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Windows 8.1 and good ol’ times

gadgetWindows 8.1 is out. With it, the start button came back (although the function is
still doubtful as a single left click simply shows the tiles surface again. Sure the
update brought back some functions back to the user. Yet there are essentials
missing, Windows 7 users (like me) still want to have.

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Use your finger to unlock…

295px-Htc_new_logo.svg…the phone. A phrase, Apple iPhone users see since the iPhone 5s. But
not only Apple has this feature now! HTC is the first manufacturer to
have a phablet (5.9″) in it’s portfolio to allow users to secure their device
by fingerprints. The HTC One Max is the first Android phone with this!

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Nokia kills SymbianOS and Meego

nokiaNokia more and more combines with Microsoft. Another big indicator
for this is the closure of SymbianOS and Meego. While the step for Meego
is somehow understandable (the N9 is the last phone using Meego!), the
closure of SymbianOS is a bit odd since all LowCost-Nokias use it!

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Update – No carrier – Samsung’s regio-Lock

NoNetSamsung appears to hate it’s customers. There’s no other explanation than
that after recent plans have been revealed that upcoming updates of the
firmware include a nasty region lock of foreign SIM cards. So you won’t be
able to pop in a local SIM to avoid roaming fees in certain countries.

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Us, too! – Samsung vs. Apple

PunchAppleSamsungFunny to see… Apple just has released it’s iPhone 5S in a new flavour,
namely White-Gold (which looks good btw… I must admit!), and just
now, Samsung sees itself in a position to “fight” back and brings out
a Galaxy S4 that is all shiny-gold. Like I said before… “Us, too!”

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iPhone 5S and 5C – Here we come

iPhone 5S_AppleSo Apple finally revealed what most of us have expected. The 5S once
more underlines the minimalistic, yet appealing way of style. While
the iPhone 5 came in two colors, the 5S now has a third, golden case.
For sure not everybody’s taste but hey, looks great anyways.

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Apple’s new Toys…

iOS7The new gadgets are just around the corner.
And, like every half year before the events, there’s
one big question: Will all the expected gadgets be
shown finally and when can we get them.

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The issue with UltraHD and HDMI

20130908-133516.jpgSo now we have ultra high resolution TV sets
available, though HDMI seems not to be ready for
handling such high resolutions without compromises.
We speak of HDMI 1.4 and the upcoming HDMI 2.0.

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Acer releases 4K video phablet

20130908-141202.jpgUsually one would expect Apple or Samsung
to release the Uber-gadget first when it comes
to new technologies. In this case, however,
Acer seems to fire it’s aces from it’s sleeves

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The IFA and their new toys

20130902-131909.jpgSo the IFA 2013 has shown new gadget to us.
4K TV, new HiFi components, Home entertainment…
But until we can benefit from all the new goodies,
some more days will have to pass by.

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SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-II…

SDXC CardOn the IFA, Toshiba has announced new memory cards
which shall break the 100MB/s limitation, today’s UHS-I
cards are actually facing. Although, there’s only a low
number of devices available which could demand…

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App-Review: Zeichentabelle (Charmap)

Zeichentabelle AppYou all know these fancy signs and chars (not Emoticons),
which most browsers can display by default. All these chars
are unicodes mostly 16bit (meaning they consist of four
hexadecimal chars (0000 to FFFF). But how to use them?

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When Apps get tested unvoluntarily

FTP Client Pro AppSometimes one is detecting flaws in all sorts of Apps for
the iDevice. I have found out that my FTP Client Pro fulfills
most, yet not all my demands. So is the upload of pics from
the Camera Roll not possible. Time to check FTP on the Go!

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LG showing QHD 5.3 inch display!

LGLogoLG has recently shown a prototype of a new IGZO display at a
thickness of 1.2mm only. But not only the slim production factor but
also the jaw-dropping resolution of 2560×1440 pixels (508ppi) make
this display outstanding. With a diameter of 5.3 inches, this display…

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Netspark’s hardware test: Corsair K90

Logo_CorsairWhen it comes to gaming, one instantly thinks of Logitech, RAZER & Co.
But it’s not only the Mice that belong to gaming, it’s also the Keyboard.
Corsair decided to bring us the Vengeance Gaming series, which contains
Headsets, Keyboards and other gaming-related stuff.

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Doing a shit at 88 kmph?

movie-iconWhy not? Colin Furze has finalized what no other has done before. He
built the world’s fastest mobile toilet. Not a camper toilet. No, a real on!
Complete with toilet paper holder, an automatic water flush and paper
holder. 16 HP are accelerating the fast shitter to 88 kmph!

