Tursion TS-102 Smart Pico Projector is more than meets the eye

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Underneath that bland, plastic exterior of the Tursion TS-102 is a pair of 624MHz cores pushing the outdated Eclair (Android 2.1) though a lamp that projects an 800×600 image up to 100-inches in size at 20 lumens.  While the TS-102 is capable of connecting to your favorite digital media sources, it can also display media stored on the internal 8GB of flash memory or on a MicroSD card (supports up to 16GB).  Add in its 80-minute rechargeable battery, built-in WiFi, and integrated touch-pad and all of a sudden the Tursion TS-102 starts to look more like a pocket-sized Android computer than a battery operated projector.

The Tursion TS-102 is another example that just like with cars, it’s what’s under the hood that really counts.

[via engadget]

Vestel teams up with Exent to bring all-you-can-eat Android Gaming to your TV

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Back in July we told you about Exent’s subscription based GameTanium market for Android that allowed all-you-can-eat gaming for $4.99/month.  Exent’s business model must have been a success as they have now announced that they are teaming up with Vestel, a major player in consumer electronics, to bring their vision of cross platform gaming to televisions everywhere.

Vestel’s Smart Box Set Top Box (STB) will now have access to Exent’s GameTanium bringing TV optimized games to whatever room you choose for your gaming enjoyment. In addition, the service allows you to switch your game from your Android device, to your computer, and now to your TV, without losing your place in the game.

Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager for marketing at Vestel, on the announcement:

“Consumers today want more entertainment options at home and we’ve found that gaming alongside video and music services are among the most popular requests.  With the flexibility of the GameTanium platform and Exent’s years of experience with content programming and distribution, Exent was the clear choice to power our Games on Demand offering for operators. By integrating GameTanium within our entertainment offerings, we are thrilled to be the first to bring the best of Android gaming to TVs worldwide.”

Exent CEO Zvi Levgoren’s comments:

“Exent’s vision is to provide consumers with the greatest gaming experience, anywhere they wish to be entertained. Expanding our Built with GameTanium offering from PCs, smartphones and tablets to the next generation of TV set-top boxes is an important milestone in fulfilling our play anywhere vision. Vestel is a great partner and we look forward to working with them to bring the greatest Android mobile hits to the living room while assuring the best user entertainment experience.”

The GameTanium service will be demonstrated on the Smart Box STB at the Vestel booth at the 2011 IBC conference in Amsterdam.

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U.S. Patent System to get overhaul, Unfortunately not enough

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The U.S. patent system will get its first major overhaul in 60 years. The senate voted 89-9 in approval of the America Invents Act, and President Obama said in his speech last night, “Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need.”

The goal is for streamlining the patent process, reduce costly legal battles, and provide the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the funding it needs to process patent applications faster.

The United States is switching from the “first-to-invent” system to the “first-inventor-to-file” system which puts us in line with other industrialized countries.

Small investors are concerned as they feel they will now be at a disadvantage with big corporations. Supporters are concerned with costly lawsuits in which companies are arguing and trying to prove who the first inventor is.

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HTC Vigor flies through the FCC with 4G LTE onboard

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Now that the DROID Bionic release is out of the way, we can begin to concentrate on other upcoming beasts slated for Verizon Wireless. One of them is the HTC Vigor, which is rumored to launch in October. It just cleared the FCC, which should put it at approximately 6 to 8 weeks from now. We are probably looking at a late October launch.

The real meat of the story is that the FCC documents confirm that it will be a 4G LTE device, which is really good news for HTC fans that plan on skipping the Bionic. Rumored specs are still the same: 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, and a 720p (1280 x 720) display.

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More pictures of the LG Univa surface, Could be Optimus One successor

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Last week we showed you some pictures of the LG Univa, and in case it wasn’t enough, we have some more. The models associated with this device are E510, E510F, E510G. We are not sure of the differences, but we can tell you that the rumored specs of the Univa include an 800MHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display, 5MP camera, and 1,500mAh battery. It is not clear if it will come with Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4.

Nothing has been officially announced, but this one looks to be the Optimus One successor.

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The LG Marquee could be the LG Optimus Black for Sprint

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In a recent video by Radio Shack showing off the White HTC EVO 3D, we see a glimpse of the LG Marquee for Sprint. It looks like this could be Sprint’s version of the LG Optimus Black.

About a month ago we showed you a leaked Sprint document that had the LG Optimus Black (LS855) on it. We don’t know for sure, but I would say this is the best guess. If you think differently let us know.

Unfortunately the video has been pulled, but the above picture is a screenshot from the video.

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[Breaking] Apple is victorious in getting Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Germany

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Back in August, A Dusseldorf issued a preliminary injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It was originally for all of Europe (minus the Netherlands), but later changed to just Germany.

Today, the same court upheld that injunction which means the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is banned from any sales in the country. Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said the following when delivering the verdict:

“The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible. For the informed customer there remains the predominant overall impression that the device looks like the design Apple has protected in Europe.”

The judge said the court didn’t compare the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the actual iPad, but instead focused on a design Apple filed with the European Union intellectual property agency in Spain.

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Polish Up Your Home Screen With Smoked Glass Clock Widget For Android

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With the endless amount of clock widgets available for free on the Android Market today, the most difficult and daunting task is actually choosing one.  But you can’t just pick any one.  You need one that will appropriately compliment your home screen, right?  That’s what we’re here for.  Allow us to point you towards Smoked Glass Clock Widget by developer Factory Widgets.  The sleek and contemporary design of this widget is sure to compliment your device’s background regardless of how busy it might be.  The widget offers an array of features at a glance like calendar events, time, system information and weather forecasts.

The application comes with around 140 different skins to match up with your device’s current theme.  The widget can be placed in multiple positions on the home screen and will even support your Honeycomb device.  If you’ve been looking for a “polished” widget packed with as much information as you can possibly find, Smoked Glass Clock Widget should suffice.  If you’re ready to give it a go, hit up our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available.  If that’s not your forte, then you can grab the app over at the Android Market.  Hit the break for some more screen shots of the application, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or two below.   » Read the rest

Canada Gets Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab Offerings From Rogers and TELUS

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While Samsung and Apple battle over the Australian release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Canadians may now begin weighing offers from Rogers, TELUS and other retailers for this Android Honeycomb device. Although technically it had been available before this point, the new carrier release versions allow users to connect the tab over WiFi or 21 Mbps HSPA+ and thus ultimately it becomes so much more attractive.

Rogers is selling the tablet for $350 with 3-year contract or if you’re not the commitment type, you can buy it out-right for $680. TELUS meanwhile offers no contracts, but various data plans and a pricetag of $650 for the device.

Hit the break for links to these Rogers and TELUS offerings.

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Samsung Galaxy Y Coming Soon To Vodafone UK

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The Samsung Galaxy Y, that’s ‘Y’ for youth, as in paper route money low-priced, has been listed as “Coming Soon” on the Vodafone UK mobile network. I was able to quickly find a plan for this device at £15.50 a month for a 2 year commitment that includes 200 minutes and 500 texts with an extra 100 minutes included if you pre-order before 12 September.

The device runs on Android 2.3, has a 832MHz processor, a 3-inch (320 x 240) TFT display, 2MP rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi capabilities. Any interested youths or likewise price conscience old folks should hit the break for a link to this Vodafone UK offer.

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