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Alcatel unveils the OneTouch Pop Up, Star and Go Play phones, Go Watch

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gsmarena_001Alcatel has officially reported a bunch of cell phones at IFA, with significantly more to come, we’ve been told. On top of that there’s additionally a smart watch, running an exclusive OS.

The OneTouch Pop Up is the most elevated specced of the lineup and is fueled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 (MSM8929) with an octa-center processor timed at up to 1.4GHz. There are 2GB of RAM on board and the inherent stockpiling is 16GB, expandable through microSD.

The presentation is a 5-inch IPS unit with 720p determination and 5-finger multi touch support. The essential camera is a 13MP shooter with a sensor size of 1/3.06″, f/2.0 lens opening and a LED streak. On the front there is a 5MP settled center selfie snapper.

There’s a sensible network suite, which incorporates multi-band 2G/3G/4G radios, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and the cell phones likewise have a FM radio recipient. It’s a double SIM double standby cell phone with a battery limit is 2,000mAh.

The OneTouch Pop Star comes in two unmistakable renditions, one restricted to 3G systems just, the other supporting Cat.4 LTE on top. The distinctions come down to chipset and stature (strangely), with the 3G adaptation brandishing a Mediatek MT6580 and measuring 141 x 71.5 x 8.6mm, while the 4G utilizes the MT6735P SoC and is 1.5mm taller.

Either model accompanies a solitary gig of RAM and 8GB of expandable stockpiling. Imaging division is more unassumingly furnished with just a 8MP essential camera, still with a LED streak. The 5MP FF front snapper is kept also. Interestingly, the 3G adaptation can shoot 1080p features, while the 4G variation is topped at 720p.

The showcase is again 5 inches in askew with HD determination, however alcatel cites it as Full Lamination, which means there’s no different touch sensor layer, along these lines bringing about a more slender glass/touch sensor/show get together.

Cell network aside, both variants support Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and FM radio gathering. Battery limit is again 2,000mAh, with a cited charging time of 3 hours. Double SIM renditions will likewise be accessible.

The Pop Star may be low on specs, yet is unquestionably solid on adaptability and will be offered with an extensive variety of back spreads. The quantity of choices is large to the point that they’re assembled into whole accumulations. There’s the Funky gathering with “hallucinogenic plans” (probably the neon-hued ones), the Leather accumulation (not genuine cowhide), the Fashion gathering, and the wood-like Nature-ECO gathering.

At that point comes the OneTouch Go Play cell phone which brags an IP67 accreditation for insurance against the components. Alcatel additionally claims it’s shockproof, however this is harder to evaluate.

The specsheet records a Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of capacity, thankfully expandable. The presentation is a 5-crawl 720p TFT board. It has the same 8MP/5MP camera combo as the Pop Star, with 1080p feature recording.

Alcatel is not new to the smartwatch world having effectively dispatched its OneTouch Watch, however is presently growing its portfolio with a more tough Casio G-stun style Go Watch. Pegged as the ideal friendly in submerged exercises for the Go Play cell phone, that is the place the Go Watch obtains the vast majority of its configuration signals.

The Go Watch is fueled by an unassuming 180MHz Cortex-M4 CPU and highlights a 1.22-inch IPS show with (240 x 204), and its punctured tire nature is covered by the tough bezel. The wearable measures 50.5mm in distance across and is 13mm thick, while the wristband is 22mm wide. Alcatel guarantees 2-5 days of battery life out of the 225mAh cell.

The smartwatch has a large portion of the components you would expect, including a heart rate sensor and a vibration engine for notices, and in addition a gyro sensor and accelerometer, however includes an altimeter top of all these. It keeps running on a restrictive OS, so no quick access to Android Wear applications. It is, in any case, perfect with both Android cell phones, running Jelly Bean 4.3 and up, and Apple gadgets with iOS7 or more up to date.

You can look at our hands-on report on the Alcatels, while we’re sitting tight for a couple of more guaranteed…

iPhone Charging Cable That Can Store Up to 128GB Of Files

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Apple’s possess various storage alternatives for it’s iPhone and iPads, as well as the most recent main product iPhone 6 and iPhone 6. The iPhone Plus does have huge storage, up to 128GB. Although not everybody would be ready to spend more $$ on an iPhone with more storage. Especially with apps such as Box and the infamous iCloud.


