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Apple look to patent audio text messages for iPhone

Apple look to patent audio text messages for iPhone

We already have push-to-talk and audio MMS messages, but leave it to Apple to try and reinvent - and re-patent - their own system.  According to a new patent application made in November 2009, Apple envisage a setup whereby audio notes are transmitted via the voice channel rather than a carrier's data backend server, thus removing one potential point of overload.  The outgoing message could be recorded audio or it could be text automatically converted into audio for transmission through the voice channel.

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Volvo S60 possesses intelligent ‘Pedestrian Detection’ technology, brakes automatically [Video]

Volvo S60 possesses intelligent ‘Pedestrian Detection’ technology, brakes automatically [Video]

Volvo’s long-awaited S60 sedan is equipped with something intriguing and potentially disaster-averting; a newly announced “Pedestrian Detection” system with full automatic braking technology, which can sense pedestrians who are in the car’s way, warn the driver - and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time.  Check out the cam-recorded feed after the break.

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Samsung Shark S5350, Shark 2 S5550 and Shark 3 S3550 social networking phones debut

Samsung Shark S5350, Shark 2 S5550 and Shark 3 S3550 social networking phones debut

Samsung have unveiled their latest range, the Samsung Shark series, and they're taking on entry-level social networking.  Three devices will be initially available - the candybar Samsung Shark S5350 and two sliders, the Shark 2 S5550 and Shark 3 S3550 - each with shortcuts to Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and other popular social networks on their homescreen.  Meanwhile the Samsung Communities app allows for easier uploading of photos and videos to (together with on-device browsing of) Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket and YouTube.

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Barnes & Noble nook review

Barnes & Noble nook review

Kindle beware: there's a new wireless-toting ebook reader on the scene. The Barnes & Noble nook packs not only the backing of a serious retailer but some interesting design and usability features like ebook loaning, dual displays and touchscreen navigation. The mere promise has been enough for holiday demand to exceed supply, but does the nook experience live up to hype? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy official on Verizon

LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy official on Verizon

As well as their headline smartphone announcements this morning, Verizon have also officially confirmed a couple of featurephones that have each been rattling around the rumor mill for a while.  The LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy - a touchscreen candybar and rugged flip, respectively - don't have the Android magic or hardware QWERTY of the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC or the BlackBerry Curve 8530.

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Sonos ZonePlayer S5 goes on sale today [update with Video]

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 goes on sale today [update with Video]

Sonos' latest ZonePlayer, the all-in-one S5, has gone on sale in the US today.  Packing a wireless receiver and an amplified 5-driver speaker array into a single, bedroom and kitchen friendly unit, the S5 automatically integrates into an existing Sonos setup, or alternatively could be used by those not wanting the extraneous mess and hassle of separate speakers demanded by the company's previous ZonePlayers.

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Samsung Moment Review

Samsung Moment Review

Samsung caught our Android attention with their Galaxy, a slender smartphone with a gorgeous AMOLED touchscreen, and now they're back with the keyboard-toting follow-up. The Samsung Moment on Sprint is a phone with a few firsts of its own - the first QWERTY Android device to offer an AMOLED display, the first to have an 800MHz processor - but it seems the company stopped their innovation before reaching the software: unlike other Android handsets we're seeing, there's no reworked UI and no expansive social network integration. Can a well-turned spec sheet make up for it? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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inPulse BlackBerry Bluetooth watch up for preorder; won’t ship until Feb 2010

inPulse BlackBerry Bluetooth watch up for preorder; won’t ship until Feb 2010

The leaked inPulse Bluetooth watch for BlackBerry smartphones spotted earlier this month has been officially launched, with manufacturer Allerta offering the wireless timepiece for preorder.  $149 gets you a 1.3-inch OLED display that can show previews of emails, SMS and other messages, together with incoming call details and alarms, helping you to decide whether or not to whip your BlackBerry out of your pocket.

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Verizon Announcement: Gateway LT20 netbook, Razzle, Motorola Barrage and Nokia 2705 Shade

Verizon Announcement: Gateway LT20 netbook, Razzle, Motorola Barrage and Nokia 2705 Shade

With only a few days left leading up to CTIA Wireless in San Diego, Verizon wireless pulled out all the stops and announced a boat load of new phones and a new subsidized 3G Gateway netbook.  The most impressive handset from the lineup is the HTC Imagio powered by Windows Phone 6.5 aka HTC Touch Diamond 2 (which we’ve reviewed here).  Other handsets include a rugged clamshell by Motorola – the Barrage, a unique phone made by Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and finally the Nokia Shade.

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