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MoDaCo.SWITCH App Allows for Flashing Between Sense and GPE ROM on HTC One

Currently under development, the MoDaCo ROM team is hard at work on SWITCH. The app, which is still in testing, would allow HTC One owners to easily “switch” between a Sense UI ROM and the Google Play Edition ROM. One moment you will be playing with BlinkFeed and Zoes, then the next you will have [...]
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Belkin Launches Its WeMo Light Switch For Android Users, Intent On Bringing Awesome Home Automation To All By Summer 2013

 

We here at Talk Android love when we can use our Android devices to control items in our homes and Belkin has delivered in a big way by introducing its new WeMo Light Switch— aiming to help home automation just a little bit easier for all. The specialized light switch is basically a WiFi-controlled unit which replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring—- allowing users to control all aspects of lighting, right from the comfort of their Android devices. Additionally, users can control the lighting in their homes from anywhere at anytime or even make a set of schedules of when to turn on/off the lights.

While the WeMo Light Switch will be on full display at CES 2013 this week, it will be a while before Android users can get their hands on the puppy. Belkin pledges the WeMo Light Switch and app will be available for all Android users by this summer for Android devices operating on Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

While we wait to see this nifty little gadget in person, why not hit past the break to see the full presser?

WeMo Light Switch and Android Availability to Launch in 2013

Las Vegas – January 6, 2013 – Building on the success of its WeMo launch in 2012, Belkin today announced two new developments to the WeMo brand of simple, ingenious home control products, the WeMo Light Switch and Android compatibility. The WeMo Light Switch, an Internet connected light switch to remotely control wired household lighting from anywhere, will debut at CES Unveiled on January 6 at the Mandalay Bay and will be on display at the 2013 International CES at Belkin’s booth, South Hall #30651, from January 8-11.

“Android compatibility and the ability to control full household lighting – beyond just lamps – have been the top two requests from WeMo fans since we first launched, so we are excited to announce both at the 2013 CES,” said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. “Both are a natural extension of the WeMo line and help expand on our promise of delivering the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want.”

The WeMo Light Switch replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring. Once in place, you can turn a full bank of lights on and off from anywhere, put them on a schedule, or use other WeMo or online triggers to control them through a smartphone or tablet. The WeMo Light Switch is controlled via the same free WeMo app as the WeMo Switch and Motion, conveniently keeping track of all of your WeMo-enabled devices from one app.

WeMo Light Switch

  • Controls your homes wired lights from your iOS device
  • Works with any Wi-Fi router and any Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad with iOS v5 or higher
  • Will be compatible with Android 4.0 or higher shortly after launch
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Works with the free WeMo app

Aside from growing the WeMo product family in 2013, Belkin also will launch compatibility for Android devices later this year. As the market share for Android continues to grow and more consumers demand it, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand. In February, Belkin will launch an open Beta test for users of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and other leading devices and follow with an official launch for the WeMo Switch, WeMo Motion and WeMo Light Switch in the summer.

Availability
The WeMo Light Switch will be available in summer 2013 and will feature Android compatibility at or shortly after launch. Compatibility with Android 4.0 or higher for current WeMo products including the WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion will launch this summer as well. To sign up for more information or alerts about WeMo, please visit www.Belkin.com/WeMo.

Belkin at CES
Visit Belkin at the 2013 International CES in booth #30651 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To schedule a booth tour or an appointment with a Belkin media representative, please call Rachel Jones-Pittier of Formula PR at 310-906-6416.

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Belkin Launches Its WeMo Light Switch For Android Users, Intent On Bringing Awesome Home Automation To All By Summer 2013

 

We here at Talk Android love when we can use our Android devices to control items in our homes and Belkin has delivered in a big way by introducing its new WeMo Light Switch— aiming to help home automation just a little bit easier for all. The specialized light switch is basically a WiFi-controlled unit which replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring—- allowing users to control all aspects of lighting, right from the comfort of their Android devices. Additionally, users can control the lighting in their homes from anywhere at anytime or even make a set of schedules of when to turn on/off the lights.

While the WeMo Light Switch will be on full display at CES 2013 this week, it will be a while before Android users can get their hands on the puppy. Belkin pledges the WeMo Light Switch and app will be available for all Android users by this summer for Android devices operating on Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

While we wait to see this nifty little gadget in person, why not hit past the break to see the full presser?

WeMo Light Switch and Android Availability to Launch in 2013

Las Vegas – January 6, 2013 – Building on the success of its WeMo launch in 2012, Belkin today announced two new developments to the WeMo brand of simple, ingenious home control products, the WeMo Light Switch and Android compatibility. The WeMo Light Switch, an Internet connected light switch to remotely control wired household lighting from anywhere, will debut at CES Unveiled on January 6 at the Mandalay Bay and will be on display at the 2013 International CES at Belkin’s booth, South Hall #30651, from January 8-11.

“Android compatibility and the ability to control full household lighting – beyond just lamps – have been the top two requests from WeMo fans since we first launched, so we are excited to announce both at the 2013 CES,” said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. “Both are a natural extension of the WeMo line and help expand on our promise of delivering the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want.”

The WeMo Light Switch replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring. Once in place, you can turn a full bank of lights on and off from anywhere, put them on a schedule, or use other WeMo or online triggers to control them through a smartphone or tablet. The WeMo Light Switch is controlled via the same free WeMo app as the WeMo Switch and Motion, conveniently keeping track of all of your WeMo-enabled devices from one app.

