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Phone manufacturer Sonim now has its XP6 smartphone, a Google Android-powered device, available for AT&T, so subscribers have another choice when choosing ruggedized devices. The device has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and push-to-talk support.
"When people talk about working smarter not harder, they think of the person working behind a desk, not the ones delivering a load of concrete or loading cargo on a flight," said Tom Burton, Sonim GM, in a statement. "Together with AT&T, we will change that paradigm so that employees in the field don't have to sacrifice the productivity enhancing services and feature benefits of smartphones due to their geographic location or work function."
The phone is available for $149.99 with a two-year contract, or $524.99 without a phone contract.
Google Android smartphone and tablet owners flying on United Airlines will be able to stream TV shows and movies using the airline's free on-demand video entertainment solution. The streaming entertainment offering was available only for Apple iOS devices, but support for Android seemed inevitable. Check on United.com to see if your upcoming United flight supports the new service.
The service is designed for 200 United aircraft, but will be expanded to United Express regional jets in the near future. The following aircraft are currently supported: Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 aircraft, with most flights travelling between mainland US and Hawaii.
"Travelers increasingly want to watch entertainment on their own devices, as shown by the measurable improvement in satisfaction among travelers who fly on aircraft with personal device programming," said Tom O'Toole, United SVP of marketing and loyalty.
TKTechNews has just informed us of a new Sony Xperia Z Ultra flat mobile phone to be released in 2015.
Set to contain a 5.9-inch touchscreen, ensuring that it's the 'perfect fit' for most consumers - not to big, nor too small. Sony's new smartphone offering is rumored for release in black or white color options.
However, we've also received information of a possible Xperia Z4 Ultra. This is rumored to contain a 6.4-inch display supporting a 2K resolution (2560 x 1440), with 4K also a realistic possibility. As far as hardware specifications are concerned, nothing is confirmed but it is rumored to contain similar architecture to the original Xperia models, with a focus on updating the inbuilt camera.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been on a tear, after being founded in 2010 and releasing its first smartphone in 2011. The company is now the No. 3 smartphone maker in the world, trailing behind only Samsung and Apple, with company officials already having their sights set on further growth.
"I believe that no one thought the Xiaomi from three years ago, which just made its first phone, would later rank as the third largest player," said Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder and CEO, recently said. "India is becoming our largest overseas market. Within five or 10 years, we have the opportunity to become the number one smartphone company in the world."
The smartphone market is fiercely competitive, and Xiaomi will likely need to expand its consumer smartphones to the United States and Western Europe to fully move forward.
Gorilla Glass is something that isn't really talked of often, it has blended right into the backgrounds of our lives, living on millions of smartphones across the world. Corning has just announced the latest version; Gorilla Glass 4.
The new cover material is meant to survive large drops onto very rough surfaces, like concrete. Most soda-lime glass will shatter if its dropped from a decent height, but Corning says that Gorilla Glass 4 should remain unshattered up to 80% of the time. Corning has said that it is already sending out test samples and shipments of Gorilla Glass 4, but didn't reveal which companies its working with just yet.
You can be assured this will be something we'll hear more about, and which devices will have it, at CES 2015 in just six weeks time.
The amount of times that I've misplaced my keys, without a way to find them, but Motorola has just unveiled something that we all need: Keylink.
Motorola's Keylink is a tiny little device that attaches to your keyring, emitting a noise from your connected smartphone when you want to find your lost keys. What if you have your keys, but not your smartphone? Motorola has thought of that, too, with a button on Keylink that can be pressed which will play your smartphone's ringer.
Keylink is also capable of unlocking certain Motorola smartphones when you're in a specific range, with the second-generation Moto X, Droid Turbo, or any other Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone capable of this. You'll need to alter the Trusted Devices settings on your smartphone, so that it will keep it unlocked while the Keylink is within range, re-enabling it with a passcode, or any other security if the two devices are separated.
After ten years in business, Wicked Lasers has a new owner. The company hasn't stated much other than what you see below, a new own and unfortunately, no more sales to the USA for products over 5mW.
The company has come under fire over the last few years from safety groups, people that don't like fun and even George Lucas. Without an official statement we don't know if the unwanted attention played a role in the decision to end US sales.
Wicked Lasers will no longer be shipping >5mW handheld lasers to US-Based cutomers starting Jan 1, 2015.
If you are a fan there could be something bright in your future though. The company has setup a 40% off coupon code. If you are missing a few products like me, now is the time to get them.
Powermat wireless charging stations will be introduced into 200 San Francisco Bay Area Starbucks locations, as the company plans to launch nationwide rollout before heading to Europe and Asia within 12 months. The chargers will be built directly into tables and bars inside of Starbucks, and the popular coffee chain hopes to win over patrons with the wireless charging offering.
It was announced earlier this year that Starbucks was testing the wireless charging stations in the Bay Area, but trying to find them in-store proved difficult for many guests. The Power Matter Alliance produces the Powermat technology, and is supported by Starbucks, Google and AT&T.
"The availability of Powermat Spots in Starbucks is transformative for San Francisco Bay residents who no longer have to worry about making it through their day with limited battery power," said Ran Poliakine, Powermat Technologies CEO, in a press statement. "They know that the nearest charge is only as far away as the nearest Starbucks."
More than 90 percent of US households currently have at least three or more Internet-connected devices, according to a recent report published by Ericsson. The average household has 5.2 connected devices per household, and that number will increase as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be common place.
The Ericsson survey also found that 97 percent of households have at least one mobile phone, while mobile phone saturation continues to increase. By 2020, 90 percent of the global population over six years of age will own a mobile phone - and many phone owners will be using smartphones.
At the end of 2013 there were 1.9 billion smartphone subscriptions, and that number is expected to increase up to 2.7 billion by the end of this year. Analysts believe that number will increase 15 percent each year through 2020, as smartphones become more affordable.
Waterproof Tech Now
In May of 2013, Apple was granted two patents toward waterproofing. One was for a water switch and the other for gauging electronic device moisture. This shows us Apple is thinking about the waterproofing as necessity. Sony and Samsung had already come out with waterproof smartphones by the time Apple received the patents. Motorola introduced its first version of a waterproof smartphone in 2009.
No smartphone is completely waterproof, and it all comes down to the grade given when tested.
Smartphones are graded on Integration Protection (IP), which is a two-digit number indicating how the phone stands up against dust and water. The first number is how a smartphone stands up against dust. The second number is how it stands up against water. For testing purposes, the phone is immersed in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. The number is also indicative of how hard it can be sprayed with water before it breaks. Each of the two numbers is independent of the other. Numbers 5 and above are considered good.
The Sony Xperia received a rating of IP55, which tells us that it's almost completely dustproof and waterproof. The Samsung Galaxy S5 received a rating of IP67, which means it was even better at protecting against the elements.