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Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that Windows 8.1 hasn't yet spilled all of its details, coming in with Miracast wireless display support standard. This is an implementation of the standard technology that Google introduced with Android 4.2, also working with Miracast, here bringing the technology to every PC able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 - with implementation of the software as made real by the manufacturer.

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ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 vs Nexus 7: what you gain and what you lose

ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 vs Nexus 7: what you gain and what you lose

This week at Computex, ASUS has revealed the MeMo Pad HD 7, a direct competitor for the Google Nexus 7, both of them working with a 7-inch display and both of them made by the same company. Though it may seem strange at first for ASUS to create a tablet that's so extremely similar to the machine they've got in their deal with Google, the different bits and pieces offered with this new machine may make all the difference. And it all starts with color choices.

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Verizon HTC One enters Bluetooth certification process

Verizon HTC One enters Bluetooth certification process

Though such an appearance of a smartphone in Bluetooth certification listings would be a non-news situation, the code corresponding to the HTC One with Verizon-friendly innards has kicked up the proverbial fan dust this morning. What's happening here is that a device with the code HTC6500LVW has appeared seeking Bluetooth certification for the USA, this code corresponding to the HTC M7 working with Verizon's collection of wireless data radio bands. This effectively means there's another HTC One on the way, the one Verizon fans have been waiting for. UPDATE: The Verizon HTC One is now official.

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Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7-inch self-proclaimed “phablet” to market

Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7-inch self-proclaimed “phablet” to market

This week the folks at Acer have revealed several new Haswell-toting computers and a surprise entry in the mobile world: a brand new "phablet". This Acer Liquid S1 delivers what Acer itself refers to as a phablet form-factor, bringing a 5.7-inch display with HD 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Inside is a near-vanilla (but not quite) Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience with a quad-core Mediatek processor and 1GB of RAM. This machine is meant to embody Acer's aim to reach the cloud with a rather unique entry into the handheld mobile environment.

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 (with Sense 5.0) update detailed

HTC One Android 4.2.2 (with Sense 5.0) update detailed

The update to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on both the HTC One and the HTC Butterfly (international version of the DROID DNA, that is), has been a long time coming. Today it's appeared only on some international models of the HTC One with a bit of a boost to Sense 5.0 as well (without the name change) - and the aesthetic changes are what's heading the pack. While we're expecting this change to hit carrier models in the near future, right this minute it's just popping up on a select few models across the sea.

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White Nexus 4 heads to T-Mobile officially

White Nexus 4 heads to T-Mobile officially

Though the original black version of the Google Nexus 4 has been available from T-Mobile for a number of weeks, the white version will be hitting the carrier soon. This machine will be bringing with it the same innards and features as the original Nexus 4, but here carries with it a bit more hard plastic a rim - in white - and a white back as well. This color will join the black version, not replace it, at T-Mobile locations nationwide. UPDATE: Per T-Mobile: The White Nexus 4 will be available online only, and will also be available only for a limited time - keep that in mind!

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will have IR-Blaster support: here’s why

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will have IR-Blaster support: here’s why

Because both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the HTC One work with infrared-blasting hardware and they've both been grabbed by Google in the past few weeks, the next version of Android will likely have IR-Blaster-supporting drivers built-in. It's been confirmed today that both the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in their "Google Editions" will not have IR-Blaster support because this connection to their hardware is not part of the basic build of Android - it's made by HTC uniquely, and Samsung uniquely. As this is true, and as Android's next big update is well on it's way, one thing follows the other.

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NVIDIA SHIELD hits FCC with Avengers hat tip in code: Project THOR

NVIDIA SHIELD hits FCC with Avengers hat tip in code: Project THOR

The gaming device known as SHIELD is headed through the FCC this week with NVIDIA's original code-name attached: Project Thor. As the machine was originally called Project SHIELD when it was introduced earlier this year at CES 2013, the name Thor follows well: Marvel Comics fans the folks at NVIDIA must be. This device is headed for the hands of pre-order users sooner than later, too.

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HTC One Google Edition made official with “Nexus User Experience”

HTC One Google Edition made official with “Nexus User Experience”

Today the Google Edition of the HTC One has been announced by the head of Android, Sundar Pichai. This announcement was made during the D11 conference in which this Google head spoke to Walt Mossberg about Android, Chrome, and all things Google software. The HTC One Google Edition follows in the footsteps of the Samsung GALAXY S 4 Google Edition which was announced a Google I/O 2013, and both devices will be available in late June.

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