Caterpillar enters smartphone market with heavy duty CAT B10

 

Caterpillar Inc, perhaps better reconginsed as CAT and most famously known for being the worlds largest manufacturer of construction and engineering equipment have entered the smartphone market. It will come as no surprise to find that the B10 is a mid-range Android phone that positions itself as a rugged, heavy duty device.

The CAT B10 is fully IP67 certified meaning it’s water, scratch and dust resistant. The tech specs are relatively modest, sporting Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2″ display, 5MP rear camera and a front facing camera for video calling. The B10 is expected to go on sale worldwide from May with European pricing set at  €379 ($500).

All terrain phones aren’t new to Android. The Motorola Defy+ has been around for a while and Samsung recently announced the Rugby Smart. The interesting story here is to see if heavy duty experts but smartphone virgins, CAT, can challenge the Android elders.

 

source : THE VERGE

MoDaCo Does it Again: HTC One X Gets Root Thanks to Superboot

Like the Galaxy Nexus before it, the One X by HTC is already seeing root thanks to superboot files released before well, the phone even sees a release thanks to MoDaCo. Basically it’s a script that you run on your Linux, PC or Mac computer when the device is connected via the USB cable. What the script does is push the necessary root files to your device without the need for all those fancy ADB commands. It’s not as easy as a one-click root method but it isn’t as much of a process as using ADB.

Given that Android 4.0 is running on the One X with an ICS kernel it shouldn’t be too difficult to get custom ROMs and recoveries onto the device. Even though the bootloader is still locked my guess is that it will be added to the HTCDev site sometime shortly after it gets released. So while we will have to wait for the phone to release here in April for the UK and Europe and on AT&T this summer for the U.S. it’s nice to know that you’ll be able to root the device right out of the box. Hit the break below to find the instructions to do so as well as the file to download. Enjoy!
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Contest: Win one of three iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speakers (Updated With Winners)

I just did a review on the iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speaker, which amps up your speaker on your smartphone or digital media player. The folks over at iFrogz were gracious enough to provide three units for our loyal readers. We like to keep our contests simple so all you have to do is head over to our forum thread and tell us what your favorite song to listen to is lately. You will have until Sunday, March 11 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick three random winners and post them on March 12. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with your username. Only one entry per person please.

Click here to enter

Update:

Congratulations to the following winners:

Colin Sewell

davidac

dbqfan

You will receive an email to the account associated with your username. Just get back to me with your full name, address, and phone number your iFrogz Boost will be shipped.

Thanks for playing and look for another contest soon.

 

 

Mobile Industry Already Looking to the Idea of “5G”

Just when we were getting used to the idea of having 4G LTE as commonplace in our daily lives the mobile industry of today is looking at the future networks of tomorrow. Even though 4G is just being pushed out, Verizon in the lead with its near 200 networks in the U.S., talks of 5G networks are now circulating. 5G wouldn’t be all about another big speed increase but rather a push for a more reliable network. As Tod Sizer, head of wireless research at Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs puts it:

“5G won’t be about more speed, necessarily. It may be faster, but it will be more about meeting the expectation of service quality.”

Given that industry analysts believe that the amount of data traffic created by smartphones and tablets will be dwarfed by data generated from connected “things” like shoes, watches, appliances, thermostats, etc, by 2020, reliability is important. Heck, we’ve seen how frustrating it is when networks go down for just a few hours. But as carriers are brushing up against the limits of physics as they try to add network capacity a need to meet the growing data demands becomes that much more important. 
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Sony Xperia S shows off its anti-stain nanocoating

It seems tech sites aren’t happy these days unless they’re filming an elaborate test showing the endurance of the latest smartphones for our viewing (and cringing!) pleasure. In recent times we’ve seen our precious Androids subjected to scratching, dropping and with a plethora of waterproof Android devices on the horizon perhaps we should expect a new definition for soak test!

The good folk over at phoneArena have clearly been feeling creative this week and have invented a new form of phone torture to show the world. They managed to get their hands on a white Sony Xperia S and decided to test out that anti-stain nanocoating by introducing it to a permanent black marker.

I’d personally recommend keeping your pens, keys and tarmac away from your phone but in the meantime check out the anti-stain magic at work in the video below.

