Rubberized texture of case, doesn’t show fingerprints, and has 4 rubber feet and slots on bottom for heat release.

(accurately pictured) HOT BLUE color is also NICE! Arrives in mail with no instructions and minimal packaging, but undamaged. Both top and bottom have tabs that snap onto the laptop. Press top and bottom covers on until you hear a click and see that all the tabs have latched onto the laptop.

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New tech enables wireless devices to communicate without battery

Internet-of-things! Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have developed a new technology that lets wireless devices communicate with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.

The new communication technique, called “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Two devices communicate with each other by reflecting the existing signals to exchange information. The researchers built small, battery-free devices with antennas that can detect, harness and reflect a TV signal, which then is pickedup by other similar devices.

The technology could enable a network of devices and sensors to communicate with no power source or human attention needed.

“We can re-purpose wireless signals that are already around us into both a source of power and a communication medium,” said lead researcher Shyam Gollakota, from the University of Washington.

“It’s hopefully going to have applications in a number of areas including wearable computing, smart homes and self-sustaining sensor networks,” said Gollakota.

“Our devices form a network out of thin air. You can reflect these signals slightly to create a Morse code of communication between battery-free devices,” said co-author Joshua Smith.

The technology can also be used for communication – text messages and emails, for example – in wearable devices, without requiring battery consumption.

The researchers tested the ambient backscatter technique with credit card-sized prototype devices placed within several feet of each other.

For each device the researchers built antennas into ordinary circuit boards that flash an LED light when receiving a communication signal from another device.

Groups of the devices were tested in a variety of settings, including inside an apartment building, on a street corner and on the top level of a parking garage.

They found that the devices were able to communicate with each other, even the ones farthest from a TV tower. The receiving devices picked up a signal from their transmitting counterparts at a rate of 1 kilobit per second when up to 2.5 feet apart outdoors and 1.5 feet apart indoors.

This is enough to send information such as a sensor reading, text messages and contact information.

It is also feasible to build this technology into devices that do rely on batteries, such as smartphones. It could be configured so that when the battery dies, the phone could still send text messages by leveraging power from an ambient TV signal.

Belkin Classic Case for Kindle Fire HD 7″

Protect your Kindle Fire HD 7-inch with the Belkin Classic Cover. This stylish case features stretchable corners to provide a snug fit for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch. The polyester fabric and soft inner lining protect the screen and backing from scratches while on the go. The case’s sleek, lightweight design makes it ideal for slipping into a purse or bag, so you can take your Kindle Fire HD 7-inch anywhere you go.

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Secure, Stylish Protection

The Classic Cover provides protection with a soft interior lining, stylish exterior fabric, and elastic corners that keep your Kindle Fire HD 7-inch securely in place. The polyester exterior is durable, ensuring the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch’s touchscreen is safe from scratches.

Designed Specifically for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch

Belkin has designed the Classic Cover specifically for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch to provide support and lightweight, formfitting protection.

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New Google Nexus 7 2: What you need to know

The New Google Nexus 7 – or Google Nexus 7 2 if you prefer – is out of the bag, so to speak. We cut through the spiel and bring you the cold, hard facts…

The Google Nexus 7 made a considerable splash when it arrived last year, certainly one that belied its ergonomical size and limited power. In the process, it scooped our 2012 Gadget of the Year, so it comes as no surprise that Google now wants to follow up with something, not bigger… but definitely better.

Here are eight things you need to know about the new Google Nexus 7.

1. New Nexus 7 2: Build

Portability is key when it comes to 7-inch tablets. The new model is almost 2mm thinner than the original Nexus 7. The display is the same size, but the side bezels are 2.75mm narrower on each side, making the device a whole 5.5mm thinner.

It’s also 50 grams lighter. Although these seem like small changes, they could add up to very different feel overall. Thankfully, the soft back has been retained.

2. New Nexus 7 2: Display

The Chromebook Pixel showed us that Google is serious about bringing big, bold displays to consumer products. The new Nexus 7 only confirms that, as it lands with a 1920 x 1200 Full HD 1080 display – a first for 7-inch tablets – and packs a whopping 323 pixels per inch. That sort of pixel density puts it on a par with the iPhone 5, far beyond the reaches of the original Nexus 7’s puny 216ppi.

