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What’s new about Android Oreo?

 

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More power saving – background limits

By restricting certain activities an application wants to do while it’s in the background, Oreo can save power and improve battery life without users installing anything. New limits on implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates are automatic.

Customize Notifications

A notification dot will appear over an app icon, similar with iPhone but without a number showing. Users can also switch off notification dots to obtain a clean look. Users also have more control over notifications using channels by categorizing different Apps to multiple channels and choosing how Android should display notices for each channel.

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Picture-in-picture

Android Oreo enables Android handsets to support PiP display method just like Android TV. For instance, when a user is watching a YouTube video, he or she can still view other windows by tapping the home button. The YouTube video will shrink into a small, resizable box, displaying on top of the other window. Users can also turn off the feature from the settings menu.

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Easy Zoom in and New emojis:

Other changes include some camera tweaks and new emojis. With Android Oreo, users can zoom in the screen by simply double-tapping, making it perfect for one-handed snaps. Android emojis have earned the fondness of millions of users and Oreo adds another 70 new emojis including T-Rex, Dracula, and more!

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Two Ways to Connect iPhone to a Mini Projector

Excited for the 10th anniversary of iPhone X? I bet many of you have already planned to wait in the endless lines outside Apple stores to buy this new model priced at $1,000. Given all the efforts you take, why not maximize the joy? Are you aware that an iPhone can easily connect to a mini projector, allowing you for mobile displaying with the most flexibility? Today, I would like to demonstrate two ways to connect an iPhone to a mini projector (I will use an M6 mini projector by AAXA Technologies for the demo, but most models in the market should work in the same way).

HDMI Cable + Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter

Due to iPhone’s always unique design, there is no AV Cable directly connecting a mini projector to an iPhone. But Apple created a particular Lightning Digital AV Adapter (Retail Price $49) to enable the mirroring of an iPhone (also iPad or iPod) screen to an HDMI-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD. It can also output video contents – movies, TV shows, and captured videos – to those big screens in up to 1080pHD. The AAXA M6 Mini projector doesn’t come with an HDMI cable in the box, but you can easily find one on Amazon or at any electronics store. After connecting the HDMI port (VIDEO IN) of the projector to an iPhone through the cable and the adapter and choosing “DIGITAL INPUT” on the Main Menu of M6, you can start enjoying the large screen projections for you iPhone.

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Lightning Presentation Cable

AAXA Technologies also offers a Lightning Presentation Cable (Retail Price: $27.99) to make it easier. This Lightning to HDMI Cable is capable of mirroring 1080p HD videos from an iPhone (as well as iPad) to the M6 mini projector. With this accessory, you can give Keynote presentations, show picture slideshows, and watch short video clips from an iPhone on up to a 150-inch screen without cords. To use this cable, just plug it in the Lightning port side to an iPhone or iPad, the HDMI side to the AAXA M6 mini projector and the USB port to an iPhone charger or the USB port on the projector.

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About AAXA M6 Micro Projector

AAXA M6 Micro Projector has received PCMag EXCELLENCE Review. Key specifications include:

  • Native Resolution: 1080p HD
  • Brightness: 1200 Lumens (DC)/500 Lumens (Battery)
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  • Keystone Correction: No
  • Light Source: Triple RGB LEDs (30,000 Hours)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Projection Image: 12~200 Inches
  • Supported Formats: MP3/WMA/OGG/WAV/JPG/GIF/BMP
  • Video Inputs: HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V
  • USB: Full Sized USB 2.0
  • Memory Card: MicroSD
  • Dimensions: 7” x 7” 2.1”
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs

 

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Are you ready for a 4K home theater?

Though Sony released the first 4K home theater projector as early as 2012, projectors in native 4K resolution have become a big hit this past year. Several brands, such as Sony, JVC, and Epson, either expanded their commercial projector line to home theater products or developed their existing consumer-oriented projector portfolio. However, the 4K experience is not only about a display device – TV or projector. Thus, you should examine if you are ready for a 4K home theater before considering purchasing a 4K projector.

Do you have an abundant reach to 4K content?

Nowadays, you can obtain the access to 4K content by streaming online or buying a 4K Blu-ray player plus actual physical discs. Online streaming platforms, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc., have started offering 4K content years ago. However, most of these offerings are original series, like “The Crown” from Netflix and “Hand of God” from Amazon. It’s usually harder to find 4K content that is not produced by these streaming companies. On the other hand, you can choose to play discs with a 4K Blu-ray player since more and more 4K Blu-ray discs are available now and new movies in 4K on streaming services are relatively rare and more expensive.

