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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has quickly became one of the most popular phones on the market today. Is it the perfect smartphone? Some would say it is pretty close, though it would be nice if it had a bigger battery. Perhaps something like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s 3300mAh Battery? While they won’t be able to get something quite that big, Samsung has released an extended battery for the Galaxy S3 giving it an extra 900mAh
Everyday lost and abandoned dogs are left in shelters, never being adopted and many of which end up put to sleep. The Auckland, New Zealand SPCA decided to do something about it. They wanted to raise public awareness for the 50 – 100 dogs it has in its shelter every week. Anyone with an obedient dog knows how intelligent they are and how able they are to be trained.
At the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, they have developed a device they call the iTube. Associate professor Aydogan Ozcan was tasked as the team leader. This is a groundbreaking system that turns your average smartphone into an allergen sensor. Prior to this technology, detectors were large and very complex. The iTube is a system that the average person can use, and lives will be saved.
With Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram earlier this year, it is well known they have great interest in mobile apps. With that in mind, Facebook is now said to be working on a new app. This mobile app, set to be released in a couple of weeks, is supposed to be similar to that of Snapchat.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have made a breakthrough in human brain controlled robotic arm manipulation.
When it comes to physical therapy for children with motor skill impairments, the tools available right now are helpful but also are somewhat limited. Georgia Tech’s...
While the Lumina 920 is a solid phone overall, its biggest draw is the PureView rear camera capability. The camera is amazing at image-stabilization and low light but has been receving complaints about daylight phots being blurry. It is reported that Nokia will be changing the camera software for the 920 and will hopefully resolve some of the issues in an upcoming update.
Excitement has been stirring in Europe since the announcement of the the 5 inch 1080p HTC Butterfly. So much so that UK Expansys started offering up the Butterfly for preorder in the UK. One site, Coolsmartphone, decided to get in on the preorder action.
There has been a little confusion by some consumers about the difference between the ARM-only Windows RT and the x86-only Windows 8. This is exactly why Dell’s Vice-chairman, Jeffrey Clarke said the company originally tried to get Microsoft Steve Ballmer to rename the Windows RT OS.
It appears that ZTE is going to be releasing a new supposed superphone at CES 2013 early next year. While there has been rumors and whispering of this in the past, it has now been confirmed by event information posted on the press page at CES.
The Nexus 10 may soon be getting a new way to charge its battery. A forum user on Android Central recently showed off a new Pogo charger on the site which apparently hooks onto the phone using magnets instead of fumbling with a traditional cord. This system appears to be similar to the MagSafe chargers for MacBo
When you think of Android phone makers Panasonic is not a name you usually think of, but that isn't the case in Japan. Now it seems that the company is preparing to enter into the 1080p smartphone race with its own high-end handset.
Looking for a bargain on an iPhone or iPad for the holidays? Walmart has announced plans to reduce its prices on Apple products for the season.
Creators at Apple are evidently already working hard on a new higher resolution and lighter version of the iPad mini. This report comes from the Apple rumor mill DigiTimes, though it isn't the first time we've heard it. Keep in mind that DigiTime's record for getting things right is certainly mixed, though it did recently predict Apple’s addition of retina displays in the Apple Macbook and managed to get it right.
Later today, Google will release a new update for its Google+ Android app.
Frustrated with getting stuck with boxed iPhone apps on your iPad? Cydia has had a tweak available for jailbroken iPads, called FullForce that could be the perfect solution.
This Wednesday Microsoft announced that with the launch of the Windows Phone 8 platform in October, their Windows Phone application submissions have increased a staggering 40%. Because of this huge increase they decided to keep the Windows Phone Store open longer during the holiday season.
A huge shift is coming for the South Korean based company Samsung. The Korea Times reports that Samsung is planning to focus on organic light emitting diode displays (OLED) and flexible plastic based displays in place of traditional liquid crystal displays (LCD) going forward.
Acer recently released the Acer C7 and now they are back at it again, this time with the Acer C710-2605 Chromebook. This affordable laptop features an 11.6 inch display will 1366 x 768 pixels and a Intel Celeron 847 1.1 GHz processor. An impressive 500GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM, versus the 320 GB hard drive and 2 GB of RAM you get with the C7.
Redbox, the movie rental kiosk company has been planning a partnership with Verizon to attempt to break into the video streaming market for some time, but it looks like it is all coming together now. Associated Press reported Redbox Instant by Verizon is set to be launched late December as invite-only for the time being.
Google has just released a new extension for Chrome through its Chrome Web Store. This new extension is called Google Drive. It is a tool that allows users to capture and store web based content using none other than Google Drive.
The FDA has approved AliveCor’s iPhone Heart Monitor and will go on sale in the United States next month. The AliveCor uses an iPhone 4 or 4s smartphone to record, display, store, transfer and evaluate singe channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythems. The Class II device consists of a self-powered case that attaches to the back of an iphone. The case communicates wirelessly with an associated heart monitor application on the phone.
HTC is attempting to take over the Chinese market by launching three variations of it’s 2012 phones for China. These phones should be available mid-December. The HTC J Butterfly (American Droid DNA) a 1080p smartphone will be released in the common black but also a brown and white colors. Local variants of the Windows Phone 8-based HTC 8x and HTC 8s are also to be released.
Yesterday in Rome, Italy, Huawei presented an arsenal of Android products to journalists and bloggers. After some further investigation from Windows Phone Italy, it was discovered that the Huawei Ascend W1 will also be released in Italy as well as Asia, after it’s officially announced at CES 2013.
Rumors have been abuzz for some time that the next release of Android will be named Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Now a Google employee has all-but confirmed that the name Key Lime Pie is official.
The long awaited LG 84 inch Ultra HD TV has finally landed in the UK. The TV lists for a whopping 22,500£, or the equivalent of about $36,000 in the United States. Interestingly enough, U.S. customers saw the release of the set a few weeks ago for a much more affordable (yet still extremely high-priced) $20,000.
Building anticipation for the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 release, a video that appears to be an early release of the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade on a Nokia Lumia 900 has been leaked.
Hang on to your seats texters, SwiftKey is getting close to the public release of its new update, SwiftKey Flow.
This new phone was clearly set to be released on November 16th along with the One X. The One X got released, but there has been no word on the HTC One VX. Further adding to the mystery, when stores were contacted, they had no idea what the phone even was and it also wasn’t found anywhere on AT&T’s website.
Looking for a gift for a loved one, or even yourself this holiday shopping season? The new ultra-thin iMacs are now available for order via Apple’s online store.
Losing your remote, keys, or kids for that matter will soon be a thing of the past. Presenting, StickNFind, the app based location tool.
The rumor mill is hard at work with a new claim that T-Mobile will announce the official release of the Iphone to their network sometime next week.
The team behind the VideoLAN VLC media player has officially announced plans to develop a native app for Windows 8. Of course building an app for a new ecosystem isn't free, there is staffing and other expenses to consider. While VLC has traditionally turned to user donations to help fund its endeavors, they are attempting to take this release to the next level by asking for help through a Kickstarter campaign.