Images of upcoming Sony ‘Lens Camera’ smartphone accessories leaks along with Honami i1

Sony_Lens_Camera_QX10_with_XperiaZ_1Last month rumors started flying about a new smartphone accessory from Sony called a Lens Camera. It’s basically a lens with full camera hardware that you can attach to the back of your phone. The Lens Camera is paired via NFC and images are transmitted via WiFi. At the time of the leak, we didn’t have any images to go on, but now we do.

There are two models, the DSC-QX10 (pictured above with the Xperia Z) and the DSC-QX100 (pictured below with the Honami i1). The DSC-QX10 is the more economical version and features a 1/2.3-inch 18MP sensor along with a f/3.3-5.9 Sony G Lens. It also sports 10X optical zoom. The higher end DSC-QX100 features a RX100MII sensor and a Zeiss lens.

Word is that these Lens Cameras will not only be compatible with Android phones, but with the iPhone as well.

We have no idea on pricing or when they will be unveiled officially. Hopefully at next month’s IFA. Hit the break for a couple of more images. The last one has the DSC-QX100 attached to the upcoming Honami i1.


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Build your own Chromecast receiver with Cheapcast app and an Android device

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If you have been itching to give Chromecast a try, but have been thwarted by the backlog for delivery or you just don’t want to spring for the $35 to buy one, a new alternative may be available for you. XDA Developer Maui has developed a fee app called CheapCast that emulates the ChromeCast dongle. The app results in the device it is loaded on to function as the target, just like the ChromeCast does. Users can even change the name of the device. If you have some extra hardware laying around that supports HDMI out, you should be able to hook it up to your TV and let the streaming fun begin.
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Chromecasting any app that uses video or audio could be coming to CyanogenMod soon

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This is why I love Android. The simple fact that developers can take their stake in a product and customize tools to fit their own (and other users’) needs is a beautiful thing, and is perfectly displayed in what Koush from CyanogenMod has been doing for quite a while now (here, here, here, here, etc.).

Today, Koush announced that he has successfully built Chromecast into the CyonagenMod framework, now allowing any app with audio or video to cast directly to your TV. Yep, that’s right. You don’t have to wait for your favorite application to come out with Chromecast support anymore. So if you were holding off getting Chromecast until that glorious day finally came, it is no longer an acceptable excuse— unless of course you don’t want to load up CyanogenMod onto your phone, which is obviously a huge barrier for many of us that don’t want to deal with the rooting process.

Koush is pretty much breaking records right now considering the amount of stuff he’s developed for Chomecast so far, including streaming local videos/pictures to Chromecast, Dropbox support, RSS video support, and now showing Cast support built into the CM framework. Crazy stuff.

Check out the video after the break of Koush demonstrating it all for you, himself. Let’s hope this becomes available very soon!!


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Smartwatches gaining speed in industry, inWatch One now available with Android 4.0

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There was once a time when smart-watches were merely a concept out of Dick Tracy and Bond films, but these days, they’re more than just real— they’re practical, and becoming more and more popular, as manufacturers continue to jump in with their own versions.

An “inWatch” wristwatch has just been released which features GSM connectivity and even runs a custom build of Android 4.0, which is a huge step up from it’s little brother, “i’mWatch.” The device also ships with a 1.54-inch 240 x 240 capacitive display, a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, a 2 megapixel camera and a 500mAh battery. Sounds like the specs of a low end phone from just a few years ago! (Obviously withholding the screen size and battery.)

Alternative connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS radios. The custom Android build is known as “inDroid,” and is created to fit the device’s smaller screen, which works with some of China’s most popular applications including WeChat, Sina Weibo, QQ, and Baidu music.

If you’re interested in this handy little device then head over to the company’s website— price is RMB 1,788 (around $293 USD).

