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Fulton Innovation to demo a tablet that will wirelessly charge your phone

Each year at CES we are always introduced to some cool new concepts that will make our lives easier and more productive. This year, Fulton Innovation (a company who is constantly pushing the envelope in the wireless charging field) is going to treat us to a demo of a new, and very useful idea: a tablet that doubles as a wireless charging mat. Battery life has always been an issue for smartphones, so the thought of being able to use your tablet to wirelessly charge your smartphone throughout the day is a pretty innovative idea (pun intended). Besides the altruistic tablet, Fulton Innovation will also show us a charging mat that can charge up to two devices at once, regardless of form factor (tablet or smartphone). It does this by scanning to find out how much voltage each device needs, and then charges each one accordingly, so you don’t over-juice your smartphone and under-juice your tablet. To see a video of the device in action, or to read the press release, jump past the break. To keep up with all our latest CES coverage, click here.

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FULTON INNOVATION REVEALS A TABLET THAT BOTH SENDS AND RECEIVES POWER WIRELESSLY AT CES 2013

Display Shows eCoupled™ Technology Powering an Interactive Poster that Plays Music, and a Surface that Charges Multiple Devices at Once – All Without Wires

LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2013 – Fulton Innovation, the creator and exclusive licensor of eCoupled™ intelligent wireless power, is showing the first ever example of two-way wireless power at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Using the Qi global standard for wireless power set by the Wireless Power Consortium, Fulton will demonstrate a tablet being charged wirelessly, which in turn is used to charge a Qi enabled mobile phone. By simply placing the two devices back-to-back, the power transfers wirelessly between them (Video: bit.ly/VSzTpF).

In yet another demonstration of the flexibility of wireless power, Fulton will be showing an interactive printed poster with an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played. Music is made by tapping the speakers, mixer, and turntable, while placing the same tablet that wirelessly charges a mobile phone near the poster for power. The combination of printed electronics and two-way wireless power creates a new way of connecting to consumers through interactive posters, magazines, food packaging, and more.

Using its new Adaptive Resonance technology, Fulton will demonstrate a surface that wirelessly charges multiple Qi-compatible devices at once. Placing the phones or tablets on one pad will charge simultaneously, recognizing and adapting to the power needs of each devices.

Various embodiments of wireless power will be on show in Fulton’s suite to demonstrate how the technology can transform everyday lives:
• A set top box and TV that automatically turns on or off when the remote is removed or placed on the box, where it charges a super capacitor with no batteries when not in use.
• Wireless kitchen appliances that use direct power, rather than charging like mobile phones.
• Tablets and laptops with medium power requirements that charge without wires on an eCoupled-enabled conference table.
• Home furniture such as side and coffee tables that charge any of the 10+ million Qi devices in market today.
• The new Nokia Lumia phone that charges without wires while it’s inside a handbag, demonstrating wireless charging over a distance.
• Examples of packaging that combines printed electronics with wireless power to attract consumers with flashing lights and sound.
• A collection of the latest Qi mobile phones on the market embedded with wireless power including the Google Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

“We’re excited to return to CES as it allows us to showcase the next generation of wireless power innovations developed by our award-winning team of scientists,” said Dave Baarman, Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation. “We’ve spent the last 14 years contributing to the wireless power industry and now our technology is built into 70% of the 10+ million Qi-based devices on the market today. Wireless power is rapidly becoming a must-have feature in the latest smart-phones and we’re proud to be a part of the rapidly-growing market.”

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Tegra 4 versus the Samsung Nexus 10

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We didn't get to see NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 system running on any new tablet hardware tonight at CES, but we did see it in a highly controlled demonstration by president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. In the demo, NVIDIA put Tegra 4 up against the Samsung Nexus 10, currently the most powerful Android tablet available, with each loading 25 web pages over a local network (taking Internet latency and speed fluctuations out of the equation).

