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Sony Intros Xperia Z4

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Sony launches its latest smartphone flagship-- the Xperia Z4, a device similar to the previous generation Xperia Z3, if with upgraded internals within a slightly slimmer (6.9mm) form factor.

Xperia Z4Like the Z3, the Z4 carries a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 resolution display, high-resolution audio support, wide-angle 25mm rear-facing camera lens, waterproof construction, glass back and metal edges.

A 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 CPU powers the device, together with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (upgradeable via microSD slot) and 2930mAh battery. Also upgraded is the front-facing camera, as it gets the same wide-angle lens as the rear-facing shooter and digital image stabilisation for even better selfies.

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Nokia Planning Mobile Comeback?

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Re/code reports Nokia is "quietly plotting" a consumer mobile comeback, as the Finnish company plans to launch a mobile phone together with "ambitious technology projects" come 2016.

Nokia phonesSuch ambitious projects include stabs at virtual reality, unnamed sources "briefed in Nokia's plans" say.

Reportedly driving the move is Nokia Technologies which, together with maps and networking equipment, makes what remains of Nokia. It is the division handling the licensing of the vast (10000+) Nokia patent portfolio.

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MIT Presents the Smallest Trackpad

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MIT Media Laboratory researchers present what is probably the smallest trackpad out there-- the NailO, a thumbnail-sized wireless input device one can wear on their, well, thumbnail.

NailOThe tiny device packs a battery, Bluetooth radio, multiple processor and a capacitative trackpad, and according to the makers allows control of smartphones, laptops and other wearable devices while the user has their hands full. It can also augment other interfaces (such as toggle between symbol sets while typing) and even allow for subtle communications of the sending a quick text during a meeting variety.

“It’s very unobtrusive,” researcher Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao says. “When I put this on, it becomes part of my body. I have the power to take it off, so it still gives you control over it. But it allows this very close connection to your body.”

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Kellerhals Objects Media-Saturn Flash Sales Site Buy

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Media-Saturn buys iBOOD.com, the Amsterdam-based online flash sales site, as part of a move further expand into online retail-- but Media-Saturn founder and minority owner Erich Kellerhals objects to the acquisition.

Media-Saturn iBOODAccording to the Grand Old Man the 15 April Media-Saturn shareholders meeting did not actually approve of the iBOOD buy, meaning the retailer's management bought the company "at its own risk." In fact, Kellerhals has already objected to a similar deal several years ago.

On the other hand Metro dismisses the objection, saying "all necessary internal coordination and approval procedures had been adhered to."

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LG Music Flow Gets Google Cast

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LG adds the first Google Cast-enabled products to the Music Flow audio system with the Portable Wifi Speaker (Model H4 Portable), Wifi Speakers (Model H7/H5/H3) and Wifi Sound Bars (Model HS9/HS7/HS6).

LG Music FlowAll the above mentioned audio products allow customers to play audio from their smartphones, iDevices, PCs, Macs and Chromebooks, as well as listen to streaming music services such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, Songza, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Rdio. Pairing comes through either Bluetooth or wifi (via Range-of-Flow technology).

Google Cast allows one to "cast" content through the cloud, allowing for better audio quality than Bluetooth.

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