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MSI GT80 Titan: Erstes Gaming-Notebook mit mechanischer Tastatur
Das GT80 Titan ist ein Desktop-Replacement mit zwei Grafikeinheiten und Haswell-Prozessor. Zudem verbaut MSI in dem Gaming-Notebook eine mechanische Tastatur mit Cherrys braunen MX-Switches. (Eingabegerät, Notebook)

Galaxy A3 und A5: Samsungs dünne Smartphones im Metallkleid
Samsung hat die neuen Android-Smartphones Galaxy A3 und A5 vorgestellt. Auffälliges Merkmal ist das dünne Unibody-Gehäuse aus Metall. Der Käufer hat die Wahl zwischen einem 4,5- und 5-Zoll-Modell. (Smartphone, Samsung)

Android-Smartphone: Huaweis Ascend Mate 7 für 500 Euro zu haben
Huawei beginnt mit dem Verkauf des Ascend Mate 7. Das Top-Smartphone hat ein großes Full-HD-Display, einen schnellen Octa-Core-Prozessor, einen vielseitigen Fingerabdrucksensor und eine lange Akkulaufzeit. (Smartphone, Huawei)

A Prevention of Selective Jamming Attacks by Using Packet - Hiding Methods
Wireless networks rely on the uninterrupted availability of the wireless medium to interconnect with participating nodes in ad hoc networks. This open nature of the wireless medium...
Got a shop? Want to sell easier? Try Shopify.

Point of sale systems (POS) have come a long way from the big, heavy cash registers that businesses used to have. Many businesses are jumping for the mobile systems nowadays and you’ll all probably be familiar with the mobile card payment machines. If your own a business then these machines are now almost expected in some places. Imagine being asked to walk over to a checkout in a restaurant to pay. It’s not something that happens often now. However, all of these payment systems come at a cost.
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We’ve spoken about smartphone and tablet systems before, and I think it’s a very interesting area. Already we’re seeing restaurants and stores using iPads and other tablets to book tables or check stock, so why not use the tech you already have to take that much needed cash from your customers? Keeping the cost down is key, but also getting a good solution that actually works is pretty important too. The likes of Shopify have some interesting and budget-friendly solutions which should tick all the boxes. If you’re in the US they can sell you a system for $649 which includes a proper 16″ cash drawer for stashing the cash, a wireless receipt printer, a retail card reader and an iPad stand. Slap that card reader into the bottom of your iPad (through the lightning connector) and you can instantly take credit and debit card payments. They also sell bar-code readers and different packages which will let you sell gift cards and add discount codes. The full professional solution.

The iPad is, as you all know anyway, pretty easy to use. As even children can use it there’s no training required and you can use your iPad to pick or scan the products your customers want. It’ll then calculate and tax and it’ll also synchronise the inventory with your online store if you have one. The app will also let you calculate refunds, check the daily orders, see your cash float, daily totals and you can setup separate staff accounts too.

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Meanwhile, if your store is purely internet based then you’re probably already seeing a lot of traffic from mobile devices. Mobile payments are also on the rise, and although some are still delaying the full purchase until they’re at home or in front of a tablet / laptop, innovations like NFC payments are making people more comfortable with paying for things by using their mobile. The younger generation is also quick to embrace mobile devices and are now more comfortable paying on the move, despite all the recent scare stories about security etc. Apple, as covered earlier this week, are already ruffling feathers with their Apple Pay solution, so like it or not – shopping with a mobile device and then actually paying for an item without even getting your credit or debit card out is going to be our future.
Your mobile will become even further entwined into your daily life than it already is.

Got a shop? Want to sell easier? Try Shopify. is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact unboxing and initial impressions

It is here. The day I’ve been waiting for. My newly acquired Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has arrived.

Although I had to wait a little longer than I would’ve liked (due to issues with the shipping companies), it’s here now. So, let’s find out if it was worth the wait.

Here we have the 32GB model, which came from Sony UK. It is selling for £379 but Sony are offering £30 off that price at the moment.

Let’s start with an unboxing video..

As you see in the video above, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a neat little device that weighs next to nothing. This alone is a very impressive feat when compared with the likes of the Lenovo Tab S8 (I will be referencing this as a competition device a lot). In fact, here is a picture of them both side by side..

