Archive for February, 2012

Toyota and Samsung to team on smartphone connected car solution

Toyota and Samsung to team on smartphone connected car solution

Car companies are teaming more and more with technology companies to bring new features and more tech inside the vehicles they produce. This is a good or bad thing depending on which side of the distracted driving debate you fall. Some think more tech in cars is an opportunity for more distraction, and more accidents. Others think that more tech inside a car can help reduce distracted driving. Samsung and Toyota have announced at Mobile World Congress that they are teaming up to create a smartphone connected car solution.

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Neonode 3D touch headed to tablets and phones: Hands-on

Neonode 3D touch headed to tablets and phones: Hands-on

Touch tech is gaining an extra dimension, if Neonode has its way, with the company demonstrating its brand new Multi-Sensing system for 3D phone, tablet and other gadget manipulation at MWC 2012. Announced last week, the new finger-tracking kit uses light rather than physical touch sensors: in Neonode's demo, you can reach through the frame and control on-screen graphics. However, Neonode envisages special cutaway sections showing up on tablets, phones and laptops, allowing us to more precisely interact with the device UI.

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Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Bill Ford Jr, head of Ford Motor Company, thinks over the next decade, there'll be fleets of autopilot cars cruising the highways around the world. That would be no surprise considering the work going into making autonomous vehicles already. Google is already operating autonomous cars that use GPS and a host of sensors to navigate freely from point to point with no human interaction.

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Qualcomm demonstrates Snapdragon S4 3D abilities with MasterImage

Qualcomm demonstrates Snapdragon S4 3D abilities with MasterImage

Mobile glasses-free display technology is about to get a whole lot better very soon, so says Qualcomm with their new quad-core S4 processor and Mobile Development Platform 3D Edition this week at Mobile World Congress 2012. It's a group by the name of MasterImage that's working with them to make a new coming up in the world of 3D technology a reality. Qualcomm has this week presented a video that shows off this Full High-Definition glasses-free 3D display in WUXGA (1920x1200) in action.

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Sony outs Seven new Cyber-shot Cameras

Sony outs Seven new Cyber-shot Cameras

This week the folks at Sony have revealed a whole new batch of Cyber-shot hand-held cameras, all of them set to take on the global market this Spring. Amongst these devices is a thinnest-in-class camera, upgrades for several ultra-popular point-and-shoot models, and several new memory cards including the new Experience UHS-I 30MB/s & Expert UHS-I 94MB/s SDHC. These new memory cards include rugged abilities and intense speed, with transfer speeds up to 94 MB/s and a growing range of hardware compatible with UHS-I, this including the SLT-A77 Translucent Mirror camera. Have a peek and see what you'll be running with for 2012 from Sony's Cyber-Shot line!

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Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu had a prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone safely hidden behind a glass wall at CES in Las Vegas, but here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress we were able to get up close and personal with it. This new waterproof quad-core powered prototype smartphone was out in public and all they are calling it is "quad-core prototype" until further notice. More details and video below.

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Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress - like many trade shows - is usually punctuated by high-end devices competing for deep Western pockets, but it's devices and services for developing markets that have distinguished the big announcements in 2012. We've seen our fair share of uberphones, certainly. HTC had a trio of relatively high-end handsets, topping out with the quadcore HTC One X, and Panasonic's ELUGA range is definitely targeting more affluent, style-influenced consumers. Yet for every one HTC One Series device sold, several more handsets phones to perhaps first-time smartphone buyers are likely to pass through the cash register, and it's this market that manufacturers have targeted at MWC 2012.

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Intel roadmap teases 14nm mobile chips in 2014

Intel roadmap teases 14nm mobile chips in 2014

Intel showed off its mobile chip roadmap today at MWC 2012, featuring an ambitious plan that Intel CEO Paul Otellini believes will "light a fire under" Apple, Samsung, and LG. For this year, the company has set 32nm architecture chips with its Medfield Atom Z2460 processors. (Make sure to check out our hands-on with the Intel Orange "Santa Clara" Medfield phone). But next year, it's shrinking its chips down to a new 22nm process and then further to 14nm by 2014.

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Apple announces Developer ID system for app security beyond the Mac App Store

Apple announces Developer ID system for app security beyond the Mac App Store

Apple announced a new program today called Developer ID that will allow third-party developers to distribute apps outside of the Mac App Store, while keeping things safe for consumers. The move comes after Apple introduced a new Gatekeeper feature in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which only allows users to install apps from the Mac App Store in order to safeguard against malicious software.

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Intel Ivy Bridge chips delayed until June

Intel Ivy Bridge chips delayed until June

If you've been holding out for Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge-equipped computers thinking they'll be on their way in April, you'll be disappointed to know that manufacturing issues are now pushing back the schedule to sometime in June. This 8 to 10 week delay was revealed by Intel's executive VP and Intel China chairman, Sean Maloney, during an interview today with the Financial Times.

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