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Google’s New Chromecast Brings Online Video and Entertainment to Your TV

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Google unveiled a new hardware device, called Chromecast, which attaches to your TV allowing you easily enjoy online entertainment on your TV. The best part is that it only costs $35! It is built on Chrome technology, running a simplified version of Chrome OS. All you do is plugin the dongle to your TV, setup the WiFi and your done.

Chromecast works with Youtube, Netflix, Google Music, Pandora and More…

Read more about Chromecast here.

New Technology Turns any Surface into a Touchscreen

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This amazing new technology allows you to do just that, turn any surface, including your hand, into a touchscreen device. It’s called Omnitouch, and it is reportedly similar to the technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect.

Supposedly Omnitouch uses a compact pico-projector and a shoulder mounted depth camera. This device also proved to be nearly as accurate as conventional touchscreen devices. Omnitouch is currently working on miniaturizing the shoulder mounted gear down to the size of a matchbook!

 

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17 Amazingly Useful Android Apps You Should Already Have Installed on Your Phone in 2013

In the days when the Android Market was new, a list of “best” or “need to have” apps would be hard to come by.  Android was so far behind Apple’s app store that it seemed an insurmountable road to climb in order to compete.

Well, Android sprinted from the starting line and today things are looking much different. There is a vast ocean of options for Android apps on Google Play, allowing you to make your phone or tablet do everything you need it to do and more.

Here’s our list of  some of the most amazingly useful Android apps that you’ll want on your device.  These are the apps that you’ll find you need more often than you don’t.  These apps may not have all the glitz and glamour of some other apps on Google Play, but when it’s crunch time; when you need to send a lighting fast text message,  get some quick info,  jot down some notes or just get some plain silence,  then these are your most useful Android apps!

What’s the best thing about our list? Most of them are free!  Take a look and tell us what you think at the bottom by leaving a comment.

1. Snaptext ($0.99)snaptext android text-voicemail app

 SnapText is a real convenient app to have if you do a lot of text follow-ups to unanswered calls. We’re in the habit of needing instant gratification. When we call someone and they don’t answer, the first thing we do is text them to see what’s up. With Snaptext you are able to create a list of your very own follow up texts that you usually send all the time anyway. “Where are you?”, “Are you alright?” and “I’m making dinner…don’t eat!” are now easily sent at the snap of a finger! Send the entire text message without even typing it out. (more…)

Nexus 5 Specs Leaked? Looks like Android 5.0 is Right Around the Corner!

OptimusGPro-Press-02-900-75It is finally arriving everyone, the Nexus 5 running Android 5.0! We have all been at the edge of our seats biting our nails, and waiting to see what is to follow the popular LG Nexus 4 flagship phone from Google.

The Nexus 5 will be a variant of the LG G2 with the main difference being Android 5.0. The G2 is expected to launch running Android 4.2.2. The Nexus 5 will be powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Pair that with a 13MP camera and an impressive 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display, and the Nexus 5 is likely to be a game changer. Did I mention it also makes phone calls?

Needless to say the success of the LG Nexus 4 was mostly due to it’s pure Android experience. With the Nexus 5 set to make it’s appearance later this year, these specs are sure to make some Android users go nuts. We have yet to see what the phone will actually look like, but we can tell from the G2, that we are in for a treat.

Read more about the Nexus 5 here.

The New 6″ HTC One MAX

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Small, medium, or large? Smartphone that is. With the success of large smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2, HTC feels they too can capitalize on the growing demand for both larger and smaller versions of their smartphones.

With Samsung releasing mini versions like the S3 Mini,  and phablets  like the Galaxy Note 2, it is clear to  HTC that size does matter. The New HTC One Max is a 6″ version of the HTC One. Not much is known about this device at this point, but it is rumored to have a 2.3GHZ Snapdragon processor with either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.

I think it is safe to assume it will look similar to the HTC one. Another rumor says that HTC will add an HTC Mini to the family; giving us all the option to choose the size that’s right for you.

Read the full story here.

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Sony Xperia’s Rumored ‘Honami’ Handset Features a 20.7MP Camera

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If rumors are true, then handset makers like HTC and Samsung may have their work cut out for them. Rumors have it, the new Sony handset known as “Honami” will sport an 800-series Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHZ. It is said to be paired with 2GB of ram, a 5″ Triluminous display for a full HD 1080p experience, NFC, LTE capability, and wait for it; a 20.7 MP ExmorRS sensor. You heard right. This is the same size sensor used in the new Galaxy Camera.

With 16GB of internal storage and expandable capabilities, this new phone may put it’s competitors on it’s toes. Who will win? Apparently the fight will break out later this year.

To read more about the Sony Xperia “Honami” click here.

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The Blackberry A10 Leaked – Is Blackberry Going Down Swinging?

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BlackBerry’s last “major” handset was nothing short of a flop. With competition from devices like the iPhone 5, the HTC One, the Galaxy S4, and the Nexus 4, BlackBerry has failed to grab the attention of consumers with their previous flagship phone, the Z10. Things are not looking good for this one time smartphone king, which is now struggling to survive against the likes of iOS and Android powered devices.

Latest rumors have it that they will be hitting the market with yet another flagship device later this year known as the BlackBerry A10. With rather impressive specs, like a 1.7 GHZ Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of ram, the BlackBerry A10 still falls short in some categories. The A10 is rumored to come with a 720p display and an 8MP camera; and looks a lot like a knock-off of the HTC one.

With manufacturers like Sony and Nokia putting all their hardware chips on the table with 20MP  and 40MP cameras respectively, it looks like BlackBerry might be forced to fold yet another hand.

Read more about the Blackberry A10 here.

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Utilite – This ARM Based Computer from Compulite is only $99

Utilite-640x266Utilite, the newest ARM based computer from Compulite, runs either Android or Ubuntu. This thin, sleek looking device packs up to a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, with up to 512GB of SSD storage.

An awesome step forward for those looking for a smaller “pc-like” device that can control their media, speakers, and much more. For only $99 bucks, this ARM based computer, and other similar devices, definitely have the potential to even further erode desktop PC sales. It might not replace workstations, but today’s average users are leaning more and more towards smaller, faster, multi-function devices than ever before.

To see detailed specs and read the full review click here.

Weak Sales Push Blackberry Z10 Price Down to $49

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The Blackberry Z10 debuted to a lackluster opening, apparently followed by sluggish sales. Carriers have slashed the prices for the Z10 just months after its launch. Down to just $49 for the refurbished version, and a brand new one for only $99. This comes after their tablet venture didn’t do so well either. You might, or might not remember the Blackberry Playbook.

You can find the Blackberry Z10 on sale at Best Buy or Amazon.  Read more about this story here.

Source: Nextpowerup

The all new Moto X Makes Another Leaked Appearance

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The phone is being touted as the new flagship phone from Motorola, which is now a part of Google. The Moto X was recently spotted in the hands of Google’s executive chairman and former CEO, Eric Schmidt. Now it has been spotted again, this time by an anonymous user who sent in a front facing photo of the device to PhoneArena.

The phone is rumored to “have around 4.7-inches 720p display, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon chipset, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of system memory, and focus will be on the accompanying features rather than the hardware.”

Read more at PhoneArena.

  • Published in General on 07/13/13
  • Posted by Mustafa A.