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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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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.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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] Fulton Innovation Shows Off A Tablet Working As A Wireless Charging Mat

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Fulton Innovation, a pioneer of wireless charging, is no stranger to showing off their tech at CES. This year, though, they’ve got something a little unusual – a prototype technology that allows a tablet to charge a phone wirelessly.

It looks relatively simple, but there are a few rules – both devices can charge using the Qi standard, and the tablet can charge any Qi-compatible phone. You won’t be able to use the tablet while it charges another device, though. 

At first blush, the tablet/phone charging duo seems to have limited application – after all, you’d need to stop using your tablet for quite a while, just to get a little more juice into your phone.

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Urban Hello introduces bizarrely attractive home phone via Kickstarter, we go eyes-on

Urban Hello introduces bizarrely attractive home phone via Kickstarter, we go eyeson

The Kickstarter page for Urban Hello’s beautiful, strange home phone may not be live yet, but we’ve already gotten our hands all over it. The HD voice device is more than looks, though, featuring two OLED screens built into a minimalist aesthetic, intended to simplify the home phone experience. The handset even comes in a handful of colors, “in order to blend in better with the decoration of any interior.” A pre-order of $85 will net you one of the very first off the production line — of course, the Kickstarter has to go live before you can pledge any money. Head past the break for all the specifics, straight from Urban Hello.

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Ion unveils cellphone accessories for home phone replacement, speakerphones

Ion unveils cellphone accessories for home phone replacement, speakerphones

If you’ve cancelled your home phone service, but still yearn for handsets peppered throughout the house, Ion’s Bluetooth Cordless Phone Station could fill that void. Slotting a cellphone into the base, which also functions as a charger, allows a trio of satellite handsets to make calls using the docked device via Bluetooth and DECT 6.0 tech. If design and conference calls ares on your mind, Ion’s rolled also out a saucer-shaped speakerphone system dubbed Talking Point. The glossy disc connects to smartphones via Bluetooth, packs a top-facing speaker and multiple microphones for capturing audio from several directions. Also tagging along is the Phone Station Plus, which packs stereo speakers, an LCD display and condenser mic, and allows Bluetooth-enabled cellphones to use it as a speakerphone rig. Journey past the jump for the press release, glamour shots and a handful of hands-on photos.

Update: We’ve spoken to the folks at Ion and Talking Point is estimated to arrive this June carrying a $149.99 price tag. The outfit’s Bluetooth Cordless Phone Station is penciled in for a September arrival and is set to ring up at $99. As for the Speaker Phone Plus, it’s already available out in the wild.

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Who won a free phone from Sprint and Android Central? Find out now!

Sprint phone winners! With the first week of the new year almost under our belts, it's time to let you all know the names of the lucky people that won the SEVEN phones we teamed up with Sprint to give away!  If your name is listed below, watch your email as I'll be in touch in the near future to get your shipping info. Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy your new phones!

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 wireless charger offer ends on January 10th

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Nokia Lumia 920 has to be the best Windows Phone device Nokia has ever manufactured. The Finnish company has started launching this flagship device in various parts of the world and in places such as Middle East and China, the devices got sold out in mere hours. That alone testifies the fact that Windows Phone 8 operating system has managed to attract people towards Windows Phone.
In the US, Lumia 920 is an AT&T exclusive model, meaning you won’t be able to buy the device from any other carrier until the exclusivity deal is over. AT&T is a fine operator and the price at which they are offering the Lumia 920 is just great and makes the whole affair easier on the pocket.

Nokia Lumia 920 is an interesting device. The features such as PureView camera which promises to offer better low light sensitivity, and you can charge the device wirelessly using the inductive charger (which isn’t a new invention by the way and Chinese hair trimmers have been supporting that now for decades). What’s more interesting is that when you buy the Lumia 920 from AT&T store, they throw in a free wireless charger, making it a sweet deal.

Wireless charging plate has got to be the best accessories for the phone and AT&T has been offering it for free with Lumia 920 since its launch. The wireless charging plate is priced at $49 if bought separately. The sad news, however, is that the offer ends on January 10th.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes all ready for wireless charging, so all you need to do is plug in the charging pad and place the phone on the pad in order to start recharging the 2000 mAh battery under the hood. If you’re planning to buy a Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T, make sure you do it before Thursday in order to avail the free wireless charging plate offer and save some money. The device will cost you $99 and you will have to sign a 2 year pact in order to get that price.

