Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:41:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Voyo V2 TV Box Comes with SSD Support or Power Bank Abilities http://walyou.com/voyo-v2-tv-box/ http://walyou.com/voyo-v2-tv-box/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:41:10 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216907

Each of the two versions of Voyo’s V2 TV box packs an attractive feature. While one can use its massive battery to double as a power bank, the other acts as external storage, due to its SSD support.

Mini PC and TV Box manufacturers have realized that in order to survive the competition, they need to equip their products with extraordinary features. Some opt for more storage, while others prefer to use gigantic batteries (in capacity, not in size) to provide additional functionality.

The version that doubles as a power bank relies on a 8000mAh battery to achieve this. Other one packs a small 4500mAh battery to provide room for an SSD. By doing that, users have access to fast storage, not to mention that the capacity is much more than what other TV boxes can offer.

Besides those features, the design also sets Voyo V2 apart from the competition. The TV box comes in a sleek body measuring 13.1 x 8.2 x 1.5 cm and weighing 300 grams. Tempered glass was used for protecting the device from scratches and damage. On top of that, the mirror finish helps the box look extremely classy, even though I would have loved to see it in other colors, as well, and not just gold.

Unique features apart, both versions are powered by an Intel quad-core CPU and an Intel HD GPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. In terms of connectivity, Voyo V2 sports Wi-Fi, which comes in handy when streaming videos from the network, as well as Bluetooth (for pairing mice, keyboards and game controllers), Gigabit Ethernet. To connect the box to a TV, you will have to use the HDMI port. There are no cables provided in the package, so you will have to source them yourself.

As for the software, the box runs a licensed version of Microsoft 8.1. Multimedia playback is ensured by the addition of XBMC. The hardware is capable of playing videos up to 4K, so that’s yet one more worry you can strike off the list.

While the power bank-version of Voyo V2 TV box is sold by GearBest for $123.24 (or $118.89, if you use coupon code VOYOV28 at checkout), the one with SSD support runs for $134.06. No matter which one you choose, Voyo V2 looks like a very promising TV box, both in features and design.

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SipSup Social Drinking Glass Saves the Party’s Best Moments http://walyou.com/sipsup-social-drinking-glass/ http://walyou.com/sipsup-social-drinking-glass/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:21:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216887

With the launch of the world’s first social drinking glass, connected glassware is about to become a thing. SipSup won’t share any details about the beverage you’re enjoying, but it will save photos from the attendees’ smartphones.

Mind you, SipSup doesn’t only store the photos, but it also facilitates sharing them to other smartphones. On top of that, the social drinking glass (as its Slovenian developers like to call it) doubles as a photo album, so you can watch the party’s best moments even if your friends are long gone.

The social drinking glass may have been designed by the eponymous startup, but it’s Slovenian glassworks company Steklarna Hrastnik who is manufacturing it. The quality is attested by a Vitrux certificate that guarantees that SipSup is dishwasher safe up to 3,000 times.

I only wish the glass came in different sizes. I’m sure that’s possible, but probably the developers wanted to see first how beer and juice lovers feel about SipSup. I definitely wouldn’t recommend drinking wine or spirits in such a high-capacity glass. After all, this social glass is only dishwasher safe, not shatterproof, something that people might want to test after ingesting such alcoholic drinks.

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Since it is a connected device we’re talking about, it has to come with a companion app. According to the developers, the app will be available for both Android and iOS devices (it looks like Windows Phone users are not getting any love, but given the market share of that mobile OS, it’s quite understandable). As for how the glasses connected to smartphones, NFC and visual IDs were used.

SipSup is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, where its developers are looking to raise $30,000, so that the connected drinking glass makes the jump from a concept to mass production. At the time of writing, backers had pledged $2,104, but there were 31 more days to go, and with some proper support, SipSup could become a reality. The awards range from virtual cheers to SipSup glasses (which cost $22 or $40 for early birds, and $25 or $50 for regular backers, depending on whether you want one or two glasses), to ten customized glasses and a trip to Slovenia to meet the team behind all of this. For that you’d have to spend $4K and get your plane tickets.

