Controlling you smartphone or tablet with your brain could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas

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Using your brain to control a smartphone or tablet is something that could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas. Instead of tapping on the display, you could use your thoughts to open an application, select a song to play, or select a contact. They are already demonstrating this on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but users need to wear a wild looking cap filled with EEG Electrodes.

Now don’t expect to see this type of technology anytime soon, but this isn’t anything new. I saw something very similar at CES using similar technology from Puzzlebox. They utilize the same technology from NeuroSky to show how concentration can keep a remote control helicopter in the air. A tablet was also used, but only as a way of displaying the levels of concentration. You can watch that video after the break.


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Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights

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The HTC One is probably one of the highest quality phones you will ever hold in your hand, but the killer feature is the UltraPixel camera, and more specifically, HTC Zoe and Video Highlights. Sharing pictures is one thing, but sharing a well produced short video highlighting your child’s birthday or your vacation is something that most people never do because it’s just so complicated. HTC recognized this and created Zoes, which are 3-second video clips combined with 20 images. These Zoes will be used to create 30-second highlight videos that look like they were done by a professional editor. The best part of it all is that it’s completely automated and takes no effort on your part. I can’t sing enough praises for what HTC has done here. It’s simply the most advanced feature to ever be offered on a smartphone.

HTC made things pretty easy, but you might find yourself a little lost on what exactly a Zoe is or how to get the most out of your video highlights. That’s where this hands on video tutorial comes in. We show you the basic camera software and how Zoe’s work. We show you how to categorize your media in events as well as how to do basic editing such as sequence shots, object removal, and video editing. Video highlight reels are created automatically, but you can still tweak things a little so we get into that as well. In no time you will be impressing your friends with some really cool videos of your next event. Hit the break for the complete walkthrough and don’t forget to share some of your greatness with us.


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 15 – April 21, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Galaxy S 4 release dates for U.S. carriers were finally revealed and the Motorola X continues to keep us intrigued. Speaking of intriguing, Google Glass Explorer Editions are starting to roll. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

How to securely lock your phone while using Facebook Home as your launcher

How to get your status bar back full time with Facebook Home

How to turn off Facebook Home and go back to your stock launcher

How to set up and use BlinkFeed on Sense 5 with the HTC One

Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights

Reviews

Mr. Eyes [Sports & Puzzles]

MyPermissions [Tools]

Nexus 10 Book Cover Review


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Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

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HTC announced Sense 5 when they introduced the HTC One, which is based on Android 4.1.2. It will eventually land on most of the major HTC phones, but for now it’s only on the One. HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers. Whether you’re about to purchase your HTC one, or maybe you already bought one and feel a little lost, this video should help you get more familiarized. Hit the break to check it out.


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HTC unveils the economical Desire L for Taiwan

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So much for HTC marketing “one” phone this year as the Desire L was just made official. This one is destined for Taiwan and the specs scream economical, or shall I say low-end. It will come with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD 2 display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD slot for expansion, 5MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1,800 mAh battery, and Beats audio. It’s fairly thin for a cheaper phone with it’s 8.9mm profile. They didn’t specify the version of Android, but we presume Jelly Bean. Finally, you will have your choice of pink or black.


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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini now pushed back to July

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Those of you looking for a more compact and economical version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have to wait a couple of months longer. The Galaxy S 4 Mini was originally going to release in May, but has been pushed back to July. The little brother of the Galaxy S 4 will come with a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, and 8MP camera. We expect to see two versions, a one SIM option and a dual-SIM option. The single-SIM option will sport a quad-core CPU, while the dual-SIM will sport a dual-core CPU. No word on why there is a delay, but I would imagine with the Galaxy S 4 launching shortly, Samsung would like to see that phone in the spotlight for a little while.

source: SamMobile

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 18, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Accessories

MOGA Pro controller now available online, retail availability coming in May

Apps

Twitter Music officially released, Android app still in the works

Gameloft shows off Iron Man 3 gameplay with new trailer

Anthill Hits Google Play Store In The Form Of A Strategic Tower “Trail” Defense Game (Video)

Free VOIP calls between Facebook users now made available around the world through its Messenger app


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MOGA Pro controller now available online, retail availability coming in May

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Back at CES, we had a chance to get our hands on the MOGA Pro Controller, which is the follow up to the original MOGA controller. This one isn’t as compact, but it’s based on PowerA’s top of the line Fusion controller, so it’s for the serious gamer. You get higher quality sticks as well as a second pair of triggers. I will also run on a rechargeable battery as opposed to the original MOGA, which runs on 2 AA batteries. The MOGA Pro will fit larger devices such as the Galaxy Note II, but for gamers that want to use a tablet, they include a really nice tablet stand.

It’s priced at $49.99 and is available online at Amazon, Walmart and MOGAanywhere. Next month you will find it online at Target and in stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Fred Meyer. For a limited time you will be able to download Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance for Free with your MOGA Pro purchase.

You can check out our hands on from CES and look for our review soon. Hit the break for the full press release.


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Pantech Vega Iron is official, features 5-inch 1080p display with a very small bezel

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Pantech plans on giving Samsung, HTC, and LG a run for their money with the Vega Iron. We told you about this one last week, but Pantech just made it official. It will come with a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2150mAh battery, WiFi that supports 1 gigabit, and Android 4.1.2.

The Vega Iron sports a metal frame and the smallest bezel ever in a smartphone, at 2.4-millimeters. Look for this one to go on sale in Korea, but we have no word on if it will appear in other areas.

source: Pantech

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 17, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Accessories

Samsung announces official accessories for Samsung Galaxy S 4

Apps

Falcon Pro gets major update and brings plenty of new goodies along for the ride

Google

Google Fiber officially coming to Provo, UT

Google Glass

eBay listing currently shows a developer edition of Google Glass up for sale, for the person who has lots of money to spend that is

Google Glass Explorer Edition unboxing videos hit YouTube

Phones

Verizon getting the LG Optimus L3 as part of its prepaid lineup

Motorola X Phone might come in 20 colors

Samsung Galaxy S 4 officially confirmed by Sprint and T-Mobile

U.S. Cellular opens Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders, offers S View flip cover deal

Tablets

HP Slate 7 tablet confirmed for arrival in the UK on May 1st

Miscellaneous

Various reports indicating that Samsung’s flexible display will be delayed

Amazon Appstore expanding to 200 new countries

New “power felt” fabric could power your phone and more