Qualcomm Enters Wearables Market with Toq Smartwatch



Samsung isn’t the only company today to announce a wearable smartwatch today. Qualcomm announced today that they will be jumping in the wearables market with their own smartwatch. The Toq (“talk”) as its called will work with devices running Android 4.0.3 or newer. The device boasts a better battery life than Samsung’s smartwatch variant because of the Mirasol display, which will allow for multiple days of use on a single charge.

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ASUS announces Fonepads, MeMO Pads, Transformers at IFA 2013


ASUS announced several new devices today in conjunction with IFA 2013. The devices include a couple Fonepad devices in the 6- and 7-inch range, 8- and 10-inch MeMO Pad tablets, and a couple Transformer devices. The Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with telephony features for folks who might prefer a speaker phone setup, or holding a really big device up to their head. The Fonepad 7 has a 1280×800 LCD display, a 5 MP rear facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, runs Android 4.2 and is powered by an Intel ATOM dual-core processor. Three versions with 8, 16 or 32 GB of storage will be available and a microSD slot is included for expansion. Read more

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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Following the Galaxy Note 3 announcement, Samsung pulled the wraps off the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. It looks like a very cool device, but the bad news is that it’s only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3. Eventually, the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II will be added, but no plans for other Android devices.

It connects via Bluetooth using the Samsung Galaxy Gear app. They didn’t specifically say, but it appears to use the new Bluetooth LE standard as part of Android 4.3, which is probably the reason why the Note 3 is the only compatible device.

It features a 1.63-inch (320 x 320) display, a 1.9MP camera, and battery that promises to last a full day. You can even answer your calls with it.

Hit the break to see it in action.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3


After many months of leaks, we finally got to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in all its glory. Samsung held events in both Berlin and New York City to celebrate with their typical pomp and circumstance. They say if you grab the device it will grab you back.

Thanks to the very thin bezel, the width of the Note 3 has a larger display (5.7-inches vs 5.5-inches) despite the phone being the same width as the Note II.

Although Samsung is known for giving you the best specs available, it’s always more about the features. The Note 3 sports an improved S Pen and the newest features revolve around a dot, circle, and box.

By hovering the S Pen over the screen until a dot appears, you can access Air Command by pressing the button on the S Pen. It’s a quick menu to such features like Action Note and Scrapbook. With Scrapbook, you can draw a circle around anything you want to save to your personal scrapbook. Next up is the Pen Window, which adds to Samsung’s Multi Window feature. Just draw a box on your display and you will be able to open certain apps from within this box for enhanced multitasking.

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Third in a trio of device announcements, Samsung unveils the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition


At their Samsung Unpacked event today, after announcing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear devices, the final piece of hardware to be unveiled was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. The 10-inch class tablet comes with S Pen functionality to help users take advantage of Samsung’s TouchWiz improvements on the big screen. According to JK Shin, CEO and President of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Division, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition “unites a range of features that will consistently surprise consumers.” Read more

Samsung pulls sleeve up to reveal Galaxy Gear wearable device

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Samsung unveiled their new Galaxy Gear wristbound wearable devices today at their Unpacked Event. The new accessory is heavily geared toward interaction with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but updates are promised so Galaxy Gear will also work with Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note II devices. Samsung CEO JK Shin describes Galaxy Gear as “smart freedom” that lets users maintain connections to the people in their world without having to constantly check their smartphone. Read more

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 3

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Well folks, the wait for the next big phablet is over. Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of its latest Galaxy Note 3, complete with updated hardware and a handful of new features. The biggest difference it the screen; Samsung successfully managed to fit a bigger screen into the body of the phone without adding much extra bulk. The Note 3 will have a 5.7 inch, full 1080p display, but the Note 3 is a bit slimmer than the Note 2, weighing in at only 168 grams while being only 8.3 mm thin. As you can see in the picture above, the bezel on this thing is impressively small, as Samsung claims to have widened the screen as opposed to adding any height to it. Read more

Moto X finally available on US Cellular

Moto_X_Main_TAEven though US Cellular began accepting pre-orders for the Moto X over a month ago, we didn’t know exactly when they would ship. Well, they’ve begun shipping, and the phone is available as of today online and will arrive in retail stores by Friday. If you’ve pre-ordered already, you’ll have it soon.

If you’re interested in the Moto X for US Cellular, it’ll cost you either $124.99 or $199.99 for the 16GB version with a two-year contract. It’s $124.99 for new customers and those adding another line of service, and $199.99 for existing customers. It’s of course available in only Woven White or Woven Black, at this point. Head to the source links to purchase.

Source: US Cellular – Moto X

Acer Extend shows off phone/laptop connectivity proof of concept device

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We’ve seen several manufacturers try to use the “turn a docked smartphone into a laptop” idea, and most of them have failed. Motorola pushed their lapdock for the original Atrix, we’ve seen Asus try to do something with their PadFone, and most recently, the world watched Canonical fail to get funding for its docking Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The idea never seems to take off with most people, but that’s not going to stop Acer from trying their hand at the idea. Read more

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses for smartphones announced at IFA 2013


As part of their announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1 today, Sony took some time to show off a couple new accessories for smartphones. The Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses take the form of a lens, but are really a complete camera that can be attached to a smartphone via a special bracket that quickly clips on an off. The QX100 comes with a 20.2 MP Exmor 1-inch sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x zoom capability, and Sony’s BIONZ image processing software. The QX10 is an 18.2 MP device with a Sony G Lens that can zoom in 10x and has built-in Optical SteadyShot. The devices will sell for approximately $500 and $250 respectively. Read more