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Friday, 31.01.14
UTILITY: Pebble Locker for Android keeps Smartphones Protected while not Connected
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 04 - Android News

While there are a couple of pretty good Bluetooth and WiFi solutions out there, which keeps your Android smartphone protected while not connected to a Bluetooth device or WiFi nearby, these solutions disable the PIN or password entry on the smartphone while connected. That's pretty handy, let's say while you are in the car - connected to your hands-free kit, or at home - connected to your W-LAN. However, a very interesting utility - really useful for Pebble smartwatch users - is Pebble Locker. And since Pebble is shipping its Pebble Steel since this week to many new Pebble users, I don't want to forget to recommend this app for your convenience. Unlike other solutions, Pebble Locker is free - if you only use it with your Pebble smartwatch but it also offers general Bluetooth and WiFi options through an in-app purchase.

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Thursday, 30.01.14
KICKSTARTER: Able-HD to Kickstart the Able-HD Plus - Lightweight and Paper-thin Full HD LED Monitor
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:28 CET under 01 - General News

Last night I received a press release of an upcoming Kickstarter campaign which sounds interesting. Top 50 Kickstarter entrepreneur Nell Harton, who's earlier campaign exceeded the goal by 2000 %, is looking for further funding to make the lightweight and paper-thin Able-HD Plus monitor a truth. The Able-HD Plus monitor allows users to take the experience and enhanced productivity of a multi-monitor system with them wherever they go. The 15" or 17" 1080p Full HD display is said to weight around 2 pounds / 0.9 Kg only and is less than a third as thick as a standard HD monitor and fits easily in a backpack or briefcase. A multi-port, detachable adapter board is said to be compatible with laptops, smartphones, Xbox, Ouya, Pi, Kano and other devices, and comes complete with Audio in/out, HDMI, VGA, and DVI plugs.

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SOLD: Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 04 - Android News

As announced yesterday evening by Google CEO Larry Page himself, Google and Lenovo signed an agreement to sell Motorola for US$ 2.91 billion. As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, Page explained in Google' own blog that Google acquired Motorola back in 2012 to help "supercharge the Android ecosystem by creating a stronger patent portfolio for Google and great smartphones for users". According to Page, Motorola has done a tremendous job reinventing the company over the past 19 months by focusing on building a smaller number of great (and great value) smartphones that consumers love. Both the Moto G and the Moto X are said to "doing really well" and Page is very excited about the smartphone lineup for 2014.

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Thursday, 23.01.14
OVERRAN: Beats Music puts Registration of new Accounts on-hold
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:58 CET under 01 - General News

Following this week's launch of its streaming service, Beats Music sent out and E-Mail update last night where it explained that they "have been blown away by the love that made them the #1 Music App in the iTunes Store". However, due to the extremely high volume of interest in the Beats Music service, some users are experiencing issues; something I've also read about on Twitter. While Beats Music said that most people are unaffected, its priority is to give everyone a great experience and the company seems to have expected such an issue and has therefore been prepared. Because of the weak experience some users faced, Beats Music is now going to hold off on letting more people in while the company is working on a resolution.

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FEEDBACK: Omate explains the Shipping-Delays of its Omate TrueSmart 2.0 Android Smartwach
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 04 - Android News

Like me, I know a couple European readers pledged the Omate TrueSmart 2.0 smartwatch after I wrote about it first time back in August and after the recent Omate announcement of further shipping delays, I received some feedback from some readers which - well let's say it this way - indicated "a frustration". Many of you have pledged for the 2100 MHz UMTS "Omate TrueSmart DEVELOPERS Edition" which was said to deliver "in October (last year) - before anyone else". However, Omate said in its latest update that it discovered some quality issues with this version (after they've upgraded each backer to the 1GB RAM / 8 GB flash memory version) which causes - also thanks to Chinese New Year - even further shipping delays.

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Tuesday, 21.01.14
COOPERATION: Deutsche Telekom extends Evernote Partnership - Free Premium Promo across 12 European Markets [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 01 - General News

Following Deutsche Telekom's and Evernote's earlier cooperation in Germany, where German T-Mobile customers received free 12 months Evernote Premium features, the to companies just announced that they are expanding their partnership to cover the 12 markets in the Deutsche Telekom's footprint in continental Europe. I don't have to explain you Evernote at all but Evernote allows to take notes, clip webpages, snap articles, create to-do lists and record audio using mobile phones. The service, which is globally available anyway, is now also available in all 12 Deutsche Telekom markets where customers, who activate from now until October 2, can redeem six months of Evernote Premium by downloading via online app stores or by purchasing a new Android device that already has the application preloaded.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves Huawei W5101 - Next Windows Phone in Ahead?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) just approved the Huawei W5101 and as the name indicates, it might be Huawei's next Windows Phone, the Chinese manufacturer might unveil during next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While nothing is confirmed, so far all Huawei Windows Phones started with a "W", and for sure the GCF is also pretty mum with further information. Nevertheless, we now know - thanks to the approval - that the W5101 is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device which also supports dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and - surprisingly enough - triband LTE at 800/1800/2600 MHz which indicates that the W5101 is made for Europe.

