New age technology has taken us on a ride that we will never forget. From the world of Virtual Reality to nifty clip on lenses, your smartphone is a portable supercomputer, just waiting to charge your world with unique user experiences.
It's not just the available smart phone accessories that can turn your mobile device into a hybrid type of device, ready to tackle the world. All smart phones have the ability to download and install various apps that can transform your phone into a multi-tool, ready to help you along your way.
The following smart phone accessories 2017 are the best mobile accessories that will enhance your handset, and turn it into a dynamic smart device to equip you with the perfectly optimized phone, for just about any situation. You don't need to buy the iPhone X to get in on the action either!
Get Going With A Car Mount
Car mounts are by far one of the best smartphone accessories available. If you've ever needed your GPS, which is all too often these days as cities keep expanding and the beaten track develops more and more.
Mobile phone car mounts can attach to your windshield or air vent for convenient on the go navigation and hands free calling. If you're looking for an affordable car mount holder then try the WizGear Magnetic Car Mount Holder, which easily attaches to your car's air vent.
Crank Up The Volume On The Track With An Arm Band
Our smart phones have become extensions of ourselves, it's difficult to let go of your phone when running around during errands, especially if you want to play at a CAD casino. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find the time in a day to keep active; if you simply can't live without your phone for a couple of hours while you work out, then an arm band is the perfect fitness companion.
These nifty ouch like arm wraps will keep your phone safe and secure while you get your heart rate up. Most armbands support a jack outlet, which means you can take your music on the go with you while you train.
If you're looking for an all round arm band for your smart phone then try the Tribe AB37 Sports Armband. Offering users water resistant protection for their device, a nifty key holder, full touch screen coverage and 3.5 mm jack support it's the perfect companion for the outdoor enthusiast.
It's All About The Perfect Selfie
Selfie sticks are old news, but let's face it these sticks have captivated a generation with their unique angles and gimmicky fun attitude. Now you can get in on the perfect selfie without the fuss of wires.
The Anker Selfie Stick is a Bluetooth selfie stick offering users twenty hours of battery life and extreme depth of field, stretching out to a whopping 29 inches.
Beef Up Your Mobile Storage
If you have an Android smartphone and you find your internal storage a little bit on the light side then you must consider a USB OTG Flash Drive. These little devices act like normal flash drives and simply plug into your phone and open up a world of storage potential on your mobile smart phone.
There's a microUSB OTG option available too and it's called the SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C version. There are numerous OTG Flash Drives available for Android devices that support both USB Type-C and microUSB. These flash drives are perfect for on the go storage and data upload/downloads.
Embrace The World With Virtual Reality
The world of Virtual Reality technology has opened up our world to infinite possibilities in various disciplines. There aren't too many mobile VR headsets available as of yet, and the compatible devices are somewhat limited.
If you have a compatible smartphone then it's best to get started in mobile Virtual Reality with something like Google Cardboard. Once the technology improves and becomes more mainstream then it might be worth upgrading to a mobile VR headset to truly engage with your smart phones VR capability.
A new type of LED notification system will be featured in the upcoming Galaxy J2 (2016) as per reports. In fact, we may begin to see this feature embedded in all future Samsung smartphones soon enough. The news was shared by GalaxyClub.nl after they found the feature mentioned in the upcoming J2's leaked manual.
The hardware of the Smart Glow feature is a pretty simplistic LED ring that's capable of flashing in various colors. As you can see in the image, the ring will be encompassing the rear camera module of the phone. Now, the usefulness of the LED ring lies in its functionalities and here are the ones we know about at this time.
1. You will be able to set specific colors for specific contacts, so when a notification arrives, you will know who it is from, even without turning the phone around and from a distance.
2. It will indicate low battery like regular LED notifiers do.
3. The Smart Glow will enable the user to take efficient selfies with its rear camera as well, because it will emit a blue light as soon as the subject's face is within the sensor's viewfinder.
Personally, we like the last one the most and users will probably find it to be the most useful as well.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Smart Suitcase... will be a very common term in the upcoming months. As Samsonite and Samsung are joining forces in a partnership to come up with a new technology aimed at bringing a new smart luggage concept, suitcases fitted with microchips, allowing you to track them using GPS.
"Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location, We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick." - said Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala.
He revealed that in the future the luggage might even be capable of sending you a message when it has left the aircraft, about to appear on a baggage carousel, as well as when it is being opened. In addition, they are working on a solution that will see the luggage follow its owner automatically. It's a blue sky idea where your bag will be following you 6 inches behind like a programmable remote control car. Let's wait and see what these two giants firms will bring us.
