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XOOM 2, Targa, and MORE leaked by Motorola

Let’s have a observe what we’ve got right here. The fogeys at Motorola have, very recently, uploaded a brand new edition of their homepage collection, and in a move which will only be described as nothing less than the vintage “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU”, they’ve launched photographs of several devices that’ll really be released interior 2011 (right, that’s how this works, right?) This collection contains the Motorola XOOM 2, Slimline, Zaha, Targa, and a Dick Tracy watch by the identify of Tracy XL. As yours real is an oddity lover, I’m glad to see they’ve began at the top of this page with the really weird watch by the name of Tracy XL. With any luck, this device will be Android powered, standalone, and will have a front-facing 8+ megapixel camera with 1080p capture. Sound good? Good.
 
It’s very important to mention here that there really aren’t any difficult info in any of these devices, only whispers as to what they might be and/or contain. next is the Slimline, a gunmetal silver device that has a variety of single-eye thing going on, while the thinnest point will definitely be smaller than a flick of paper, that meaning it’ll be more dangerous than a sword blade. Of course!

Next down the road and three out of 5 is the Zaha with the tagline “The Future is Now.
 
” This for sure means that the device will be the best thing since sliced Android. It totally does look rather snazzy, reminding this reporter of the slickness only found so far in everyones favorite Nexus S device. less than this there aren’t any other perfect central looks at devices simply because PocketNow. com didn’t snap them up quick enough we must assume, but you might see a tiny corner of the Targa, and the XOOM 2 is at the base of every one of the shots and may be seen as a much more sculpturally beautiful device than its predecessor. in the end there’s a device called “Pearl,” the details of which, as you’re certain I’m sure, are anyone’s guess. See more info on the Targa with the aid of [ via PocketNow]
Looks like enjoyable all around!
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  • XOOM 2, Targa, and MORE leaked by Motorola

    Let’s have a have a look at what we’ve got proper here. The people at Motorola have, very recently, uploaded a brand new version of their homepage collection, and in a move that can only be described as nothing under the classic “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU”, they’ve launched pictures of several devices that’ll evidently be released within 2011 (right, that’s how this works, right?) This collection contains the Motorola XOOM 2, Slimline, Zaha, Targa, and a Dick Tracy watch by the name of Tracy XL. As yours real is an oddity lover, I’m satisfied to see they’ve started at the top of this page with the certainly weird watch by the name of Tracy XL. With any luck, this device will be Android powered, standalone, and will have a front-facing 8+ megapixel camera with 1080p capture. Sound good? Good. It’s important to mention the following that there actually aren’t any difficult info in any of those devices, only whispers as to what they may well be and/or contain. next is the Slimline, a gunmetal silver device that has a variety of single-eye thing going on, while the thinnest point will certainly be smaller than a flick of paper, that meaning it’ll be more harmful than a sword blade.
     
    Of course!

    Next down the line and 3 out of 5 is the Zaha with the tagline “The Future is Now. ” This needless to say signifies that the device will be the top thing considering the fact that sliced Android. It absolutely does appear rather snazzy, reminding this reporter of the slickness only found thus far in everyones favorite Nexus S device. under this there are no other perfect central seems at devices considering the fact that PocketNow. com didn’t snap them up fast sufficient we must assume, but you are able to see a tiny nook of the Targa, and the XOOM 2 is at the bottom of every one of the shots and may be seen as a much more sculpturally beautiful device than its predecessor. lastly there’s a device known as “Pearl,” the details of which, as you’re sure I’m sure, are anyone’s guess. See more info on the Targa through [ via PocketNow]
    Looks like exciting all around!
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    Let’s have a appearance at what we’ve were given right here. The other folks at Motorola have, very recently, uploaded a up to date version of their homepage collection, and in a move that can only be described as nothing under the classic “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU”, they’ve released photographs of several units that’ll certainly be released within 2011 (right, that’s how this works, right?) This selection includes the Motorola XOOM 2, Slimline, Zaha, Targa, and a Dick Tracy watch by the name of Tracy XL. As yours actually is an oddity lover, I’m happy to look they’ve started at the pinnacle of this page with the actually weird watch by the name of Tracy XL. With any luck, this device will be Android powered, standalone, and will have a front-facing 8+ megapixel camera with 1080p capture. Sound good? Good. It’s crucial to point out here that there really aren’t any hard data in any of those devices, only whispers as to what they may be and/or contain. next is the Slimline, a gunmetal silver gadget that has a variety of single-eye aspect going on, while the thinnest point will definitely be smaller than a flick of paper, that meaning it’ll be more harmful than a sword blade. Of course!

