Posts tagged with: Philips
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    Mobile phones aren't really Philips's main business, but it should be said that the company did have 14 phones prepared last year. The seventh phone that has passed Chinese regulators this year, though, has people talking. We only know it by model name S653H and there's a limited spec sheet with every TENAA certification there is, but when there are pictures, who needs specifics? Better yet, when official press renders get leaked out, who needs certification pictures? [gallery columns="4" ids="471228,471229,471230,471231,471232,471233,471234,471235,471236,471237,471238,471239"]   With a ...

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    Connected devices are changing our lives in subtle but meaningful ways, and if you don't yet live in a home where you can control all minutiae of your living experience from your smartphone's screen, you soon will. The Internet of Things offers tons of potential, but we can only fully take advantage of it when all those connected devices know how to talk to each other. That's why we were so concerned earlier this week when we learned about an update headed out to users of the Philips Hue home lighting-control system, one that threatened to block access to previously compatible bulbs made ...

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    Connected devices are everywhere in our lives these days, as your smartphone talks to your speakers, your car, your watch, your thermostat, and probably half a dozen other gadgets you use on a regular basis. When everything works together, that's great, but not all companies are so good at playing nicely with each other, and just as has been the case with far too many consumer electronics, DRM-related tech is showing what it can do to interfere with the Internet of Things. Today we learn about a new casualty, as Philips starts killing-off third-party support for its Hue lighting-control ...

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    The war for more spectrum is on. Between carriers, there's a fight over how much of the 600MHz band each can take. Short-range, unlicensed LTE could prove a boon for venue managers who might hook an operator up with a lease. Furthermore, T-Mobile's been fixing to take the towers to the customers themselves with its new 4G LTE CellSpots. Now, municipalities have more leverage than ever to strike leases with the networks. It's thanks in part to Philips and Ericsson as both team up to manufacture LED streetlights with embedded LTE antennas. Philips claims its SmartPole lighting can generate ...

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    The International Funkausstellung Berlin is more than an excuse to break out our best German pronunciation on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast; it's an annual showcase of the best in consumer technology, with a broad enough spectrum to include everything from washing machines to smartphones. It's in that latter category that some of the most visible announcements have come from IFA: four years ago, Samsung took the stage in Berlin to announce its groundbreaking Galaxy Note phablet, and it's used IFA as the launch venue for every subsequent Note handset since. Technology news isn't ...

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    Philips is far from a company most smartphone users think of when asked to list manufacturers. Especially for those of us focused on markets in the West, Philips handsets are few and far between. But in spite of that, we've found ourselves captivated by the company's hardware on more than one occasion, like the launch of its W6618 smartphone with that preposterously capable 5300mAh battery. Today there's another Philips model catching our eye, as the manufacturer introduces its I966 Aurora. If you're a fan of squared-off phones like you'll find in Sony's stable, the Aurora likely speaks to ...

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    Out of the box Android wear can do a lot of amazing things (although, as we mentioned in our review, it's still somewhat buggy and inconsistent). We've all seen the commercials showing you how Android Wear can set a reminder or even hail a cab. While those are certainly noteworthy, there are some even cooler things that your Android-powered wristwatch can do today. There are a few ways you can add features and functionality to your Android Wear smartwatch, regardless of who makes it. Both methods start with grabbing some apps from the Play Store, and one is super-charged through an ...

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    Between the release of more efficient SoCs, the deployment of wireless charging technology, the arrival of shaped batteries that better conform to our phones' curves, and the trend away from super-thin phones at all costs, smartphone battery life has generally been doing pretty well lately. But this industry is hardly one to leave well enough alone, and there's always someone wondering if they can't manage to do things a little better. To that end, Phillips has just released an Android model that blows away our expectations, packing a battery that eclipses even those on many tablets. The ...

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    It has been a seriously long time since we talked about a Philips smartphone. They popped up occasionally back in the Windows Mobile days, but lately all that's crossed our path has been the odd Android-based media player. In any case, Philips is back on our minds tonight, as we hear about a smartphone with some crazy good standby life. Plenty of us use our phones so much that daily charging is an inevitability. For lighter users, however, the ability for a phone to keep its charge for days and days at a time can be much more important. High capacity models like the Motorola Droid RAZR ...

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