Archos' new PMP range has been long anticipated, and the first hands-on reports are already coming in. GenerationMP3 spent some time with both the 4.8-inch Archos 5 and the 7-inch Archos 7, and despite the casings being real fingerprint magnets they've come away impressed. Archos have apparently switched the audio processing chip and are claiming far better sound quality; they've also included both the Flash-compatible Opera browser and the WebTV & Radio plugin, which on previous models were paid options.
So check out this safe that stores your valuable stuff under fingerprint scanner (not quite as catchy as lock and key). It’s apparently so secure that its endorsed by the NRA for use with firearms.
If, like me, you dread deleting the cookies in your browser because you've forgotten most of the usernames and passwords to regularly-visited sites, then a simple fingerprint scanner might be a good option. Yes, a mixture of Hollywood scaremongering and honest security concerns have seen us nervous of people either cutting off our digits or copying them with Jell-O, but for general avoidance of login screens there's little denying the convenience of biometrics. Todd Haselton over at Ars Technica gathered up four and tried to fool them with Vista, Firefox and Silly Putty.
This new phone from Willcom is the WX321J, which features a unique fingerprint scanner. Unlike other scanners where the input must be directly contacted thus being susceptible to interference such as moisture, this scanner uses radio waves for authentication.
But other than the fingerprint scanner, the specs are pretty average, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.4-inch display, 2MB internal memory, and Micro SD slot for up to 1GB expansion. The phone will be available this February only in Japan.
Willcom WX321J with fingerprint scanner [Via: NewLaunches]
A OnePlus smartphone has appeared at the FCC in a couple of testing photos that suggest the company is headed for the low end. This device looks like a combination of an iPhone 5c and an iPhone 6, working with a curved-edge black back, single-LED flash below upper left-hand corner camera (vertically), and a logo just above the center. Up front you'll find a display with black bezel above and below, and at the bottom you'll find two black lines, two sets of speaker grills, and a central USB port.
Acer has some pretty nifty laptops, but it doesn't concentrate only on the higher end of the spectrum. The maker has a lineup of Windows 10 Cloudbooks that give consumers an inexpensive way to get their hands on the latest Windows operating system. We reviewed the laptop in full yesterday, and as always, we're back with a handful of key details you should know if you're considering the laptop.
A keyboard with a set of bright, blinking green lights on it isn't generally the first thing you think of when you think top-quality hardware. With Razer and the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 edition keyboard, you get the unlikely combination of high-end pro-gamer ready hardware and bright, flashy, blinky green lights - in programmable combinations of blinks, no less. For those of you that own the 2014 edition of this keyboard and wouldn't try any other keyboard ever again - now's the time to trade up.
Not everyone needs or wants a powerful laptop. For many, a low cost and light design are miles ahead on their list of priorities over small boosts in performance -- if the laptop can surf the web, watch videos, and download music, what's there to complain about? Still, low cost notebooks aren't that easy to come by. Netbooks went away as fast as they arrived, and though there are many budget machines out there, many run Chrome OS. Enter Acer's new Aspire One Cloudbook.
Playing Thunderstruck by AC/DC, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 4. This device works with a hybrid cooling system, a 12.3-inch display, and a fingerprint sensor. Microsoft suggested this morning that the device works with 1024 levels of pressure for the Surface's stylus, and that the device's keyboards have "better spacing." The cover - the keyboard cover, the non-keyboard cover - is also thinner. At 8.4mm thin, this is what Microsoft's Panos Panay suggests is the "thinnest most powerful Surface yet." With an Intel 6th Gen processor inside, we're inclined to agree.
OnePlus has another smartphone slated before the year ends, that much is known. What form it will take or what purpose it will serve, however, has yet to be revealed. If leaks and rumors are to be taken at face value, this 3rd OnePlus smartphone would take the spot of a mid-tier offering. But don't let that label fool you. Based on this latest bit of info, the OnePlus mini, some call it the OnePlus X, possesses some features that, at least for some fans, should have been in the OnePlus 2 in the first place.
If you listen to the cynics, the "s" in Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stands for "same-old". The tick-tock upgrade cycle of the best-selling smartphone has led many to expect revolution one year and then mere evolution the next. Turns out, though, Darwin himself would be impressed by what Apple has achieved with its flagship iPhones in 2015.