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You’ll see that there really isn’t a huge difference apart from the Z3TC (as I’ll call it for ease) being noticeably skinnier at 6.4mm instead of 7.9mm. Here is a breakdown comparing the tablets to each other.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

  • Display: 8.0 inch
  • IPS LCD,1200 x 1920 pixels, 283 ppi, Scratch resistant tempered glass
  • Processor: Snapdragon 801 CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz
  • Internal Memory: 16/32 GB (I bought the 32gb), Micro SD up to 128 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • 3D stereo sound, High Res audio, S-Force Surround
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4500 mAh
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
  • Front Camera: 2.2 MP, 1080p
  • Android 4.4.4.WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dimensions: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm
  • Weight:270g.

Lenovo S8 Tab

  • Display: 8.0 inch
  • IPS LCD,1200 x 1920 pixels, 283 ppi.
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3745 CPU Quad-core 1.86 GHz
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB.RAM: 2 GB.Micro SD up to 32 GB
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4290 mAh
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 1.6 MP, 720p
  • Android 4.4.2.WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.9 mm (8.26 x 4.87 x 0.31 in).Weight:299g.

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Having owned several of the Xperia devices in the past 4 years I have become very familiar with the Sony UI and its customisation. However, this time around I have to say that initially I didn’t like the high DPI being used. It’s forgivable on a phone as it makes the whole device easier to use but the same cannot be said on the Z3TC as it makes it feel “toy like” and it really minimises the amount of useable space on the screen. Particularly when using the device in landscape for things like web browsing. I would love to see Sony add an option to make this adjustable for the user without the need to root the device.

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The screen is as usual superb and what I have come to expect from Sony. This is perhaps one area where the Sony can justify the difference in price between the S8 and itself.
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Another area is the connectivity options. As you will have seen above the Z3TC has a larger capacity for expanding the memory. It also supports NFC for file transfers and contactless payment, if it ever really takes off in the UK.

Overall I am impressed with the device and I am glad I waited but is it worth the premium you pay over the S8? This is not something that I can answer right now as I have to really spend some time with both devices until I can draw my conclusions. In the mean time here are some comparison shots

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The Style cover
As an aside, the eagle eyed reader will have seen that I also unboxed the Style cover for the Z3TC. This came as part of the pre-order package deal. It is a fairly nice cover and it is a very tight fit. It covers all the bits it needs to and alleviates any concerns with carrying the Z3TC around day to day. The stand feature is a good way of propping the machine up for viewing content but it is not really suitable for use when typing.

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I have a Bluetooth keyboard case that I will be testing with the devices. This may improve the productivity, however I wish Sony had thought about this and provided a Surface-style docking keyboard as an option.

Keep it here for the Lenovo S8 Tab  and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review over the next few days.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact unboxing and initial impressions is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Podcast 115 – including the man on the street

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Welcome to episode 115 of our little podcast. Where we chat about what we’ve up to in the week, what we’ve bought and our thoughts on the latest news. Joining me this week were Dan and Matteo. Matteo was our special guest this week and he was literally the man on the street.
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This weeks topics included Dan and his trip to see HTC, Matteo standing on the streets of London to participate in the podcast, DroidCon in London, me and my Moto X, Oppo announcing two new phones, the LG G Watch R, the upcoming Nexus devices, a few random kilt questions and some other stuff dotted in amongst that.

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  • Use the Play or Download links at the top of this article.

Podcast 115 – including the man on the street is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Google Cardboard review

After almost a month, my Google Cardboard has turned up. This self-assembled version was ordered some time ago from dx.com and cost just over £2 in the end. Oh yes. I’m reviewing some cardboard construction that costs less than a pint of beer. I think I’ve made it now. This is the high life. This is the pinnacle of my blogging career baby.

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It arrived in a bag and without any instructions. This was a bit of a problem as the cardboard pieces were separate and I couldn’t quite fathom how it all pieced together. Luckily, with the help of some random YouTube videos which showed a slightly different version, I managed to get the thing constructed.
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It needed a bit of sticky-tape to keep together and the version I have here has Velcro to keep the front flap (which holds the phone in). The two plastic lens pieces slot into the cardboard, although they do have a tendency to slide around a bit so I ended up sticking them in place with a bit more sticky-tape.

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On the side there’s a magnet which helps you interact with your phone. Push it down and it’ll effect the magnet on the inside of the cardboard and will change certain aspects of the phone. This bit is quite clever and still lovably low-tech.