WeMo Light Switch

  • Controls your homes wired lights from your iOS device
  • Works with any Wi-Fi router and any Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad with iOS v5 or higher
  • Will be compatible with Android 4.0 or higher shortly after launch
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Works with the free WeMo app

Aside from growing the WeMo product family in 2013, Belkin also will launch compatibility for Android devices later this year. As the market share for Android continues to grow and more consumers demand it, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand. In February, Belkin will launch an open Beta test for users of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and other leading devices and follow with an official launch for the WeMo Switch, WeMo Motion and WeMo Light Switch in the summer.

Availability
The WeMo Light Switch will be available in summer 2013 and will feature Android compatibility at or shortly after launch. Compatibility with Android 4.0 or higher for current WeMo products including the WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion will launch this summer as well. To sign up for more information or alerts about WeMo, please visit www.Belkin.com/WeMo.

Belkin at CES
Visit Belkin at the 2013 International CES in booth #30651 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To schedule a booth tour or an appointment with a Belkin media representative, please call Rachel Jones-Pittier of Formula PR at 310-906-6416.

About Belkin International, Inc.
To learn more about Belkin, visit http://www.belkin.com/aboutus. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/belkin, and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/belkin.

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[CES 2013] Belkin Set To Bring WeMo To Android ‘Later This Year,’ Add Versatile Light Switch To WeMo Arsenal

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Belkin, a little early to the CES party, has just dropped a couple of announcements regarding its WeMo brand. WeMo, for those who don’t know, is Belkin’s brand of electronic components (so far including a “switch” compatible with anything you could plug into a normal outlet, a baby monitor, and a motion sensor) meant to allow users to control their electronics from anywhere using their mobile device. Until now, however, WeMo has only been compatible with iOS devices.

In today’s announcement, Belkin says that’s about to change. WeMo is expected to bring Android compatibility “later this year,” which the company considers a “necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand.” An open beta test for Android users is set to start in February for users of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and “other leading devices”.

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Belkin Launches Its WeMo Light Switch For Android Users, Intent On Bringing Awesome Home Automation To All By Summer 2013

 

We here at Talk Android love when we can use our Android devices to control items in our homes and Belkin has delivered in a big way by introducing its new WeMo Light Switch— aiming to help home automation just a little bit easier for all. The specialized light switch is basically a WiFi-controlled unit which replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring—- allowing users to control all aspects of lighting, right from the comfort of their Android devices. Additionally, users can control the lighting in their homes from anywhere at anytime or even make a set of schedules of when to turn on/off the lights.

While the WeMo Light Switch will be on full display at CES 2013 this week, it will be a while before Android users can get their hands on the puppy. Belkin pledges the WeMo Light Switch and app will be available for all Android users by this summer for Android devices operating on Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

While we wait to see this nifty little gadget in person, why not hit past the break to see the full presser?

WeMo Light Switch and Android Availability to Launch in 2013

Las Vegas – January 6, 2013 – Building on the success of its WeMo launch in 2012, Belkin today announced two new developments to the WeMo brand of simple, ingenious home control products, the WeMo Light Switch and Android compatibility. The WeMo Light Switch, an Internet connected light switch to remotely control wired household lighting from anywhere, will debut at CES Unveiled on January 6 at the Mandalay Bay and will be on display at the 2013 International CES at Belkin’s booth, South Hall #30651, from January 8-11.

“Android compatibility and the ability to control full household lighting – beyond just lamps – have been the top two requests from WeMo fans since we first launched, so we are excited to announce both at the 2013 CES,” said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. “Both are a natural extension of the WeMo line and help expand on our promise of delivering the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want.”

The WeMo Light Switch replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring. Once in place, you can turn a full bank of lights on and off from anywhere, put them on a schedule, or use other WeMo or online triggers to control them through a smartphone or tablet. The WeMo Light Switch is controlled via the same free WeMo app as the WeMo Switch and Motion, conveniently keeping track of all of your WeMo-enabled devices from one app.

WeMo Light Switch

  • Controls your homes wired lights from your iOS device
  • Works with any Wi-Fi router and any Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad with iOS v5 or higher
  • Will be compatible with Android 4.0 or higher shortly after launch
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Works with the free WeMo app

Aside from growing the WeMo product family in 2013, Belkin also will launch compatibility for Android devices later this year. As the market share for Android continues to grow and more consumers demand it, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand. In February, Belkin will launch an open Beta test for users of the Samsung Galaxy SIII and other leading devices and follow with an official launch for the WeMo Switch, WeMo Motion and WeMo Light Switch in the summer.

Availability
The WeMo Light Switch will be available in summer 2013 and will feature Android compatibility at or shortly after launch. Compatibility with Android 4.0 or higher for current WeMo products including the WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion will launch this summer as well. To sign up for more information or alerts about WeMo, please visit www.Belkin.com/WeMo.

Belkin at CES
Visit Belkin at the 2013 International CES in booth #30651 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To schedule a booth tour or an appointment with a Belkin media representative, please call Rachel Jones-Pittier of Formula PR at 310-906-6416.

About Belkin International, Inc.
To learn more about Belkin, visit http://www.belkin.com/aboutus. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/belkin, and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/belkin.

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Belkin introduces WeMo light switch, control your household lighting from your Android device

Android Central

Home automation is the stuff nerdy dreams are made of, and Belkin is today introducing a new device to bring a little part of that to life. The WeMo Light Switch, being displayed at CES in Las Vegas, is a replacement for your standard household light switches with WiFi connectivity. The cool part — it'll be controllable from your Android device. 