In case you need a refresher on the specs, the specs of Lumia 920 are as follows:

Nokia Lumia 920 Specs
4.5 inches IPS LCD display
768 x 1280 pixels resolution, 332ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset
Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
Adreno 225 graphics processor
1GB RAM
32GB internal memory
8.7MP camera with dual-LED flash
1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) video recording
Bluetooth 3.1
WiFi 802.11 b, g, n
Mobile hotspot support
Near Field Communication (NF)
2000 mAh, up to 10 hours straight talk time

The highlighting feature of this device is the 8 MP camera which has a sensor size that is bigger than what comes with most of the smartphones. Also, the smartphone comes with new stabilization technology which Nokia calls as “floating lens.” According to the manufacturer, it is way better than other stabilization technologies used in many digital cameras and smartphones. Let us know how your experience with Lumia 920 has been if you own one.

source: AT&T

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Chinese Nokia Lumia 920 ad shows hardware details

Adverts are most of the times annoying, but sometimes some ads are made so good that we find ourselves lurking on youtube to watch the ad again and again. Some ads are funny, and there are some cellphone ads showing the phone’s feature at work in a great way. Examples of such ads include the original iPhone ad, the LG Dare commercial and several others. Even the Samsung Galaxy SIII ad which mocks people waiting in a queue to get their hands on the latest iPhone is funny.

Samsung has definitely done a good job at highlighting all the features that aren’t available on the iPhone. We haven’t had any interesting cell phone ads in the past few weeks, and now Nokia has come up with a really good one that is worth pressing the replay button repeatedly. The commercial is for the Nokia Lumia 920 flagship device which is doing great. The ad is targeted towards the Chinese market, where the Lumia 920 was recently.

At the start of commercial, they show all the parts that slowly assemble into a complete Nokia Lumia 920. Then the 2:14 minute short commercial shows what Angry Birds looks like on the HD Pure Motion display, and at the same time a hand wearing weird blue colored gloves uses the phone, which demonstrates the “Super Sensitive Touch” of the model’s capacitive touchscreen. The PureView camera’s features are also part of the ad as is the Augmented Reality of City Lens. Towards the end they showcase the phone being charged wirelessly on the wireless inductive charger that is available in various colors that matches with the phone’s body color, which itself is available in many flashy colors. All throughout the video we get to see all the features which set the Lumia 920 apart from other Windows Phone 8 devices.

Nokia Lumia 920 was launched in China few weeks back. China is a vast country and a whopping 1.1 billion Chinese use cellphones. That’s a huge number and no wonder China has the biggest telecom industry with over a billion subscribers. China Mobile, which is China’s biggest carrier is also world’s largest carrier, and it isn’t surprising. Anyways, the competition is also huge in the country and 90% of the smartphones which were sold in Q3 in China were Android powered, which isn’t astonishing since Android is open source and hence the local smartphone manufacturers can make use of it. China has got some awesome local smartphone manufacturers, and some of them are Meizu and Oppo. Microsoft’s Windows Phone enjoys only 3% market share.

Even though the interest for Windows Phone isn’t much in China, when the Nokia Lumia 920 first launched at the Nokia Store in Shanghai, the devices were sold out in 2 hours. The yellow version of Lumia 920 from the second lot was sold out within 20 minutes. That’s pretty quick and that itself testifies that Windows Phone 8 has managed to attract more consumers to Windows Phone than ever before. Also Lumia 920’s design and hardware has got a lot to do with the success.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X for a cent at Rogers

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Windows Phone 8 has been doing great, and far better than Windows Phone 7. The sales figures of Lumia 920 has been quite high, thanks to the reasonable asking price by AT&T on 2 year contract, one can get hands on a Windows Phone 8 device without shelling out a lot of money.

Lumia 920 and 820 are apparently AT&T’s exclusive models. Nokia isn’t the only company in the Windows Phone 8 game. We have HTC with their 8X phone, which has a pretty good design. HTC also has another Windows Phone 8 device called 8S with support for removable microSD cards and is slightly placed lower than 8X, but for some reason the company hasn’t launched the device in US yet. Anyways, HTC 8X has been selling extremely strong in USA, and one of the main reasons is attractive price.

