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Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we <i>don't</i> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every …

Galaxy S5 will have Snapdragon 801 and octa-core Exynos variant

As expected, at MWC 2014 Samsung unveiled the much-anticipated Galaxy S5 bringing us a new back cover, a waterproof design and several other new hardware and software features. One thing Samsung didn’t talk about much was the CPU that would run the GS5.<p>As it turns out, Qualcomm has now confirmed …

HTC exec: We want to make a difference this year

BARCELONA, Spain--The last thing you would expect someone to do would be to jump ship from Apple to HTC, but that's what Jack Yang, the former head of the Apple's iPhone business in Southeast Asia, did. And when he did, he leapt straight into the action.<p>The new boss of the South Asia market, which …

Mobile

Sony Lifelog wearable camera concept could track your life

Sony is keen to prove that it has potentially brilliant ideas in the world of wearable tech, showing off an interesting concept camera that could strap itself around your neck, and document your whole life.<p>The idea seems similar to the Autographer wearable camera, which automatically takes a photo …

Wearable Tech

SanDisk microSD can now hold 128GB of your music, videos and photos

SanDisk is best known to Android users for providing the microSD memory cards that faithfully hold all of our photos, videos and music on our devices. Smartphones that support MicroSD usually only do so up to 64GB, so phone manufacturers will now have to design anew to support the new 128GB SanDisk …

Google Hangouts for iOS gets a complete redesign

Google's cross-platform messenger app got a nice update today that includes a major redesign for iPhone and iPad. Google Hangouts for iOS 2.0 boasts a flat new look consistent with iOS 7 and enables picture-in-picture video calling for the first time. You can now send video messages of up to 10 …

Why Microsoft Won't Immediately Kill The Nokia X Android Smartphone

The Nokia X Android-based smartphone has been official for less than a week and already the talk of the industry is that Microsoft will kill the phone as soon as the acquisition of Nokia is final.<p>“Let me put it this way,” one Microsoft employee said to me at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this …

Nintendo killing off online play for DS and Wii

Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its …

Wearable tech multiplies and goes mainstream at MWC 2014

BARCELONA, Spain -- Smartphones are the traditional draw here at Mobile World Congress, but this year wearable tech products created lots of buzz as well. In fact, many industry heavyweights and electronics giants chose the conference to make significant wearable technology product announcements.<p>We …

Wearable Tech

What to expect from the first generation of Ubuntu smartphones (hands-on)

The Ubuntu Touch smartphone OS has come a long way, but it still has further to plod before it's ready for market - all Canonical will tell us that it hopes to see an Ubuntu phone before the end of this year. Nevertheless, now that some phone manufacturers are on board with the project, we've been …

Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

Just this week Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5. It’s water-resistant. Sony also announced the Xperia Z2, the waterproof successor to the also waterproof Z1. So where’s my waterproof iPhone? The technology and demand are here. Water-resistant or waterproof, Samsung and Sony’s latest flagships are …

Google aims for a basic $50 modular phone next year, dishes more on Project Ara

Surprisingly, Google doesn’t see its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone as something just for geeks.<p>In a lengthy profile by Time’s Harry McCracken, Google shined a light on its plans for Ara. And while the company still doesn’t seem sure if modular smartphones will be a hit, it’s certainly …

Samsung's new Galaxy Gear watches are now open to third-party support

Accompanying the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit, Samsung has also hosted a “Developer Day” at Mobile World Congress for 500 app developers, to announce three new and updated SDKs for its range of wearable technology.<p>First up is a new SDK for the Galaxy …

At MWC 2014, phone makers go after the next billion, biometrics

BARCELONA, Spain -- Mobile World Congress will always have its fair share of high-end, gee-whiz devices and crazy concepts, but apart from the high-end Samsung Galaxy S5, MWC 2014 belongs to the humble low-cost phone.<p>Emerging markets have been a huge theme in mobile lately, but this year …

Mobile

Google’s Sundar Pichai: Android not designed to be safe, would target Android too if he were making malware

Responding to a question about malware on the Android platform, <i>FrAndroid</i> reports that Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai gave a surprisingly frank answer to an audience at <i>Mobile World Congress.</i><p>We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. …

