Samsung Galaxy Camera: Will more gadgets adopt mobile platforms?

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera sees the South Korean electronics giant combining two of the components that have made its smartphone range so successful – Google’s Android operating system and impressive camera functionalities.

Bringing a whole new dimension to camera technology the device, compared to standard compact cameras, is easy to use and could well pave the way for other manufacturers to adopt mobile operating systems to run on a wider range of gadgets.

Nikon launched the first Android-powered camera, the CoolPix S800c, just a few months ago, but its implementation of Google’s Android Gingerbread (2.3) operating system resulted in a buggy and disjointed experience, with no option for sharing images while on the go.

But, the 16.3 megapixel Galaxy Camera is powered by Google’s latest Android Jelly Bean (4.1) software, making it the first dedicated camera with the functionality and features of the popular mobile platform.

While smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 have been known for their camera prowess the Galaxy Camera takes this to the next level, and although not a phone, is ahead of any similar device currently on the market. This could well provide a boost to compact camera sales figures, which have taken a knock following an increasing number of handsets launching with a wider range of camera functionalities.

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Its generous 4.8-inch HD display certainly does justice to the photos taken with the device, as well as an intuitive user interface which boasts full manual controls along with some of the many features found on recent Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy Note 2, including burst mode.

Sometimes camera interfaces can be complicated but to have everything simplified to a touchscreen-based Android offering, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S III, is very intuitive and easy to operate.

A huge advantage of the device is that it also connects to Wi-Fi, and most importantly, 3G networks, meaning uploading recently captured shots to the likes of Instagram and Dropbox via mobile data connectionis possible for the first time from a camera.

The Galaxy Camera also negates the need for post-shot editing on another device as it includes native photo manipulation software such as Samsung’s Photo Editor, to alter your pictures directly from the camera. These alone help transform the Galaxy Camera into a powerful and hugely functional tool.

All well and good you might be thinking, but is the decision to use Android to run a camera just a gimmick, and will the idea of building more gadgets with mobile platforms catch on? We think there’s a very good chance.

So, what’s next?

Many new gadgets already feature touchscreen controls and connectivity options, although a lack of uniformity across the operating systems of these devices means that integration is often difficult. Adopting a platform such as Android across a multitude of devices, means that not only can a manufacturer build an ecosystem comprising of a range of its devices, but that interconnectivity between them and those devices produced by rivals increases tenfold. And this is undoubtedly an attractive proposition to consumers.

In fact, this trend has taken hold already. Last year Samsung also developed the Smart Fridge – a domestic appliance that runs Google’s operating system, and reminds users when their food stocks are running low via their Android smartphone, amongst other things. It’s an expensive gadget but widens the scope for having a whole range of electronics, aside from smartphones and tablets, all running the same mobile platform.

Samsung is clearly eager to develop more of its products outside the smartphone world and the Galaxy Camera demonstrates its potential to integrate Google’s mobile platform into even more devices. Possibly even to the point where everything from kitchen appliances to cameras and smartphones will all run the same software, communicate with each other as well as have the ability to be controlled remotely. Is the Galaxy Camera just the start? Only time will tell.

Written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the home of great mobile phone deals.

 

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Introducing the Haier washing machine range

For the last 27 years, Haier have been developing washing machines that get your clothes softer and cleaner than ever before. There’s a wide range of machines to buy, so you’ll be able to find one to fit your needs and budget. Haier washing machines have been specially designed to look after your delicate items and keep your clothes soft upon sensitive skin.  The unique wave drum in Haier washing machines creates waves of water that look after your clothes better.

Each machine is programmed with multiple laundry care settings for washing efficiency. For stubborn stains where one wash is not enough, the machine’s intensive wash cycle works exceptionally well at getting any item clean again.

Many Haier washing machines are also specially treated with ABT™ an anti-bacterial protection, preventing the build-up of unsightly black mould and bacteria which can potentially be harmful to your family’s health. Haier’s washing machines are among the most hygienic on the market. All machines now have at least an A+ energy rating, meaning you’ll save money on your energy bills too.

Most Haier washing machines have an “end delay” feature. This feature allows you to set the time you want the washing to finish, putting you in control.  When you’ve cleaned your clothes, the best way to dry them quickly whilst keeping them soft for sensitive skin is with a Haier tumble dryer.

Tumble dryers were once expensive and were only used by people whose homes had a separate laundry room with an air vent to accommodate it. Haier’s condenser tumble dryers ensure you won’t have to worry about water and air vents as the machine stores excess steam in a special evaporated water tank which you’ll only need to empty every so often. As a result, Haier’s condenser dryers can be placed anywhere in the home.

Of course all of Haier’s tumble dryers are built with the care and attention to detail as their washing machines, which means they are also gentle on delicate items such as wool or silk.