Android Central @ CES The WeMo connectivity means you can turn lights on or off from anywhere, schedule an on/off time, and doesn't require your Android device to be connected to the same WiFi network in order to work. So, you leave the office late, it's dark, and as you pull up on the driveway you can turn on the lights so you don't trip over the dog. OK, not the best example perhaps, but you get the idea. 

Android connectivity has been a much asked for feature of WeMo's existing, iOS compatible only, range of home automation devices. With the arrival of the WeMo Light Switch and the app into the Google Play Store, connectivity with their other devices will be opened up to Android users. An open beta will begin in February for users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and "other leading devices." The Light Switch will become available this Summer. 

Source: Belkin

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Nokia’s Lumia 920 Successor Rumored To Have Aluminum Body

Nokia’s recent flagship smartphone model which is the Lumia 920 was a huge success that the demand for it was higher than the supply. In China alone the device sold out in just two hours after its release. The company is trying to sustain this momentum by coming up with a much more impressive device that will succeed the 920.

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The rumored successor to the Lumia 920 will have an all-aluminum chassis instead of the currently used polycarbonate body. This in effect will make the device much thinner and lighter. As far as specifications go it is said to be similar to the 920. The upcoming Lumia flagship device is codenamed “Catwalk” which is probably in reference to its attention grabbing features. This was first reported by The Verge who claims to have gotten the information from sources familiar with Nokia’s plan.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has gotten favorable reviews from critics and is in fact selling well. One drawback to it though is that it weighs heavier than most models in the market.

The switch to an all-aluminum body might be a good idea since this will make the device lighter. There is however a disadvantage to this as what we have seen on most iPhone 5 devices. Aluminum is more prone to scratches and can bend easily. Nokia already has experience in using an aluminum body on a smartphone as what we have seen in their previous flagship, the N8, which was running on Symbian. We’re hoping they can put this experience to good use and avoid the problems associated with using Aluminum.

Reports also say that Nokia will be coming up with three Lumia devices this year although the other two devices won’t be sporting an aluminum body.

As far as the official announcement from the company goes we are skeptical they will be making it at CES. This is because the Lumia 920 and 820 devices were just recently released in the market.

via theverge

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Former Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki talks more Android in latest interview

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A few weeks back, ReadWrite interviewed Guy Kawasaki — author, publisher, entrepreneur, and most importantly: former Apple evangelist. After years of promoting Apple’s products (you may have seen him in the documentary “Cult of Mac”) turns out Mr. Kawasaki switched over to “team Android,” currently rocking a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (before that an S3, and that, a Razr Maxx). Kawasaki’s new motto? “Real men use Android.” In the RW interview Guy went on to say:

“People are kind of amazed, but I don’t use any iOS products, none at all. I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”

Today, in a piece called “This Is How I Work,” Lifehacker was able to get a quick interview with Guy, further pressing him mostly about his work life and products and services he can’t live without. While he still currently uses a MacBook Air to get work done (I, too, am guilty of this), the gadget he says he can’t possibly live without is his Nexus 7. As it turns out, when Apple released the iPad Mini a few months ago, Guy felt Apple’s “me too” tab didn’t offer anything compelling in light of the N7, asking aloud why anyone would want to switch. Great question.

When asked why he made the switch from iOS to Android, he admits that it was originally due to more interesting hardware. The iPhone’s lack of LTE, NFC and multitasking made Android an easy switch for him (despite sticking with Apple’s desktop OS for his computing needs). Now that Apple has finally caught up to Android in some regard with hardware, Guy says it’s simply Android’s superior software that keeps him from moving astray. His favorite Android features?

  • Multiple apps running in multiple windows
  • Widgets
  • Ability to launch files and choose default apps
  • Ability to see all your apps in an alphabetical listing no matter what folder they are in
  • Ability to pick your keyboard (I use SmartKey)

Talking about his work habits and general life lessons, Guy also says he avoids making to-do lists (he believes it helps prevent the decay of his brain) and deletes any and all email older than 21 days out for pure peace of mind. Funny, clearing out my 999+ Gmail inbox is my New Year’s resolution. But now let me shift the question to you: Despite “fragmentation” and firmware politics, why do you guys stick with Android?

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Apple Will Hand Over Manufacturing of A6X Chips To TSMC, Trial Production Will Begin This Quarter

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Apple’s current line of A-series chips (A5, A5X, A6, A6X) are made by its arch rival in the industry, Samsung. Obviously, the company has been contemplating a switch in manufacturers for quite some time now. We previously reported that Apple had planned to seek TSMC’s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) services to fulfill its requirements for the A-Series chips used in iOS devices. And now it seems like the speculations were indeed true as a report coming from Taiwanese daily Commercial Times states that Apple has struck a deal with TSMC to produce A6X chips which is used in the fourth gen Apple iPad. As of now, we’re only hearing reports of TSMC preparing A6X chips and there’s no info on whether the Taiwanese manufacturer will manufacture other Apple chips too. The said chip will go into trial production beginning from the first quarter of this year, so it could take a few more months for the companies to formally sign a pact.

This is a setback for Samsung as Apple is their top client accounting to millions of their revenue. The two companies have been fighting patent trials in courtrooms with one verdict ruling Samsung to pay in excess of $1 billion to Apple as a fine. So it was almost obvious that Apple was looking to move away from Samsung and look towards alternatives. The aforementioned trial production of the A6X chip by TSMC could break down if the company isn’t able to produce the required amount of chips in time, so all is not final yet. On the flipside, if TSMC is able to succeed in meeting Apple’s demands, we could see them making all future A-Series chips for iOS devices.