The chips of Samsung's Galaxy S5 -- Exynos and Snapdragon

BARCELONA, Spain -- Qualcomm and Samsung are back in the newest Galaxy device, theGalaxy S5.<p>The Korean electronics giant on Monday unveiled its<p>newest flagship phonewith a slightly tweaked design and updated specs. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch display HD screen and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera …

Kazam announces Tornado 2 series, pure Android and screen replacement

Only 3 months after launching a smattering of Android phones in the UK and France, Kazam has announced two new handsets to compete with the top phones on the market. MWC was the stage for this announcement and the Kazam Tornado 2 5.5 and Tornado 2 5.0 were the phones under the spotlights.<p>Both the …

Top Mobile Marketers Team Up To Push A New Specification For Cross-Linking Apps

A new specification for mobile deep linking – a technology that lets apps work more like the web by supporting links that can move users from app to app – is being introduced today, along with a series of best practices. The project, called MobileDeeplinking.org, has the support of several …

Google’s Project Ara $50 Modular Smartphone Could Change The Way We Buy Phones Starting Next Year

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Division just announced its first developer event for Project Ara, a modular smarpthone, yesterday, and a new follow-up profile by TIME indicates we could see the device come to market by next year, with a $50 price tag to start. The key phrase there is “to …

New 'Exosuit' To Take Ocean Divers To Stupendous Depths (PHOTO, VIDEO, INFOGRAPHIC)

Talk about taking the plunge. A new submersible body suit will take ocean divers to a depth of 1,000 feet and let them spend hours there observing and collecting marine species that are hard to get at with conventional diving gear or submersibles.<p>If all goes according to plan, the metal Exosuit …

Oggl for iPad: Even More Fun with Photo Filters

When Hipstamatic unveiled its new Oggl for iPhone last spring, the new app was a refreshing update on a rapidly ageing photo trend. For some advanced photographers whose interest ran toward more artistic creations, the whole lo-fi filter scene was starting to show some wear and tear.<p>And now, a …

Review: Documents 5.0 for iOS is an even more powerful solution for managing your files on the go

Readdle’s app Documents has long been one of the most complete solutions for managing your files on the go. With an intuitive interface and powerful download management features, it has been a solid contender in the file management app arena for some time.<p>Today, the company has launched version 5.0 …

Apple TV is Apple’s fastest-growing product

Apple TV generated more than $1 billion in hardware and content sales last fiscal year, CEO Tim Cook just revealed. That makes Apple TV the company’s fastest-growing product, according to estimates by analyst Horace Dediu.<p>Apple has long referred to its set-top box for television sets as a “hobby,” …

Smart TV

Sailfish OS Maker, Jolla, On Questing For Scale In The Age Of Android

“It’s not every day that a new mobile operating system is born,” says Jolla’s Marc Dillon preaching to a congregation of the curious from atop a stool at Jolla‘s booth at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. This is the world’s largest mobile industry gathering. The show which annually transforms …

Netflix test feature 'Sleep Tracker' can detect when users fall asleep

The good news is<p>Netflixhas built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out.<p>The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous …

Twitter's Crashlytics Helps App Developers Abandoned By Apple

Twitter’s Crashlytics is working on a new beta distribution tool for both iOS and Android that will make mobile app testing easier.<p>This is great news for developers who used TestFlight, as the company discontinued support for Android after Apple acquired TestFlight maker Burstly last …

Apple TV too big to be a hobby, says Tim Cook

Apple TV set-top box, which streams content from Netflix and other video sources to a TV, racks up $1bn in sales<p>Apple sold more than $1bn of TV set-top boxes in 2013 and is investing heavily in the next generation of products, chief executive Tim Cook said at the company's annual meeting.<p>Apple's …

Xbox One March update adds Dolby Digital optical audio support

The March system update for the Xbox One will allow the console to output Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound over an optical audio cable via bitstream, Polygon can report.<p>The Xbox One launched without support for Dolby Digital, one of the most ubiquitous surround-sound audio standards. Right now, the …