Author: Alexander Udalov

Android
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Augmented Reality: Vuforia by Qualcomm

At this past CES, rare demos of Augmented Reality (AR) implementations failed to attract much attention. There are many reasons for the fading interest in AR on mobile devices. Reviewers quote numerous technical problems with “live view” class encoding; 3D scene generation is the major obstacle on par with the inclusion of AR functionality being a daunting task even for the most powerful quad-core SoCs (think Tegra 3).

Apple
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Top Selling Phones of 2011: iPhone 4S Leads The Way

The undisputed leader of all sales from all carriers that offers the iPhone is the iPhone 4S for last two months of 2011. Who would have thought otherwise? More interesting and telling is the struggle for second place. The Samsung Galaxy S II looks like the leader for the second spot, except for Verizon where Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus took the position in December 2011, while in November 2011 it was Motorola’s Droid RAZR as Verizon’s second big selling phone.

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Polaroid Reveals First 16MP Android Smartphone Camera

We are well aware that high end smartphones are now capable of producing very good snapshots and decent videos. This time, Polaroid’s SC1630 camera is blurring the line. It runs Google Android phone OS . Hence, it’s a camera that can make phone calls. In this respect, Polaroid prefers to call this device a “phone camera” (stress on “camera”), and not your regular “camera phone”.

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Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook Closest To MacBook Air Killer

This time, Series 9 notebook from Samsung has an amazing Duralumin (aircraft grade aluminum) unibody with a total thickness of just half an inch. That might just fit inside a brown paper envelope.  Samsung is setting the bar for the new ultrabook class, although Samsung doesn’t like the “ultrabook” moniker, we’ll just let it be the Samsung Series 9 notebook to make them happy.

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More On The Verizon, Samsung And LG Alliance

Verizon is widely known for its Verizon Wireless operations. But cell phone carrier services are not all that the big V can offer to its customers. A growing Verizon FiOS network that was first deployed 6 years ago offered ultra fast Internet access, it has since evolved into a multi-functional service that includes FiOS Internet, FiOS TV, and FiOS Digital Voice.

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Tegra 3 Eee Pad Transformer Prime Uses Xbox 360 Controller

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime continues to amaze us. At CES 2012, an avid gamer shows his prowess with Shadowgun running flawlessly on the Tegra 3 powered tablet. Connected to a large screen via HDMI and controlled by an ordinary Xbox 360 controller, there’s really no telling the difference.

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Verizon ZTE Jetpack 4G/LTE Mobile Hotspot

Developed by ZTE, the Jetpack is a 4G /LTE Mobile Hotspot allowing 4G/ LTE – customers to get download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G/LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas. The global ready device will work in 205 different countries, and 125 more with 3G too.

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10 Video FAQs about ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

ASUSTeK Computer goes to extraordinary measures to appeal to widest possible audience of their potential customers. Original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer was and still is one of the most popular 10-inch Android slates, even if the Transformer Prime clearly takes the role of ASUS flagship tablet.

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ZTE 7-inch Quad-core Tablet Runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich

ZTE has a 7″ tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich at CES. According to IDG analytics quoted here, the company has already overtaken Apple worldwide since 2011 in smartphone production, doubled its shipped products in Q4 compared to the previous quarter, and experienced a year-over-year increase of by almost 60%.

Apple
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Siri And Crestron Means Softly Spoken Home Automation

With help from Crestron’s AMS-AIP home automation equipment and an intermediary proxy server, Apple iPhone 4S Siri can take over the highly intelligent voice control of lighting, temperature, home theater equipment and more; commanding your home’s WiFi thermostat by voice.

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CES: Ice Cream Sandwich Demoed on ASUS Transformer Prime

Ice Cream Sandwich for the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet was planned to be available much later than it appears to be happening, as it has started to roll out for users just a couple of days ago. ASUS, ever anxious to see their achievement properly appreciated at CES 2012, even decided to make an introductory video themselves.

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Will We See The iPad 3 At CES?

As much as small external changes may seem important to some, the differences in internals between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 still take precedence, and may end up being the biggest changes of all.

Wi-fi
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Sleek 4G-V Signal Booster

In areas with Verizon Wireless LTE service, the Sleek 4G-V is aimed to give you a strong LTE signal, as well as conventional 3G or 2G signals. Benefits include fewer dropped connections and no-service “dead zones,” faster data transfer rates and improved battery life for wireless devices.

SAMSUNG
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Your Next TV Will Watch You

In other words, these TVs supposed not just watching you Big Brother style, they also listen to you carefully (that may mean selecting your voice out of ambient noise) and checking whether it is really you by face recognition feature.

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Withings Announces New Smart-Scale For Babies

Withings is best known for their “adult” WiFi-connected scale which enables you to track your weight and fitness level through an easy-to-use app that works with the PC or their favorite iOS mobile device. Now they introduce a scale that is designed for infants and toddlers.

