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1 touchpad down. how much are these 10s?
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this is probably old news but I thought I would share for the people that haven't kept up with every single thing posted.
It's an app called unified remote. it turns your phone into an input device for your computer. It has a basic interface which acts like your mouse and a keyboard.
It's got a lot of built in remotes, especially if you get the full version and I recommend you do. I use it because I have a desktop with surround and big monitor and sometimes I like to watch movies while kicking back in bed. Comes in really handy when using my laptop from across the room as well. Here's a quick little video explaining it.
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$500 for the 32g I believe

Edit: anybody have anymore info on that extended battery for the S3?
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Nuance has refreshed its Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android to let you do more stuff using speech alone. The beta app now allows you to set alarms, launch apps and play music, in addition to its existing hands-free prowess that covers making calls, getting directions, updating your Twitter status and waking up your device from slumber using a "Hi Dragon" greeting. The voice-driven personal assistant, which hitherto worked only on ICS and up, also now supports devices running Android 2.3. (And no, you can't customize your phone's nickname. It has to be Dragon, not Snuffy.)

Nuance's Dragon Mobile Assistant App Expands Personal Assistant Capabilities and Availability for Android

Now Supporting Android 2.3 and Higher, Dragon Mobile Assistant Now Lets People Launch and Play Music, Set Alarms and Open Apps Just by Speaking – No Hands Required

Burlington, Mass. – December 20, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android has expanded its personal assistant capabilities and extended its beta offering to the broader Android community. Now supporting devices running Android 2.3 and higher, Dragon enables nearly all Android users in the U.S. to get more out of their Android personal assistant experience with the ability to play music, set their alarm and open other applications just by speaking.

Dragon combines Nuance's industry leading natural language understanding and unique directed search capabilities with an intelligent and intuitive personal assistant experience. Simply say "Hi Dragon," and from there the technology of the mobile interface disappears as people can simply speak to send text messages, make calls, set appointments, and now set the alarm, play their favorite song, or get instant access to apps including games, navigation, and more. People can say "Set the alarm to wake me at 6:30 AM," "I want to listen to Aerosmith!" or "Open Angry Birds." And when set to its always-listening Driver Mode, Dragon's personal assistant experience is completely hands-free.

Further, Dragon gives people direct, open access to the content and knowledge they want on the mobile web from more than 200 content providers – no blue links or paid search advertising – just a mobile assistant that works.

"Consumers asked for Dragon Mobile Assistant on a wide range of Android devices after our launch in late October," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "So we expanded availability and added some of the most popular personal assistant features."

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Dragon is available in beta for free in English on Google Play in the US, supporting Android 2.3 and above. To download Dragon, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...uance.balerion. To learn more about Dragon Mobile Assistant, visit www.dragonmobileapps.com, or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/dragonmobileapps or @DragonMobileApp on Twitter.

Dragon Mobile Assistant is a part of Nuance's portfolio of voice, touch and natural language understanding innovations that are defining a new generation of intelligent systems and personal assistant technologies, which include Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Assistant for Intel-inspired Ultrabooks, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon Drive!, Dragon TV, Dragon ID, Dragon Voicemail to Text, and Swype. With Nuance technology, people experience more humanized interactions with the world's best phones, tablets, computers, cars, TVs, apps and services from leading manufacturers and operators. To learn more visit www.nuancemobilelife.com.

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Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

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I downloaded this and it works great! Very Siri like.
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Acer Looking to Compete with the Nexus 7 with their New Iconia B1 Tablet




Today, the FCC had a meet and greet with the new Acer Iconia B1 tablet. The Iconia B1 is a new tablet that we haven’t really heard of before. So there are many questions that need to be answered. Most likely this won’t make a huge splash in the group of Android users who want the latest version of Android with the best specs. But it would be a good tablet for those that just want something for reading, and web surfing. Not only is the Iconia B1 looking to challenge Google and the Nexus 7, but also Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet. As you can see in the image below, there’s a hook on the side, similar to the Nook tablet.