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Is your Internet speed enough?

If you decide to go with online streaming services to watch 4K movies and TV shows, you want to make sure that your Internet can do an outstanding job, particularly in the peak hours. The fantastic 4K visual joy is achieved by display devices presenting more pixels for a picture, generally four times the native Full HD resolution (1920×1080). Therefore, it usually needs the Internet to transmit four times more bytes than usual. No matter how excellent your 4K projector is or how much 4K content you purchase, an underperforming Internet will beat your high expectation.

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How much does it cost to set up a 4K home theater?

With all above factors being considered, let’s now look at the cost. The least expensive model we have observed on the market is Optoma UHD60, priced at $1,999, although its native resolution (3840×2160) is not as high as Sony VPL’s, which is true 4K (4096×2160). Keep in mind that the price can go upwards of $60,000 but it is providing viewers an experience significantly close to a commercial movie theater. Moreover, regarding 4K content, Netflix requires members to subscribe to a higher tier that costs $11.99/month while Amazon requires $99/year Prime subscription and offers some titles for $19.99 and up. If you prefer physical players, a 4k Blu-ray player is priced somewhere around $200. On top of that, a usual 4K Blu-ray disc costs $15 and up, but it normally includes a standard 1080P Blu-ray and access to the digital copy.

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If you are ready for everything mentioned here, congratulations! Sit tight and enjoy the explosive 4K experience.

 

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AAXA LED Android: N64 Gaming Projector?!

 

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The question has been asked many times- what’s the usefulness of a projector with an Android operating system onboard.  Many blogs have discussed this ad nauseam (here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/atco-budget-hd-projector-with-built-in-android-review-and-giveaway/ and here:  http://mashable.com/2015/05/07/zte-spro-2-review/#p_GFpLs5c5qs) but I thought we would take a different approach.  Instead of streaming or connecting a gaming system where you would have to carry around with the projector, I’ve decided to take it back old school and use the projector as a gaming emulator, in this particular case old-school Nintendo 64 games.

Now AAXA Technologies (http://aaxatech.com/) sent us an LED android projector a few months back and we never got around to reviewing it (sorry AAXA!). I thought I would get around to it now.

ledandroid1The basic specs of this projector are as follows:

  • Stunning 550 Lumen Optical Engine
  • Native 720P HD Resolution
  • Android 4.4.2 with Dual Core CPU
  • 20,000 Hour LED Light Source
  • HDMI, VGA, USB, Composite Inputs
  • WiFi and Bluetooth Onboard

 

The things you need for this setup:

  1. AAXA LED Android Projector: you can purchase this projector now for $399 here http://www.amazon.com/AAXA-Projector-1280×800-Resolution-Bluetooth/dp/B00K04Y82W/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1455129415&sr=8-11&keywords=aaxa on Amazon.
  2. Gaming Controller: the controller I tested with the projector can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-940-000110-Gamepad-F310/dp/B003VAHYQY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1455130097&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+controller on Amazon. Or if you want to play old school you can purchase this classic N64 controller here: http://www.amazon.com/Retrolink-Nintendo-64-Classic-Enabled-Controller/dp/B008L3UUPS/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1455130154&sr=8-16&keywords=usb+controller
  3. f310-gaming-gamepadku-mediumMega N64 app: can be found here through this link on the Google playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aspieapps.free.emulator&hl=en.  You can also access the playstore app on the projector to directly download it.
  4. MegaN64Nintendo 64 Games – Which you can search on Google for.

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We tried a few different emulators but found the performance to be unstable. This included Mupen64+AE, Super N64 Emulator, and N64Droid.  The best emulator we have found is the Mega64 app stated above.

I downloaded some games to play on the projector and it’s amazing how it works like having a portable gaming system with a huge display all in one.  You can watch from the gameplay videos below, how well the game looks on the projector and how easy it is to set up.  I mean who doesn’t like to play these classic old games with a huge display like you could never before.  Before this review I already clocked some good hours playing some of these classic games.