    Next down the line and 3 out of 5 is the Zaha with the tagline “The Future is Now.
     
    ” This after all signifies that the device will be the finest thing since sliced Android. It completely does look rather snazzy, reminding this reporter of the slickness only discovered so far in everyones favorite Nexus S device. under this there are no other perfect central seems at devices because PocketNow. com didn’t snap them up quick enough we must assume, but you may see a tiny corner of the Targa, and the XOOM 2 is at the bottom of every one of the shots and could be seen as a much more sculpturally beautiful device than its predecessor. lastly there’s a device known as “Pearl,” the details of which, as you’re certain I’m sure, are anyone’s guess. See more data on the Targa by way of [ via PocketNow]
    Looks like enjoyable all around!
    [ via PocketNow]
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  • XOOM 2, Targa, and MORE leaked by Motorola

    Let’s have a examine what we’ve got proper here. The other folks at Motorola have, very recently, uploaded a brand new edition of their homepage collection, and in a move which will only be described as nothing less than the vintage “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU”, they’ve released photos of several devices that’ll surely be launched within 2011 (right, that’s how this works, right?) This collection consists of the Motorola XOOM 2, Slimline, Zaha, Targa, and a Dick Tracy watch by the name of Tracy XL. As yours really is an oddity lover, I’m glad to look they’ve began at the top of this page with the surely weird watch by the name of Tracy XL. With any luck, this device will be Android powered, standalone, and will have a front-facing 8+ megapixel camera with 1080p capture. Sound good? Good. It’s precious to mention right here that there really aren’t any difficult information in any of these devices, only whispers as to what they may be and/or contain. Next is the Slimline, a gunmetal silver device that has a form of single-eye thing going on, whilst the thinnest point will certainly be smaller than a flick of paper, that meaning it’ll be more harmful than a sword blade. Of course!

    Next down the line and three out of 5 is the Zaha with the tagline “The Future is Now.
     
    ” This obviously means that the device will be the best thing since sliced Android. It surely does look fairly snazzy, reminding this reporter of the slickness only found for that reason far in everyones favourite Nexus S device. Below this there are not any other best central appears at devices because PocketNow. com didn’t snap them up quick enough we ought to assume, but you would see a tiny nook of the Targa, and the XOOM 2 is at the bottom of every one of the shots and may well be seen as a even more sculpturally lovely device than its predecessor. Finally there’s a device called “Pearl,” the details of which, as you’re sure I’m sure, are anyone’s guess. See more information on the Targa via [ via PocketNow]
    Looks like enjoyable all around!
    [ via PocketNow]
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  • ES File Explorer returns some SD card support to your KitKat device (root required)

    ES File Explorer SD Card

    In a recent update to the Android operating system, Google made some changes to how external SD cards can be handled by apps within the system. The result, basically, is that applications have been stripped of their former ability and permissions to read and write files on an sd card. With file explorer apps being some of the hardest hit by this change, ES File Explorer has decided to fight back, having launched an update to their app that brings back full SD card read/write access, at least for those that have their phone rooted.

    ES File Explorer is a wonderful application, it offers solid file management tools and an ever expanding list of extra features that you may not have expected out of a file explorer. For file management, you can expect much of the same functionality as you would find on any other operating system. Create folders, move/copy/paste your files between folders, rename files and folders, it can even zip and unzip (RAR) compressed folders. This same functionality extends well beyond your local device, as you can access your Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage locations using the same tools. The tabbed interface will also let you get into FTP servers, SMB/Windows shares and Bluetooth shares alike.

