Archive for Feb 26, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 benchmarked: Tiny tablet packs a punch

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 benchmarked: Tiny tablet packs a punch

Samsung wasn't too keen on us benchmarking the Galaxy Note 8.0 back when it was announced on Sunday, but we couldn't resist stopping by here at Mobile World Congress to run some preliminary tests on the 8-inch Android tablet. The pen-enabled digital notepad runs a 1.6GHz quadcore A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, and so we had high hopes for Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Sure enough, the iPad mini rival put in a decent showing.

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Outbox launches mail digitizing service in San Francisco

Outbox launches mail digitizing service in San Francisco

When I was a kid it was always exciting to get mail in the mailbox. Now that I'm an adult, I realize how wasteful most of that snail mail is because I don't read it. It tends to go right the trash and the stuff I do need to keep seems to get lost. On the other hand, an important e-mail that I need to keep I can archive and have pretty much forever right at my fingertips.

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Qualcomm’s AllJoyn: Evangelizing the Internet of Everything with Rob Chandhok

Qualcomm’s AllJoyn: Evangelizing the Internet of Everything with Rob Chandhok

This week we had a chat with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok about AllJoyn and the future of the company working in the open source universe to make the fully connected future possible - an Internet of Everything. He spoke specifically about small building blocks: connection points and features that have the best chance of ensuring the future is able to continue to connect with each new device of the day as one of the most essential elements in the AllJoyn platform. This approach allows the end user experience on a refrigerator or a washing machine, for example, to work through its whole lifespan - ten year or more, with devices we've not even dreamed of.

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LG Wireless Ultra HD Transmission hands-on: quick as a whip!

LG Wireless Ultra HD Transmission hands-on: quick as a whip!

This week we've had the opportunity to take a peek at - and play with - LG's brand new Wireless Ultra HD Transmission technology - the world's first! Of course such claims are a always a bit subjective, but from what we've experienced here, they're not kidding around with this technology being mightily impressive. The demonstration came from Mobile World Congress 2013 where LG had an LG Optimus G connected (wirelessly) to a rather high definition LG television, playing a fabulous first-person game to show the instantaneousness of the transfer of information.

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Samsung HomeSync Android media box hands-on

Samsung HomeSync Android media box hands-on

Samsung can't help itself, spraying Android over every possible device, and the latest to get the Google treatment is the HomeSync. A media streaming set-top box - though not a Google TV box - the HomeSync is more a way to further integrate Samsung's phones and tablets into your digital life, rather than a standalone gadget in its own right. In fact, your Samsung handset is what controls the whole thing.

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Here’s how Intel’s Web TV viewer-tracking works

Here’s how Intel’s Web TV viewer-tracking works

Intel's decision to track viewers of its upcoming Web TV service using a camera-equipped set-top-box, tracking living room demographics and better tailoring commercials, left privacy advocates worried, and we've stumbled across a live demo at Mobile World Congress. The proof-of-concept, part of Vodafone's Connected City installation, shows just how the Intel-powered system uses a webcam - mounted above the TV - to identify not only faces but direction of gaze, with real-time statistics that feed into a playlist. Check out a video demo after the cut.

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Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE hits Virgin Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE hits Virgin Mobile

Back in September of 2012 Samsung unveiled its new mid-range smartphone called the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. If you're the sort of smartphone user that likes the idea of a mid-range Android device that's not incredibly expensive on a carrier that doesn't require a contract, the Galaxy Victory is now available on Virgin Mobile. On the contract free pre-paid carrier the phone will sell for $299.99.

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Smart Eye Tracking Glasses offers more detail on what wearers look at

Smart Eye Tracking Glasses offers more detail on what wearers look at

Smart glasses have grabbed a lot of headlines since Google unveiled its Google Glass project for wearable computing glasses. SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has unveiled their own augmented reality applications with a set of glasses that trigger information by observing the eye gaze of the user. These glasses offer more details on things that the user looks at.

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