The little computer running Android’s big-younger brother, Chrome OS
As Android users we’re already fully embracing the online future, our data ever present on all our connected devices. This extends to the Chrome browser as well, with bookmarks and web history shared across PC, laptop and smartphones if you have them set up properly.
The HP Chromebox, one from the most recent batch of Chromebox releases post this year’s I/O, uses the Chrome browser as a base to take this one step further by having your entire desktop on one of these interconnected devices with all your information instantly available. While it was a rocky start for ChromeOS and Chrome hardware, it has really matured over the past couple of years and the HP Chromebox includes some of the best lessons learned.
Firstly, the hardware design is very important for a Chromebox and HP get it spot on. It’s a small, light device that is perfectly portable for wherever you need to set up your office or workspace. Once there it supports the necessary standards for you to then actually work with it, such as the ubiquitous HDMI port and DisplayPort that hooks into TVs and most modern monitors, along with conveniently located USB ports on the front for your input devices.
Will you buy a Chromecast 2? Here are some of the things to expect from Google’s upcoming dongle.
Google’s intent on dominating your living room hasn’t stopped with the launch of either Android TV or the Nexus Player, instead comments from Google exec Mario Queiroz to GigaOm suggest the second version of the company’s Chromecast dongle could be with us sooner than we think.
Queiroz also revealed that users have tapped the cast button 650 million times and more than 6,000 developers are building more than 10,000 apps for the Google Cast ecosystem. While he confirmed Google is “building an ecosystem of different endpoints,” including “Chromecast devices,” Queiroz was tight lipped on further details. “I can say we really want to bring the richness of this first screen–second screen experience to life,” Queiroz told GigaOm. “The hardware capabilities will give us a better opportunity to take full advantage of a large screen paired with a small screen.”
So what are some of the features users can expect to find in the newest version? Here is a round up of rumours from the web that we think are highly likely.
HTC has colloborated with tattoo artists to create a unique prize for winners of the British urban music awards
HTC has colloborated with tattoo artists to create a unique prize for winners of the British urban music awards.
A vintage microphone with widespread wings have been emblazoned on the gunmetal grey back of a limited series of the HTC’s flagship phone, the HTC One (M8). The phones will be awarded to MOBO finalists awards, which takes place tomorrow night at the SSE Arena in London.
The design was created by a colloboration between top British tatooists Lal Hardy and Cally-Jo. Hardy has tattooed musicians including Liam Gallagher, Dave Grohl and MOBO-nominees Rudimental in his 40-years in the industry, and is owner of the world renowned New Wave Tattoo shop. Cally-Jo is an up-and-coming talent who is in such high demand mega-star Rhianna once flew the fine arts graduate to the Caribbean to ink the henna-style tattoo on her hand.
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player.
The Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has released yet, with a 5.9-inch screen making it a larger phablet than either the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3. A 2.7 HZ Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and choose between 32 or 64GB storage make the Nexus 6 a top device for enjoying media and games on the go. Built by Motorola, it looks like a super-sized Moto X (2014) with front-facing speakers and a metal flash ring surrounding the 13-megapixel rear camera and a dimpled Motorola logo on the back.
Amazingly, Google has said the new Turbo Charger for the Nexus 6 will give the phone up to six hours of use from just a 15 minute charge.
Find out if your device is eligible for Android 5.0 and what features you can expect from the biggest update ever
Find out if your device is eligible for Android 5.0 and what features you can expect from the biggest update ever.
After months of speculation since the Developer Preview was showcased at I/O in June, Google have announced Android 5.0 will be known as Lollipop and will be available to download as an over-the-air update this Friday – if you have the right device. Stock Android devices such as the Nexus 5, 7, and 10 will be able to get the new operating straight away, however other devices may be delayed while manufacturers and carriers check Android 5.0 for bugs.
Motorola have also confirmed that Lollipop will be available for both their first and second-gen Moto Xs and Moto Gs, as well as it’s budget £99 Moto E, this autumn.
The WEEE Directive is fighting back against so-called ‘e-waste,’ including old mobile phones
The WEEE Directive is fighting back against so-called ‘e-waste,’ including old mobile phones.
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The WEEE directive is European legislation which is designed to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic waste that reaches landfill. This is currently the fastest growing type of waste in Europe. It’s increasing at 3 times the speed of other waste. The average UK individual generates 3.3 tonnes of electrical waste during the course of their lifetime. In 2005, The Royal Society of Arts unveiled a 7 metre high sculpture using exactly this amount of waste electronics and called it “WEEE Man”.
WEEE and RoHS