Archive for Feb 27, 2013

Samsung announces new Wallet app to take on Apple’s Passbook

Samsung announces new Wallet app to take on Apple’s Passbook

During a developer conference at Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced Wallet, an Apple Passbook-style ticket and coupon management app that looks to compete against Apple's own offering. Samsung has already launched the open API to the app, and the tool will allow users to save tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and other paperwork to a central hub on their mobile devices.

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Nokia 105 hands-on: nearly free and perfectly simple

Nokia 105 hands-on: nearly free and perfectly simple

With the Nokia 105, the former king of mobile phone sales once again attempts to take out an ace: a super-simple phone that looks cool, acts cool, and will cost you less than a couple of movie tickets. With the Nokia 105 you've got two color options - blue or black, and a price point at right around $20 USD (or 15 EURO, depending on where you live), with a release set for somewhere inside the second half of 2013. It's got a flashlight, a tiny (1.45 TFT LCD) yet brightly colored display, and the ability to play a couple of super pixel-friendly games like Forbidden Treasures and Snake Xenzia (aka simply Snake - your favorite!)

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WildTangent game renting service expands to Xperia smartphones

WildTangent game renting service expands to Xperia smartphones

This week the folks at WildTangent have revealed that they've worked with Sony Mobile Communications to release their game rental service for Xperia smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z, this continuing their team-up into the future. Back in September of 2011, WildTangent high-fived Sony and began to partner with them in both desktop and mobile products. You'll find WildTangent pre-installed on VAIO PCs as well as Sony Tablets S and P in Europe already - and the fun continues!

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Leap Motion Controller ships May 13: pre-orders start today

Leap Motion Controller ships May 13: pre-orders start today

It would appear that the motion control masterpiece (or so we've heard) Leap Motion is pumped up and prepared for shipping as soon as May 13th with pre-orders starting today. If you're all about this device before you've tested it out yourself, you'll be glad to know that Best Buy will begin taking pre-orders with a ship date set for May 19th as well. Time to make your motion take hold of your content!

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Android everywhere: Matias Duarte on Google’s “OS for humanity”

Android everywhere: Matias Duarte on Google’s “OS for humanity”

Android on every display, on every device, baked into every gadget: it may sound far-fetched, but it's user-experience chief Matias Duarte's vision of the future for an "operating system for humanity." SlashGear sat down with Duarte to talk ubiquity of platform, Android's potential as the solution to a "fractured operating system world", and the importance of that being open rather than led by Apple, Microsoft, or any government or organization.

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Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced

Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced

If you've ever used a "rugged" smartphone or tablet before, you'll be surprised to hear that the newest of these rare unicorns is not slow and stunted like those of the past have been - instead the CAT B15 is a rather well balanced device. We've had a peek at the B15 from CAT (or Caterpillar, however you like), and found it to be both obviously able to withstand a beating and appearing to run as quick in its Android implementation as we'd expect a 2013 device to be.

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LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: high-end experience in a budget line

LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: high-end experience in a budget line

This week LG has revealed a new F-Series smartphone line with a software experience similar to the LG Optimus G and G Pro, but coming in with lesser specifications and, in the end, a lower market price. Both of these devices will be bringing 4G LTE connectivity to the international market and, eventually, to the United States as well. If you want to be part of the LG cool club but don't want to toss as much cash down as you'd have to with the G or the G Pro, the Optimus F7 or its smaller sibling, the Optimus F5, may be just what you're looking for.

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EE 4G spreads: Nine more LTE UK locations go live

EE 4G spreads: Nine more LTE UK locations go live

UK 4G trailblazer EE has switched on its next batch of LTE locations, adding high-speed data coverage to a total of nine new towns and cities, and bringing the total number of active 4G locations to 37. In fact, EE claims to already have 45-percent coverage of UK homes and businesses, as it races to cement its early-starter position ahead of rival services launching later in 2013.

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olloclip adapter for iPod Touch now available

olloclip adapter for iPod Touch now available

olloclip has announced a nifty adapter for the 5th-generation and 4th-generation iPod Touch that allows the olloclip lens system to be attached to the portable media player. Currently, olloclip is only available for the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4/4S, but with an adapter, the iPhone 5 version can work with the 5th-gen iPod Touch, and the iPhone 4/4S version can work with the 4th-gen iPod Touch.

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