 software, the rear-facing camera now catches still images and video with enhancements like faster autofocus and approximately 3 times zoom in videos.

This new iPad mini uses 2 antennas for its Wi-Fi connection, rather of just one as in the initial mini, and a flavor of Wi-Fi that doubles its information rate compared with older iPads and the iPad Air. If you desire a new iPad mini with a cellular connection, these beginning at $ 529 and support more means of linking to cellular networks in numerous countries — — fantastic information for heavy travelers.

I’m still not a fan of Apple’s cases. I tried the $ 69 Smart Case, which is brand-new for the iPad mini household and protects the whole gadget, including its back. But I still found myself annoyed when the gadget often fell over from its propped-up position.

Overall, the iPad mini with Retina screen is a winner. Plenty of individuals will now consider this a feasible option to the full-size iPad without any of the mini drawbacks.

Write to Katie at katie.boehret@wsj.com.

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An iPad That’s Mini in Screen Size Only

It’s largely accepted that miniature versions must compromise on something. Fancy sports cars lack back seats, snack-size candy bars are missing a whole lot of chocolate and the iPad mini wants for high quality screen resolution and speedy performance.

Until now.

Apple’s new iPad mini, which starts at $ 399 and became available last week, has virtually the same specs as its big brother, the full-size iPad Air. Both offer the same head-turning Retina display with a super sharp screen resolution. Both have the same new chip for faster processing and improved graphics performance. Both have better technology for connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular networks. And both have improved front-facing cameras that work better in low light.

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Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display has a processor that’s four times as fast as the original mini, which helps with apps like iMovie, second screen from the right.

This means you basically just choose what size screen you prefer, the 9.7-inch iPad Air or the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display, without compromising.

I’ve been testing the iPad mini with Retina display for the past week and a half, and this miniature version doesn’t make me feel like I’m compromising on anything. My everyday iPad is the iPad 3 with Retina display, but I found myself reaching more often for the new mini, tossing it into a bag to use on the go. I also carried it around the house more than I do my full-size iPad. And in my taxing battery test, it lasted 11 hours and 17 minutes, which is longer than Apple’s estimate of 10 hours.

This iPad mini with Retina display is the second iteration of the iPad mini. The first version, which came out about a year ago, has now dropped in price and is only available in a 16-gigabyte model; the Wi-Fi version costs $ 299 and the Wi-Fi and cellular model costs $ 429.

When I picked up the new iPad mini with Retina display, it looked and felt like the original mini. Technically, it’s slightly thicker and heavier, but these differences are barely noticeable.

The real changes can be seen when this thing is turned on. While the original iPad mini’s screen wasn’t sending people back to the store with complaints, I noticed pixilation in it after being spoiled by the larger iPad with Retina display. This new iPad mini fixes that problem with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, compared with 1024 x 768 in the original mini. And since it has the same resolution as the larger iPad Air but has a smaller screen, it actually packs in more pixels per inch, 326 versus 264.

Apple included its A7 chip in this device, an addition that gives the mini a processor that’s four times as fast as its predecessor and graphics that are eight times as fast. It zipped from one screen to the next, downloading apps and movies much faster than previous iterations of the iPad. And I edited video clips in iMovie without any hiccups or delays.

Apple’s App Store now has over 475,000 apps for the iPad and all run on the iPad mini without any distortion or magnification required. As of Sept. 1, all new Apple mobile devices come with free versions of Apple apps, including iPhoto, iMovie and iWork (Apple’s version of Microsoft Office-like programs called Pages, Numbers and Keynote).

I tested the new iPad mini’s battery life by playing a nonstop loop of video with the screen set to 75 percent brightness and Wi-Fi turned on to collect email in the background. The 11 hours and 17 minutes I got was impressive on its own, but also notable considering that the iPad Air got over 12 hours in the same test. Needless to say, you won’t often worry about charging either of these tablets.

The front- and rear-facing cameras on the new iPad mini are improvements to their previous versions, as I noticed while capturing photos and videos or while making FaceTime calls. The front-facing camera now uses what Apple calls its next-generation FaceTime HD camera and it has improved sensors for low-light situations. I especially appreciated this new feature because, with a new baby, I make a lot of FaceTime calls to relatives from dimly lit rooms where the baby is sleeping. Thanks to the new chip and the new iOS 7 software, the rear-facing camera now captures still images and video with enhancements like faster autofocus and up to three times zoom in videos.

This new iPad mini uses two antennas for its Wi-Fi connection, instead of just one as in the original mini, and a flavor of Wi-Fi that doubles its data rate compared with older iPads and the iPad Air. If you want a new iPad mini with a cellular connection, these start at $ 529 and support more ways of connecting to cellular networks in various countries — great news for heavy travelers.