The end results? Well, NVIDIA would run a demo to lose, would it? We'll still have to wait a little while for some real-world testing. But for now, Tegra 4's looking pretty impressive.

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NVIDIA Teases Dead Trigger 2 and Real Boxing [CES2013]

At tonight’s NVIDIA event, while showing off their new Project SHIELD, the company gave us a sneak peek at an upcoming release from Madfinger Games, Dead Trigger 2. From what we did see in a short gameplay demo, the game looked pretty intense, but other than that massive zombie you see above, we don’t know [...]

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Fulton Innovation to demo a tablet that will wirelessly charge your phone

Each year at CES we are always introduced to some cool new concepts that will make our lives easier and more productive. This year, Fulton Innovation (a company who is constantly pushing the envelope in the wireless charging field) is going to treat us to a demo of a new, and very useful idea: a tablet that doubles as a wireless charging mat. Battery life has always been an issue for smartphones, so the thought of being able to use your tablet to wirelessly charge your smartphone throughout the day is a pretty innovative idea (pun intended). Besides the altruistic tablet, Fulton Innovation will also show us a charging mat that can charge up to two devices at once, regardless of form factor (tablet or smartphone). It does this by scanning to find out how much voltage each device needs, and then charges each one accordingly, so you don’t over-juice your smartphone and under-juice your tablet. To see a video of the device in action, or to read the press release, jump past the break. To keep up with all our latest CES coverage, click here.

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Press Release:

FULTON INNOVATION REVEALS A TABLET THAT BOTH SENDS AND RECEIVES POWER WIRELESSLY AT CES 2013

Display Shows eCoupled™ Technology Powering an Interactive Poster that Plays Music, and a Surface that Charges Multiple Devices at Once – All Without Wires

LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2013 – Fulton Innovation, the creator and exclusive licensor of eCoupled™ intelligent wireless power, is showing the first ever example of two-way wireless power at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Using the Qi global standard for wireless power set by the Wireless Power Consortium, Fulton will demonstrate a tablet being charged wirelessly, which in turn is used to charge a Qi enabled mobile phone. By simply placing the two devices back-to-back, the power transfers wirelessly between them (Video: bit.ly/VSzTpF).

In yet another demonstration of the flexibility of wireless power, Fulton will be showing an interactive printed poster with an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played. Music is made by tapping the speakers, mixer, and turntable, while placing the same tablet that wirelessly charges a mobile phone near the poster for power. The combination of printed electronics and two-way wireless power creates a new way of connecting to consumers through interactive posters, magazines, food packaging, and more.

Using its new Adaptive Resonance technology, Fulton will demonstrate a surface that wirelessly charges multiple Qi-compatible devices at once. Placing the phones or tablets on one pad will charge simultaneously, recognizing and adapting to the power needs of each devices.

Various embodiments of wireless power will be on show in Fulton’s suite to demonstrate how the technology can transform everyday lives:
• A set top box and TV that automatically turns on or off when the remote is removed or placed on the box, where it charges a super capacitor with no batteries when not in use.
• Wireless kitchen appliances that use direct power, rather than charging like mobile phones.
• Tablets and laptops with medium power requirements that charge without wires on an eCoupled-enabled conference table.
• Home furniture such as side and coffee tables that charge any of the 10+ million Qi devices in market today.
• The new Nokia Lumia phone that charges without wires while it’s inside a handbag, demonstrating wireless charging over a distance.
• Examples of packaging that combines printed electronics with wireless power to attract consumers with flashing lights and sound.
• A collection of the latest Qi mobile phones on the market embedded with wireless power including the Google Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

“We’re excited to return to CES as it allows us to showcase the next generation of wireless power innovations developed by our award-winning team of scientists,” said Dave Baarman, Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation. “We’ve spent the last 14 years contributing to the wireless power industry and now our technology is built into 70% of the 10+ million Qi-based devices on the market today. Wireless power is rapidly becoming a must-have feature in the latest smart-phones and we’re proud to be a part of the rapidly-growing market.”

