Walyou http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:10:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Angry Birds: Transformers is out now for Android devices http://walyou.com/angry-birds-transformers/ http://walyou.com/angry-birds-transformers/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:10:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180652

Explosions and Transformers are no longer synonymous with Michael Bay movies as now they return combined with Rovlo’s Angry Birds.

The latest entry in the Angry Birds franchise, called Angry Birds: Transformers, has finally arrived to Android devices around the world and can be downloaded for free at the Play Store. It brings many changes, as this time around players won’t be slinging the birds against the piggies and their fortresses but is instead a side-scrolling auto-runner where players transverse a level while shooting enemies and shanty structures in the background. Of course, the pigs are standing on these structures and you know what happens next.

The weapons don’t seem to be very effective against the pigs (the Deceptihogs!), but like in previous entries, it’s best to shoot and collapse the structures for better scores. The franchise is all about physics-based destruction anyways. While the game is fun to pick up and play, more serious players will soon find out the game is plagued by Microtransactions that go from color swaps and skins to extra lives and power-ups which require the very real, green dollars. But what is that compared to the pleasure of engaging once again against the green piggies?

Via Phone Arena

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Kodak’s Sports and Action Camera Shoots 360-Degree Videos http://walyou.com/kodak-sports-and-action-camera-pixpro-sp360/ http://walyou.com/kodak-sports-and-action-camera-pixpro-sp360/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:47 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180649

GoPro’s supremacy in the sports and action camera department started being disputed recently, as both Polaroid and Kodak have launched similar products. The latter’s addition to this sector can shoot 360-degree videos and has a lot of connectivity options.

Once a popular brand of photography-related products, Kodak went out of the spotlight and gave way to manufacturers of digital cameras. Now, the American company makes the news when launching innovative products such as the AstroZoom AZ651, which has the largest optical zoom (65x) available in a consumer compact camera. The newly-announced Kodak Pixpro SP360 Action Camera, however, targets a different audience than the one interested in shooting pictures and videos at a distance. This little gadget was built with lovers of extreme sports in mind, but it might prove suitable for action scenes shot by casual users.

What really sets Kodak’s sports camera apart from its competitors is the unique 360-degree curved lens that lets you shoot more action in more angles. As any reputable device that gets to be used in all sorts of environment, the camera can withstand physical shocks, extreme temperatures and humidity. More precisely, it is 2m shockproof, -10 degrees Celsius freezeproof, dust- and waterproof.

In terms of technical specs, the SP360 includes a 16 megapixel sensor, is capable of recording video in 1080p, as well as shoot still photos in 10 MP at 10 fps. As far as connectivity is concerned, there are Wi-Fi and NFC sensors included. Both of these are used for pairing the camera with smartphones, so as to have a larger viewfinder when shooting photos and videos.

The PixPro Remote Viewer is a companion app for the SP360 camera that’s currently available both for iOS and Android devices. It’s particularly convenient when you want to control or view the videos shot with this action camera.

The Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Camera can be purchased on the manufacturer’s website for $349. That’s a lot less than the $499 you would have to pay for a GoPro Hero 4, but you need to keep in mind that Kodak’s camera also has fewer functions. Still, for the purpose it serves, Kodak’s product should manage to attract some of the people who have been considering buying an action camera, but can’t afford a GoPro.

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Microsoft Band: it exists, and it is grand http://walyou.com/microsoft-band/ http://walyou.com/microsoft-band/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180641

The internet was abuzz with leaks, mentions and concepts for Microsoft’s new fitness tracker / smartwatch. Turns out, it was real after all, and called Band.

We had been talking about Microsoft releasing their own wrist hardware, allegedly a smartwatch in the past. Yet, what came to light today was something else entirely. The Microsoft Band got officially announced, and it’s so very interesting as it is a 10-sensor fitness tracker that costs just one cent below $200.

Band will more than track your heart rate, as it also keeps track of sun exposure thanks to its UV sensor, stress via another one (a galvanic skin response one), and also has a built-in GPS amongst other goodies. The band is only 18.5-millimeter long, made of “thermal plastic elastomer”, and sports a small touchscreen capable of 320 x 106 resolution in 1.4-inches. The benefits of this? The battery life is really long, and it can go for a couple of days without needing to recharge.

