ZTE looks ahead to 2014, plans to unveil the Projector Hotspot, Iconic Phablet and others at CES

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ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.

That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.

Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.

ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.

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Samsung awarded patent for foldable tablet

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Tech companies have seemingly been filing patents at record pace as of late— whether it’s to serve as ammunition in inevitable court battles or to actually use them for possible future innovation, we can all agree that they do serve as a glimpse into the future.

On December 31st, Samsung was awarded a patent for a foldable tablet.

If you were wondering, “how hasn’t anyone thought of this already?” don’t worry, I was too. It’s definitely one of those “of course” patents, but either way, it will make for an exciting product if the idea end up coming to fruition for the company. With flexible screens starting to hit the market, the possibilities are endless.

A visual rendering in Patent US D696,693 shows that the tablet will be able to snap into two parts and close like a book. If it hits the market soon and works as planned, expect it to be a success.

Via: US Patent and Trademark Office
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Sapphire to be incorporated into manufacturing of flagship smartphones in 2014

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Sapphire isn’t just for jewelry, folks. HTC and LG could begin using sapphire in its smartphones’ home buttons to implement fingerprint scanning devices into their 2014 flagship devices— these devices are of course the HTC One 2, and the LG G3.

There isn’t much more information regarding the fingerprint scanners, but we do know they will be there— the only hope is that they’ll be a tad bit better than the scanner on the latest iPhone.

Source: DigiTimes

Google highlights “beautiful apps” in “The Beautiful Design Winter 2013 Collection” on Google Play

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In an effort to promote the development of “beautiful design,” Google has given a pat on the back to some of the nicest looking apps on Google Play.

They’ve even put them all together in one category, “The Beautiful Design Winter 2013 Collection” on Google Play.

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Sony testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” passes through FCC— CES 2014 announcement?

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Sony’s SmartWatch wasn’t all that revolutionary, but it certainly was a huge step in the right direction. We’re a while away from getting the perfect smartwatch, but it looks like we won’t have to wait all that long before taking another step forward.

FCC documents show that Sony is currently testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” known as SWR10. There aren’t any details besides the fact that the device will use both NFC and Bluetooth.

It won’t be long before an announcement— CES, anyone?

Source: FCC

 

Study reveals security flaws in Samsung’s Knox platform on Galaxy S4

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Researcher Mordechai Guri at the Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab in Israel recently discovered a major vulnerability in Samsung’s Knox security platform on the Galaxy S4. The flaw “could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications.”

While Samsung is still investigating the claims, a Samsung spokesperson said that the allegations are not as serious as they might seem.

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KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

AllCast from ClockworkMod released to Play Store, will allow streaming of media to (pretty much) anywhere

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Koushik Dutta has done it again. His popular app, AllCast (which doesn’t require root access), has been released to the Play Store. The app will let you stream pictures and video to pretty much any device. This includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV, and all DLNA-enabled devices.

Unsurprisingly, Chromecast is not supported because it’s still heavily restricted by Google. You can download the application for free, but you’ll get ads, splash-screens, and a limit on length of videos you can watch. To remove the limitations, you’ll have to pay a $4.99 fee for the unlock key— a price well worth it when you consider what you’re getting from the app.

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