The rumored specs for the Iconia B1 are:

  • 7-inch; 1024×600 resolution
  • Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage; support for Micro SD cards
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Android 4.1.2


Other than the specs above, not much else is mentioned in the FCC filing. But the Iconia B1 was spotted over on GLBenchmark recently and of course it showed some less than stellar results. But what do you expect from a tablet with those specs? There’s also rumors of this tablet being under $100, I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it is truly a sub-$100 tablet or not. But the specs are definitely there for that.

So we’ll probably see this Acer Iconia B1 at CES in Las Vegas, along with a bunch of other goodies from Huawei, ZTE, and others. Although I don’t expect any huge announcements from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and LG, but who knows they could surprise us. We’ll have to wait until January to see.

Given the rumored specs, would you buy this tablet? Maybe for your kids, or even for others that don’t have a ton of knowledge in technology? Let us know in the comments what you think.
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The most important Android smartphone of the year is…



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As 2012 nears its final days, it’s exciting to look back over the past 12 months from an Android fan perspective and then try to pick out the representative Android smartphone of the year that is about to end.

Although 2012 was the year of the first quad-core smartphone as well as the year of the first 1080p smartphone, the best way to characterize the Android ecosystem during the past 12 months is its impressive global smartphone OS market share during the third quarter, one that rests at 75%. Android was on three out of each four smartphones sold during the time period!

Much has happened in the Android ecosystem over these very profitable past 12 months, and plenty of contenders arise for the title, but let us first take the time to properly describe what the belt means.
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If you’ll pardon the raw generalization, the perfect title owner would have a great display, blazing fast internal specs as well as extended connectivity options. An Android smartphone that “works” for everyone, a smartphone that everyone can master.

One additional factor that might get overlooked is our champion’s popularity (the number of actual units it sold) as the bigger the market share of a smartphone is, the more love the respective smartphone receives from the modding and tweaking community. Following the same principle, apps should be tested and optimized on the most popular device(s) first.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of Android smartphones to choose from, but despite the fact that hardware specifications and price ratios are very important when choosing one Android smartphone over the other (a fact that we do often in our comprehensive Vs section), today we are not looking for the “best” smartphone of 2012. Instead, we are are trying to pick out the Android smartphone that made the largest splash in these troubled waters.


Samsung Galaxy S3

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Probably the most important detail about Samsung Galaxy S3 in the context of this article is that it is the best selling Android smartphone to ever reach the market, as in November, global Samsung Galaxy S3 sales had passed the 30 million unit mark.

In the context of the battle that Android is undertaking against the Apple and the iPhone line of smartphones, it should also be mentioned that during Q3, the Galaxy S3 has sold more units the iPhone 4S globally, a first for any Android smartphone, ever! How’s that for a splash?

Ok, so the Samsung Galaxy S3 is obviously a bestseller, but why is that? For one, the fact that it was available in almost any market you can think of surely helped. North America and Japan got an LTE version, while other continents got their 3G version, meaning all of Samsung’s powerful retail partnerships were used to their maximum extent.


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The Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first device in the Galaxy S series that has reached the United States on all four carriers without any major changes, contrary to the trend that other manufacturers usually follow in releasing customized version for each carrier.

It’s not that other manufacturers wouldn’t benefit from the unified global marketing campaign, it’s just that carriers usually require modifications such as the T-Mobile Hercules, the AT&T Skyrocket or the Sprint Galaxy S2. Samsung is likely the only Android manufacturer to impose its own rules in negotiations with carriers.

Impartiality aside, it is inexplicably pleasant to see the tides of power turn, even for a little bit in the favor of anybody else save for the carriers.
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The US version uses a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor paired with an Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB of RAM, while the international version makes due with just 1GB of RAM, but is snappier (both in benchmarks and real life situations) in most cases than its LTE-equipped brother, thanks to its 1.4GHz quad-core A9 CPU and Mali 400MP GPU.
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also the bearer of two technical specifications that might not seem to be of ultimate importance, although plenty argue that the recent trend that has eliminated both of them from a myriad of flagship Android smartphones of 2012 is nothing if not unfortunate. Yes, we are talking about a removable battery and an microSD card compatibility.