Just like a smartwatch, the Band is capable of giving the user notifications for e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media, but the focus is clearly the health side of things. Microsoft’s attempt is to measure the users data so they can use it to their advantage: for example, does a certain breakfast make you run faster? That’s the literal example they give. They made this video to explain what we’re up for.

Via Gizmodo

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iWatch Android Wearable Will Be Launched Soon, But Not by Apple http://walyou.com/iwatch-android-wearable-by-probendi/ http://walyou.com/iwatch-android-wearable-by-probendi/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180646

Apple Watch was expected to be launched under a different name, but it looks like the Cupertino company was forced by circumstances to give up on the iWatch name. Still, it looks like a smartwatch using this name will be launched soon.

The iWatch could never have been an Apple product, as this name is trademarked in Europe, and doing so would have inevitably resulted in lawsuits and many millions of dollars in damages. Because of this, Apple took the safe route and used a very generic name for their wearable, while renouncing on their dream to use the i on each of their products.

Daniele Di Salvo, CEO of Probendi, is a 50-year-old Italian entrepreneur whose Dublin-based software development studio holds the trademark for the iWatch name for computing devices and software since August 3, 2008. Pictured above is a concept for the iWatch Sport, which should be launched sometime in the future, even though some people are skeptical and call this vaporware. There is also an app made by Probendi that is called iWatch. Police in Vercelli, a small town in northern Italy are said to use it for sending mugshots to their HQ, fact that makes you think that Di Salvo might just be a patent troll.

Di Salvo pointed out that “We have been contacted by some very important manufacturers in China about the possibility of manufacturing a smartwatch and selling them with the name iWatch. Discussions are still ongoing. We are good at software but hardware is definitely not our business but we are evaluating this request.”

According to Bloomberg, Profendi’s iWatch will have a smaller price than the Apple Watch. It will only come with a square touchscreen, GPS and accelerometer, which explains why the iWatch will be cheaper. After all, at $349, Apple Watch is among the most expensive smartwatches currently available. Ironically enough, the iWatch will run Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat, so this must be one of Apple’s worst nightmares.

I’m pretty sure that unaware that the iWatch isn’t in fact an Apple product, many of the company’s fanboys will jump to buy it. Assuming that Probendi will go with the design pictured above (which is actually highly improbable), that may be the wearable’s main selling point. Other than that, it will feature functions found in any other smartwatch.

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How to Use Apple Pay Outside of the United States http://walyou.com/how-to-use-apple-pay-outside-of-the-united-states/ http://walyou.com/how-to-use-apple-pay-outside-of-the-united-states/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180635

Launched earlier this month, Apple Pay is the U.S only payment service. Here is a way to use it outside of the country.

Pretty big deals in their own right, one of the biggest things that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have gifted us (besides those ginormous, sometimes bendy screens) is NFC. NFC, or Near Field Communication, allows your phone to communicate wirelessly with other devices around it.

Specifically, the NFC of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will allow us to use Apple Pay. An easy to use payment service, the idea with Apple Pay is that it will put all of our payment details (PayPal, debit cards, credit cards etc.) in one place and lets us pay with those at the till instead of fishing out the appropriate card, wallet or amount of coinage.

Such a big deal is Apple Pay, that Apple has even said that the service could replace wallets altogether. But there’s just one problem: it’s only available in the United States. That doesn’t mean that you can only use it in the USA however, as the ability to use Apple Pay around the world is as simple as choosing the right credit card.

When adding cards to Apple Pay, as long as you make sure that they are United States credit cards (registered to US addresses) you will be able to use them across Europe and in other continents where retailers have NFC systems set up. Granted, you may incur additional charges as a result of using your United States credit card abroad but if you don’t want to take your cards on holiday with you or find yourself without another way to pay whilst you’re out of the country, it could make the difference between buying goods and leaving the store empty handed.

Furthermore, there’s hope that this will soon stop being an issue. Visa Europe has said that they are “working closely with Apple and with our member banks to bring this new service to market in Europe” and sources suggest that Apple Pay will be rolled out to China sometime soon. So as always, we’ll keep you posted.

