Archive for October, 2012

Windows Phone 8 reveals Kid’s Corner for multiple users

Windows Phone 8 reveals Kid’s Corner for multiple users

Just as Google introduced their own multi-user interface this morning, so too is Microsoft making it clear that they want to create an atmosphere for children specifically. This feature can be shut off completely if you do not want to use it - but once you've got it activated for your kids, you can program it to show only the apps that you want to show. When you've got a phone with a bunch of blood-filled apps on it, you don't want your kids to see such things - parents and kids will both benefit from such a feature.

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Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb revealed

Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb revealed

Google has thrown in its lot with wireless charging, equipping the LG Nexus 4 with a companion desktop charging stand called the Wireless Charging Orb. A compact bubble finished in black plastic and rubber, and with a sliced-off docking plate that props the Nexus 4 up at an angle, the new dock will rejuice your Googlephone as well as hold it up for video viewing.

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Skype gets “always-on” feature for Windows Phone 8

Skype gets “always-on” feature for Windows Phone 8

This week Microsoft has announced that they're bringing on a whole new Skype app for their Windows Phone 8 app. This update allows Skype to be on always, or "always-on", as it were, not draining the battery as a normal app would. This is allowed quite simply because Microsoft owns the bulk of Skype, thus letting them work as close as possible with the developers running the show - integration as never before.

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Windows Phone 8 gets Live Apps for lock screen

Windows Phone 8 gets Live Apps for lock screen

This week Microsoft has introduced an update to Windows Phone 8 with a brand new set of features for their lock screen - starting with Live Apps. This update brings on a feature similar to what we're seeing with Windows 8, the desktop system being released here right at the same time as Windows Phone 8. Here with Live Apps comes a unique version of Facebook, made specifically for the Windows Phone 8 environment - personalization for your everyday first look at the smart mobile world.

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What’s new in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

What’s new in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

It's time for Google's mobile OS to get another boost, with Android 4.1 turning to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a new set of features galore. This update is largely improving upon what was revealed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, effectively making it more of a "full" update than an incremental one - unless of course you consider that and this as increments, of course. This software will be working on the Google Nexus 10 from Samsung and the LG Nexus 4, tablet and smartphone environments alike.

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Nexus 7 32GB and 32GB HSPA+ official

Nexus 7 32GB and 32GB HSPA+ official

Google has refreshed the Nexus 7 with a new 32GB version, making the 16GB model the entry-level for under two hundred bucks, and throwing in an HSPA+ model for good measure. The 7-inch tablet, announced back at Google I/O, now has more internal storage for carrying extra music and video, while the HSPA+ version will mean getting online is more straightfoward.

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Nexus 10 detailed as “highest resolution on the planet” tablet

Nexus 10 detailed as “highest resolution on the planet” tablet

This morning Google has gone through with announcing their full set of devices and software even without the accompanying event - hitting it all off with the Nexus 10, a tablet with a rather sharp display. This device has a 10.1-inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution (300ppi by Google's count) and a battery they say will last 500 hours on standby - or 9 hours playing video. This unit works with a front-facing set of stereo speakers not unlike the Galaxy Note 10.1 or Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and is indeed made by Samsung.

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Google LG Nexus 4 official: $299 unlocked from November 13

Google LG Nexus 4 official: $299 unlocked from November 13

Google and LG have officially announced the Nexus 4, the latest Android smartphone, running 4.2 Jelly Bean on a quadcore processor. The LG-made smartphone has a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 True HD IPS+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset running at 1.5GHGz paired with 2GB of RAM; Google plans to sell it unlocked for use on GSM/HSPA+ networks worldwide, as well as via T-Mobile USA with a contract. However, there's no LTE support, which will disappoint many.

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