Pics of the day : A few art


Shenyang 2014, The Snow and Ice International Festival

Created in 1993, Shenyang’s Snow and Ice International Festival has become one of the hallmarks of the winter tourist season. Sightseeing, sports, games, you’ll find everything during this festival that is attracting more and more tourists from around the world to admire the giant ice-made monuments, some of which are real works of art.
The festival lasts four weeks between December and February according to weather conditions and always starts with an opening ceremony. There are of course different ski areas as well as a zone dedicated to snow and ice sculpting where people can admire different creations.

Other manifestations will be made available for the duration of the festival, like the ice slide, folklore shows, races, etc. In short, there’s everything to make a great photo album.
Looks like a great fun time !

Huawei Honor 3X Test prior to the Video Test

The Huawei Honor 3X is the good surprise from Huawei with its 5.5in HD display and its 7GHz, 8×1 Octa-core processor, its 2Gb, its 13MP Sony camera and Dual SIM.

If the Huawei Honor 3C had to contend with the Xiaomi Red Rice, this Huawei Honor 3X will directly rival the Xiaomi Mi3. Its only drawback, in our opinion, is that it is only available on the web for the time being, which will make it a little bit more expensive at our retailers’.

  • 1.7GHz Octa-core MT6592 processor
  • 2Gb RAM + 8Gb ROM + Micro SD up to 64Gb
  • 5.5in HD glove-operated touch screen
  • Dual SIM compatible with 3G 900MHz
  • 13MP Sony camera
  • DTS sound
  • Removable 3000mAh battery

309€ at the SciPhone Boutique

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Inwatch Junior, the 60-€ connected Chinese watch

Inwatch Junior is the name of the upcoming, low-cost, connected Chinese watch designed for young people wishing for an affordable, efficient and user-friendly smartwatch !

A Pebble-like Inwatch Junior


To put it briefly, the Inwatch Junior will relinquish its color screen for an e-paper-like black-and-white screen, similar to the Pebble’s. The difference is that it will still be a touch screen.

This Junior smartwatch should therefore keep some of the Inwatch C’s characteristics, such as Bluetooth without a SIM card slot.

If the concept is already mature, we will still have to wait for some time before we discover the technical characteristics of this low-cost smartwatch which might be just what many of you have been looking for, provided you won’t expect too much from it considering its price.


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HDMI Miracast Wifi Dongle Video Test by GLG

A newcomer on and, the HDMI Miracast Wifi dongle, which will give you the possibility to stream via the web, your telephone or your tablet computer, is tested on a video hosted by Greg. You guessed right – this is a very useful dongle.


  • Adapter dongle-wireless mirror for TV/projector Miracast Tronsmart T1000
  • HDMI display wireless adapter
  • You can project on your TV screen videos, sound, files from your devices.
  • Compatible with Android, iOS & Windows
  • Technical standards Ezmirror/Miracast/DLNAEZAir/Airplay/Ezcast

Available on sciphone – click here

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Tegra K1 Processor Ready for the 4K

Released during the latest Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia’s new mobile graphic chipset Tegra K1 is truly astounding. According to our on-site specialists, we’re witnessing the beginning of a new era in the history of graphic performances on mobile devices thanks to this revolutionary chipset which is pillorying Qualcomm’s Snapdron and Apple’s A7.

Tegra K1 a 192-core GPU


This astonishing result comes from the match between two technological monsters, a 192-core CUDA Kepler GPU – no, my Chin’Addicts, you’re not dreaming – and a 2.3GHz, 28nm-engraving NVIDIA 4-Plus-1™ Cortex A15 r3 Quad-core processor fitted with a third-generation core for battery saving which will provide a high-performance yet low-energy system. This NVIDIA SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) architecture gives the four cores the possibility to perform at high levels if need be, as each core works independently and is automatically activated and deactivated according to the workload.