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VKWORLD VK6050 Astounds with Its 6050mAh Battery http://walyou.com/vkworld-vk6050-6050mah-battery/ http://walyou.com/vkworld-vk6050-6050mah-battery/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:40:55 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216874

While Samsung is developing technologies that could double the battery life of future smartphones, companies such as VKWORLD are taking the inexpensive route and cram batteries with thousands upon thousands of milliamp hours in their devices.

New technologies often come at a great price for the final consumers, so when Samsung’s revolutionary graphene-coated anode batteries will hit the market, they surely won’t be cheap. For the time being, it’s more cost-efficient to increase the capacity of regular Li-Ion batteries, to the detriment of design and portability.

Had it been a 5″ device, the VK6050 would have definitely been much thicker, but at 9.5mm, it proves to be quite pocket-friendly. The 5.5″ HD display won’t have that great of an impact on the battery, mostly because of the resolution. Also, the smaller then Full HD resolution will also help the device score higher in benchmarks, but the 1GB of RAM might actually counter-balance that. As for storage, the device comes with 16GB of ROM that can be expanded by up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card.

VKWORLD also opted for an energy efficient chipset, in the form of MediaTek’s MT6735i SoC. Included in this one are a quad core CPU clocked at 1.0Ghz and a Mali T720 GPU.

While flagships are rocking NFC, among many other connectivity options, cheaper Android smartphones, such as the Ulefone Be Pure and VK6050 sport MediaTek’s similar technology, Hot Knot. Sure, that won’t be implemented any time soon for mobile payments, but it still a great way of transferring files (think Vcards and photos, mainly) wirelessly, by bringing the displays of Hot Knot devices close to one another.

On top of that, VK6050 features off-screen gestures that provide quick access to various things by drawing letters or lines on the display, while it’s turned off.

VK6050’s 13 and 5MP cameras are promoted as having large apertures and wide-angles, but the expectations in this department should be realistic. VKWORLD packed this device with decent specs, and chose battery capacity as the main selling point, so smart dialing, smart answering and all these functions fall into a second place.

Currently the subject of a pre-sale on GearBest, the VKWORLD VK6050 can be ordered for $138.99 (or $127.98, if you use the coupon code RMNTGB at checkout). While some may complain about the phone having only 1GB of RAM, these people need to remember that not everybody is looking to but flagships, and to some, great battery life is more important than everything else.

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Mlais MX with IR, Massive Battery, Approaches Launch Date http://walyou.com/mlais-mx-base-4800mah-battery-launch-date/ http://walyou.com/mlais-mx-base-4800mah-battery-launch-date/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:19:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216855

To provide a certain degree of diversity, most smartphone makers also include devices with great battery life in their portfolios. In Mlais’ case, it’s the MX Base, an Android phone with a gigantic 4300mAh battery.

Mlais MX Base’s battery capacity is by no means record breaking, and neither is the performance of the chipset, but 4300mAh is far more than what most manufacturers are offering nowadays. Coupled with some decent specs, the MX is capable of ensuring an impressive battery life, without sacrificing performance too much. In fact, Mlais promises that the removable battery will keep the device running through 3 days of normal use or a week of stand-by. On top of that, the smartphone will also double as a power bank, enabling you to charge the iPhones of your wall-hugging friends.

Unlike many other smartphones powered by MediaTek’s 64-bit MT6735 chipset with World Mode 4G, the MX Base packs the p variant, which includes a CPU clocked at 1.3Ghz. It should be noted that the i version has the processor running at 1.0Ghz. Other than that, the smartphone features all the usual suspects: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM (expandable with the help of a microSD card), a 5″ HD display, an 8MP snapper on the back and a 5MP one in the front. It should be noted that the MX Base comes with Android 5.1 out of the box, so you don’t have to worry about updating the phone or flashing the ROM manually.

