Samsung have gone all out at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain by announcing the release of the newest product in the Galaxy range, the S5. Like Apple, Samsung have now introduced a front fingerprint scanning home button, used to unlock the device whilst also boasting it's water a dust resistant ability. The Galaxy S5 looks pretty similar to it's previous models, although it has a soft-touch textured back. Also built in is a heart rate monitor, a sensor on the back of the phone that determines the blood flow in your fingers!
(Galaxy S5. Image Source: samsung.com)
"The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and the phone offers a 2.5GHz quad core processor with 2GB of memory. It runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 and includes an upgraded 16-megapixel camera with quick autofocus and real-time HDR. It has a 20 percent better battery life than the previous generation phone and includes a built-in power saving mode that will activate a black and white display with limited app access when the battery is low" - MacRumors.com
But Samsung didn't stop there, they also announced a new range of wearable devices - the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit - the world's first curved AMOLED wearable device with a 1.84-inch touch screen. the Gear Fit displays instant notifications such as incoming calls, emails and texts.
These products are set to be released in April but pricing is yet to be announced.
(Samsung Gear Fit. Image Source: samsung.com)
After the purchase of Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012, Facebook are now set to purchase the popular messaging app WhatsApp. The deal is said to be around $19 billion (£11.4 billion) spread in cash and shares.
"The purchase, $4 billion in cash plus $12 billion in Facebook shares and potential for an additional $3 billion in employee stock payouts, will see WhatsApp founder Jan Koum joining Facebook's board of directors". - MacRumors
WhatsApp is a free messaging app and now has more than 450 million monthly users due to the popularity of avoiding text message charges. WhatsApp claim that they are currently registering one million new users per day and currently stand as the 35th most popular app on the App Store.
A recent study by the DVLA shows that half a million UK drivers have been caught using their mobile phone whilst driving - this means that around 574,955 drivers now have 3 points on their license. Think! also state that 'you are also four times more likely to crash if you use your mobile phone whilst driving.' The penalty for using you mobile phone whilst driving can land you with an automatic fixed penalty notice. You can get yourself 3 points on your license and a £1000 fine.
The DVLA broke down this data into the 'Worst offending cities/areas for drivers caught on a mobile' and the results found were:
South East London - 9,384
Brake Chief Executive Julie Townsend said: 'We're living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm. More and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute.'
There are plenty of hands free in car phone holders available to prevent you being caught out using your mobile phone whilst driving. Nowadays, nearly all smartphone users have access to maps and sat nav applications, increasing the possibility and temptation of picking up your phone to check which turn you need to take next or picking up a call from a pal!
A mount like the Spiderpodium will eliminate this temptation and prevent the risk of accidents on the road by mounting your smartphone device or sat nav in your car air vents by giving you a hands free driving experience. The Spiderpodium works with any car, any smartphone, forever!
Next time you consider using your phone whilst driving, just think to yourself Why Risk It!?!
We are exhibiting at this years International CES event in Las Vegas, located in LVCC North Hall, Booth 3723. This is where you can follow our adventure out in Las Vegas and we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest technology news straight out of CES!
We will also be keeping you up to date on all our social media pages so follow us out there...
The journey begins, en route to Gatwick Airport!
About to take off...
Our home for the next couple of days, New York New York hotel!
A room with a view!! Looking over Excalibur and Mandalay Bay...
The Paris Hotel
The stand has arrived, now time for setup!!
The Breffo stand coming together pretty nicely.
Mercedes-Benz will announce at CES14 that their cars will now connect with Smartwatches such as the Pebble Watch. The car's software will send vehicle data and current navigation information to the watch.
The Audi stand at CES14 is pretty awesome!!
We took a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip last night.
Our stand on the first day of CES 2014
The Breffo Gumstick on display at CES 2014
The Audi Sport Quattro
Lamborghini on display at CES 2014
The Breffo Leather Range for the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPhone 5/5S on display at CES 2014.
Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are joining in the manic 'last minute buy' craze. Stuck for ideas? Well we have some great gift ideas for him or her this Christmas.
How about our stunning Leather Smartphone Wallet for iPhone 5/5S which are handcrafted from the finest British Shorthorn Cattle and come in a beautiful gift box. All our Leather Smartphone Wallets are not just made exclusively in the UK, but are also made with quality craftsmanship!
How about the Breffo Spiderpodium Tablet, a fully flexible Tablet stand that works with all Tablet devices. The Spiderpodium Tablet is dubbed the 'Big Brother' to the multi award winning Spiderpodium stand for Smartphones. The Spiderpodium Tablet has recently made it to The Guardian's 'Christmas Gift Guide 2013'.
As we can't contain our excitement about the launch of the Gumstick™ campaign, we are giving all our awesome fans the chance to enter our competition to win an iPad mini. There are several ways to increase your chances of winning so spread the word to your family and friends!!
We’re pretty stoked in these parts about the newest addition to our product assortment! The Breffo Gumstick™ was officially introduced today via popular crowd funding platform, Kickstarter! Cue hoots and hollers! Can you tell the launch is beyond exciting for us and we can't wait to share some of the details of the campaign.
