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Samsung Wave Y LeFleur Edition revealed

Samsung Wave Y LeFleur Edition revealed

If you thought the one thing missing from Samsung's entry-level Wave Y S5380 phone was a pink floral design, you're in luck. The manufacturer has launched a new version of the device, dubbed the LaFleur edition, with a bold pink-and-black motif. The inscription "LaFleur" appears on the front of the phone while the back, donned in pink, is etched with a full-body floral print.

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PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 on sale in UK on Friday

PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 on sale in UK on Friday

The PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 will hit UK shelves tomorrow, Friday January 27, retailer Phones 4U has confirmed, with the designer-branded Android smartphone priced from free with a new agreement. Packing a 4.3-inch LG NOVA IPS display - albeit running only at WVGA resolution - along with an 8-megapixel camera and NFC, the PRADA Phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread right now but has an ICS upgrade in the works.

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Sony Xperia S: 12MP, 720p display and NFC

Sony Xperia S: 12MP, 720p display and NFC

Sony isn't keeping all the Xperia ion fun to itself: the company also has an international version, the Sony Xperia S, for those outside the US, and while you lose out on LTE you do still get the 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD display and 12-megapixel main camera. Set to arrive globally this quarter, the Xperia S has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1080p HD video recording support, along with quadband UMTS/HSPA.

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Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot has announced premium quality wireless headphones with features not currently offered on other headsets. Behind both earmuffs resides microphones providing 'anti-noise' to help regulate unwanted sounds. They also suggest the audio 'Concert Hall Effect' will provide a live-sound experience.

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BlackBerry 7.1 OS official: WiFi tethering, BBM update, NFC

BlackBerry 7.1 OS official: WiFi tethering, BBM update, NFC

RIM has outed BlackBerry 7.1 OS, the latest iteration of its smartphone software, as well as BlackBerry Tag, an NFC tool used to pair up accessories, swap data and even add new contacts to the similarly updated BBM 6.1. The new version also introduces WiFi hotspot functionality, sharing a BlackBerry's connection with up to five WiFi-tethered devices, a new BlackBerry Traffic 3.0 app with traffic-based ETA and turn-by-turn voice guidance, and boosted universal search.

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Always Innovating HDMI Dongle puts Android on your TV

Always Innovating HDMI Dongle puts Android on your TV

Always Innovating's HDMI Dongle has a mundane name but packs plenty into its thumbdrive-scale casing: a TI Cortex-A9 OMAP 4 processor running Ice Cream Sandwich, turning any TV into a full Android computer. Running at between 1GHz and 1.8GHz depending on load, the HDMI Dongle packs the same specs as a decent smartphone: a healthy 1GB of RAM, microSD, WiFi and Bluetooth, with support for up to 1080p Full HD and H.264 video decoding.

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PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 priced and dated for unlocked launch

PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 priced and dated for unlocked launch

The PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 will hit UK shelves in early February, retailers have confirmed, with the unlocked Android 2.3 smartphone priced at £429.99 ($666) including tax. Supplies are expected sometime within the week commencing February 6, according to Clove, just ahead of MWC 2012. Fashionistas tempted by the Italian-branded blower will get a 4.3-inch WVGA Nova Plus display and 8-megapixel camera.

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NFC Forum releases Bluetooth via NFC guide, tells manufacturers to get on board

NFC Forum releases Bluetooth via NFC guide, tells manufacturers to get on board

When it comes to connecting devices, especially mobile ones such as smartphones and tablets connecting to speakers, computers, and smart cars, there's one name that rings true almost without fail: Bluetooth - and this week the team at NFC Forum have made a push for their own technology to make the process of pairing with Bluetooth even easier. What they've got for the public now is a guide which tends to both manufacturers and developers that goes into detail on what they'll need to do to pair Bluetooth-capable devices using NFC technology. If this seems overly complicated to you, don't worry, you're not alone.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

We didn't just grab the new Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, we picked up the official accessories too, so whether you're concerned about power-hungry LTE or just want to treat your new toy while you're still in the honeymoon period, there's probably something for you. For most it's the extended battery ($49.99) that will hold most appeal, an NFC-enabled 2,100 mAh Li-Ion pack offering an extra jolt of runtime at the expense of a slightly bigger phone in the hand.

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