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Phonepad for Samsung smartphones allows you to turn your phone into a tablet

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A new mobile entertainment solution called Phonepad will allow you to turn your Samsung smartphone into a tablet or a gaming console. Think a third-party external screen, complete with a built-in battery and speakers along the lines of the ASUS Padfone lineup.

Phonepad transforms your existing smartphone into a 10-inch LED HD slate just by inserting the phone into a docking station. Read more »

Watch this amazing Google Street View hyperlapse, you can make your own too

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I’ve watched my share of beautiful time-lapse videos and I thought those can hardly surprise me anymore, but a new experimental time-lapse project, which uses Google Street View imagery takes things to a whole new level.

The project calls the resulting videos hyperlapses and indeed, they can be amazing providing you find the right sort of scenic routes in good weather. And I do mean it, when I say “find”, because the tool lets you make your own custom hyperlapses, too. For a taste, here’s a stunning hyperlapse demo, created by the authors of the project. Read more »

Alcatel’s One Touch Idol smartphone will make an appearance in Iron Man 3

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In a bid to gain more popularity for its smartphones, Alcatel has turned towards Hollywood. The manufacturer’s One Touch Idol smartphones will make an appearance in the upcoming blockbuster Iron Man 3.

Along with Alcatel smartphones, the latest Tony Stark adventure will also feature products by TCL – the Chinese company which owns the handset manufacturer. Read more »

Samsung introduces SMART Eco Trees air purifiers with Galaxy-style features

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Samsung is a big company that makes nearly everything, but now it’s expanding the list with Samsung SMART Eco Trees. The eco-friendly gadget is an air purifier that shares many of the advanced features with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The basic feature of Eco Trees is to purify the air and pump out oxygen while scrubbing CO2. They also automatically keep air moisture at pleasant levels and cool the environment around them. FOTA (Fragrance Over The Air) will also make the air more pleasant. Read more »

OUYA consoles shipping to Kickstarter backers, will be in their mailbox soon

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The Android-powered OUYA console has started shipping to Kickstarter backers, as promised. This is the developer console with a transparent plastic casing, while the retail unit (scheduled to hit shelves on June 4) will have a metallic outer shell.

The OUYA team says consoles will be shipped out of the factory over the next few weeks so you might not get yours right away. You will receive an email when yours leaves the factory. Read more »

Here are the official Sony Xperia Tablet Z accessories

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We already told you how much we like the Tablet Z. It is a great tablet with impressive high-quality hardware and design, plus it’s water and dust resistant just like the Xperia Z smartphone.

The Xperia Tablet Z, just like other popular slates, will surely need some accessories and Sony is ready with the official lineup. Read more »

Nokia announces a wireless car charger for Lumia 920

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Lately, smartphones are becoming an integral part of our daily lives and it is important that our device’s battery offers us enough juice for longer hours of usage. That’s where a portable charger plays its important role and Nokia has unveiled a wireless car charger for its Lumia 920 smartphones, which should help its consumers enjoy that extra liberty of usage when they are on the go.

Nokia’s wireless car charger comes with NFC built-in and is designed like a Nokia car phone holder. Aside from the obvious benefit of the wireless charging, the NFC functionality will allow you to start a specific app or turn on specific car mode setting on your smartphone just by placing it on the stand. Read more »

Google shows Project Glass in new video, gives you a chance to pre-order it

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How does it feel to use Project Glass? That’s the question Google has focused on with its Project Glass promo video showing the various ways you can use the sci-fi-looking frames.

Google has also given you a chance to pre-order the Project Glass, which was previously only available for developers. You can go to Google+ and share what you would do if you had Glass (in 50 words or less) and if chosen you could be rocking it when it goes on sale. Read more »

LG launches a portable charger PMC-510 for smartphones

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As smartphones start to pay more and more important part of our lives it gets more important than ever that their batteries don’t give up on us in critical moment. That’s why the portable chargers have been selling pretty well lately and understandably major manufacturers want to be a part of that business. LG has unveiled a portable charged named PMC-510 that should give you that extra autonomy when you are on the go.

LG’s PMC-510 portable charger is pretty compact and boosts a 5,200mAH lithium-ion battery. The on-the-go charging solution weighs about 152g and fits easily in your pockets. Read more »

LG Nexus 4 orb charger up on pre-order for $59.99, stock to come in two weeks

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The LG-made Google Nexus 4 is one of the hottest names on the market right now, but its wireless charging capabilities have been somewhat neglected due to the lack of cool charging stations. The good news for those of you who have purchased a Nexus and are waiting for its charging orb is that it is already s up for pre-order.

Pure Mobile has the sleek looking accessory listed with a price tag of $59.99. Read more »

OUYA listens to developer feedback, redesigns console controller

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OUYA, the Kickstarter-funded gaming console for Android, has changed its controller design after the company received valuable feedback from the developers who got their units.

OUYA has changed the directional pad of the controller (D-Pad), which was a flat “disc” earlier. Read more »

Microsoft reports final quarter of 2012 results: Windows sales up, but income is down

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Microsoft had an interesting final quarter for 2012 – the three months period that saw the launches of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. As a result, the company is reporting record revenues but also a slight decline in operating income.

Sales of Windows saw a 24% increase from the year ago quarter, but the Windows 8 launch is behind the Windows 7 launch, which boosted sales by 76%. Even Vista brought a 65% jump in sales, though in terms of monetary value the Windows 8 launch brought in more cash (Vista replaced 5 year old XP, while Windows 7 is still relatively recent). Read more »

Sony’s personal content station to be launched on April 30 in Japan

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Sony’ personal content station, which was briefly showcased at the recently concluded CES 2013 is set to be launched on April 30th in Japan.

The station uses NFC for pairing with Android phones and tablets and has an app for managing the backups over WiFi. Read more »

iHelicopters launches its iSpy Tank: a Sneaky Camera for iPhone and iPad

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Have you ever dreamed of taking sneaky pictures or videos from your iPhone or iPad? Well, iHelicopters have made things simpler for you with its iSpy Tank, a sneaky camera gadget which adds a whole new dimension for taking real time pictures and videos right from your iDevices.

The iSpy Tank has a camera which hooks up to your iPhone or iPad through a WiFi connection and let’s you remotely control it. Read more »

Wireless charging orb for Nexus 4 goes on pre-order in Norway

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Remember the Charging orb accessory for the Nexus 4, which was supposed to let you charge your Google phone in wireless style? It was announced and then it all but disappeared. It might finally make it to market though – Norwegian site DustinHome.no has it on pre-order.

It’s listed as “LG Wireless Charging Pad” but the image shows the Nexus logo. Read more »