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Jun 18, 2013

Download the Life in Lavender theme for Windows

Microsoft has recently released yet another theme for Windows users who wish to customize their desktop backgrounds with some colorful wallpapers.

The so-called Life in Lavender theme comes with 20 different wallpapers and can be installed on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows RT tablets, such as Microsoft’s own Surface RT. “Take a world tour, from Antarctica to the Sahara Desert and beyond, with color as your guide. The stunning images in this free Windows theme are united by shades of violet and lavender, appearing as lilacs and crocuses, river mist, or the glow of sunset,” Microsoft explained in the official description of the app.

Just like all the other themes, all wallpapers are included in a single .themepack file that takes care of installation, so simply double click it to launch the Personalization screen.

The theme works on Windows 7, 8, and RT
Image credits to Microsoft

Pioneer BDR-XS05J Portable Blu-Ray XL Writer

Since many notebooks, especially ultrabooks, lack an optical drive of their own, Pioneer has created a portable drive of that sort.

Called BDR-XS05J, and revealed through Hermitage Akihabara, it can read and write pretty much every relevant type of disk, from CD (compact disk) format to DVD and, of course, Blu-ray. CDs can be scribed at 24X, for example. Blu-ray disks record at up to 6X, DVDs at up to 8X. What's more, single- and double-layer BD-R and BD-R LtH are scribed at up to 6X, while triple- and quadruple-layer disks can be written onto at 4X.

That's right, this USB 3.0-connected portable peripheral can write data on BDXL Blu-ray disks (up to 100/128 GB storage space). Pioneer has bundled the drive with a bunch of programs (InstantBurn 5, PowerBackup 2, LabelPrint 2, and MediaShow 6, Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, PowerDirector 10, PowerProducer 5, Power2Go 7).

Pioneer BDR-XS05J
Image credits to Pioneer

Huawei Ascend P6 Goes Official with 6.18mm Thin Body

Huawei Ascend P6, the long rumored and teased smartphone from the Chinese mobile phone maker, is now official, claiming the title of world’s thinnest Android handset, courtesy of a 6.18mm thick body.

The handset was spotted in a series of leaked hands-on photos only a few hours before its official unveiling in London, and is set to arrive on the market before the end of the month, with China receiving it first. However, the smartphone will make an international debut, and the first European countries it is aimed at will receive it starting with July, Huawei announced. Just as previously suggested, the new device will land on the market with a 4.7-inch HD display, while being powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The specifications list of the new mobile phone also includes an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back with BSI sensor, paired with a 5MP front camera for making video calls. Furthermore, the handset lands on shelves with a 2000mAh battery inside, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and Huawei’s Emotion UI loaded on top.

The user interface also sports an updated Uni-Home, as well as the vendor's Me Widget, MagicTouch, and SmartReading, and features such as panoramic shoot, facial recognition, and Airshare. Furthermore, Ascend P6 has the company’s IMAGEsmart software packed inside, with photo-editing capabilities for all users to enjoy. “The Huawei Ascend P6 is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface, Huawei’s proprietary Emotion UI,” said Richard Yu, chief executive officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“Building on the success of our Ascend P series of fashion smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 provides unsurpassed technology and a design that is simply stunning.” When launched in Europe, the device is expected to be available through Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM, and online via Amazon and CDiscount. 

Huawei Ascend P6
Image credits to Huawei

Meet beauty from outside in.
Video credits to HuaweiDevicesCo

Nokia RM-877 Emerges at the FCC, Could Be Nokia EOS

A new smartphone from Finnish handset vendor Nokia has received the necessary approvals from the FCC, featuring model number RM-877 and expected to prove none other than the long rumored Nokia EOS.

The new device was approved with support for AT&T’s LTE bands (2, 4, 5, and 17), as well as for penta-band HSPA+ / WCDMA (with AWS disabled) and quad-band GSM / EDGE, Engadget reports. The mobile phone is also expected to arrive on shelves with Wi-Fi connectivity packed inside, as well as with NFC and Bluetooth.

The available FCC documents also show that the new mobile phone will be one millimeter taller than the Nokia Lumia 925, measuring 130.35mm in height and 71.4mm in width. There’s also a "camera grip" (model PD-95G) mentioned, which further suggests that this would be the Nokia EOS, expected to hit shelves with a 41MP camera packed inside.

Nokia EOS at the FCC
Image credits to FCC via Engadget

Giada D2308, High-End Mini PC

Miniature personal computers are the sort of systems that people would expect to have modest performance capabilities, and that is usually the case, but there are exceptions, like the Giada D2308.

At first glance, one might be tempted to mistake the product for a wireless router, because of the three antennas sticking up at the back. Nevertheless, while the PC does have support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless Internet, it isn't just a router. Rather, it is a fully-fledged desktop packed inside a very small package. The so-called heart of the system is, surprise, an Intel Haswell Core i5 or Core i7 central processing unit (CPU). It will fall to buyers to choose which fourth-generation processor they prefer, based on monetary constraints (if any) and performance aims.

Meanwhile, graphics capabilities aren't limited to the integrated graphics processor of the Haswell unit.  Instead, Giada went ahead and included an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, with 1 GB of VRAM. Moving on, a pair of mini PCI Express slots are available, for customers to fill with low-profile add-in boards (sound cards or whatever else). Furthermore, Gigabit Ethernet is available, along with Bluetooth and, as we've already mentioned, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. Other specifications include two HDMI outputs, a Bluray/DVD player, support for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM, which provides extensive security with high levels of data encryption) and up to 16 GB of RAM for everything to run smoothly.

Finally, storage space comes in the form of a 2.5-inch SATA drive (HDD or SSD). All in all, the hardware is what we'd expect from a Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Linux mini PC. The Giada Tech website has all this information, and more (and we don't just mean the Phoenix EFI BIOS with support for an ACPI interface), but the price seems to elude us.

Giada D2308
Image credits to Giada

Huawei Ascend P6 Detailed Ahead of Official Launch

Today, Chinese mobile phone maker Huawei is set to make official one of the thinnest Android-based smartphones in the world, the Ascend P6, and full details on the device are now available, only hours ahead of the official launch.

The mobile phone is set to be announced in London, following a series of teasers from the company, but ICTech has managed to grab some hands-on photos with it, and has shared them with the world. As SlashGear notes, the phone should land on the market with a 4.7-inch display capable of delivering a 720p resolution, along with a 1.5GHz quad-core K3V2+ processor inside, and 3GB of RAM.

Furthermore, the smartphone packs an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, front camera for video calling, 8GB of internal memory, and should land on shelves in black and white, with a very slim metallic body.

Huawei Ascend P6
Images credits to ICTech via SlashGear

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