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Alcatel ONE TOUCH FIRE Firefox OS phone hands-on

Alcatel ONE TOUCH FIRE Firefox OS phone hands-on

Does the world need another smartphone platform? Mozilla thinks so, and so Firefox OS will make its co-debut on the Alcatel ONE TOUCH FIRE, a new affordable handset targeted at the same market entry-level Android occupies. As you might expect from the positioning, it's not the most highly-specified phone: a 3.5-inch screen and 1GHz processor.

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HP Slate 7 hands-on: Beats, Android, and a smooth Red casing

HP Slate 7 hands-on: Beats, Android, and a smooth Red casing

With the HP Slate 7 we once again see the computer manufacturing giant take on the tablet universe, this time with Android onboard. This device has a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 processor, and 1GB of RAM. You'll also find Beats Audio integrated with a selection of audio optimization options as well as two different iterations - one gray, the other as red as the Beats logo itself.

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 7 gaming headset hands-on: connectivity galore

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 7 gaming headset hands-on: connectivity galore

This week we've gotten our first opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the newest in gaming excellence from Mad Catz: the F.R.E.Q 7 gaming headset! These headphones will blast your eardrums into your brain with Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound, extra-larger 59mm speakers, and a fabulous 3.5mm audio cable that allows you to convert your experience to any and all tablets, smartphones, desktop devices, and more.

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EyeVerify eye-vein biometrics hands-on

EyeVerify eye-vein biometrics hands-on

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but they're also another potential source of biometric security, and that's something EyeVerify wants to see baked into smartphones and laptops. Relying on the fact that the pattern of veins in each person's eyes is unique - no matter if you're a twin or even if you've been somehow cloned - the EyeVerify system creates a digital fingerprint from a snapshot, and then uses that to verify your identity in future.

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Huawei Ascend P2 hands-on

Huawei Ascend P2 hands-on

As night follows day, so Huawei's Ascend P2 follows the original P1, a slimline smartphone launched at Mobile World Congress today. Aesthetically similar to its predecessor, the Ascend P2 does pack some more interesting specifications - such as a 13-megapixel camera on the rear - but there's a catch, since the display isn't the 1080p slab of loveliness we were hoping for.

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Mobile World Congress 2013: SlashGear is here!

Mobile World Congress 2013: SlashGear is here!

It's that time of the year, SlashGear readers, where the team arrives in Barcelona to capture the full Mobile World Congress experience and delivers it to you for a better understanding of what you'll be working with soon! This event takes place at a different location in the city for the first time in several years - - but the aim remains the same. Mobile World Congress 2013 will be for the next week your window into the next year in mobile devices and services, and you'll be able to catch it all right here on SlashGear.com - straight through the [MWC 2013 portal] for your convenience!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on: yes, it is a phone too

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on: yes, it is a phone too

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, you've got another dare to guess from the manufacturer - is it a tablet, or is it a smartphone? In this case you'll not be able to tell based simply on the device's ability (or inability) to make phone call as, yes, you can indeed do so with the 3G international release. Inside the United States we're not quite going to be so lucky to have such an oddity on our hands as an 8-inch display-toting smartphone, at least not at first: we'll have to settle for the strict tablet iteration.

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Scalado Panorama 360 for Smartphones Hands-on

Scalado Panorama 360 for Smartphones Hands-on

While we were having a blast in Barcelona, Spain during Mobile World Congress last week we had the opportunity to check out a few awesome new technologies. One that stood out is Scalado's camera and imaging technology. We've mentioned Scalado Remove in the past, but today have a first hand look at their Sweep Panorama 360 for smartphones.

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Qualcomm: Tegra 3 is overkill core-bragging

Qualcomm: Tegra 3 is overkill core-bragging

Qualcomm has dismissed NVIDIA's much-trumpeted five core Tegra 3 chipset as mere spec-sheet bragging, arguing that the company is unconcerned by HTC's defection from solely using Snapdragon cores. "No one company can stick to one supplier forever" Sy Choudury, director of product management at Qualcomm told us in an interview at Mobile World Congress this week. As for the HTC One X, the smartphone which will use Tegra 3 at least in non-AT&T form, Choudury argues the 4+1 chipset is more about marketing than actually delivering usable performance. "There's a difference between building devices to suit typical uses, and building for spec-sheet bragging" he said.

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MWC 2012 Google Pod Video Tour

MWC 2012 Google Pod Video Tour

Taking our expectations from last year and once again knocking them out of the park with a gigantic Android-controlled cannon, Google has presented another "Google Pod" worthy of remembrance this year at Mobile World Congress 2012. They had everything from developers of games to free Android-version-flavored smoothies and back to the cult-classic Android pins promotion. There was even a robot making gemmed-up Galaxy Nexus battery covers for the most hardcore of shiny Android accessory lovers! Have a walk down Google way in our video tour for MWC 2012!

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Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!

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Qualcomm: Intel still uncompetitive in mobile

Qualcomm: Intel still uncompetitive in mobile

Intel's Atom Z2460 Medfield processor for mobile devices will struggle to compete with ARM-based chipsets such as the Snapdragon S4, Qualcomm's product chief insists, with the new x86 being more the product of desperation than inspiration. "Intel is very smart and very dedicated" Sy Choudury, director of product management at Qualcomm told us in an interview at Mobile World Congress today, "they can't afford not to have a [mobile] product line." However, Choudury thinks Intel has underplayed the challenge it faces by contrasting Medfield with existing, mainstream ARM chips like Qualcomm's own Scorpion. "They're getting better, but so are we."

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