They are now almost as energy efficient as washing machines, with Haier’s leading condenser dryer achieving A40% energy efficiency and- higher than some other leading brands on the market. Save money on your heating bills by putting your washing in a tumble dryer instead of hanging them from a radiator.

Drying your clothes in a tumble dryer prevents them from developing wrinkles or bad odours. Laundry that has been tumble dried is also easier to iron than if it’s been on a washing line or clothes horse for hours.

You can even combine the convenience of a washer and a dryer into one machine in your home. A Haier washer-dryer has all the features described above fit into one compact machine, taking up very little space in your home. See how you can benefit from a new Haier washing machine, tumble dryer or washer-dryer in your home today.

 

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[Sponsored Video] Airbus unveil a future of quicker flights with less emissions

2050 is a long time away and, to be honest, we were kind of hoping that Airbus were going to unveil the prospect of personal hover bikes. While not quite that exciting, the future of aviation is certainly on the up and up (pun anyone?) thanks to the announcement of their five ‘Smarter Skies’ innovations:

Eco-climb technology

Airbus foresee a future where planes are launched through an assisted take-off, using renewably powered propel acceleration. This will allow a steeper climb from the aircraft which will help minimise noise as well as speed up the planes ability to reach efficient cruising altitude. A steeper take-off may also enable the use of shorter runways.

Express skyways

Future aircraft would become intelligent and be able to “self-organise” themselves to fly the most efficient and eco-friendly route based on factors such as the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions. On high frequency routes, airplanes could fly in formation like birds which will help to reduce drag and therefore make them more efficient.

Free glide approaches

Aircraft allowed to take free glide approaches into airports that reduce emissions during the overall decent and reduce noise during the steeper approach as there is no need for engine thrust or air breaking. These approaches would also reduce the landing speed earlier which would make shorter landing distances achievable (less runway needed).

Better technology on the ground

Smart technology in future aircraft could direct them to a landing position where an autonomous (renewably powered) taxiing carriage could be ready to take them to the gate. This would enable to aircraft to turn its engines off sooner (reducing emissions and noise) and also enable runways to be cleared faster.

Future power for future planes

Airbus see the use of sustainable bio fuels and other potential alternative energy sources as being necessary to secure supply and to further reduce aviation’s environmental footprint.

To find out more about Airbus’ vision of the future, check out their Smarter Skies web site and those on an iOS device can also download the free Future by Airbus app.

You can also check out the Berlin light show that Airbus produced, in the following video:

 

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[Sponsored Video] Qualcomm presents Snapdragon all-in-one mobile processors

Snapdragon, from the people at Qualcomm, represents a family of mobile system on chips (SoC) that are intended for devices like smartphones, tablets and smartbooks. In their own words, they’re the “digital brains inside the smartest devices” and can be found in more than 340 devices.

Depending on the chipset, Snapdragon processors contain the necessary circuitry to decode HD video at both 720p and 1080p. Qualcomm are also keen to boast the fact that Snapdragon processors take mobile gaming to a ‘whole new level’ and provide ‘console-quality’ scenes and effects.

In this ever increasing mobile world, where devices are getting more and more powerful, not running out of battery is a major concern. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are designed to be just as efficient as they are powerful – allowing you to keep on gaming, send another photo or watch your favourite movie over and over!

The Snapdragon ‘family’ currently includes the top of the range Snapdragon S4 as well as the S3 which can be found in devices like the Sony Ericsson Experia Ion, the S2 (found in the Blackberry Bold) and the S1 which can be found in phones like the HTC Wildfire S.

To help people learn more about their Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm have launched three videos that showcase its abilities and features. You can see the first video below and find the others through their dedicated Facebook page.

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The gadget-packed Chrysler 300C

Went down to the Canary Wharf Motor Expo for a fun day filled with investment bankers and high-end performance cars. As always, there was an impressive range of models on display (cars not bankers) with some vintage classics as well as some brand new releases. One of the newer releases was the Chrysler 300C, the latest offering from the iconic American car manufacturer, which was released on 14 June 2012, with prices starting from £35,995. Chrysler like to describe the 300C as "legitimate luxury" and with so many high end features included as standard – including keyless entry, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers and automatic temperature control – it's easy to see why. We spent a bit of time inside the car to appreciate the high level of both design and engineering. The sleek wood panelling, redesigned Nappa leather seats and power steel chassis give the car the look and feel of a modern classic. Fans of high-end technology won't be disappointed either – it's clear from the moment you step into the car and feast your eyes upon it's 8.4" touchscreen that there's a lot of gadgetry at work in this vehicle. The Executive model features an advanced Blind Spot Monitoring system, radar Adaptive Cruise Control and a two-panel panoramic sunroof. There's even heated/ventilated seats, a warming/cooling cup holder and voice recognition built into the steering wheel. Hands-free operation of Bluetooth compatible phones means you can download a phone's address book to the car's hard drive and then make calls simply simply by saying the person's name. You can also use the voice controls to activate the onboard Garmin-based GPS system. Legitimate luxury indeed. Speaking of the steering wheel, the steering column is adjustable and has a memory function for multiple drivers. The Revised Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering gives precise feedback from the road, enabling you to modify your steering alignment for a easier ride. Despite the powerful 3 litre V6 turbo diesel engine, the 300C has be engineered to absorb vibrations and minimise sound so it run incredibly quietly for a car so big.

