Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:02:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 WhatsApp for laptops & desktop PCs is coming http://walyou.com/whatsapp-pc/ http://walyou.com/whatsapp-pc/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212846

The Whatsapp team are working on a new beta of the popular chat app, this time for desktop PCs and laptops.

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android has a little special something in its laines of code: an unofficial confirmation that the company is about to launch a version for desktop and laptop computers. Ever since being acquired by Facebook, the team have been doing their best to expand, and this project of reaching out to computers is only the next logical step, although something dedicated users have been asking for years. This functionality already exists on other competitor apps such as Line or Google Hangouts, but just based on the sheer popularity of WhatsApp, this is pretty big – no matter how good you are at typing on your phone, nothing competes with real, physical keyboards.

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android redirected users to a website at web.whatsapp.com, which remains empty so far. Still, it’s safe to speculate it will eventually host the app for PCs. The leak was addressed by the WhatsApp team who updated the code deleting those lines, as they don’t seem to be quite ready to reveal this app officially yet. Nevertheless we can’t be far from it.

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Samsung Galaxy E5 and E7 Specs Leak; Powerful Mid-Range Phones http://walyou.com/samsung-galaxy-e5-and-e7-specs-leak-powerful-mid-range-phones/ http://walyou.com/samsung-galaxy-e5-and-e7-specs-leak-powerful-mid-range-phones/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212592

Set to prop up their mid-range offerings, specs of Samsung’s E5 and E7 smartphones have now leaked.

It hasn’t been the best of months for Samsung. Although the South Korean smartphone maker is the biggest phone manufacturer in the world (ahead of Apple in 2nd and Xiaomi and Lenovo who are both vying for 3rd) their profits recently took a massive hit.

Much of this profits slide is said to be down to its flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, underperforming. The company expected it to sell many millions of units but after sales were chipped away by the iPhone and Xiaomi’s cheaper offerings, the S5 actually undersold by several million, leaving plenty of handsets gathering dust in warehouses.

As a result, Samsung really needs to change their strategy. Rumours of an executive reshuffle haven;t come to fruition and instead Samsung will be pushing its mid-range offerings, with specs of the E5 and E7 having now leaked online.

According to SamMobile, the phones are incredibly powerful (given that they are mid and not high range). Their sources tell them that from the E7 we can expect a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel ‘selfie’ camera, and 16GB of expandable storage too. Its scene is also expected to be 5.5 inches and Super AMOLED HD to keep its visuals looking sharp.

Meanwhile, the E5 isn’t pulling any punches either. It too will have a Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage and a 5 megapixel selfie camera, but the E5′s rear camera is just 8 megapixels. It’s also a little smaller (if 0.5 inches makes that much of a difference anyway) but its screen is Super AMOLED HD too.

As for other important specs, SamMobile also reports that the E7 and E5 will run on Android Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s operating system. The E7 will also be 7.2mm thick and the E5 will be just 6.9mm thick, making them as thin as they are powerful.

What is up for guessing is what the E7 and E5 will be made of. Metal is the best guess given that recent additions to Samsung’s mid-range A series (the Galaxy A5 is pictured above) made headlines as ‘metal phones’ but don’t rule out another plastic Samsung phone just yet.

Source: SamMobile

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Sony Wants to Put a Smart Lock on Every Door http://walyou.com/sony-qrio-smart-lock/ http://walyou.com/sony-qrio-smart-lock/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:57:29 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=207484

The Japanese titan seems to have taken a liking for crowdfunding. After showing us how a conventional watch would look like with an e-paper dial and bracelet, now it asks us to envision a world full of smart locked doors.

The curious thing about these recent crowdfunding campaigns is that Sony does not stamp its name onto these projects, but it doesn’t deny playing a major role in their development, either. If the e-paper watch was created by a team of Sony employees that were trying to find new uses for this technology, the Qrio smart lock was created in collaboration with the World Innovation Lab.

Sony claims that Qrio is the smartest device of its kind, and that comes not from the product itself, but from the way it works. Is one of your friends arriving earlier than expected and you’re still at work? Instead of making them wait in front of the door for who knows how long, you could let them in, supposing that they own a smartphone and they have the companion app installed.

Leaving aside the comments that Sony can’t even lock their own facilities, there are a lot of problems that could have a root in the companion app. What would stop hackers from getting an interest in Qrio’s companion app? There should be a way of preventing a friend’s smartphone from gaining access to your smart lock without your permission, but Sony must have thought of that, already.

The following video is entirely in Japanese, but it should give you an idea about how the smart lock looks and works in real life.

Qrio is currently featured on Makuake, Japan’s main crowdfunding platform, where it has already reached its funding goal. By pledging the equivalent of $130, backers secure a Qrio smart lock for themselves, with an estimated delivery in May 2015.

Despite the project’s obvious success, some believe that big companies should stay away from crowdfunding platforms, as these were built specifically for small startups that would have otherwise face difficulties in raising the necessary funds for their projects. Let’s just hope that Sony is not looking to cannibalize other companies in its process of maintaining its success.