 

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Gameplay video with the LED Android Projector:

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 70” Projection

 

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Lenovo’s new Yoba Tab 3 Pro is coming to market soon later this year and the only upgrade it’s received from the last model is an upgrade in projected screen size from 50” to 70”. Everything else is pretty much the same except some changes to the overall form. With its 10,200mAh battery Lenovo says it will run for about 18 hours under normal usage. There’s 4 JBL speakers providing sound and a 13 megapixel rear facing camera along with a 5 megapixel front facing camera to match. What’s disappointing is that they seem to downgraded their other new tablets for the year going from a 1080p screen to just a 1200×800 resolution on their Yoga Tab 3 which is still a bit better than 720p but at the same time a step backward. They’ve also chosen to go with a smaller screen coming from a 13” screen on the Yoga Tab 2 Pro down to an 8” and 10” for this year.

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It appears that the market for tablets are very saturated with high competitors like the Samsung Galaxy and of the iPad line up. Lenovo is probably trying to find their own niche in the market by including what are now almost standard features and banking on the unique hinge design and over all form. The downgrades is most likely a move to wrap all of that up in a low priced package while being able to offer consumers a product that can be used for a full range of entertainment options.

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Set Up Your Home Theater Projection For The Best Experience

If you are going to put the time, effort, and money into creating a theater space in your home that you will enjoy and love every time you step into it you should do it the right way. The annoyance of have to fix, adjust, or change the settings of the projection unit or surroundings in your theater space when you are already to flop into you seat and enjoy a show with a beer can be negated.

Here are a few tips to setting up your space for the best experience you should have.

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The goal here is simple: natural-looking images in ten minutes.

It’s important to change the picture parameters for each source of video (a film will need a different look to broadcastTV, or hi-def sports). If you’re lucky, your projector will have some calibration test patterns built in, or perhaps a set-up wizard.

What it definitely will have is some preset pictures modes such as ‘movie’, ‘cinema’, ‘sports’, ‘game’, ‘vivid’ and ‘user’. While it’s the latter you’ll be tuning-up and saving to, the others can be used as a base.

You might also find THX or ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) presets on your projector, too. These industry standards are focused on giving you ‘what the director intended’, and though they don’t account for your personal preferences or your viewing scenario, they serve as a useful comparison.

This is a balancing act, since black on a projector is merely a lack of light, and brightness the opposite.

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You should study and tweak the image in whatever ambient light is likely to be most normal; if you intend to use your projector during the day, leave the curtains open. However, if you can close curtains or blinds – even just a bit – to rid the room of as much ambient light as possible, do so. This will massively improve both black levels and brightness (if your projector screen is reflecting ambient light, there’s not too much any projector can do about it).

 

Tweaking for colour and tint is best done by prioritising skin tones; it shouldn’t be hard to find a sequence that features close-ups of several regular-looking humans (avoid alien life-forms or over-baked celebrities).

Simply push the colour slider until they look completely normal. This is subjective, but don’t be tempted to over-saturate; there will be a perfectly natural point somewhere between pale and ill-looking, and downright orange. Warm, rosy colours have an instant appeal, but this can grate after a while, so go slightly paler than your eyes initially prefer.

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It goes without saying that it’s always best to stick to HDMI connections wherever possible.

Don’t make the mistake of spending big on short-length HDMI cables, since HDMI cables either work or they don’t – think of them like a USB cable.

However, you may require an extra-long HDMI cable to reach from your source to the projector, which will be expensive, and less reliable the longer it is.

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When it’s all said and done it does eventually comes down to preference on how you like to enjoy the image you are watching. Some like the brightness while others like the image to be as real as possible while others will find it to take away from the cinematic envelopment. Adjust to your needs and enjoy what you’ve accomplished.

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AAXA’s 720P LCOS LED HD Pico Projector

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AAXA has recently released their latest model of pico projector and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on the ST200 720P LED Projector for a review; and we are impressed with the little titan. Boasting features such as a built media interface, lithium ion battery (allowing up to 60 minutes of run time), and a built in speaker this little machine is ready to go right out of the box. Weighing in at just 11 oz. the ST200 can produce an image up to 100 inches. Getting to those files or launching games on the small projector is a breeze with it’s on board controls and media interface. Allowing you to play media from a range of devices via a USB port, SD card slot, and HDMI input. There is also a port to connect to a portable speakers which makes game play, movies, and music even better.