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Traffic control and guidance in Australia

movie-iconWhen big LED signs with “Stop” on it aren’t enough, then you have to
take a step further to warn drivers when they’re acting wrong and are
subject to cause damage to buildings and infrastructure. Australia
found a new yet spectacular way to do so.

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The XBox One has been revealed!

Xbox-logoMicrosoft’s new console is now finally presented to the public.
The XBox One as it is officially called, combines Media Player,
Media Center, Game console and social media hub into one
tiny box. Due to so many infos, it is best to watch the video.

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And the new XBox will be presented…

Xbox-logoThe new XBox is a long-awaited successor for the already aged XBox 360.
While Sony has already presented details for the PS4 and Nintendo
brought the WiiU to the gamers last christmas, Microsoft is a bit on the
slow line and has to show something now.

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WD&HGST deploy 9.5mm 1.5TB HDD

HGST_Logo.svgSince the demand for more and more data space is ever so high, HGST
and Western Digital seem to have an answer for that issue also. As of
June 2013, customers will be able to fit 9.5mm high HDDs at 2.5″ form
factor into their low-profile notebook and still benefit from 1.5 TB!

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RAM prices going to increase

DollarStacksThe times of cheap RAM seem to be over, as memory manufacturers have set
their priorities to manufacture memory products for mobile devices.
Therefore, manufacturers of otebooks like ASUS and Acer are already
complaining about higher memory prices.

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A nice Father’s Day present

Gift01If you’re searching for a good present for your father, maybe this one may
come in handy. Two american guys have invented it to circumvent the
forbidden transportation of alcohol in cars. Shaped like an iPhone, they
can now enjoy their beverage without getting in trouble with the police.

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Seagate goes SSD

SeagateSeagate, known for it’s classic hard drives seems to have it, being the
Loner not to deliver SSD drives. As of today, Seagate announces the
release of it’s 600-series SSD drives, which are available in 120, 240
and 480 GB capacity, equipped with MFC 19nm chips from Toshiba.

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The urge and taste for good coffee…

…or: Why for heaven’s sake spend 2’300 CHF on a coffee machine? Well… let’s
start with the story of ugly-tasting coffee and what I’ve tried so far. At work we
have a Schaerer coffee machine that makes good coffee, real good coffee! But
for home use, this machine is a tad too big and too expensive (7’250 CHF).

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WD to ship 5mm harddrives

It got quiet on the HDD market since Western Digital has shipped it’s first
2TB external pocklet Hard Drive (read my review). Now, Western Digital
is about to set a new mark and era in hard drives and their usability in
ultrabooks. An added SSD cache of 24GB helps seed up things a lot.

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And the iPad IS versatile and convenient!

Or… The Batter has a talent to hit balls the way it wasn’t supposed to be!
At least this older man had luck while filming a baseball game not to be
injured by a foul ball. It was only the iPad that got knocked down but
still seems to work well. Cool action though it was sorta quick!

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Nokia wins patent fight over HTC

It seems as if HTC didn’t have much luck against Nokia. Nokia seems to have
located a special microphone design in HTC’s new phone “One” which has
been exclusively designed for Nokia and has also been patented by Nokia.
A court in the Netherlands there fore have issued an injuction against HTC.

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And the apple keeps falling…

While the gadgets from Apple still sell like fresh-made bread, it seems as if
the stock shares are being dropped like a hot potato. So has the share
value reached a new 2-year-low with “only” 389 US$ per share. Is this a
new trend of Apple? According to the plans to release another iPhone…

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iPhone 5 domino

Dominoes with millions of stones are already very impressing. But what
about 10.000 iPhones faling so timed with video animation that it would
make a competely animated domino image. Although it is said that spe-
cially modified iPhone 5 with NFC, it’s hard to tell, if this is real.

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Samsung S4 – Easy to disassemble

It seems as if Samsung wants to show Apple how to not design a good
smartphone. According to first attempts to disassemble the Galaxy S4 it
seems as if one who has a skilled hand in technics, can easily fix smaller
problems with the smartphone himself. The iPhone 5 is not easy to open!

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Gadget-Check: Zoom H1 Stereo Mike

My attention can be easily attracted, when it comes to interesting gadgets. In
this case, the japanese company Zoom has to offer an interesting tool that acts
as mobile dictaphone, microphone and can also be used as home microphone
attached to the computer. Time to get me one of these while price is reduced.

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When cables are unconventional

Usually, WLAN is mostly used for connecting end user devices to an
existing WLAN. But what if you have two rooms in your home and do not
want to lay cables in order to connect them. This is where WLAN bridges
or Network distribution kicks in.

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