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Infinitec Pocket TV Android dongle gets pre-release bump

Infinitec Pocket TV Android dongle gets pre-release bump

Inside the Infinitec Pocket TV HDMI device is Android 4.0 and the ability to rock and roll on your HDTV - what you'll find in addition to that now that it's had a pre-release update is a massive 1GB of RAM. This device has also settled on a final design as it heads to the actual web-based market after its humble beginnings on Kickstarter. You'll find a mini USB port on the side of the device and it has a promise to be able to handle "the next versions of Android" including what we assume will be an upgrade by the end of the year - supposing Google I/O brings on another boost.

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Galaxy S III MHL-HDMI adapter headache gets cheaper workaround

Galaxy S III MHL-HDMI adapter headache gets cheaper workaround

Confirmation last week that Samsung's Galaxy S III demands a new MHL-HDMI adapter cast a shadow over the flagship smartphone, but now a more affordable solution has been spotted. While the Galaxy S III uses a newer pin layout than existing MHL adapters - meaning old dongles won't work with the new phone - MobileFun has discovered a converter adapter-tip that fixes it for a third of the price.

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Samsung Galaxy S III demands special MHL-HDMI adapter

Samsung Galaxy S III demands special MHL-HDMI adapter

Samsung has apparently changed the MHL-HDMI connectivity on the Galaxy S III so that existing adapters for the video-output will not work. The issue, first spotted by retailer Clove, means those new Galaxy S III owners who already have an MHL adapter - such as for use with the last-gen Galaxy S II, or the Galaxy Nexus - will seemingly need to buy a new dongle if they want to continue seeing their phone's display on the big screen.

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Yzi tablet offers Android on a budget

Yzi tablet offers Android on a budget

Say what you will about Android, but one of the many benefits includes being able to throw it on cheaper hardware and offering it to the masses. Here’s yet another cheap Android tablet, this time from France. The Yzi is a 10-inch tablet with a five point capacitive touchscreen that features support for passive stylii as well. It boasts modest specs, but it seems like a solid deal for the price.

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Samsung outs MHL capable 23/27″ LED monitors

Samsung outs MHL capable 23/27″ LED monitors

MHL has been creeping into more and more devices over the past year or so, first making waves with Samsung’s Galaxy S II. MHL allows an HDMI signal to be sent out over microUSB, assuming you have a powered adapter. Now Samsung is integrating the tech into two new monitors, which will let you plug the phone straight in and display a signal without the need for a separate power source.

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Xtex $150 Android is no tab killer

Xtex $150 Android is no tab killer

There's a lot to be said about Android tablets popping up around the world for prices so low you'd be crazy to not consider them when looking for a tablet. The Xtex My Tablet 7 revealed this week is $150 and appears to be a winner with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the ability to output video at 1080p via mini HDMI, but here's the killer: single specs do not a great tablet make. As a person who's had his hands on more than a normal citizen's fair share of tablets in the past couple of years, I can tell you this: it will be a miracle if the Xtex doesn't pop up in the news in a couple of weeks with a myriad of complains on how it doesn't perform nearly as well as its new owners much smaller and much better made smartphones.

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FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

Now that smartphones are getting bigger, PC's are getting smaller and FXI Tech's Cotton Candy "world's smallest PC" is here at MWC and has just received a small design change, new features, and Android 4.0 is up next. Coming in at about the same size of a pack of gum this dual-core powered PC will be available this March so we snapped a few photos of the new design and it streaming games using Ubuntu.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U300e ultrabook revealed and detailed

Lenovo IdeaPad U300e ultrabook revealed and detailed

There's a brand new ultrabook this week as Lenovo steps up to the plate once more with its IdeaPad U300e. This laptop has a 13.3-inch display, comes with an Intel Core i5 processor in its most basic build, and has a lovely $959 price tag attached to it. This device's display has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and the unit is also able to connect with HDMI output, Wifi for web, and Bluetooth. Inside you'll find a 500GB hard drive and a 32GB solid state disk for a total of 532GB of disk space!

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

If you've used a Motorola Android device over the past year or so, you've very likely experienced Motorola's own "webtop" mode, this allowing your smartphone a desktop-like interface when plugged into an HDMI-capable display. The tip comes from Staska of Unwired View who notes that information he's gathered leads to the idea that Android 5.0 will have a desktop mode which activates whenever the device is plugged into a larger display. Could this have anything to do with Google's recent near-complete deal in which they're acquiring Motorola Mobility? It certainly would allow them to avoid patent suits should they actually make a desktop mode!

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Philips HMP2000 hands-on

Philips HMP2000 hands-on

Philips only revealed its HMP2000 smart TV adapter this morning, and one of the compact Apple TV/Roku rivals is already sat under our TV. The palm-sized box really is as straightforward as Philips promised, predominantly because you don't have much in the way of choice: there are just three connections, for power, HDMI and an optional USB drive. More first impressions after the cut.

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