The main purpose behind switching to TSMC, other than getting out of Samsung’s partnership is that TSMC makes its chips using the 20nm technology. The Samsung made A6X chip is made using the 32nm process, so there will be substantial increase in performance. Whether TSMC will be able to manufacture the chips for a lesser amount is still not known. The Korean’s would lose a large chunk of their income with this deal falling off, but they should make up for that with increased sales of the next Galaxy flagship. Samsung plans on selling 510 million handsets in 2013. So if that estimate is anything to go by, we shouldn’t see Samsung having any problems with the proposed Apple-TSMC deal.

Source: Commercial Times
Via: 9to5Mac

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RIM busts Mr. Blurrycam, patents tech to ‘prevent inconspicuous use of cameras’

RIM patents tech to 'prevent inconspicuous use of cameras' through steady focus requirement

RIM’s own smartphones have been the target of many a “Mr. Blurrycam” snap, but a new feature could put an end to “inconspicuous” shooting, according to a patent issued today. The tool would be in line with the company’s mission to protect corporations from security vulnerabilities, which include not only unauthorized access to data, but also leaks from employees. According to the patent, “the camera restriction prevents a user from taking a picture of a subject if the device has not been steadily focused on the subject in question for a predetermined period of time.” Just how long you need to keep your BlackBerry still could be dictated by individual IT departments, which would also have the power to flip the switch and push restrictions to an employee’s device. While such a delay would certainly be an inconvenience for frequent shooters, it is a step forward from RIM’s traditional strategy of shipping models without cameras altogether. We haven’t seen any indication that such a technology will be implemented with future models, but thanks to the minds at RIM, patent junkies can get their fix now at the source link below.

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Apple iPhone 6: An Android User’s Wishlist

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As a Note II user, I often look at the iPhone wondering what it is actually worth anymore. iOS hasn’t changed a whole lot since the release of the iPhone 4. After using Android and watching it constantly evolve, iOS seems like its not worth the switch. Granted, the iPhone was not designed to be appealing to everyone. As an avid Android user though, this is what would get me interested in iOS:

Larger Screen Size

I know, I know. You are probably thinking, “oh, not this argument again!” Bear with me though. Apple does not necessarily need to increase the display size of the iPhone, but it would be great to see the company create another variant of the iPhone with a larger display. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, I really would like to see an Note-like iPhone device. I — and many others — are getting used to larger displays on our smartphones if not preferring it and downgrading to a smaller screen almost feels like a chore. Granted, I don’t want Apple copying Samsung or LG, but it would be phenomenal to see Apple bring a larger display into the mix.

Oh and no, I’m not talking about increasing the height of the iPhone anymore, but width too!

A Redesigned UI

The UI on the iPhone feels dull and boring. Granted, Android’s UI also gets boring, but redesigns every so often and the ability to add widgets keeps it refreshing, especially when you are given the power of full customization over widgets (e.g. HD Widgets and Beautiful Widgets). There is no such thing as a perfect UI, but I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing something more refreshed.

Openness

I’m going out on a leg here, but I would almost say that it would be good if Apple made the iPhone more open to the development community. Yes, their operating system has been closed off for years, which is what makes it different from Android. At the same time though, they could appeal to a lot of customers by letting the development community at the smartphone. Granted, with how bad Apple’s reputation is with Android users, I could see this eventually backfiring on them. If that were not an issue though, I would love to see more openness in the iPhone. Imagine a CyanogenMod version of iOS! I think that would be really sweet to see (I can almost imagine avid iPhone users cringing at the thought)!

And who knows, Apple could even find themselves hiring a really smart guy out of the development community.

Better Google Support

I honestly want to see more of Google on the iPhone (and more Apple on Android as well). Google — for just about everybody — is essentially integrated into our lives. Think about it for a second. A large majority of people are constantly relying on Google Maps to get them around or are relying on Gmail to read their emails. Some are even relying on YouTube to be their main source of entertainment. Google has some very successful products and for Apple to not allow certain apps on their is ridiculous. If Google does not want to put their apps on iOS, that seems a bit ridiculous as well. Sure Android is widely successful, but would Google not want more and more people to use their own apps like YouTube?

Now, a lot of Google’s apps are already on iOS, but I would like to see better support. Currently, Google Docs on iOS feels half-baked. And yes, while Apple hasn’t kicked Google off of their platform, I never want to see them do that as earlier rumors have suggested in the past (this was before Apple launched iOS 6).

That’s my wishlist for the iPhone 6. I’m an avid Android user, and iOS in its current state does not interest me. As an avid Android user, the above is what would get me interested in iOS. Like I said in the beginning though, iOS was not made to appeal to everyone and neither was Android.

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POP Charger Right Back On Track After Apple Revises Its Policies

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Apple’s policies have often been criticized for being too strict or unreasonable. One such policy was with regards to the Lightning Connector which is standard for all iOS devices after the formal announcement of the iPhone 5, fifth gen iPod Touch, iPad Mini and the fourth gen iPad. The switch to lightning practically meant that Apple was ditching the standard 30-pin dock connector which lasted for a few generations of iOS devices in favor of smaller and faster (as the name suggests) dock connector. Apple’s earlier policies restricted third party manufacturers from producing an accessory which makes use of both lightning and other connectors (even its own 30 pin dock connector). This was a nightmare for the third party accessory manufacturers as they had to stop production of their accessories which supports both iPhone and other devices to make a standalone Lightning only accessory.