    ES File Explorer Functions

    The folks behind ES File Explorer have thought about almost any method of file storage and access that you may need, as such, extra features to the app include a download manager, a built-in web browser, the ability to not only access FTP servers, but to turn your device into an FTP server itself to share specified folders, and more. ES File Explorer can even start up its own wifi hotspot for other devices to connect with. In the end, there is little that you cannot do with ES File Explorer when it comes to accessing your files, and once you’ve got them, the app even has built-in photo gallery and media players to put your files to use.

    Google’s decision to remove external SD card support has been met with some hostility. Users are not happy about this decision, especially those that have invested hundreds of dollars on buying SD cards and applications which have been incapacitated by this change. ES File Explorer had a history of bypassing the default Android constructs by offering root capabilities, including access to system files. This same spirit is evident in their recent update, version 3.1.2 brings the root-only ability to once again read and write files to an external SD card. Check for the update on your device, or hit the Google Play Store to download a fresh copy.

    ES File Explorer Media Player

    The update to ES File Explorer will not bring back the required permissions to all of your affected apps. It is still great to see a big player at least create a workaround to an otherwise annoying security upgrade. We hope that Google finds a way to securely return this functionality in the future, or at least to introduce a new level of app permissions to let us users decide if we trust apps with all of our precious files saved on our external SD cards.

    Have you been affected by the KitKat external SD card limitation? What is your number one app that you can no longer use as you used to? Are you more willing to root your devices, or find a cloud storage solution for your files? So many questions, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.









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    From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

     From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

    Steve Jobs introduced the original iPad in 2010 by making the case that, in order for a new product category to exist between the smartphone and the laptop it had to be significantly better at certain important things than a smartphone or a laptop. A decade of Tablet PC ruins smote across the market space had made that clear enough. The iPad, case made, went on to achieve phenomenal success. Now, in 2014, the mobile market has grown and various companies are attempting the segment it with even more product categories, including:

    1. Wearables, including smartwatches, below smartphones.
    2. Phablets between phones and tablets, and,
    3. Hybrid… laplets? between tablets and laptops.

    Wearables and the iWatch

     From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

    Apple may one day fill the first category with an iWatch, iBand, or some other form of wearable. There are already fitness bands on the market from Nike, FitBit, Jawbone, and others, as well as watches from Pebble, Samsung, and soon, Motorola and LG. It’s not yet a maturing product category, the kind Apple typically enters right before mainstream adoption explodes, but it’s a complementary one, much like the Apple TV.

    With a wearable, Apple could provide several features below the iPhone:

    1. Base functionality for those for whom even an iPhone is too much computer, all or part of the time.
    2. Deployed sensor array that is better positioned to accumulate data on the body than the iPhone is in the pocket, purse, or left away.
    3. Receiver and display platform for data that’s more accessible on the body than the iPhone is in the pocket, purse, or left away.

    I elaborated more on some of these functions the other day in iWatch: Five problems I’d like to have solved by an Apple wearable. Similar to how the iPod shuffle and iPod nano — both wearable in some of their incarnations — sat below the iPod touch and iPod classic and provided a subset of functionality in exchange for even greater portability, so too could an iWatch for iOS.

    Phablets and an even bigger iPhone

     From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

    Samsung made the phablet — half phone, half tablet, or would you prefer tablone? — category into a thing with the introduction of the first Galaxy Note. Since then many other Android manufacturers have followed, and Nokia and Windows Phone have gotten into the game as well. A 5.5- to 6-inch iPhone 6 variant — or a device that size marketed as an iPad or with a completely different name — could fill that gap.

    I call it a gap because, obviously, Apple isn’t hurting when it comes to current iPhone sales or market share in the premium phone market, which has risen from 65% to 85% by some estimates. However, it’s equally apparent that further growth in that market will require some diversification. With a phablet between an iPhone and iPad, Apple could:

    1. Appeal to those who can only afford or are only willing to carry a phone as their primary computing device but need as much functionality (enabled by size) as possible.
    2. Create the potential for a higher class of software made possible by the larger scale (see iPad).
    3. Grow their addressable market while assaulting the last uncontested segment of their competitors in the premium space.

