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    Kyocera is taking advantage of the 2011 CTIA wireless expo to demonstrate four of it's newest design concepts. A stark departure from the current trend, these designs seek to blur the lines between biology and technology, becoming more integrated with the individual holding it. Some of the designs appear to be rather unwieldy however, looking more at home in an art gallery rather than in your pocket. Emotive - "70% of how we communicate is through our non verbal body language. This means only 30% of our intended message is conveyed through telecommunications. Realizing the nuances of ...

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    The iPad 2, just introduced today by Apple, will feature the new ARM Cortex-A5 CPU, a faster dual-core processor compared to the single-core A4 found in the iPhone 4 and iPad. Could this mean the Cortex-A5 may also be featured in the yet to be announced iPhone 5? So far, news of the iPhone 5 is scarce, with rumors about an increased screen size of four-inches, and a possible QWERTY keyboard being tossed about. If the iPhone 5 were to debut with the ARM Cortex-A5 backing it, it would likely boast nearly double the raw speed of the previous generation iPhone 4, while sipping nearly the same ...

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    Kyocera's Echo, the first dual-screen Android powered smartphone to hit the market was demoed at CTIA today, and we have some hands-on footage of the device. Thanks to the help of a free application called "Tablet Mode Extension" provided by Kyocera, homescreens, widgets, and applications can be split across both screens. The same set of buttons (home, menu, back) can be found on both screens, with the right screen's buttons becoming inactive while the device is in tablet mode. Also available is "Simul-Task" mode which allows running a separate app on each screen. While this provides a ...

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    Getting faster with each beta release, Firefox 4 has now entered Release Candidate (RC) stage. The release candidate brings faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience. The RC brings much needed support for text-reflow, which wraps text to fit the screen when zooming in, allowing you to read a page without having to continually scroll left and right. Also new is the shrinking of several UI elements, such as the form input suggestions and the find-in-page bar, which allow you to see more of the web page while using the on-screen ...

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    Qualcomm demonstrated a new reference design at CTIA today, featuring the MSM8660 dual-core snapdragon chipset, first sampled in June 2010. The MSM8x60 runs at 1.2GHz and is targeted towards high-end smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices. The chipset is rumored to be featured in the HTC EVO 3D. Qualcomm typically splits it's chipset families into two models, one supporting HSPA+ and the other supporting HSPA+ and CDMA. The MSM8x60 platform follows this precedent with the MSM8660 demoed here supporting HSPA+/CDMA and having a sister chipset MSM8260 supporting HSPA+. The reference ...

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    Vodafone, one of the premier carriers in the UK has opened pre-orders for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc devices today. Availability is expected on April 1st, with a free Deckstand included with the Xperia Play pre-order. Both devices come with Android's 2.3 Gingerbread build, and are available free with a 2 year contract. The Xperia Arc requires a minimum £30 per month contract for the free device while the Xperia Play requires a minimum £35 per month contract. The Xperia Arc is one of the thinnest phones available, measuring 8.7mm at it's thinnest point, and featuring a ...

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    Enterprising hacker William "nenolod" Pitcock has been hard at work on the Motorola signed bootloader issue and has now posted a method that can be used to obtain the private key for the "sholes" platform. Vulnerable devices include the Droid, Milestone, Droid X, Droid 2, and CHARM. Having the private key allows custom ROM images to be signed and accepted by the bootloader to flash to the device. It is currently unknown if the same vulnerability applies to recent and upcoming devices such as the Atrix or Bionic. Motorola was notified about the vulnerability privately three times prior to ...

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    G.P. Imports, a software development firm that boasts a wide catalog of apps for multiple platforms released their new web browser to the webOS app catalog today. Named "Complete Browser" it is touted as having the most features of any browser available on the platform. Features that set the browser apart from existing solutions are full tab support with gesture recognition for switching between tabs (swipe left or right on the tab bar), an easy toggle for full screen browsing, and anonymous surfing. Initial reports are that it also performs faster than the built-in browser. There are also ...

