The Wireless Association (CTIA) has announced the US database for stolen phones is now up and running. In case a phone gets in there it won’t be allowed to connect to any of the US networks.
The participating carriers in the database are AT&T, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. They already deployed their IMEI databases of stolen phones and the merge should be completed within a year. Read more »
Acer has launched a new ad featuring Megan Fox. She uses the company’s latest Windows 8 flagship notebook – the S7 – to fulfill her dream of talking with dolphins.
For good or bad, the ad doesn’t feature the Acer S7 ultrabook as much as Megan Fox, but I am not complaining. Read more »
Samsung has announced a new accessory for the Galaxy Note II called the Smart Dock. This allows you to plug your phone into the dock and then use it as a makeshift desktop PC or media center.
The Smart Dock uses the microUSB port to interface with your Galaxy Note II. On the back is an HDMI port that will output 1080p video stream to a monitor or a TV. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack for outputting stereo sound. The microUSB port on the back lets you connect the dock to a charger or a computer. Read more »
Archos has announced their upcoming Android tablet on their Facebook page. Called the Archos 80 Cobalt, the tablet has an 8-inch, 1024 x 768 resolution display and runs on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Inside, the Archos 80 Cobalt runs on an unspecified SoC with a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU and a quad-core GPU with 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB of internal storage space with microSD card slot. There is a 2 megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front. Read more »
The HTC Windows Phone 8X has hit our office and we are rushing to bring you a short hands-on of the smarphone, complete with some live photos and a hands-on video.
It’s HTC’s flagship Windows Phone device and comes with the latest version of the Microsoft mobile platform, WP8, a Beats Audio amplifier inside, two wide-angle cameras on board, a gorgeous screen and a dual-core Krait processor. Read more »
As if the recently refreshed Nexus line-up and the Android 4.2 announcement didn’t give Apple enough things to worry about, Google has now told Bloomberg that it’s about to overtake its rival in the apps count race.
In fact, there are a just under 700,000 different applications in the Google Play Store, which is pretty close to what Apple touts in its App Store. Read more »
Nokia is very proud of its environmentally friendly approach to phone making and the new Nokia Lumia 820 is among its best efforts in this regard. The phone is made from recycled materials and bio-plastics (made from inedible plants) and doesn’t use a number of materials that cause environmental issues.
The phone itself can be fully recycled, just like its packaging, which is made from 60% recycled materials to begin with. Check out a video that explains Nokia’s recycling efforts after the break. Read more »
Nokia’s future is riding on the success of its Windows Phone handsets and the Finnish company is sparing no effort to make them a success. Nokia has just started a new ad campaign called “Time to #Switch”, which wants to entice you into buying a Lumia phone (the Lumia 820 is already on sale in the UK and it and the Lumia 920 will soon hit US carriers too).
Here are the first two ads, which feature people answering the simple question “Why do you love your Lumia?”. Read more »
The Nexus 7 is doing pretty well sales-wise, reaching a rate of nearly a million units per month. According to the ASUS CFO David Chang, the slate is bound to do even better in the coming months.
While this definitely counts as a success for both Google and ASUS, the Nexus 7′s sales figures still remain in the shadow of the tablet king in the face of the iPad, which shipped in 14 million units in Q3 of this year. Read more »
The Retina-beating screen of the Google Nexus 10 sure sounds great on paper, but does it have the real-life performance to back it up? Google’s Romain Guy is keen to prove so, by posting several impressive shots.
Yes, what you see here is not a rendering, but a real photo of the actual Google Nexus 10, captured with a DSLR camera. The screen was even compared with a printed magazines to highlight its impressively low reflectivity. Read more »
Google has released a new version of the Search app for iOS and it brings with it a greatly improved voice search experience that you may have experienced on Android devices running Jelly Bean.
The new Google Search app for iOS features a prominently placed voice search button below the search bar and one tap on it lets you speak your query to the device. Your words appear on the screen as soon as you speak them and then the app searches for the answer. For questions with short answers you also get a voice response, just like on Android. Read more »
Oh No You Didn’t! HTC went on Facebook to flaunt its slender Windows Phone 8X device and take a jab at “that other Windows Phone”
Nokia Lumia 920 for being “more than 20 pennies” heavier than the WP 8X.
A bit of research and we find that the American penny (or otherwise one cent) weighs exactly 2.5 grams. So we calculated 20 pennies to be precisely 50 grams, meaning HTC is referring to the 55 g heavier than the WP 8X Lumia 920. Ouch! Read more »
Alongside its launch for gaming consoles and PCs, Need for Speed: Most Wanted has also made its way to Android and iOS hardware.
EA has put 35 different cars for you to race with, ranging from exotics like the Lamborghini Aventador to heavy duty vehicles such as the Hummer H1. Read more »
Samsung has released a new ad shedding light on the upcoming Ativ trio of Windows 8 and RT slates and Windows Phone 8 handsets.
It looks more like Microsoft’s own commercial for Windows, but, nevertheless, it’s nothing short of awesome. Read more »
Conan O’Brien has been known to feature cool videos on his show dedicated to poking non-offensive fun at Apple’s products and the people that use them.
His latest one is a parody promo ad of the iPad mini and things somehow got to the iPad Mini Mega, the iPad Mini Mega Micro and finally the iPad Mini Mega Micro Max. Read more »