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.

ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone has officially launched on eBay UK and US

Earlier this week it was confirmed that ZTE would be selling the Firefox OS smartphone via. eBay. The product has officially launched on the UK and US store.

The ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone is now available for purchase on ZTE’s eBay stores in the UK and US.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the ZTE Open would go on sale exclusively in the UK and US for £60 ($90), and the product has now officially launched.

The smartphone, available in Firefox’s exclusive orange colouring is only available in an initial batch online.

Buyers will receive a ZTE Open Firefox OS Mobilephone, battery, Micro USB Cable, Charger and Earphones for their money, alongside free shipping.

Developers are invited to “build apps powered by open Web standards (like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS) and new Mozilla pioneered Web APIs that enable Web apps to access the underlying capabilities of the handset previously only available to native apps (e.g. camera, telephony, messaging, Bluetooth),” as stated on ZTE’s ebay store.

The ZTE Open was unveiled earlier this year available only in Spain, Columbia, and Venezuela.

Specifications for the smartphone look like this; a 3.5-inch TFT 320 x 480p screen, 256 MB RAM, 32GB additional Micro SD Card support, and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS also runs on the Geeksphone Keon and Peak devices which sold for £78 (Keon) and £130 (Peak).

Source & Image: ZTE eBay store (UK) & (US)

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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*THWACK* Samsung Rolls Out an Android Flip Phone

As much as smartphones have done to advance the fine arts of communication and handheld web surfing, the main thing we’ve been missing since the flip phone era is the satisfying THWACK! of ending a phone call. You just can’t hang up authoritatively with a smartphone. “Did you see that guy jam his thumb against his iPhone? Oooooh, he must be mad!!”

I’m not sure how many slickly-named Hennessy flip phones Samsung will be able to sell, but for a company whose Galaxy line of products features a skillion different makes, models and screen sizes, the idea here is probably that — hey — maybe there are some people out there who want to go back to flip phones without giving up too many smartphone features.

This isn’t exactly a state of the art smartphone/flip phone hybrid, mind you. It’s running a somewhat older version of Android (last year’s 4.1 Jelly Bean), and the two 3.3-inch touchscreens (yes, there are two — one on the outside and one on the inside) each feature a resolution of just 320 by 480 pixels. But there’s a quad-core processor under the hood and a gigabyte of RAM, which ought to make the phone perform smoothly. And perhaps more importantly, there’s an old-timey numeric dialing pad.

If you’re feeling nostalgic enough to explore a potential purchase of this device, I’m afraid I have some bad news. For now, it’s apparently only available in China. Who knows, though? Maybe this will become a trend.

Samsung brings back the flip phone, unveils the Hennessy featuring two 3.3-inch displays [Pocket-lint]

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.

Poetic SLIMLINE Portfolio Case for Apple iPad Mini Tablet

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