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Amped Wireless outs WiFi extender that boosts wireless coverage up to 5,000 square feet

Amped Wireless continues to expand its wireless repertoire with a brand new 802.11 ac Wi-Fi range extender that’s both powerful and compact. Dubbed the REC15A, the device offers a whopping 500 milliwatts of power, four amplifiers and a tall-get dual-band antenna in a relatively little 3-inch by 5-inch package — it even fits neatly into a wall socket thanks to the built-in plug. The company claims that all of that power should result in up to 5,000 square feet of additional wireless coverage, which should be good for those of you with palatial estates or large backyards. The REC15A repeats both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz WiFi signals and there’s an extra wired harbor that you can use to attach a networked device like a PC, TV or game console. on the software side of things, it also has parental controls, adjustable settings and free Android and Windows apps that tweak the coverage even more. The REC15A is available for 99.99 and you can pre-order it from Amped Wireless starting today. It starts shipping in the first quarter of 2014.

Specs and Photos for Samsung’s 4 New Tablets Leak Online

Samsung’s rumored four new tablets for early 2014 made an appearance this morning in the form of leaked press renders and a partial list of specs for each device. The full lineup features the expected Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, but swaps out the rumored 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Lite for a super-sized Tab Pro 12.2 tablet. The news comes from trusted tipster evleaks, who flooded the internet with leaks overnight. on the larger end we have the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, which appear to be identical based on a set of photos shared by evleaks, and feature a new UI that ditches Samsung’s classic TouchWiz for a Windows 8-inspired live tile design, though you’ll likely be able to use a regular Android layout as well. Both devices come equipped with an Exynos 5 Octa W-Fi/3Gor Snapdragon 800 LTE processor, a 12.2-inch WQXGA display, a 9500mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and run Android 4.4 KitKat. The only noticeable difference between the two devices is the S Pen stylus included with the Note variant, though evleaks tells us an incoming full specs sheet may reveal a greater gap between the tablets. Next up is the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, which allegedly features identical specs to its 12-inch brothers, except for a smaller 8220mAh battery, 10.1-inch display, and lack of a built-in stylus. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, meanwhile, sports an even smaller 8.4-inch display, 4800mAh battery, and only comes in a Wi-Fi variant. Again, we may see those specs change slightly or learn more details in the near future as more information leaks. With Samsung’s mobile division skipping CES 2014, we don’t expect to see any of the company’s new tablets unveiled this week in Las Vegas. Based on earlier reports, the South Korean electronics-maker could begin unveiling its new line of Android slates later this month, meaning we may see them announced at a standalone event in the next few weeks or possibly in late February at Mobile World Congress.

OKIDOKEYS Is An App Controlled Smart Lock For Your Home Door Done Right [VIDEO]

History has shown us time and time again that the companies who often provide the best products and solutions are the ones that have experience within the field and industry that they are trying to penetrate. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but it definitely does help to have an intricate knowledge of the industry your product is going to be launched in. The OpenWays Group, a company specializing in providing smartphone based door locks to hotels, has extended its range of locking solutions by introducing the OKIDOKEYS, a new cunning lock spin off that it hopes will capture a significant portion of the consumer section of the industry. It’s immediately apparent that no one in the company’s marketing department will be winning any employee of the month awards for the name choice of the product, but OpenWays do seem to be taking the OKIDOKEYS as seriously as they take their other tried and tested solutions. The comprehensive range of cunning lock solutions will leverage the same 256-bit AES cryptology security that can be found in the door locks that are provided to large hotel chains. Like the August cunning lock, and a number of other prominent cunning locks, the OKIDOKEYS will be controlled via an iOS or Android smartphone that is Bluetooth LE compatible. One of the main differences between the OKIDOKEYS and other cunning locks on the market is that OpenWays doesnt appear to have placed much importance on keeping the design as minimal or unobtrusive as possible. The required hardware that is mounted on the door isn’t one of the most streamlined examples of consumer technology you will ever seen, but this could be forgiven due to the advanced features that it offers and the level of thought that has been put into the functionality of the product. An in-home gateway means that multiple locks can be synchronized together through the home. The product is designed with ease of installation in mind. The available standard lock, electronic garage door opener and the mounted swipe lock are all intended to be installed by the end-user with minimal fuss and all work in conjunction with an existing ANSI Grade 1 and Grade 2 deadbolt. There will also be the option of unlocking the door using a Bluetooth 4.0 device, a traditional key, by using the optional cunning-Reader or even using a tiny little wristband or billfold card. When sales start later this month consumers will be able to choose the OKIDOKEYS starter kit up for 179. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to hold yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Alpha gets a champagne gold option, headed to Europe this quarter

