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Wednesday, 27.02.13
MWC LIVE: Samsung unveils plans to launch its own Digital Wallet solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Sure we need another digital wallet solution and that's exactly what Samsung thought as well and therefore the Koreans introduced at today's Developer Day at the Mobile World Congress its own "Samsung Wallet". If Apple's Passbook (which also works just fine on Android) or Microsoft Wallet isn't enough for you, Samsung Wallet is said to be a convenient mobile app which allows users to store and manage event tickets, boarding passes, membership cards and coupons all in one place. By using Samsung Wallet API, partners can integrate their Associate Apps and Samsung Wallet in the way that they can add their tickets and coupons to Samsung Wallet.

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Tuesday, 26.02.13
MWC LIVE: Nokia releases public Beta of its Play To DLNA client for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Talking about interaction with TVs, etc. and hot on the heels of the Mobile World Congress, Nokia has finally released another missing piece of software for Windows Phone 8 - it's DLNA client for Lumia which is simply calls "Play To" again. Play To allows to share photos, videos and music from a supported Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 phone to DLNA-capable devices over WiFi. This could be one of the new and connected smart TVs, a simple Windows laptop and/or desktop or a Microsoft XBox. Since this is just the first release for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices, it's called a public Beta but in terms of functionality, it has the same functionality as the Play To application for Windows Phone 7 based Lumia smartphones.

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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the Samsung HomeSync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

While Samsung's latest hero and focus device at the current Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the company's new Note 8.0, Samsung is also showing its new HomeSync media hub solution which plays - well, as expected - quite nice with Samsung's own Galaxy smartphones. HomeSync, which runs on Android Jelly Bean, comes with a 1 TB drive that allows users to sync with multiple devices (from phones to tablets to PCs) and providing a shared and private storage space for all kind of content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members.

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UNVEILED: ZTE announces the Grand Memo 5.7" Android Phablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 04 - Android News

At the current Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ZTE joined the phablet bandwagon by introducing the ZTE Grand Memo. Running on Android 4.1, it features a 5.7", 720 x 1280 HD display and a powerful Qualcomm 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs and 2 GB of RAM. Combined with a 13 megapixel main camera, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera and 1080 HD video playback, it provides users a smooth, high quality multimedia experience that is perfect for gaming and video (but thanks to the size, for sure not as your average daily phone). The Grand Memo also includes a 3200 mAh battery for super-long standby time. Furthermore it comes with ZTE's custom Mifavor UI and LTE.

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MWC LIVE: Telefónica O2 Germany to revolutionize German Mobile Communication with new O2 Blue Tariffs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 01 - General News

Unveiled yesterday, today Telefónica O2 Germany made its new tariff structure official by breaking the rules again. With the the new O2 Blue tariffs, the rate portfolio is being completely redesigned from 1 March. O2 Germany will then introduce four new tariffs which all include flat voice and text messages - for free - and differ mainly by data volume. Users will then be able to make calls and send texts to all German networks for free with each of the smartphone rates. The entry rates range from 19.99 Euro a month to 49.99 Euro a month. The smallest/cheapest option will include 50 MB of HSPA (up to 3.6 Mbps) while the highest/most expensive option will include 5 GB of LTE (up to 50 Mbps).

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Monday, 25.02.13
MWC LIVE: LG Electronics acquires webOS assets from HP - to be reused for Smart TVs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:46 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

According to a now pulled article at CNet, LG said today that it was (or is?) acquiring webOS from Hewlett-Packard. However, unlike you might expect, the Korean electronic giant has no intentions to use it for mobile phones but instead it was said that LG will use it for its range of smart TVs. According to CNet, LG obtains the source code for webOS, related documentation, engineering talent and even related webOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its webOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. Skott Ahn, President and CTO of LG Electronics is quoted with a statement that "It (webOS) creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices".

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MWC LIVE: Samsung previews Samsung HomeSync - Google TV which isn't called so
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:32 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday, right before the the Mobile World Congress, Samsung officially unveiled its Samsung HomeSync, that the company calls a home hub solution which comes with a shared storage fit for a family. It's said to provide the best entertainment experience on a big screen TV and a new way of enjoying HDTV through a familiar and smarter Android user experience. Samsung HomeSync's 1 TB drive can help users to sync to multiple devices and providing shared or private storage for all kind of content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members.

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MWC LIVE: Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 deliver affordable high-end Lumia innovation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced plans to extend high-end innovations to more people in more markets by introducing two now Lumia: the Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520; expanding Nokia's Windows Phone 8 portfolio. The Nokia Lumia 720 delivers a high-end camera performance at a mid-range price point. A large f/1.9 aperture and exclusive Carl Zeiss optics are designed to deliver bright, clear pictures day and night, while the HD-quality, wide-angle front-facing camera makes taking pictures with friends and video calling more enjoyable. The sleek and stylish smartphone comes with the latest high-end Nokia Lumia experiences, including Nokia Music, the HERE location suite, and the option to add wireless charging with a snap-on wireless charging cover.

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Sunday, 24.02.13
MWC LIVE: Huawei reveals the World's fastest 4G LTE Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 04 - Android News

Huawei today announced the Huawei Ascend P2, the world's fastest smartphone, at the tomorrow starting Mobile World Congress. The Ascend P2 features a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and LTE Cat 4 providing an ultrafast web experience with download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Continuing the fashion legacy of the Ascend P-series, the P2 is only 8.4 mm slim with an infinity edge 4.7" IPS HD in-cell touch display with second-generation Corning Gorilla Glass, and will be available in black and white. The Huawei Ascend P2 runs on the Android 4.1 with Huawei's own Emotion UI 1.5. Powered by a 2420 mAh battery and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend P2 downloads HD movies in minutes, and loads online videos, web pages, songs or e-Books in seconds.

