Topic: Tech & Gadgets
Nokia Launching an 8-inch Lumia Tablet
The talk is that Nokia is prepping a second smaller Windows based Lumia Tablet that could be available in 2014.
Nokia’s 8-inch tablet, which is potentially to be called the Illusionist tablet, will include a similar look and feel to the company’s recently announced Lumia 2520.
The rumoured smaller slate is set to run Windows 8.1 RT, the tablet version of...
Blackberry Teams Up with Porsche
Believed to cost up to £1,200 the new Blackberry and Porsche offering is expected to be a modified version of the Z10. This is the second time the companies have joined forces, the last result was a custom version of the bold 9900.
Pictures of the device were leaked...
iPhone 6 Release Date in Question
Most people are still opening their iPhone 5 but the 6 release date is already subject of internet rumour. Currently the expected date is September 2014. If speculation is to be believed the 6 will be a large screen phone offering to compliment the 5s...
Launching: September 2014
Bowers & Wilkins Maserati 805 Edition Speakers
Bowers & Wilkins has teamed up with Maserati to create a bold, stylish and incredibly luxurious set of speakers...
Launching: January 2014
5 inch Screen Blackberry Leaked
Images have been doing the rounds on the web showing a 5 inch screen Blackberry that is poised to enter the ‘phablet’ market. The pleasantly textured back panel is accompanied by an alleged 5" OLED 720p display, 1.7 GHz dual-core Krait CPU with quad-core Adreno GPU, and microHDMI port support...
Lens from 19th Century Gets New Life for Digital Cameras
The original Petzval lens was invented in 1840 and is one of the very first and greatest lenses of all time. Lomography is reinventing the lens in the 21st century...
Launching: February 2014
NATURE PLAY: Cybotonics Create iBean and iTagua Music Players
Listen to music while doing your bit for the planet with Cybotonics’ new audio concept. Made from natural botanical casings, sourced from the Amazon rainforest in Columbia, the iBean and iTagua are distinctive audio players with heart...
TIME PLEASE: MATTHEW HILTON’S DEBUT WATCH LAUNCH
One of the UK’s most celebrated designers will launch his first-ever watch at the London Design Festival. Debuting exclusively at the Margaret Howell shop on Wigmore Street...
Launching 15th – 22nd September
Sony has announced the world’s first water resistant smart watch with NFC Connectivity, the SmartWatch 2. Sleek design and technologically savvy, this innovative new timepiece will give you everything you need at the palm of your hand...
Launching September 2013
With its sophisticated maple veneer finish and black leather trim, audiophiles will love the limited edition Bowers & Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition Loudspeaker. It combines the unparalleled audio performance of Bowers & Wilkins with the effortless opulence of Maserati...
Launching Autumn 2013
FLASH! Interview with J.W. Anderson
As Nikon announces its collaboration with acclaimed fashion trail blazer J.W Anderson, VeryFirstTo Know catches up with the designer for a Q&A on photography, supercars and his signature unisex style.
You have the fashion Midas touch, how does it feel to be such a hot commodity?
I’m honoured. It’s a difficult position to be in, but I’m a workaholic, so I just keep my head down and keep going.
You recently previewed your first collection for Versus. How did you bring your stamp to such an iconic label?
Ultimately my viewpoint is always going to be strong. I just think about what will be modern for the brand and bring that to the table...
Launching June 2013
Here’s a new musical first to enjoy this year, the Roli Seaboard Grand. The new touch-sensitive keyboard allows musicians to manipulate digital sound like never before.
Designed by a Dalston-based technology start up, the keyboard uses SEA Technology, a disruptive platform sensor technology that is highly precise, information-rich and pressure sensitive. It captures 3D gestures while simultaneously providing the user with tactile feedback.
Keys can be stroked to bend pitch and wobbled to create vibrato, essentially allowing user control of fundamental sound characteristics, such as sound, pitch, volume and timbre. With these new sonic possibilities, the keyboard provides an exciting new bridge between acoustic and electronic musical approaches. Now that’s music to our ears.