And one such accessory maker is Edison Junior which had a cool new idea to make a charging hub named POP (Point of Power) which would allow users to simultaneously charge their iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry device with retractable power cords coming from the unit. The company had set up a Kickstarter project to raise funds so as to take the project forward. But after Edison Junior learnt of Apple’s policies, the gang decided to refund the money to the investors/pledgers as it wasn’t possible to bring the product to the market. But since Apple changed its policies a few days ago, people began speculating if Edison Junior would go ahead with the project. And now, good news awaits for investors and fans as the folks at Edison Junior have finally decided to get the project going. What this means is that the company will not be refunding the $139,170 to its pledgers, but instead will put all its efforts into bringing this awesome product to the market.

This statement by the co-founder of the POP project Jamie Siminoff pretty much sums up the company’s emotions – “As you know on Thursday we sent you an update that because of Apple’s rules around Lightning we would be canceling POP. The story got, A LOT of news, and reactions, way more than we could have ever imagined. In fact it became such big news that 24 hours after we posted, Apple changed their guidelines for Lightning. It was an incredible turn of events for us. We never could have imagined that we would be able to change Apple’s rules. Based on Apple’s change we can make POP the way we had promised and the project is back on. We will not be processing refunds and are going full speed ahead to produce and deliver the product to you ASAP.”

We should expect to see the POP charger up and running in the markets in a few months. The unit has been in the planning stages before the iPhone 5 was even launched. So the new iPhone with its lightning connector and Apple’s policies came as a surprise for the company. The project has over a 1,000 pledgers who will now be relieved to know that their POP Charger will be on its way, soon. The POP Charger is sold in two different variants with one having an internal 26,000 mAh battery pack (POP Portable) and the other which comes with a standard AC adapter to plug into your power cord and charge devices that way (POP Station). Needless to say, the POP Portable is the most popular among users as it will come into great use even when the users are outdoors. Edison Junior’s original idea suggested that in the event of a new connector for the iPhone, they would ship POP Chargers with two standard 30-pin dock connectors and two new connectors. It is yet to be known if they are going ahead with this plan.

Source: Kickstarter
Via: Phone Arena

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Verizon Flips The Switch On 29 New 4G LTE Markets Today

Verizon is green lighting 29 new 4G LTE markets as of today, bringing their official count to 470 4G LTE markets in total. They have been discussing these light ups for the past couple of weeks, so we could tell this was going to be a big move for them. In terms of competition, it looks like AT&T [...]

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Samsung stops injunction requests in several European countries

Android Central

Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has said today that it will stop pursuing injunction requests against Apple products in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Coming on the heels of mixed news in the big Samsung v. Apple trial here in the states yesterday, Samsung looks to be slowing down on its lawsuits in Europe now. What this basically means is that in the countries listed above, it will no longer be trying to receive sales bans on Apple devices. The Verge received this quote from Samsung on the matter:

Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice.

Quite the turn-around from the litigious nature of previous Samsung statements and actions, and everyone is wondering why the company has decided to make the switch. The likely reasoning is that Samsung is trying to put all of its time and effort into pushing the FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Not Discriminatory) licensing of its standards-essential patent portfolio. This makes Samsung look like the good company that's working to keep a competitive marketplace, something that the regulators will like to see.

This surely doesn't take future lawsuits or possible sales bans off the table entirely, but Samsung would likely be happy to just license its extensive set of patents and be done with the matter if it had the chance.

Source: The Next Web; The Verge

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Verizon Flipping The Switch On 4G LTE In Multiple Markets Out West On December 20

LTE-LogoIt can be hard to hear how speedy and wonderful Verizon’s 4G LTE is when there isn’t a 4G tower within 100 miles of your home. Well, that’s about to change for some lucky folks in the western half of the US come December 20. Big Red continues to creep closer to a 100% overlay with its 3G network all the time.

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All of the following cities are going to see LTE go live on December 20:

  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Sequim, WA
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Pasco, WA
  • Richland, WA
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Teton Village, WY
  • Kemmerer WY
  • Pinedale, WY
  • Price, UT
  • Richfield, UT
  • Lamar, CO
  • LaJunta, CO

Of course, you need an LTE handset to take advantage of the faster 4G speeds, but most phones Verizon has sold in the last few years are 4G-capable.

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Intel to acquire NVIDIA according to crazy rumors

In what sounds like one of the crazier rumors we’ve heard in a long, long time, the folks from Intel might be preparing to acquire NVIDIA. The mobile processing market is really getting competitive as of late and this could give Intel the edge they so badly need. What’s even crazier is the talk that Intel will make a switch at CEO and have NVIDIA’s own take charge of the entire ship.

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First off I’m going to start by saying take this rumor with a grain of salt, possibly the biggest grain of salt ever. Like Great Salt Lake style. According to The Bright Side of News this rumor has been floating around and actually has some backing, although the details obviously are few and far between. A move like this would really shake up the mobile landscape.

Can you imagine NVIDIA with the resources of Intel? Their Tegra 3 quad-core processors getting the boost and R&D that has made Intel the absolute best of the best for so long in the PC department. These sources claim “coffee table discussions” have been going on regarding the acquisition, as well as the replacement of Intel’s CEO (retirement) for NVIDIA’s own Jen-Hsun to offer a fresh perspective.

The acquisition would also be about NVIDIA’s popular GeForce graphics division that has continued to push the limits for PC gaming and beyond. This could really be a win-win for Intel if they could work out the details. There’s also discussions about cross-licensing deals as well, so we could see Intel and NVIDIA working together if anything. For now all of this is just a huge rumor and we’ll take it at face value. Imagine the possibilities though.