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MWC LIVE: Deutsche Telekom brings the first Mozilla Smartphone - the Alcatel One Touch Fire - to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 01 - General News

Deutsche Telekom today announced that it's the first mobile operator in Europe to launch a smartphone with the upcoming Mozilla operating system - Firefox OS - on the European market, the "Alcatel One Touch Fire". Deutsche Telekom and Mozilla, along with other partners, have been working together to develop an open-source standard for mobile operating systems for a long time. The partnership aims to create more competition on the market and more choice for customers. The Alcatel One Touch Fire represents the first milestone achievement. Deutsche Telekom has been involved in the development of the new Mozilla operating system for smartphones since the project began in 2011.

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MWC LIVE: Samsung announces the 8 Inch Galaxy Note 8.0 Android Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Ahead of today's/tomorrow's starting Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has just unveiled its latest Galaxy Note tablet - the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Said to be made for the thinkers, the dreamers, the movers and shakers, the Note 8.0 allows to scribble a thought, sketch out a concept, organize ideas and express creativity wherever inspiration may strike, thanks to Samsung's S Pen. Running on Android 4.1/Jelly Bean, the Note 8.0 is powered by a quad-core Exynos 4412 at 1.6 GHz. It's said to only support quadband HSPA+ at 850/900/1900/2100 (no word about GSM or UMTS), WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS/sGPS and Glonass. As the name says, it comes with a missive 8" WXGA (1280 x 800 pixel at 189 PPT) TFT touch screen.

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Tuesday, 19.02.13
PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the new HTC One Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

At today's press event in London, where HTC unveiled its new Android smartphone - the HTC One - I also had some quality time with HTC's latest flagship device. The device features a zero-gap aluminum unibody design and sporting a brilliant 4.7”, Full HD (1080p) screen. The HTC One, which will be available in stunning silver and beautiful black, features a sleek and crafted aluminum unibody sits comfortably in the hand and showcases HTC's unique antenna technology, which helps people achieve a crystal clear signal. The display also resists scratches and reduces glare, whilst offering incredible 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colors.

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UNVEILED: HTC announces the new HTC One Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, at two parallel press events in London and New York, HTC announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One - formerly known as the HTC M7. Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody, the new HTC One introduces several new HTC technologies and services, namely HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound as well as HTC Sense 5. Running on Android 4.1, the One is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU at 1.7 GHz, the HTC One supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and triband LTE at 800/1800/2600 MHz. Also on board are NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and WiFi a/ac/b/g/n. The One comes in two version, one with 32 GB and one with 64 GB (carrier and country dependent) but both versions feature 2 GB of DDR2 RAM.

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Tuesday, 12.02.13
ENTERTAINMENT: Sonos unveils the Sonos Playbar - Unleashes TV Sound
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 01 - General News

Sonos today introduced the Sonos Playbar, the soundbar for music lovers. Playbar brings immersive HiFi sound to the TV and, being a typical Sonos full Wireless HiFi System, streams all the music on earth through one easy-to-use player. The sophisticated all-in-one design of Playbar combines exposed aluminum with high performance speaker fabric for a look that's timeless, understated and because it does not require a subwoofer or speaker wire, easily fits into any room and setup. Its built-in sensors help Playbar automatically adjust EQ and channel orientation so it can lie flat on the TV stand or rotate for low profile wall-mounting above or below the TV.

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Tuesday, 05.02.13
INITIATIVE: Huawei and Microsoft going Africa with Windows Phone by launching the Huawei 4Afrika
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

News came in yesterday that Microsoft and Huawei unveiled a new Windows Phone designed specifically for Africa, one of the most rapidly-growing technology markets in the world. The phone, which is called the Huawei 4Afrika, is said to be the first in a series of smart devices being custom developed for the continent and released as part of Microsoft's sweeping new 4Afrika Initiative, which also kicked off yesterday. Designed specifically as an affordable option for students, small businesses, developers, and first-time smartphone owners, the Huawei 4Afrika with Windows Phone 8 will make its debut later this month in seven countries including Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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Saturday, 02.02.13
SERVICE: the::unwired launches SlingPlayer RT Web Page for Windows RT Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 01 - General News

Everybody - hopefully - loves the Slingbox and everybody - hopefully - loves Windows RT and the RT powered Microsoft Surface but how do both play together well? While Sling Media offers a couple of pretty good clients for different platforms, namely Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, there's yet no client available for Windows RT. And while Windows RT comes with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, Sling Media's web player is also not an option because it requires an ActiveX plug-in which can't be installed on ARM powered Windows RT devices. The only chance is to access your compatible Slingbox through Facebook but who wants to watch TV via Facebook?

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Friday, 01.02.13
UPGRADE: Microsoft announces official roll-out of Windows Phone 7.8 for 1st Generation Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday Microsoft announced the official roll-out of its Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade for the first generation Windows Phones. As Microsoft unveiled earlier, Windows Phone 7 devices won't receive Windows Phone 8 but 7.8 instead, which at least mimics some Windows Phone 8 elements and also introducing further enhancements. Just to recap: The focus of the 7.8 upgrade is pretty much the new Home screen screen which adds the ability to create live tiles in three different sizes. Furthermore, 7.8 brings ten new accent colors for the surface and the daily Bing image can be used to add more individuality to the lock screen.

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