Mobile Devices

Microsoft Presents Surface Book, More Win 10 Devices

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Microsoft takes on both the Apple MacBook Pro and iPad Pro as it launches its first laptop, the Surface Book, together with the updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, new Lumia smartphones and Band 2 wearable.

Surface Book Described by the company as nothing less than a "redefinition" of the laptop, the Surface Book features a 13.5-inch optically bonded 3000x2000 resolution display users can remove for use as a regular tablet. One can also simply bend the flexible hinge holding the display to the keyboard all the way back for more support.

It has both touch and pen input support, while the keyboard has a glass trackpad with 5-point touch input.

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LG Intros Call-Making Urbane 2nd Edition

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LG launches a sequel to the Urbane "luxury" smartwatch-- the Urbane 2nd Edition, a wearable the company describes as "the first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity."

Urbane 2ndThe watch supports 4G and 3G networks, allowing users to make calls from their wrists without need for pairing with smartphones over Bluetooth or wifi.

Specifications-wise the Urbane 2nd Edition features a 480x480 resolution circular P-OLED display with pixel density reaching 348ppi (the highest on the market, LG claims), a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage, 570mAh battery, heart rate tracking and stress level monitoring. Control comes through either touchscreen or 3 buttons on the right side allowing quick access to settings such as contacts, LG Health and apps lists.

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Google Updates Device Lineup

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Google announces annual device lineup updates-- the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P and 5-inch Nexus 5X smartphones, Microsoft Surface/iPad Pro rival Pixel C, a redesigned Chromecast HDMI dongle and, in new offerings, the Chromecast Audio wifi audio streamer.

Google devicesThe smartphone offerings have features new to the Nexus family, namely a Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. The bigger of the two, the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, is Huawei-made and is the first Nexus devices with an all-aluminium body and a 12.3MP camera with a sensor promising "massive 1.55µm pixels."

Further spec details include a 2560x1440 resolution AMOLED display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage, 8MP front-facing camera and 3450mAh battery.

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Adding Buttons to Touchscreens With GelTouch

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Researchers at the Technische Universität Berlin propose a means to add temporary tactile buttons to a touchscreens-- the GelTouch, a display with a layer of gel that hardens with the application of heat.

GelTouchGelTouch uses a heat-responsive hydrogel. The gel is fluid and transparent at room temperature, but turns stuff and opaque when heated above 32°C. A layer of conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) heats discrete areas of the display via electric current, turning the gel solid to create any number of button layouts.

A 7-inch prototype shows a grid of buttons, a slider and a 1-finger joystick buttons, all usable with applications such as a phone dialler and simple games. Buttons disappear once heat is removed.

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Omate Updates Call-Making Smartwatch

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Wearables maker Omate announces a pair of updates on the TrueSmart call-capable smartwatch-- the TrueSmart+ and TrueSmart-i, two Android-powered devices packing wifi, 2G and 3G connectivity.

Omate TrueSmartThe slightly bulky devices hide the antennas inside strengthened rubber straps. The more advanced TS+ carries a 1.54-inch 320x320 resolution display and has Android 5.5 as OS, while the Android 4.4-powered TSi has a 240x240 resolution display and a camera.

A micro-SIM card slot allows customers to live out the Dick Tracy dream of making phone calls from their wrists.

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