A hint about Google's future plans was given a while back when the search engine giant introduced the Destination feature via Google Search on smartphones. The simplistic feature was designed to help users while planning a vacation and apparently it was only a precursor to the Smart Travel application that the company is beta testing right now. Since it is not available on the Play Store yet, users will have to sign up for the Google Maps Local Guides Program to have access to it.
From what we know so far, the app will gather, store and organize all your travelling details such as hotels, dinner reservations, destinations and flights. Therefore, it will make every necessary detail accessible from the app itself, even without an active internet connection. Additionally, it will also offer suggestions based on the data it collects about your trips. Tap on a previously saved destination to see options like Saved places, Food & drink, Reservations, Things to do, Getting around and Need to know. Travellers and tourists will even see options for public transport in the area, as well as best travelling routes to the destination.
Even if you do not put in your travelling details manually from the FAB tab found at the bottom right corner of the app, it can do a lot on its own by collecting data automatically from your Gmail inbox. If you are not using Gmail as your primary e-mail service however, you will probably need to log in the data manually. In case you are interested in trying out the beta software, sign up for Local Guides and you might just get a chance to be a beta tester yourself!
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Google announced before that it is developing a Smart Contact Lens prototype containing a glucose sensor. The US-based company had earlier said that this lens won't be available to the general public for at-least next five years, it now looks like the wearable device may hit the market before 2019.
This was revealed in a recently uncovered patent application that showed off potential designs for how the search giant could package a smart contact lens. When reached for comment, a Google representative said that product releases can't be deduced from patent applications.
For those who aren't aware, the smart lens can measure glucose levels by analysing the wearer's tears. It is capable of generating a reading once per second.
Moving from media devices, tablets and Smartphones. Google decided to release its first SmartRouter. It's called OnHub and it's built in partnership with TP-Link. As of the design, it looks amazing, nothing like your average router.
Google OnHub is an AC1900 router, boasting a total of 13 built-in antennas: 6 for the 2.4 GHz band, 6 for 5 GHz, and another one that's used for continuously monitoring your environment for wireless congestions. In conjunction with this antenna's scans, the software automatically switches wireless channels when necessary.
Aside from the 802.11ac support, you get legacy a/b/g/n too, but this router also has Bluetooth, and support for Weave and 802.15.4, so it's as future-proof as possible. On the hardware side, we're looking at a Qualcomm / Atheros chipset solution, with an IPQ8064 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MB of NOR flash, 4GB of eMMC flash, and a QCA8337 Gigabit Ethernet switch.
The OnHub is available to order today from the Google Store as well as many other retailers. It costs $199.99 and is offered in blue and black. According to Amazon, it will be released on August 31st. Google itself only says it will be shipping "in the upcoming weeks".
Google updated its Play Services quietly to add a couple of new security options. Smart Lock got new Trusted Places along with the existing Trusted Faces. To take the Smart Lock further, Google is now rolling out an "on-body detection" feature in the Smart Lock mode to all Andoid users.
The idea is to let your phone detect its proximity to you in order to save itself and your data from being stolen. The new on-body protection feature uses the accelerometer to estimate whether you're holding the device or it is in your pocket.
When you are holding the device or have it in your pocket, then the device stays unlocked for quick access. With the on-body detection in Smart Lock enabled, if the you leave it on a table or in a bag it gets locked automatically.
This new security feature is being rolled out to the Android 5.0 and higher smartphones in stages, currently available for Nexus 6. Also, this update will requires Google Play Store 7.0.97 and higher version running on the Android 5.0 Lollipop based phone.
If you to drink Coffee, Tea and any other HOT drink, you may have faced this issue before. In cold days your hot drink will get cold fast particularly if you're distracted by other tasks during your morning routine. Well, the solution is here California-based Ember Technologies has developed a connected coffee mug that is claimed to keep your beverage hotter for longer, with users able to set the temperature through a companion smartphone app or a twist of the mug's base.
"Ember" a 12-ounce (350 ml) Smart-mug that can be controlled from your smartphone, it keeps your drink in the temperature preferred and displays this temperature on an OLED display at the bottom of the mug. How it works ? It uses a Phase-change materials shift from one state to another when exposed to different temperatures. So when hot, they may change from solid to a liquid and absorb and store heat in the process. And then when cooled again, they may change back to a solid and release this heat, for example.
And with all these advanced coffee cups around, it was surely just a matter of time before somebody built an app to go with them. By connecting with a smartphone over Bluetooth LE, Ember offers some features you can certainly do without, but a few pretty practical ones as well.
But if you find all that fiddling around in the app is more trouble than it's worth, Ember's temperature can simply be adjusted with a rotating dial just below the small display indicating the temperature. And to refuel, the mug is placed on a wireless charging pad, which doubles as a coaster and restores it to a full charge in 1.5 hours.
