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Monday, 23.12.13
SEASON GREETINGS: Merry Christmas and Thank You from the::unwired
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 06 - Site News

Dear readers, friends and followers of the::unwired! As every year, on behalf of the::unwired, I want to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas! While it was quite a busy and tough first half of the year for me, it was nevertheless a pleasure to work for you and trying to find the latest news, testing devices, software and services and just being part of a great community. I want to say thank you, dear loyal readers, for visiting the::unwired another year and making the site a great Microsoft Windows Phone and Google Android resource. Thanks for all your input, thoughts, feedback, tips and E-Mails! Furthermore I want to thank all contributing editors and helpers in the background for another year of hard work!

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Saturday, 21.12.13
BAN: Nokia wins another Injunction against HTC - Could result in Ban of HTC Android Devices in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 04 - Android News

The patent-issues saga, HTC recently faced, continues. After the problems HTC faced in the UK with the possible ban of the HTC One mini, HTC is now in even deeper trouble in Germany. As FossPatents published yesterday, Nokia just won a German injunction against HTC's Android-based devices over a key USB-related patent. According to FossPatents, "Judge Andreas Müller, the Presiding Judge of the 21st Civil Law Chamber of the Munich I Regional Court, granted Nokia an injunction against HTC's Android-based devices infringing EP1246071 on a "method of configuring electronic devices". What's worst for HTC here is the fact, that this applies to all of the company's Android (but not Windows Phone) smartphones - not just one model!

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GOODY: Microsoft thanks its Windows Phone Customers with 20 GB of free Microsoft SkyDrive Storage
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last night, Microsoft sent out an E-Mail to its Windows Phone customers where the the Redmond-based software giant thanks its customers by showing its "appreciation of Windows Phone customers" by giving them an extra 20 GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage. This is in addition to the 7 GB of free SkyDrive storage that all Windows Phone customers have at last. SkyDrive is built into Windows Phone, as it is in Windows 8.1, and similar to Dropbox, Box or Google Drive, it's a personal online storage that is accessible along with the photos and files at SkyDrive.com and through the SkyDrive mobile app. However, this goody has one drawback since it's only good for one year after that it expires.

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Friday, 20.12.13
CHANGE: Facebook rolls-out all new Flat Design to Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:02 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Facebook pushed out its new Facebook for Android design to a broader audience, bringing a new look and feel to an Android device near you. Following its first Beta appearance in November, it seems that Facebook is now ready to give the new flat and somehow more Holo design to the public. Compared to the previous design, things changed a little bit. For instance has Facebook removed the slide-in menu on the left, only the Facebook Chat stays on the right, right next to the new search button. With the design change it's now possible to slide through the main menus in an Android Holo way, starting on the left with the News Feed, followed by Friend Requests, Messages, Notifications and More which includes Favorites, Pages, Groups, Apps and Settings.

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Thursday, 19.12.13
UPDATE: HTC rolls-out Firmware Update for the HTC One max - Brings Bug Fixes and Enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC just began to rollout a software update for its HTC One max which was launched back in fall this year as the first HTC One device with Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5. The software update v1.54.401.1 is said to contain a couple of important enhancements and bug fixes including system improvements for touch responsiveness, SIM card detection, WiFi connection and the general stability. Furthermore is the update featuring a HTC Sense Gallery fix for issues when posting HTC Share to Facebook. Last but not least the update will finally shows a battery status indicator for the HTC Power Flip Case, so far there was no info about the battery status, as well as it's said to improve the charging performance.

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AVAILABILITY: Jolla opens Online Shop for Europeans
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

This morning, Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla announced via Facebook that it's finally accepting public orders of its first Sailfish OS-based smartphone, the Jolla 1, by opening its online store for all residents of Europe - or more precisely opening it for for all residents of the EU, Norway and Switzerland (if you are not sure if you are living within the EU - because I saw questions what about certain countries - check Wikipedia here). Initially, Jolla will have the Jolla smartphone in store, which comes with the white "The Other Half" (which is the battery cover). Other items, such as other halves and batteries, are said to be included at a later stage.