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[CES 2013] NVIDIA Shows Off Madfinger’s Dead Trigger 2 For The Tegra 4, Complete With Godzombie

unnamedNVIDIA slipped a surprise into their CES press conference this evening: a short and sweet look at Dead Trigger 2. As the only technical demo for the screaming Tegra 4 platform, it looked mighty impressive – based on the streaming video, the graphics look just a little behind the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 level. The short demo video showed live game video of the player wielding an M4 machine gun to dispatch an enormous building-sized zombie.

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Unfortunately, Madfinger wasn’t on hand to elaborate, so anything beyond the brief look here is speculation. Based on the success of the original zombie shooter, they’ll probably be using the same free-to-play model as before.

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Dead Trigger 2 demo shown off as first Tegra 4 game

Today the folks at NVIDIA unloaded a whopper on us. That being their new and improved “fastest mobile processor” NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core chip for smartphones and tablets. While they were teasing the amazing graphics we can expect in mobile gaming, they also shown off a game we didn’t know was coming. Essentially announcing a sequel to one of the best shooters on Android — that being Dead Trigger.

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Yup, the excellent Dead Trigger shooter for Android from MadFinger Games (developers of Shadowgun) are happy to formally announce Dead Trigger 2 is coming soon. In fact it will most likely be one of the first games launched with support to enjoy all the power NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 can provide.

Dead Trigger had some of the best graphics to date, and is close to Call of Duty as you’ll get — only with zombies. Dead Trigger 2 was very briefly shown off on stage here live at the NVIDIA CES 2013 press conference, and it looks epic. With stunning visuals, detailed lighting and effects that are truly “console quality”. It looks impressive.

We’ve been saying that for a while, but the Tegra 4 is finally making console quality games for mobile devices a reality. We have a feeling a ShadowGun 2 may be coming soon, followed by improvements and updates to their popular DeadZone multiplayer. Most likely NVIDIA and the developers MadFinger Games will be sharing details soon, so stay tuned.

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The Dead Trigger 2 demo at CES from NVIDIA looks incredible

Dead Trigger 2

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NVIDIA has always been at the forefront of gaming, and their mobile Tegra chips are no different. You may have a Tegra device in your Android arsenal and know just how good it can be, or maybe you've heard us talk about hot Tegra games. If so, and you're like me and love to see things pushed to their limit, seeing the demo of Dead Trigger 2 was a thing of beauty.

We'll have to wait to get our hands on a Tegra 4 device and try the game ourselves, but Simon will be talking with Madfinger at CES, and you can bet he's going to try to get some hands-on time with this one himself. NVIDIA is bringing it!

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Fulton Innovation to demo tablet that doubles as wireless charging mat at CES

Fulton Innovation introduces tablet that doubles as Qicompatible mat

Fulton Innovation comes to CES each year armed with the latest tricks in the field of wireless charging, and this year is no exception. Starting things out with a bang, the purveyor of all things Qi will be on-hand to demonstrate its newest feat: the ability to charge your Qi-compatible phone… on the back of a tablet. Indeed, your 7- to 10-inch slate may someday be able to double as its own wireless charging mat, allowing you to feed battery from your tablet to your smartphone just by holding the two devices back-to-back.

Additionally, Fulton promises to show off a multi-device charging platform capable of powering up two devices simultaneously. Even better, this surface can recognize and adapt to the needs of each particular product — in other words, tablets and smartphones can charge together on the same pad, each device receiving the proper amount of juice. Check out the video and press release past the break to see a few ideas Fulton is bringing to the table this week, and fortunately we’ll get to take a closer look at all of them soon.