Ember is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, where an early pledge of $109 will put you in line for one if everything goes as planned. Shipping is slated for April,2016.
Wearable technology is still finding its niche in the accessory space, particularly when it comes to the stuff designed to be worn on the head. The latest out of Japan is from the latter.
The FUN'IKI Ambient Glasses are about subtle notifications with a bit of style. Equipped with multi-colored LEDs and Audio Speakers, the FUN'IKI glasses look like traditional eyewear. If you receive a Notification on your iPhone, color coded LEDs will provide an ambient alert along the lenses.
There are also speakers-embedded on the arms of the glasses. The dedicated iOS app for the FUN'IKI allows you to assign color and sounds to specific notifications. The glasses also have a text-to-speech feature as well, so if you get an extra important message, you can have it read to you. There is even a party mode for the LEDs.
The FUN'IKI Ambient Glasses are available through a Japanese crowd funding site. Expecting shipping will be in December. The lenses can be made to prescription. The team behind FUN'IKI have an SDK for developers at the ready too. The normal retail price for these glasses will be roughly $230. They can be secured through the crowd funding source for less than half that amount.
Smart TVs is the new TV, they are available in HD, UHD and 4K resolutions with endless features on them. Samsung is controlling the Smart TV market with the highest units sales in 2013-2014. Well, 2015 is coming and the speculations about what's New in the upcoming next generation Smart TVs is going around the web.
Samsung is said to focus more on fitness applications and Mobile Integration on its 2015 Smart TVs line-up. Fitness Apps are getting high-demand from users on mobile platforms and wearable devices, using these feature will you to take a Yoga class remotely from home but on a bigger screen and more space to move with a wide-angle camera.
These new Smart TVs is expected to be announced on the CES 2015 next year, we don't have any info about the design or the price of these new TV sets but expect a High-one.
Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced the Bluetooth version 4.2 wireless protocol. Bluetooth 4.2 delivers a number of improvements over its predecessor headed by the ability to connect to the internet.
The new Bluetooth version will be up to 2.5x faster than past releases thanks to a tenfold packet capacity increase. The latest Bluetooth protocol will offer beefed up privacy too beacons attempting to track a device will be required a user permission.
Privacy features of Bluetooth 4.2 may be available to older devices via a firmware update. The increased speed of the newcomer will require upgraded hardware though.
Android's Stagefright vulnerability was so serious it had phone makers pledging left and right that they will provide security updates for their handsets. Clearly mobile security is important and Qualcomm wants to enable it at the hardware level with Snapdragon 820 and the new feature called "Smart Protect".
Based on Qualcomm's Zeroth machine learning platform, Smart Protect will keep an eye out for abnormal app behavior in real time (and with little power usage). The platform will help move much of malware detection from the cloud onto the device.
Qualcomm will provide software that will protect user data and privacy, but third-party apps can also hook up to Smart Protect - Avast, AVG and Lookout are working to integrate the new feature into their mobile apps.
Highlights of Snapdragon Smart Protect
• Personal Protection – Snapdragon Smart Protect provides robust security and enhanced personal privacy for today’s mobile environment, empowering end users with greater control over personal data and by detecting and classifying spyware, adware and other malicious app behavior.
• Superior Behavioral Analysis – Using Qualcomm Zeroth cognitive computing technology, Snapdragon Smart Protect enables OEMs and mobile security solution providers to enhance anti-malware and privacy protection services with real-time, behavioral-based machine learning that is designed to detect and classify zero-day and transformational malware.
• Power-efficient performance – Snapdragon Smart Protect offers optimal performance through on-device design and uniquely deep access to hardware and software of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, enabling malware detection and critical data processing on the device, rather than in the cloud.
The fourth iteration of Smart Game Booster from PCGameBoost could be a surprisingly effective solution for PC gamers with older machines that they cannot upgrade right now. Not only is the software promising to be an effective tool for boosting gaming performance in any Windows PC, it's actually free to download and try. That's a lucrative offer right there, so feel free to downloadd it right now and orm your own opiion. Howver, if you actually want to know what it can really do for your PC gaming needs, stick around as we discuss the features and their effectiveness in brief.
Consider it to be an All Purpose Gaming Companion for Your PC
If you have ever used Nvidia GeForce Experience or AMD's Adrenalin, you will find Smart Game Booster to be quite similar to them in many ways. However, there are two main differences between the GPU giants' proprietary software packages and Smart Game Booster.
Unlike Geforce Experience or Adrenalin, which are each tied only to their own manufacture cards, Smart Game Booster supports all GPUs
Smart Game Booster offers a number of additional features that none of the software optimizers from Nvidia or AMD can boast of
However, the similarity exists because they are all PC tuning software packages, meant to keep your GPU always updated with the latest drivers, tune up games to boost performance or graphical quality, and even overclock the graphics card to support better graphics. It's just that Smart Game Booster is not proprietary, works with all PCs and has a lot more to offer than anything which GeForce Experience or AMD Adrenalin can.