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Wednesday, 18.12.13
STORE: Pebble announces upcoming Pebble Smartwatch Appstore for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

As Pebble announced today, the smartwatch pioneer will be ready to launch its Prebble appstore in early 2014 for all Pebble users around the world. As Pebble said, the appstore will integrate seamlessly into the Pebble smartphone app for Android and iOS and providing a one-stop shop for Pebble customers to search, browse and install a wide array of awesome Pebble apps. The Pebble appstore will feature 7 categories for Daily, Remotes, Games, Notifications, Tools & Utilities, Sports and Fitness apps - and of course - Watchfaces. In each category, Pebble said it will also feature a selection of the best apps as well as new apps to the category. If a Pebble app requires a companion Android or iOS app, links to Google Play or the Apple appstore will be included as well, to help users find the appropriate app.

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SERVICE: Microsoft releases Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to today's Xbox Video release for Windows Phone, Microsoft has also released Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8. With the Xbox Music app and the required Xbox Music Pass, users can finally explore, stream and download millions of songs to their Windows Phones. Xbox Music allows to see artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists, manage the personal music collection, shared across all of compatible devices and PCs, explore top songs, featured artists and recommended albums to easily discover new music, download songs for offline playback, create and manage playlists that automatically sync across your PCs, tablets, Xbox and the web as well as it features Radio which instantly creates playlists based on favorite artists.

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SERVICE: Microsoft releases Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xbox Video is Microsoft's digital video service which offers full HD films and TV show rental and purchase from the Xbox Video Store. So far, the service - which is available on the Xbox 360 and the new Xbox One - was accessible through Windows 8 and Windows RT only. But today, right in time with the recent Xbox One launch, Microsoft released Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8. This neat app brings the latest movies and TV shows to your Windows Phone 8 and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Like its Xbox and Windows counterparts, it allows to rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last night's episodes of the hottest TV shows, and watch them on your Windows Phone 8, PC, tablet, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or at XboxVideo.com.

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ENHANCED: Evernote updates Evernote for Android - Adds improved Note Creation and External Keyboard Support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:53 CET under 04 - Android News

Evernote is for sure Microsoft OneNote's strongest competitor and the benefits of Evernote is its device and OS independency. Yesterday evening, Evernote released an Android update which is all about dramatically improving the note creation and editing process on smartphones and tablets. One of the things that makes Evernote so useful is that you can keep everything related to a project - text, images and audio - together in one note. The new Android update lets you not only add attachments, but it also places these files in-line within the note. So you can see everything in the right place as you scroll through. If you are like many Evernote users, then you're creating notes across a variety of platforms.

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Monday, 16.12.13
PHOTOVIEW: Jolla The Other Half Sailfish OS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

Jolla's first smartphone, which has no real model-name at all but often called "The Other Half" or "TOH" is available in Finland since late November and at the moment it's also shipping to everyone who preordered it from Europe. Jolla, which is a kind spin-off by former Nokia employees, is a new Finland-based mobile phone company which also developed a brand new mobile OS called Sailfish OS. This Linux-based OS is built on the heritage of the proven MeeGo OS which Nokia got rid of after it moved to Windows Phone. Therefore, everything about The Other Half is new. The hardware, the mobile operating system and the eco-system which Jolla had to create for its first smartphone.

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Friday, 13.12.13
AVAILABLE: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer for Windows 8.1 - Finally adds support for Windows RT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

Following last month's announcement, Sling Media also kept its promise and has just released its Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 compatible SlingPlayer, which finally allows Windows RT users, like Microsoft Surface RT owners, to watch their linear home TV and media in a more convenient Metro style. With a Slingbox at home (or where ever), users can now enjoy live or recorded TV on Windows 8.1 devices over a wired, WiFi or HSPA/LTE connection. The SlingPlayer for Windows 8.1 is the perfect companion to Windows 8 tablets or PCs. Sling Media's award-winning SlingPlayer software takes full advantage of the high performance, screen resolutions and video quality of Windows 8.

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UPGRADE: HTC releases Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 for the HTC One Mini - Starting in the Nordic
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for Christmas, HTC is also fulfilling its last promise by starting with the Android 4.3 roll-out for the HTC One mini, which is the last device from the One-series which will finally receive it. Alongside with all the Android 4.3 enhancements, the firmware upgrade also features all the latest and greatest HTC Sense 5.5 enhancements, namely the updated Video Highlights interface and the ability to create longer Video Highlights as well as animated GIFs; BlinkFeed improvements which include additional global news sources, the ability to save articles for later or offline read as well creating custom feeds from RSS feeds. Also part of the update are music improvements which include an updated user interface as well as new scenes.

