Samsung has announced four new Galaxy Android-based devices, and has also come up with a new naming system for all Galaxy smartphones to simplify things for consumers. Or to make them more complicated. It really depends on how you look at it. The four new phones, the Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro, all run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and fall under the new naming system, or the “SRWMY” scale.
Verizon has decided to do a little rebranding by unleashing “Verizon Video” to the Google-fueled masses. In essence, you are able to watch a bunch of your favorite television shows on your preferred Droid device, whether that be a smartphone or a tablet. It’s not unlike V CAST Video, except that they’ve upgraded the quality of the video content and expanded the selection.
Tegra 3 is just around the corner and it looks like Asus could be getting first dibs at Kal-El. It looks like the first device to launch with Tegra 3 will be the next-generation Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet.
Ashton Kutcher’s 1,100 square-foot semi “trailer” comes complete with seven flat-screen TVs, two levels, two bathrooms, granite countertops and a conference space, this behemoth needs hydraulic expansion and retraction areas to meet U.S. transportation laws’ size requirements while on the road.
Do you wanna do the Skype thing on your Android smartphone, but they haven’t made it available to your handset yet? Today’s news should be good, then, since Skype has just extended its Skype 2.1 for Android to the “majority of Android devices.” More specifically, they’ve added no fewer than 17 devices to the list.
As far as Android phones are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S II is easily one of the best. That brilliant Super AMOLED display, that peppy Tegra2 processor, that super slim profile. She’s an absolute beauty, but maybe you’re not a fan of the color scheme. Well, Samsung is trying to spark some additional interest in this superphone by announcing a white variant.
Texas-based research company Zpryme released a new report today predicting that oil instability in Libya and the Middle East, contrasted with the less-volatile electricity prices and federal initiatives, may drive consumers towards electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to replace their current vehicles over the coming years.
Astroclip is a Kickstarter project, created by designer matthew Geyster from Base One Labs in Boston, and it is the very first iPhone accessory that actually allows users to take photos of the moon and galaxy. This innovative add-on lets you hook up your iPhone 4 to a telescope and take photos of the cosmos using your smartphone’s camera.
What’s that? You just picked up the HP TouchPad and you think you’re the new king of the tablet kingdom? Think again. HP has already one-upped itself, because an upgraded version of the webOS tablet has been formally announced and it `comes with two notable bumps on the spec sheet.
Apple has officially stated that no less than 15 billion (that’s nine zeros) apps will have been downloaded by the end of this year. According to the company, more than 200 million users will have visited the store during 2011. Not only that, but the average price of the downloaded apps is also predicted to go up, a 14 per cent price increase to be exact.
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a way to put all that electromagnetic energy floating around to use. They’ve managed to create a device that captures and harnesses ambient energy so it can be used to power small electronic devices.
Uh oh. One of the troubles associated with developing an increasingly popular product is that you become a bigger target for the bad guys too. Google Android is not immune to these kinds of attacks and the most recent one could cost you a pretty penny. That’s because it could start sending you daily jokes and daily horoscopes.
We all know that mice, the peripheral devices that is, require a mouse pad or atleast a good solid surface to work on smoothly. You will have a hard time trying to move the pointer on the display if you are using the mouse on a surface as smooth as glass or on the the wooly blanket while sitting on the bed.
Today Sony Ericsson announced that they’re going to deliver more than 20 new games to the Xperia PLAY, including 10 exclusive titles optimized for the device itself which everyone else without the Xperia can gawk over. The new games will add to the more than 60 titles already available for Xperia PLAY, which of course will be showcased at the E3 games expo from June 7-9.
ASUS has recently introduced some of its new products: the PadFone and the super slim Eee PC X101 netbook. The netbook can run MeeGo or Windows 7 in dual-boot and is powered by an Intel 1.5GHz Oak Trail Atom processor bringing a 600 graphics GMA.
With Microsoft’s software update due this fall, nicknamed Mango, the company is trying to bring over developers to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile by encouraging them to charge more for Windows Phone apps. Microsoft hopes to compete with the highly successful iTunes App Store by offering up better quality apps, as opposed to cheap or free apps that involve fart sounds.
When you think about crossover vehicles, they typically fit somewhere between a standard sedan and a larger SUV. With the recent leak of the ThinkPad X1 from Lenovo, we find a notebook PC that’s try to straddle between the consumer and business markets.
There’s so much more to the thin notebook market than the MacBook Air. Taking a swing down South Korea way, you’ll discover that LG has just unveiled a pair of additions to its Blade Series of skinny laptops: the LG P430 and the LG P530.
Last week we caught wind that Rovio was going to unveil a new game called Angry Birds Magic at WIMA this week. The kicker is that the new version of the game made use of NFC in some creative way. As it turns out, it’s not all that creative.
As great as touchscreens may be, they rarely offer the same kind of visceral experience as you get with real buttons and real moving parts. That’s kind of the idea behind Pinball Magic, a mini pinball cabinet for your iDevice that goes along with the free app.
Let’s forget for a moment what it really means to have a 4G network and just go with AT&T’s FauxG definition. The wireless carrier says that its HSUPA network offers 4G speeds. Fine. However, it’s not allowing any of its devices to access said network.
Have you ever wanted to live out the dream of being a network administrator for some nameless corporation? Okay, probably not, but you could still have some fun playing Netwalk for iPhone 1.0. You don’t have to deal with bureaucracy and TPS reports, but you do need to get a functional network going.
When Apple first announced the App Store many moons ago, I didn’t think that the iPhone was much of a threat to the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. Based on more recent developments though, that opinion is changing. As is the case with the newly released Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard.