    Yes, if Apple changes the resolution of the iPhone screen, even if they go to a standard like 1920x1080p, it will cause pain for developers but so did going Retina, so did going 16:9, and temporary pain in the present for better future products is never something Apple’s shied away from.

    I went over how a larger iPhones will solve problems for Apple back in January. Similar to how the iPad has two screen sizes, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have two screen sizes, and the iMac has two screen sizes, Apple’s sweet spot for the iPhone should inevitably come to rest on two screen sizes, and one of those might well be the phablet.

    Hybrid tablets/laptops and the iPad Pro

     From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

    Traditional, convertible PCs aside, the idea of something almost as light as a tablet but with a detachable keyboard that makes it as productive as a laptop is something Microsoft has pursued enthusiastically with their Surface line. However, they chose to compromise instead of focus, and none of them have achieved the mainstream success the iPad has. Maybe the category is too niche or maybe, like Tablet PC, no one has yet made the right case.

    The existing iPad is already being used with a variety of detachable third-party keyboards that make it, in essence, a convertible. However, the iPads software is geared towards modern, mainstream, multitouch computing and not traditional computing in any way, not even half-way. With an iPad Pro, Apple could:

    1. Provide a large screen size for those for whom productivity is much more important than portability.
    2. Use the additional space to provide additional features like digitizers and higher density cameras.
    3. Explore next-generation interface concepts that enhance functionality without complicating usability.

    Making a higher resolution iPad would create similar pain for developers, of course.

    I explored several ways Apple could make an iPad Pro truly professional last month. I still think a larger iPhone makes more sense than a larger iPad in today’s market, but that doesn’t mean a larger iPad won’t also make sense at some point as well.

    The mobile spectrum

    Just like the iPod eventually spread across multiple sizes, capabilities, and price points, so to could iOS. It’s what happens when times passes and markets mature. It’s how you get more people to buy more devices. Apple has so far cherry picked the prime targets in the mobile space and appealed to an incredibly wide swathe of their customer base. Eventually they may want or need to cherry pick just a few more to appeal to an even wider one.

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    Samsung Gear Fit will support both vertical and horizontal display orientation after all

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    After Samsung unveiled the latest members of the Gear family at MWC, there seemed to be a large number of folks that genuinely were more interested in the looks and even feature set of the Gear Fit over the Gear 2 or the Gear 2 Neo.

    Part of the appeal of the Fit is that it has a much more attractive design than many smartwatches and even quite a few existing fitness bands. The Fit also has a fairly impressive looking display for a smartband-type of device. On the downside, the display did have a major flaw when we first saw it at MWC.

    The Fit was meant to be worn on the wrist, but at MWC we learned that the device only displayed content horizontally, making it difficult to read when actually wearing the device. This seemed like a pretty odd design move, and one that could prove bothersome to future Gear Fit owners. The good news is that Samsung has apparently issued an update to the Gear Fit that resolves the issue by adding a portrait orientation, as you can see in the picture above.

    Considering the Gear Fit patch was just issued and the device is already about to hit retail stores, we imagine that the vertical viewing mode won’t be available right out of the box. Of course it probably won’t be too difficult to patch the device for those that decide to pick up the watch.

    What do you think, interested in picking up the Gear Fit — or does another smartwatch or fitness band catch your eye, instead?









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    Acer event April 29 hints at new device, maybe a wearable

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    Acer has begun sending invitations to an event in New York on April 29. Just what’s being rolled out isn’t noted, but the announcement says “Please join us for a (their logo) touch more connected”. From there, it seems as though we’ll be getting a myriad of devices, perhaps even wearables.


    The invitation does say Acer is rolling out new products, but doesn’t even hint at what they could be. We’d think that with the event title all will be touch capable. From their recent line of Chromebooks, down to the handhelds we saw at MWC this year, touch seems to be something Acer is comfortable with — and pretty good at.

    With wearables, we’ve already noted [#protected_0#] with previous reports putting their entry in the second half of 2014. An April announcement would likely serve as a precursor for a late Fall rollout, but does it fit the “touch” theme? A source previously put Acer as entering the wearable market with something alternative to a wrist wearable or headwear. A necklace was mentioned, but any or all could come with some touch capacity. It could be Acer’s foray into Android Wear.