Android
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Lenovo’s K91 Smart TV Runs Android 4.0

K91 is branded as the world’s first smart TV to run Android 4.0. The “smart” part of the equation is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor running Lenovo’s skinned Android 4.0. This apparently offers a seamless combination of VOD, Internet applications and traditional TV programs. Its TV 2.0.

SAMSUNG
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CES 2012: What Not To Expect

When we cover shows like CES, there’s always an anxiety for us not to overlook or miss something worthy, or simply deserving special attention. With a small team on the show floor just walking around a vast sea of gadgetry within acres of indoor Vegasness, it’s easy to let things slip by.

Android
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Android App For TiVo Released, Offers “Social Commenting”

A recent update to newer TiVo boxes adds functionality for a new Android app. The standard remote scheduling and guide views that we’ve seen from DirecTV and others are available, as well as a virtual remote for hardware that supports it. Social features integrate Twitter and Facebook into your couch potatoing too.

Sony
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Sony Adopts XQD Flash Memory Card Format

Sony has a long history of pushing their proprietary formats for many things that otherwise (and outside of Sony) become more or less standardized. A good example of this Sony approach is their Memory Stick format that has irked quite a large number of Sony fans who wished at times that the Japanese company might be a bit more lenient and include SD memory card support in some of their devices. Well, it didn’t happen this time, too. At least, not for SD Card format.

MOTOROLLA
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Motorola RAZR Owners Upset, Wanting Unlock

Motorola was not the first and it probably won’t be the last company that struggles with their customers over the issue. What seems to making users particularly angry with Motorola is that in early 2011 Motorola had promised to unlock the bootloaders of its smartphones and while it did unlock a few, a majority of Motorola phones remain locked.

Apple
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Verizon iPhone Sales Double Over Holidays

Then, on top of that, Verizon had this setback with three separate outages of their 4G/LTE network in December alone, and it’s unclear whether customers will be receiving a credit on their accounts because of the outage or whether the 4G/LTE network will be able to support additional devices like the iPhone 5.

Android
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White Nexus Coming To UK in February

A white Galaxy Nexus is hitting several retailers in the UK next month, including Clove and MobileFun. It’s an all-vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich this time around, but pricing remains the same as the original flavor.

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Amazon Kindle Fire Silk Browser Ported to Other Android Devices

Whatever the hiccups the dedicated cloud-supported Web browser for Amazon’s Kindle Fire had been experienced in the past is irrelevant now. Hacker TyHi from XDA-Developers has built a Silk package that can be ported to CyanogenMod 7 ROM for the same Kindle Fire, then to many other rooted devices running CyanogenMod 7, or devices running some MIUI custom ROMs.

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iPad May Feel the Burn of Kindle Fire

It’s not a big dent in overall iPad sales for the quarter which are believed to reach between 13 and 16 million units, but before the launch of the iPad 3 it might push Apple into discounting their previous iPad models into rumored $299 territory.

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Holo Everywhere

Translating these statements from Googlese, it means that if manufacturers won’t comply to this requirement of inclusion of this compulsory Holo theming as default. In its turn, it means that instead of their own, quite incompatible with Android 4.0 theming (think about Samsung’s TouchWiz, HTC’s Sense UI, and others) such “fragmented” devices either won’t get a license for official Android 4.0, or at least won’t get access to Google’s Android Market and Google Apps. Or both.

Mobile Apps
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Android Market Hits 400,000 Apps

Google’s Android Market reportedly raised past the 400,000 app mark this past weekend. It was just last April when Android Market got 200,000 apps. Then, next 100,000 apps were registered in last August, according to Distimo, an app store tracking service.

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Android’s Siri “Clone” Removed From Android Market

One of the latest apps to join this “fake app” bandwagon comes from a developer called “Official App” which is no doubt designed to fool inexperienced Android users. This so-called “developer” has recently put up an app called “Siri on the Android Market, fooling people into thinking it’s the real thing.

HTC
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Honeycomb Update For WiFi HTC Flyer Rolls Out

HTC is now delivering on its promise to bring Honeycomb to the Flyer. The HTC Flyer was first released in April 2011 with Google Android 2.3.3. The Android 3.2 Honeycomb update is currently rolling out to those devices anxiously awaiting the upgrade.

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Arcade Game Emulator MAME Now Out For Google Chrome

Of course, there are many other classic games of the past that work on Google’s Chrome, but if you are after that classic arcade feel and look you’ve got hooked too long ago, there’s no comparison. Pac-Man lives! There’s also that mobile MAME imame4all app which will give you the same MAME games on both Android and iOS.

Android
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The Rumored ASUS Transformer Prime Mini/Memo 7-Inch Android Tablet

According to NotebookItalia, who got this leaked rendering, ASUS will officially announce a 7-inch version of its successful Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The rendering makes it look like it’s running Android Honeycomb, and at launch time it’s quite possible, as no recent ASUS Android devices were launched with Ice Cream Sandwich just yet.