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Hands-on with Jolla’s Sailfish OS (video)

Handson with Jolla's Sailfish OS video

We recently had the chance to spend time with David Greaves and Vesa-Matti Hartikainen of Jolla and take Sailfish OS for a spin. As you might recall, this open source mobile OS builds upon Mer (a fork of MeeGo that includes Qt) and uses the Nemo framework with a custom UI. Like any decent Linux-based OS, it supports both ARM and x86 devices. The company is also behind the Sailfish SDK which is in the process of being finalized but is still open to developer feedback (the source code is available). After seeing Jolla’s various demo videos and noting some UI similarities with MeeGo (swipes) and, strangely, with BB10 (peek gestures), we were eager to experience Sailfish OS for ourselves.

If you’re wondering why the mobile OS is usually shown running on Nokia’s N950 developer handset, that’s because Jolla employs many ex-MeeGo engineers, so the OMAP-based phone was a natural fit. We were first given a walkthrough of Sailfish OS, then allowed to play with it. Many apps are still being worked on and some are still off-limits (we got in trouble for launching the camera), but what we saw was pretty solid. Take a look at the gallery below, then hit the break for our hands-on video and first impressions.

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Samsung preparing 5.5 inch flexible screen to show off at CES

Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.

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Samsung preparing 5.5 inch flexible screen to show off at CES

Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.

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Dual-screen YotaPhone shown off in demo video

Yesterday we were introduced to the YotaPhone, a new dual-screen handset that has both an HD LCD display on the front and an e-ink display on the back. It’s an intriguing phone that hails from Russia, and today we’re getting our first look at the phone’s big talking points in a new demo video from Mobile-Review. Anton Tarasenko, who serves as the head of product management and planning at Yota, takes us through the YotaPhone’s notable features, including gesture controls.

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Despite the fact that YotaPhone is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, there aren’t any of the typical Android navigation buttons we’re used to. Instead, Yota has implemented gesture controls, which require you to swipe across the bezel to navigate. Watching Anton do it, it seems pretty easy, but we imagine that more a few Android users are going to need to take some time getting used to the gesture controls.

There’s a particularly awesome perk to having a second e-ink screen on the back of the device, as the folks at Yota have made it so you can transfer what’s on the LCD screen over to the e-ink display. For instance, Anton brings up Google Maps on the LCD screen, centers the map, and then transfers it around back to the e-ink display. Since it doesn’t take any battery power to continually display things in e-ink, he can now have the map constantly showing on the display without draining the battery.

He also brought his Twitter feed up on the e-ink display, which updates instantly (provided the phone is connected to the Internet). Of course, you can also do other things on the e-ink display, such as read a book or check your email. All in all, the YotaPhone sounds like a pretty nifty device, and we’re hoping to hear more about it soon.

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Sony releases motiongraph animated .GIF creator app

Sony motiongraph

Sony has many divisions, one of them being Sony Digital Network Applications (SDNA), that are always working on cool projects. Today Sony released one of these projects, an animated .GIF creator called motiongraph, into the Play Store. The basic premise of this app is to create animated pictures, but ones that may not have the entire image in motion. You can take a short video of a subject, then select a certain portion to be animated while the rest stays put.

Pricing will vary by location, but here in the U.S. we're looking at $0.99, and Sony has quoted the U.K. price at £0.83. Stick around after the break to see a demo video of the app in action as well as the full press release.

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Samsung demos their Premium Suite upgrade headed to the Samsung Galaxy S3

Just as we saw when Android 4.1.2 rolled out to international Samsung Galaxy S3's starting with Poland, the Premium Suite upgrade adds quite a few features and enhancements for Galaxy S3 owners. To show off those goods, Samsung has now posted up part one of a series of demo videos that highlight the changes headed our way. In short, it's a mixture of stuff from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Here's what you can expect:

 Contextual Awareness

  • Page Buddy: Your phone will smartly predict what you intend to do according to your actions. For example, when you plug in your earphones, the device automatically opens up a page with the music player.
  • Contextual Menu:  When you list up apps, you can now choose to see the most frequently used ones first. Especially convenient when you’re looking through apps  to find files to attach.
  • Contextual Tag:  When you take a picture on the phone, you can tag the weather, date, and place immediately.

