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ETSI confirms selecting Apple’s nano-SIM design

ETSI confirms selecting Apple’s nano-SIM design

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the new 4FF nano-SIM standard a week after it announced having chosen the final design. It was rumored that Apple's nano-SIM design won over the the one proposed by the Nokia, Motorola, and RIM consortium, but now we know that for sure. On top of that, the ETSI didn't make any alterations to Apple's design.

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Microsoft applies for dual-module mobile patent

Microsoft applies for dual-module mobile patent

Microsoft has recently filed for a patent that's worth some attention. The concept is quite intriguing and involves a mobile device comprised of two parts that can work together or independently. The two parts could be two displays that can connect to form one display and they would operate together through magnetic attraction.

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Lenovo shipping IdeaPad Y580 with Ivy Bridge chips

Lenovo shipping IdeaPad Y580 with Ivy Bridge chips

Lenovo has begun selling its IdeaPad Y580 multimedia and entertainment notebook, which boasts the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor and NVIDIA Kepler graphics. First introduced at CES 2012, the new 15.6-inch Y Series notebook is designed to offer next-gen multimedia and gaming performance at an affordable price.

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Tactus touchscreen display forms physical buttons on demand

Tactus touchscreen display forms physical buttons on demand

Tactus Technology, a California-based startup, recently unveiled a unique touchscreen layer for mobile devices that can dynamically create real buttons for an on-demand physical keyboard experience. The screen adds no additional thickness to touchscreens and the buttons disappear when no longer needed.

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Wexler launches Flex ONE as first flexible e-reader

Wexler launches Flex ONE as first flexible e-reader

LG's flexible ePaper technology has been in development since 2010 and now the first ebook reader to sport the screen has arrived. Designed by Moscow-based brand Wexler, the Flex One is not only the first flexible e-reader but also claims to be the lightest and thinnest e-reader in the world. It weighs only 110g or 3.9oz with a thickness of only 4mm or 0.16-inches. In contrast, a Kindle Touch weighs almost double at 213g or 7.5oz and is more than twice the thickness at 10mm or 0.4 inches.

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Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

New sources from Bloomberg are confirming rumors that Apple may be replacing Google with Baidu for the Chinese version of iOS. The sources say that the announcement could come as soon as next week, when Apple will be hosting its annual WWDC event. The move adds to the notion that Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on Google products, following reports that Apple may replace Google Maps with its own in-house mapping service.

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SpaceX plans 7-astronaut flight on Dragon next

SpaceX plans 7-astronaut flight on Dragon next

SpaceX recently became the first privately owned company to launch a spaceship that successfully docked with the International Space Station. The company has its sights set on launching seven astronauts into space next. Posting a picture via Twitter, SpaceX teased that some of the astronauts have already tested the prototype accommodations.

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iOS brings in 40% of Google’s mobile profits

iOS brings in 40% of Google’s mobile profits

Google has good reason for being concerned over the possibility of Apple switching to its own mapping service, according to numbers presented by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The licensing deal with Apple over Google's Maps and Search apps reportedly brings in 40 percent of Google's mobile profits.

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Qualcomm developing LTE chip that supports 7 spectrum bands

Qualcomm developing LTE chip that supports 7 spectrum bands

Qualcomm has revealed that it is developing a new LTE chip that can support seven frequency bands, which would mean that future LTE devices equipped with the chip can be used on Verizon, AT&T, and Clearwire 4G. This eliminates the need for manufacturing different versions of a mobile device and solves the interoperability problem of LTE carriers in the US.

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Nokia Lumia 900 update fixes purple screen hue

Nokia Lumia 900 update fixes purple screen hue

Nokia has released a firmware update for its flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 900. The update will bring some new enhancements as well as fix a few bugs, such as a problem with the screen turning a purple hue in low light conditions. The company says that the update is in response to feedback it has received since the device launched a few months back and that it intends to roll out new updates and surprises in the near future.

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LinkedIn mobile app stops collecting private calendar notes

LinkedIn mobile app stops collecting private calendar notes

Professional networking site LinkedIn is making headlines today for a reported security breach that may involve the leak of 6.5 million passwords. However, that's not the only security issue plaguing LinkedIn today, as security researchers recently reported that the service's mobile app has been collecting private calendar notes from iPhone and iPad users without their knowledge. LinkedIn has confirmed the researcher findings and has updated its app today to limit the information collected.

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Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Google TV may be getting a second chance with new set-top boxes based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Logitech and Intel may have ditched Google TV after the first version failed to gain adoption, but now Google TV boxes are emerging with Marvell's ARM processors along with some new features that integrate the boxes more with Android smartphones and tablets.

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