The MX Base also features a built-in infrared emitter. In other words, the smartphone sports remote control functionality. With such a device at your side, you won’t have to worry about where the kids or your significant other placed the zapper.

Batteries with a capacity as large as MX Base’s tend to be very thick, so potential users might be worried about the smartphone’s design. However, at its thickest point, the Mlais MX measures 9.9mm. That’s 1mm thinner than the Asus Zenfone 2, but all other comparisons between the two phones end there.

The pre-sale of the Mlais MX Base will end on June 30, and the orders will be shipped by Mlais’ 11 partners soon after that. Available in black, white, or green, the MX Base is sold by GearBest for $139.99, or $128.79 with the coupon code RMNTGB.

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Ainol Mini PC Also Works as a Power Bank http://walyou.com/ainol-mini-pc-power-bank/ http://walyou.com/ainol-mini-pc-power-bank/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:01:48 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216841

Intel and Lenovo’s computers-on-a-stick look great and work as expected, but none of them features the added functionality of Ainol’s Mini PC.

Chinese tablet and PMP manufacturer Ainol (which, as Linus Sebastian pointed out in an unboxing video from 2010, doesn’t have the most fortunate of names), took advantage of Intel’s Bay Tray CPU and launched its own portable PC.

Despite its 7000mAh battery, which enables the Mini PC to function without an external power source, and helps the device double as a power bank, Ainol’s portable computer weighs only 335g (some sources claim 485g, though) and measures 146x115x14mm, which means it fits without any problems in the back pocket of your jeans.

As far as technical specs go, Ainol’s Mini PC is powered by a 64-bit Z3735F quad-core CPU clocked running at up to 1.8Ghz, along with a 7th-gen Intel HD GPU. For memory, the device packs 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of ROM, which can be furthermore expanded via microSD cards of up to 64GB.

As mentioned before, the Mini PC can work without an external power source, and the 7000mAh battery provides enough juice for 10 hours of work or 40 hours of stand-by. Besides that, the battery is capable of fully charging an iPhone 6 twice.

In terms of connectivity, it features Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, along with USB 2.0 ports and mini HDMI. If you need an Ethernet connection, you should get an Ethernet to USB adapter and plug it in. Other than that, the wired and wireless options that were already provided by the manufacturer should suffice.

Not at last, this portable computer comes with Windows 8.1. I assume that the Bing version was included, and the fact that it has a license is great. Considering the specs, this would make a decent computer not only for multimedia playback, but also for light office work. After all, Windows 8.1 with Bing is not as hungry for resources as its fully-fledged version.

Back in February, when it first went on sale, the Ainol Mini PC had a price tag of $160, with some stores taking pre-orders for it for $128. Since then, the competition between brands and resellers has become even tougher, and now GearBest is able to sell it for $97.87, which is a fair price, considering the decent specs and the power bank functionality.

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The second generation Apple Watch could arrive in 2016 http://walyou.com/the-second-generation-apple-watch-could-arrive-in-2016/ http://walyou.com/the-second-generation-apple-watch-could-arrive-in-2016/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:08:31 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216837

It’s only been a few months since the release of the Apple Watch, but the Apple team can’t stop working on stuff. There are several ongoing rumors about what a next-gen Apple watch could or might include, and many outlets suggest cameras for FaceTime, greater independence from iPhones, and autonomy similar to current models by other companies.

The information came forth from one of the “spies” that more often get it right when it comes to Apple news &  rumors, Mark Gurman. This specialist viralized very interesting information about the current model, and now has put forth new data about the eventual and very likely Apple Watch 2, which could come out during the first half of 2016.

Amongst other tidbits, Gurman revealed that this new watch would use a WiFi connection as to not depend on a smartphone, and that Apple will be working on other high-end devices with prices going well above the $1000 USD.

According to different sources, the Apple Watch was going to be a one of a kind thing for a while, but as Apple realized, “the first few devices are never the best, and the second generation improves in every possible way”. Currently, the Apple Watch can be bought at prices that go in between $350 USD to specialized, high-end premium devices that cost more than $10.000 USD.