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Paper To iPad Pen helps artist digitalize their work http://walyou.com/paper-to-ipad-pen/ http://walyou.com/paper-to-ipad-pen/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:35:05 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=206609

Bringing your finely crafted art from paper to the virtual world can still be a pain without the right tools, but this pen is the best tool we’ve seen yet. Say goodbye to headaches.

Technology and art are no longer mutually exclusive and one feeds off of the other, and generate some fantastic synergy between the two.  Yet, turning art, doodles, drawings and sketches to digital remains a rather painful, cumbersome process, and some users just prefer drawing on paper first instead of on their tablets. This is the group this $169.95 Instant Transmitting Paper To iPad Pen is aiming to please.

What this pen does is digitize whatever you do on physical paper so it shows up on your tablet screen too, so the author is left with both a digital and a hard copy of whatever they just did. This is useful not only for art, but also for taking notes in class or at a meeting.

The way it works is that It has the pen pair up with a receiver clipped to the top of any surface, and transmits a digital version of each and every trace to a tablet or smartphone.Furthermore, this content can be saved (up to 100) pages at a time and be transferred later, which isn’t bad at all.

Via Reality Info

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Jack White & Google Cardboard to team up for VR performances http://walyou.com/jack-white-google-cardboard/ http://walyou.com/jack-white-google-cardboard/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:00:02 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=206594

Modern rock legend Jack White won’t shy away from technology, so his next videos will be in full 360 degrees and 3D thanks to Google Cardboard.

It’s been a non-stop road to the top for Jack White ever since the White Stripes meteoric rise to fame. Countless bands and projects later, White sees no reason to stop innovating, and the latest experiment he’s conducting has to do with 3D and virtual reality. By working along with Jaunt to create immersive performances in full 3D, White & co. are now ready to launch 360-degree, live videos of two of his recent shows. The songs in question are “Freedom at 21″ and “Ball and Biscuit” from The Bleacher Theater at Fenway Park as well as “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” from Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

If you’re interested in Google Cardboard but don’t have your own yet you can download the specifications here, or straight up buy one from that very same page. They retail for $20-$25 USD, while the app runs on most Android devices and can be downloaded at Google Play.

Via Engadget

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Wüf Smart Dog Collar Lets You Talk to Your Pet from Miles Away http://walyou.com/wuf-smart-dog-collar/ http://walyou.com/wuf-smart-dog-collar/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:50:31 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=204838

Who said that wearables should be exclusive to humans? Wüf is a smart collar for dogs that only enables you to talk to your pooch from a distance, but also train him in a humane manner when you’re around.

Since our pets won’t be around forever, it’s good to stay in touch with them as much as possible, even if you’re in a different city or country when doing that. There are plenty of pet surveillance cameras out there, and even smart food bowls, but in the wearables department there aren’t that many options. Enter Wüf, which according to its eponymous developers, is the smartest dog collar in the world. If communication with your pup and training are at the top of your list, as far as your pet’s wellbeing is concerned, then this dog wearable might represent the solution to your problems.

Add to that the fact that Wüf also includes a GPS tracker and you really have a great gadget. This means that if your dog has made a habit out of wandering around, you’ll know at all times where he is. Losing a dog is a tragedy, but Wüf puts an end to all that. To do so, it relies a SIM card that has data enabled, so that you can get notifications on your smartphone using the companion app.

Wüf is waterproof and shockproof, but most importantly, it’s biteproof. When you have several dogs and they enjoy spending most of the day at each other’s throat, you need to make sure that the smart collar doesn’t get damaged in the process.

Battery life shouldn’t be an issue, as the current iteration of the smart collar lasts for 5 days. As long as you remember to charge it periodically, you and your doggy should be fine.

To make the jump from a prototype to mass production, Wüf needs to raise $50,000 Kickstarter in the next 19 days. At the time of writing, backers had pledged almost half of the funding goal, and Kicktraq estimates that this will be a success, surpassing the goal by 24%. Pledge $99 or more to get your Wüf smart collar in November 2015. This is great even if you don’t own a dog now, but you’re planning to get one in the near future.

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Wearhaus Arc Proves that Headphones Are No Longer Individual http://walyou.com/wearhaus-arc-wireless-headphones/ http://walyou.com/wearhaus-arc-wireless-headphones/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:22:32 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=203156

Wearing headphones is not as much about isolating yourself from the crowd, as it is about creating an intimacy bubble around you. And who says there’s only room for one in that bubble?

Wearhaus Arc are wireless headphones that enable you to share what you’re listening to with others, without having to produce public disturbance. Social music listening is not exactly a new thing, but until now this was mainly achieved using splitters for wired headphones. The way Wearhaus Arc achieves this is different, and it becomes even more apparent when multiple such headphones placed in a room get paired in several groups.

