When I last wrote about Invoxia’s AudiOffice, I had one complaint… its lack of Lightning support for modern iOS devices. Fortunately, its new device fixes this. I actually had another minor complaint—its name, which led me to joke that it was an accessory for Audi automobiles! In the latest version, the mixed-case name is gone, now simply called Audioffice ($299).
The newer Audioffice is an elegant accessory, with a companion app, invoxia (free) that turns your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a full function conference room speakerphone. You also can use internal and alternative apps like FaceTime, Skype, etc.
Having quality audio anywhere you go can enhance just about any situation – and Bluetooth® speakers can make that happen. Unfortunately a majority of these speakers aren’t inexpensive, so using them in any condition whatseover – especially where water is involved – can be very risky.
Or in other words, you can swap the Bridge from your computer to phone (or tablet) without the need for any additional cables. The Bridge is available in a 16GB or 32GB storage option and is priced at $17.99 or $28.99 respectively. While all this sounds interesting enough so far, there is one catch that comes with the supported devices — for now this will be limited to those running Jelly Bean.
Aside from Jelly Bean, there is a device compatibility list because unfortunately not all Jelly Bean devices are supported. The Bridge also needs devices with support for a micro USB On-The-Go (OTG) connector. The list includes a variety of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG smartphones as well as Samsung, Lenovo and Asus tablets. Also worth noting, the Leef Bridge drive does support the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
At present the Leef Bridge is available by way of the Leef website. Finally, while storage is limited to 16GB or 32GB at the moment, Leef has said a 64GB model will be available relatively soon. Pricing for the 64GB Bridge has yet to be announced, however the drive is expected to arrive in July.
The full rundown shows the new Lenovo S920 rocking a 5.3-inch 1280 x 720p HD display (no 1080p here sadly) but the newest version of Android should make plenty happy. Then you’ll be working with a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM, and it looks like you get 16GB of internal storage as well as micro-SD support. Then according to Lenovo it rocks an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 MP up front.
This is all rounded off with a mediocre 2,250 mAh battery and a sleek design coming in at just 7.9mm thin. It all sounds pretty good except that small battery if you ask us. This well-rounded smartphone from Lenovo is up for pre-order in China and will hit the streets April 8th for what comes out to be around $350 USD. Now if the rumors of Lenovo buying BlackBerry would come true and they’d launch smartphones in the US, then we’d have something to talk about.
The infamous charge cord is one of the most difficult form factors in tech. It seems to always conveniently get lost, only to end up tangled and frayed at the bottom of your backpack, briefcase or junk drawer. It’s a necessary annoyance, but it’s rarely available when you need it most and easy to forget about.
Gizmodo reports that the ChargeCard, a Kickstarter-backed project made in California, offers an intriguing prospect: a 0.1″ thick charger that fits any standard USB connector on one end and attaches to your iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Android smartphone on the other. Once your device is sufficiently charged, the adapter folds up neatly to fit a wallet’s standard credit card holder.
Mukulus wants to offer all sorts of zoom lenses for your smartphones as early as the summer. You may be aware of such similar devices like the reflex and system cameras. We tried out the prototypes and were super impressed. Take a look!
We’re live at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where things are just starting to get under way. As a warm up to the main event we were at ShowStoppers last night where we had a chance to check out the Lenovo K900. You might remember the K900 from CES, where it was shown off for the first time (but only under glass). Lenovo is showing off a more complete build of the K900 here at the show and we had the pleasure to get a hands-on look.
The K900 is built up around two core hardware elements: a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Intels’s Clover Trail+ Atom processor for mobile. It’s the first phone to feature the dual-core 2GHz chipset, and it runs plenty fast. Don’t let the number of cores fool you.
The build quality of the K900 is beyond anything we have seen from Lenovo before. It features a metal chassis and slim design (6.9mm) and feels sturdy in hand (though not overly bulky). It’s still a large phone (comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in size), but Lenovo has done their best to reduce its overall footprint. At CES we saw several different casing options ranging from brushed aluminum to something more akin to diamond plate, but we only had a chance to see the more basic finish at MWC.
There currently are no plans to bring the K900 to the US market, which is a bit of a shame. Not many companies are doing much with Intel’s mobile SoCs and Android, and Lenovo has done a good job bringing the two together in their latest handset. The phone will go on sale in China this April.