Enhanced Features

  • Multi Window: You can open two different apps at the same time into two different windows on the mobile screen.
  • Auto Share Shot Pairing using NFC: By setting the camera to ‘Auto Share Shot’ mode, you can quickly share your photos and videos by simply tapping their GALAXY S III with other NFC and S-Beam enabled devices
  • Reader Mode: You can easily control the size of the text on your browser! Also, you can just click the webpage to share it!
  • Facebook Lock Ticker: The easiest way to see your Facebook News Feeds – set your phone to show it on your lock screen.

It's a pretty awesome pack to have arrive on an already great device but alas, the typical disclaimer applies here. Samsung notes that availability and timing of the Premium Suite upgrade will vary depending on the country and mobile carrier.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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WordTag: It’s like Draw Something, only with words

WordTag

Want to play a game where someone has to describe a word somehow, and you have to guess it? Not new, we know. But WordTag takes the the style of the old "Password" game with the new hotness of Draw Something, only minus all that pesky artistic necessity.

Here's how it works: You've got 120 characters in which to describe a word. And there are six "locked" words. Don't use 'em, unless you wanna "pay" for it. Your opponent has to guess the word, as quickly as possible. You know how it goes. Play friends, play strangers, earn badges as you go. You can sign up with your e-mail address, or through Facebook, if that's your thing. And WordTag is a cross-platform game, which is good. There's a free version (which we're linking to here), or a premium version for $1.99.

We've got demo video, the presser and some screen shots after the break.

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Android Kids App: Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Does it get any more classic than this? Developer Loud Crow — which has brought the works of Sandra Boynton, Beatrix Potter and even Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown to Android — now has brought us the timeless kids book, "Goodnight Moon."

It's done in the usual Loud Crow fashion. The app can read the book aloud, word for word. Tap a word, and it's sounded out. Or you can choose to read to yourself. As you make your way through the story, you can use a magnifying glass to explore the great green room, and get a closer look at the telephone. And the red balloon. And the picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And there are plenty of animations to keep kids interested. Or, parents who love to reminisce. 

If you still need more, in-app purchases will unlock letter and number features in the app. Be sure to take a look at the app after you buy it. It works fine on tablets, but not on my Nexus 4. We've got some demo video after the break.

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Skype brings new layout, improved audio to Android tablets

Skype for Android tablets

Skype today announced a fairly major update for Android tablets. In addition to the updated layout, there's no an option to sign in and merge your Skype account with your Microsoft account (an offshoot of the Windows-maker buying Skype), improved audio quality, and a number of bugfixes in Skype 3.0.

The audio improvements are brought about by Skype's wideband audio codec, SILK, the company wrote in its official blog.

SILK was designed to capture the richness of human speech. It copes well with the often varying speeds of Internet connections, ensuring that the audio quality is always the best it can be. 

There's a demo of SILK after the break.

Source: Skype

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Japan Display Demos Super Thin Touchscreen Displays

Japan Display Inc. specializes in small to medium sized screens. It is a newly formed company resulting from the combination of Sony Mobile Display, Toshiba Mobile Display, and Hitachi Displays. Since the company was just formed in April, they are only releasing demo units or “Innovation Vehicles” as they call it right now. Their latest creations are a 5 and 7 inch touchscreen that integrate the digitizer right into the screen resulting in incredibly thin designs that are 1mm and 1.5mm thick respectively. By utilizing white pixels, the displays eliminate the need for a back light and consume 40% less power than their back lit counterparts.

These units should be ”mass-produced within the next year or so”. We may or may not see these exact panels in future smartphones, but these demonstrate what is possible. Ideas like using white pixels or integrated digitizers may become the norm, who knows? I’m curious to see what our favorite manufacturers do with this technology, here’s to the future.