Source: MacRumors

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Redditors Now Have Their Own Crowdfunding Platform, RedditMade http://walyou.com/redditmade-crowdfunding-platform/ http://walyou.com/redditmade-crowdfunding-platform/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:08:53 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180631

If you’re a Reddit user, have a unique idea for a design or product, but think that Kickstarter, Indiegogo and CrowdSupply are not really up your alley, then Reddit’s newly-launched crowdfunding platorm might be just the thing for you.

RedditMade, as this platform is called, is just like any other crowdfunding site out there. Or is it? At a first glance, it may seem so, but then people have to remember one essential aspect: Reddit has around 170 million unique visitors per month. In other words, any crowdfunding project posted on RedditMade has great chances of spreading like fire to its immense user base.

Redditor highshelfofsteam announced the launch of the RedditMade crowdfunding platform a few hours ago, saying that the site will enable subreddits to create personalized merchandise for their communities. Another unique aspect is that Redditors will get a lot of support in finding sourcing partners for their projects: “Whatever you want to make, we’ll connect you to our network of quality sourcing partners for a variety of products and walk you through every step of the process so your community can celebrate your connection and show off your pride without all the work.”

Redditmade is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the community into reality. Redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you care about. It’s also a great way for others to find awesome new products they’ll love and support other redditors while knowing their information and money will always be secure,” added the Redditor in the announcement.

For now, the crowdfunding site only features a couple of projects, including stickers and headphones, but the fact that the entire business will explode in the next coming days is beyond doubt.

Each project posted on RedditMade will have a section for comments and feedback. Other than that, the site resembles Kickstarter and Indiegogo a bit, in that the funding goal, the money meter and the visual content are displayed in a similar manner. On other crowdfunding sites, companies have a bit of flexibility in choosing the deadline of the project, whereas on RedditMade, this deadline is set for 30 days. I’m curious how many projects will get funded and if any crowdfunding records will be established anytime soon.

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Oppo R5 Is the Slimmest Smartphone Yet, But Not for Long http://walyou.com/oppo-r5-worlds-slimmest-smartphone/ http://walyou.com/oppo-r5-worlds-slimmest-smartphone/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:24:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180624

At 4.85mm thick, Oppo R5 is the official record holder for the world’s slimmest smartphone. Rumor has it that this record will be broken again very soon by another Chinese company that wants to blow everyone’s minds with a 4mm-thick device.

There is a limit smartphone and tablet manufacturers won’t be able to cross, though, as it’s impossible for such devices to get paper-thin. Considering the components that need to be crammed in there, it’s very unlikely that the smartphones will get slimmer than say 3mm. Batteries and chips can only be that thin, after all! For the time being, Oppo R5 takes home the title of the world’s thinnest phone, and as though that wasn’t enough, it is also the company’s first 64-bit device.

Topping the scale at 155 grams, the R5 measures 148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85mm, and all of this in a 3D-welded aluminum alloy frame. Its technical specs are great, but not exactly revolutionary, as the smartphone only comes with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, along with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. While not mindblowing, these specs make sure you’ll be able to run any app flawlessly on the 5.2″ FullHD AMOLED touschreen display.

Unlike the N3, which comes with a single motorized camera that switches from back to front in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, the R5 sports two of them. The one for selfies has 5MP, while the rear-facing camera sports a 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. The back camera is fairly potent, being able to record 2160p video at 30fps and 1080p@60fps, as well as a 120fps slow-motion mode (at 720p).

As far as the battery is concerned, the Oppo R5 comes with a 2,000mAh Li-Polymer one that’ll charge rapidly thanks to the VOOC mini rapid charge tech support. In terms of connectivity, the world’s slimmest smartphone packs everything, up to LTE. The only thing it’s missing is a 3.5mm jack, since this would’ve made the device bulkier, so you’ll have to stick to Bluetooth headphones.

Here’s a video showing a timeline of the world’s slimmest phones, from Motorola V3 Razr to Oppo R5. The only problem I have with this clip is that it has been uploaded in glorious 340p, a resolution that should have been dead, buried and forgotten by now.