I’m still not a fan of Apple’s cases. I tried the $ 69 Smart Case, which is new for the iPad mini family and protects the entire device, including its back. But I still found myself frustrated when the device frequently fell over from its propped-up position.

Overall, the iPad mini with Retina display is a winner. Plenty of people will now consider this a viable alternative to the full-size iPad without any of the miniature downsides.

Write to Katie at katie.boehret@wsj.com.

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An iPad That’s Mini in Display Size Just

It’s mostly accepted that mini variations should compromise on something. Fancy sports automobiles do not have back seats, snack-size sweet bars are missing out on a great deal of chocolate and the iPad mini wants for high quality display resolution and quick performance.

Till now.

Apple’s new iPad mini, which begins at $ 399 and ended up being available last week, has essentially the same specs as its huge sibling, the full-size iPad Air. Both offer the same head-turning Retina screen with an extremely sharp screen resolution. Both have the same new chip for faster processing and improved graphics efficiency. Both have better technology for linking to Wi-Fi or cellular networks. And both have enhanced front-facing cams that work better in reduced light.

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Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display has a processor that’s 4 times as fast as the original mini, which aids with apps like iMovie, second screen from the right.

This means you basically simply select exactly what size screen you like, the 9.7-inch iPad Air or the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display, without compromising.

I have actually been testing the iPad mini with Retina display for the past week and a half, and this miniature version doesn’t make me seem like I’m jeopardizing on anything. My everyday iPad is the iPad 3 with Retina display, however I discovered myself reaching more often for the brand-new mini, tossing it into a bag to utilize on the go. I also held it around your home more than I do my full-size iPad. And in my taxing battery test, it lasted 11 hours and 17 minutes, which is longer than Apple’s estimate of 10 hours.

This iPad mini with Retina screen is the second version of the iPad mini. The first version, which came out about a year ago, has actually now dropped in rate and is only available in a 16-gigabyte design; the Wi-Fi variation costs $ 299 and the Wi-Fi and cellular model costs $ 429.

When I got the brand-new iPad mini with Retina screen, it felt and look like the original mini. Technically, it’s slightly thicker and heavier, however these distinctions are hardly noticeable.

The genuine changes can be seen when this thing is switched on. While the original iPad mini’s display wasn’t sending out people back to the shop with problems, I observed pixilation in it after being ruined by the bigger iPad with Retina screen. This brand-new iPad mini fixes that trouble with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, compared with 1024 x 768 in the initial mini. And because it has the exact same resolution as the bigger iPad Air however has a smaller sized screen, it actually packs in even more pixels per inch, 326 versus 264.

Apple included its A7 chip in this device, an addition that offers the mini a processor that’s 4 times as fast as its predecessor and graphics that are eight times as fast. It zipped from one display to the next, downloading apps and movies much faster than previous iterations of the iPad. And I edited videos in iMovie without any hiccups or delays.

Apple’s App Shop now has over 475,000 apps for the iPad and all run on the iPad mini without any distortion or magnification required. Since Sept. 1, all new Apple mobile devices feature complimentary variations of Apple apps, including iPhoto, iMovie and iWork (Apple’s version of Microsoft Office-like programs called Pages, Numbers and Keynote).

I tested the brand-new iPad mini’s battery life by playing a nonstop loop of video with the screen readied to 75 percent brightness and Wi-Fi turned on to accumulate e-mail in the background. The 11 hours and 17 minutes I got was remarkable by itself, however likewise significant contemplating that the iPad Air overcame 12 hours in the exact same test. Needless to say, you won’t frequently stress over charging either of these tablets.

The front- and rear-facing video cameras on the new iPad mini are renovations to their previous variations, as I saw while capturing pictures and videos or while making FaceTime calls. The front-facing video camera now uses what Apple calls its next-generation FaceTime HD cam and it has enhanced sensors for low-light situations. I specifically appreciated this brand-new attribute because, with a new infant, I make a lot of FaceTime calls to relatives from dimly lit spaces where the infant is sleeping. Thanks to the brand-new chip and the new iOS 7 software application, the rear-facing video camera now captures still images and video with enhancements like faster autofocus and approximately three times zoom in videos.

This brand-new iPad mini uses two antennas for its Wi-Fi connection, rather of just one as in the initial mini, and a flavor of Wi-Fi that doubles its information rate compared with older iPads and the iPad Air. If you want a brand-new iPad mini with a cellular connectivity, these start at $ 529 and support more means of connecting to cellular networks in numerous countries — — excellent news for heavy travelers.

I’m still not a fan of Apple’s cases. I tried the $ 69 Smart Case, which is brand-new for the iPad mini family and secures the entire device, including its back. However I still found myself annoyed when the gadget frequently fell over from its propped-up position.

Generally, the iPad mini with Retina display is a winner. A lot of people will certainly now consider this a feasible alternative to the full-size iPad without any of the mini downsides.

Compose to Katie at katie.boehret@wsj.com.

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