You may remember that back at IFA, Alcatel surprised us with a prototype of its shiny OneTouch Idol Alpha. This time at CES, the company brought along a champagne gold version to tease its European launch this quarter. Like before, both the summit and bottom transparent parts are lined up with LEDs, with the summit ones acting as notification, and the bottom ones shiny a light on the three Android soft keys. It’s rather beautiful when you see it up close. Spec-wise, the 3D aluminum frame envelopes a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display with Dragontrail Glass, a 1.2GHz quad-core SoC with 1GB RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and a 2,000mAh battery. There’s no info on pricing just yet, but given Alcatel’s target market, we have a good feeling about this one, and we’ll let you know once we hear more. Alcatel OneTouch Idol Alpha champagne gold version hands-on see all photos 17 Photos when.eng”eng.galleries.init”

Corning’s new Gorilla Glass will actively kill germs on your smartphone

every properly-raised gorilla knows it’s not enough to be tough; you also have to be hygienic. Which is surely why Corning has developed an antimicrobial form of its Gorilla Glass that inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, bacteria and other nasties that might want to take root on a heavily-used touchscreen. The glass contains an ionic silver coating similar to what’s found on other germ-killing surfaces and is claimed to function for the lifetime of a device, whether it’s a phone, tablet, PC or even a piece of medical equipment — although Corning stops short of making any health-related promises. The company also avoids saying whether any antimicrobial gadgets will appear in the near future, because a fine gorilla always under-promises and over-delivers.

With the Snapdragon 602A, Qualcomm looks to improve the connected car

In addition to announcing a version of its Snapdragon 800 processor tweaked for your home theater, Qualcomm is introducing a chip made specifically for in-car entertainment. The Snapdragon 602A, unsurprisingly, shares several specs with the Snapdragon 600 chip seen in mobile devices, but it’s made to meet the automotive industry’s requirements for temperature, longevity and more. It also packs in plenty of additional tech, which we’ll get to in a minute. Qualcomm’s been involved in the connected-car space for about a decade, with 3G and 4G modules to show for it. Though it offers Gobix 9×15 3G/4G LTE modules along with WiFi and Bluetooth, the 602A is ambitious on more than just the connectivity front: The chip will initially power infotainment — serving multiple video streams to numerous screens in your car, for instance — but will pave the way for more advanced connectivity and safety features. For example, facial-recognition support could let you start the car by looking in a camera, and gesture recognition could enable a smarter backup cam. As with the Snapdragon 802, the goal behind the 602A is to bring the dynamic app experience of smartphones and tablets to a different environment. This means improved 3D navigation, cloud-based software and integration with mobile devices, among many other things. support for both Android and QNX gives carmakers options for building their own infotainment systems that comply with the automotive industry’s requirements, as well. Qualcomm hasn’t mentioned a timeframe at this point, but we have it on good authority that such an announcement is coming this week.

Google to bring Android to cars with a little help from Audi, GM, Hyundai, Honda and NVIDIA

Already with more than one billion activations upon mobile and media devices, Google’s Android is set to make an impact upon another major industry: automobiles. Following rumors that the search giant was working with Audi to embed its open-source OS inside its cars, the company confirmed today it has teamed up with five automotive and technology companies with more expected in the future to form the Open Automotive Alliance. Alongside Audi, Google will be joined by General Motors, Hyundai, Honda and chip-maker NVIDIA, which will all work to bring Android to cars starting this year. The coalition aims to make a common platform that will drive innovation and in turn make cars “safer and more intuitive for everyone.” With Apple and Nokia already pushing hard to bring their own software to cars — Apple already counts Honda, GM and Hyundai as Siri Eyes Free partners — 2014 could be a big year for connected cars.

