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Dryft keyboard for tablets makes typing easier by tracking your fingers

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A new keyboard interface designed for tablets aims to let you type easier and quicker by automatically repositioning the keyboard under your fingers, wherever they may be on the screen.

This is helpful because you no longer have to locate the row of buttons where you usually rest your fingers on traditional hardware keyboards, allowing you to type more intuitively. Read more »

PayPal announces Beacon, a Bluetooth USB dongle that will accept your smartphone as a hands-free payment method

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Meet the PayPal Beacon, a USB dongle, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy that will await PayPal customers in participating stores, recognize their PayPal identity by pairing to their smartphone’s PayPal app as they walk in and even let them automatically pay for their goods, no hands required.

The first participating stores are Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, NCR, PayPal Here, Revel, ShopKeep, TouchBistro and Vend, but more are expected to crop up as 100 developers are poised to get the dongle and API early. The PayPal Beacon is expected to become wide-spread starting Q4 of this year. Read more »

Olympus OM-D E-M1 unveiled, brings premium heavy-duty body for $1,399

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Olympus has outed its new Micro Four Thirds camera flagship called E-M1. It brings along a 16.3 MP Live MOS sensor with on-chip phase detection, promising faster focusing. There’s also a new electronic viewfinder, touch-sensitive tilting LCD and rugged body capable of withstanding water, dust and freezing temperatures.

The Olympus E-M1 will become available in October with a body-only price of $1399.99/£1299.99. UK customers that pre-order prior to launch have a chance to get the HLD-7 battery grip for free. Read more »

Google revamps its Gmail for featurephones client

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The fact that featurephones are rapidly losing popularity hasn’t prevented Google from revamping its Gmail application for these phones in order to improve the performance and user experience.

Accordingly, Google is rolling out a new update that brings a new look that’s faster and easier to use. Read more »

Apple iPad 5 shows up alongside iPad 4, confirms iPad mini-like design

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A prototype of the upcoming iPad has suggested that the fifth generation tablet would sport an iPad mini-like design. Shortly after, more leaked images of the alleged back casing of the iPad 5 had also confirmed that the iPad 5 would resemble the existing iPad mini.

Now, we have couple of images, showing the next generation iPad sitting next to its predecessor. Those align nicely with previous rumors, giving even more credibility to those slimmer bezels. Read more »

Oppo releases third N1 trailer, gives us a sneak peak of the unibody precision cutting

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After Oppo teased its upcoming N1 smartphone’s camera in its first trailer and then its aluminum build in the second trailer, it’s now time for the third teaser in the series, which will eventually lead to the announcement on Sept 23.

The video focuses on the precision cut metal body and shows the SIM tray popping out of the production line. It also shows the edges of the phone being chamfered, reminiscing of the iPhone 5 and HTC One. Read more »

Seagate announces 500 GB HDD for mobile devices

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Seagate has officially taken the wraps off its new Ultra Mobile HDD that is designed exclusively for mobile devices. The hard drive is integrated with Seagate’s Mobile Enablement Kit, which also includes Seagate’s Dynamic Data Drive software technology.

The newest storage solution will deliver up to 7x the storage capacity of the conventional 64GB drives, while matching the power consumption, performance and reliability of a flash device. Read more »

Motorola launches new ‘Lazy Phone’ ad campaign for the Moto X

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Motorola has released a new ad campaign for the Moto X. Called the ‘Lazy Phone’, the new ads concentrate on some of the key new features of the Moto X, such as the hands-free voice recognition functionality.

There are three ads so far, each of which features an actor who represents your current phone. In the first ad a guy is trying to play a song using just his voice but the ‘phone’ urges him to touch him instead whereas the Moto X can do the same with just a voice command. Read more »

Coast is Opera’s brand new browser for the iPad

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Opera has released a brand new browser made specifically for the iPad called Coast. Coast reimagines the traditional browser interface and utilizes gestures to make the interaction easier and more attractive.

When you launch Coast you will see some sites pinned to the browser’s homescreen, along with the URL/search bar, which opens one of the most innovative interfaces I’ve seen. Read more »

Microsoft’s next generation Surface tablet will break cover on September 23

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Microsoft sent out invitations for the launch event of the next generation Surface tablet. The slate will go official on September 23 in New York City.

Recent rumors have pointed that the new Microsoft Surface could launch in three different flavors. Read more »

ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is now available in the US Play Store

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Google quietly began offering the LTE capable 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 in the US Play Store. The 4G ready tablet is priced at $349 for a 32GB slate with a T-Mobile SIM and 2GB of data for one month.

Of course, the LTE capable Nexus 7 will not support only on T-Mobile’s network. Read more »

Nokia at IFA 2013: hands-on with the Lumia 625

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The last smartphone we met before we say goodbye to the IFA 2013 was not actually presented on the expo. Unlike Samsung, Sony, Acer and Asus, Nokia didn’t even hire a booth to show its devices to the consumers. We still managed to find the latest Lumia 625 smartphone at one of the IFA side-events, showcased by the company’s new owner – Microsoft. It’s quite an interesting gadget that offers big screen on a budget price.

Nokia announced the Lumia 625 back in July, a couple of weeks after the company unveiled its 41MP Lumia 1020 cameraphone monster. This is also the last Lumia phone unveiled before Microsoft acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services. And while it’s still unclear what will happen with the rumored Lumia 1520 phablet, the Lumia 625 has already gone on sale. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 shootout surfaces, yields surprising results

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 and the recently announced at IFA 2013 Sony Xperia Z1 are the hottest cameraphones out there. Sadly, we are still in the process of obtaining both of them for an extensive camera shootout, but luckily our colleagues at TBreak.se have managed to do that already and had some quick shots to share with it.

The photos range from landscape through macro to night shots and give a very decent idea of what the Z1 is really capable of. If you’ve been following our extensive IFA 2013 coverage (and you really should), then you’d know that we took the Z1′s camera for a spin, but it’s interesting to see how it fares against the cameraphone-to-beat – the Nokia Lumia 1020. Read more »

Nokia’s HERE mapping service partners with Mercedes-Benz to help them make self-driving cars

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The Nokia-owned HERE mapping service has announced that it’s now partnering with Mercedes-Benz as well as other automotive suppliers to start connecting select cars to the cloud.

The partnership relies on the HERE Connected Driving framework, which allows the cars to compute real time information on demand. The goal is to give the car more information in turn giving it a wider control over different aspects of the driving. This, according to HERE will create “an entirely new class of services.” Read more »

Alcatel at IFA 2013: hands-on with the One Touch Idol Alpha, Idol S and Idol Mini

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Alcatel brought out a trio of thin and light Android smartphones in the Idol line. The Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha is the aluminum-clad leader of three with unibody design and attractive transparent elements for design and notification purposes. Then the Idol S follows close behind with a 4.7″ 720p screen dual and 8MP / 1080p camera. The Idol Mini brings up the rear with a thin and light design – 7.4mm thick, 96g – and a dual-SIM option.

Our hands-on impressions of the three follow after the break. Read more »