Though DIgitimes’ sources say that HTC 8X has been “extremely strong in the US”, the device has not been topping charts on carriers in the US, but it should be noted that this device is the only Windows Phone which is on sale on 3 of the 4 big carriers, which means that this device can alone cover much more market than Lumia 920 or 820 can do alone. Nokia has other variants of Windows Phone 8 for other carriers. The handset’s main feature would be its slim-line design and excellent Super-LCD 2 screen with very high DPI.

If you are in Canada and craving for a Windows Phone 8 device, HTC 8X is a good option to go for, and the good news is that you can have the device for yourself if you have a penny lying around. Yep, you read that right. Canadian carrier, Rogers, is now offering the 8 GB HTC 8X for just $0.01 on contract, which is really a good price for a dual-core smartphone with an HD screen. Since the device doesn’t have microSD card slot, 8 GB can be a limiting factor for most of us, and in that case you can go for the 16 GB variant instead, but you will have to shell out $29.99 for that, which is a good investment in the long run in my opinion.

Of course good things always come with a catch, and in this case you will have to sign a three year contract, and that’s the standard length you sign up for in Canada. If you are good with the contract, you can get the HTC 8X which sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960). Coupled with 1 gig RAM, you can expect the phone to be snappy. Yes, most of the high end smartphones are coming with 2 gig of RAM these days, and it is fast becoming a standard, but Windows Phone 8 is not that RAM hungry and 1 gig should be just sufficient enough. It is equipped with a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels) that at 342 ppi has an extremely high pixel density. Would you buy the 8X?

Source: Rogers

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Samsung Galaxy R Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now available for Indian owners

After 14 months since the release of Samsung Galaxy R in Indian market, owners can now update their device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) as Samsung started the roll out a couple of days ago. All bug fixes, performance boosters and new features are packed into a 239MB package. It is, therefore, recommended for owners to have stable and fast internet connection as it may take several minutes to finish downloading the package.

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Galaxy R was released in India in October 2011 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, originally. In the same month, Google officially announced Ice Cream Sandwich. The anticipation for a more stable and better operating system started since then. Consequently, Galaxy R owners in the United States and other regions started receiving this very same update in August of 2012 but Indian owners were left hanging and wanting for it.

Samsung Galaxy R, otherwise known in other regions as Galaxy Z, was released packed with impressive specs at the time. It is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz plus a complementary 1GB RAM. Basically, it is a powerful device and even very much capable of running the latest Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean firmware without problems. While the ICS update rollout is good news for majority of Galaxy R owners in India, it also means they have to wait several months for possible JB update.

It also shows that Samsung has always been unenthusiastic in releasing updates for devices outside “flagship” category. Or, at least, this is how owners of Galaxy R feel. Recently, though, the South Korean manufacturer assured Samsung community that majority of its devices will be updated to latest firmware. So, let’s see about that.

The Samsung Galaxy R Android 4.0 ICS update can be downloaded over-the-air or via Samsung KIES. For OTA update, owners are advised to head to Settings => About phone => Software updates to manually initiate update search.

Those who prefer to use KIES will have to download the client from Samsung’s website and install it to their computer. They need to connect their device to the computer where KIES is installed to pull down updates.

So far, there is no information if Samsung Galaxy R will receive a software bump to Jelly Bean. But as far as specs are concerned, the device is much able to run whatever version of Android you throw at it. So, we just hope it won’t take a year or so before Samsung would give us information about it.

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Wilson Electronics announces Sleek 4G signal booster with multi-carrier support (update: hands-on!)

Wilson Electronics announces Sleek 4G signal booster with multicarrier support update handson!

If you’ve ever found yourself on a lone road in the middle of nowhere with zero bars of reception on your phone, it’s quite likely that you’ve entertained the idea of grabbing a signal booster. Wilson Electronics, one of the best known manufacturers of such devices, is introducing its latest Sleek 4G booster at CES. What makes this version different from the models launched just a few months ago? Instead of needing separate boosters for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, it’s now capable of supporting phones, tablets and hotspots on all three, as well as legacy signals for all other US carriers. Head to the press release for more details.