It is an indisputable fact that smart phones are becoming more and more significant in our day-to day lives. As technology advances it is necessary that our palm-sized products be strong and durable, it is virtually unavoidable our reliance on them. That is why forgetting to charge your smart phone, as well as worse, using it with your battery running out is the stuff of nightmares. Therefor I present to you the MemoriesCable. A mobile lightweight, mobile charge and sync cable that provides the capacity to synchronize and charge on the go, but it also packs a huge surprise to 128 GB.

The PhotoFast MemoriesCable seems somewhat different for your normal Lightning cable that Apple and numerous third party producers offer. It basically does the same work when linked to an iPhone or iPad, but this tiny beauty from PhotoFast additionally has a layout that enables a 128GB of added storage to be used. Sure, it basically does the same work the a car charger does. But this tiny beauty from PhotoFast additionally has a layout that enables a 128GB of added storage to be used. PhotoFast is getting benefit of iOS’ newfound skill to read and write information to Lighting interface linked mobile drives drives that are mobile, but supplying a somewhat different take on the competition.

PhotoFast has yet to announce any official marketing strategy for the MemoriesCable. However it will be offered in 64GB and 128GB when it finally launches to the public.

Say goodbye the the icloud

iPhone Now Has a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Inside, With Enough Power to Last a Week on a Charge

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A company in the UK has now created a prototype based on an iPhone that not only delivers enough power to power an iPhone for a week, but is also environmentally friendly. The company has fitted a specially designed fuel cell inside a normal iPhone 6, which develops power by mixing hydrogen and oxygen, and the result is a phone that won’t need recharging for a week. When it does, hydrogen gas is pumped in through the modified headphone jack, rather than plugging the device into an electrical wall socket.

“We have managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the original battery.” -Henri Winand Intelligent Energy’s CEO

It’s only a prototype for now, but the company is looking at ways to market the product. Intelligent Energy said while the tech is still two or three years from being prepared for the general public, they did say however

“it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?”

MTN and Liquid Telecom partner to extend footprint and offering in Africa

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Clients of MTN Group and Liquid Telecom are set to profit by a bigger network foot shaped impression crosswise over Africa. This takes after a declaration today that the two organizations have banded together to mutually offer clients access to the biggest altered and remote foot shaped impression over the mainland.

The organization, which covers wholesale, bearer to-transporter, rapid broadband, venture and altered information administrations, empowers MTN and Liquid Telecom access to one another’s settled and remote systems in nations on the African landmass, where one gathering may not as of now have vicinity.

As indicated by Liquid Telecom, the association is because of the expanding interest from organizations crosswise over West Africa for the organization’s broadband administration. “We have a merited notoriety in East, Central and Southern Africa, for giving quality broadband to organizations. We are laying 100km of new fiber consistently yet have chosen to accomplice for the present in West Africa with the goal that we can promptly take care of demand from organizations there,” says Nic Rudnick, CEO of The Liquid Telecom Group.

The organization empowers Liquid Telecom to offer organizations gigabit-rate administrations joined by arranged SLAs and reliably brilliant day in and day out client administration. The extra nations which Liquid Telecom will now have a vicinity in are Benin, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan and Swaziland.

The concurrence with Liquid Telecom gives MTN the capacity to benefit its multinational endeavor clients in Burundi, DRC, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

MTN says the association reaffirms its dedication to empower and motivate the development of its endeavor clients crosswise over Africa and whatever remains of the world, and also facilitates its desire to be the ICT accomplice of decision for clients hoping to extend geologically.

“This organization will give awesome advantages to our clients. We will have the capacity to influence one another’s items and administrations to enhance our offerings to bearer and endeavor clients in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Furthermore, we have the chance to offer our clients benefits past our foot shaped impression, because of the consolidated foot shaped impressions of both organizations, and additionally those of our accomplices. Moreover, this association strengthens our broad administration offerings in nation and universally,”
says Elia Tsouros, MTN’s Enterprise Business Unit Head of Global Sales.

Fluid Telecom’s fiber system compasses 20 000km crosswise over Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and is supplemented by its honor winning satellite administration for rustic zones. While MTN brags a broad availability foot shaped impression, with purposes of vicinity for its Global MPLS system in 22 nations, including South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, UK, Netherlands, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cyprus, Benin, Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana.

Together, Liquid Telecom and MTN will have the capacity to procurement systems with complex prerequisites quicker and offer one another’s wholesale, transporter, endeavor and settled administrations on the joined system – giving more decision to organizations of all sizes, intensel

Cinemartin NEXT 4K 4:4:4 Recorder Computer now with Windows 10

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The team over at Cinemartin, the producers of the leading Prores and other cinematography tools and devices like the universal 15mm baseplate, is now proud to announce a new upgrade for its 4K portable video recorder-monitor-computer. NEXT is now featuring Windows 10 and support for video from GigaEthernet cameras, USB cameras as well as HDMI and SDI (6G-3G-HD) cameras. NEXT is also now featuring Windows 10 on all their new models.