The 2050mAh will last you through the day with moderate use of your smartphone, but hardcore Android gamers might want to keep an extra battery at hand, or suffer the abysmal chore of shooting zombies with the power plug on for a few hours each day.

Even by the most recent standards, the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone rests at the top end of the performance and user experience chart.
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The overall picture quality offered by the 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is above average by any standard, but where the S3 loses to some of its competitors is the much criticized usage of a PenTile subpixel arrangement. Plenty consider that its effect is well visible at a “regular” distance, and that the image is not as crisp as on other top Android dogs.
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 first came out with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board (at the time it was the most recent version of Android), but most of its versions have since been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Android 4.2 update will probably take a while longer before it is unofficially released in the form of a custom mod, and a lot more than that before the update arrives in its official form. However, Samsung seems to be honestly committed to release substantial updates in a decent time frame (judging by the industry average). Add the great work they’ve done on the software side this year, and the reasons why the South Korean company is the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world become increasingly obvious.
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First you have the set of Smart Functions with which the device has been launched and that add small but useful features such as Smart Stay (a tweak that keeps the display on as long as you are looking at it), S Share (a system for transferring files between modern Samsung Galaxy smartphones that use an NFC chip), as well as some interesting gestures.

Since the Samsung Galaxy S3 Premium Suite has only been recently announced, it could not count in the context, but the extra software tweaks (plenty of them actually useful) that the smartphone is about to receive only adds to its reputation.
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HTC One X




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Despite the above mentioned strong suits, the international version of the One X, one that uses the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 platform is not as powerful as other flagships, while the US, LTE-compatible version (one the used the same SoC as the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC) was launched exclusively with AT&T, thus severely limiting its impact.

It’s really hard to say how much of a factor the unremovable battery and the lack of a microSD card reader played in the low sales rates, but it’s one of the things that the blogosphere and its readers have complained about with the HTC One X.
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However, despite the fact that the Note 2 features and even faster processor, a better display as well as a digitizer, the Galaxy Note 2 is not a device that everyone can use, due to its enormous footprint. The Note 2 is probably “the best” smartphone of 2012 for a lot of people, but it is not our Android smartphone of the year because it’s not really a smartphone per se, but more of a phablet, an extraordinary hybrid device, but really too big to be the representative smartphone of 2012.
LG Google Nexus 4

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The Nexus 4 has a number of hardware strong suits such as its Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro platform (1.5 GHz quad-core Krait processor and Adreno 320 GPU), its 4.7-inch 720p display, as well as its design, but a large segment of the Android fan base has complained about the lack of an SD card slot on a device that comes with either just 8GB of internal storage or a meager 16GB.

In addition, our readers from North America will also be saddened to learn that the Google Nexus 4 does not feature LTE support. Note that the lack of LTE support is not much of a problem in other markets as LTE matters only in the U.S. and a few Asian countries for the time being.

But the worst thing about the LG Google Nexus 4 is the fact that only a limited number of customers have managed to get their hands on the Nexus 4 in more than a month’s time since it release. Given the huge hype over the phone at the time of its announcement, plenty of potential customers around the globe are now equally disappointed as they were excited back when they have first learned of the Nexus 4 magic.
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I know this is an android thread, i have an lg revolution right now and am wanting to upgrade. Im wondering what peoples thoughts are of the windows phone 8x and the gsIII. The new windows phone has some pretty sweet specs but i havent really heard any thoughts on it.
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Honestly cannot go wrong with the SIII. It comes down to the user IMO. Find the aspects you like out of each device. Then that will be the winner winner chicken dinner.
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Top 10 Android Phones of 2012


