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Huh? Mini phone attaches to the phone you already have

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One company thinks you need a small phone that hitches a ride on your larger phone — and the idea actually might not be as crazy as it sounds.

Do you find yourself reaching for your smartphone mostly to look stuff up on Google, watch videos, snap pictures and play games? If so, it seems you might have lost sight of the original purpose of the device — it’s a phone! If this sounds like you, Taiwanese company WiMe has one solution: a tiny phone that attaches to your main phone via a protective case. It’s called (logically enough) Talkase.

That’s right, it’s a phone that rides on your, um, phone.

Why on Earth would someone want or need this? That’s certainly the question I asked when I got an email about the gadget. But after watching the below video about the device, which is currently part ofa Kickstarter campaign seeking to raise $60,000, things became a little more clear (although who knows what the guy is carrying around about 35 seconds in).

First, a bit about the Talkase. It’s a super-small cell phone that looks like a pocket calculator (and can also act as one) and snaps into a range of cases made for the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus. You can connect the little phone to your bigger phone via Bluetooth and it will automatically send and receive calls through the main phone. Or, you can insert a micro-SIM card into the small phone and it will act as a fully functional GSM phone all on its own. While the cases are only for iPhones, the mini phone itself can tether to any Bluetooth-enabled phone and work just as well.

So back to that question: A phone for your phone? Really?

Well, it kind of does seem like overkill, but as an owner of a Galaxy Note 3 myself, I do find that the limits of my dexterity are tested every time I try to get my ringing phone out of my front pocket while driving (or getting buzzed in a boring meeting). If I had the Talkase, I could have my mini phone conveniently slipped into my shirt pocket to more easily answer calls. It’s only 5.5 mm thick (about .2 inches) and it’s about the length and width of a credit card, so it’s super easy to carry around.

Another benefit of the tiny phone is that after it’s juiced up using its own little charger, it can hold that charge for quite awhile — the makers claim it’ll run for 100 hours of standby and 2.5 hours of talk time. So if you’re going to be away from power outlets for a while and only need a phone with you — and not the portable computer most of our phones have become — you’d be all set with this little guy once you swapped in your SIM card from your main phone. The same holds true in the event your main phone runs out of power and you need to make a call.

Finally, the last reason to grab one of these might simply be the cost. Right now you can get the phone and the case for just $25 (about £15.50, AU$28) — and that’ll go up to $49 (about £30, AU$55) through stepped increments as the campaign goes on. And that certainly seems worth it for the fact alone that once you start wielding this thing in public, you’re bound to be asked, “Excuse me, is that a phone attached to your phone?”

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Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percent

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The company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.

Mobile-telecommunications company Huawei saw smartphone shipments jump considerably in the last quarter.

Huawei’s worldwide smartphone shipments rose 26 percent year-over-year in the third quarter to land at 16.8 million units, the company confirmedto Reuters on Thursday. Huawei says that roughly 4 million of those smartphones were mid- to high-end models — double what the company shipped in that area during the same period last year.

Huawei has made great strides in building higher-end smartphones. The company offers the Ascend Mate 7, a device featuring a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, octa-core processor and fingerprint scanner all in a metal body. Earlier this month, CNET’s editors gave the device a score of “very good,” saying that it’s “a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go.”

Also last month, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P7, another high-end handset. That device comes with a 5-inch sapphire screen and ceramic back, so it’s more resistant to scratches.

Even with Huawei’s success to this point, the company has failed to break in to the biggest smartphone market: the US. Though consumers can pick up the company’s products in the US, few have. The vast majority of Huawei’s sales are in other major markets, like its home country of China. The company is also seeing growth in other foreign markets.

Looking ahead, Huawei says the good times should keep rolling. The company told Reuters that in the fourth quarter, shipments will be up 80 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Olloclip Debuts New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Popular photography accessory maker Olloclip today unveiled an all new 4-in-1 photo lens designed for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely revamped for Apple’s iPhone 6 devices and has gained several new features.

For the first time, the Olloclip lens is designed to work with both the front and rear-facing cameras, letting users take both traditional photos and selfies with the four lenses. Like previous Olloclip accessories, the newest version includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x macro lenses.

Both the fisheye and the wide-angle lenses provide a wider field of view for iPhone photos, while the two macro lenses are designed for ultra close-up photos.

A single 4-in-1 Photo Lens is able to fit both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and its new customizable pendant design allows it to be clipped to a backpack, lanyard, key ring, and more for easy access.

For enhanced portability, this new photo lens is now wearable through an included customizable pendant (package includes three colored pendants) and can be clipped to a backpack, lanyard, key ring or just about anything. Easily accessible, your olloclip is always ready when that incredible photographic moment arises.

Olloclip’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lens will be available beginning in late November, but it can be preordered today from the company’s website for $79.99.

Galaxy Note 4: Best Big-Screen Phone, Says Samsung; Analysts Believe Note 4 Unlikely To Beat iPhone 6 Plus

 

Samsung released a new promotional advertisement on YouTube recently showcasing the killer Galaxy Note 4 phablet’s features including the Quad HD display, improved and intelligent S Pen stylus, multitasking and better cameras, to name a few. At the end of the commercial, Samsung cheekily boasts the Galaxy Note 4 phablet is the best big-screen phone.

As with umpteen reviews, the Galaxy Note 4 has been praised for its humongous display complemented by Super AMOLED technology. Nevertheless, is Note 4 the epic large-screen phablet ever? The criteria for accrediting a smartphone as the best might vary for different sets of people. Some might find iOS-powered phones or even Windows Phone-based handsets better than the Android counterparts, opines Phone Arena. [Scroll down to watch the ad.]

For many buyers, display may not even be a criterion. Instead, how a handset performs with what is housed under the hood might be the make-or-break deal. Moreover, many would like to get stockAndroid experience and may not prefer Samsung’s TouchWiz UI interference. And there are some that would like to own a bigger screen than what Note 4 has to offer. Even though there is no clear-cut answer to the question of “which phone has the best display?,” Samsung seems to think Note 4 has it all.

Following this, Phone Arena conducted a poll to ascertain if the readers share the same feedback as Samsung. Roughly 80 percent of the voters agreed to Samsung’s claim that Note 4 is the best big-screen phone.

Moving on to the sales predictions, Samsung is banking on the Galaxy Note 4 to take the company back to growth trajectory. As readers might have heard, the company has been seeing a worrisome decline in profit over a period of time, pertaining to the global smartphone business unit, says NDTV.

With Note 4, Samsung has moved on to the premium-looking metal band instead of the typical plastic exterior, synonymous to Samsung products. Listening to customers’ feedback and analysing the consumer trend helped the company to improve the already favoured product. Nonetheless, it is too early to predict if Samsung’s declining trend would be given a life-line with the new Galaxy Note 4. Notably, the Note 4 hit the store shelves in the U.S. markets last week.

The silver lining, however, is that the reviews have been positive but analysts feel otherwise. According to reports, the redesigned Note 4 is unlikely to trump Apple iPhone 6 Plus. In the words of Lee Sei-chul, an analyst at Woori Investment and Securities, “It will not be easy. The Note 4 is a nice product but response to the iPhone 6 Plus has been good.”