Update: We actually had a chance to catch up with Wilson Electronics here at CES Unveiled 2013 and spend some brief time with the Sleek 4G signal booster. For a piece of kit that can take virtually any U.S. wireless frequency (with Nextel and WiMAX as the only exceptions) and amplify it, the Sleek 4G signal booster is a quite unassuming black, plastic accessory. The add-on, which is set to retail for $199, works by plugging into any smartphone via USB — yes, your phone will have to be on to power it — and features a switch alongside that port to toggle between AT&T and Verizon’s LTE. Considering the ever-growing sizes of smartphones these days, Wilson’s seen fit to include three sets of extenders in the box to accommodate whatever handset you happen to sporting. It begins shipping next week, so if you typically have issues with cell reception, this could very well be one (pricey) solution.

Joseph Volpe and Sarah Silbert contributed to this report.

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Samsung Korea posts details about Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update

It seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its Galaxy S II users just yet. Today, Samsung Korea posted details to its website regarding an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II (it seems to be for the Korean version only for now, but that means the international update should be just around the corner). The update will be available soon via Samsung’s Kies software and will take about an hour to complete. Since it’s such a large update, Samsung will need to reformat your phone’s memory and allocate an extra gigabyte for its “system” memory (where it keeps all the important files). This means you’ll end up with 11 gigabytes of internal memory for your apps, music, pictures an other media. Besides all the normal Jelly Bean goodies like “Google Now”, you’ll be getting Samsung’s “Smart Stay” (a feature that keeps your screen on by using your front facing camera to see if you’re eyes are looking at your phone), and some other stock Google apps like Books and Google+. No word yet on if and when the US variants of the phone will be getting an update, but we will keep you posted if we hear anything. For a full list of improvements, jump past the break.

Major Changes in the new Software Upgrade
1. Platform upgrade Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance
- Improved usability for some applications

2. Preloaded applications
- Add Help
- Add Google+
- Add +Talk
- Add Play Book
- Add Play Movie

3. Newly added/improved functions
- Add Easy mode, Block mode
- Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more
- Add Smart Stay
- New functions like Pop-up play and more
- Improved some functions & applications usability

Source: Samsung Korea

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HTC One VX review

HTC One VX

The HTC One VX looks to be a great (and cheap) way to get an entry-level LTE smartphone on AT&T

This may be one of those rare instances in which we know too much. For those of us who live and breathe smartphones all day long (and that includes many of you out there), it's tough to look at an HTC One phone without seeing the entire line in context. With regards for pecking order, there's the One V. The One S. The One S. (There's also the new One SV in Europe and Asia, and in the U.S. on Cricket.) And now, on AT&T, we have the HTC One VX.

Where the hell does this phone fit in?

To answer that question, you need to take it out of context a little bit. Instead of looking at where it sits in the HTC family, think about where the One VX sits in the AT&T lineup. Things start to make a little more sense in that respect, especially considering that as of this writing, the One VX is exclusive to the U.S. carrier.

As its name might imply (again, to those of us who live and breathe this stuff), and as the spec sheet spells out, the One VX picks and chooses from some of the best features of the other phones in the HTC One line. You can't help but compare it to its older siblings. But it's also important to remember where it stands for AT&T. This phone serves a purpose for AT&T — filling a hole in its lineup — more than it does for HTC. And that's OK. Because what we end up with is a really good entry-level phone.

So, with all that said, on to our HTC One VX review.

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Samsung announces new Bluetooth speaker with NFC and apt-X codec support

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Samsung has just announced a new set of digital audio equipment, most importantly to us smartphone nerds being a new Bluetooth speaker for pairing with phones and tablets. This newest speaker, model DA-F60, supports both NFC pairing and the apt-X audio codec. This is a not-so-common yet interesting use of NFC, which lets users tap a tablet or phone to the speaker to initiate the bluetooth pairing connection meaning there's no messing around with a manual Bluetooth setup — pretty neat.

Android Central @ CES

Apt-X, if you're not familiar, is a relatively new audio codec available in some devices that improves the dynamic range and quality of streaming bluetooth audio. The list of supported devices is small but growing — including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the HTC One (X, S, V) line and Motorola RAZR (original, HD, Maxx, i, M) line.

We should see a bit more of the new speaker (and Samsung's other offerings) at CES this week, and hopefully have some time to play around with these new ones. No pricing or availability is out just yet, but we should expect those shortly as well.

