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MakerBot Replicator 2 hands-on with Nokia Lumia 820/520 shells

MakerBot Replicator 2 hands-on with Nokia Lumia 820/520 shells

This week at Mobile World Congress 2013 we've seen Nokia's own Lumia 820 and 520 getting their own custom casings (not just covers, that is) with the MakerBot Replicator 2 - live and in-action! While it was just this January when Nokia first released their own 3D case printing files for the Lumia 820, MakerBot quickly revealed their own MakerBot Replicator 2 Destkop 3D Printer optimized shell that Nokia uses this week. This ultimate team-up showed what it could do with the publicly available files - all you need is your own maker to make your own!

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MWC 2013 Post-Mortem

MWC 2013 Post-Mortem

Mobile World Congress 2013 scrambles to a close, a week of new phones and tablets, a shiny new venue, and more questions as to whether the days of the big trade show are numbered. It's been a show where the divisions between the mobile upstarts and the current key players have been sharply defined, with ZTE, Huawei, and Nokia all pushing to corner the market, while Samsung and HTC were notable by their relative absence of announcements, favoring their own, standalone events. Nevertheless, there's plenty to wrap up, and seldom has a headline been so accurate in so many ways.

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Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Are wearables like Google Glass the inevitable future for smartphones? Not if you ask Nokia, where simply floating a display in your line of sight doesn't quite satisfy the self-imposed "head up" challenge its designers and engineers are facing. The evolution of Lumia isn't just bigger displays or faster chips, it's a new way of interacting with the digital world. SlashGear sat down with Jo Harlow, EVP of Smart Devices, Marco Ahtisaari, EVP of Design, and Stefan Pannenbecker, VP of Industrial Design at Mobile World Congress this week to talk "people versus robots", rolling back the clock on convergence, and how the Finns want to pry our eyes away from smartphone screens, even if we're looking at a Lumia.

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Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Android and Chrome OS: Google's split attention between two overlapping platforms has long come in for criticism, but rumors of a merge in time for the Chromebook Pixel failed to pan out. Then again, is the world ready for a $1,300 Chromebook, no matter whether it runs Android or Chrome OS? Perhaps not, Google's director of Android user experience, Matias Duarte, says, but there's more in Pixel's prescience of the touchscreen future, he argues.

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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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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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