NEXT, the complete media station produced by Cinemartin that can be used as a DIT, can record video at up to 4K at 4:4:4 uncompressed, allows to capture also at lower resolutions 1080p, 720p and SD PAL or NSTC, now features support for GigaEthernet cameras and USB 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 cameras like the ones from Point Grey, Vision Research, etc .., with dual Ethernet ports and 4x USB ports allowing for multiple cameras.

Windows 10, now bundled already!

Windows 10 launched to the general public back in July. With SDI and HDMI input and outputs, supporting all the professional cameras from major manufacturers including but not limited to Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, AJA, Blackmagic, Kinefinity from SLR to mid-size and bigger configurations, NEXT 4K now comes with Windows 10, allowing users to take benefit of the new O.S. From Redmont, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, a lot of great new features including but not limited to a new video media player, EDGE (new internet explorer chrome like) and new abilities for easily share and send the recorded files to a wider media & locations, by Wifi, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, etc ..


NEXT now comes with integrated storage from 500GB to 1TB but users can add any external drive via one of its many usb 3.0 ports. With SSD like the Samsung T1 being one of the most popular SSD being used.


Next not only supports real-time Uncompressed, Motion-jpg or DPX at up to 12-bit video & audio capture, it also comes with a background transcoder for almost all variants of Prores and H.264, the new HEVC H.265 video codec and also features complete support for Adobe Premiere CC 2015, Adobe After Effects CC 2015 and other software. Next also supports streaming software.


Marc Grial from Cinemartin support said:

“As of now, NEXT, is the world’s only capable & supporting True Uncompressed video recording device, same width as the Atomos Shogun or Convergent Design 7Q, but featuring a computer too, uncompressed recording, Masters also in Motion-Jpg and DPX up to 12Bit, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, with deliveries available in Prores and HEVC H.265, being the world first supporting video input from almost any professional cameras & ports; SDI, HDMI, USB and now GigaEthernet too.”

NEXT 4K features a stunning 6.7″ high brightness HD touch screen (500 NIT, more brightness than Galaxy Note 4 about the same as IPhone 6+), being the world first featuring a built-in computer running intel 64 Bit Core processor’s, with a Partial Buffer – RAM of 16 GB or 24 GB and a integrated SSD of 500 GB or 1000 GB for about 3 grands. It fully supports Adobe Premiere CC 2015 as well as After Effects CC 2015 as well as a lot of other apps; for streaming, share, upload and send, backup, etc .. and it is really a fast machine, fully portable consuming only 29W (15W TDP), that can battery 12V std. be powered and run for 3 – 5 hours, or more with sleep mode activated.

Cinemartin NEXT is available and can be purchased now, it is guilt on a per order basis, first in first out with deliveries in a month from the purchase date. Prices will be starting at 2.495€ (hdmi + gigaethernet + usb model) and 3.295€ (hdmi + sdi + gigaethernet + usb model).

More info at:

In-depth video by Alister Chapman (DP, Sony consultant & teacher):

Before you purchase that 4G cell phone from abroad, Here’s a rundown of 4G LTE support groups in Uganda

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We should begin by saying that when you purchase a cell phone from abroad that has 4G LTE groups not bolstered in Uganda, you won’t have the capacity to get 4G speeds by any stretch of the imagination.

I am mindful that a decent rate of Ugandans decide to purchase cell phones and tablets from around the globe particularly when they travel. Individuals purchase telephones in the US, UK, China, India, Dubai among others. With internet shopping made simpler, it’s likewise conceivable to purchase a gadget from the solace of your home and get it conveyed to you whether it’s from Alibaba, Ebay or Amazon.

A challenges’ percentage with this is that you may purchase a nation particular gadget that was made to best capacity in a specific district and not the other. An excellent case is with 4G LTE gadgets.

At the point when purchasing a cell phone and you are occupied with the way that it has 4G LTE speeds, you need to be aware of what 4G LTE groups it bolsters. Numerous nations have distinctive groups that will just work in that nation and not another. Sadly it’s as of now unrealistic (or down to earth) to fit each of the 4G LTE groups into one cell phone that would work impeccably all over you go on the planet. Therefore, varieties of the same cell phone are made to suit diverse markets.

