Author: Michael Kwan

HTC
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Leaked: Mid-Range HTC M4 and Entry-Level HTC G2 Android Smartphones

HTC is getting ready to announce a couple of new Android smartphones and it looks like we’ve got the inside scoop on all of their pertinent features and specs. Neither one of these devices sounds like it’s going to be a flagship, as that spot is being reserved for the HTC M7, but they are approaching the middle and lower tier of the market with the M4 and G2, respectively.

News
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ZTE Firefox Phone Coming to MWC 2013

Believe it or not, ZTE is actually the fifth largest smartphone company in the world. And now the Chinese company is preparing to broaden its horizons by unveiling its first smartphone powered by Mozilla Firefox OS.

Mobile Apps
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Canonical Asks Community to Create 12 Default Ubuntu Phone Apps

The whole thing with Linux and Ubuntu is that it’s supposed to be free and it’s supposed to be supported by the community. The same kind of approach is now being taken by Canonical in its creation of the Ubuntu Phone OS, as they are turning to the development community to create the 12 default apps for the upcoming smartphone platform.

Android
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Tegra3-Powered Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 Leaks Ahead of CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place next week in Las Vegas and it looks like we’re getting a sneak peek at one of the Android tablets Asus will be unveiling at the show. This appears to be Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 and it will reportedly ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

google
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Decoding Serial Numbers Reveals 370,000 Nexus 4 Smartphones Sold

Google and LG haven’t been particularly forthcoming when it comes to the sales figures for the Nexus 4 smartphone, but a little snooping around seems to reveal that somewhere in the neighborhood of 400k units have been shipped and sold. I’m sure that if they increased production, that number could be much larger given the current demand.

Space
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Roboy Utilizes Artifical Tendons, Should Walk More Like A Real Human

The problem with most robots, if you can call it a problem, is that their movement is decidedly mechanical. We have humanoid robots like Honda’s Asimo, but they still don\’t quite move like a human being. That could change with a new robot called Roboy, being designed by a team of scientists and engineers from the University of Zurich.

Hyundai
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Use Your NFC Smartphone to Replace Your Hyundai Car Keys

Many people have replaced their Starbucks cards, for example, with a mobile app that offers even more functionality. You might already be using NFC on your smartphone to replace some credit cards, but what if you could replace your car keys too? Hyundai wants to make that happen.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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Daily Deals: 5 Awesome Headphone Deals

Did you land yourself a new smartphone or MP3 player during the holidays? Are you not satisfied with the el cheapo headphones that came in the package? Well, you’re in luck, because there’s a great post-holiday collection of awesome headphone deals that will surely satiate your aural desires.

Africa
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VMK Smartphone and Tablet Designed in Africa

When we think about advances in technology and design, we might consider the Cupertino campus in California or perhaps a design house in Europe. That could be changing as what you see here are a pair of products from a technology startup called VMK. They’re based out of Congo in Africa.

Apple
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iOS Smartphone Market Share Breaks 50% in US

Despite Microsoft’s efforts with Windows Phone, the two biggest players in the smartphone game continue to be Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Just when we thought that Android was on the rise, it appears that the iOS smartphone market share is actually growing, breaking the 50% mark in the United States.

windows
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Nokia Windows RT Tablet Coming to Mobile World Congress 2013

The Microsoft Surface hasn’t exactly been flying off the shelves, but that doesn’t mean that Windows RT is going to lose any support. In fact, there’s word that Nokia is working on a new tablet powered by Windows RT and this new device will be making its debut at the 2013 Mobile World Congress.

L.G
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CyanogenMOD 10.1 Gets Ported to LG Optimus G

The custom ROM is based on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean build that is found on the Nexus 4. It strips away that LG Optimus UI and gives you the free CM experience that you’ve come to expect from previous CyanogenMOD builds.