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Samsung announces 4 new Galaxy phones and naming system

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.

Android
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V CAST Video becomes Verizon Video for Android devices

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.

Android
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17 more Android devices get loaded with Skype 2.1

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.

Android
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Samsung announces white version of Galaxy S II Android superphone

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.

Technology
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Researchers predict gas prices will drive consumers to EVs

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.

Apple
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Photograph The Cosmos With Astroclip iPhone Accessory

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.

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HP TouchPad 4G from AT&T rocks upgraded 1.5GHz processor

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.

Mobile Apps
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As App Store Downloads Go Up, So Do App Prices

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.

Technology
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Bio Trust uses people’s faces as passwords

Remember all the spy movies where protagonists had to scan their retinas, or even their entire face to get into some secret base or vault? With 3M Cogent’s new development, we can now bring that high security feeling into our living rooms

Android
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Android Trojan automatically subscribes you to premium SMS services

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.

Wi-fi
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A4tech V-Track: Wireless, Padless Mouse for All Kind of Surfaces

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.

Sony
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 Sony Announces 20 New Game Titles for Xperia PLAY  

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.

Mobile Apps
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Microsoft Encouraging Higher Prices for Windows Phone Apps

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.

SAMSUNG
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Slices Into Crossover Market

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.

Apple
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iPhone Goes Retro with Pinball Magic “Appcessory”

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.

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AT&T Disabling 4G Access on 4G-Capable Smartphones

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.

Apple
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Geek Out with Netwalk Logic Game for iDevices

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.

cars
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Mp3 Trojan Successfully Hacks 2009 Car Computer

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.

Technology
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Wikipedia Information Can Be Accessed With Livescribe Smart Pens

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.

Sony
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Sony Ericsson Introduces Xperia neo And Xperia pro

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.

Android
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Differences in smartphone preferences between races

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.

Apple
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Verizon’s iPhone 4 pre-order sales a success

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.”

Android
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Patched Froyo security flaw resurfaces in Gingerbread

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.

TABLETS
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Touch typing on tablet devices with LiquidKeyboard

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.

Sony
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Sony Ericsson has new Windows Phone 7 devices in the pipeline

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.

MOTOROLLA
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Over 100 tablets unveiled at CES 2011

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.

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BlackBerry Torch 2 doubles processor speed of predecessor

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.

Technology
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Scosche flipSYNC II keychain cable wins award at CES

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.