• The best phablet on the market?

    Ashley Daniels . . #Default 

    During the already completed Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, ​​one of the most interesting stands was the OPPO Chinese company. The device that attracted the most attention was a 5.9-inch phablet equipped with a rotating camera.

    The rotating mechanism of the camera may not be extremely innovative, but it proves that Chinese companies have ended up with a policy of copying everything that falls into the spotlight, and has focused on creating trends. Especially since this solution works very well and the device has nothing to do with “cheap chinese”.

    On the video below you can see what exactly is the idea of ​​a rotary camera.

    The quality of the device makes the impression that plastic used much closer to the ones known from Nokia than Samsung. The matt surface is even “nice to the touch”, and thanks to rounding the back panel, the N1 is perfectly in the palm despite its right size.

    The OPPO N1 does not differ from its competitors, the 5.9-inch Full HD display, 2GB RAM, and the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 make Android running smoothly and smoothly.

    I would be tempted to say that the performance, appearance and rotating 13 megapixel camera equates the slight advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hardware. If I were to choose one of these two phablets, I would have no hesitation in choosing the one from China.…

  • Dron for filmmakers

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    The Chinese DJI company is very diligent in extending its drones offer. Just a few days ago he announced a model for industrial use, and now showed a model called Inspire 2, intended for filmmakers.

    Inspire 2 is the successor of the product launched at the end of 2014 and has received several improvements compared to its original prototype. The biggest of these is the unmanned equipment with two video cameras, which makes it an excellent tool for filmmakers.

    The first camera was installed in such a way that it can freely rotate 360 ​​degrees to allow filming in all directions. The second camera, however, has a slightly different use. It is not for image recording but for unmanned operation.

    The pilot uses it to see where the machine is flying, which makes it much easier to work. Inspire 2 can be controlled by two people and then one manages to control and the other can focus solely on filming.

    Changes made to Inspire 2 are not limited to just two cameras. The product has received a completely new magnesium-aluminum housing with much greater rigidity compared to its predecessor. It also increased its maximum speed from 80 to 107 km / h and installed larger batteries.

    Currently, instead of 18 minutes, the dron can remain in the air for 25 minutes and its maximum ceiling is 4900 m. The dual battery is equipped with a heating system, so the device can also function at low temperatures.…

  • Triton completed his first flight across the continent

    The American Navy is still testing its newest toy, Triton – the biggest unmanned in her arsenal. The machine has successfully completed its latest mission, which was flew over the United States.

    In just a few years, the unmanned will play a key role in the battlefields, so the US Army is constantly working on new technology, and Triton is the most promising example. This is the largest unmanned aerial vehicle in the arsenal of the Northrop Grumman armament. At the moment, the machine is actually controlled by a ground crew, but will soon be operating completely alone.

    UAV in March of this year completed his first tests, and now he was succeeded by another passage that was flying over the United States. The mission lasted a total of 11 hours and during that time Triton flew a distance of 3290 nautical miles. The trip began with Northrop Grumman in Palmdale, California, and the route ran over the southern US border to end at Naval Air Station in Patuxent River.…

  • Amazon plans next Fire smartphones

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    The market failure of Amazon’s first smartphone bookstore, the Fire Phone, does not seem to deter the e-commerce giant from this market sector. Although a few days ago it was decided to reduce the price to get rid of equipment in the warehouse, the company is already planning the next models.

    After the success of the tablet, Amazon wanted to have in their portfolio also a smartphone and so was the Fire Phone. But the device was definitely too expensive for the capabilities offered, and the price of more than $ 600 for a version without a contract with the operator effectively discouraged consumers from purchasing it. A few days ago, Amazon was forced to seriously reduce the price, and now Fire Phone costs only $ 199, and the manufacturer hopes to be able to get rid of stock inventory of this equipment worth several tens of millions of dollars.

    Although the plan to conquer the smartphone market clearly did not go to the mind of the concern, its boss Jeff Bezos does not consider this a failure at the moment. Before he finally decides on success or flip, he intends to take on a few more activities related to him.