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UPGRADE: Pebble releases PebleOS v1.14 Firmware Update - Brings enhanced Features like "Do Not Disturb"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

If you are a Pebble smartwatch owner, you should receive this update automatically, if not it might be interesting for you to know that Pebble has released another PebbleOS firmware update which brings some neat and useful enhancements. PebbleOS v1.14 is now featuring a a "Do Not Disturb" function which blocks notifications for a set period of time. That's indeed handy because so far you had to activate the Airplane Mode, for instance if you was taking a nap on weekends. And while we are talking about a nap, the alarms app also received an update which now allows to create multiple Alarms, toggle alarms on/off and edit existing alarms. Also new the the snooze alarm function which is customizable via the Pebble Alarms app.

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Thursday, 12.12.13
SERVICE: Drive in Style with MyTaxi - Drive in Style with a Mercedes Benz Taxi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 01 - General News

Are you a little bit "posh" and you don't want to ride a Ford, Toyota or Renault taxi (not to mention Audi, BMW or VW)? Well, German myTaxi has the solution for you. Customers can now "upgrade their mytaxi experience" - as myTaxi wrote - with the new "Mercedes-Benz Taxi" feature in Germany and enjoying "high class comfort" with two simple taps - by confirming the pickup location, tapping "Options" and select "Mercedes-Benz Taxi". That's it, now the myTaxi service is only searching and pinging available Mercedes Benz taxis around you. And if you don't want to drive any other manufacturers anymore, you can even save the new "Mercedes-Benz Taxi" feature and all other options as default!

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BETA: SwiftKey releases Public Beta for Android with Emoji Support and Dedicated Number Row
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 04 - Android News

This was more than about time, this was totally overdue but finally it's coming, if only as a public Beta. As SwiftKey announced today on its blog, it has released a public Beta which brings an exciting new SwiftKey keyboard which delivers some of the most requested features including emoji support for over 500 fun images and an optional number row for those who want quicker access to number keys. Classic emoji allows to choose from more than 500 emoji across five categories: people, objects, nature, places and symbols. Also part of the Beta is emoji word match. As you type one of hundreds of keywords, you can opt to be offered emoji predictions in the candidate bar. For example, typing "Santa" will offer you a Christmas emoji in addition to word predictions.

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ENHANCED: Instagram launches Instagram Direct - Allows to Share Photos and Videos with Friends only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today Instagram announced its latest service enhancement called "Instagram Direct", which is said to be a new way to send photo and video messages to friends. Over the past three years, the Instagram community has grown to over 150 million people capturing and sharing moments all around the globe. As Instagram has grown (and was taken-over by Facebook), it has evolved not only into a community of photographers, but also into a means of visual communication. From a photo of the daily coffee (#CoffeeTweet FTW) to a sunrise shared from the top of a mountain hike, every Instagram moment contains something the poster find special - something broadcasted to followers.

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Wednesday, 11.12.13
STREAMING: Music for Everyone - Spotify is now free on Smartphones and Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today Spotify announced its free mobile device service which gives users access to millions of songs. It allows to listen to all personal playlists, discover new music or simply sit back and dig into favorite artist's entire back catalogue. Furthermore, Spotify announced it's launching in 20 new markets today, it's never been easier for more people across the world to discover and play more great music. Available to all today - Spotify's new free mobile experience allows users to shuffle play their music which allows to listen to all the playlists a registered user created, as well as playlists from the people the user follows. Favorite artists allows to listen to a certain artist by just hitting shuffle play.

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RUMOR: Could Android be Nokia's next Asha entry-level Feature Phone OS?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:13 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in November, @evleaks posted a photo of a so called "Nokia Normandy" which shows a Lumia-styled touchscreen smartphone. However, most noticeable is the center key which is just an arrow, looking like the back button of an Asha S40 Nokia entry-level smartphone or feature phone - however you want to call it. Now, The Verge has received further information saying that the device is indeed legit and that the "Normandy" is running a special and "forked" version of Android; which is said to be not aligned with Google's own version but pretty much what Amazon is doing with its Kindle Fire line of Android tablets.

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Tuesday, 10.12.13
ENHANCED: Twitter brings Photos to Direct Messages (DM) - Makes it more a Chat now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:05 CET under 04 - Android News

Twitter today announced today that it's updating Twitter Mobile for Android and iOS which brings a brand new feature. The latest update allows users to send and receive photos via direct messages and swipe back and forth between timelines; making it much more a chat now. This brings back the focus of direct messages, Twitter lost somewhere on its way when it has even hidden the direct message menu item. Anyway, for the first time, users can now share and view photos via direct message (DM) on their mobile phones. On its blog, Twitter also announced that it's going to introduce a new tab in the navigation bar that makes it even easier to access DMs – they’re now just one tap away from wherever you are on Twitter.