After you’ve constructed the Cardboard you’ll need to download the Google Cardboad app. It has a range of fun and interesting experiences, including a Google Streetview experience, animated 3D cartoons, Google Earth, YouTube and more.

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It’s at this point that you start to forgive the cheap and somewhat crude “glasses” that you’re holding up to your head. Sure, there’s no real focus and things might not gel together perfectly on the menu screen, but the whole experience is really fun. I can see what they’re trying to achieve with this, even if some phones don’t quite fit right and you need to repair it with more tape every now and then. The possibilities, using your own phone, are quite spectacular. Imagine getting a “virtual” tour around a home you’re looking to buy. Instead of travelling hundreds of miles, you may find that a clever estate agent turns up with his phone and a bit of cardboard so that you can have a virtual 3D journey around a prospective home in a new town.

Overall, I liked this quite a bit. Considering the bargain-basement price and the fun you can have, plus little touches like going back to the menu simply by tilting the phone, it’s all good. The YouTube experience was one of my favourites. You initially start looking at a cinema screen and, if you look up, down, left or right, you can see other YouTube videos which you simply select by looking in that general direction and flicking your magnet. It seemed really “natural” in a way and again, quite enjoyable.

Here’s a look at the interface, but you can download the app here and try it out yourself. Sure, it’s all a bit of a plaything at the moment for most people, and your phone might not quite fit properly, but it is quite a laugh.

I yet again call it the “Chrome” here. Sorry. This was all filmed before I had a coffee.

Just to confirm, the one I have here is available extremely cheaply from dx.com, provided you don’t mind the short wait to get it (OK, long wait)..

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Google Cardboard review is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Samsung down. Windows Phone down. Latest figures are a little uncomfortable

This last quarter –  Q3 – has seen the operating profits at Samsung Electronics hit $3.8 billion. Whilst that may sound like a high number it’s a 60% year-on-year drop and their Mobile division have seen a huge 73.9% drop in profits.

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Revenue from their mobile devices has gone down 39% according to the figures released by the company, who explain this is as so…

Despite slight growth in shipments, earnings declined QoQ as ASP decreased due to weak smartphone product mix and sales decrease put pressure on the cost structure.

Well priced competing handsets from other manufacturers are putting a big squeeze on Samsung and, although they’re expecting to see better numbers during the festive season, it’s more than a little worrying for the company.

Meanwhile, according to figures released by Kantar World Panel (and I’ll leave it up to you to decide how seriously you take their stats), the Windows Phone (or Windows phone OS, whatever it’s now called) has seen its market share (which was already fairly slim) shrink everywhere except Italy and Japan.

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Again, increased competition is having an effect and these figures, from the summer, show that US market share has dropped from 4.7% in August to 4.3% in September. It was 4.6% in September 2013.

Here in Europe it was maintaining a 9.5% market share, but is now on 9.2%.

Sales of the newer Lumia 735, 830 handsetsetc are not included here so these figures will probably change – hopefully for the better – in the next report. It also remains to be seen how the dropping of the Nokia name will alter sales.

Samsung down. Windows Phone down. Latest figures are a little uncomfortable is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

A smart home hub with a twist

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Being friendly goes a long way with me. There’s a lady called Justine Mrsich. She works for Lages & Associates and she emailed to tell us about this thing, the new link-U Hybrid Connection SmartCam. It’s one of those IndieGoGo campaigns, so initially I didn’t look at the email too much (as we get a lot of IndieGoGo / Kickstarter campaigns here at Coolsmartphone). Anyhow. Justine was nice. Friendly. Helpful. Courteous.

With me that goes a long way, so here’s your story Justine.

The Hybrid SmartCam isn’t just a home monitoring camera that you view through your smartphone, it can also connect to smart home devices too. This works using low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 and a main hub, featuring an 8-hour backup battery, does the connecting. Here’s a quick video showing you a bit more about it..

You can pre-order it now and it’ll connect via either 3G / 4G or your home network. It’ll monitor those smart devices such as window intrusion alarms, fire detectors, remote locks, carbon monoxide sensors and so on. All these things use Bluetooth LE to connect so you could, in theory, do tricks like unlocking your own front door from your smartphone, even if you’re no-where near your home. Pretty cool.

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Available to pre-order for $149, head to their web page for further details.

A smart home hub with a twist is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

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