Launching autumn 2013
Watchmaker Tag Heuer Racer is to launch its new Racer Prestige Gold, an Android phone that can only be described as a powerful luxury communication tool. Like their timepieces, the android phone is made in Switzerland with the same attention to detail and materials used to create the manufacture’s watches...
Launching: TBC 2013
Spring Clean Anyone?
Dyson is constantly pushing the boundaries of innovative and groundbreaking design technology. With hype around the announcement of its new airblade tap and hand dryer at the end of this year, we mustn’t forget about the original designs that put Dyson on the map...
Launching: TBC 2013
TAKE NOTE OF SAMSUNG GALAXY!
Samsung continues to step up its commitment to lead the mobile tech market, announcing its latest device, the Galaxy Note 8. The follow-up to its successful Note and Note II tablets is said to be designed to bridge the gap between Samsung’s Note II and the larger Note 10.1. The new device’s expansive 8-inch display also puts it in direct competition with the iPad Mini as well as other 7 or 8-inch tablets on the market...
APPLE DEVELOPS NEXT GENERATION IWATCH
20130044215 may look like a meaningless sequence of numbers, however, in context, patent application no. 20130044215 could mark the emergence of a next generation watch. The patent number, which belongs to Apple, signifies the brand’s desire to protect its conception of a 'wearable accessory device’, which mounts a touchscreen on the user's wrist using the same technology as a slap wrap.
Rumours have been circulating for several months, suggesting the tech giant has been developing a form of smart-watch; however, Apple has made no comment on the claims. The disclosure of the patent application has further fuelled speculation. It also suggests that Apple has been working on its latest innovation for many years.
It is widely speculated that the iWatch will include music browsing and phone call information. The device will also be compatible with an iPhone or iPad through Bluetooth technology. Other anticipated features include a touch screen LED and a rechargeable battery using kinetic technology generated by the wearer’s wrist...
Smart luxury by Vertu
Luxury smartphone maker Vertu is rumoured to be launching a flashy new Android phone – the first in its range.
Vertu, the high-end partner brand of Nokia is known for making premium phones dripping with precious metals and luxury sparkle. Unlike most smartphones, Vertu phones are handcrafted and incredibly expensive.
The new Vertu smartphone - rumoured to be called the Constellation Ti - is suggested to be modelled on an old Nokia slide phone, the 8800. The Ti is expected to run on the Android version 4 operating system, rather than the Symbian platform. Experts predict its typical features will include an 800x400 resolution display and a standard 1.5 Ghz processor. If early rumours are correct it will also include NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Some experts believe that certain tweaks to the model need to be made to set it ahead of its competitors, but one thing is certain; you’ll struggle to find bling like this anywhere else...
Music On The Go
Munich based studio, Design Affairs has demonstrated that small and thin are the design way forward for 2013, with its vibrant coloured FYLM designer speakers that fold and flatten into a pocket sized portable device...
It seems like only yesterday when motion sensor technology took the world by storm. So imagine a world where controlling your apps and games with touch and gestures is considered archaic. That day has arrived.
Muse is a four sensor headband that measures brainwaves in real-time. It sends those brainwaves to your smart phone or tablet while showing you how well your brain is performing; and also translates your brainwaves into instructions to interact with content on your iOS or Android device...
Launching: June 2013
iTV on Apple’s Agenda
Apple has become quite a phenomenon. Always going above and beyond the imaginable, Apple particularly likes to update its technology and refresh its hardware regularly. This is what makes the brand cutting edge. Now Apple is looking to move on from phones and tablets and invest time in smart TVs...
Launching: November 2013
Get Smart With Smart Phones And Cameras
This month Samsung unveiled its new NX300 compact camera system at the 2013 CES (Consumer Electronic Show) trade show. The technology giant created quite a stir when it showcased what’s set to come for smart cameras later this year, and unveiled its integration of smart camera and smartphone features.