 

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source : phoneArena

Review: WIMM One Smart Watch – Part 2 – WIMM Companion app and syncing with your phone [Hands on Video]

A few days ago I posted part 1 of my 3 part series on the WIMM One smart watch highlighting the basics and setup. Today I bring you part 2 highlighting the WIMM companion app, which allows you to sync your WIMM One to your phone via Bluetooth. I found setup to be a breeze and straight forward. Once you’re synced (or paired), you will have the ability to checkoff, on your phone, if you would like new SMS text message alerts and/or incoming phone calls to display on your WIMM One.

Now you have the convenience of being able to decide if you want to take a phone call or if you need to quickly respond to a text message without taking your phone out of your pocket. In fact, it really works great for me since I own a Galaxy Nexus. I always leave my phone on vibrate, and the Galaxy Nexus has a very weak vibrator. I can’t tell you how many calls I’ve missed while it was in my pocket. The WIMM One companion app eliminates that. For now only SMS text messages and phone calls appear on the WIMM One, but I’m sure that in the future the ability to get emails, Tweets, and other notifications will be added.


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Toshiba Thrive 7″ Review

The battle for 7 to 9-inch tabs is getting hot and heavy lately as just about every manufacturer has one. When it comes down to it, you really have to weigh price with what each manufacturer is offering as far as differentiation goes. When I mean differentiation, I don’t mean UI enhancements, I mean the quality of the build and the overall hardware. Does the Toshiba Thrive 7″ offer anything other tablets don’t? This is my full review, but you can also check out my initial hands on video as well.


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Review: Amp up your smartphone with the iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speaker [Hands on Video]

I don’t know about you, but I have zero interest in listening to my music through my phone speaker. Up until now you had two choices: either you wire it into a stereo/speaker via the microphone jack or connect it via Bluetooth. There’s a newer third option which doesn’t involve wires, syncing, or Bluetooth. It’s called the iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speaker, and it features patent pending NearFA™ technology. All you have to do is place your smartphone or digital media device on top of the Boost, and it will sync the audio signal from inside your device and output it to two 2W x 2RMS speakers.


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Galaxy Emerge, Stellar and Halo Receive Trademark Filings From Samsung

Looks like Samsung is not ready let up on their “Galaxy” branding anytime soon. New trademark filings from the giant handset manufacturer have been listed over at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the mobile phones and smartphones categories. Among them are the Galaxy Emerge, SN=85558647, Galaxy Stellar SN=85558639 and the Galaxy Halo SN=85558619. No other details have surfaced as of yet but stay tuned as we dig a little deeper. We’ll see soon enough whether or not any of these names actually come to fruition. They’ll be joining the ranks with names such as the Galaxy Axiom, Galaxy Rite, Galaxy Heir and Galaxy Awaken.

source: MobileSyrup

 

Samsung Is Not Unveiling the Rumored 11.6-inch Tablet Tomorrow, But Instead Opting For Angry Birds Space

We already know that Samsung has plans to make an announcement tomorrow at SXSW and there is a rumor going around about a 11.6-inch tablet that unfortunately is not true. According to a press release we recently received, tomorrow’s announcement is much less exciting than a new HD tablet from Samsung. Samsung is teaming up with Rovio for the (2nd) official unveiling of Angry Birds Space, and the two are also going to provide exclusive content for the Galaxy Note once the game is released on March 22nd. There will also be Galaxy Note’s on demo at the SXSW Samsung booth for attendees to get an early hands-on with the game and a chance to win prizes.

This is a far cry from the unveiling of an 11.6-inch tablet, but just for the heck of it why don’t I tell you about this rumored tablet anyway. Apparently Samsung has a new tablet they have been hiding up their sleeve and the rumored specs are nothing to scoff at. Given that the new iPad was just announced yesterday, this would have made for perfect timing as this new Sammy tablet would put the new iPad to shame. Now before you go saying 11.6-inches is too big, get a load of this. The 11.6-inch tablet is said to have a whopping 2560 x 1600 screen resolution, higher than the new iPad, and a density close to 260ppi. And because the bezel surrounding the screen is so slim, it’s said that the tablet’s dimensions aren’t much larger than the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Other believed specs include a 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor and will run Android 4.0. This isn’t a long shot for Samsung as they already have a 11.6-inch windows tablet, the Series 7 Slate. Now the question is when will we get to see this thing if not tomorrow?

What do you guys think, could you dig a tablet like this? Jump past the break to see the underwhelming press release.


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