Do you think your friends should listen to this new band you’ve recently discovered? One way to do it is to hand them over your headphones. Assuming that both you and your friend have a pair of Wearhaus Arc, you can now share your music without you stopping from listening to it. Wearhaus Inc., the developers of the Wearhaus Arc wireless headphones thought that it would be nice of using colors to let people know who is listening the same music as them. Some may think that the LED rings are a bit too flashy, but they do add a nice touch to the overall design of the headphones.

These wireless headphones are also equipped with a touch-sensitive panel on the right cup, so that users can browse through songs by sliding their finger across it in a certain direction. Playing or pausing the current song (or audiobook) is done by tapping the panel once, and turning the volume up and down can also be done using the touch surface.

The app that comes with the headphones lets users choose the color displayed by the LED ring and the other pairs of Wearhaus Arc they’re willing to share their music with. The companion app completes the product nicely, adding some much needed functionality.

Wearhaus Inc. turned to Kickstarter to raise the money necessary for mass producing their wireless headphones. The campaign was a major success, as backers pledged more than three times the $50K funding goal. Back the project with $179 in the following 3 days to get your pair of Wearhaus Arc in January 2015.

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The LG G Pro series might come to an end as company focuses on G4 http://walyou.com/lg-g-pro-series-end/ http://walyou.com/lg-g-pro-series-end/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:00:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=199351

Smartphone users who were expecting the LG G Pro 3 to jump to the LG ship might have to rethink it, as it may just not come out. It turns out new reports from Korea suggest the company might go all out on the LG G3 instead.

As the series evolve, both G Pro and LG Gx are becoming more and more indistinguishable, with the screen size no longer playing a defining role. The LG G Pro 2 was already 5.9-inches with the LG G2 having a 5.2-inch display, making the differentiation irrelevant. Furthermore, the latest LG G3 sports a 5.5-inch display rendering the differentiation obsolete.

The LG G Pro was met with a lukewarm response in the market, as it couldn’t really compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. Rumors suggested LG would strike back with their LG G Pro 3 in 2015, but that no longer seems a possibility after these developments.

Via Geeky Gadgets

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Meet Sarvi Dock, A Fantastic Stand and Charger for iOS and Android Devices http://walyou.com/sarvi-dock-stand-and-charger-for-ios-and-android-devices/ http://walyou.com/sarvi-dock-stand-and-charger-for-ios-and-android-devices/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:56:56 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=198691

There are many docks out there that can also charge your device while holding them in a comfortable to use position. Just when you think you have found the perfect one, you discover a major drawback, but thankfully, that’s not the case with the Sarvi Dock.

A product of Sarvi Designs, this dock overcomes one of the main problems of desk chargers: it works perfectly fine even if the iOS or Android device is in a case, no matter how thick that is. The case’s shape is also irrelevant, so it can be a metal or PC bumper, a silicone case, or even one of those leather book cases. Best of all, it even works when your phone is equipped with one of those extended battery packs. The only thing that matters is to have unrestricted access to the phone’s or tablet’s port.

Here’s what Sarvi Design had to say about their product:

“Sarvi Dock was the first dock designed with cases as the main focus. We found that today most people use protective cases of different sizes to safeguard their devices.Finding a dock to fit protective cases can be difficult if not impossible. This is why we created Sarvi Dock – a charge and sync dock that works with any smartphone or tablet, in portrait or landscape orientation virtually any case and cable (third party, factory or even flat cables).

Works With More Cables? – Sarvi Dock has a universal kit that works with factory cables, all MFI cables, virtually all third party cables and even flat cables. We also added more cable channels to fit different sized cables. Designed for devices that work with Lightning, Micro USB and 3.0 USB cables. Sarvi Docks do not come with any cables.”

It’s not only the functionality, but also the design that sets the Servi Dock apart from its counterparts. With a curved body that holds the mobile device at an angle and with channels that enable you to use round and flat cables with an equal ease, this stand

The company is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, where it hopes to raise $30K in the following 45 days. Backers have already pledged 34% of that, so there’s a great chance of the Sarvi Docker becoming a reality. Pledge $25 (+shipping, depending on where you live) to get yours in March 2015.

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Trackase: an indestructible luggage with a GPS http://walyou.com/trackase-indestructible-luggage/ http://walyou.com/trackase-indestructible-luggage/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:09:00 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=198692

As if getting on a plane wasn’t stressful enough on its own, you also have to be aware of your luggage? No more, we say, bring forth the Trackase.

Anyone who has ever lost their luggage while traveling can tell you just how much it sucks and complicates things. In order to avoid headaches, Stephen Sacks has created a special set of luggage that helps the situation by giving you the exact location where it is at (which you can check via any computer or your smartphone) but is also indestructible on top.

Trackase sets are lightweight, but also prepared to survive the harsh reality of what goes on in an airport: you just know it’s gonna get beat, hit, and maybe eventually lost, so the extra resistance and GPS should be a godsend if you get on planes often. Learn more about the Trackase on the video below, and if you like it, pledge your support on Kickstarter.

Via Geeky Gadgets

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