Photokina 2014 highlights

Paul Ridden

The Fender Slide instrument interface for iOS, PC and Mac

Fender has joined the likes of IK Multimedia and Apogee in the iOS musical interface market with the release of the Slide. The guitar-making giant promises audiophile-pleasing sonic output, independent control over volume and mix and is bundling a complimentary version of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube effects and amp modeling suite and a full version of the Rock Prodigy learning app with the device.  Read More

Armin Oberhollenzer's Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike

Pedal-assist electric bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and are made from a range of materials including aluminum and steel. Armin Oberhollenzer's material of choice is carbon fiber and, though his Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike has been making appearances at bike shows throughout Europe since last year, it's now set to land on US soil.  Read More

One of four tactile demos on Fujitsu's prototype haptic sensory tablet

Many smartphone or tablet users will already be familiar with receiving vibration feedback when typing on a virtual keyboard, but, though better than nothing, it's not particularly convincing. There have been attempts to make sensory feedback from touchscreens more realistic using electrostatic force, for example, or even creating the sensation of physical buttons by pushing liquid into prearranged tactile pixels, but Fujitsu is claiming to break new ground with its prototype haptic sensory tablet.  Read More

The slim Gionee Elife S5.5 features an octa-core processor, Super AMOLED+ HD display and a...

Top 10 smartphone maker Gionee brought what's claimed to be the world's slimmest smartphone to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week. The 5.55 mm thin Elife S5.5 features a Full HD AMOLED display at 441 ppi, is powered by an octa-core processor and has a battery that's reported to last all day with heavy use.  Read More

Hauwei launches the MediaPad X1 phablet at MWC 2014

China's Huawei has launched a new 7-inch HD alternative to the still mighty Nexus 7 or Amazon's similarly-sized Kindle Fire HDX at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, but one with the added bonus of full mobile telephony capabilities. The flagship MediaPad X1 phablet packs high resolution cameras front and back, offers a choice of operating environments and promises a long battery life.  Read More

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is claimed the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet

Sony is claiming that the new Xperia Z2 Tablet launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week is the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof slate around. The new 10-inch flagship tablet also packs Qualcomm's speedy Snapdragon 801 chip, runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, and features image and audio enhancement technologies for, according to Sony, unbeatable viewing and best-ever sound.  Read More

SanDisk's new 128 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card SanDisk has chosen the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, to announce the world’s largest capacity microSD card, the waterproof 128 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card.  Read More

Lenovo's all-new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

The world's biggest expo for mobile tech, GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, has just opened its doors and Lenovo has honored the occasion with a new refined and enhanced version of last year's 10-inch Yoga tablet. The hold, tilt or stand Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ brings a much-improved high resolution display panel, a faster processor and more RAM, while still managing the same reported 18-hour per charge battery life.  Read More

LaCie's 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series externa...

Digital movies, music and multi-megapixel photos have an annoying way of eating into your once ample external storage. LaCie has responded to such storage woes by upping the top end of its d2 Thunderbolt Series single hard disk drive systems to 5 TB at 7200 RPM, and its 2big and 5big Thunderbolt RAID units to 10 and 25 TB respectively.  Read More

The Acoustic Stream 4-in-1 guitarist's companion

Mobile or gigging guitarists looking for a way to capture creative moments whenever and wherever they happen need only power up a smartphone and launch an audio recording app. Another app can use the phone's microphone to bring the instrument to tune. If they're wanting to remotely monitor the humidity and temperature of a much-loved guitar, however, the app store will likely come up blank. The Acoustic Stream wirelessly pairs with an iOS smart device running a companion app to help players quickly capture a killer riff or live stream to a mobile device or amplifier. It boasts built-in precision tuning capabilities, and sends out an alert when environmental changes threaten to damage a treasured instrument.  Read More

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