[via SlashGear]

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency planning to test BB10

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Thorsten Heins‘ tearful late-night calls to the head of the US Customs and Enforcement Agency (ICE) seems to have done the trick. While the well-named bureau won’t confirm if BlackBerry 10 has convinced it to abandon its well-publicized switch to the iPhone, it has admitted that it’ll test RIM’s new offering when it launches next year. Perhaps those forgetful G-Persons had their heads turned when they saw how deeply Evernote was baked into the new operating system.

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Apple Icon, Guy Kawasaki, Abandons iOS For Android

 

Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple employee who played a key role in marketing the Macintosh in the mid-eighties, has had some very interesting things to say about Android of late. He aggressively promoted Macs during a crucial time in Apple’s history and helped create the Apple fanaticism we know today. But like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kawasaki has expressed his admiration for the Android OS. Kawasaki has actually taken it a step further and has stopped using iOS devices altogether.

I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android,” said Kawasaki. He said he originally made the switch for LTE but now that Apple supports LTE he’s not going back. He said, “I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”

Kawasaki cites NFC, multi-tasking and better control over installed apps (like being able to see them in alphabetical order) as reasons why he prefers Android. “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable. I can go to any hotel front desk and if I’ve forgotten my cable they always have a micro-USB around. I can use my Nexus 7 and it’s on the same cable as my Samsung Galaxy SIII. What a concept! A standard cable,” said Kawasaki.

Kawasaki wasn’t converted by Cybermen who forcibly upgraded him from Apple fanboy to devoted Android user. He did the math and came to the same conclusion that so many others have in recent months. Android’s growing appeal is unquestionable as it now holds an estimated 75% of the world’s smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy SIII, of which Kawasaki is an owner, recently topped the iPhone as the best selling smartphone of the quarter. I’d like to believe the notion that competition spurs innovation, but when was the last big news from Cupertino that wasn’t about a court case?

Source: ReadWrite

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Apple Icon, Guy Kawasaki, Abandons iOS For Android

 

Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple employee who played a key role in marketing the Macintosh in the mid-eighties, has had some very interesting things to say about Android of late. He aggressively promoted Macs during a crucial time in Apple’s history and helped create the Apple fanaticism we know today. But like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kawasaki has expressed his admiration for the Android OS. Kawasaki has actually taken it a step further and has stopped using iOS devices altogether.

I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android,” said Kawasaki. He said he originally made the switch for LTE but now that Apple supports LTE he’s not going back. He said, “I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”

Kawasaki cites NFC, multi-tasking and better control over installed apps (like being able to see them in alphabetical order) as reasons why he prefers Android. “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable. I can go to any hotel front desk and if I’ve forgotten my cable they always have a micro-USB around. I can use my Nexus 7 and it’s on the same cable as my Samsung Galaxy SIII. What a concept! A standard cable,” said Kawasaki.

Kawasaki wasn’t converted by Cybermen who forcibly upgraded him from Apple fanboy to devoted Android user. He did the math and came to the same conclusion that so many others have in recent months. Android’s growing appeal is unquestionable as it now holds an estimated 75% of the world’s smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy SIII, of which Kawasaki is an owner, recently topped the iPhone as the best selling smartphone of the quarter. I’d like to believe the notion that competition spurs innovation, but when was the last big news from Cupertino that wasn’t about a court case?

Source: ReadWrite

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Apple Icon, Guy Kawasaki, Abandons iOS For Android

 

Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple employee who played a key role in marketing the Macintosh in the mid-eighties, has had some very interesting things to say about Android of late. He aggressively promoted Macs during a crucial time in Apple’s history and helped create the Apple fanaticism we know today. But like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kawasaki has expressed his admiration for the Android OS. Kawasaki has actually taken it a step further and has stopped using iOS devices altogether.

I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android,” said Kawasaki. He said he originally made the switch for LTE but now that Apple supports LTE he’s not going back. He said, “I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”

Kawasaki cites NFC, multi-tasking and better control over installed apps (like being able to see them in alphabetical order) as reasons why he prefers Android. “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable. I can go to any hotel front desk and if I’ve forgotten my cable they always have a micro-USB around. I can use my Nexus 7 and it’s on the same cable as my Samsung Galaxy SIII. What a concept! A standard cable,” said Kawasaki.

Kawasaki wasn’t converted by Cybermen who forcibly upgraded him from Apple fanboy to devoted Android user. He did the math and came to the same conclusion that so many others have in recent months. Android’s growing appeal is unquestionable as it now holds an estimated 75% of the world’s smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy SIII, of which Kawasaki is an owner, recently topped the iPhone as the best selling smartphone of the quarter. I’d like to believe the notion that competition spurs innovation, but when was the last big news from Cupertino that wasn’t about a court case?

Source: ReadWrite

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Apple legend Guy Kawasaki talks up Android and why he made the switch

Today we have an interesting and shocking story coming from none other than the once Apple legend and evangelist known as Guy Kawasaki. He was the biggest Apple fan around back in the 80′s, but a story making the rounds today from ReadWrite explains why he’s now a diehard Android fan, and why he made the switch.

What’s even more shocking about this entire story isn’t just the fact that he uses Android, I mean Android is amazing, it’s the fact that he actually admits to not using “any iOS products, none at all.” So while he may own multiple it doesn’t look like they get used much if his trusty Galaxy S III and Nexus 7 are sitting around. Here’s a direct quote from Guy himself:

“People are kind of amazed, but I don’t use any iOS products, none at all… I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”

Guy then goes as far as to say Apple’s slogan of ‘Think Different’ actually has more meaning for Android these days. If you truly think different, and about the possibilities a device can be used for, you’re looking at Android. Thanks for the shout out Kawasaki, we appreciate it!