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    While many manufacturers are still rolling out updates to their Android handsets to bring them up to Froyo 2.2.x, very few devices are currently receiving updates to Gingerbread 2.3.x. Developers at XDA have not let that slow them down, releasing a CyanogenMod-based custom Gingerbread 2.3.3 ROM for the Sony Xperia X8. Current Gingerbread ports tend to have a few minor issues, and this one is no exception. Working services are cellular radio and data, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the notification LED. There are currently minor issues with the audio service and FM radio, the camera is limited to ...

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    Mere hours after release, enterprising developers at the XDA forums have already obtained superuser access (root) on the HTC Thunderbolt. It is currently in private testing, and the developers are working to perfect the process before giving it a wide release. With the HTC Inspire, root access allowed you to write to the /system partition, but once the device was rebooted all of the data would be discarded, leaving you with a stock ROM. Turning the security off (S-OFF) was required in order to write a custom ROM or a new Radio ROM. Fortunately, wth the Thunderbolt S-OFF is not required to ...

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    Recently updated to support the latest BlackBerry OS 6 builds (up to 6.x.x.499), BB Boss is a "kitchen" for BlackBerry devices similar to those available for Windows Mobile and Android devices. The program allows you to customize your OS, removing bloat and unwanted applications, allowing you to free up device memory. The program presents a UI with checkboxes for each of the major system components, such as language support, core applications, media files, themes, etc. Through simple un-ticking of checkboxes the user can remove unwanted programs and other files from their BlackBerry OS ...

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    Gerson Lehrman Group, an international research firm issued a press release today about "Project Leapfrog", the codename for Sprint's push to upgrade it's existing network. Leapfrog encompasses the sunset of iDEN and the introduction of LTE. GLG speculates that Sprint's three-year project will leave them with a nation-wide LTE network while simultaneously reducing operating costs. The project will involve removing existing iDEN antennas and replacing a reported 20,000 base stations. With the addition of multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) antennas combined with new base transceiver ...

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    Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass which is found in many recent smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S series, and the Motorola Atrix present their view of a future where the product is ubiquitous. A semi-transparent ultra-light, ultra-thin smartphone is featured and touted as being damage-resistant. Corning demonstrates the placing of a video call which is then handed off to a counter-top surface where the call is seamlessly continued. In another scene, a woman brings up a map of a public transportation route at a bus stop, selects her destination, and brings the phone nearby where the ...

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    Sprint has been maintaining it's aging Nextel iDEN network for several years now, to support it's large userbase of push-to-talk (PTT) customers. It announced plans today to replace the established iDEN system with a new CDMA-based platform, rebranding the service "Sprint Direct Connect". Scheduled to launch in 4Q 2011, sprint expects the new network to provide a wider coverage area, better signal penetration into buildings, and higher bandwidth capacity. It boasts triple the square-mile reach of Sprint's current push-to-talk service. Targetted primarily at workgroups that rely on ...

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    At the recent CanSecWest digital security conference in Vancouver, BC, a team of hackers was successfully able to compromise security on a BlackBerry device through an exploit in the recently added WebKit browser. The hack is particularly impressive as there is little to no documentation available about how the internals of the BlackBerry OS work. Vincenzo Lozzo, Willem Pinckaers, and Ralf Weinmann made up the team of hackers that accomplished the exploit. Iozzo and Weinmann were the winners of last year's Pwn2Own contest for hacking into the iPhone. They were able to access the phone's ...

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    Following a leaked commercial for the Xperia Play showing the Android mascot undergoing surgery to add stitched-on thumbs, Sony Ericsson has uploaded another advertisement. This one is titled "The Donor" which explains how the Android robot got its thumbs. The series of commercials are a play on the new PlayStation-style gaming controls featured on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The advertisements are set in a very gritty backdrop and seem as though they would "creep out" the target audience (kids/young adults) The phone is the first "PlayStation certified" device, and will be powered by a ...

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    Skyfire, a company well known for their mobile browsing software, announced today the latest version of their web browser for Android, 4.0. The new version is expected to paid pricing model to replace the current beta test, accompanied with "killer features". All existing beta testers will continue to receive Skyfire updates, presumably without needing to purchase the new version. The new update is rumored to bring tablet-specific features and layout changes to accompany the new Android Honeycomb platform. Pricing models have not yet been announced for the professional version. Skyfire ...

