Walyou http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:22:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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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A Nintendo Gem: the big N shows the first hand-drawn Super Mario level http://walyou.com/hand-drawn-super-mario-level/ http://walyou.com/hand-drawn-super-mario-level/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:42 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216862

Fans and critics agree that Nintendo didn’t have the greatest E3 event this year, but at least a beautiful piece of art shown in it filled us with nostalgia. Master creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Donkey Kong, Zelda and Super Mario Bros explained during a presentation on the new Super Mario maker how the plumber’s levels were created way back when, in graph paper.

 

30 years ago, creating a Super Mario Bros level was not the same process as it is now, and game creators had to get creative. The upcoming Wii U title Mario Maker is, partly, an homage to those early days of the plumber – but the point was truly driven home when they showed these extremely detailed designs that are an extremely valuable relic from the olden days by now.

Miyamoto explained that back in the day, in order to create the Mario levels they used graph paper, which were then shown to the programmers and designers. If there were any errors, they had to go back to these graphs, and mark the modifications they were supposed to make.

“changes had to be minimal because of the design and code limitations. Once a level had been built, it wasn’t that easy to modify it. The “magic” and personality of each of the mythical Super Mario levels has a really simple beginning”, explained Miyamoto.

Miyamoto also mentioned that part of the design just came from drawing levels that he’d just like to play himself, by just letting himself go on pure impulse and creativity. The big exception was the first level of the game, which was thought of as a tutorial for the rest of the game, where they spent several hours thinking and designing each of the elements. The idea was to throw the play into a playground where they would intuitively figure out the game mechanics based on what they saw. The goombas and mushroom placement on the levels were very deliberate, for example: the mushroom is hard to avoid and the goombas, designed so the player would instantly figure out he had to either eliminate them or get out of their way.

Mario Maker is a simplification of those years. With tools that ease the creation of levels via both software and hardware (the Wii U control is perfect for this), the idea is to turn the player into Shigeru Miyamoto and unleash their creativity.

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12 Disney Princesses as Raptors From Jurassic World http://walyou.com/disney-princesses-raptors-jurassic-park/ http://walyou.com/disney-princesses-raptors-jurassic-park/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:34:01 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216808

Disney princesses are always hot, as in trendy. Velociraptors and Jurassic Park? Nothing’s hotter right now. Combine the two together? Why the hell not?!

Artist Laura Cooper decided that after watching Jurassic World (which is the first movie with two weekends of more than $100 million at the box office) came up with the idea, thinking how cool the dinosaurs were which led her to thinking that Ariel, Mulan and Tiana need some sort of reptilian makeover.

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Merida (Brave)

Rapunzel (Tangled)

Tiana (Princess & the Frog)

Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Jasmin (Aladdin)

Mulan

Pocahontas

Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Anna & Elsa (Frozen)

Snow White

Cinderella

 

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This isn’t the first great idea about giving Disney Princesses an alternative look. There’s this one, giving them a more accurate look considering the period in which the characters first appeared, and there’s also this fantastic idea of giving them an Indian wedding remodeling.

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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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Dropbox and Box announce new features http://walyou.com/dropbox-and-box-announce-new-features/ http://walyou.com/dropbox-and-box-announce-new-features/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:46:24 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216850

Dropbox and Box, the cloud storage services have announced new features to give users more tools to work with.

Dropbox, the popular service used to share files on the cloud now allows files from people who are not users, The company determined this featured as “file requests” that bring the possibility of someone loading a file on our personal folder, even if they’re not using Dropbox already. Based on what the company’s considerations, the idea behind this is to avoid chain messages and the proliferation of links going to shared folders with varied content, where each user shares a link to a file or specific folder, and reply with another link to this same file in turn.

In order to begin using these features, users can go to the file request tabs in the main screen, on the left-most menu. Then, they can pick the folder in which to storage whatever other users want to share, and finally, obtain the link created in order to share the service. What’s interesting, though, is that we don’t really need to worry about whether the other user uses Dropbox or not, as anyone can upload anything as long as it does not go over 2GB, and they know the link, On the other hand, the folder creator is the one that has the last say about who can or can not check the contents of any given folder.

Box, too, are offering new features. Amongst them, to edit already stored on the cloud files using Microsoft Office. This comes from a special agreement Box achieved with Microsoft, which allows documents, excel files, or presentations uploaded to Box to be edited on the fly using a web version of Microsoft’s software. The only thing users need to do to use this feature is to go to the file they mean to edit, choose it, and launch Office from the menu, This was confirmed from the official blog, and by the end of the year they plan to integrate this system with the Android, iOS and Windows Phone versions too.

If this still sounds confusing, be sure to check the Box+Office video below:

Box already had some features that allowed this kind of edition to be performed running Google Docs, and that Microsoft themselves already had an agreement with Dropbox in order to make use of their apps.

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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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Disney Characters’ faces in real life http://walyou.com/disney-characters-faces-in-real-life/ http://walyou.com/disney-characters-faces-in-real-life/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:48:39 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216821

Unrealistic beauty standards? These are actually realistic looking Disney characters – that happen to remain as gorgeous as their animation counterparts.

What you see above are a few out of the several match ups artis Karen Graw created, by turning Disney’s characters faces into actual, human faces. All of them extremely good looking.

The project “Real Disney Character Faces” shows the human face of characters such as Rapunzel, Tiana, Pocahontas, Cinderella and other princesses, princes, and villains from the classic movies. The images accompanying this post are the creationg of the Hufftington Post, who organized these for proper comparison.

Via: Nerdgasmo

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