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Thursday, 16.01.14
PHOTOVIEW: Fairphone FP1 Android Smartphone - The World's First Completely Fair Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Fairphone FP1 is a social project by Fairphone, which aimed to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and environment. Back in May, Fairphone started its crowdfunding campaign and after it reached its initial goal of 5,000 sold FP1s in June, the production of the first 25,000 Fairphones started. Running Android 4.2 and powered by a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU at 1.3 GHz, the Fairphone FP1 supports dual-SIM quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Bluetooth 3.0+HS and Bluetooth 4.0, an FM radio and AGPS. The 4.3" IPS touchscreen with Dragontrail Glass supports a media core qHD (960 x 540) resolution.

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Wednesday, 15.01.14
OLYMPICS: Samsung WOW App for Android Connects Millions Worldwide to Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:19 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in October I wrote about Samsung's upcoming WOW (Wireless Olympic Works) app which the official Olympics sponsor has now launched for Android. The Public WOW app offers personalized experience, athlete cheering feature and tutorials on all 15 sporting events for Sochi 2014. It's said to provide sports fans with real-time access to event schedules, latest reports on results, medal standings and Olympic records reliably and fast. The Public WOW app is - as mentioned in October - an extension of Samsung's custom WOW for the Olympic Family, which is a wireless communications platform developed to ensure smarter communications and smoother wireless operations of the Olympic Winter Games by offering news and information about the Games to officials and staffs.

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SECURE: Silent Circle and Geeksphone unveil the Android-based PrivatOS-powered Blackphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 04 - Android News

Silent Circle and Geeksphone today announced a new Switzerland-based joint venture and its inaugural product - the Blackphone - which is said to be the world's first smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users. While the press release stays pretty mum about technical details and features, it's said that the Blackphone is powered by a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS. The target of Blackphone is a carrier- and vendor-independent smartphone giving individuals and organizations the ability to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files and video chat without compromising user privacy on the device.

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Tuesday, 14.01.14
RUMOR: Are the Lumia 1820 and Lumia 1525 Nokia's next Windows Phones?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While some sources like @evleaks have a long track record of proven and confirmed leaks, a new leaker called "@NextLeaks" just hit Twitter and started his account with information of two new Nokia Lumia Windows Phones - the Nokia Lumia 1820 and the Nokia Lumia 1526. According to these totally unconfirmed tweets, the Lumia 1820 is said to feature a 5.2'' 2k (2048 × 1080 pixel) display, a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD805 CPU, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of flash memory as well as a 3400 mAh battery and a kind of "Lytro camera" with Xenon flash. The design is said to remind on the Nokia Lumia 928. According to @NextLeaks, a release can be expected for March 2014 (which would mean that Nokia will announce it during next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona).

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Thursday, 09.01.14
UPGRADE: Nokia announces worldwide release of Lumia Black - Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 to benefit first
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia just announced that it has started the Lumia Black software update rollout for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices, which owners around the world will start to receive from today. The anticipated Lumia Black update combines a host of new features, improvements in imaging, new apps and app updates from Microsoft and Nokia which make the overall Lumia smartphone experience even better. The first devices which will receive the latest enhancements are the Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphones, with all uther Windows Phone 8 models in following in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday, 07.01.14
OFFICIAL: Sony unveiles the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - High-end Specs in a smaller Size
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:34 CET under 04 - Android News

At its yesterday evening press conference in Las Vegas, Sony Mobile unveiled the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, offering the very best of Sony technologies from its flagship Xperia Z1, in a stylish new compact size. The Xperia Z1 Compact is said to set a new standard in premium smartphones and indeed, for it's size it's everything but a mid-range phone. The Xperia Z1 Compact is running Android 4.3 and offers ultra-fast performance and breathtaking graphics, thanks to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE for amazing speed. The Xperia Z1 Compact also includes a 2300 mAh battery which provides outstanding, class-leading battery performance, despite its compact size.

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Monday, 06.01.14
OUTLOOK: Pebble details upcoming Appstore Launch and announces Partnerships with Mercedes Benz and ESPN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Next to the two new Pebble Steel smartwatches, Pebble also announced that it's getting ready to launch the Pebble appstore, the company announced back in December. The appstore, which will be part of the existing Pebble smartphone app on iOS or Android, allows Pebble users to find and download Pebble apps directly from the phone. By the end of January, the Pebble appstore will offer the centralized location for users to discover, manage and install apps and watchfaces. That means that users will more easily be able to find apps that help to track your workout, manage the music or control the thermostat. In addition, Pebble said it'll be curating the Pebble appstore to bring the latest and greatest apps and watchfaces right to the wrist.

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WEARABLE: Pebble announces "Pebble Steel" Smarwatch - Overhauled Metal Design in "Brushed Stainless" and "Black Matte"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:00 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

One year ago, Pebble showed it's Pebble smartwatch to the public for the very first time in Las Vegas at the 2013 CES. And today, Pebble opened the second chapter and is announcing during today's press event the introduction to the "Pebble Steel", the company's new and premium smartwatch. Following the iconic, colorful and sporty 1st smartwatch design, the Pebble Steel takes everything Pebblers know and love to a more stylish and enhanced level. Like the original Pebble, the Pebble Steel comes with an ePaper display, 5 to 7 days battery life and waterproof design; but sports a smaller and thinner package. Pebble says that it's latest smartwatch is made of forged and CNC-machined stainless steel.

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ALLIANCE: Google forms Android Open Automotive Alliance - Partners with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 04 - Android News

We have seen quite a few automotive tech-alliances in the past and from today, the world is richer with one more which is said to extend the success of the Android ecosystem to a coalition of auto and technology companies by bringing the Android platform to a device that's always been mobile: the car. Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia have joined together to form the "Open Automotive Alliance" (OAA), a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014. The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone.

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