Archive for May 30, 2013

Galaxy S4 Mini will support UK LTE confirms EE

Galaxy S4 Mini will support UK LTE confirms EE

Samsung's new Galaxy S4 Mini, announced earlier today, will be offered in LTE form in the UK, it's been confirmed. The new, smaller iteration of the flagship Galaxy S 4 would be offered in three forms depending on market, Samsung had said today, with 3G, dual-SIM 3G, and 4G variants; now, the UK's only current 4G carrier, EE, has weighed in with confirmation that it will be offering the smartphone.

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Motorola developing digital tattoos and “smart pills” for next-gen wearables

Motorola developing digital tattoos and “smart pills” for next-gen wearables

Motorola's big vision for mobile isn't just the Moto X smartphone: the company also has wearable, tattoo-embedded, and even swallowable gadgets in the pipeline. Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan - former DARPA chief - showed up at D11 sporting an electronic tattoo that could be worn on the skin for a week at a time, and used to cut through the numerous authentication processes we go through every day.

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Shazam hits Windows Phone 8 with Xbox Music support and Live Tiles

Shazam hits Windows Phone 8 with Xbox Music support and Live Tiles

Shazam has launched its first app for Windows Phone, with the new software supporting unlimited tagging as well as integration with Xbox Music and Nokia Music. The Windows Phone 8 app can identify songs playing around the phone and flag up artist, track name, and album; they can then jump over into Xbox Music and buy the track, or alternatively - if they're using a Lumia - Nokia Music to get the song.

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Nokia Q2 profit warning rumored as Lumia sales reportedly disappoint

Nokia Q2 profit warning rumored as Lumia sales reportedly disappoint

Nokia is likely to announce a profit warning to investors within the next few weeks, the Royal Bank of Canada has suggested, after worse than expected sales in Q2 2013. Lumia shipments haven't met with Nokia's predictions, the RBC claimed in a note to investors today, Finnish paper Taloussanomat reports, with operating margin for the smart devices division tipped to be around -3%.

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Mobileye wants self-driving cars by 2016 at a fraction of Google’s costs

Mobileye wants self-driving cars by 2016 at a fraction of Google’s costs

Self-driving cars could be on the roads by 2016, specialist Mobileye Vision claims, though don't expect the full autonomy of a Google driverless car unless you have a very deep wallet. The company is readying a camera-based system which relies on a few hundred dollars of components, rather than the tens of thousands of dollars Google pays for each of the lidar sensing arrays atop its own test vehicles, though as The NYTimes discovered it doesn't add up to quite the same relaxing, hands-off ride.

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Nintendo reveals Wii U bigger batteries for GamePad and Wiimote, more

Nintendo reveals Wii U bigger batteries for GamePad and Wiimote, more

Nintendo has outed a fresh batch of hardware and accessories for Japan, including a white Wii U 32GB console and a larger battery for the tablet GamePad controller to address runtime claims. The new white Wii U 32GB Premium edition should arrive in Japan on July 13, functionally identical to the existing black model aside from the new casing; it'll go on sale alongside a new Rapid Charging Stand for the Wiimote, which Nintendo says will cut down the amount of time gamers will need to have the motion-sensing controller on charge.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini official: 4.3-inches and optional LTE

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini official: 4.3-inches and optional LTE

Samsung has revealed the Galaxy S4 Mini, the widely-anticipated smaller version of the Galaxy S 4, packing a 4.3-inch display, dualcore processor, and an 8-megapixel main camera. Set to hit shelves in LTE, 3G, and 3G dual-SIM forms, depending on country, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini shrinks its full-sized sibling's screen down to qHD resolution from Full HD, and has only a 1.7GHz dualcore chip rather than the quadcore of the bigger phone. However, that makes for a more pocketable device, trimmed to 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm and 107g for the new Mini phone.

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Microsoft rolls out updated Windows Phone App for Desktop

Microsoft rolls out updated Windows Phone App for Desktop

Most people alternative between using their smartphone and computer for doing various tasks, such as downloading media and taking images. As such, keeping files in sync between the smartphone and laptop is important, and also a bit time consuming if attempted to be done manually. Because of this, Microsoft created the Windows Phone App for Desktop, which allows Windows Phone users to sync media to a PC. Today that app was updated with improvements and expanded support.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk says SuperCharging network will be tripled

Tesla’s Elon Musk says SuperCharging network will be tripled

With a gasoline-powered car, refueling is as simple as pulling into a gas station and waiting a few minutes for the gas take to be refilled. Things are a bit trickier with electric vehicles, however, which require charging stations rather than gas stations. Tesla has been rolling out it SuperCharger network over many months, having added six in California back in October, for example. At tonight's D11 conference, Musk made an announcement early: Tesla's SuperCharger network will be tripled.

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