Source: Samsung (BusinessWire)

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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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Samsung Korea posts details about Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update

It seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its Galaxy S II users just yet. Today, Samsung Korea posted details to its website regarding an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II (it seems to be for the Korean version only for now, but that means the international update should be just around the corner). The update will be available soon via Samsung’s Kies software and will take about an hour to complete. Since it’s such a large update, Samsung will need to reformat your phone’s memory and allocate an extra gigabyte for its “system” memory (where it keeps all the important files). This means you’ll end up with 11 gigabytes of internal memory for your apps, music, pictures an other media. Besides all the normal Jelly Bean goodies like “Google Now”, you’ll be getting Samsung’s “Smart Stay” (a feature that keeps your screen on by using your front facing camera to see if you’re eyes are looking at your phone), and some other stock Google apps like Books and Google+. No word yet on if and when the US variants of the phone will be getting an update, but we will keep you posted if we hear anything. For a full list of improvements, jump past the break.

Major Changes in the new Software Upgrade
1. Platform upgrade Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance
- Improved usability for some applications

2. Preloaded applications
- Add Help
- Add Google+
- Add +Talk
- Add Play Book
- Add Play Movie

3. Newly added/improved functions
- Add Easy mode, Block mode
- Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more
- Add Smart Stay
- New functions like Pop-up play and more
- Improved some functions & applications usability

Source: Samsung Korea

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Samsung announces new bluetooth speaker with NFC and apt-X codec support

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Samsung has just announced a new set of digital audio equipment, most importantly to us smartphone nerds being a new Bluetooth speaker for pairing with phones and tablets. This newest speaker, model DA-F60, supports both NFC pairing and the apt-X audio codec. This is a not-so-common yet interesting use of NFC, which lets users tap a tablet or phone to the speaker to initiate the bluetooth pairing connection meaning there's no messing around with a manual Bluetooth setup — pretty neat.

Android Central @ CES

Apt-X, if you're not familiar, is a relatively new audio codec available in some devices that improves the dynamic range and quality of streaming bluetooth audio. The list of supported devices is small but growing — including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the HTC One (X, S, V) line and Motorola RAZR (original, HD, Maxx, i, M) line.

We should see a bit more of the new speaker (and Samsung's other offerings) at CES this week, and hopefully have some time to play around with these new ones. No pricing or availability is out just yet, but we should expect those shortly as well.

Source: Samsung (BusinessWire)

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Wilson Electronics announces Sleek 4G signal booster with multi-carrier support

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If you’ve ever found yourself on a lone road in the middle of nowhere with zero bars of reception on your phone, it’s quite likely that you’ve entertained the idea of grabbing a signal booster. Wilson Electronics, one of the best known manufacturers of such devices, is introducing its latest Sleek 4G booster at CES. What makes this version different from the models launched just a few months ago? Instead of needing separate boosters for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, it’s now capable of supporting phones, tablets and hotspots on all three, as well as legacy signals for all other US carriers. Head to the press release for more details.

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Samsung Korea posts details about Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update

It seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its Galaxy S II users just yet. Today, Samsung Korea posted details to its website regarding an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II (it seems to be for the Korean version only for now, but that means the international update should be just around the corner). The update will be available soon via Samsung’s Kies software and will take about an hour to complete. Since it’s such a large update, Samsung will need to reformat your phone’s memory and allocate an extra gigabyte for its “system” memory (where it keeps all the important files). This means you’ll end up with 11 gigabytes of internal memory for your apps, music, pictures an other media. Besides all the normal Jelly Bean goodies like “Google Now”, you’ll be getting Samsung’s “Smart Stay” (a feature that keeps your screen on by using your front facing camera to see if you’re eyes are looking at your phone), and some other stock Google apps like Books and Google+. No word yet on if and when the US variants of the phone will be getting an update, but we will keep you posted if we hear anything. For a full list of improvements, jump past the break.

Major Changes in the new Software Upgrade
1. Platform upgrade Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance
- Improved usability for some applications

2. Preloaded applications
- Add Help
- Add Google+
- Add +Talk
- Add Play Book
- Add Play Movie

3. Newly added/improved functions
- Add Easy mode, Block mode
- Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more
- Add Smart Stay
- New functions like Pop-up play and more
- Improved some functions & applications usability

Source: Samsung Korea

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Google ‘currently working’ on Google Maps redirect fix on Windows Phone, explains former stance

Google Maps no longer redirecting to Google Search on Window Phone, Google explains

As recently as yesterday, Google was explaining its auto-redirect of Google Maps on Windows Phone devices to Google.com as a question of incompatibility rather than one of choice. “The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari. However, since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps for the mobile web,” Google told us yesterday. Case closed, right? Apparently not.

