Google can translate, but tact will still be on you
Do you run to your smartphone to translate phrases when faced with a language you don't speak? Is Google Translate part of your usual app arsenal? You might want to keep your ear to the ground then, as Google seems to be preparing a real-time translation device.
Shield console finally receives concrete launch date
After a final round of quality assurance (QA) testing revealed a mechanical issue in the Shield handheld gaming platform, Nvidia was forced to delay the official release for some time. Now, Android Central reports a finalized ship date of July 31st for the little handheld that could.
Nearly 900 million devices running Android 1.6 or later at risk
The Black Hat USA 2013 security conference does not get underway until July 27, 2013, but there is already plenty to look forward to, with the folks at Bluebox Security dropping a bombshell by claiming to have unearthed a yawning hole in Android’s security fabric and promising to shed some technical light on the vulnerability during the upcoming conference.
A cheap Android tablet from a name brand manufacturer
Asus just threw the gauntlet down by launching its low-price Memo Pad HD 7, a 7-inch Android tablet that's surprisingly feature-rich for the money. The MSRP is listed as $149, the same as the original Memo Pad 7, but this time around you get quite a bit more for the money, not the least of which is an upgrade from a 1GHz single-core chip to a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.
Typically you shop a sound bar to improve to your HDTV's audio without having to invest in a full fledged home theater setup, and Sceptre's SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer will certainly do that. However, it will also serve your ordinary TV a slice of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in effect turning it into a smart TV through plug and play technology without having to invest in a new television.
Serving as yet another sign that mobile platforms are here to stay, Futuremark announced that it plans to port its PCMark benchmark over to Android, iOS, and Windows RT. Like its Windows counterpart, the mobile version will feature benchmark tests based on real-world use scenarios, though they'll be geared toward activities that smartphone and tablet owners perform on a daily basis. It will also examine battery life.
Telling time is but one of many tricks Sony's SmartWatch 2 knows
Contrary to popular belief, there's still a market for wristwatches, though admittedly they're probably not nearly as common now that smartphones and features phones rule the day. Rather than compete with your smartphone for your time, Sony's new SmartWatch 2 works with your Android-powered device and acts as a second display. Of course, you can use it to simply keep track of time, but there's so much else it can do.
Hewlett-Packard seems to have a bit of a minor crush on Google as of late. The first evidence came when HP offered up its Pavilion Chromebook to the public, a 14-inch notebook running Google's Chrome OS. For what it's worth, HP is still the only OEM outside of Acer and Samsung to offer a Chromebook model, the other two of which were on the bandwagon since day 1. Perhaps looking to further test the waters outside of Windows, HP this week announced another Google-driven product, the HP Slate 21 All-In-One (AIO).
Today's smartphones are essentially mini PCs. They're fast, well equipped, and can handle all kinds of different tasks, from productivity chores to gaming and everything in between. Heck, you can even make a phone call on one if you really wanted to. Thanks to Logitech, you can also control your television with your iPhone or Android device, provided you drop on a C-note on the company's new Harmony Ultimate Hub.