You can find out more about the 300C on this page, or even order a test drive

You can also check out our video review of the 300C below:


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Sponsored video: Campaign showcases benefits of Samsung Memory

While there is often a lot of ‘press’ regarding the appearance and design of a new gadget, the hard work put in to the components inside can be neglected. In an effort to address this, Samsung have just launched a new video campaign to highlight their latest memory technology.

Explaining innovations in memory technology, in a way that an average consumer can easily understand, could have been quite a challenge! However, Samsung have taken the novel approach of using three fictional ‘baddies’: Brutus Battery, Fiona Freeze and Loading Ball Larry.

Brutus Battery

Samsung have used this character (a big, long haired, goatee wearing man) to highlight the issue of devices running out of battery – such as when you’re about to take a photo in an amazing location or when you’re on an important call. To tackle this, Samsung LPDDR2 memory uses 50% less power than the industry standard while maintaining optimal performance – which means you could get up to 30 more minutes of work or play.

Loading Ball Larry

Represented by a man in a tweed jacket and red trousers, Loading Ball Larry is used to highlight the issue of your device working slowly or crashing – like turning a simple ten-minute task into a full hour of frustration as you constantly waiting for the spinning ball to go away. An example of how Samsung tackle this is via their SSD hard drives. Samsung SSDs have no spin-up time like a traditional hard drive and can perform 110x faster than a 15K RPM hard drive.

Fiona Freeze

Fiona is a pale skin, bleach blonde, long hair woman with ripped tights. She represents (as you may have now worked out) that annoying moment when your device freezes up at a crucial moment – whether it be at the cliff hanger in a movie or while doing that crucial presentation for work.

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Sponsored video: Day in the life of Samsung’s Galaxy S3

Samsung have caused quite a stir with the launch of their Android-powered Galaxy S3, with reviews suggesting that it’s going to give the iPhone a good run for its money. The S3’s design is beautifully minimalistic and comes in at just 8.6mm thick and weighs 133g. The phone will come in a choice of either “Pebble Blue” or “Marble White”.

One of the main design features of both the S3 and it’s predecessor the S2, is the huge screen. For the S3, Samsung have chosen a 4.8? HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 display combined with super slim bezel edge to make for easier holding. In addition to the main 8MP auto-focus camera, which can shoot video in full HD 1080, the S3 also comes with a 1.9MP front facing camera for activities like video calling.

Away from the technical side of things, the S3 packs in a number of innovative software features. For example, it comes with “S-Voice” voice recognition which enables you communicate with your phone – examples include the ability to set (and turn off!) an alarm, to accept or reject incoming calls or even to tell the camera to take.

Other phone features (which are showcased in the video below) include ‘Smart Stay’ which is where the S3 is able to track your eye movements to make sure the display stays on when you’re viewing it. This enables you to set your screen timeout to a low figure and helps preserve your battery.

Sharing is another feature that Samsung are keen to highlight. Whether it be sharing your S3’s content with your Samsung DLNA supported TV or using the devices built-in NFC connectivity which enables to touch two S3s together and quickly share files through wi-fi direct.

To view these and other features of the S3, check out this video:

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Win a Nokia C2-02 touchscreen mobile phone

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Following the huge success of our iBeats competition, we’ve once again teamed up with the kind folks at Argos to giveaway another great prize. Argos stock a huge variety of gadgets, including the iPod Touch and Galaxy Tab and they’ve given us chrome black Nokia C2-02 SIM-free phone to giveaway. This is an ideal prize for anyone on a SIM-0nly plan or for those occasions when you might not want to use your smartphone.

The C2-02 comes with a touchscreen, enabling you to easily open apps, flick through photos and browse the web. It also features a 2.6″ QVGA display and a slide-open keypad for fast and easy typing. Running out of battery shouldn’t be an issue on this handset, with up to a whopping 600 hours standby time.

The handset also packs in Bluetooth, FM radio, MP3 player, and 2 megapixel camera. It’s currently on sale at £86.99 but could be yours for free if you win our competition!

Sound good? Well, all you need to do is enter this simple multiple choice question:

THIS COMPETITION CLOSED ON JUNE 6, 2012

Competition Terms: Delivery will be within 28 days of Argos receiving the winner’s address, and the competition prize may vary at the discretion of Argos. The prize as described will be supplied direct from Argos, and there is no cash alternative. This competition is open to UK residents only. This competition closes at midnight (BST) on Wednesday June 6, 2012. Winner will be notified by email.