As mentioned before, some other Chinese company (namely VIVO) is rumored to launch a 4mm smartphone in the near future, so Oppo’s record won’t stand for too long.

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ChronodeVFD, the Steampunk Watch: who needs smart when you got steam? http://walyou.com/chronodevfd-steampunk-watch/ http://walyou.com/chronodevfd-steampunk-watch/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180428

Steampunk is back, and it never should’ve left! This is a Steampunk VFD wristwatch, with fantastic retro looks and modern usability

Between the Nexus and iPhones, PS4 and Xbox Ones and stuff, we got a whole new batch of gadgets, yet the steampunk mods are lacking. What happened? We used to get them so often… because we are still not ready to move on, here’s a new creation called ChronodeVFD. It’s a steampunk VFD wristwatch made by J. M. De Cristofaro, better known as “johngineer”. His blog even details the materials and building process so you can recreate your own, which sounds like a fantastic plan for a slow weekend.

Via Gadgetify

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B4RM4N Smart Cocktail Shaker is the ultimate cocktail tool http://walyou.com/b4rm4n-smart-cocktail-shaker/ http://walyou.com/b4rm4n-smart-cocktail-shaker/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:47 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180431

Love drinks but have a hard time preparing them? You don’t have to fret over it anymore, technology comes to the rescue once again.

Cocktails are great, and we all enjoy them, but there’s a difference between liking and knowing how to prepare something. B4RM4N is a gadget that will attempt to ensure your cocktails are pure quality. By pairing with a smartphone via Bluetooth and a companion app, B4RM4N taps into a library of cocktail and helps with preparing them every step of the way. Users need only to pour the drinks until the app changes the color of the LED on the cocktail shaker, and that’s that.

B4RM4N is currently being Kickstarted, but users can get their hands on it already for $89. Doesn’t sound bad at all, especially if you’re serious about becoming the next cocktail hero.

Via Geeky Gadgets

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Alienware Graphics Amplifier Brings Desktop Quality Gaming to Notebooks http://walyou.com/alienware-graphics-amplifier/ http://walyou.com/alienware-graphics-amplifier/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:59:52 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180421

Alienware 13 just became world’s first future-proof laptop, as its add-on enables gamers to use any desktop graphics to play games on it.

Until now, gaming laptops couldn’t even be compared to their desktop counterparts. Some of them come with quite powerful graphics cards, but throwing such a piece of hardware in a compact notebook case meant that, for one, the temperature would go up and, as a consequence, increase the risk of GPU throttling. Alienware (which in case you don’t remember, is a subsidiary of Dell specialized in gaming notebooks and desktops) puts an end to all of these problems with the Graphics Amplifier.

At a first glance, this gimmick seems nothing more than an enclosure for a 460-watt PSU and a PCI Express x16 slot. The magic actually happens when equipping the Alienware Graphics Amplifier with any full-length dual-width video card (the device isn’t picky at all, being compatible even with Nvidia GTX 980 or Radeon HD R9 295X2), and connecting it to the Alienware 13 gaming laptop.

The Graphics Amplifier also doubles as a USB hub, as it comes with 4 USB 3.0 ports, even though I doubt anyone will use it primarily for that. Think of it as a bonus from the manufacturer. The box connects to a proprietary port on the laptop through a proprietary cable.

And this is the moment you realize that the Alienware Graphics Amplifier only works with Alienware laptops. I guess it wouldn’t have been fair for this company to use an open standard that made the device compatible with any other laptop you can think of. For the time being, only the 13″ version can be used in tandem with the Amplifier, but it’s a safe bet that future Alienware notebooks will also feature this port.

When connecting the Amplifier, it’s as if Alienware 13′s GPU (a GTX 860M) is by-passed altogether. For the internal GPU to work again, you need to unplug the box and reset the laptop. Needless to say, the performance improvements are nothing short of spectacular when connecting an AMD Radeon 290X to the Alienware 13. Below is a comparison between the laptop used with and without the magic box.

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier costs $299, which might seem like a lot, but think about it for a minute. You won’t have to change your notebook anytime soon just because the latest games aren’t looking that great on it. Just plug a new graphics card in and game on!

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