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iPhone interruptus: Apple patents considerate calling

iPhone interruptus: Apple patents considerate calling

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent that would allow a phone to automatically and intelligently select the best method to contact someone given the current situation. In order to determine what the best communication method would be, the phone would use its GPS, microphone, accelerometer, etc. to determine the best course of action.

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Nokia Asha 210 brings the QWERTY with a dedicated WhatsApp key

Nokia Asha 210 brings the QWERTY with a dedicated WhatsApp key

Nokia has a new QWERTY phone today, and as we suspected it slots into the company's cheaper Asha line, rather than being the keyboard-equipped Lumia many have been hoping for. The Asha 210 packs full-QWERTY into a candybar form-factor, but also includes a dedicated WhatsApp shortcut key, with free lifetime service on the cross-platform messaging app for anyone who buys the single- or dual-SIM versions of the phone.

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Nokia teases new QWERTY phone (but don’t expect a keyboard Lumia)

Nokia teases new QWERTY phone (but don’t expect a keyboard Lumia)

Nokia has teased a new QWERTY device, using the company's current primary-color scheme, though the phone seems unlikely to be the much-anticipated keyboard-equipped Lumia Windows Phone. Only a tiny glimpse of the handset - which will be officially revealed on Wednesday - has been shown so far, but Nokia has said that Mobile Phones technology marketing director Neil Broadley will be manning the Q&A session, implying that we're looking at a new Asha device, not a true smartphone.

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Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

A patent application has just revealed that Google is going to be implementing rear-touch controls for its future Android smartphones. The patent is similar to a patent filed by Apple in 2006, which it planned on using to implement the rear-touch feature in its future iPads. However, it's been 7 years since Apple was granted the patent, and yet there are still no iPads with rear-touch controls. Perhaps Apple will begin production on that project now that Google is gunning for it too.

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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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Nokia 105 creates new entry point at 15 EURO

Nokia 105 creates new entry point at 15 EURO

With the Nokia 105 the company has introduced their new entry point - the least expensive device they're about to offer at just 15 EURO. This device has a lovely color screen - games - very basic games, that is - and a splash and dust-proof keypad. It's got a flashlight, "amazing" battery life, and a Nokia look. This device will take the most basic elements that make a Nokia device and make it inexpensive - extremely inexpensive.

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Nokia 301 revealed with Pure experience

Nokia 301 revealed with Pure experience

The Nokia 301 is a brand new feature phone coming from the company with a brand new design aesthetic center - one design, one Nokia aim. This one unified design approach has been pushed today by Nokia - "Pure" and "Advanced." Nokia's head of design Marko Ahtisaari spoke up about the essential elements of their next lineup. This device will work with email with Exchange, it'll have upgraded web connectivity with Asha-like access. This device will work with single or dual-SIM action across the world, and will be working with apps like WhatsApp as well.

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Huawei shocks smartphone market with 3rd place finish in 2012: IDC

Huawei shocks smartphone market with 3rd place finish in 2012: IDC

This week we're having a bit of a double-take on the IDC's release outlining the fourth quarter mobile device market share breakdown for the end of 2012, with none other than Huawei taking third place. This is absolutely surprising as all get-out as Huawei has never before cracked the top 5 smartphone vendors in the world - it's only been inside the top 10 before now. Groups like LG, Motorola, and Nokia do not appear in the top 5 for smartphone sales in the quarter, while Nokia sits pretty in second place for total mobile phone "Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share" for 2012 (that includes non-smart phones).

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Amazon phone denied but “more devices” on the way

Amazon phone denied but “more devices” on the way

Though he's not yet confirmed that there will be any sort of smartphone-sized device appearing soon, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has let it be known that more devices are, indeed, coming eventually. Speaking with Ina Fried and Tricia Duryee of All Things D, Bezos spoke about how their next move wont necessarily be to enter the smartphone universe, but that they're certainly not going to stop with the Kindle Fire HD. Though "not any time soon", more devices will be released by Amazon "next year" that Bezos said would be "premature" for him to talk about.

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