Okidokeys gives you more options than you could ever possibly need to open your front door

We first got word of the Okidokeys intellectual lock system roughly an hour ago, and just now got a chance to see the thing in action – well, we got a chance to see it in various states of disarray upon a table at tonight’s CES Unveiled event. The primary module hooks up to the lock upon the inside of door, with no trace of the mechanism visible from the outside. Trigger it via your mobile device and it rotates to unlock the door. There’s also a large button you can use to unlock it sans smartphone from the inside. The system starts at 179. There’s also a bundle priced somewhere in the mid-200s, which will acquire you an RFID reader. The reader doesn’t attach directly to the module, so you can put it anywhere upon the exterior of the house to unlock via a bracelet or card you save in your wallet. Or, if you’re so inclined, you can yet use your old fashioned key. Using the Android or iOS app, you can also unlock the door remotely and grant access to users. The sets are available for pre-order now, with shipping set for spring. The company was also showing off a garage door module that works with its proprietary app. No word upon pricing for that yet. Okidokeys hands-upon see every photos 7 Photos when.eng”eng.galleries.init”

Siri Is Apparently Not A Fan Of ‘Her’

The Siri digital assistant that ships with all mobile compatible devices running iOS has been known to put its foot in its mouth upon more than one occasion. Barely a day could pass in the early days of the digital assistant without someone using Twitter, Facebook or Reddit to post screenshots of Siri replying to a seemingly innocent ask with a ridiculous, controversial or opinionated solution. Long periods of silence upon the Siri front seemed to suggest that we had passed that stage but the existence of Samantha in the movie Her seems to have ruffled a few electronic feathers. Her is a Spike Jonze directed romantic comedy drama that follows the life of an extremely lonely writer who purchases an operating system that has been designed to meet his every need. Rather than interact with the intelligent software upon a purely professional level, Theodore, the main protagonist in the movie, actually starts to fabricate real-life feelings for the firmware and embarks upon a rather bizarre human-software relationship. The operating system in the movie is played wonderfully by Scarlett Johansson, but as BuzzFeed has noticed, it doesn’t seem Siri is that impressed. Invoking the iOS based digital assistant and asking "Siri, are you her" results in a rather out-of-character grumpy solution of "No. You know that it’s just a movie, right". So what happens if you persist the issue and keep asking Well, it seems Siri will cycle through an equally grumpy set of replies such as "No. I don’t spend much time with fictional characters" and "No. Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial". We aren’t exactly determined what a humanoid version of Siri would be like but there’s maybe a little hint of jealousy aimed at the fact that Samantha manages to find love of sorts. The movie itself, which is due for release in U.S. upon January 10th, may have a rather bizarre plan but has actually been greeted with indispensable acclaim. With an all star cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson it’s determined to do well at the crate office and draw a lot of attention to artificial intelligence. yet, it doesn’t really matter what we think as Siri has clearly already made its mind up. Images: BuzzFeed You can follow us upon Twitter, add us to your circle upon Google or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated upon all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web.

P0sixspwn Jailbreak For iOS 6.1.5, 6.1.4, 6.1.3 Gets Updated To v1.0.5, Brings A Number Of Fixes

