The launch of the HTC One (M9) heralded a leap forward for the Taiwanese company, but it is the news that they are making a dual attack on the increasingly popular fitness tracker and virtual reality worlds that has caught the industry’s interest.
HTC has partnered with gaming company Valve to create a virtual reality gaming headset called Vive. This headset will contain a 360-degree room tracking and refresh at a rate of 90 frames per second, meaning you shouldn’t feel disconcerted by lag when moving your head.
The headset will work with two HTC controllers that transform into a number of objects, such as remote controls or weapons in games. As HTC is in partnership with Valve, owners of gaming platform Steam and one of the world’s leading developers and publishers, the range of games should be excellent and varied. The developer edition is due to launch in the spring and HTC says that there will be a consumer version available before the end of 2015, bringing the world of virtual reality gaming to the masses.
HTC’s other big launch is the Grip fitness tracker. This thin, waterproof wristband has been developed in partnership with American fitness clothing giant Under Armour and will provide huge amounts of vital feedback and data to both professional athletes and casual gym-goers alike.
Following revelations of fraud suffered by Apple Pay users, Samsung fans are hoping that Samsung Pay is more secure.
A Wall Street Journal article has revealed that around six per cent of Apple Pay transactions are fraudulent, way above normal plastic payments where fraud accounts for just 0.1 per cent of transactions.
Despite a raft of security measures in place, criminals are successfully targeting the Apple Pay system of adding credit cards to a phone. It appears that some banks are asking for the last four digits of a user’s Social Security number as an extra security feature, which is something that can easily be stolen as part of identity fraud. This is enabling criminals to register cards to their own phones, which they can then use to buy items at over 200,000 locations in the USA.
This news has broken just two days after Samsung announced their own Samsung Pay service, expected to launch in the USA and South Korea in the summer. Android users will be hoping that this security lapse will not be a problem in their Samsung S6 and S6 edges as that figure of six per cent is rather alarming.
The LG G3 shared the prize for best smartphone with the iPhone 6 at the GSMA awards in Barcelona.
The Global Mobile Awards show has agreed with Android magazine and made the LG G3 its Smartphone of the Year, but it had to share its title with the iPhone 6.
LG’s flagship device wowed the judges thanks to its ‘affordable excellence’ and ‘edge-to-edge screen’, resulting in an impressive joint first, considering the fact it was up against a number of phones that had been released long after it.
The Motorola Moto E took the award for best budget phone and the company came out on top in the wearable tech section for the Moto 360. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was given the title of Best Mobile Tablet, thanks to its ‘carefully engineered design’.
IKEA is to make a furniture line that is able to wirelessly charge your smartphone.
Wireless charging is very much a headline issue at the moment with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the latest to offer cable-free charging.
With this in mind, Swedish furniture giant IKEA has said that it is planning on launching a range of tables, desks and other furniture that can wirelessly charge your phone using Qi technology.
This uses inductive coils to create an electromagnetic field, which can charge your phone once you place it on a cradle, providing it is compatible with the Qi technology.
All-star line up including Samsung, Microsoft, Misfit and Jawbone announced for this year’s event
Excited by Android Wear? Wish Google Glass was still with us? Then you may want to check out The Wearable Technology Show from 10-11 March in London.
The two-day expo, organised by Evolve Media Group, will feature over 100 companies both big and small that are innovating how we use tech. This will include Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, fitness band experts Jawbone and Misfit, as well as to start-ups Ambiotex, MyBrain, Nuvo and Made with Glove, funding supremo IndieGoGo, and students from the University of London.
You will be able to see get in on the ground floor of the next big thing in wearables, with a mixture of prototypes and products launches at the event, covering all sorts of fields, including sports and fitness, healthcare, lifestyle and even apps.
Read and respond to instant messages in your browser with WhatsApp Web
In January there were over 700 million WhatsApp users worldwide. For those of you not among those instant messaging masses, WhatsApp is a service much like text messaging, where you can send and receive messages between individuals or groups using 3G or wi-fi rather than a phone signal.
Previously just a mobile app, WhatsApp have just rolled out a new feature called WhatsApp Web so you can also sent and recieve messages in your desktop Chrome browser as well as on your phone. It has also just been expanded to work with Opera and Firefox browsers as well.
This is a handy feature if you want a long conversation and your phone’s minature keyboard isn’t up to the task. However, the web service isn’t entirely standalone and still requires you to login using the mobile app, so keep your phone handy for this tutorial.