So, what is this fantastically awesome product? The Gumstick™ is the world’s most beautifully minimal, yet fully functional smartphone stand. Compatible with all iPhone, HTC, and Android smart phones as well as mini tablets. It can be used for holding your device in different positions, allowing for viewing in portrait and landscape, making it the perfect accessory for home, work, or travel. Lightweight, strong, and compact, this product fits easily into your pocket or bag making it the ideal product for your busy, on the go lifestyle!
iPad Mini and the Gumstick™
Facetime on the go. Anywhere and Everywhere.
Perfect for following recipes in the kitchen.
If you still need some convincing after viewing our awesome video and images (not to 'toot our own horns' here)! Let me remind you of a pretty familiar scenario and believe me I've seen it. We’ve all had those moments, you're crammed into a business flight and you’re propping your device up against a soda can or book so you don't have to sit and hold the darn thing through the flight. Come on, admit it - you know what I am talking about. I speak from experience (but my scenario involves a bored 3 year old child on a transatlantic flight) you get my drift. Sure it works but not the most aesthetically pleasing or effective method, right? It was experiences like these that prompted the design of the Gumstick™ stand. It’s amazingly simple, straight out of the box a flat piece of rubber but once you start playing with the product it really starts to take shape. The device bends and molds so that you can position your device at different angles. Hurrah, you can kiss that soda can goodbye!
Well, almost... That is where you come in! To make this amazing product a reality we need your help. As a company we've had some fantastic successes much in part to the support of all of you; however, in the greater scheme of things we're a start up. Developing a product takes more than innovation, dedication, and passion - it takes capital. With the support of backers such as you we know we can successfully bring the Gumstick™ to market. Please take some time to check out our Kickstarter campaign page. We’re offering some fantastic rewards and discounts to those who get in their early. Plus, you’ll be able to read all about Gumstick™, what your funding will support, our production plan and timelines. If you still have unanswered questions reach out to us directly we’d love to hear from you! That said, one last thing.... From all of here at Breffo HQ to all of you thank you in advance for your support!
Click here to view our Kickstarter page.
The eagerly anticipated Apple event finally took place yesterday, with the world looking to see what Apple had under their sleeve this time around. The rumors had come to reality as Apple announced the iPhone 5C and the 5S as well as many key features such as the fingerprint scanner, improved battery life and improved camera features, to name a few!
The iPhone 5S come in 3 different colours - Silver, Gold & Space Grey.
The iPhone 5C comes in 5 different colours - White, Pink, Yellow, Blue & Green.
iPhone 5S Key Features:
(image via Cultofmac.com)
iPhone 5C Key Features
(image via Cultofmac.com)
Your iPhone's Perfect Companion..
Are you looking for a Holder for your new iPhone? Why not gift your new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C with the perfect partner, the Spiderpodium. The Spiderpodium works with all smartphones so you will never have to purchase a new one!! Available for purchase now on breffo.com and come in 7 awesome colours:
Black, Pink, Graphite, Blue, Purple, Green & White
Let us know your thoughts on all the news from the Apple event in the comments box below, we would love to know which colour you would choose!
Today we see the latest event held by Apple since the WWDC event in June where the iOS 7 platform was announced. Today, many people including ourselves here at Breffo are looking to Apple for more innovation than that of their release of the iPhone 5 model nearly a year ago. The problem Apple are currently facing is their competitors seem to be a little ahead of the game with the likes of Samsung releasing the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch at this year's UNPACKED 2013 event in Berlin.
It is said that today's Apple event is the first of two with the focus being on the much talked about iPhone 5C and the 5S as well as the updated iOS7. The second part of this event, which is believed to be scheduled in October, is more than likely going to be the announcement of the updated iPad and Mac OS X software.
The iPhone 5C has been rumored to the the 'C'heaper version of the iPhone 5, with the same screen size as the iPhone 5 but with a 'tough' plastic outer casing, available in a range of different colors. The iPhone 5S on the other hand is said to be available in a 'champagne' colour and contain the much talked about fingerprint scanner to unlock you phone, an apparent 30% increase in speed due to a fast A7 processor and other updates such as an improved camera, larger storage availability and graphics enhancement, longer battery life and improved wi-fi connection.
The apparent fingerprint scanner contains a blue led surround light on the home button.
(Image credits Martin Hajek)
We are all already aware of the iOS 7 release after the WWDC event in June, but Apple are expected to again today show off the slick new design as well releasing it to the public for download on existing iOS devices. Some updates we should expect include enhancements to existing services provided by Apple such as Passbook, new updates for Siri, Maps and several more.
Some of the redesigned App icons we are expecting to see in iOS 7.
(Image Credits techradar.com)
What are your opinions leading up to the Apple event later on today, are you excited or do you feel Apple should pick up the speed and challenge these competitiors?
Please leave your comments in the box below
Congratulations to Grant Dreyer. You have been selected as the winner in our Breffo Competition to win the Beats by Dr. Dre Bluetooth Pill Speaker!
We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who entered this competition and for the support!
Watch this space as we have an awesome new product coming out ready for pre-order very very soon!!!
The Breffo Team