Source: Huffington Post

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Qeexo’s FingerSense lets touchscreens listen, makes any object an input device (video)

Qeexo's FingerTap lets touchscreens listen, makes any object an input device

While the humble touchscreen has become the standard interface for most smartphones, and capacitive displays make it a painless experience, the folk at start-up Qeexo think things could still be improved. It’s developed a technology called FingerSense that could add even more functionality. Essentially, by using a small acoustic sensor, it measures the vibrations as objects tap the screen, and can tell the difference between them. So, for example, a knuckle tap could be used for “right-click.” The tech is able to spot the difference between materials, too, so even when no finger is involved, it can register input, a great assistance to those with longer fingernails. The fun doesn’t stop there, though, with the demo video after the break showing a Galaxy SIII with a modified display, able to register stylus input, even without official support for it. More input options can never be a bad thing, and if nothing else, it could certainly make those GarageBand drumming sessions a little more interesting.

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Google+ auto-embeds Android app install links to spur curious downloaders

Google autoembeds Android app installs to encourage impulsive downloaders

Next to an in-person demo, social networking is arguably the most common way to learn about apps through unofficial sources. It’s only natural, then, that Google streamline the whole process of sharing Android apps in Google+. Include a link to a release in the Google Play Store with a Google+ post and the page now generates a clickable title card that installs the app right after choosing a target device. While the gesture doesn’t extend to +1 votes, it’s more than enough to give Android fans an easy and trustworthy way of spreading love for a favorite app. Or, at least, some shameless self-promotion.

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OtterBox Acquires Boston-Based Protective Film Manufacturer Wrapsol ‘To Expand World-Class Product Lineup’

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OtterBox, one of the leading names in protective cases and accessories for just about every popular mobile device under the sun, announced today the acquisition of Wrapsol, a Boston, Massachusetts based manufacturer of several lines of protective film wraps for smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, and makers of an interesting “Grip Pad” line introduced at CES 2012 that provides a, well, grippy surface to hold onto so your device can avoid the drops Wrapsol’s films protect it from.

For those unfamiliar with Wrapsol’s work, here’s a quick demo:

Exact details of the acquisition are as yet unknown but Brian Thomas, President and CEO of OtterBox, assures readers the deal is a match made in heaven.

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Sky+ app update brings remote control features to iPhone, iPod touch

Sky app update brings remote control features to iPhone, iPod touch

It’s been a few months since UK TV operator Sky added remote control features to its iPad app, and now there’s a similar refresh for the iPhone and iPod touch. The v4.2 update gives users brings remote control with support for gestures, DVR scheduling and management, a new guide as well as revamped navigation and search on the smaller screens, as long as they’re connected to the same WiFi network as the box. The Android app is still without the new features, however they’re promised to arrive there “in the coming months.” As usual the update app is available at no charge via iTunes, hit the link below to check it out, or check out the press after the break for more details along with a demo video of the iPad version.

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Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II hits Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks for $129 after mail-in-rebate

Since the demo units started arriving in stores last week, it’s only a matter of time that we will see the actual Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II on display and ready for sale. Samsung and Verizon just released a presser stating that it will be available in the coming weeks and it will be priced at $129 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The original Stratosphere wasn’t a bad device for the money and the second chapter steps it up a bit with the Snapdragon S4 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I would say if you’re looking for a budget phone on Verizon, the DROID RAZR M is the best bet, but if a QWERTY slide-out is your thing, then this just might be the phone for you.

Full press release after the break:

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Coming Soon to Verizon Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy™ Stratosphere® II, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 4G LTE and Android 4.0, aims to balance business and a rich multimedia experience.

The Stratosphere II offers a number of entertainment features. Users can rent or purchase movies from the Samsung Media Hub™ that they can watch right on the Stratosphere II’s 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display for high quality video entertainment. S-Beam™ uses NFC to easily share photos, and videos to other compatible devices.

