Panasonic Announces Eight USB Mobile Power Supplies

Looks like Panasonic is going full hog in the mobile power accessories market by releasing eight external USB battery packs, made to provide juice to your mobile devices on the go. The series features the QE-QL301, a 10,260 mAh monster that can charge a single handset four times, or two handsets twice. The lineup also includes three models that use Energizer’s Qi technology, allowing for wireless charging.

Portable USB power supplies are becoming a popular way to keep your devices charged on the go, especially with some newer devices coming with non-removable batteries. Those of us thinking of upgrading to, say, the HTC Evo 4G LTE with a non-removable battery can now carry a portable power supply to recharge our phone rather than swapping batteries. A non-removable battery should no longer be a deal breaker.

Full press release after the break.

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1.8GHz Tegra 4 Coming Q1 2013 According To Leaked NVIDIA Roadmap

We already heard that NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU is destined for more mobile pastures, and the latest rumors place it on the quad-core Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip (SoC). That’s about all we knew… until today’s leaked roadmap of what could be some of the first Tegra 4 chips. I say “could be” because the roadmap doesn’t actually mention Tegra 4 directly, but the cores listed are Cortex A15′s, not the Cortex A9′s that the Tegra 3 uses.

According to the leak, there are SoC’s ranging from 1.2GHz to 2GHz along with what seems to be recommended screen sizes from 7″ to 10″. Besides the presumed Tegra 4 chips, there is an interesting A9-based chip that seems to support on-board LTE. The first chip to be used in retail devices seems to be the 1.8GHz model, appearing Q1 next year. We’ll have to wait until summer 2013 for the rest.

source: vr-zone (Google translate)
via: pocketnow

RIM Stopping The Android Market “Cesspool” On The PlayBook

Reasearch In Motion has decided to drop the major bombshell and stop the ability to sideload Android apps on the Blackberry PlayBook. It’s reasoning? RIM highlights 53 percent of surveyed Android developers believe app piracy is either somewhat of a problem or a huge problem. This seems to fall in line with recent findings showing apps being published without (Android) developer consent. Here’s Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations summing it up best:

“[P]iracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market.”

While it seems like it’s a direct attack on the Android platform, there’s actually some reasoning to his statement. The Android Market Play Store has a number of quality apps available, but every now and then users will have to search through a multitude of poorly developed apps in order to find the real jewels. RIM wants to keep the integrity of its own app store by keeping its app ecosystem full of quality apps— even if the number is dwarfed by what is found in the Play Store. That means reducing the number of unofficially ported apps to the PlayBook in favor of a smaller number of apps that were developed, tested and certified by developers and RIM.


source: GigaOM

Motorola Razr/Razr Maxx to Get ICS Soak Test Instead of the Gingerbread Bug Fix

Man, the past week’s news about the Motorola Droid Razr/Maxx and its pending update(s) got a bit annoying and had me starting to think that Razr owners may never actually see an ICS update at all. First we saw a leaked Best Buy memo that claimed that an ICS update was supposed to begin the following week, which we all know never happened. Then, we heard that an ICS soak test was being prepared to push out to Moto testers only to find out it was just going to be a silly 6.12.181 Gingerbread maintenance update. Here we are the following week and nothing has happened, not even the Gingerbread maintenance update. Things are starting to look a bit shaky, no?

Well, by the looks of things over at the Motorola testers’ forums, Moto is now possibly scraping the 6.12.181 maintenance update all together in lieu for the actual ICS soak test. The Moto forum manager left a message for its testers (since removed) stating the following:

Looks like we got a surprise people. This regular soak test has now turned into an official soak test for Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Please subscribe to this feed for updates and more information will be posted as soon as possible.

Thanks guys for hanging in there.

So there you have it folks. Whether you can take that comment to the bank or not is still up for debate. Either way I hope this BS comes to an end soon and you patient Razr owners finally get a taste of Android’s oh-so-good Ice Cream Sandwich. We will let you know if anything else changes or if the soak test does actually get under way. In the meantime, feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments below.

source: Droid Life


Will the 7-Inch Galaxy Tab 2 be Priced at $310? QVC Seems to Think So

For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), I imagine you are interested to know its retail price, too. Lucky for us, an eagle-eyed Phone Arena reader spotted a QVC ad for the device before it was quickly removed from their website. According to the attached QVC screenshot, the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab will run $309.96, at least through QVC as long as details don’t change before it officially goes on sale. This price was listed for the most basic 8GB version of the device with no cellular capabilities so expect that as the base price for the 7-inch tab.