The article goes on about him initially making the switch last year for bigger screens and 4G LTE speeds from the DROID RAZR MAXX and now the Galaxy S III. What about the iPhone 5 you guys ask? With things such as true multitasking, NFC capabilities, alphabetical lists of apps, and the fact that he doesn’t need “some stupid proprietary cable” for charging Android has won him over — even with the larger screen and LTE of the iPhone 5.

“I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”

He isn’t making the switch, and regarding tablets he isn’t either. He goes on to mention the iPad mini had nothing that made him want to set down his Nexus 7 — and thus that’s what he’ll continue to use. Interestingly enough it sounds like Apple’s other big man Steve Wozniak is the one that recommended he try the RAZR MAXX, and he’s never looked back. We know the WOZ is a big fan of Android, and even got his own Nexus right from Google HQ last year, but he still uses the iPhone himself. Below you’ll find a few neat stories on Steve Woz too. For more details and the full interview with Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki head to the via link below.

[via ReadWrite]

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Microsoft confirms ‘a delay in approval’ of updated SkyDrive app for iOS

Microsoft confirms 'a delay in approval' of updated SkyDrive app for iOS

Feisty, no? Following a report from The Next Web, Microsoft has confirmed to us that there is indeed a hangup in moving the updated SkyDrive app into the App Store. For those unaware, it was reported that Microsoft and Apple were deadlocked in discussions due to the former’s decision to allow users to buy more storage from within the app. In other words, Apple’s trying to maintain its controversial 30 percent in-app revenue split, while Microsoft is arguing that some users may end up buying more storage through the iOS app, but then make a switch to Android or Windows Phone. Apple’s stance is that users who did such a thing would forever entitle it to 30 percent of the revenue, while Microsoft clearly sees things differently. Today, a Microsoft spokesperson gave us the following quote on the matter:

“Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS. We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

While it doesn’t say much, it doesn’t outright deny the allegations — something you’d think a company of Microsoft’s size would be quick to dismiss if there wasn’t a shred of truth to it. Hopefully the two parties can sort things out, but honestly, we’d suggest the Windows Phone team put the whole “add proper Gmail and Google Suite integration to WP8” thing above this little squabble.

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Intel Could Be Looking to Switch to 22nm Mobile Chipsets In 2013

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Intel is a well known brand in the tech sector, more commonly known for desktop/notebook chipsets. However, the company hasn’t seen much success in the mobile chipset department, where only a handful of manufacturers have shown faith with the company. The first smartphone to feature an Intel based CPU was the Lava XOLO X900, which was launched in the Indian market. Nothing much was known about the device after that. Later, Motorola followed up with the Razr i, which hasn’t seen much success either. The current lot of Intel Atom mobile processors have heavy power consumption, which hasn’t won a lot of fans as mobile devices need to have a power efficient chip to keep it going for long.

And it is now being said that Intel could be looking to compete with the biggies by making the switch to the 22nm architecture instead of the current 32nm standard used by the company. This will certainly make the company a strong player in the mobile CPU arena, but it will all depend on the timing of the launch. Other chip makers already have a lot in store for their future chipsets. With technology quickly evolving, Intel should adjust quickly to the fast paced mobile world as it is pretty different in this field compared to the PC industry.

The new 22nm chipset, according to Intel, will apparently offer 22 to 65 percent more performance compared to the current breed of the Intel Atom chipset. It is also being said that the new gen chip will be based on the TriGate technology used by the company for PC processors. The chipset is believed to arrive in the second half of 2013, which could be a tight time for a company like Intel to make an impact with the new gen Tegra 4 and Exynos chipsets making their way in the market. To be able to sustain in the market, Intel has to fast forward its work force and bring something new right away. We know that’s not practical, but the sooner Intel makes these new gen chips available, the better. ARM is always going to be favored by manufacturers, so in order to stand up in competition against these chipsets, Intel will have to step up its game in a major way and soon.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Via: Android Central

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Apple Could Move To TSMC For New Gen A-Series Chips Earlier Than Expected

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Apple’s long standing rivalry from Samsung hasn’t ended their professional relationship which involves Samsung making chips for the renowned A series of chips based on ARM (A4, A5, A5X etc). Expectedly, Apple has been eagerly wanting to shy away from Samsung and look towards other chip makers to fulfill its demands. And TSMC was one such manufacturer said to be in the running to take over the reins from Samsung. And now it is being reported that the switch could be made sooner than we all expected.

TSMC makes its chips using the 20 nanometer process which is much more efficient than Samsung made chips, so the switch in manufacturers seems like a viable option for more than one reason. The early rumors claimed that the switch would be made in late 2013 so as to accommodate for iOS devices launching in 2014. But according to a report generating from Taipei Times, Credit Suisse analysts have apparently mentioned that Apple is in full motion to switch chip makers as early as in Q2 2013, which aligns well with the next iPhone launch. However, the chip used here would be made with the 28 nanometer process and not 20nm as previously rumored.

It was reported that Apple was in the running with Qualcomm to get an exclusive chip making deal with TSMC, which apparently failed as TSMC wanted to be more open. This new report, if true, could mean that Apple will finally shy away from Samsung as its professional partner which I’m sure is what the company wants. No doubt, Samsung will be deeply hit by this as Apple is one of its biggest consumers accounting for millions of its revenue. TSMC chips have been claimed to be more efficient as well, which could mean better cost to performance ratio as well as lesser battery consumption.