Teams at the UCSD and the University of Washington have managed to hack into an unspecified 2009 vehicle using a trojan virus hidden in an Mp3 disc inserted into the audio deck. The virus allegedly altered the car stereo’s firmware creating an entry point to other components of the vehicle.
That didn’t take very long at all. The new iOS 4.3 was only put out there last week and there’s already a jailbreak for it. Whether you’re rocking iOS 4.3 on an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, or iPod touch, you can do the jailbreak on your choice of Windows or Mac.
Even though the new payment system at Starbucks is based on a barcode scanner, near field communications (NFC) will really represent the future of mobile payment. And RIM wants to be all over this thing.
Smartpen manufacturer Livescribe last week announced the release of the new Wikipedia app for their Echo and Pulse pens. Once downloaded to the pen, the app lets you search through offline abstracts of the 100,000 most-visited English-language Wikipedia articles using your pen and pad as the interface: Simply write the name or subject in the “dot paper” notebook and tap the word with the tip of the pen and the information is at your fingertips.
Realistically thought of as the Tegra 2 successor, Kal-El will be the world’s first mobile quad-core CPU. NVIDIA is already sending out samples and they expect Android devices will start getting releaseed with Kal-El under the hood this August.
You know, one company that has been quietly making a lot of headway in the last year or so is Huawei. It’s been able to dig into the inexpensive market for Android smartphones and this trend continues with some unveilings at Mobile World Congress.
Yes, the lower case part of the name is the official name. Sony Ericsson wants to be all hip and cool like that, not unlike a certain iCompany. In addition to the Xperia Play (PSPhone), SE also showed off at least two other entrants to the Xperia family at Mobile World Congress.
When news first broke out that HP was buying Palm, we got stoked about webOS getting a huge injection of infrastructure and marketing muscle. What we didn’t know was how far HP was going to use its newly acquired property.
The clash between smartphone platforms has always been a heated one, with just a handful of companies fighting for dominance. Now a new study done by Nielsen may provide us with some insight on which platform is really winning the hearts and minds of consumers, and even deeper, what kind of consumers are they attracting.
I can hear Tim Taylor grunting already. If you’re looking for more power on your smartphone, it looks like Texas Instruments is about to crank the volume up to eleven.
Artists at exhibits, vendors at trade shows, limo drivers at airports; nobody likes a missed sale. Which is exactly the problem Sage Software Inc. is looking to eliminate with today’s launch of their new fee-free encrypted credit card payment device.
On Thursday, Verizon announced that the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 achieved a record first day sales, describing it as the carrier’s most successful first day sales in history. Although we are unsure of the exact official numbers of the pre-ordered handsets, CEO Dan Mean had this to say “in just out first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history.”
Apparently, we’re getting one step closer to Minority Report territory. eyeSight has just introduced a new software-based technology that will allow you to use your tablet device without ever touching it; they’re doing it based on gestures.
The notorious security flaw in Android 2.2’s stock Internet browser, which allows remote access of files on your SD card to rogue websites, hackers and attackers who know the file path, has been patched on Android’s new Gingerbread version of the OS.
We all know that Samsung has been able to enjoy a fair bit of success with its Galaxy S line of Android smartphones, but we didn’t know that it was of record-breaking proportions. Well, the Korean giant is on cloud nine.
I’m very much partial to physical keyboards. Maybe it has to do with the tactile feedback. Maybe it has to do with the ability to “feel” between the different keys for added accuracy. With the creation of the “LiquidKeyboard,” these concerns may soon be overcome on tablets.
As promised, or most likely closer to, as rumored. Dating back to last summer it seemed that Sony Ericsson had decided to invest its interest more deeply in the area of Windows Phone 7. When rumors first arose, the Swedish collaborative venture only passively mentioned that it was looking into the new Microsoft mobile OS as a possible platform for its devices. However, as shipments and demand began to decline, Sony Ericsson must have started to explore new opportunities in an attempt to draw interest to its products in a saturated smartphone market.
We knew that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was going to represent the year of the tablet. We knew that just about everyone was jumping on board this newfound goldmine, but we had no idea how big this would become. How big? Well, there were over 100 new tablets revealed at CES 2011.
Samsung’s latest string of teasers leading up to the Mobile World Congress 2011 is the Evolution is Fate campaign, promising a Galaxy S2 on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that will inevitably take over for the first generation of their current best-selling tablet.
Wireless charging isn’t exactly a new thing, but it also hasn’t taken off as much as we would have expected. You can waltz into any number of electronics retail stores and find that they are selling Powermat or some other variation on the inductive charging thing. The problem is that you have to buy a special adapter or case for every device you want to charge.
The original BlackBerry Torch represented an interesting form factor for the folks at Research in Motion. You get a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, as well as the optical trackpad. Still, it left consumers wanting more and that’s where the newly announced BlackBerry Torch 2 is supposed to come into the picture.
Possibly motivated by constant complaints about the high price of seemingly cheap memory products, Lexar’s factory tour video, released on YouTube last week, details the long, grueling process involved in the manufacturing process of memory chips.
Motorola Mobility’s Xoom tablet powered by Google’s tablet-specific Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) topped the polls and was named the best gadget at CES 2011. Combining beautifully-crafted hardware and the right OS, we couldn’t agree with this assessment more.
We deal with a lot of messy cables these days. We’ve got HDMI cables leading from our televisions, audio cables leading from our headphones, and USB cables leading to our various peripherals. While it doesn’t solve all of life’s problems, the Scosche flipSYNC II looks like it could help. In fact, Scosche took home a CES Innovation 2011 Design and Engineering Award.