For instance the Samsung Galaxy S6 made for Europe is not quite the same as the one made for Africa and on the off chance that you purchased it, it may work in every single other perspective yet not it’s 4G LTE. It most likely will have the capacity to get amazing 3G speeds however not 4G in light of the fact that the groups it uses aren’t bolstered in Uganda. So when purchasing a cell phone be aware of what 4G LTE groups it underpins.

Jumia Uganda launches online bookstore section for book lovers

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Internet shopping site Jumia Uganda now has a segment where you can request books online in Uganda. The new shopping area joins attire, wellbeing, home apparatuses and home gadgets as a classes’ portion you can skim on the site.

Found on url has a few book titles from no matter how you look at it. From scholastic diaries, examination, to administration, self improvement guides, extending from the cost of Ugx 10,000 to as much as Ugx 120,000.

The retailer is right now sourcing books from Book Point. It appears the enormous logged off book shops, for example, Aristoc which as of late dispatched a store at Acacia shopping center, La Fountain, Vine most likely haven’t yet joined the e-trade fleeting trend.

Samsung Galaxy O Model Devices Could Be Coming Soon

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Samsung mobile has literally used half of the English alphabets in naming their devices. From Galaxy A series down to Z series (A, E, J, K, S, V, Z) now it seems the giant mobile maker is planning to add alphabet O to it’s line-up.

While Samsung’s naming scheme tends not to actually follow an alphabetical arrangement order, Samsung flagships are listed under the S series – Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and the likes, next in line are the A series – Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, and the likes, the lowest in the alphabetical naming scheme are the J – J3, J5, etc. There’s also the Z family, housing the Tizen devices. Other alphabets in their portfolio are the K series, which are a camera hybrid, the V seies which are entry-level smartphones, and a tablet with the alphabet W.

With the O series coming, we are curious were these new set of devices would fall under in the complicated Samsung hierarchy. We hear the said devices would be dubbed Galaxy O5 and Galaxy O7, but there’s no word out on the specs of the device, so we can’t categorically tell if we are looking at entry level devices or a new set of flagships.

IFA 2015 is coming up in a few weeks, so we might just be getting some official info about the two mysterious O devices from Sammy.

Nokia Actually Made Devices With AMOLED Screens Before Samsung!

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Samsung is most commonly credited for smartphones with super AMOLED LCD displays, but did you actually know that Nokia started the production of devices with AMOLED screens before Sammy? (I actually didn’t until today).

Read this piece by Phonearena.

Samsung’s smartphones are famous for many things, one of them being their AMOLED (or, in recent years, Super AMOLED) displays. Almost all of Samsung’s high-end Android smartphones feature AMOLED screens, and, in fact, Samsung’s been using this technology even before launching its first Android handsets. However, the world’s first smartphone with an AMOLED display was not made by Samsung.

Announced in August 2008, and released in early October that year, the Nokia N85 was the very first smartphone to sport an AMOLED screen (a 2.6-inch one with 240 x 320 pixels). The N85 was a Symbian-based dual-slider with advanced features – for its time – like HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and a 5 MP rear camera with auto focus and Carl Zeiss lens.

Samsung’s first AMOLED smartphone – the i7110 – was announced in late October 2008, but did not hit the market until February 2009. Just like Nokia’s N85, the Samsung i7110 ran Symbian, and offered a 2.6-inch AMOLED screen with 240 x 320 pixels, though this was a candybar, not a slider.

It’s worth noting that, in 2008, there were already plenty of phones with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens around. But AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) was introduced as a superior technology, improving things a lot by consuming less power, and offering faster response times. Sure enough, since the screens of both the Nokia N85 and Samsung i7110 were using early AMOLED technology, they performed rather poor in direct sunlight. Also, in case you were wondering, these were not touchscreen displays.



Galaxy Note5 Bought From AT&T Started Shipping To Buyers

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According to a report on, some folks who pre-ordered for the Samsung Galaxy Note5 from service provider AT&T in the US would starte receiving their devices soon as the devices are already being sent out.

While shipments weren’t expected to go out until August 21st, at least one lucky PhoneArena reader has received a notice from the carrier saying that his 64GB Black Sapphire Samsung Galaxy Note5 is already enroute.
AT&T Note5 shipping
While the name of the lucky phablet buyer has been covered up, we can see that the device is being shipped to Phoenix, Arizona. This seems to be speedy work on AT&T’s part. The mobile operator was also pretty quick to announce yesterday when it would start reserving handsets for its customers.

Has anyone else been surprised today with a notice that says that their newly ordered Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy Note5 has been shipped? Let us know by dropping your comments in the box below.

Source | Phonearena