All of this is hypothetical for now of course, and we would like to see Apple’s approach in the coming months. There’s possibly no iPad launching this March as the model was just refreshed, but we could all be surprised. Barring that, the next major device announcement from Apple would have to be the next gen iPhone. So going by the report, we should see a faster and efficient TSMC made chip in the next iPhone. Is Apple headed in the right direction? It probably is.

Source: Taipei Times
Via: MacRumors

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Toshiba goes perpendicular to solve MRAM’s power issues, rethink cache memory

Toshiba goes perpendicular to solve MRAM's power issues, rethink mobile memory

As much of a breakthrough as magnetoresistive RAM might be for its ability to retain data while powered off, its susceptibility to leak currents while turned on has made it impractical as a replacement for cache-oriented memory like SRAM. Toshiba’s new approach could almost literally turn the situation on its head. By magnetizing spin torque MRAM (ST-MRAM) in a direction perpendicular to the magnetic layer, Toshiba cuts off the avenues for leaks without sacrificing speed. The switch away from in-plane magnetization is an upside for the memory as a whole — it shrinks normally large elements to below 30 nanometers and cuts the overall power draw of MRAM by about 90 percent. While there’s no timetable for when we’ll see such cache in a shipping product, Toshiba expects it to reach mobile processors, where even slight power savings can make a big difference. If our next smartphone or tablet survives that much longer on battery through memory we can’t even see, we’ll know who to thank.

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GO Dev Team releases ‘Next Launcher’; Looks like SPB Shell with a Twist and a similar price Tag

Home screen replacements are a dime a dozen in the Play Store and more keep getting added all the time. The kings of the launcher scene have been ADW Launcher EX, Apex, Nova and GO Launcher. We know many of you have tried all of those. There was one that was released a while back called SPB Shell 3D. It was highly anticipated, but seemed to fail on multiple levels for many people. Especially in the price tag department.

Now it appears that the GO Launcher Dev Team is on a similar path with the recent release of their latest home replacement launcher project called Next Launcher. The new launcher does add in quite a few new fantastic looking 3D effects alongside a wide variety of customization. Next is all about flare and eye-candy really. Making your home screens and navigation fluid and visually appealing.  You really need to watch the video to get a good grasp on how it looks and works.

It sure is flashy. It seems to have quite a few things that look to have some great potential. The 3D screen preview is very reminiscent of SPB Shell 3D, but with more functionality  Instead of auto sorting apps this is just a clever and visually stimulating way to preview all your screens. The multiple select ability looks pretty nice as well. I know there have been plenty of times where I have wanted to clear off a series of apps from the home screen or grab multiple ones for a folder. It offers up some of its own custom widgets as well. Something that we all love, but hate to see locked into a launcher and not cross compatible. For instance the Switch Widget. It is a free widget that can be used with Next Launcher that allows you to create toggles, or switches, on your home screen. You saw that in the video above. Seems nice, but again, is it something we really need?

    For now all I can personally do is look at the images and the video and see that there is potential for it to be great. It is so different that I am not sure I am prepared to take the time it would need for me to learn a whole new launcher set up and style though, especially at the launch price tag of $15.99. That ranks it up there with the likes of TSF Shell ($16.81) and SPB Shell 3D ($14.95). Neither of which persuaded me into spending that kind of money on a launcher. We applaud the GO Launcher Dev Team for their work on the launcher, it does look pretty slick and is no doubt worth the price tag they launched it at. Anyone out there interested in picking this up? If you do spend the money to snag it, be sure to let us know how it works out for you.

Application: Next Launcher
Developer: GO Launcher Dev Team
Cost: $15.99

Download – Next Honeycomb Live Wallpaper

Download – Next Switch Widget

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Bose SoundDock III embraces Lightning-equipped iPhones and iPods for $250

Bose SoundDock III rides the Lightningequipped iPhone or iPod for $250

The last significant upgrade to Bose’s core SoundDock model was seemingly eons ago — distant enough in time that the iPod classic still showed up in press images. We might be thankful, then, that the arrival of the Lightning connector has prompted the arguably overdue SoundDock III. As you’d expect, the primary (and really, only) change to the speaker dock is a switch to the much smaller Apple plug for charging and playing music from that new iPhone 5, iPod touch or iPod nano. The system will otherwise seem uncannily familiar, right down to its remote control and aux-in jack. The SoundDock III is on sale today for $250; while that’s a lower initial price than its 2008-era ancestor, the if-it-ain’t-broke design philosophy may face a tough battle when much of the competition has since gone wireless.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 3rd, 2012

Mobile Miscellany week of December 3rd, 2012

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This past week, new phones from HTC landed in the US and Canada (along with Europe and China), and T-Mobile flipped the HSPA+ switch for its 1900MHz network in three more cities — perfect for that newly available unlocked iPhone 5. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of December 3rd, 2012.

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Skype officially ready for Symbian Belle FP1 and FP2 devices

Skype officially ready for Symbian Belle FP1 and FP2 devices, gives VoIP to your 808 PureView

Skype has been available through official channels for Belle-based Symbian devices for awhile, but not for those running FP1 or FP2. If you’d wanted to use the world’s largest VoIP service from a more recent (or recently updated) Symbian phone like the 808 PureView, you were stuck. A low-key update has thankfully flicked the support switch for those who upgraded to the newer OS before their internet calling could follow suit. From early appearances, though, compatibility is the primary upgrade; My Nokia Blog doesn’t see a functional difference from earlier releases. The Skype refresh is still a welcome tweak for those who’d like to hold on to Nokia’s original smartphone platform for just a little longer.

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