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Emblaze First Else smartphone axed; Intuition UI may be licensed

Emblaze First Else smartphone axed; Intuition UI may be licensed

Fledgeling touchscreen smartphone UI developer Emblaze has axed its First Else handset, citing "critical delays in deliveries and the current status of the project."  The First Else was to be the first device to use the company's one-thumb interface, Intuition, promising single hand ease of use with a new, semi-circular options wheel.  The First Else itself had specs much in line with the rest of the smartphone market, perhaps adding to Emblaze's concerns they wouldn't be able to sufficiently position the handset as distinct.

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First ELSE smartphone promises more intuitive UI in Q2 2010

First ELSE smartphone promises more intuitive UI in Q2 2010

Have we been premature in lauding the iPhone, Android and webOS for their nifty user experiences?  According to the team behind the First ELSE cellphone, we should've waited for them to come along and show off their initial device; it uses a "splaying" one-thumb navigation system that promises to bypass digging through menus.  Pocket-lint were around to grab some live shots of the UI in action.

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Nielsen: first time Smartphone and Feature Phone usage equal

Nielsen: first time Smartphone and Feature Phone usage equal

It's the first time this has ever happened folks, so mark it on your calendar: Nielsen Wire has reported that they've found both Smartphones and Feature Phones (every kind of cell phone other than Smartphones) are being used an equal amount in the USA. This finding covers February, a point at which - as you can see on the chart below, Smartphone use has moved up to 50% while cellphone use other than Smartphones has leveled down to 50%. In addition to this, it appears that over the past three months, new acquirers of Smartphones specifically picked up an iPhone nearly as much as they did any Android device on the market - with BlackBerry and "Other" down in the dust.

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2015 Honda Fit first-drive

2015 Honda Fit first-drive

Subcompact cars needn’t be underwhelming or underspecified, at least that’s what Honda believes with the 2015 Fit. Making a small, affordable, and capable car is arguably tougher than a $65k+ luxury sedan: sticking to budget while still delivering that premium feel just about every driver now demands. There’s plenty riding on the new Fit, especially since it’ll also be the basis for Honda’s upcoming “urban SUV” later this year. SlashGear spent some time behind the wheel to see if it’s more than Fit for purpose, and whether the new Honda Link infotainment system really can bring the best of your iPhone to the dashboard.

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Moto 360 smartwatch detailed as Android Wear first for Motorola

Moto 360 smartwatch detailed as Android Wear first for Motorola

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed their first wearable device working with Google’s new Android Wear software. This device will be round - both round and square devices will be coming in the Android Wear universe - and will be telling time first and foremost. This device will also work with google Now, and is generally appearing to be the poster child for Google’s Android Wear initiative.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

This week we're getting another look at the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, a device that was revealed by the processor manufacturer earlier this year. This device was revealed on the same day the Samsung Galaxy Gear was shown off, the Samsung device aimed at consumers, the Qualcomm device directed at a crowd that's made up of more early adopters and developers. Here we've got a device that's essentially the polar opposite of the Pebble smartwatch as well - made to be elite, not for the everyman, and sporting the best of the best in display technology, according to Qualcomm.

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Galaxy Note 3 SIM limitations surface for first pre-orders

Galaxy Note 3 SIM limitations surface for first pre-orders

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has appeared in its first box orders to retailers with a note that suggests not all models will work with all carriers. While this may seem obvious, there's a few limitations for the UK and European models that aren't usually in place for releases from Samsung or with the radios included in these models. What's noted by Clove today is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 European SIM model SM-N9005 specifically will only work with SIM-cards issued from a mobile operator within Europe.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 appears as first LTE edition in USA

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 appears as first LTE edition in USA

The mid-sized machine known as Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 has made its way to the USA before this week, but never with wireless data abilities beyond Wi-fi. Today AT&T has jumped onboard with the machine, bringing their own 4G LTE network to the 8-inch display-toting tablet with S-Pen technology. Though AT&T hasn't officially stated when they'll be releasing this machine specifically, they have noted that it'll be coming to the network "in the coming weeks."

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HTC sees more top execs disappear as Facebook fouls First launch

HTC sees more top execs disappear as Facebook fouls First launch

HTC continues to lose high-level staff as its North American team gradually peels away the struggling smartphone company, with industry talk suggesting Facebook's Home launch strategy actually ended up undermining rather than supporting the firm. Chief Product Officer Kouki Kodera, in charge of HTC's product strategy, left the firm last week according to The Verge's sources, along with VP of global communications Jason Gordon. Meanwhile, phones that HTC has pegged its recovery on, such as the One, struggle to compete - in mindshare at least - in the face of Samsung and Apple's marketing budget.

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