    Come late April, we’ll find out for sure. We are subtly looking for a new product here, seeing as how both the Acer logo and “touch” are in green on the invitation. Acer always has really nice products, and they often have the added benefit of being competitively priced.

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    How to keep using your iCloud calendar and reminders on an Android device

     How to keep using your iCloud calendar and reminders on an Android device

    If you’re curious about trying an Android device then you might be interested to know that you need not abandon your iCloud calendar or reminders for Google based alternatives. With so many great devices on the market these days running Android it’s perfectly reasonable to expect someone to have a mix of both platforms in their lives. Keeping your iCloud calendar running on Android is a piece of cake, and I’ve written about it over on Android Central.

    Thanks to an enterprising developer, Marten Gajda, you can import and two-way sync your iCloud calendars to the stock Calendar app on your Android device. With his app, Smoothsync for Cloud Calendar – grab it from the Play Store – it’s as easy as entering your iCloud credentials

    It really is that simple. I’ve gone in to a little more detail in the post on Android Central, but for .99 you can use your iCloud calendar just the same as any other calendar on your Android device. As an added bonus, Gajda’s app also has a free add-on that will sync your iCloud reminders to your Android device as well. It all works in the background, and while you have a separate app, Tasks, for reminders, your calendar just works within the stock calendar app on your device. It’s really slick.

    Sure, using Apple products together is still much easier, but it’s great to know that if we should want to go cross-platform we can take a little piece of iCloud with us. I love this app – particularly the reminders sync – since I’m very much a cross-platform person. Much of my work is done using an iPhone and a Mac, and it’s so convenient knowing I can flick over to any Android device and still have access to my iCloud reminders.

    If this scratches a particular itch for you, grab the app from the Google Play Store at the link below. If you try it out, be sure to let me know how you find it.

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    Rumor: Amazon preparing Chromecast-like device, may feature game streaming

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    Last Friday we reported on an image of an Amazon-branded gaming controller, which many believed was designed to work with a long-rumored Amazon gaming/video set-top box. Now another rumor has popped up giving us a few more details on what to expect from such a set-top box.

    According to a new report from TechCrunch, Amazon’s streaming device will actually be less of a box and more of a dongle or HDMI stick, like Google’s Chromecast – at least if the “multiple sources familiar with the device” prove correct. Aside from providing an easy-to-plug in dongle form factor, at least one of the sources suggests the Amazon device could also support streaming of full PC games.

    The idea is that the Amazon streamer (and perhaps even Kindle tablets) could offer support for PC games and other graphics-intensive game formats by using streaming technology in a similar way to services like OnLive. In other words, the games would be maintained on remote servers as opposed to the local PC streaming that is offered by Nvidia’s Shield.

    Could this work for Amazon?

    While services like OnLive have struggled to make a dent in the gaming market, Amazon may be better positioned for such a move. For one thing, Amazon already has a massive server infrastructure that could easily handle the extra stress load that comes with cloud gaming. For another, Amazon could bundle the service into existing Amazon offerings like Amazon Prime in order to drive interest in the service.

    While services like OnLive have struggled to make a dent in the PC streaming market, Amazon may be better positioned for such a move

    It’s also worth noting that next-gen game consoles like the PS3 are starting to offer cloud streaming capabilities, so the time might simply be right for such a move. So how likely is the idea of an Amazon cloud gaming service? Considering the existence of an Amazon game controller and the company’s recent purchase of Double Helix (the developer’s of Xbox One’s Killer Instinct), it’s certainly possible.

    If Amazon’s cloud gaming service could work with all Kindle Fire devices, an Amazon streaming device and partnering products (think select BluRay players, Roku, etc), such a service could potentially do very well. This is especially true if Amazon could provide at least a few “exclusive AAA titles” that you can’t get on PC or a console, something that OnLive has never be able to offer.

    For now, we’d take the rumor of an Amazon cloud gaming service and an Amazon set-top box/dongle with a grain of salt, though anything is possible. What do you think, would you be interested in an Amazon cloud gaming service? If the rumor does prove true, can Amazon find success where other companies have struggled?


        








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