On the business side, the smartphone is Global Ready with the ability to call and email from over 200 countries, has built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity when on the road and supports multi-vendor Mobile Device Management (MDM). With numerous security features like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and on-device AES 256-bit encryption, the Stratosphere II aims to protect personal and professional information.

The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores in the coming weeks for $129.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.


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Verizon Confirms New HTC Droid DNA

Remember a little while ago, when we saw that awesome Japanese demo video featuring the HTC J aka Butterfly? Well looks like over here it will be called the Droid DNA, and thanks to a support page, Verizon is looking to get it first. Verizon did not get any of the HTC One series phones, so it looks like they are making up for it by bringing you this beast of a phone.

The Droid DNA will be HTC’s stab at the “phablet” market. That 5-inch screen to bring you all that pretty….Sense. Yes, I know Sense is not on many people’s top UI list, but it has improved over the years, and if you watched that demo video, I do not think you will mind it at all. The support page lists the Droid DNA, as you can see be the screenshot below, but there is no confirmed pricing or release. My guess is that it will show its big head around the holidays. So let us know if you plan on getting this 5-inch bad boy.

Source: Talk Android

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NFC sharing between Android and Windows Phone 8

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Android has supported NFC (near-field communication) technology since Gingerbread, and Android Beam has enabled easy URL, app and contact sharing since ICS launched last year. But our friends in the Windows Phone world are just now getting their first introduction to NFC in the latest windows Phone 8 release.

In addition to a new NFC-enabled wallet, WP8 includes "tap + send" support, which enables Android Beam-like functionality between NFC-enabled Windows phones. But because it's a multi-platform standard, many of these features work just fine between Windows Phone 8 and Android, as you'll see in our demo video below.

We tried bouncing web pages and contacts back and forth between a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and an HTC 8X, and were able to do so without a hint of trouble. Unfortunately, NFC file transfers remain off-limits for the time being, so if you want to share photos over NFC, it's strictly Windows-to-Windows or Android-to-Android.

Check out our quick video demo below to learn more.

More: Windows Phone 8 launch coverage at WPCentral

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Here is Android 4.2′s 360-degree Photo Sphere camera

Wondering exactly how that snazzy new Photo Sphere camera mode in Android 4.2 will work? Here’s a quick video demo showcasing just that. Instead of your traditional side-to-side panorama sweep, Photo Sphere asks the user to align the camera with a blue guide dot to capture up to a full 360-degree view. After the photo is stitched together, the image can be panned, rotated, and zoomed to get a full look.

It’s sort of like having a street view camera, but it’s in your phone. For that matter, the captured images can be pinned to a location in Google Maps to add your own look at the world around you for others exploring the digital atlas.

[via DroidLife]


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SwiftKey Flow brings trace-typing to predictable keyboard [VIDEO]

Trace-typing, ala Swype, has become all the rage for many people. While some say Swype is hard to get used to or just plain prefer a tap-type keyboard, it’s no secret that keyboard makers want to appeal to the widest group of people possible. One of the most advanced touchscreen keyboards ever, SwiftKey, looks to be taking the next step in its long journey to stardom.

The folks at SwiftKey have announced SwiftKey Flow, and while the firm probably wouldn’t prefer it to be called “SwiftKey, but with Swype,” that’s exactly what comes to mind. Users trace through the letter of the words they want to type and SwiftKey will accurately insert whatever word you were looking for. It can be faster than tap-typing for some people as these methods of typing have consistently been used to break texting records across the world.

SwiftKey Flow does add something a bit unique to the trace-typing table, though — real-time word prediction. As you’re tracing a word out the keyboard will attempt to predict the word you are looking for and you can stop mid-trace to select the word if it ended up guessing the correct word.

And the tracing line looks very nice, to boot. I mean, there are only so many ways you can make the line look unique but there are also ways to mess it up, so kudos. The app is currently in beta and those interested in trying it out can head to SwiftKey.net to sign up for it. Take a look at the demo video above.


