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Mobile Technology

The Supercomplication holds the record for the most complex pre-digital timepiece

It says something that a watch made in 1932 keeps breaking world records, and the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch did just that today as it was knocked down by Sotheby’s Geneva for a record-breaking CHF 23.2 million (US$24 million). The Supercomplication, which also holds the Guinness record for the most complicated handmade pre-digital timepiece, was purchased by an anonymous buyer after 15 minutes of competition between five bidders.  Read More

Microsoft's new smartphone is a budget device with familiar Lumia styling

Microsoft’s latest budget handset is the first Lumia device to drop the Nokia branding, while also carrying low-end specs and familiar looks. The Lumia 535 is one of the thinner budget smartphones we’ve seen and has a selfie-focused front-facing camera.  Read More

The Brigadier is dust and shock proof

Lately, smartphones are growing larger, lighter and thinner, making them increasingly frail to the point where we might have to worry about a $1,000 iPhone 6 Plus warping or bending in a back pocket. Amid this strange new status quo, the Kyocera Brigadier is the increasingly rare phone that need not be handled with care.  Read More

The Amp for iPad Air 2 & iPad Air, open for business

iPad cases are a dime a dozen these days. There’s not much distinguishing one from the other for the most part, which is to say most function just as a cover for your Apple tablet. One entity has turned to crowdfunding to try and bring some variety to the category, however, in the form of OIO's Amp iPad Air case – it does double duty as a portable Bluetooth speaker solution.  Read More

Gizmag compares the top tablets you can buy in the 2014 holiday season

Shopping for a new tablet this holiday season? Or maybe you're looking for the best tablet to give to a loved one? You've come to the right place: Gizmag's 2014 Tablet Comparison Guide.  Read More

The new Venue 11 Pro represents a modest, but tangible upgrade over its predecessor

Dell has refreshed its Venue 11 Pro 7000 series hybrid tablet, updating both its internals and its external design. Like its predecessor, the new machine has a lot in common with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, straddling the line between tablet and notebook.  Read More

Microsoft has introduced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone

Microsoft has refreshed its Office suite for iPad, while launching brand new apps for iPhone and Android tablets. The refresh brings some big changes to the service, with users no longer requiring an Office 365 subscription to edit and store documents.  Read More

Starwood hopes that the new check-in system will alleviate the stress associated with the ...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc has begun the process of implementing an innovative smartphone-based system that will allow customers to check-in and access their hotel room via an easy-to-use mobile application. It is hoped that the convenience of the SPG Keyless system will eventually do away with the hassle and tedium inextricably associated with the traditional hotel check-in desk.  Read More

Acer's Aspire Switch 12 is can be used as a tablet, notebook or all-in-one

Acer has produced a number of hybrid systems over the last year, but the Aspire 12 is one of its most versatile machines yet. The new system offers five different usage modes, including all-in-one functionality.  Read More

The supercapacitor-powered Hydrogen portable speaker from Blueshift recharges in five minu...

Rechargeable batteries are the Achilles heel of portable electronics, requiring hours to recharge and generally having a life of around 1,000 recharge/discharge cycles before charge capacity starts to fall noticeably. To avoid both these problems, Sam Beck from Portland, Oregon-based Blueshift has created portable Bluetooth speakers that can be charged within five minutes and boast rated lifetimes of 500,000 charges thanks to being powered by supercapacitors.  Read More

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