Android powered coffee table preparing for release

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Over the past few years, Microsoft has managed to get their operating system on to giant coffee table like devices. After shifting the Surface name over to their tablet line of devices, the Windows coffee tables are now dubbed PixelSense devices. 3M and Ideum decided the world of computer powered coffee tables could use some variety and they are now preparing a couple Android powered devices for consumers.
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HTC Double Dip lets you customize a case for your HTC One

htc_double_dipTrying to combat the extreme customization options of the Moto X, HTC has come out with Double Dip. It’s not nearly to the level of the Moto X, but Double Dip lets you customize the colors of the top, bottom, and middle of a case for the HTC One. The original Double Dip case came with a red top, light grey middle, and dark grey bottom, but now there are 6 different colors to choose from: Glacier Gray, Neon Lemon, Atlantis (green), Bright Peach (pink), Navy Blazer (blue), and Pastel Blue (Holoyolo).

Cases are $30, and you can create your own via the source link below.

Source: HTC

 

Huawei to unveil smartwatch and smartphone at Mobile World Congress later this month

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We thought Huawei would be unveiling the successor to the Ascend P6, the Ascend P7, later this month at Mobile World Congress— instead, they’ll be launching another phone, alongside a brand new smartwatch.

Details aren’t yet available on either device, and we’d expect that most would be more interested in the smartwatch of the two. It looks as though Huawei, Apple’s main Asian competitor, will be beating Apple to the wearable market, at least in Asia.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all of this, especially because, as always, leaked specs and photos should be coming relatively soon.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Samsung still unsure about Galaxy Gear 2 pricing

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If the rumors turn out to be true, then we should all expect the Galaxy Gear 2 to be unveiled alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. Problem is, Samsung is still determining how much they should charge on the Gear 2. With the original Gear flopping, Samsung wants to make sure they do things right the second time around. The original Gear was just far too expensive for what it was, and the sales showed. That, and coinciding with the fact that Apple is also rumored to release their own smartwatch, it puts some pressure on Samsung to competitively price their Gear follow up.

What did you guys think about the original Gear? Do you think it didn’t resonate with the consumers due to its price, or do you think the whole idea of a smartwatch is currently useless? Let us know!

source: zdnet

Flappy Bird port Tiny Bird for Pebble rises

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While Flappy Bird may be dead on the Android and iOS smartphone and tablet platforms, at least “officially,” that is not stopping those who hope to capitalize on the craze or those players who must get their fix. A new port of the game, called Tiny Bird, has surfaced for Pebble smartwatch devices. To make it work on the Pebble form factor, developer Stuart Ha had to scale it down to only 144×168 dimensions and go with a monochrome graphics package. Since the Pebble does not have a touchscreen, the other challenge was figuring out how to flap the wings. That is achieved by repeatedly pressing on the up button.

This may not sound like it would produce the best gameplay experience. Fortunately for Ha, the game is really simplistic so it is able to overcome the hardware restrictions. Players clamoring for access to Flappy Bird or a clone will likely overlook the hardware limitations as well, which would explain why it has already skyrocketed up to the number one spot in the Pebble app store. Meanwhile, demand for Pebble smartwatches could be getting a bump about now.

source: @tnkgrl

Qualcomm looks to dominate internals of smartphones with new RF components

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.

The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.

The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.

This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.

Source: Gigaom