Lenovo Thinkvision 28”

You won’t find it hard to understand that this display of power has a specific aim, which is to match the new 4k-ultra-high-definition, 4096×2160-pixel technical standard. This technology is not really relevant to a smartphone unless you have a good MHL connector. On the other hand, we find it very attractive when it comes to mobile equipment such as Android games consoles or PC laptops, tablets but also SmartTVs like Lenovo’s Thinkvision 28”, a real 4K monster delivered with an Android system and already fitted with the Tegra K1 processor, at a price which should not exceed 600€ in China.


The Benchmark to End All Benchmarks

Some specialized blogs like Tom’s Hardware have already examined it closely, via famous benchmarks like Futuremark 3D. The result is really impressive as the Tegra K1 pins down its contenders with its 25% additional performance as compared with the A7 on the 5S iPhone which, up to now, had been in the lead ahead of Qualcomm’s S800. Moreover, the test was run on an energy-hungry 4k screen and not on the iPhone’s small screen. You can imagine what the results would be like on a similar screen. It leaves us dreamy.

[HOWTO] How to keep an Android system at a high-performance level

From a certain point of view, caches are at the same time the strength and the weakness of an Android ROM. Two partitions, the cache and the Dalvik-cache – also called DalvikVM for ‘virtual machine’ – a little bit outside the system itself, allow you to store data on your applications and configurations so that you can put them faster into operation. You might compare them to virtual RAM. The problem with caches is their tendency to suffer from exponential growth, which, in the long run, can result in the exact opposite of what you initially looked for, and that is en excessive slowness. Last but not least, caches are apt to contain poorly written or erroneous data, which may result in a software bug or even a crash. Hence the absolute necessity to empty them on a regular basis. Strangely enough, that does not always appear in Android’s basic system options. Consequently you’ll have to resort to hidden functions you will find in the administration menu – the Recovery. The only trouble is that the original Recovery doesn’t feature these implemented functions, so you’ll have to use a modified Recovery. Inside this menu, you’ll go directly to Wipe or Wipe Cache Partition in order to launch this deep cleaning.







For those who feel a bit out of their depth about this kind of operation, there is an easier possibility, which is a Play Store application such as Cache Cleaner+ or App Cache Cleaner. The trouble is that the cleaning will only be effective on the Cache partition and not on Dalvik-Cache. The latter can only be cleaned by the Recovery.



Remember that the destruction of these two partitions is harmless to your device ; they automatically self-create again every time you switch it on, nor will you lose any data.




How to maintain a minimalist system



Most users like you and me have a tendency to install a whole lot of applications or widgets, more than is actually necessary. Keep in mind that the less your system stores in terms of applications, the faster it will be. Try to avoid installing too many useless widgets on the grounds that they’re cool. A widget is an ever-working system, consumes memory and so consumes energy. The less unnecessary widgets and applications you will have, the less energy-hungry your battery will be.



Safeguarding your battery






As we’ve seen, not having too many active applications may be a solution but it is not quite satisfactory in terms of energy saving.



Tip #1 – Manage as best as you can your screen light which is by far the most energy-hungry organ on a smartphone or a tablet. Automatic light control appears to be a good enough solution.



Tip #2 – Try to avoid having permanently switched-on data, whether it be with your 3G or your wifi. It is better to activate these functions only when you have need of them. Let’s not forget a connected device is constantly sending data in a perfectly invisible way. If you object to this tip, remember to deactivate all unnecessary synchronizations. Not only do they have you consume a lot of power, but they also have a voracious appetite for memory and data.



Tip #3 – Use a pedagogical application, as regards energy saving, such as for instance Battery Doctor which will teach you everything you need to know about your device’s energetic management. There are many other apps, like Juice Defender.




Putting these tips into practice should enable you, without constraint, to keep an efficient, simple, fast and low-energy operating system for your Android. As a result, your battery ought to get its second wind and multiply its lifetime by two or even three. And if you know tips we don’t, please let us know !