Friday, August 29, 2014

Plantronics Backbeat Pro Automatically Pause Your Music When You Remove The Headphones

You listen to music on headphones and you remove it, the music keeps playing. Sounds like a minuscule problem, but how nice it will be if a pair of cans is smart enough to pause when you remove it and resumes when you back it back on? If that sounds like music to your ears, then you are going to like the Plantronics BackBeat PRO Headphones.

Boasting 40mm drivers, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO promised to deliver Plantronics signature audio that enables you to hear the nuances of each instrument and voice. On top that, built-in sensors will detect when the headphones are removed and will automatically pause the music until you put them back on. In addition to that, it will whisper updates in 14 language options on the connection status, battery life, incoming calls and more while you are enjoying your favorite tunes so that you will always be in the know.

Other highlights include advanced Bluetooth technology that enables a wireless range of up to 330 feet (100 m) from the sources such as smartphone or tablet, ergonomic design and portability with fold-flat earcups, built-in dual mics on the headphones, a built-in rechargeable battery good for up to 24 hours of usage per charge, support multiple Bluetooth connectivity and finally, NFC-enabled for quick pairing with compatible Android devices.

Though primarily a wireless headphone, a 3.5mm cable is included for continue usage of the headphones in the event that the battery conks out. And oh, did we mention that it is also an active noise-cancellation headphone and the battery can stay on standby for up to 21 days, or up to 6 months in DeepSleep hibernation? Yes. It can.

the Plantronics BackBeat PRO Headphones is available now for $249.99 a pair.

Samsung Debuts Gear S Smartwatch With 3G

Just months after the announcement of the Gear Fit and Gear 2 smartwatch, Samsung is back with another smartwatch and this time, the Gear S as it is called, sports a 2-inch curved super AMOLED display and like the Gear 2, the Gear S also runs on Tizen OS. The Gear S is designed to work as a standalone alone device and thus, it is equipped with 3G radios in addition to the usual Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, allowing you to receive notifications from social networks, calendars and applications even without your phone.

As expected you will be able to reply to text using the onscreen keyboard (a pretty painful process, I would imagine), or utilized enhanced S voice functionality to get the job done. With the Gear S, you can even make and take calls directly from the wrist, just like dear Dick Tracy. Calls from your smartphone can also be forwarded to Gear S so that you won’t miss out on anything, even your creditors. You will have the flexibility to switch between 3G and Bluetooth connections, and automatically syncs information when paired to your smartphone. The Gear S smartwatch is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and it is has 4GB onboard storage, a 300 mAh battery, and is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance.

Other features include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation provided by HERE, a 24-hour news service from The Financial Times, advanced-reading technology powered by Spritz, enhanced multi-sensors for fitness tracker functionality, built-in GPS, supports S Health features, and is fully compatible with apps such as Nike+ Running without the need for your smartphone to be present.

Also announced is Gear Circle, which is essentially a pair of wireless earbuds that when paired with a smartphone, allows you to take calls, listen to music and execute voice commands. Both Samsung Gear S and Gear Circle will be available in global markets in phases through Samsung’s retail channels, online stores and also via telco starting October 2014.

GoPro Goes To The Dogs With A New Camera Mount

You have had fun time with your GoPro, now GoPro wants your dogs to do it too. Meet GoPro Fetch, the first pet accessory from the action cam maker that lets your dogs don a GoPro camera or two, to capture the world from your dogs’ point of view.

This special harness features two mount locations for the GoPro Hero cameras: one on the back for over-the-head shots and one on the chest for a field of view closer to your dogs’ action. You can choose to mount on either mount, or better still, mount two cameras to get both perspectives simultaneously. The harness is fully adjustable to ensure you get the perfect fit on the dog and is designed to fit canines of varying sizes ranging from 15 lbs (7 kg), all the way up to 120 lbs (54 kg).

The harness is made of soft, non-abrasive material and padded at all adjustment points for a comfortable wear. Well, about that… I guess we will never know right? But as long Fido is having fun, it probably means he is alright with his new wearable tech.

Fetch is water-friendly and can easily hand- or machine washed to keep it clean. the package includes a Fetch dog harness, the necessary mounting hardware and a camera tether is also included as an added security to ensure the camera won’t fall off in case your canine gets a little too rowdy with his mates. just a word of warning though, not everyone’s fond of dog’s point of view cos’ it can get pretty dizzying at times, depending on how ‘active’ your dogs are. If you are all up for it, you can acquire yours from GoPro web store for $59.99 a pop. Keep going for a product video.

Get one from here and have fun with your Fluffy Friend!

