Archive for Sep 28, 2011

Plantronics announces Marque M155, its smallest and lightest Bluetooth headset

Plantronics announces Marque M155, its smallest and lightest Bluetooth headset

Plantronics announced today a new stereo Bluetooth headset called the Marque M155. It's being touted as the company's smallest and lightest headset for smartphones, weighing only 7 grams. It also boasts voice recognition technology for true hands-free operation and offers voice-guided pairing for both iPhones and Android smartphones.

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Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 Google Episode announced for CTIA

Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 Google Episode announced for CTIA

Samsung has announced their next Unpacked event, this one set to take place at the Autumn edition of CTIA and officially presented together with Google. This is Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 "Google Episode" and it seems pretty likely that it'll taste distinctly like vanilla ice cream. Ice Cream Sandwich, that is; the next big version of Android set, quite likely, to be hosted on a Samsung device by the name of Nexus Prime. Sound like a likely scenario to you?

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Google faces second DOJ info request on Motorola deal

Google faces second DOJ info request on Motorola deal

Google's $12.5 billion bid for Motorola may be facing some hurdles. Dennis Woodside, the company's senior VP in charge of the takeover, revealed in a post that the Department of Justice has sent a second request for information. This could be a sign that there are still more serious concerns, however, Woodside downplayed the significance and expressed confidence in the deal going through.

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T-Mobile supports Samsung in Apple patent battle

T-Mobile supports Samsung in Apple patent battle

T-Mobile has filed with the federal courts to oppose Apple's request for a preliminary US injunction on Samsung's Galaxy products. The move is similar to what Verizon did last week, when it, too, sided with Samsung and filed with the courts to oppose the injunction request, citing possible negative effects to its 4G LTE network deployment.

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iPhone 5 survey shows 41 percent plan to purchase

iPhone 5 survey shows 41 percent plan to purchase

According to a study by mobile ad network InMobi, 41 percent of North American mobile phone owners plan to purchase Apple's upcoming iPhone 5. The forecast surveyed users in the US, Canada, and Mexico and found that if the next-gen iPhone turns out to be a more radical update then over 50 percent of those users would make the purchase within the first six months.

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Ice Cream Sandwich gets two-minute video tour

Ice Cream Sandwich gets two-minute video tour

The much anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is expected to be a major revamp that will unite and streamline the platform for both smartphones and tablets. And now the update has been leaked in a two-minute video tour that gives us a nice little preview. The clip allegedly comes from a lucky eBay shopper who picked up a Samsung Nexus S only to find that it was running a build of the next-gen Android platform.

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Flickr launches Android app, iOS Photo Sessions

Flickr launches Android app, iOS Photo Sessions

Popular photo-sharing service Flickr has finally released its first official Android app, two years after it launched its iOS app. Android users who've had to resort to third-party alternatives will now get a slick new Flickr app that allows them to easily upload and share images taken with the in-app camera and enhanced with various filters. Along with the Android app, Flickr is also releasing a new Photo Sessions feature for its iPhone and iPad app.

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Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade starts tomorrow

Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade starts tomorrow

The Motorola XOOM will finally be getting its long promised 4G LTE upgrade starting tomorrow. When the tablet first launched back in February, customers were told that it would initially only support 3G and that a 4G upgrade would be arriving shortly, but that was delayed to late summer with a time frame of sometime in September. Thankfully, the wait should be over soon, with the upgrade program kicking off tomorrow.

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‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

Microsoft and Samsung announced today a new cross-licensing deal for greater collaboration on Windows Phone 7 devices, but the deal will also require Samsung to pay royalties to Microsoft for every Android device it sells. Following the announcement, Google chimed in with a statement sent to TechCrunch, accusing Microsoft's patent-wielding tactics against Android and its partners extortion.

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Amazon will lose $50 per Kindle Fire sold

Amazon will lose $50 per Kindle Fire sold

According to Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, Amazon will likely lose $50 for each Kindle Fire tablet that it sells. Amazon had just announced its much anticipated 7-inch tablet this morning, pricing it at a surprisingly low $199. Munster believes that while the Kindle Fire isn't a true competitor to Apple's iPad it is "more competitive than expected."

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Apple inventory adds two new iPhones, three new iPod touch devices

Apple inventory adds two new iPhones, three new iPod touch devices

Apple's iPhone 5 unveiling called "Lets talk iPhone" is scheduled for October 4, and leading up to the major event is of course more speculation and clues as to what the company may have in store for everyone. According to a inside tip, Apple has updated its internal inventory system to include two new models of the iPhone and three new models of the iPod touch.

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Kindle Fire IPS display vs Kindle Touch E-Ink [Video]

Kindle Fire IPS display vs Kindle Touch E-Ink [Video]

While we won't get too crazy here we do have a few photos and video comparing the display on both the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch 3G. With the Kindle Fire we have a 7" IPS panel with a 1024 x 600 resolution that features great colors and exceptional viewing angles. The Kindle Touch features the popular e-ink technology we have seen before and as always it looks great for e-ink. We'll let you decide for yourself so check out the photos and video after the break.

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