In 2012, we saw the Android smartphone world reach heights that I don’t imagine many predicted. On a spec front, 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM, HD displays, longer battery lives, and incredibly thin bodies. It seems like just yesterday that we were asking DL readers if they had a dual-core or single-core phone, yet here we are, with dual-core phones already becoming a thing of the past.
On a manufacturer front, 2012 was the year that Samsung proved that it really was the only big fish in a bowl full of minnows. We saw Motorola kick off its life as a Google-owned company, HTC struggle to make money even while releasing amazing phones, and LG take its turn as the face of the Nexus phone program.
In this post, I thought we’d talk a bit about all of that by listing out my top 10 phones of the year.
1. Samsung Galaxy S3 (review)

No surprise here, but the Galaxy S3 tops my list of phones for 2012. It was hyped as much as the next iPhone, yet it still delivered. It launched with an impressive suite of sharing capabilities that no other phone had seen, it used a big beautiful display with a body that was slim enough to feel great in hand, and with 2GB of RAM, it almost never stuttered or slowed down. But most importantly, Samsung showed the world that it has power in the mobile world by releasing one version of the phone across all carriers. As expected, though, people were quick to downplay it at launch, but over its first couple of months in stores, Samsung sold millions upon millions of units, fully cementing themselves as number 1 in the world.
2. LG Nexus 4 (review)

The Nexus 4, Google’s latest flagship device, has seen its share of ups and downs over its short life. It was hyped up for a couple of months in a variety of leaks, was never officially unveiled thanks to a hurricane, hated on because of its lack of LTE, and criticized mightily for its glass back. But you know what, to me, it’s still the 2nd best phone you can buy. It comes in at an unbelievably reasonable price of $299 (or $349), is the ultimate stock Android device since it’s the newest Nexus, carries future-proof specs, and isn’t tied to a carrier. It may be impossible to purchase, but that may also be a sign that Google has finally figured out a winning device formula.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (review)

When Samsung originally launched the Galaxy Note, the world was introduced to a confusing product plus one of the worst mashup words ever created in “phablet.” Was the phone a tablet or a phone or the “best of both worlds”? Surprisingly enough, that question doesn’t matter as it was a massive success. So Samsung did what any smart company would do with a successful product – launch a follow-up. The Galaxy Note 2, like the Galaxy S3, has already shipped by the millions, and may have even been the most anticipated device to launch on Verizon in some time (even over the Galaxy S3 and DROID brand). It’s too big for my liking, but you can’t argue with the impressive set of features that Samsung has built in. Also like the Galaxy S3, it blew past the competition with innovative features like multi-window, advanced S Pen technology, and camera sharing capabilities.
4. HTC DROID DNA (review)

Verizon passed up on the HTC One X in early 2012, something we weren’t sure we could forgive them for. Thankfully, they appear to have fully redeemed themselves by launching the world’s first 1080p smartphone, the DROID DNA. The device itself is beautiful to look at, is much smaller in stature than the Note 2, is surprisingly light and thin, has the best display in the business, actually lasts throughout a full day even with a semi-small battery, and carries top-of-the-line specs that few other phones contain. At $199 on contract, it’s also somewhat of a steal. Easily the best phone HTC has created since the next phone on our list, the One X.
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5. HTC ONE X (review)

When HTC announced the One Series, which included the One X, the world was blown away. This was the new HTC, or at least one that was trying to make a comeback after a terrible end to 2011. The phone sported the best display in the business at the time, a best-in-class processor, the prettiest phone design we had ever seen, felt great in hand, was able to withstand a day’s beating on a single charge, and really set the standard for smartphones in 2012.
6. Motorola DROID RAZR M (review)

As we approached Motorola’s big Fall event, rumors started popping up over a mysterious device with the world’s first “edge-to-edge” display. While others were willing to bet the world on it being some secret device, we knew long beforehand that it was simply the DROID RAZR M, a mid-range device headed to Verizon. I don’t want that to sound like I’m discounting the phone, as it was easily my favorite from Motorola in 2012. Since the display was so close to being edge-to-edge, it has a small footprint, yet still packs mostly top-tier specs (other than the display). It has amazing battery life and feels tiny in hand compared to the rest of the smartphones being introduced these days. But that’s not a bad thing, as the display was still big enough to allow you to consume content without sacrificing a thing. We certainly hope that “edge-to-edge” is the future.
7. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (review)

