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Unboxing Live 109: Nokia Lumia 920

We open up the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphone in this episode. It's the flagship model available from AT&T, sporting a PureMotion HD+ display, 4G LTE, and PureView camera with optical image stabilization and Carl Zeiss lens. You can pick up the Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T from $99.99. It's a bit heavy, but the phone looks great, the camera is fantastic, and for $100, it's hard to beat the value.

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Purported Samsung Galaxy S IV videos leak ahead of tonight’s announcement

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors, Videos

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Leak

It appears that someone has been naughty and wants to spoil the party by uploading videos of the new Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphones before the launch tonight in New York City.

The first video highlights floating touch, which I presume allows the user to manipulate the screen without making physical contact. The feature was first introduced by Sony's Xperia Sola last year. Check out all four videos after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV images leak ahead of announcement

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds, Rumors

Samsung Galaxy S IV

Samsung will be formally announcing and unveiling the Galaxy S IV later tonight, the follow-up to the massively popular Galaxy S III. As has pretty much become typical in the consumer electronics world, we are seeing info leaking all over the place. We already got teasers of the Galaxy S IV from Samsung, but here you can see the device in full view. We've got a couple more pictures after the break as well. Excited? Here are the specs:

  • 1080p 4.99-inch screen
  • 1.8GHz 8-core chip
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage
  • MicroSD slot
  • 2600mAh battery
  • 7.7mm thick
  • 138 grams

Also expect eye-tracking technology that will do things like scroll content for you automatically, and pause video if you happen to look away.

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White House responds to petition, says cell phone unlocking should be legalized

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Cell Phones

White House Petition Legalize Unlocking

It started as a petition needing only 100,000 signatures requesting that the White House make an official response to the right of cellphone owners to lawfully unlock their cellphones. The Library Of Congress deemed unlocking one's cellphone illegal in October 2012; a ruling that would take affect in the new year. Now, the White House has officially announced that they too agree with the 114K petitioners. It recommends that cellphones be unlocked as long as the customers first meet their carrier's contractual agreement. The White House has even included tablets to the list of devices. Consequently, the Library of Congress has agreed and support the review their policy, which was strongly urged by the FCC.

"The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs."  - White House Administration

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Apple releases iOS 6.1.2, fixes Exchange calendar sync bug

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6.1.2

iOS 6.1 introduced an odd Exchange calendar syncing bug, and today Apple released iOS 6.1.2 to fix it. The issue resulted in heightened network usage that would significantly reduce the battery life of affected devices. If you use an Exchange account with your iPhone, you'll wanna grab this over-the-air update now. No word yet on if iOS 6.1.2 also fixes the lock screen bypass bug that was discovered last week as well, but we'll check on that as soon as we're updated.


HTC One: 4.7-inch, 1080p, UltraPixel camera, LTE launching in March

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds

HTC One review

HTC has announced it's newest flagship smartphone--the HTC One. What makes the HTC One stand out among the rest? It's got a great design aesthetic and the specs to match. The One packs a 4.7-inch LCD display (bonded to the Gorilla Glass 2 enclosure) with 1080p resolution. That's an impressive 468ppi.

The HTC One also boasts an impressive camera that ditches the megapixel game in order to focus on vastly-improved low-light capabilities instead. The result is a 4-megapixel rear camera that HTC's marketing department has renamed UltraPixels, which each capturing 300% more light than a typical 8-megapixel shooter. It's a bold move, and it's in line with what Nokia's Lumia 920 PureView camera is all about. The One also has optical image stabilization (OIS) for both the rear and front cameras. Speaking of the front camera, it's also an ultra-wide angle camera, similar to what HTC packed into the Windows Phone 8X.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV to be revealed on March 14

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds, Rumors

Samsung Galaxy S IV leak

Word on the street is that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S IV on March 14th. The Galaxy S line is Samsung's flagship, and is going to be a big deal as the next flagship device from one of the two companies that are dominating the mobile phone hardware landscape. The Galaxy S IV will not only go head-to-head with the iPhone 5, but also the upcoming HTC One as well. Rumored Galaxy S IV specs include:

  • 4.99" Super AMOLED 1080p display
  • Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 8-core processor
  • 8-core Mali-T678 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera

Of course, we'll have all the news as it happens in just under a month. In the meantime, peep the purported leak of the design of the device up top.

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Spotify finally comes to Windows Phone 8

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Music, Software

Spotify Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 users have been patiently waiting for Spotify to hit the platform, and the day has finally arrived. You can download the beta Spotify app to get your subscription music streaming on while simultaneously kicking Xbox Music to the curb. The wait was due to the Windows Phone 7 Spotify app being built by a third party and paid for by Microsoft, in an attempt to just get Spotify onto its phones, and since Windows Phone 8 is a totally different platform, the app needed to be rewritten from scratch. Not sure why that garish pus-yellow background needed to be included, but we guess beggars can't be choosers.

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Mophie Juice Pack Helium arrives to keep iPhone 5 charged

Mophie Juice Pack Helium

The iPhone 5 launched four months ago, and power users everywhere have been waiting for a compatible Mophie Juice Pack--the wait is over, as the Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5 has arrived, supporting the new Lightning Connector. Packing a 1,500mAh batter, the Juice Pack Helium more than doubles the battery life of the iPhone 5. This means you get 6 more hours of talk time, or 6 more hours of web browsing. Like the older models, you can charge and sync the iPhone with the Juice Pack Helium on it through micro USB. Mophie is taking orders now, and the $79.95 Juice Pack Helium should ship later this week.

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Sprint readies FM Radio and Entertain Me packages for Android and Windows Phones

Sprint Entertain Me RadioSprint is bringing FM radio to select Android and Windows Phone devices this year with the NextRadio tuner app. This move makes Sprint the first US carrier to herald FM radio in such fashion, and shows the amount of faith the carrier puts in a format some might say is already dead.

Sprint also revealed an application bundle for the Sprint Zone on Android dubbed "Entertain Me." The bundle will feature Sprint TV and Movies, Sprint Music Plus, Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio, Shazam, and Rumpus.


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