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SwiftKey Flow brings trace input to leading Android keyboard

SwiftKey has announced a brand new version of its popular keyboard app for Android, dubbed SwiftKey Flow. Launching "soon," SwiftKey Flow will bring continuous input — similar to what's found in Swype and others — to SwiftKey, while retaining the personalized prediction tech for which it's is best known.

An evolution of the intelligent prediction software used in SwiftKey 3 powers the flow-based input, meaning it's sensitive to context, as well as individual typing styles. SwiftKey Flow will also allow users to switch between the two input modes on the fly depending on their preference, or how many hands they have free.

Android Central had the chance to demo SwiftKey Flow recently, and we were impressed with the speed and accuracy of its new trace input features. We noticed that the keyboard analyzes the pattern your finger takes in real time, rather than waiting until the pattern is complete, allowing predictions to be built up on the fly. Overall, it's an incredibly speedy typing experience.

The SwiftKey Flow beta test will begin "within weeks" for those registered on SwiftKey's VIP community site, ahead of an eventual launch on Google Play.

Check out the demo video above. We've got today's full press release after the break.

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Multi-window feature could be headed to Galaxy S3 in Android 4.1.2 update

The Galaxy S3 may have just been updated to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean in Europe, but it seems Samsung may already be focusing on the next major software update. According to reports from SamMobile, the S3 will be updated to Android 4.1.2 before the end of the year, and that new firmware will also include one of the Galaxy Note 2's killer features — "multi-window" support.

The Note 2's multi-window feature, shown in our quick demo video above, allows true multi-tasking by having two applications open on-screen at any one time — for example, a browser window up top, and a YouTube video down below. Not all apps are supported yet, but all major Google and Samsung apps work just fine, as do some third-party offerings like Twitter.

SamMobile has a pretty decent track record for revealing Samsung software secrets ahead of time, so there's a good chance they're right about multi-view on the S3. And as the international Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 share much of their hardware, it shouldn't be a huge technical challenge to get it up and running.

If these reports are true, we're sure S3 owners will be eagerly awaiting that 4.1.2 update.

Source: SamMobile

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New Nexus confirmed by LG Exec, Android 4.2 on board

Do any of us really need more confirmation that LG is producing the next Nexus? We sure as heck don’t, but until it is physically shown, demo’d and released, it is still just a rumor. Technically speaking anyways. It is hard to refute the images, the specs leaked and obvious reality that the phone does is exist and is real. When an LG Executive, the head of Mobile Product Planning Amit Gujral, comes out and says it will be unveiled at the Google Playground event on the 29th, it is hard to not accept it as truth. Amit was at a launch event for the Optimus Vu when he confirmed LG’s involvement in the next Nexus.

“Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November.”

He also confirmed some of the rumor spec’s as being true as well, but only confirmed three aspects. It will be a 4.7-inch screen, it will have the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and it will sport Android 4.2.

He didn’t make mention of any other spec’s but rumors and shatter still suggest 2GB of RAM, 1280 x 768 IPS Display, 8MP camera, a non-removable battery and 8 or 16GB internal storage options. Oh, and no SD card slot.

A lot of it is hit and miss with many of us. The inner workings sound impressive and it is hard to go wrong with a pure Google Android experience on a product. Even if the manufacturers history with previous devices and software has been rocky. We know many of you have concerns about the LG Nexus 4, or what ever the final name will actually be. Personally it is hard to bite with a build in battery and no SD card slot. There is a lot riding on this launch for LG. If their Nexus hits the ground running and ends up as flop it will really put some strain on them. It also wouldn’t look that good for Google. We have the utmost confidence that Google knows exactly what they are doing and that they wouldn’t have chosen LG to make this device if they didn’t feel it was great.

We will all see just how she looks and runs in just one more week. It sure is taking forever to get here though.

Source: IBNLive via Phandroid 

 

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