This may surprise some readers, seeing the RAZR MAXX HD below the RAZR M, but this phone offered little in terms of “new.” It still rocks a massive battery that can get you through days before needing a charge, plus it comes equipped with an HD display, but it was released late enough that it was almost out of date by the time it went on sale. I’m a big fan of Motorola’s decision to slim down the skin they put on top of Android, and will never complain about their focus on battery life, but the RAZR HD needed to blow it out of the park, something it didn’t quite do.
8. LG Optimus G (review)

The LG Optimus G was the inspiration for the Nexus 4. It sports the same processor, RAM, display, and Crystal Reflection back design, so how could it not be on this list? While glass backsides will never appeal to me, this phone was a beast the minute it came out. In fact, with its quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, it was the highest spec’d phone on the planet for a at least a month. LG also took some time to create a software suite, much like Samsung had done, to try and help the phone stand out. They definitely succeeded. It’s too bad it was limited to AT&T and Sprint, as this phone could have potentially sold well on other carriers.
9. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (review)

Boasting a massive 3300mAh battery while maintaining a slim profile, the original RAZR MAXX set the standard for battery life in 2012. Well, it set it and then watched as no one could match it until Motorola released the HD version of it 10 months later. We aren’t sure what kind of voodoo Motorola has working in their battery department, but we love it. They are the only phone company on the planet that has been able to make ultra-slim phones with batteries you used to only see sold separately as “extended.” The RAZR MAXX itself wasn’t all that impressive outside of its battery, but in my book, this battery was good enough to make the list.
10. HTC One S (review)

Another original One Series phone, the HTC One S, finishes off my list of top 10 phones. With its ultra-thin body, fancy micro arc oxidation coating, and mostly top-tier set of specs, I was a big fan of this phone. Sure, it wasn’t as good as the One X, but it wasn’t supposed to be. HTC released it as an affordable mid-range phone, with a sleek profile, fun color scheme, and one of the best cameras in the business.
So there you have it, my top 10 phones of the year. I’m assuming there will be some disagreement, so let me hear it in the comments.
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Google and Motorola building their own ‘X-Phone’ according to reports

According to some interesting reports today from the Wall Street Journal, Google and Motorola are teaming up to take the smartphone world by storm. As if Android already hasn’t done just that, We’re now hearing Google’s designing a brand new device named internally as the X-Phone to truly take over Apple and Samsung in the smartphone world.




This news has literally just broke a matter of minutes ago, so hopefully we’ll be able to dig up tons of details and additional information in the coming days or weeks. The report also states that Motorola’s current popular line of Android and DROID smartphones won’t be replaced, and this will be another line all together. Sounds exciting.

We’ve been saying the words “Motorola DROID Nexus” ever since Google acquired Motorola, but it sounds like this will be the result instead. That isn’t all either. They’re also working on a project called the ‘X Tablet’ as well, now that the X Phone is nearly reached its final stages. Yup, WSJ said the X Phone is in the final stages, which means we could be seeing or hearing more very soon. I’m getting excited already!

Reports suggest Google’s own product manager Lion Ron has been heading up this project, and was previous in charge of Google’s mapping attack. Which as we know has been extremely successful to say the least. Motorola’s new CEO Dennis Woodside declined to comment on the matter, but hopefully we hear more. According to the Wall Street Journal plenty of next-gen technology has been looked into, and could possibly be inside this new flagship super-phone. Talks of bendable displays, ceramic frames that are extremely durable, longer battery life and tons of “evolutionary” features. Although it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. I’m excited, but we might want to take this all with a grain of salt.
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Sony Yuga to get more formal ‘Xperia Z’ moniker, source reports







The Sony Yuga will get its more formal name, the Xperia Z, when it arrives at CES, reports XperiaBlog. The site has been accurate in the past so we feel pretty good about the report. Additional details for the Xperia Z include water and dust resistance ratings (IP55, IP57) as well as “OptiConrast” technology for the 5-inch display. As far as the other, more outlandish rumors for the Sony Yuga? The XperiaBlog doesn’t have anything to confirm or deny.