Using the smart camera android app, users can transfer images from the latest Samsung camera directly to a phone using Wi-Fi. The app enables two modes of transfer. The AutoShare mode sends images instantly to a smartphone as photos are taken; while the Mobile Link lets the user decide when to transfer images as well as photo albums...
Launching: March 2013
Bendy Me, Shape Me, Anyway You Want Me
The launch of a flex messaging bendy phone later this year is possibly the most exciting news for phone technology in 2013. Organic Light Emitting Diode display technology is expected to be the most anticipated phone feature of the near future. For those technophobes, OLED are organic light emitting diodes that are super thin and can be attached to flexible materials such as the phones’ plastic screens...
Launch: Mid 2013
Lifebook or Bible?
2013 is certainly going to be the year for ground breaking technology design. With the last decade as the host to an explosion of smart phones, tablet computers and smart digital cameras onto the market, what can possibly be in stall for the future?
The Fujitsu Lifebook 2013 presents a revolutionary laptop concept to take the market that one step further, incorporating all of these technology products, that have become an inescapable part of our everyday lives...
Price: Launching: 2013
iPhone Updates Already
With only a few months since the launch of the iPhone 5, there are already whispers of what is to come out of the phone’s next version. It may be true that the iPhone 5 is fresh out the oven, but it doesn’t seem to be stopping the world dominating company putting its successor, the iPhone 5S, into production as early as next month. This means a release date for the product could be as early as the first or second quarter of thsi year...
Listen in style with luxury headphones
Italian luxury fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, has teamed up with Brooklyn based headphones company, Grado Labs, to create an exquisite pair of headphones hand made with mahogany wood in order to produce a designer sound signature.
The headset apparently features ‘open-air’ technology for clean sound reproduction of both high and low frequency bands, while its cushion design creates room for the ears to sit in a larger soundstage, giving greater spatial experience for the listener. This sound experience will however come at a price.
Launching: Spring 2013
From Automobile To Timepiece
Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome is known for producing extraordinary timepieces. His recent RJ Capsules collection exhibits his most impressive pieces to date, the DNA range. The most distinctive item in the collection honours a collaboration like none seen before...
Rumours of a new Xbox console have been in circulation for what seems like forever. Gaming lovers will be pleased to know that finally some cold, hard facts of what is to be expected from Microsoft’s next Xbox model are progressively emerging. Microsoft however never comments on rumours or speculation so its up to industry experts to judge what features the console might have and when it is to be revealed...
HP Announces Next Generation Tablet
HP has announced its next generation convertible tablet and the new edition to its EliteBook range. The tablet phenomenon has taken the world by storm so it’s no surprise that HP is adding to repertoire of tablet models that are already dominating the market. Technology lovers will be interested in the business focused features of the EliteBook Revolve, which sets it apart from other tablets such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab that are reading devices.
The Revolve laptop does exactly that. Its 11.6-inch touchscreen display pivots on a hinge, twisting around to be laid flat against the keyboard, transforming the device from an Ultrabook-style laptop to a new generation tablet...
Launching: March 2013
Game for PS4
Speculation is growing as to when Sony’s PlayStation 4 will be released, and what it will look like. One possibility is that the electronics company will be planning a complete overhaul of the Dual Shock controller, in order to compete with its rival Nintendo. Patent drawings show a hybrid separable motion controller which goes one step further than those created by Sony’s counterparts. It allows the controller to be completely split into two halves, and recombined at any time, without losing any function capacity. Rumoured to feature a development kit called Orbis, the game console, which has yet to be given a release date, has sparked a lot of interest. This will be music to Sony’s ears as the competition to dominate the gaming world intensifies. More information on the console will be released after Christmas...
Launching: Late 2013
Will.i.am’s iPhone Accessories
Musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am is launching himself into the technology industry with a new range of iPhone accessories. The first product to be released from the forthcoming range, transforms the eight-megapixel smartphone camera into a 14-megapixel camera, which will improve the clarity and definition of photographs. There is also a companion iTunes app that turns the hardware into a ‘social photo experience’, allowing the user to share photos across social networks more easily...
Launching: 21st December
Price: From £199
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