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Bloomberg: Facebook and HTC working together on a new smartphone, to debut in mid-2013

by: AdrianJuly 26, 2012

We’ve been hearing rumors about Facebook’s supposed grand mobile plans for quite some time, but until now, they had but a whiff of credibility. The last one in particular, coming from the New York Times, sounded extremely far-fetched, stating that Facebook was considering building a smartphone from scratch, both in terms of hardware and software.

A new report seems to set the record straight about Facebook’s bold, but sane plans of getting in the smartphone business. According to Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is currently working on a phone with deep integration of Facebook features, but they have sought help from their old partners at HTC.

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Report: First Samsung flexible displays to enter production this quarter without actually being flexible

by: AdrianJuly 22, 2012

Although they always kind of seemed like a very distant technology to actually become reality, flexible displays are, by all means and purposes, inching ever closer to their release. The rumors and reports about Samsung’s Youm foldable screens have piled up over the last few months, and another pretty trustworthy source now tells us that these panels could enter production as soon as this quarter.

Yep, you heard it right, this quarter, as in by the end of September, which is pretty crazy, considering that most of us thought that the technology had at least one more year before being ready for the wide public. However, there is a pretty [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S smartphone displays go head to head, S3 panel unsurprisingly comes out on top

by: AdrianJuly 18, 2012

There has been much debate around exactly what improvements Samsung has brought to the table with the Galaxy S3 over the S2 and a big part of that discussion has concentrated on the two smartphones’ displays.

While many users have agreed that the S3’s screen is a natural evolution from the S2’s panel, there have been more than a fistful of critics disagreeing with that opinion, which has led to Samsung officials issuing statements defending the new display.

Naturally, that hasn’t completely calmed the criticism “storm”, but maybe DisplayMate’s most recent in-depth analysis will manage to do just that. According to what looks like a [...]

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New rumors: iPad Mini to sport 7.85-inch Sharp IGZO display and cost $249-299

by: AdrianJuly 4, 2012

Although we here at Android Authority are first and foremost preoccupied with bringing you all the news that matter regarding Android devices, we like to keep an open mind and have a perspective on the technology world as a whole. That’s why we’re also interested in what Apple will be coming up with in the near future to face the growing competition and great progress of Android.

The newly released Nexus 7 tablet, but also the upcoming Kindle Fire 2 device(s), are widely seen as the primary gadgets that can cripple the new iPad’s sales, which, according to some reports, are not that great. This already complicated “equation” will, however, most likely get even more [...]

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Dock your Android device wirelessly to any TV, with Android Transporter and Raspberry Pi

by: AdrianJune 22, 2012

Those of you who’ve been following up with our website for more than a little while might remember a little piece we did a month back on Android Transporter, a software project based on Wi-Fi Display technology that makes wireless display between two Android devices a piece of cake.

The project was in development at the time and is still far from an official introduction and release, but we’re excited to let you know about an important Transporter update. The software has now been made to work with the Raspberry Pi and allows easy content sharing from an Android smartphone or tablet to a television set or video projector.

If Raspberry Pi doesn’t ring any bells, [...]

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Stay on top of your gardening with the new Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor

by: AdrianMay 30, 2012

Growing plants can be soothing for anyone, but not everybody knows how to take care of a plant, when to water it, what temperature to keep it on, and so forth. If you don’t want to research each and every kind of tomato, cactus, or orchid out there, some very industrious people in Switzerland are willing to give you a helping hand.

The Koubachi WiFi Plant Sensor provides a new and easy way to become a “professional gardener” at the flick of a switch. You only need to spend about a hundred bucks on the sensor and, sigh, an iPhone. Unfortunately, the sensor has not been yet made to work with Android-based devices, but that’s not a reason to ignore a [...]

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Google Glasses in metallic blue and red shown for the first time, starting to look good!

by: AdrianMay 28, 2012

We’ve been hearing about Google’s Project Glass and how it could turn the science-fiction of yesterday into the reality of tomorrow for a while now. But until a few weeks ago, very few of us seriously thought that we would see the “augmented reality head-mounted display” released commercially in the close future.

However, things are really starting to shape up for the Google Glass(es), and, if you needed additional proof that the project is close to a commercial debut, we have for you some hot pics showing off exactly how cool (and nerdy) the Glasses look right now.

First off, you can see, pictured above, some high-level Googlers hanging out in a restaurant, [...]

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Prieto’s nanotech innovation makes possible high-energy batteries that charge in minutes

by: SamMay 28, 2012

For me, and probably for every tech user out there, there are two major gripes with smartphone batteries.

First, they drain down to empty in no time; second, it can take hours to recharge them again. Well, Prieto, a Colorado-based startup, claims that it has developed a technology that could solve my two gripes, and revolutionize the battery market in the process.

Prieto’s objective is to manufacture and sell a new type of lithium-ion battery that lasts up to five times longer than standard batteries. Moreover, the technology supposedly allows for super-fast recharge times as well. According to GigaOm, the company, which is the brainchild of Colorado State [...]

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All aboard! US Navy plans deployment of LTE-like networks on board warships

by: AdrianMay 28, 2012

Men and women in the Navy have to make a lot of sacrifices while out at sea, being cut out from land, their families and friends for months in a row. However, US sailors might enjoy a bit of extra comfort while on service soon, as plans of fitting Navy ships with LTE-like networks surfaced last week.

While US Navy ships are already connected to the Internet in one way or another, the speed of the service is a huge problem for sailors. Wired.com reported a while back that dial-up speeds are common while out at sea, making communication via the web difficult, to say the least, for US seamen. This is because the Internet is accessed via satellite links, which quickly get [...]

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NY Times: Is Facebook building a smartphone from scratch?

by: AdrianMay 28, 2012

Although Facebook’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) was called by financial experts a failure, Mark Zuckerberg’s monster company still has its sights set very high. With stocks falling and more than $17 billion lost off an initial $104 billion valuation, the social networking service might be looking to expand way off its comfort zone and into smartphone hardware manufacturing.

I know, you’ve heard the rumors before and you might already be familiar with the HTC ChaCha (aka the Status), or that rumored “Buffy” project that has been in the works for about a year. However, the newest report about the Facebook smartphone takes things to a whole new level.

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