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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?”

i phone 3 vs i phone 4 vs i phone 5 vs i phone 6

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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



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.”


iPhone sales grow 16.3% to 39.3M in Q4 2014, but iPad sales decline by 12.8%

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iPhone sales grow 16.3% to 39.3M in Q4 2014, but iPad sales decline by 12.8%


As part of the company’s latest quarterly earnings announcement, Apple today revealed that it sold 39.3 million iPhones and 12.3 million iPads during its fiscal fourth quarter of 2014. These are mixed results, which has become typical for the company lately.

In Q4 2013, Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones and 14.1 million iPads. This means the company’s iPhone sales were up 16.3 percent year-over-year while its iPad sales were down 12.8 percent year-over-year.

Q4 2014 industry estimates for iPhone sales ranged between 37.47 million and 38.72 million while estimates for iPads ranged between 12.70 million and 13.35 million. Apple thus easily beat estimates for iPhones but failed to do the same for iPads.

More specifically, Apple managed to outperform both the institutional consensus and the independent one when it comes to its hottest gadget, but its tablets fell below both. Given that the company’s iPhone business is much more important than its iPad one, this is still good news for Cupertino overall and explains why the company’s stock is up in after-hours trading.

These results also further confirm solid sales of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. “Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.

Those considering buying iPads, however, were likely waiting to see what Apple would announce during its October event. With the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now available, this current quarter will be crucial not only to see how the new iPhones fare during the holiday shopping season, but also to gauge just how badly the company’s tablet is still desired.

The fact Apple continues to sell more iPhones than last year is impressive, especially given the increased competition from the likes of Google, Samsung, and the growing number of tech companies looking for a slice of the smartphone pie. The iPad is having a harder time; its numbers have now been on a decline for the past three consecutive quarters.

Steps to Install CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M11 on Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100


A new version of CyanogenMod CM11 M11 milestone version has been made available to the Samsung’s 2011 flagship smartphone Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100).

The new CM11 M11 series custom ROM is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) v4.4.4 KitKat OS and is said to bring bug fixes, customisation options to boost device performance, new visual interface, shortcut for easy access to key apps and loads of personalisation options such as:

  • Adjustments to ‘Glove Mode’ (High Touch Sensitivity)
  • Translations updates from CyanogenMod CrowdIn team
  • Various security updates
  • Lockscreen: Do not play sounds while a phone call is active & MSIM updates
  • Show devices connected to your Wi-Fi (tethering) Hotspot
  • General bug fixes
  • Fixes signal strength showing ‘2147483647′ on certain devices
  • Fixes bug related to ‘switch to last app’ action while in Recent view
  • Fixes Navigation Bar arrow keys in RTL locales
  • Frameworks: Add base & MSIM APIs for SEEK (Secure Element Evaluation Kit) support
  • Frameworks: Fix volume button changing two ‘steps’ per click
  • Frameworks: Add ‘Screen Off’ action for double-tap/long-press configuration options
  • Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates
  • Camera: Adds support for all available Slow Shutter speeds (hardware dependent); Improve shutter button
  • APN Updates for various regions
  • Dialer/InCallUI: Fixes smartcover always showing answer fragment
  • Performance tweaks and many more improvements to enhance user experience.
    • Though installing custom ROM improve the device’s performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
    • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation
    • This new CyanogenMod CM11 M11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9100 model only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
    • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
    • Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100) will not be recognised by the computer.
    • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted mid-way.

    [Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

  • Step 1: Download CyanogenMod Android v4.4.4 KitKat custom firmware (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) in to your PC.

    Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 to PC via USB cord.

    [Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

    Step 3: Then, place Android 4.4.4 KitKat zip file and Google Apps .zip file into the phone’s SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

    [Note: Before installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have been rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery tool.]

    Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

    Step 5: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding ‘Volume (up)’, ‘Home’ and ‘Power’ buttons.

    Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option.

    [Note: use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

    Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting ‘wipe cache partition’

    Step 8: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select ‘advanced’ and tap ‘wipe dalvik cache’ [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

    Step 9: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap ‘install zip from SD card’

    Step 10: Then tap ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and go to Android 4.4.4 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process.  Repaeat the same procedure to install Google Apps[Note: use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options]

    Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to ‘+++++Go Back+++++’ and re-start the device by opting ‘reboot system now’ seen in the recovery menu.

    Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

    Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M11 custom ROM.