 

Check out the ST200 in action in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9gJFR7Zjh0

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Compared to it’s competitors AAXA’s ST200 50 lumens mini projector is featured rich and versatile. It is very user friendly and can be used by anyone. It is priced competitively in it’s class and is something to look into if you’re in the market for a pico projector. Check out the link below for the Amazon listing.

http://www.amazon.com/ST200-Short-Projector-Multimedia-player/dp/B00W1PKXQ8

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The Rolls Royce of Projection Theatre

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With a price tag of $50,000.00 the new Sony 4k Ultra Short Throw Projector is definitely a premium. At only 7 inches from any wall it can produce an image up to 147” of viewing pleasure. The sleek uniform design in itself is something to marvel and will add pleasing aesthetics to any decor. Functionality is not lost from the simple design as the entire unit houses the projection unit in the middle with speakers on either side and even storage space at both ends.

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With the latest internal tech Sony’s engineers  developed the longevity is extended far beyond the traditional lamp projectors. Producing a wider range of colors than ever before every picture looks better. Texture, skin tone, lighting has all been improved.

 

 

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Move Over, the Pico Projector Keyboard is Here

Do you live in a tiny apartment? Or work in a very crammed office space? In either case, it can be very hard to accommodate something like a huge HDTV or a large monitor to display multimedia, whether it be for entertainment or business purposes. Any individuals who found the aforementioned resonating MUST consider the Sho U KiBoJet pico projector-keyboard. CNET was the first to put out a statement that this little keyboard includes a tiny projector that displays whatever content on any flat surface. A great feature is that this keyboard is compatible with many computers, paving a way for a great multimedia experience without the need for a huge monitor or display support.

What this means

If Lenovo’s “projector phone” wasn’t already enough, this new innovation essentially means that you can take only a keyboard with you to work just about anywhere there’s a blank wall or flat surface around you. Whether you need to go on a business trip for a conference, or you’re a teacher that needs to incorporate visuals into the variety of lessons, this new pico projector keyboard has you covered. CNET informs the audience that the keyboard projects up to 22 in wide at a distance of up to 33 in. It comes loaded with Bluetooth and WiFi capability, with an inbuilt 3W speaker system. Sho U informs viewers that the specs could change at any time before its official release.

For more information, check out the video below!

THANKS FOR READING!

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Lenovo’s Smart Cast – World’s first laser projector smartphone

If the technological innovations in portable projectors aren’t enough already for today’s society, Lenovo made a huge leap in the realm of fresh, innovative technology by introducing the Smart Cast, the world’s first-ever laser projection smartphone. At the company’s  TechWorld event in Beijing on May 28th, Lenovo unveiled the Smart Cast smartphone, which is baed on the idea of the pico projector (or handheld projector), adding the device to Lenovo’s lineup of creative concept products.

Lenovo’s CTO, Peter Hortensius, was the first to put out a statement about the Smart Cast, dubbing it the first-ever smartphone to imbibe a built-in laser projector. It is both the smallest pico projector in the world as well as a gesture-based system for control. The innovative feature will enable users to project video games, films/TV shows, and other forms of multimedia on any flat surface. Users will also have the ability to project controls or keyboards to a nearby surface to maximize their experience. This is made possible through the Smart Cast’s gesture recognition software to decode various movement actions such as multi-touching, clicking, and sliding.

“Whereas today smartphones are limited to consuming content, Smart Cast changes the paradigm by giving users a smart phone with built-in laser projector, infrared motion detector and high-performance algorithms.” stated Lenovo.

Perhaps the most notable function of the Smart Cast is its ability to transform any surface into a touch display. Users will be able to project a huge virtual touch screen to a table or any similar surface so they can type via the keyboard projection. The smartphone will then allow users to convert any other surface into a smart-display, courtesy of the variable bracket projector and the built-in kickstand feature. Users will be able to display the virtual keyboard in real time, as demonstrated by Lenovo at the massive event.

Users looking to video chat with the device will be able to project the media on a blank surface. Another great feature will lie in the phone’s ability to let users tend to the screen simultaneously.

It’s important to note that Samsung has already put out two smartphones with built-in projectors: the Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Beam 2. However, the concept has not really caught fire and has subsided in previous months. The difference with Lenovo’s product is the “cat-like” features, its beaming projection abilities, and the innovative virtual features.

While other specs of the Smart Cast remain unknown, it looks to be a highly anticipated product that could be the market changer. Although the Smart Cast isn’t simply a pocketable projector, it will have huge implications in the technology industry and will directly affect the future of pico projectors today.