Sony has made the trek to Las Vegas over the last few years where they have announced a number of new models of Android smartphones. Given the level of leaks and rumors surrounding this model, we fully anticipate the Xperia Z at CES in early January.
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Apple lifts block on combo 30-pin+Lightning charging accessories


The Kickstarter campaign that was "shut down" now has a green light.



The POP station from Kickstarter aimed to combine Lightning and 30-pin connectors into a single charging device.
The Kickstarter campaign that was "shut down" by Apple for creating a charging station that had both Lightning and 30-pin iPod connectors wasn't following the specifications required to be part of Apple's "Made for iPod" (MFi) program, according to Apple. Still, the company has reviewed its specifications and apparently reversed course on those restrictions, telling Ars on Friday that it has decided to allow 30-pin and Lightning connectors side-by-side for charging purposes.

"Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free. We support accessories that integrate USB and Lightning connectors, but there were technical issues that prevented accessories from integrating 30-pin and Lightning connectors so our guidelines did not allow this," Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr told Ars on Friday. "We have been working to resolve this and have updated our guidelines to allow accessories to integrate both 30-pin and Lightning connectors to support charging."

The incident highlights some of the problems accessory creators can face when using Kickstarter to fund yet-to-be-created projects—especially as they relate to Apple accessories. Earlier on Friday when we spoke to James Siminoff, the creator of the POP Kickstarter campaign, he explained that the timing of the iPhone 5 announcement (and its related introduction of the new Lightning connector) is what threw the whole project for a loop.

"We were already a member of the MFi program before the release of the iPhone 5. When we came out with the project, one of the biggest questions we got was whether we'd support the iPhone 5, and we said 'absolutely,'" Siminoff told Ars. "At the time, there was no reason to think that they would change the way in which they're selling [the MFi program]."

That is, Siminoff and his company didn't expect Apple to make changes to the restrictions placed on the MFi spec—he says previously, Apple didn't have language that would have prohibited an Apple connector to be sold in a product alongside another connector. But eventually Apple did begin to issue new guidelines that said Lightning connectors couldn't be included alongside any other kind of connector—30-pin or otherwise. But Siminoff says his company interpreted this as not applying to their product.

"They started to come out with guidelines, and there was one that said Lightning would not be allowed in any product that has 30-pin," he said. "We didn't clarify if that was for chargers or a docking station—we assumed the latter—so while we saw it, it didn't seem to make sense for what we were doing that they would not allow these two things to be on the same device."

Siminoff went on: "Maybe we should've seen that and decided that we can't make [the POP charger]. But it didn't make any rational sense. At the same time, they were changing things, updating the policies, so we said, 'OK we'll submit the project [to the MFi program] and see what happens.'"

What happened was that Apple eventually turned the application down for not following the updated MFi spec. As such, Siminoff made the decision this week to cancel the project altogether rather than modify it to allow users to plug in their own Lightning cables because it simply wouldn't have been the product that he originally wanted to produce.

"We got very strong feedback saying we should still make a product that just has USB," Siminoff told Ars before Apple decided to update its guidelines, "but I still feel good about the decision to just refund everyone's money because we just wanted to make a product that we believed in."

A product they "believe in" would include clean lines and easy-to-use cables coming from a single charging station, not adapters and ports that users need to plug things into, said Siminoff. That's exactly why Siminoff remains skeptical of Apple's apparent reversal of its decision to bar the combination of 30-pin and Lightning connectors; what about Lightning alongside other connectors?