    He suggested that in the next few years, several models of this product may appear in the market, as he thinks it may take some time for the equipment to take over. In his opinion, the fact that Fire Phone does not interest consumers, does not mean that with the next models will be the same.…

  • Hulu lowers prices

    Ashley Daniels . . #Default 

    Hulu’s film service responds to user criticism and lowers prices for access to the service. This is the cheapest plan supported by advertising. Unfortunately the discount is not available to all and long-term customers can not use it.

    The Hulu platform has long been criticized by customers as a business strategy that is not very attractive. The user has to pay as much as $ 7.99 a month, and instead gets access to the service, but is forced to watch ads simultaneously. To get rid of them completely, you should opt for a much more expensive subscription plan, costing $ 11.99 a month, which also does not eliminate ads.

    Hulu has decided to take into account the critics’ opinion and has prepared changes to the offer. From now on, the subscription for the basic version of the service will cost $ 5.99 a month, while optionally, for an extra $ 4 a month you can get rid of unwanted ads.

    Unfortunately, as with almost every promotion, this also has a hook. It turns out that it is only available for the first year of service, and then the price returns to $ 7.99. This means that people who use Hulu a bit longer do not get promoted, which is a bit discriminating.…

  • HTC Vive for 1099 euros

    Ashley Daniels . . #Default 

    Pre-sale of HTC Vive will start only at the end of the month, and the device will be available only in April, but you can now go to eBay where one of the sellers offers this device for 1099 euros. This is of course pre-sale, but the biggest surprise here is the price.

    Vive, the VR goggles developed by HTC and Valve, will be available in pre-sales from February 29, while store shelves will be available only in April. The price is still a question, as the producer does not say anything about it, and the rumors suggest that it can be very high and claim as much as $ 1,500.

    While it is hard to believe, rumors may be a grain of truth, as eBay has just announced a pre-sale of new equipment at a price of 1099 euros, or about $ 1200. This could be considered a scam, because to start the official pre-sale has remained more than a month. However, the seller has 469 comments and 100% customer satisfaction rating, so it is unlikely that someone will try to cheat.…

  • Plane enters the second phase of design

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    DARPA, which has been designing modern military equipment for many years, has for some time been unmanned, equipped with a large amount of autonomy to operate without operator supervision. This is also the VTOL X-Plane program that is entering the second phase of design.

    The purpose of the VTOL X-Plane program is to develop an unmanned vertical launch pad that functions in a similar way to the V-22 Osprey, which can be adapted to mission requirements by changing engine settings, gaining greater range, or greater flight speed. The program is entering the second phase of the project, and Aurora Flight Sciences will be working on the project, which has been awarded a contract for the project.

    The VTOL X-Plane assumes a top speed of 800-1000 km / h and should have a lifting capacity of 40% of its estimated mass of approximately 4800 kg.

    The conceptual design will be powered by the same 4000 hp engine that comes equipped with the said V-22 Osprey and delivers 3 MW of power. The 24 rotors installed on the wings and the front ailerons that will be rotated to provide the machine with a propulsion system, as well as to allow the air to hover like a helicopter.…

  • Geekbench test, two cores and 1 GB of RAM

    Ashley Daniels . . #Default 

    We can count down the hours for presenting iPhone 6 at an Apple conference. In the meantime, we should look at the new information on the performance of the design itself, because these have just leaked to the web.

    The iPhone 6 came out in the Geekbench test, so we learned not only its performance but its shortened specifications. Confirmed speculation that the smartphone will be equipped with 1 GB of RAM. The Apple A8 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz was also on board. It is no surprise that we are dealing with a dual-core unit here.

    The amount of RAM can be a bit disappointing, because observers have so far pointed to 2 GB. Similarly, in case of timing, which according to previous leaks was to be much higher. On the other hand, Apple has for some time been focusing on increasing the energy efficiency of its products, which clearly indicates that the clock could not be too high.…

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