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SJCAM SJ4000 Plus Records 2K Action in Wide Angle http://walyou.com/sjcam-sj4000-plus-2k-action-camera/ http://walyou.com/sjcam-sj4000-plus-2k-action-camera/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:30:08 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216832

GoPro may be the leader of the action video industry, but as of late, it’s facing some fierce competition from Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi or SJCAM.

One of the latest products to come from SJCAM, the SJ4000 Plus action camera, is quite similar in design to the GoPro Hero series, but manages to provide relatively the same functionality at a fraction of the price. The Plus in this product’s name denotes some additional features when compared to the basic SJ4000. More precisely, this action camera is capable to record in 2K at 30fps. While inferior to GoPro Hero’s 4K resolution, this still is a major step up from Xiaomi Yi Camera‘s 1080p shot at 60fps.

Besides 2K at 30fps, the SJ4000+ can also record at 1080p at 60 or 30fps, and at 720 at 120fps. The latter framerate indicates that it’s possible to shoot slow motion videos with this device. Photo shooting modes include single shot, burst, timer, and continuous, while the photo resolution is 12, 8, or 5MP. All of these are stored on a microSD card Class 6 or above with a capacity of up to 32GB.

The 170-degree wide lens ensures that none of the action taking place in front of you escapes the camera. That includes audio, which is recorded in AAC with the built-in microphone.

In terms of connectivity, this action cam packs Wi-Fi, which enables you to connect a smartphone or a tablet to the SJ4000+ and stream the recorded feed directly to it. Of course, you can check that on the camera’s LCD display, but at 1.5″, that’s kinda small.

As seen in the following image, the SJ4000+ comes with quite a lot of accessories. An IP68 waterproof case is provided, for capturing video at up to 30m, along with all sorts of helmet and bike mounts and stands. Not at last, you’ll find in the package a 3.7V 900mAh li-ion rechargeable battery that can keep the camera up and running for up to 80 minutes, when shooting in 1080p. It’s also possible to record while charging, so it might not be a bad idea to carry a power bank with you.

GearBest offers the SJCAM SJ4000 Plus for $149. The action camera is available in a wide variety of colors, including black, white, silver, blue, red, pink, yellow and golden.

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Roost Flexible Laptop Stand Does Away with Neck and Back Pain http://walyou.com/roost-laptop-stand/ http://walyou.com/roost-laptop-stand/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:59:29 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216827

Some people spend the whole work day in front of their laptop, and thus expose themselves to serious health problems, including Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), back and neck pain. Roost is a laptop stand that means to prevent all those problems.

The latest tendency, which seems to have been adopted by most, if not all, modern laptop stands, is to keep the keyboard inclined, and the display at eye-level. Roost does that and more, since it proves to be very flexible while deployed, and compact while on the go.

Somewhat similar in design to a beach chair, the Roost laptop stand can be easily adjusted in terms of height, since people, much like notebooks, come in different shapes and sizes. Speaking of sizes, thanks to its patent-pending “Pivoting Grips,” Roost can fit laptops of any size and shape (as long as it’s not a thick IBM ThinkPad from the mid-90s). Besides compatibility, another aspect Roost excels at is stability. Once secured into place, the laptop cannot slide, even if the spill-proofed stand gets bumped.

The only inconvenience is that despite the eye-level screen, the keyboard and trackpad are in a position that’s very uncomfortable, when using Roost. That’s exactly why the manufacturer strongly suggests using an external keyboard and mouse.

One aspect I cannot exactly wrap my mind around is the reason behind making a stand for laptops, and not for tablets, if the notebook’s keyboard and trackpad aren’t used in this scenario, anyway.

As seen in the above picture, the Roost laptop stand is incredibly compact when tucked away. In its compact form, the stand measures 1″ x 1″ x 13″ and weighs 5.8 ounces. That makes it barely noticeable, both size- and weight-wise, when carrying it in a notebook backpack. Setting it up is extremely easy, as all you have to do is pull the legs apart.

