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.
Runs Intel’s new CloverTrail+ Z2580 32nm CPU at 2GHz
ZTE sends word of a newly-announced device at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China. The ZTE Geek (yes, that’s actually it’s name) packs the latest smartphone chip from Intel — the CloverTrail+-based Atom Z2580 at 2GHz — alongside Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device’s other specs are reasonably high-end, if not cutting-edge. It’s got 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 5-inch 720p display and an 8-megapixel rear camera.
With the latest Intel CPU and the latest version of Android (not to mention its unconventional name and IDF unveiling) it’s possible ZTE might be aiming this device at tech enthusiasts rather than average consumers. We’ll have to wait and see how the manufacturer markets the Geek in the months ahead.
The new handset follows on from ZTE’s previous collaboration with Intel, in the mid-range Grand X IN, released late last year. ZTE reps weren’t able to confirm whether the Geek will see release in the UK or anywhere else outside of China, nor was there any information on release timeframes or pricing.
Makes gaming on touch-screen devices much easier. Controls are similar to that of a PlayStation controller, so it’s easy to pick up and learn. Wireless.
Pricey. You can’t use the controller for full navigation; touch-screen menu selection is required for some games. Not compatible with all games. Button remapping requires a computer.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller aims to improve your touch-screen gaming experience, but it comes with some limitations and a too-high price.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller ($79.99 direct) is a Bluetooth-enabled, multi-platform gamepad that is compatible with Android and iOS tablets and phones, PCs, and Macs. It aims to make touch-screen gaming less frustrating and easier to control.
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!
A cursory look at the ZTE Grand S might leave you worrying that it will fetch quite the premium for that 5-inch screen, LTE and quad-core performance. Not so, according to mobile division lead He Shiyou. He estimates that the smartphone’s price in mainland China will hover between ¥3,000 to ¥3,500 ($481 to $561), depending on market conditions — a reasonable bargain for a high-end model expected to ship before the first quarter of the year is out. We’re just left wondering whether the value-minded pricing will hold if and when the Grand S goes on a world tour.
ZTE is continuing its long line of budget phones with a new entrant called the ZTE Blade C. The device, cheap enough to entice anyone looking for any ordinary smartphone, will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the first in the series to launch with the modern version of Android. It looks like the Blade C already exists in some form over in China, as the ZTE V889S is said to be nearly identical. That particular device costs just over $100 so we wouldn’t expect the Blade C to be much more than that.
The package you’re getting features a 4 inch WVGA display, MediaTek’s 1GHz dual-core MTK6577 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4GB of internal storage, a 1,600mAh battery and more. ZTE wasn’t shy in letting us know that this device is totally aimed at the entry-level range of the market, and it hopes the phone will sell like hotcakes to those not interested in spending multiple hundreds to have a capable smartphone.
For a budget phone the Blade C doesn’t look all that bad in form, but it will be the function that should determine its fate. We’ll have to see if a subpar MediaTek chipset and just 512MB of RAM is enough to keep Jelly Bean going smoothly, though we imagine Project Butter helps it out a ton. As you might expect we’re not exactly sure where this device is headed, but a European release of some sort is expected and it would be a miracle if we were to see it anywhere near North America.