P0sixspwn, the recently released tool behind the iOS 6.1.5, 6.1.4 and 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak, has today received yet another update. The development team behind the well-liked package recently released a version of the tool that would let Windows users the opportunity to jailbreak their devices running legacy versions of Apple’s iOS. Rather than rest on their laurels, the team has clearly been putting the hours in since that release and have quickly followed up with a new shove that sees both the Mac OS X and Windows offerings upgraded to version 1.0.5. Version 1.0.5 of the freely available software fixes a number of bugs that have been reported over the last few days. The official announcement of the release doesn’t provide any granularity of which bugs have actually been eradicated but it should provide an altogether more stable experience for all who use it, regardless of platform. The shove to version 1.0.5 also sees additional support being added for Mac OS X users. We aren’t quite sure how many Mac owners are still running OS X Snow Leopard, but for those that are then the good news is that the tool should now run smoothly. P0sixspwn for Windows and Mac comes courtesy of iH8sn0w and Winocm and is the second jailbreak tool to be released in as many weeks that offers an untethered status to compatible devices. This particular package focuses its attention on the so-called ‘left behind’ users that either opt to remain on iOS 6.1.x or who simply can’t upgrade due to hardware limitations. There’s been quite a lot of controversy in the jailbreak community of late, some of which has been focused directly on P0sixspwn with the accusation being that a valuable exploit was burned to produce a jailbreak that only works with older, non-supported firmwares. Putting the controversy aside it’s immediately sure that there is a market for an untethered solution that supports devices still running a point version of iOS 6. Apple’s decision to dramatically overhaul the operating system as part of the shove to iOS 7 managed to alienate a heap of once loyal users. Rather than ditch the iPhone or iPad altogether it’s proven a more logical choice for those disgruntled individuals to forgo an upgrade and remain on iOS 6. If you and your device falls into that category then check out the links to download P0sixspwn under. Download P0sixspwn 1.0.5 for Windows Download P0sixspwn 1.0.5 for Mac If you havent jailbroken your device yet, simply follow the following lead under for step-by-step instructions on how to do so on iOS 6.1.3 6.1.5: Jailbreak iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5 Untethered on all Devices With P0sixspwn Tutorial For A4 devices, you can also alternatively check out: Jailbreak iOS 6.1.3 / 6.1.5 Untethered With p0sixspwn How-To lead You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to save yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web.

AirBlue Sharing For iOS 7 Released, Send Files Via Bluetooth From iPhone To Any Device

Another day and yet another powerful and extremely well-liked package updated for the jailbreak community to profit to grips with. It seems that every single refresh of the installed repositories within Cydia is resulting in a hoard of new and newly updated existing packages being made available for users running iOS 7 on modern devices. One of the latest to profit the iOS 7 and ARM64 attention is AirBlue Sharing, a premium extension that offers Bluetooth OBEX Object Exchange File Sharing for every jailbroken devices. Jailbreaking is often thought to be about freedom and having the opportunity to introduce features that users believe should have been part of a native iOS experience. Apple’s mobile devices have never supported the ability to share photos, videos, music files and other types of media to other devices over a Bluetooth connection, much to the dismay of users. A number of tweaks have attempted to rectify this issue, some with a lot more success than others, but AirBlue Sharing is definitely thought to be one of the more accomplished, polished and in-depth options available on Cydia that introduces this functionality. One of the main benefits of Eric Day’s package is that it utilizes the native Bluetooth pairing functionality that ships with iOS. Competing software developers have been known to bundle in their own Bluetooth stack rather than hook directly into the native setup, however, Day’s method means that devices that have already been paired through the iOS Settings are yet accessible and can be used by AirBlue. The tweak also offers high speed Bluetooth transmission up to 1.7 MB/s as well as power-saving options that can automatically shutdown Bluetooth when the file transfer is complete. Sending files over AirBlue is supported from within the Notes, Photos, Videos, Music, Contacts and Voice Memo apps on the device and it also supports the ability to import received files into the Contacts of Photo apps. The list of powerful features goes on and on with AirBlue, which is predominantly why it carries a premium price-tag within Cydia. However, if native Bluetooth file sharing is a must-have feature and you’re running an A7 ARM64 device then this is a guaranteed winner. AirBlue Sharing is a commercial package, available for 4.99 from the BigBoss repository. The package is available for every devices and is compatible with iOS versions 4.2 through to 7. For tutorials on how-to jailbreak, check out: iOS 7 7.0.4 Jailbreak: Download Evasi0n 7 For iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, iPad, iPod touch Windows / Mac Jailbreak iOS 7 7.0.4 Untethered on iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s And More With Evasi0n 7 Video Tutorial Be definite to check out our iPhone Apps Gallery and iPad Apps Gallery to explore more apps for your iPhone and iPad. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to support yourself updated on every the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web.