James Olander designed this stand, and collaborated with Alfred Manufacturing to make it possible, before bringing it to Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign’s $475,000 funding goal has almost been reached, as at writing time there were 13 more days to go and approximately $50K to be raised. There were no early bird spots for this project, but anyone who pledged at least $49 should expect to receive their Roost in October 2015.

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Xiaomi phones will be sold without chargers http://walyou.com/xiaomi-phones-will-be-sold-without-chargers/ http://walyou.com/xiaomi-phones-will-be-sold-without-chargers/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:02:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216795

Chinese giant Xiaomi is starting a new, interesting trend for their future sets: to ship them without chargers in the box. As things stand now, most Android devices use the same Micro USB port, and based on this, most users have several chargers at home. Yet, is this a good idea?

The company is willing to slash prices with this new strategy, by launching their flagships Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus without chargers, but users could still acquire them separately for some 1.5 Euros.

It’s an interesting idea, to say the least, as this would allow Xiaomi to ship in smaller boxes, protect the environment, and reduce clutter around our homes which are definitely some compelling reasons for why this model should work.

This new tendency was already tried by Motorola and their Moto G, which only includes the USB cable, which can be connected to any adapter straight to the outlet. It’s clear that there are advantages to having dedicated phone chargers, with the right amp, and optimized energy flow that protects the battery, but Xiaomi are reportedly working on a way to compensate and stabilize this issue on their new smartphones.

As things stand now, this is just an idea that needs to be worked on, and eventually see if the rest of the companies in the world are willing to follow suit – for a greener planet.

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Mstar S700’s Good Specs Leaves Skeptics Pondering http://walyou.com/mstar-s700/ http://walyou.com/mstar-s700/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:55:48 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216784

Looking like a trimmed-down version of Mlais M7, Mstar S700 has some decent specifications, at least on paper, but are these enough to keep skeptics at bay?

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Mstar (not to be confused with the Taiwanese chipset maker Mstar Semiconductor, which was bought by MediaTek in June 2012) currently has three devices in its portfolio (M1, S100 and S700), and all three of them seem blatant copies of Mlais phones, but with some specifications altered slightly. More precisely, S100 looks a lot like the M52 Red Note, M1 resembles M4 Note, and saying that the S700 and M7 are just like two drops of water, at least in terms of design, would be a major understatement. While many of us would be quick to judge, the truth is that Mstar is Mlais’ OEM

All in all, the S700 packs some specs that I’ve seen in countless other Chinese smartphones: a 5.5″ HD display, MediaTek’s 64-bit MT6752 chipset that houses an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.7Ghz and a slightly underclocked Mali760 MP2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP selfie snapper in the front, everything put together in a metal-framed body. Even the fingerprint scanner isn’t that much of a novelty anymore, but it’s great to see that this security feature has been added. As I said, on paper, these specs may look great, but I’d suggest waiting for some hands-on reviews before taking the plunge.

Mstar must have thought that the best way of promoting S700’s fingerprint scanner is to paste some text over an image of Hardwell at Ultra Music Festival. The company even went as far as to give Press Touch ID (as all other manufacturers call this type of fingerprint scanner) another name, so what we’re dealing with here is known as an Mtouch fingerprint scanner.

What’s really disturbing is Mstar’s claim that the 13MP camera on the back of the device is as good as a DSLR. Even if it sported a Sony sensor, as Mlais M7 does, I wouldn’t even have dreamed of making such a comparison. Judging by the promotional pictures, the S700 features an OmniVision sensor, and I’d even suspect the cameras of having interpolated resolution, as even the Mlais’ first two devices did. Another aspect I’m not so sure about is the battery’s 3,000mAh capacity, which sounds a bit unrealistic, too. Call me a skeptic, but I think that Mstar and Mlais devices differ through much more than 1GB of RAM.

Mstar S700 is available in black or white, and GearBest currently sells it for $159.99, or $137, if you apply the coupon code S700 at checkout. If for some reason you want to stay up to date with what this company does, check out its Facebook page.

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