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UNVEILED: LG announces the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, LG announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 will be the first device ever to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet. Google's first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet will feature the latest Android operating system, Android 4.4, KitKat. It's powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU and features WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz, NFC (Android Beam) and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. It comes, as the name indicates, with a 8.3" Full HD IPS WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixel) touchscreen, 16 GB eMMC flash memory and 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM. On the back, it has a 5.0 megapixel, and on the front a 1.3 megapixel camera. The battery has a capacity of 4,600 mAh and all this measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weights 338g.

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ENHANCED: Google announces new Google Chromecast Apps for the Holidays
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 04 - Android News

Following yesterday's news that Google might work on a new "Nexus TV" set-top box and my remark, that Google's Chromecast is less successful but at the moment only something for the tech savvies, Google today announced that new apps available for Chromecast. Beginning today, Chromecast owners can enjoy action sports, news, music videos and more with the addition of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod. But Google hasn't added online services only but users can also cast personal media straight to the TV using Plex, Avia or RealPlayer Cloud apps. To start casting from these apps, the latest versions for Android or iOS needs to be installed; these apps will be rolling out over the next few days.

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Monday, 09.12.13
RUMOR: Google said to Work on a Nexus TV Set-top Box
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 04 - Android News

As successful as Google is in many areas, the Internet giant has still not archived to seriously get its foot into the living room. Sure, we have seen Google TV and the Google Chromecast, but while the first one was everything but successful, the second one gained some attractiveness by tech savvies. Nevertheless, mass market looks different and Google isn't interested in niche products anymore - that's clear - but it looks for a dominance in the areas it offers its products. Too bad that just Microsoft and Sony dominate the living rooms with its Xboxes and PlayStations. However, according to a recent report by "The Information", Google is said to have another try - this time with another Android-based set-top box expected to be called "Nexus TV".

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MUSIC: Nokia announces the Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headset with NFC and Windows Phone Live Tile Support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 01 - General News

Following countless rumors prior the Nokia World, today Nokia announced the Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth stereo headset. Nokia-typical and quite common for Bluetooth audio accessory in general, the Nokia BH-121 is NFC-enabled which means its instantly connect with an NFC-enabled smartphone. It even supports multi-point connections which allows to connect two devices. The BH-121 comes with noise blocking in-ear headphones and incorporates a standard 3.5 mm audio connector which allows to attach any favorite headphones (or speakers) by still allowing the use of the BH-121's controls. The BH-121 supports the HFP/HSP and A2DP/AVRCP profiles but unfortunately no word about the support of aptX codec.

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Friday, 06.12.13
OFFER: No Contract, No Problem - HTC America to directly offer the HTC One Financed by way of Credit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 04 - Android News

While unsubsidized mobile phones and smartphones are pretty common in other regions of the world, it still looks like U.S. Americans are pretty much sold to its carriers, instead of going carrier-free. As a matter of fact, and I know it from my own experiences, it's pretty hard in the U.S. to get a SIM card sans device. Nevertheless, as said it's common in other parts of the world to go contract free. For instance have we "O2 My Handy" (handy is the "German term for mobile phone) here in Germany which works independent from a mobile phone contract and which allows you to purchase a mobile phone which is financed by way of credit. This means you pay upfront a small amount and the rest 24 months equally.

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STREAMING: Google launches Google Play All Access in Germany as Google Play All-Inclusive
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:01 CET under 04 - Android News

The land of poets and thinkers, the land of Goethe and Schiller is also the land of one of the toughest digital rights and copyrights and therefore it took Google a little bit longer to bring its Google Play Music All Access service to Germany. But today, a year after it originally launched and months, after it hits the European neighbors, Google Play Music has also reached Germany as Google Play All-Inclusive. If you know Spotify, Deezer or Rdio, you know what it is about - it's a monthly music rental service. It allows to play millions of songs, instantly, on any Android and iOS device as well as on the web. On top of this, it brings custom radio which can be created from any song, album, artist or genre - with no skip limits.

