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Japan thinks smart Bras are the future of tech for women

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 3:50 pm

Back in 2013, we saw wearable tech really take the center stage and bloom into an entire new industry, with smart watches, exercise bands, and even smart glasses launching. 2014 is poised to take wearable technology to the next level, and if a new product being developed in Japan is any indication, wearables are going to get much more personal in the very near future.

 

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Pictured above is the "True Love Tester" bra, a piece of smart lingerie that is designed to thwart off sneaky companions who might try to unhook its clasps covertly while its wearer is distracted. Unfortunately, that task is much harder with a smart-bra than it is with traditional underwear. The True Love Tester bra features sensors that feed back information on its wearers heart rate to a smartphone which analyzes the data and will only release the clasps if the heart rate signature indicate "true love."

 

The accompanying app is able to discern from other strenuous, heart rate elevating activities such as running, shopping, eating spicy food, or even getting frightened while watching a scary movie. While this all sounds cool, the app does not simply release a locking mechanism on the bra, it apparently flings the cups open with much gusto, which means that technology like this could provide for some interesting scenarios when worn in public with ones significant other near by.

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Nokia's Android smartphone, Project Normandy, leaks in benchmarks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 2:48 pm

An Android-based smartphone was the last thing anyone thought they would ever see from Nokia, especially with its handset division recently being purchased by Microsoft, but all indications point to a Nokia Android phone being in existence. Dubbed "Project Normandy," the smartphone's release seems imminent if the increasing rate of leaks is any indication.

 

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This morning we spotted the Nokia RM-980, Project Normandy's model number, in Rightware's online benchmark results, and while the numbers leave much to be desired, the fact stands that and Android-based Nokia smartphone is in existence. In the results, the RM-980 falls below the now dated HTC Incredible S, and just above the HTC OneX which all but confirms the low-end specs that leaked recently from @evleaks.

 

The infamous leakster says that Project Normandy will feature a very low-end 4-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480x800 and will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked in at 1GHz. Just 512MB of RAM will be packed in along side 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel generic imaging sensor. The leak did mention a 1500mAh battery as well as Android 4.4 KitKat, so at least it has that going for it. The more info that comes in on Project Normandy, the more I begin to believe rumors that this is actually the next-generation of the Asha line of feature phones. With MWC 2014 not far away, I am sure we will have a definitive answer on Project Normandy soon.

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LG to reveal its new G Pro 2 flagship smartphone at MWC 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 1:27 pm

Mobile World Congress 2014 is but weeks away, where we should be greeted with a selection of new smartphones - an event where LG should unveil its new flagship device.

 

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The company quietly confirmed the name of its new smartphone, the G Pro 2, and that it would be officially unveiled in February. Well, it just so happens that MWC 2014 takes place in February, so what better time to unveil it? The G Pro 2 should continue what the G Pro started, with an impressive list of specifications, and a decently large screen.

 

We should expect somewhere in the vicinity of a 6-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, LTE-Advanced capabilities, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

HTC to reboot its Desire range of smartphones to combat the iPhone 5C

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 12:27 pm

It looks like HTC will reboot its line of Desire smartphones to combat the mid-range handset market, something that is quite lucrative. It will help the struggling Taiwanese company in more ways than one, as it seems to not be able to tackle the high-end market.

 

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HTC's new Desire smartphones will be the answer to the iPhone 5C: where the new Desire's will feature a plastic casing, and will arrive in a multitude of different, bright colors. One of the big advantages it'll have over the iPhone 5C is in the hardware department. The new Desire smartphones should arrive with a Mediatek 8-core processor, which should be quite the selling point to consumers.

Tesla Superchargers have you covered from coast-to-coast in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 12:26 pm

Tesla Superchargers are capable of delivering a 170 mile cruise from a single 30-minute charge, and now these Superchargers are spread out across the United States.

 

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Tesla Motors' new map shows that you can drive from LA to New York - coast to coast across the US, from these Superchargers. You will drive through New Mexico, South Dakota and Wisconsin during this journey, but that is only downside here. Tesla will continue to add Superchargers going into the future, which should allow for a more direct route.

 

The company has pledged that by next year the entire country will be covered, so that you can visit all states and even parts of Canada without driving miles out of your way for a top up.

Twitter for Android updated, includes new photo abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 11:29 am

Twitter for Android has been updated, with some new additions to the mobile app that help improve and streamline the photo sharing experience. If you're uploading photos from the official Twitter app, you'll now have some new options.

 

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These options include applying pre-defined square or wide crops, as well as a little rotation magic. If you want to upload a picture of people, it will provide you with a reminder to mention your friends in the tweet that will go along with the photo. Twitter is also boosting the amount of recommendations that popup in your timeline.

 

The latest Twitter app will have you pull-to-refresh your feed as usual, but when there's no new tweets to display, it will pull down a panel showing more recommendations. These will include things like suggested people to follow, trending topics, and specific tweets.

Far Cry 4 gets one step closer to an announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 11:28 am

The last time we heard about Far Cry 4 was when an ex Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer teased it - but now we're back, with the latest tease of the upcoming first-person shooter from Ubisoft.

 

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The latest comes from Xavier Plagnal, who is Ubisoft Shanghai's Studio Design Manager, where his LinkedIn profile teases that he worked from September 2013 to present as Content Director on "the next Far Cry." This isn't 100% yet, but it is getting awfully close. I'm hoping for a reveal sooner rather than later, myself.

Latest NERF gun features built-in camera, record your foam domination

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 10:26 am

Hasbro stopped by the Engadget offices to show off its latest NERF blaster, the N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 Blaster - quite the mouthful, isn't it?

 

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The latest blaster is the usual semi-auto NERF blaster, but it features a tiny camera built into the barrel of the blaster, with a tiny screen on the stock. You can use the screen to lineup your target, but the camera will let you record your battles in the first-person perspective, which should be filling YouTube's servers in the coming months.

Over one billion smartphones were shipped last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 9:33 am

Last year was a massive year for smartphones, with over one billion smartphones shipped last year. The International Data Corporation has some data that shows that 1,004.2 million smartphones were shipped last year.

 

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This is an increase of 38.4% from last year, where 725.3 million smartphones were shipped. Of those 1 billion smartphones shipped, Samsung held the lions share with 313.9 million handsets, increasing its market share from 30.3% to 31.3%. Apple took second place with 153.4 million iPhones shipped over the course of 12 months.

 

Apple's market share slipped however, from 18.7% to 15.3%, even with it posting a record number of iPhones in the last quarter. Huawei, LG, and Lenovo did not mind though, as they scooped up that lost market share. Huawei shipped 48.8 million, LG shipped 47.4 million, and Lenovo pushed out an impressive 45.5 million smartphones in the quarter.

iOS 7 is now on over 80% of Apple devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:34 am

Apple announced some massive numbers during its earnings call today, creating a record quarter for the company thanks to huge upticks in iPhone and iPad sales. But how is iOS doing?

 

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The company has announced that 80% of all iOS devices in the wild now feature iOS 7, with 17% still on iOS 6, and the last 3% running an older version of Apple's mobile OS. Remember, these numbers are for the most active iOS users, not all iOS users. Apple found its numbers by using App Store usage over a seven-day period which ended on January 26.

 

Apple did point out that its iOS 7 numbers are much better than Android 4.4, but that is to be expected when there are so many different Android handsets on the market, versus just a handful of iPhones and iPads.

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