As The Next Web reports, Google’s changing its tune today, and is working on a redirect as we speak. “We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users,” the statement reads. “In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users,” it continues. The kicker? “Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.” So! It looks like Windows Phone users employing Internet Explorer for Google Maps will soon be back in business. As of right now, we’re still seeing the redirect in place, but feel free to let us know if you’re already seeing the fix enabled!

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Windows Phone users to get their broken Google Maps web experience back

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Yesterday it seems that every single Windows Phone user was over at WPCentral lamenting the loss of the Google Maps web app for Windows Phone. It seems that Google made a change that redirected users with a Windows Phone browser UA string to Google search page instead of the Google Maps page they were expecting.

Google later chimed in and said that Google Maps on the mobile site was designed for webkit browsers, which IE on Windows Phone is not. Questions were raised about why it used to work, why it stopped working, and why Google was the devil. Turns out that a big fuss was made over a relatively minor (minor to Google anyways) product change. Google has reverted things back the way they were, and delivered this statement to The Next Web.

We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users.

In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users.

Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.

A lot of Windows Phone fans are going to cry foul, and claim that their voices changed the world and moved the mountain that is Google, but even a few admitted Windows fans came to the very same conclusion that it was done because the experience, well, it sucked. 

The simple fact is that smart companies are going to build web apps that work well for Android and iOS because that's the vast majority of the mobile market. If that means building for webkit based browsers, then people on the fringe of the market won't be part of it. Google has decided to give Windows Phone users back the poor experience they want, but if future updates incorporate webkit-only features, you can bet Google will stop supporting IE once again. It's a decision about money, not about hate for Microsoft. 

Source: The Next Web

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Weekend project: Customize your home screen with UCCW, the ultimate custom widget

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Anytime you see folks discussing the virtues of Android, you hear the word custom being thrown around in one form or another. We're not talking about ROMs or kernels or anything like that, we mean the built in options to make your Android phone look like no other phone — widgets. Specifically UCCW, the ultimate custom widget.

Ultimate is a pretty bold claim for any developer to make, especially when you're talking something as personal as the way our phones look. UCCW works it though, and is a way to change the look and feel of your home screen in a way only limited by your imagination. It's a "master" widget, which is simply a blank canvas that's painted the way you decide, either through your own talent or from themes (called uzips) that other talented folks have created.  Hit the jump, have a look, and get customized.

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An Experiment: My Life With A Nexus 7 As My Phone

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Like most in the Android world, I’ve been steadily increasing my comfort zone on how big a screen I want. Back in the day, I was obsessed with getting my phone as small as possible, like Zoolander. Then I got my first smartphone in the Windows Mobile 6 days, and ever since then every device I get has a bigger screen than the last, and I end up being happy about it.

There are a couple of sizes that are natural points for a mobile device’s size. The two big ones that jump to mind are:

  1. The biggest size that you can easily reach the whole screen with one hand, and
  2. The biggest size that you can comfortably fit in your pocket.

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An Experiment: My Life With A Nexus 7 As My Phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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HTC’s New Year’s Resolution: Bring Unique Products To Market

HTC isn’t blind. The Taiwanese manufacturer can see the gap between itself and some of its competitors is growing. They’ve responded by promising to focus on bringing “unique products” to market in 2013. Judging by their declining sales numbers, HTC needs to do something. Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou believes innovation and not marketing is the key to an HTC rebound.  He said, ”Our competitors were too strong and very resourceful, pouring in lots of money into marketing.

HTC needs an angle, a market strategy for success despite being squeezed between Apple and Samsung. Sammi’s Galaxy S III topped the iPhone to become the best selling phone of 2012 Q3. The iPhone 5 did its thing. Chou said, ”Although we don’t have as much money to counter, the most important thing is to have unique products that appeal to consumers.”  HTC’s One X was well received in 2012 but failed to generate traction and certainly did little to threaten the iPhone or Galaxy S III. HTC is in a tough spot and they know it. Now let’s see what they do about it.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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