Google also promises a screen that supports a 30% wider colour ratio – meaning your media will be more brighter and more vivid.

3. New Nexus 7 2: Processor

Under the bonnet, the new Nexus 7 has a Quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon S4, that itself packs an 80% faster CPU and a GPU that will push your gaming and video framerates up to four times faster.

With 2GB RAM in tow, this is the sort of power that again, puts the new Nexus 7 on a par with the latest generation of smartphones and far beyond its predecessor.

4. New Nexus 7 2: Camera

Cameras are still not the be-all and end-all where tablets are concerned. But Google has adorned the new Nexus 7 with a 1.2MP front-facing camera for video calls and potential selfies, and there’s a 5MP camera on the back.

5. New Nexus 7 2: Connectivity

The new Google Nexus 7 doesn’t hold back on the connectivity front. As well as the usual microUSB, the updated Nexus also supports HDMI output, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and wireless charging.

Here’s the bit that you should really be excited about – there will be a 4G LTE compatible version. But hold your horses – it’s not 100% clear whether this will just be a US option, so keep your fingers crossed.

6. New Nexus 7 2: Sound

Stereo speakers come built-in with the new Nexus, allowing for reasonable sound output for your media. Google has also been working with Fraunhofer to add virtual 5.1 surround sound to the new tablet, particularly exciting for film buffs.

7. New Nexus 7 2: Android 4.3

The new Nexus 7 will be the first device to arrive with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 – the next major update to Google’s mobile OS. Among other updates and fixes, Jelly Bean 4.3 features upgraded OpenGL – allowing for photo-realistic graphics, and complex dynamic lighting and shadowing for new games.

New hardware-based encryption also makes 1080p HD streaming possible for the first time ever, a possibility that Netflix will be releasing an app update to support

8. New Nexus 7 2: Release Date and Price

According to PC World, the New Nexus 7 will land in the UK on the 13th of September. The 16GB version will be £199.99, whilst the 32GB will hit the shelves at a fairly reasonable £239.99.

So… do upgraded tech specs and the prospect of HD streaming and high-powered gaming get you excited for the latest Nexus 7? Let us know via the comments below, or head over to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Google Chromecast review

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price.

At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network, it streams some of your favorite shows from some of your favorite services, including Netflix and Google’s YouTube. It takes only a few minutes to set up, and the device worked flawlessly.

Chromecast joins Roku, Apple TV and several other devices meant to project Internet content onto TVs. In the early days of online video, people were content watching movies and shows on their desktop or laptop computers. But as these services become more popular and even replace cable TV in some households, there’s a greater desire to get them playing on television sets, which tend to be the largest screens in living rooms.

That’s especially true when your computer is a phone or tablet and has a smaller screen.

Chromecast, which is about the size of a thumb drive, plugs directly into the HDMI port of an HDTV. A USB cable must be inserted at the other end of the Chromecast and connected to a power source, either a wall outlet or a USB port on the TV.

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HTC Desire 600 review

The Desire 600 is one of the first devices from HTC to sport the same design philosophy that we’ve seen in its much acclaimed flagship phone, the HTC One. It’s affordable, when compared to the One and comes with dual-SIM functionality, targeting a different user group. Of course, it doesn’t boast of premium materials, high-end hardware and premium features, but as far as the software is concerned, it does come with all the bells and whistles offered by modern Android smartphones. So, is the Desire 600 a good buy? We try to find out in our review.

Build/ Design
The HTC Desire 600 comes in two colour variants, Black and White/ Silver. We got the White/ Silver coloured variant as our review unit, and we must say that it looks pretty different from the other rectangular slabs available in the market thanks to the unique colour scheme.

The front of the phone features a 4.5-inch display panel surrounded by a Black bezel, which is encapsulated by a frame that sports a brushed aluminium finish with Red accents on the edges. The phone also sports two front speakers, similar to the HTC One. The two capacitive touch buttons for Back and Home sit below the display with the HTC branding in between, while the 1.6-megapixel front camera is located above the display. A notification LED is buried within the top speaker grill.

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