Archive for Feb 27, 2012

ZTE Era Hands-on

ZTE Era Hands-on

Along with the rest of their 2012 rebirth announced earlier today via a torrent of Android smartphones, the ZTE Era stood out as a powerhouse to be reckoned with. We've gotten the chance to take a hands-on look at an early build of this device now, it and its giant AP30+1450 quad-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, and 4.3-inch TFT display at qHD 960 x 540 pixel resolution. This device is certainly ZTE's greatest effort yet.

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Apple may ban Evi app based on similarity to Siri

Apple may ban Evi app based on similarity to Siri

Apple is in the process of banning an app called Evi for being too similar to its own intelligent voice assistant app, Siri. It's been reported over the weekend that Apple representative Richard Chipman called the app's developer, True Knowledge, on Friday to notify the company. Evi may be pulled for breaching one of the App Store's guidelines involving apps that appear "confusingly similar to an existing Apple product."

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

T-Mobile this week officially announced the new Galaxy S Blaze 4G smartphone, and that it will be available late March. Here at Mobile World Congress while sorting through the madness we were able to get some hands-on photos of the newest 4G member of the T-Mobile family. The Blaze comes in smack in the middle of the pack in terms of price, and performance and we have all the details.

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Texas study finds active games don’t lead to active lifestyles

Texas study finds active games don’t lead to active lifestyles

A new study shows that children who play games like Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Sports are no more likely to exercise than those who play a completely sedentary game, a statistic that the study's researchers said they found "shocking." The study, which was conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, found that not only did people who played active games not really take the initiative to participate in external strenuous activity, but the amount of strenuous activity they showed during gameplay was matched by children who were playing sedentary games.

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Dell says it’s no longer a PC company, shifts focus on enterprise IT

Dell says it’s no longer a PC company, shifts focus on enterprise IT

Dell appears to be shifting away from consumer products towards enterprise IT solutions in a move similar to what HP unsuccessfully attempted last year. During a new enterprise hardware launch event today, Dell's president of enterprise solutions group, Brad Anderson, proclaimed that "We're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company." The claim comes shortly following Dell's release of its full-year financial results, which showed struggling consumer sales but a strong growth in enterprise.

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AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T has revealed plans to launch a new service that would give mobile app developers the option of paying for the mobile data used by their app subscribers. Although this sounds ludicrous, AT&T's network and technology head John Donovan likened it to offering a 1-800 Toll-Free option for apps, where developers could motivate users to download and use their apps if the data involved in using the apps didn't count towards the users' data plan limits.

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Nokia MWC 2012: 41-megapixels and cheap Windows Phones

Nokia MWC 2012: 41-megapixels and cheap Windows Phones

If there was a "Phoenix From The Ashes" award at Mobile World Congress it's hard to argue that Nokia wouldn't be the most worthy recipient. Twelve months ago the company was apologetically admitting it had no new devices for MWC 2011, and today it revealed a bevy of phones that opened new doors in developing markets, pushed the envelope for Windows Phone pricing, and busted the smartphone camera segment right open. We've a whole lot of Nokia coverage, so head on past the cut to get up to speed.

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Smithsonian to use 3D printers to replicate artifacts

Smithsonian to use 3D printers to replicate artifacts

Have you wanted to see pieces of American history in person, but never been able to take the time to visit Washington, DC? That may soon not be as big of an issue, as the Smithsonian has begun duplicating some of the items in its possession with the aid of 3D printers. This is the real deal, as the museum has already managed to recreate a sculpture of Thomas Jefferson from the National Museum of African American History.

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Apple developing both A5X and A6 processors, hints iOS 5.1 code

Apple developing both A5X and A6 processors, hints iOS 5.1 code

Apple may be working on two new processors this year for the upcoming iPad 3 and iPhone 5. There have been conflicting reports from trustworthy publications, some claiming that the next-gen iPad would sport a new quad-core chip, while others claim an enhanced dual-core chip with an improved graphics engine. A recently leaked image purported to be the iPad 3's logic board, showed an "A5X" processor, suggesting a more evolutionary upgrade than revolutionary. However, 9to5Mac delved into iOS 5.1 code, finding that Apple may actually be developing both at the same time.

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Sony PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards nominees announced

Sony PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards nominees announced

There was a little awards show in Hollywood last night, but no one really cares about that, right? We all know that Sony's PSN Gamers' Choice Awards are much more exciting. Beginning tomorrow, users will be able to log into the PlayStation Store and cast their votes for their favorite downloadable PS3 and PSP games. As a reward, gamers who vote will receive an exclusive XMB theme for their console.

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ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s Hands-on

ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s Hands-on

Mobile World Congress 2012 has already proven itself as one massive draw to manufacturers ability to announce a massive amount of smartphones at once this year, and ViewSonic is no exception to the rule, starting here with the ViewPhone 4s. This device is one of three dual-sim smartphones announced this week by the company, the others being the ViewPhone 5e with a few rounded edges and slightly lower-tiered specs, and the ViewPhone 4e, which essentially replicates the case of the 4s in most ways. The ViewPhone 4s has a Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a cool two-tone set of casings, and a lovely 3.5-inch display running at 960 x 640 pixels resolution, this matching the iPhone's 326ppi IPS display.

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