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May the Force be with your iPhone

Star Wars fans will soon be able to cover their iPhones in some official gear from the films, with four iPhone covers due from a company called PowerA. The first two of these will be an etched R2-D2 cover and a Chewbacca cover, the latter of which features actual fur. The first of the remaining two items is based off the  Frazetta-style poster for the film and the other features both R2-D2 and C3P...[Read More]

Apple denied injunction to stop Galaxy S III US launch

Earlier this week Apple was denied an injunction on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S III in the United States. If it had been granted it would have stopped the 21 June launch of the handset in the US. The ruling against the injunction was given because it would have delayed the existing case between Apple and Samsung, further pushing back the July start date for the legal action. This is the late...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘iPhone killer’ launches

Launching today is the latest, greatest cellphone yet, well, since the last one. The difference is it’s not the usual mania about a new iPhone – it’s about a phone people are optimistically calling the ”iPhone killer”. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has generated as much anticipation as is usually reserved for Apple’s lone smartphone model. Taking a leaf from Apple’...[Read More]

Xbox Smartglass bringing cross-platform media to consoles, mobile devices

Microsoft at this year’s E3 pre-conference media briefing unveiled SmartGlass, an Xbox-specific function that will be spilling over into tablets, Windows Phone devices and even Android gadgets. Microsoft envisions a way of offering multi-layered content using all of the devices that the average tech-head already owns. If you are playing a movie or TV show on a console, a connected mobile dev...[Read More]

ETSI approves new SIM format standard

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) have approved a new form factor (4FF) for the SIM card that is 40% smaller than current micro-SIM designs. This was announced today from ETSI’s headquarters in France after the decision was made in Osaka, Japan on 31 May and 1 June. The group offering more information on what 4FF will mean. “The fourth form factor (4FF) card will b...[Read More]

Kyocera releases speakerless phone

Kyocera have released a new handset in Japan that does away with the traditional speaker for sound playback during calls, opting instead for a system called ’tissue conduction’. The phone, the Urbano Progresso, uses something called a Smart Sonic Receiver which transmits vibrations that are physically picked up by the ear. The drawback is that the handset must be firmly pressed against...[Read More]

Do you need a Twig for your iPhone?

A new Kickstarter from Jason Hilbourne has a nifty idea for your iPhone and, for the low funding target of $50,000, he will make it available. Called the Twig, this portable device can act as a tripod, charger and chord wrap for an iPhone thanks to its flexible design. The Twig consists of three bendable legs that can be configured into a tripod or stand for an iPhone, allowing users to set up the...[Read More]

New waterproof Sony smartphones announced

Sony has announced the launch of two new handsets, the Xperia Go and Xperia Acro S, which are both scratch resistant “…meet industry standard IP ratings (International Protection) for protection against dust and water immersion.” The Xperia Go will feature a 480 x 320 3.5″ Reality Display, 5 megapixel camera, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and will launch with Andr...[Read More]

Sharp’s new phone detects… radiation?

We’re all used to seeing new features for cellular phones but Sharp has come up with something else entirely. The company is releasing its Pantone series of handsets in Japan and one of the listed features is the ability to detect radiation. The Android 4.0 phones will be able to detect between .005 and 9.99 μSv/h of radiation, though the company points out that the function is “non-co...[Read More]

LG launching new 5″ 440ppi LCD screen

LG have announced the development of what they call the world’s first full HD LCD smartphone panel. The 5 inch screen is expected some time in the second half of this year and looks to compete with Apple’s Retina Displays by offering a whopping 440ppi pixel density. The full-HD screens make use of AH-IPS or Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching tech and brings an HD TV-worthy 1920 x 1...[Read More]

Facebook reportedly working on its own smartphone

According to a New York Times report Facebook is reportedly working on creating its own smartphone, apparently with the  assistance of former Apple engineers. The report cites unnamed Facebook employees and people who have been briefed on the company’s plans as sources and says that the social network company hopes to have the handset available by next year. A Facebook employee is quoted as ...[Read More]

Facebook launches Facebook Camera app

Facebook has launched a new mobile app that may have made its recent Instagram purchase a tad redundant. Facebook Camera, a free iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app, allows photo-sharing and functionality similar to the company’s $1 billion purchase. It seems unlikely that Facebook bought photo-sharing service Instagram simply to avoid legal hassles but Facebook Camera looks to have been in deve...[Read More]

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