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Indigo assistant takes on Siri: she’ll be everywhere

Indigo assistant takes on Siri: she’ll be everywhere

This week we've gotten to speak with the folks behind the cloud-based personal assistant project known as Indigo, taking the form of an app for both Windows Phone and Android. What we're seeing here is the developers at Artificial Solutions creating a natural language service that you'll not easily get away with speaking about without mentioning Apple's Siri. The biggest difference is in the genes: unlike the iOS-based Siri, Indigo is coming to every platform the developers wish it to - iOS included (though later this year instead of immediately).

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LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

It's time to connect to a printer again, this time in a very miniature way with the LG Pocket Photo and the Optimus G Pro for good measure! The LG Pocket Photo is a pocketable printing machine that'll print out tiny 2 by 3-inch photos created with a special process that uses no ink - like magic! The coolest bit about this printer may be the way you connect with it - all you need to do is tap your NFC-laden smartphone to the printer (with the apropriate app open, of course), and your photo will print in right around 30 seconds.

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Wheels on 4G fire: Inside the LTE dash in GM’s connected car

Wheels on 4G fire: Inside the LTE dash in GM’s connected car

GM's plans to make 4G LTE standard across its range by 2014 is an ambitious one, even more so when you realize it's not just a case of slotting a mobile hotspot into the glove compartment and calling it a day. There's a reason GM chose to announce at a smart mobile-centric show like MWC, infotainment chief Phil Abram told us, rather than at, say, the North American Auto Show or even a more generic tech show like CES. SlashGear sat down in a specially-created concept car to see what GM has in mind for its motorized bubble of connectivity.

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Qualcomm’s AllJoyn: Evangelizing the Internet of Everything with Rob Chandhok

Qualcomm’s AllJoyn: Evangelizing the Internet of Everything with Rob Chandhok

This week we had a chat with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok about AllJoyn and the future of the company working in the open source universe to make the fully connected future possible - an Internet of Everything. He spoke specifically about small building blocks: connection points and features that have the best chance of ensuring the future is able to continue to connect with each new device of the day as one of the most essential elements in the AllJoyn platform. This approach allows the end user experience on a refrigerator or a washing machine, for example, to work through its whole lifespan - ten year or more, with devices we've not even dreamed of.

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LG Wireless Ultra HD Transmission hands-on: quick as a whip!

LG Wireless Ultra HD Transmission hands-on: quick as a whip!

This week we've had the opportunity to take a peek at - and play with - LG's brand new Wireless Ultra HD Transmission technology - the world's first! Of course such claims are a always a bit subjective, but from what we've experienced here, they're not kidding around with this technology being mightily impressive. The demonstration came from Mobile World Congress 2013 where LG had an LG Optimus G connected (wirelessly) to a rather high definition LG television, playing a fabulous first-person game to show the instantaneousness of the transfer of information.

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Samsung HomeSync Android media box hands-on

Samsung HomeSync Android media box hands-on

Samsung can't help itself, spraying Android over every possible device, and the latest to get the Google treatment is the HomeSync. A media streaming set-top box - though not a Google TV box - the HomeSync is more a way to further integrate Samsung's phones and tablets into your digital life, rather than a standalone gadget in its own right. In fact, your Samsung handset is what controls the whole thing.

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Here’s how Intel’s Web TV viewer-tracking works

Here’s how Intel’s Web TV viewer-tracking works

Intel's decision to track viewers of its upcoming Web TV service using a camera-equipped set-top-box, tracking living room demographics and better tailoring commercials, left privacy advocates worried, and we've stumbled across a live demo at Mobile World Congress. The proof-of-concept, part of Vodafone's Connected City installation, shows just how the Intel-powered system uses a webcam - mounted above the TV - to identify not only faces but direction of gaze, with real-time statistics that feed into a playlist. Check out a video demo after the cut.

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Google Now, Glass, and designing context: SlashGear talks wearables with Matias Duarte

Google Now, Glass, and designing context: SlashGear talks wearables with Matias Duarte

Google Now doesn't get the recognition it deserves, but that will change if Google's Matias Duarte, director of Android user experience, has anything to do with it, and it may well be in a comfortable marriage with Project Glass. SlashGear sat down with Duarte at Mobile World Congress this week to talk Google Now and how it and Glass, not only share some common DNA, but might well find themselves the future of Android itself.

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Nokia NFC Wireless Charging Car Holder hands-on with Lumia 720

Nokia NFC Wireless Charging Car Holder hands-on with Lumia 720

This week we're having a look at a set of new Nokia devices, one of the most instantly appealing being the universal NFC Wireless Car Charger. This device is made to work with the Lumia lineup of Nokia devices first and foremost, of course, working with Qi standard wireless charging as well as embedded NFC to tell your device it's docked. When you do dock a device like the wireless charging-shell CC-3068-toting Lumia 720, you've got wireless charging, NFC-activated car mode, and a fully secure clamped-in setup. This lovely beast also has several features that allow you to use it with whatever smartphone you like.

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Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs proclaims Internet of Everything connected future

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs proclaims Internet of Everything connected future

This week Qualcomm's CEO Dr. Paul E Jacobs let it be known that with AllJoyn technology and the company's dedication to open source development, their newly promised Internet of Everything would become a reality. This chat was had during the Mobile World Congress 2013 set of keynotes entitled Vertical Disruption and had Jacobs letting the world know that it wasn't a disruption he'd be talking about, it was a bit more positive angle on the whole situation. With the mobile universe advancing as it is today, Jacobs let it be known that wireless connectivity was in bloom, and AllJoyn was - and is - at the center of it all.

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