Casio Exilim Ex-Fr10 Wearable Action Camera - Take Selfie Easier

Another good news for the selfie fanatics. Casio newest digital imager, the Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 Freestyle Digital Camera, is here to further fuel the unstoppable selfie phenomena and it does not involves swiveling camera lens. Casio has taken the selfie shoot to a whole new level by enabling the EX-FR10 to be split up into two modules: the main camera unit with the lens, sensor and all the working needed for imaging, and a LCD-equipped controller. the two can work as one as a regular camera, but at a press of a button, both modules can be split apart and maintains communication viaBluetooth LE, thus allowing you to place the camera unit at a suitable position or simply holding it and trigger the shutter button for a selfie or group shot.

It also has a more conventional way of taking selfie too. With both modules docked together, you can simply flip the camera lens and the LCD to the same direction and capture the image like you have always done. Finally, it can also be use like a traditional camera with the LCD facing you and the lens towards the subject. Though not explicitly refer to as a ruggedized imaging device, the camera is dust-proof, splash-proof and can withstand a drop of up two meters high. The toughen feature could come in handy as you never know what will happen during a selfie shoot. Additionally, it comes standard with an assortment of accessories to widen its use in a myriad of situations, including using it as an action cam or even as a life-logging device when worn over the neck with a neck strap.

The EXILIM EX-FR10 also boasts built-in WiFi for connecting to your smartphone or tablet to enable instant sharing of your photos. Under the hood, it has a 14MP 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor, capable of Full HD video recording, albeit limited to 4GB per file and it has SD card for storage to supplement its meager onboard 65.9MB flash storage (which you probably won’t use anyway).

The specs looks decent, not mind-blowing and so we are obliged to classify this as a novelty camera that’s geared towards selfie enthusiasts. the Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 Freestyle Digital Camera is set to go on sale starting sometime in September for 50,000 Yen (around US$480) and it is destined to hit Singapore retailers for 699 Singapore Dollars. So selfie nuts, so take note.

Sony’s Cyber-Shot Dsc-Kw11 Is The Digital Camera For Selfie

At a glance, you probably won’t know the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 here is a digital camera. Looking more like a perfume bottle than a digital camera, the DSC-KW11 is designed with fashionistas in mind and with only one goal: be part of your fashion, instead of being just a piece of gadget, and what does fashion-conscious folks like to do? Selfie and sharing, and hence, this is what it is built for. It boasts a 19.2-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor, matched to an f2 aperture lens to ensure you will have a picture perfect shot regardless of the lighting conditions. The lens is fitted to a 180-degree swivel and according to Sony; its 21mm wide angle lens will lend you the “illusion of a slender body and a slimmer face” without the need to photoshop the image.

The same powerful lens can be rotated around for selfie shot, while the high-contrast 3.3-inch OLED monitor lets your frame the shot just the way you wanted. But you don’t need to stop there. The Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 also offers a multitude of photo tweaks that can be applied before and after taking the photo to achieve the desired look. Want a flawless skin? No problem, just apply Skin Toning and Skin Smoothing effects and tweak them to achieve the look you fantasize. Want larger eyes like anime characters or perhaps a slimmer face? Sure can do. Just use the Eye Widening or Face Slimming effect to make that dream look a reality, well, on photo that is. There is also less deceptive effect, the Shine Removal, for those times when you need to get rid of unnecessary shine.

Talk about faking one’s look. in our humble opinion, the DSC-KW11 is like a camera that does virtual plastic surgery and that said, with this camera hitting the market, dudes have every right to suspect the ‘authenticity’ of the look their lady friends next time they see them posted on their social media sites. i mean, with ‘photoshopping’ made so easy and convenient, everyone and anyone can do it right on the camera, which will make you shun the age-old saying of ‘seeing is believing’. Anyways, enough of the rant.

On the user-friendliness aspect, it is enhanced by a Flick Touch Shutter function that lets you set up self-timer by simply flicking through the settings like delay timing and number of images. No buttons or dial to mess with.

Additionally, NFC and WiFi comes as standard, enabling one-touch connection with compatible smartphone or tablet for sharing on social media sites and even remote control the camera with your smart device. Finally, wrapping up this whole made-for-fashionista package is a thoughtful touch of Swarovski elements for the added bling and a compact size that fits right in your hands or slips right into your purse. And oh, it even has an attachable ring stand that allows it to stand freely at a tilt or hung on a wall for hands-free selfie shooting.

With the DSC-KW11, Sony has seriously gone all the way out to ensure the selfie obsessed fashionistas’ needs are covered, but how well this group of users will response to it remains to be seen.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 Digital Camera will be available in four silky pearl colorways, namely white, pink, green and violet, and is slated to hit the stores in select Asia Pacific countries starting October 2014. 

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