Since this info was outed by mistake one could easily think the new Samsung slates are just around the corner, but lets not forget about the most recent news of a delayed launch due to software issues. In reality, we are probably not going to see the new Sammy tabs until late April if not early March and the UK is the first country said to receive the devices. Lets hope the issues get ironed out sooner rather than later and the $310 price tag actually becomes a reality.

source: Phone Arena

Facebook set to purchase Instagram for $1 Billion

 There goes the neighbourhood! Not even a week after making its long awaited debut on Android, popular image sharing application Instagram looks set to join the Facebook family. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that an agreement has been made worth a whopping $1 billion in cash and shares that will see Facebook acquire the service pending the standard regulatory approvals.

Both parties are currently claiming that Instagram will continue to run as a separate service with no immediate plans to swallow the features up into Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement on his blog “We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom also released a statement via his blog “The service is not going away. The Instagram app will be the same one you know and love”

It will be interesting to see how Facebook utilises Instagram in the long term. Here’s hoping the in-house application developers do a better job than they’ve managed on the always buggy Facebook for Android!

Check out the full press release after the break.

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Toray Introduces Self-Repairing Screen Protector, Heals Scratches In Under 10 Seconds

Ready to meet the last screen protector you will ever need? Meet Toray’s self-repairing film that has the capability of healing minor scratches and blemishes in under ten seconds flat. The film’s self-cure coating can repair itself up to 20,000 times as long as the damage doesn’t go beyond the special elastic cushioning layer. Toray uses a wet coating method to enhance the rejuvenating properties of this PET film and according to Toray, works better in lower temperatures. This doesn’t mean you need to stick your device in the freezer to repair unwanted scratches, room temperature is what produced the ten second repair you are seeing in the above image. Speaking of the above image (although a video demo would have been nice), I guess this was the result after scratching the film with a metal brush.

This new Toray film is set to be released as a decorative layer for a few unannounced noteboooks but I imagine it wont be long before we start seeing it available for select tablets and smartphones.

source: Tech-on
via: Engadget



Samsung trademarks ‘Youm’ for their flexible AMOLED displays [Video]

Samsung has been teasing us with flexible displays for a few years now. We know they’re seeking a patent and we should see the first devices by next year. Now this incredible technology has a name – Youm. Youm is going to be a game changer. It’s going to be thinner, lighter, and unbreakable. It will feature a TFT film, Organix Layer Encap, and a Polariser. If you’re not convinced at how awesome this is going to be, you need to hit the break to see some cool videos and hit the source link to see some of the amazing concepts that Youm will bring.

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Samsung shows off the ‘Berry Pink” Galaxy Note

I know that you’ve been secretly desiring the pink Galaxy Note ever since we told you about it last month. Well Samsung just officially unveiled it and it will be available in South Korea by next week. It will be called berry pink, and it will essentially be the same Galaxy Note that is available now. No pricing was mentioned, but it will most likely be priced the same as the other more mundane colors. Make sure you grab a berry pink case to go with that.

source: samsung
via: pocketnow

Lenovo Unleashes IdeaTab S2109 Tablet Featuring 9.7-Inch Screen And Android 4.0

You remember how we told you about that Lenovo tablet trying to sneak past everyone at the FCC last month? Well the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 has officially been spotted in the wild and is on its way soon, very soon. Here in a promotional video, you can see the tablet’s 9.7-inch screen with the 4:3 IPS display and its impressive 8.9mm thin form factor in action. The device will also feature a TI-OMAP processor, front-facing 1.3MP camera, 4 SRS speakers for quality audio, 10 hours of battery life and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now that the device is seen through all its glory, we shouldn’t expect it to be too long before interested buyers will be able to get their hands on one. In the meantime, why don’t you see the video in action once you hit the break?
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