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Thursday, 05.12.13
WRITING: Quip lands on Android - Integrates nicely with Google and Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:58 CET under 04 - Android News

Quip is a modern word processor that enables users to create beautiful documents on any device, from phones to tablets to the laptop or desktop. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like "thread" of updates - making collaboration easy. It allows to take notes, organize to-do lists and collaborate within your company as well as sharing folders to organize your projects at home or at work. All features work perfectly offline and changes are synchronized whenever the Internet connection is back. Now, less than four months after launch on iOS, Quip is also available on Android; since Android accounts for about 50 % of the smartphones in the US and 81% of the smartphones shipped in the world.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: iPro Lens System 2 now also available for the Samsung Galaxy S4
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 01 - General News

Schneider-Kreuznach is one of the more renowned optical manufactures in the world, and it's U.S. subsidiary Schneider Optics, which has been producing the highest quality optics on the market for over 90 years, has recently announced the availability of its iPro Lens system for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The idea behind the iPro Lens (which was so far already available for the iPhone and iPad) is that it's not to offer you another camera, but enhances the one you already have. Your smartphone or your tablet. Therefore, each Lens easily twists on and off and lets you capture more in every shot. The pocket-sized Lens case securely protects your Lenses, doubles as a universal tripod mount, and also makes a comfortable handle.

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ADOPTION: Bluetooth SIG announces Bluetooth 4.1 - Extends the Foundation of Bluetooth for Internet of Things
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 01 - General News

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the adoption of updates to the Bluetooth Core Specification. Bluetooth 4.1 is said to be an important evolutionary update to the wireless specification, which experienced a revolutionary update in July 2010 with Bluetooth Smart, the intelligent, low-energy technology enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The updates will improve consumer usability with increased co-existence support for LTE, bulk data exchange rates and aid developer innovation by allowing devices to support multiple roles simultaneously. The new release also lays the groundwork for IP-based connections, extending Bluetooth technology's role as the essential wireless link for the IoT.

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PHOTOVIEW: Nokia Lumia 1020 41 Megapixel PureView Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in July, I finally got the chance to play a little bit longer with Nokia's Windows Phone camera flagship, the Nokia Lumia 1020, which went first on sale in the U.S. The Lumia 1020 is the Windows Phone successor of the Symbian-based Nokia 808 and like its step-brother it's featuring Nokia's unique 41 megapixel PureView technology. When launched, no other Windows Phone was as powerful as the Lumia 1020 which runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm S4 CPU. The European version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, quadband UMTS/HSPA+ up to 42.2 Mbps at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz as well as pentaband LTE up to 100 Mbps at 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz; the AT&T version features slightly different bands, optimized for North America.

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COOPERATION: Germany Tweets - Twitter and Deutsche Telekom to Start Partnership
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 04 - Android News

Even if Twitter is by far not the most used and successful social media service in Germany, Deutsche Telekom today announced that it have agreed with Twitter to partner up. With more than 230 million users, Twitter is one of the most popular social media companies in the world. In collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, Twitter will create a unique experience for Deutsche Telekom devices. This experience will include a way for people to keep up with Twitter right from their home screen, and Deutsche Telekom will make it available on selected Android smartphones starting next year. Deutsche Telekom customers will have instant access to what’s happening in the world in real time, right out-of-the-box.

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Wednesday, 04.12.13
UNVEILED: Beats Electronics announces its upcoming Music Streaming Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:55 CET under 01 - General News

Beats Electronics, one of the leading audio brands and maybe best known for its headsets with the red cable, today announced its new and upcoming music service and the appointment of Ian Rogers as CEO. Rogers will oversee the direction, vision and strategy for project "Daisy" and the talented team developing the service. It was long time rumored that Beats has plans for its own music service, especially after it acquired MOG, a streaming music service Beats took over back in 2012. The new service will benefit from the creative vision of music icon and newly appointed Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor and is set to launch in late 2013 as a stand-alone company under the Beats Electronics umbrella.

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STANDARDIZATION: Next Generation USB Connection Definition Underway - Brings new USB 3.0 Type-C Connector
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 01 - General News

In today's world, there are some essential questions left. Like if you like your eggs over easy or sunny side up, or which side is the top of your USB connector? Well, while nobody can answer what your favorite egg style is, the USB Promoter Group will soon answer your USB question with the upcoming introduction of the USB 3.0 Type-C specification. Today announced by the USB Promoter Group, the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun. The new USB Type-C connector, built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB.