"If it has to be an Apple-only product, and Lightning can't be next to, say, an Android charger, then it's still not something we want to make, Siminoff said after hearing the news about Apple's updated guidelines. "I hope they become customer friendly. Maybe we will be able to do [the POP charger] after all."
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FYI for the guy that posted asking about a windows phone...
in a short time there will be a Samsung Windows phone. It will suck but, it will at least have decent hardware.
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Wow, that Xperia looks awesome. Sounds just as awesome, too.
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Picked up a nexus 7 and put cm 10.1 on it right away........love this thing.
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So I now own a Nexus 10. Was gonna wait for the play store to have them but Same of all places had the 10 and the 7 on the shelf. Hey might have had nexus 4s as well. They didn't have them out but when they were getting my 10 I think I saw a dude pull 2.
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Cruzerlite gives us a sneak peek at awesome upcoming Nexus 4 case




Cruzerlite has become very known for their Androidified cases, and they are at it again with a much more awesome design! The guys from Cruzerlite have sent us this nifty sneak peek at what is to come and we are already loving it.
We don’t have any other details yet, but they should be available for pre-order “soon”. If you have managed to get your Nexus 4 already, this case is at least close to being the coolest one we have seen for the device. Unless you really like the official bumper case, which is also incredibly hard to get a hold of.
We will definitely keep you in the loop about these, so stay tuned for upcoming details and… a little Christmas surprise for our readers!
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GLBenchmark Test Further Confirms A 7 Inch Galaxy Note (GT-N5100)


Next year promises an incredible number of new devices to choose from. Samsung has been keeping the Android news sites busy lately with all the many, varied rumors of its new or planned mobile devices. The GT-N5100 is the latest to float back to the top of the bubbling rumor pool and is what many believe to be the codename for the unannounced Galaxy Note 7 tablet.
The GT-N5100 was spotted a few months ago in Wi-Fi and DLNA certifications along with the GT-N5110 which possibly means a Wi-Fi only device and one that will carry a cellular plan. The NenaMark 2 benchmark result created more buzz earlier this month and confirmed a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Mali-400 MP GPU and a display of 1280 X 720.

The possible Galaxy Note 7 showed up again in a GLBenchmark result showing the device will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and with a 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 processor and a 1280 X 800 display resolution. Unfortunately no official announcement or tiny peep by Samsung has followed. But with CES 2013 in just over two weeks and a teaser trailer by Samsung promising they will reveal something big, this could be one more thing to keep an eye out for at the technology show. Then again, it’s possible that Samsung will wait until February’s MWC 2013 to show off the GT-N5100 and give it an official name. Either way, I will be looking for yet more bait to use for rumor-fishing.
The price of the GT-N5100 will be an important factor in deciding its future rivals. Both ACER and ASUS are believed to be releasing more affordable 7-inch tablets in the next few months. The Nexus 7 might soon be selling for $99, which makes it completely affordable to pick up another one or three, unless Samsung can manage to turn heads with a new and better tablet. But it will take quite the tablet to make this girl give up her much loved Nexus 7.

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Samsung SGH-T999L Passes Through Bluetooth SIG, LTE Galaxy S III On The Way?




Nothing says the holiday is over like a juicy rumor, and rumors of a possible LTE Galaxy S III variant on T-Mobile is among the juiciest rumors we can think of. According to the governing body that handles Bluetooth requirements for devices, the Samsung SGH-T999L is a real device and could be headed to T-Mobile. It’s very preliminary at this point, but at least a few sites are speculating the “L” could stand for “LTE.”

As it stands now, the Galaxy S III model is sold as the SGH-T999, minus the L so it’s likely a new-ish model, possibly with some added features. T-Mobile is already kicking around LTE on a few towers in certain cities that shall remain nameless, so I wouldn’t be completely surprised if they picked up a new model early next year. It wouldn’t unheard of for an enhanced model to follow the release of the original as the HTC One X and HTC One X+ just showed on AT&T.

Still, I’m a little skeptical that we can positively call the “L” as “LTE” without a little more evidence, but it certainly was my first thought when I caught the news story. Current Galaxy S III owners shouldn’t jump to any conclusions just yet, especially regarding the notion that with this release, your device is obsolete. Our best response is to wait for the the SGH-T999L to show up at the FCC sooner rather than later and offer some more insight into exactly what the “L” means and if anything new is under the hood.

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