Look to Japan For Next-Generation Smartphone Influences

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Upcoming smartphone releases from Sharp and Kyocera to Japan’s AU KDDI network may hint at the future direction of other manufacturers. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 videos trumpeted the fact that it has the first touchscreen smartphone that you don’t have to touch to operate. Onboard technology detects your finger swipes even when they’re above the screen – which is apparently great news for spare rib aficionados. At 4.99 inches, the screen is 0.01 inches from the arbitrary definition of a phablet.… continue…

Lines Blurring Between Laptops, Tablets, Software

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Ultramobile devices such as Samsung’s ATIV Q are blurring the lines that long separated the various form-factors. continue…

One-Third of Americans Own Tablets: Report

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The number of Americans with portable touch-screens is rising rapidly, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. continue…

Would Phablets and Cheap iPhones Ruin Apple?

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Apple is reportedly considering “phablets” and cheap iPhones for its development slate. continue…

Apple vs. Samsung: It’s Thermonuclear War

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Baltimore Receives Thousands of New Jobs and Many are in IT
The ITC decision, which will ban older iPhone and iPad models from U.S. import, has elevated the conflict between the two tech titans to a whole new level. continue…

Motorola Building SkyNet Smartphone

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The Moto X device will reportedly be self-aware. Let’s hope it doesn’t seize control of some nukes. continue…

New York State Asks Apple, Google, Others to Tackle Smartphone Theft

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Rampant smartphone theft is a rising concern in cities. Will manufacturers and carriers submit to installing a device “kill switch”? continue…

Samsung Researching Brain Signals as Mobile Device Control

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Samsung is exploring the science-fiction concept of controlling a mobile device with the power of thought. continue…

Microsoft Considering a Smart Watch, Again

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A report suggests Microsoft is working with partners to build a touch-enabled “smart watch.” Better hope it performs better than Microsoft’s original attempt. continue…

Is Your Next Development Platform in the Kitchen?

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The Internet of Things is alive and growing. Household gadgets drop-shipped via UPS, appliances, and even cars are steadily joining mobile devices on the information superhighway (which, for those of you who don’t know, is what we called the Internet back in the day). Some connect to your smartphone for added functionality. All of this is well and good, and even reminiscent of our expectations for the year 2000 as predicted on the futurist TV show Beyond 2000. And it… continue…