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INTEROPERABILITY: LG introduces AllJoyn Smart TV Platform - Designed for Seamless Multi-Device Communication
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 01 - General News

It somehow feels that there are countless standards to somehow connect devices with (smart) TVs. From Google TV to Apple TV, from DLNA to Apple AirPlay; not to count all the other options. Today, LG announced that it will be the first company to incorporate another standard called "AllJoyn"; an open source software framework giving users a new level of interoperability between devices. AllJoyn, developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, is designed to create a common language that seamlessly connects the Internet of Things, regardless of brand or operating system (OS). This new multi-device environment opens up a raft of possibilities for LG Smart TV owners.

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AVAILABILITY: LG starts Global Rollout of the LG G Flex - Begins with introduction in Key Asian Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 04 - Android News

LG today announced that it soon launch the recently announced LG G Flex, the world's first curved flexing smartphone, globally - starting in Singapore and Hong Kong this week. Key markets in Asia will also announce the availability of this innovative device before the end of the year, soon to be followed by other regions. The LG G Flex has captivated early adopters everywhere as the first smartphone curved to follow the contour of the human face, made possible with the implementation of the world's first curved smartphone battery. With a durable plastic OLED (P-OLED) HD display, the G Flex also comes with a self-healing back cover that eliminates those day-to-day scratches, making it the first smartphone to incorporate such technology.

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Tuesday, 03.12.13
ENTERTAINMENT: Amazon Cloud Player for iOS now available for BMW and MINI - No Android Version on the Horizon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Amazon today announced the immediate availability of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles from model year 2011 forward. Amazon Cloud Player customers using and iPhone and iPod Touch can now conveniently access their music using the vehicle's controller and screen. This will allow drivers and passengers to easily access their music playlists stored in the Amazon Cloud Player with the convenience of using BMW and Mini dashboard controls by bringing music in high-quality up to 256 kbps audio.  The launch of Amazon Cloud Player in BMW and Mini Cooper follows the integration in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year.

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BAN: Nokia enforces UK Sales-Blockade of the HTC One mini [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 04 - Android News

If you are an avid follower, you know that I the HTC One mini is the Android smartphone from HTC's One-family, I like most. However, if you live in the UK, I have bad news for you. As Bloomberg just reported, a London judge said that HTC couldn't sell its One mini in the UK anymore - starting 6 December. The ruling is a result of Nokia which sued HTC for infringing patents owned by Nokia. However, since also blocking UK sales of the HTC One would cause "considerable" damage to HTC, Judge Richard Arnold delayed an injunction against the the One, so HTC could appeal; even if the phone contained microchips that also breached Nokia's patent. Prior the ruling, HTC argued the microchips found to infringe Nokia patents were "a very small component" and wouldn't justify a sales ban.

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COLORFUL: Samsung Expands Galaxy Note 3 Line with new Color Accents
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:16 CET under 04 - Android News

As Samsung announced yesterday, the Korean electronics giant plans to provide consumers with more style choice by introducing Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black editions of its Galaxy Note 3 Android phablet. The Galaxy Note 3, which launched back in September during the IFA trade show in Berlin, will soon be available with Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black accents as well as brand new Merlot Red option. The new editions of Galaxy Note 3 integrate touches of premium Rose Gold finishes to its Jet Black and Classic White devices for a distinct and refined design. Both editions complement the iconic Rose Gold Galaxy Gear to provide users with a truly integrated and stylish Galaxy experience.

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RUMOR: Microsoft Threshold to Unify Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wonder where Microsoft's future is going to? No, not the future of the company by itself or who the next CEO will possibly be but the future of Windows? Always well informed Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley got some information Microsoft denied to comment - for sure. Nevertheless, the info Foley received are somehow obvious and are about Microsoft's plans to "unify" the Windows (for desktop and tablet), Windows Phone and even the Xbox One code-base as much as possible. All this is said to run under the project name "Threshold". Threshold derives from the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game launched back in 2001.

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Monday, 02.12.13
DISTRIBUTION: Jolla sees a Sailfish OS Future on existing Android Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following Jolla's "The Other Half" Sailfish OS-based smartphone launch last week, the Finnish smartphone startup has further plans for its Sailfish OS - to reach a critical mass. As Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki told Finnish Talouselämä Magazine, Jolla is going to let individual users install the Sailfish OS on Android devices that they already have. In an interview, Pienimäki said "That is the plan. We are on device business and OS business. It is fairly easy to install the OS on Android devices" and continued that "there is no such culture in these parts of the world [Finland], but there are people that are installing new operating systems on their devices. In China it is mainstream."

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