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    Coinciding with earlier rumors about the HTC Trophy's rumored release date, we now have another report of a possible March 24 release. The info also corroborates a rumored March 17 release for the HTC Thunderbolt. This also puts the expected release just around the corner from the Sprint HTC Arrive, another CDMA WP7 device. The HTC Trophy is a CDMA/GSM global phone, supporting both network types and utilizing a SIM card for operation. It is expected to debut with Windows Phone 7's NoDo build. The device features a five-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of storage, which places it ...

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    I've been hard at work on the Atrix 4G the last few days, and the first round of hacks is ready to be published. These two hacks allow you to permanently change the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC (Media Access Control) addresses. There has also been some progress in flashing the device, bypassing the locked bootloader. The MAC address is your device's unique hardware identifier. When establishing a connection over a Wi-Fi network or attempting to do Bluetooth pairing, the MAC address is what the foreign device uses for authentication. Your device's MAC address always remains the same and is ...

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    Following the release of webOS 2.1.0 for the Palm Pre 2 a few weeks ago, Palm has now expanded their update rollout to include unlocked Pre 2 devices. The update is being pushed out over-the-air and notifies the user via a message from Palm services. The update adds two major features to the OS: Exhibition Mode and Voice Dial. Exhibition mode works with the Touchstone charging accessory, keeping the display on while "docked" to the wireless charging pad. The time, photos, and agenda apps are currently supported. Exhibition mode also allows you to search the app catalog for more compatible ...

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    Following a leak of RIM's CDMA roadmap, we now have some rumored information about their GSM release plans to accompany it. Three GSM devices are rumored in the roadmap, the BlackBerry Dakota (internally named R005, and nicknamed "Bold Touch"), rumored to be releasing around the end of May or beginning of June. The device is expected to utilize a 2.8-inch 640x480 display, and 768MB RAM with a five-megapixel camera and BlackBerry OS 6.1. Next is the BlackBerry Apollo (internally R006, nicknamed "Next-gen Curve"), rumored for a July release. The device is expected to have an 800MHz CPU, ...

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    VeriFone, a credit card processing company that has been designing and building card readers for nearly a decade, called out Square today over a security flaw in its iPhone card scanners. Square produces a credit card reader dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of the iPhone, and allows processing credit card transactions from the device. VeriFone went so far as to register a domain, design an application to exploit the flaw, distribute it online, and notify all major credit card companies. The exploit works by means of installing a malicious (fake) Square card reader application to ...

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    When Palm debuted its webOS platform, it enlisted the company MotionApps to develop an emulator named "Classic" that would allow the running of older palmOS applications. With the debut of webOS 2.0, Palm removed Classic's ROM from webOS, which disabled the ability to run these classic palm applications. Thanks to enterprising developers over at the pre central forums, the Classic emulator is now fully operational on webOS 2.1. When Palm pulled their support for older Palm OS applications, MotionApps decided to release the source code for it's Classic emulator to Palm, saying that it could ...

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    Two new unbranded, leaked ROMs were posted today at XDA, bringing the number of HTC devices capable of running WP7's official NoDo update to three. The HTC Trophy and HD7 join the HTC 7 Mozart in running Microsoft's latest version of WP7. Both leaked ROMs are unbranded european versions, lacking any carrier customizations. T-Mobile or o2 HD7 owners wanting to apply the update must flash it using the "Gold Card" method to bypass device ID checking. The NoDo version in these ROMs is build 7355-89, the same build as the recent Mozart 7 leak. Available languages are German, English, French, ...

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    Verizon's chief technology officer Tony Malone the statement Monday that it is on track to release LTE smartphones before the second half of the year. Rumors surrounding the release date of the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt have been floating around for several months now, with the most recent Best Buy tweet rumoring a March 4th date, which has passed with no launch. In a statement at Credit Suisse's convergence conference, Malone said that "First half of the year is what we promised, first half of the year is still on track." At CES, Malone stated that "some" devices would be shipped as early ...

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