Source: Engadget  

 

New Sony FCC filing may point to new Google TV device

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Since releasing their Chromecast dongle, Google has insisted the device will live alongside their Google TV platform. Evidence for this surfaced in a recent FCC filing by Sony for a device with the model number NSZ-GU1. The model number is similar enough to previous Sony Google TV boxes, the NSZ-GT1, NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GS8, that we can be pretty confident this is part of their Google TV family of devices. Unlike previous models though, the NSZ-GU1 was submitted to the FCC due to some wireless capabilities.
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HTC Fetch will keep track of your valuables

HTC_Fetch_KeyNo the HTC Fetch isn’t a phone. It’s actually a very cool device for keeping track of your keys, bag or even your smartphone. The Fetch BLA100 tag will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and if it goes outside 15 meters from your phone, your phone will alert you with an audible sound. If for whatever reason you never heard the sound, you can look up the last known position of the tag when it was connected to your phone via Google Maps. If you know the vicinity of where your keys or bag is, but not the exact location, you can sound an alarm on the Fetch by using the smartphone app.

The Fetch can also be used in reverse, so if you leave your phone at a restaurant and walk away (keys in pocket), the HTC Fetch will also alert you. If you’re not sure exactly where you left your phone, the Fetch has a remote shutter button that will take a picture to help you find the location. The picture would then be uploaded to a secure site for you to see the surroundings. You will obviously have to be back within range and connected for this feature to work.


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LG releases promotional video for Quick Window cases for G2, set for Wednesday announcement

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Last week we showed you LG’s Quick Window case that they will be releasing alongside their flagship phone, the G2, which is expected to be announced this week. The cases will be available in seven different colors, and features an opening in the front of the case which will display things like the weather, incoming calls, messages, etc. The window also gives users the ability to control their music, set up and stop and alarm clock, with various clock designs to choose from.

In preparation for the G2′s official announcement this Wednesday, LG has released a promotional video for the Quick Window cases, which will be available in black, white, pink, purple, blue, mint and yellow. Check out the video after the break. 
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Google’s Chromecast receiving its first OTA update

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In the next few days Google plans on giving its Chromecast its very first update and will be provided via OTA. You won’t even know it’s being updated as it’ll automatically download and apply the update without you needing to do anything. According to Google, the update will provide improved reliability, security and performance. Always nice to have, right?

For you early adopters out there, how are you liking the Chromecast thus far?

source: Google Chrome Releases

New Chromecast app developed allowing for streaming of local media

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As expected, the recently released Chromecast was taken apart, put back together, rooted, hacked, and investigated deeply by tons of developers this past week, as the device became available to the public in limited quantities.

It looks like some good has already come out of it, as Koushik Dutta has already built an application that will allow users to stream local media from their phones straight to their TVs via Chromecast.

He made the announcement yesterday on his G+ page.

Wrote my first Chromecast app. Send anything in your gallery to your TV via the standard share button. Images and movies (at full framerate). It works like magic.

Also looking at sending music and playlists.

He later reveals that he is looking into working on a desktop application or Chrome extension which will allow for the same streaming of local media, but on the computer.

This definitely makes Chromecast even more useful for a ton of people, however the application cannot yet be distributed to the public because of Google’s policy with its Beta SDK, which states that written permission from Google is required before releasing the app. If Google sends it through to the Play Store, this will be good news for everyone.

Check out his demonstration video after the break.
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Google launches ‘Glass Creative Collective,’ provides five film schools with three sets of Glass each

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Google’s most recent initiative, the Glass Creative Collective, strives to bring Glass to education— more specifically, film schools. Google has announced that it will be lending three sets of Glass each to five film schools, including The American Film Institute, CalArts, Rhode Island School of Design, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and USC. The goal is to allow students to experiment to create an immersive experience with Glass, and find new ways that the product can be used in the film industry.

Here’s what Google had to say about it all on their +Google Glass page.

We’re really interested to find out how Glass will contribute to the craft of storytelling, specifically through film. So, we reached out to various film schools, including The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and University of Southern California. They’ll start exploring how Glass can be used in production, documentary filmmaking, character development and things we haven’t yet considered …

Via: 9to5 Google
Source: Variety