Artemis to launch its pCell product that will provide users a faster cellular network

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Artemis is launching a new product, called pCell™, which will solve the problem of a slow wireless service, especially in congested areas. The pCell technology connects overlapping signals to avoid interference. A new type of wireless antenna, called pWave, produces a small “bubble” of wireless connectivity around every device.

pWave radios transmit signals that deliberately interfere with each other, combining to synthesize tiny pCells, each just one cm in size.

Every mobile device has its own pCell, a “Personal Cell,” each getting the full spectrum capacity.Read more

Gionee ready to claim world’s thinnest smartphone title with Elife S5.5

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A new champ in terms of thinness for smartphones is ready to step into the ring as Gionee’s Elife S5.5 3G model is now available for pre-order in China. An LTE version is expected to be available in June. When the device starts to ship, it will eclipse the Vivo X3 which currently slides in at 5.75mm. For reference, an iPhone 5S is 7.6mm think.

Although it is thin, Gionee says the device should be capable of going a whole day on a single charge thanks to a 2300mAh battery. The Elife S5.5 will come equipped with a 5-inch display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and Gionee’s own Amigo Android-based operating system.

Gionee indicates the device will eventually be available in up to 40 countries. The 3G model is currently listed for about $370.

source: Engadget

HTC posts manual Android 4.3 update for Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE

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HTC said they wanted to get the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint updated to Android 4.3 by mid-February, and they’ve hit that goal. HTC’s VP Martin Fichter posted a link on his Twitter feed to the RUU for Android 4.3 for the EVO 4G LTE.

HTC RUU’s are update utilities that let users manually update a device to a certain software version. In this case, the RUU updates the EVO to Android 4.3, with one catch; it has to wipe your phone to install.

Apparently, HTC wanted to push an OTA update to the device, but due to memory restrictions on the EVO, they had to go with an RUU, evidenced by the mandatory storage wipe. Still, that’s a small price to pay for getting Android 4.3 and Sense 5. If you want to manually update your device, grab the download link below, connect your phone to your computer through USB, then start the EXE and follow the instructions. Be sure you’ve got everything backed up before you proceed, too. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 19, 2014

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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!!

Reviews

LG G Flex review: the birth of a new era

Apps

Microsoft launches OneDrive along with new Android app

Glove app now available in Google Play to help users find best wireless carrier

BubbleUPnP UPnP/DLNA app adds support for Chromecast

Carriers

HTC posts manual Android 4.3 update for Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE

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Asus officially announces the PadFone Infinity Lite

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Asus has officially announced the PadFone Infinity Lite, featuring a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 1080p 5-inch screen. It’s basically the PadFone Infinity with a slightly slower processor and a cheaper price price tag. Since it’s a PadFone, you do still get the option of docking the phone into the larger tablet dock that features a 10 inch 1080p screen, plus an extra 5,000 mAh battery.

Asus expects to release this device in March for roughly $463, and they’re offering the tablet dock for $230. It’ll initially be available in Taiwan, with no word on an international release.

There’s no denying that Asus likes their docking smartphone design, and I personally think it’s pretty cool in concept, but I’m not sure releasing barely-different models of the same device at multiple price points is the best way to gain market share.

source: Phone Arena

BubbleUPnP UPnP/DLNA app adds support for Chromecast

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Another app has been updated in Google Play giving users the ability to play local content to their Chromecast devices. Bubblesoft has updated their BubbleUPnP app that functions as a control point, media renderer and media server. Unlike some other apps that make Chromecast support an in-app purchase, BubbleUPnP enables this feature for Chromecast natively supported formats MP3, AAC, Vorbis, MP4 and MKV (H264) and makes it unrestricted. Read more

MasterCard and Visa announc NFC payment support through KitKat’s host card emulation feature

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With KitKat, Google introduced host card emulation (HCE) as a means to get around needing access to a secure element, which would allow Google Wallet and other potential mobile payment options to work on devices running Android 4.4, regardless of what US carriers wanted. So far, Google Wallet has been the only app to take advantage of this, but today both Visa and MasterCard have announced support for NFC payments with Google’s newly introduced methods. Read more

Google Search app now offers in-depth transit info

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The Google Search up keeps getting better and better. Now, when you request transit information, a plethora of it will be displayed. This includes schedules, fares, and a countdown to departures. If a train is delayed, an alert will be issued to keep you notified. So as you can see above, by asking for a train from New York to Boston, the app will offer all of the info needed.

Test it out for yourself and let us know if you like it!

Source: +Google

Samsung’s Exynos Infinity getting revealed at MWC next week

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The next generation of Samsung’s Exynos processor will be unveiled next week in Barcelona. In a tweet from the official Exynos Twitter account, Samsung says “Continuing our market-leading innovation and leadership, we bring you our latest innovations. Please stay tuned.” What exactly will be of the Exynos Infinity processor? It could mean 64-bit architecture is on its way. After all, that is something still missing from Samsung’s current portfolio. Read more

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp in $19B deal

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Earlier today Facebook announced that an agreement had been reached for the social media giant to acquire WhatsApp, one of the most popular, fastest growing mobile messaging platforms. The deal includes a cash payment of $4B, the issuance of $12B worth of Facebook Class A common stock, and another $3B in restricted stock to be issued to WhatsApp employees. Combined, the new stockholders from WhatsApp will represent almost 8% of Facebook shareholders. Shortly after the announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum held a conference call to provide additional details and insight into the deal. Read more