The Features: How Useful are They?
Smart Game Booster 4 offers everything that you can possibly expect from a PC tuning and gaming assistance software, if not more. As to what they are exactly and how they work, let's find out.
Game Booster: Boost Your Average fps with a Singe Click
In online games, how many frame you can see per second makes a lot of difference, especially if you are playing a shooter or any game that requires fast reaction times. When you click on the Game Booster icon, Smart Game Booster Makes It Happen for You by taking a number of steps after that single click.
- Cleans the RAM
- Ends all background processes unnecessary for playing the game
- Disables the autostart apps, so that they cannot hog you PC's limited resources
- Frees up all possible resoures of the PC, so that they can all be directed to boost gaming performance
Naturally, when your PC can direct all its available sources towards that single game you are playing, you will see a boost in fps, frequent freezing will be less of an issue, and your CPU/GPU temperatures will alo stay low, as they don't have to multitask so much anymore. If your GPU does begin to overheat, which is likely if you overclock it too hgh, Smart Game Booster will warn you about the rise in temperature, well before that can become a serious issue.
Overclocking is Easy with Smart Game Booster
Overclocking is not exactly tough work for anyone familiar with the concept, but not everyone is used to overclocking their GPUs and CPUs manually. It can take up quite some time to learn, and even more time to perfect. The Super Boost button in Smart Game Booster however, flattens the learning curve like a pro. Not only does it instantly overclock your GPU to its optimum performance level, the software also keeps adjusting the clock speeds to maintain the GPU's OC temperatures within the safety zone. That is really a huge advantage to have by on one's side.
Although Super Boost does work pretty well, the only thing to keep in mind is that it doesn't work with some of the older cards. Nevertheless, Smart Game Booster supports most Nvidia and AMD cards released in the last few years and you can always check their site for more clarity regarding whether or not your GPU is supported. If it is supported though, expect Smart Game Booster to turn your old graphics card into an upgraded version of itself, forcing out higher fps and facilitating smoother gameplay.
Fine Tunes Your PC to Perform Better Inside and Outside Gaming Sessions
Smart Game Booster is a companion software for gamers primarily, but its features can also benefit your PC as a whole.
Disk Defragmentation - Disk Defragmentation is supposed to make your HDD or SSD load everything faster, including video games, and it's most noticeable when you enter a new in-game map, launch a new game or any other software. Movies stored onto the hard disk will play without freezing, skipping or slowing down, while essential programs will load instantly.
Automatic Diver Updates - Smart Game Booster automatically downloads and installs the necessary drivers for your specific GPU. This doesn't just improve in-game performance, but also keeps your PC's visuals crisp during media consumption, photo editing and video editing.
Game recording is Pretty Smooth - Admittedly, fps will take a toll while recording gaming sessions, but that's unavoidable, no matter what software is used to record while playing. Even then, Smart Game Booster tries to maintain a balance between the recorded footage's quality and the in-game performance, as best as the hardware would allow. If there's enough juice in your hardware to power both rendering and recording simultaneously though, just press CTRL + ALT + V and get ready to watch your exploits in high definition later on.
Organize All Your Games into a Single Library - With Uplay, Origin, Steam, GOG and a host of other online libraries and stores, it's a pain to launch games from each of individually. Smart Game Booster has its own library which lets the user optimize, boost and launch all games from all separate vendors, right from the menu. We found this feature to be very convenient and timesaving to say the least!
This list wouldn't have made much sense, had the features been half baked to be honest, which is fortunately, not what we saw. Apparently, there were a few bugs in the earlier versions, but with Smart Game Booster v4.3 onwards, those bugs have mostly been taken care of. As it turned out, all the advertised features do work as mentioned. Even if you have a PC with the latest hardware in it, we recommend giving Smart Game Boost a try. It's possible that you might be able to lower the average GPU temperatures and make your PC run faster than before, even when you are not gaming on it. Older PCs will experience the best effects of Smart Game Booster though, as it has the potential and capabilities to make your old hardware feel significantly faster, both inside and outside games.
While the Google Glass project seems to have run its course Sony is picking up the slack with its Single-Lens Display Module. Unlike Glass, Sony's device can be attached to conventional corrective glasses, sunglasses and even goggles. Not much is known about the device itself though the company will make it available next year and will release the SDK to select partners.
The main element is a color OLED microdisplay that projects a 640 x 400 image into your field of vision. The module also contains a processor along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth plus a selection of sensor. The device is based on the SmartEyeglass announced earlier this year.