Gadgets

Devices such as tablets, phones, etc.

Galaxy S5 revealed in all its glory — launches in April

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We’ve waited for this moment for quite some time, but now the S5 has officially been revealed. Samsung’s latest offering comes with a 5.1″ 1920 x 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage plus the ability to host a Micro SD card. Android 4.4.2 is on board as expected, and it sports a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon process (not sure of 800, 801 or 805).

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Sony launches Xperia Z2 tablet at MWC14

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Under the hood Xperia Z2 tablet has a Qualcomm’s latest top of the line Snapdragon 801 2.3Ghz quad core processor with Adreno 330 GPU, making it one of the most powerful Android tablet at the moment. Along with that it contains 3GB RAM enough for multitasking and internal memory options of 16GB or 32GB. The tablet also has support for expandable storage using microSD card upto 64GB.

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Tizen Smartwatches Tip Samsung's Ecosystem-First Strategy

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Linux
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The long wait for a major Tizen OS device is finally over, and it's a…smartwatch? At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Samsung skipped the unveiling of its first Tizen smartphone, and instead rolled out a trio of Tizen-based wrist computers: the Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit. Due to ship in April, the devices are lighter and more stylish than Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Gear.

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Are Nokia's Android Phones Going to Get Axed By Microsoft?

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Microsoft
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With the Mobile World Congress show underway in Barcelona, people are still talking about the significant news from the event on the open source phone front. As predicted here recently, Nokia announced the Nokia X and X+, which are smartphones running Android. The Nokia X will start selling for €89 next week.

What makes these phones news, of course, is that Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia is looming, so some are predicting that the phones will put Microsoft in the Android business, but others are predicting that Microsoft might simply do away with these phones after the acquisition.

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First Ubuntu phones revealed (pictures)

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Ubuntu
Gadgets

The first Ubuntu phones are the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris. Check out our photos of Ubuntu software in action, as well as prototypes of the forthcoming phones.

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Google may cancel Chromebook subsidies, say Taiwan makers

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Google
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There has been breakthroughs in sales of Chromebooks, with devices selling well in the inexpensive notebook segment in the US, and widely adopted for educational use through government procurement projects, the sources said. Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase to 4-5 million units, the sources indicated.

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Samsung's Tizen on Gear plan makes sense

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Gadgets

Samsung will reportedly use its Gear smartwatch as a trial balloon for its Tizen operating system. The move makes a lot of sense to see if Tizen can really hold its own relative to Android.

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Barbie runs Linux

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Gadgets

The latest iteration of the Barbe doll merchandise range sees everybody's favourite blonde girl step into a new role as a software application developer.

Barbie I Can Be Computer Engineer Doll is the latest model available in the Barbie collection.

The range was first started in 1959 by American businesswoman Ruth Handler.

Barbie has previously worked as both an astronaut and a racing car driver.

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A Tablet You Can Finally QOOQ With In The Kitchen?

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Gadgets

QOOQ is a durable tablet designed for use in then kitchen. It's even got its very own Linux-based OS...

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect launches for $129 (Pocket-sized thin client)

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Linux
Gadgets

Hook up a display and power source and the Cloud Connect will load up an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based operating system. It’s hardly the first Android TV stick to hit the streets. But it’s one of the first from a major PC maker — and certainly the first to feature tight integration with Dell’s virtualization and cloud software including Wyse Cloud Client Manager, support for VMWare, Citrix and Microsoft virtualization solutions, and PocketCloud personal cloud services.

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Jolla’s 3D files let you print your own smart covers

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Willing to change the look and feel of your Sailfish OS device? Here’s some good news. Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has released a pair of smart covers dubbed ‘The Other Half’ that not only change the way your phone looks like, but also facilitates a number of UI changes. Jolla has also released the Other Half developers kit, which includes 3D files and technical specs for developers and fans to print their own smart covers.

By releasing details to 3D print The Other Half of the Jolla smartphone, the company remains committed to an open source platform of hardware and software.

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MWC 2014: What gadgets to expect at this year’s show

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Gadgets

After launching the super slim Huawei Ascend P6 all the way back in June 2013, the Chinese company may use MWC to showcase the Ascend P6S.

If Huawei had a 6.18mm thin chassis to boast about its Ascend P6, sadly the updated model offers an increased thickness to 6.48mm. Its original 1.5GHz quad-core processor has been bumped up to 1.6GHz while the RAM stays at 2GB. That the device’s internal memory has been doubled from 8GB to 16GB may sound good to you.

Unfortunately, the phone still doesn’t support 4G LTE and makes do with 3G. With its 4.7-inch display and a 2,000mAh battery, the phone doesn’t seem too different from the original model. It still comes pre-installed with Android 4.2.2 and Huawei’s EmotionUI over the top.

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MOTA smartwatch goes on sale for $50 at Groupon

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Linux
Gadgets

Next week, the price of the MOTA returns to $80, which, considering the prices of other smart watches, is still a steal of a deal. At the moment, the MOTA does not support third party apps like the Pebble or the Gear but it will pair with your Android or iOS device over bluetooth, which is more than we can say for the Gear (the Gear only pairs with certain Samsung devices at the moment). The watch vibrates to notify users of incoming calls and can display the caller’s ID or the incoming number. As is expected, one may control media playback on a phone or tablet using the watch.

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Intel headgear to offer fast offline voice processing

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Linux
Hardware
Gadgets

So far, Linux is the only supported OS Intel has mentioned for either the original single-core Quark or the dual-core model.

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Samsung rumoured to release ‘Galaxy Glass’ IFA Berlin 2014

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Samsung Electronics Chief Financial Officer, Lee Sang-hoon stated that Samsung is currently developing their own Glass, and that it is tentatively called ‘Galaxy Glass’. He further stated that the market for smart glass is huge as it will be used in vehicles and several industries that can benefit from such a device. The release date for the Galaxy Glass seems to be IFA Berlin, and this takes in September between the 5th and the 10th.

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Top Android and Linux devices from CES

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Linux
Gadgets

It’s January 14th, and yet another CES has passed by. The week of excitement, thrills, surprises and grand announcements has left us with quite a mouthful to sift through. It is a daunting task for mere mortals like us, but every once in a while, we here at Muktware like to attempt the unthinkable, just for the benefit of our readers. To simplify this task, I’m going to separate the devices into categories, and then highlight the top devices of each category. The task I am about to embark upon may kill me due to its severe nature, but if I die, at least we’ll all know that I died while doing what I loved. Let’s being; shall we?

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Firefox OS Tablets, TVs and More to Arrive This Year

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OS
Gadgets

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place this week in Las Vegas, and Mozilla officials made headlines there as they revealed plans to take the Firefox OS mobile platform to devices other than smartphones, and a new deal between Panasonic and Mozilla to drive smart, HTML 5-fluent televisions. It's all part of Mozilla's ongoing effort to focus on mobile technology and new platforms.

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First Samsung Tizen phone hits the FCC?

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Linux
Gadgets

Samsung’s first Tizen phone reportedly will debut at Mobile World Congress Feb. 23, and will reach consumers in Europe and Japan in the second half of 2014.

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Free Software Foundation encourages shoppers to 'Give Freely' with new Giving Guide

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced its 2013 Giving Guide, a resource for conscientious shoppers looking for geeky gifts that respect users' freedom. Many holiday shoppers will be turning to gadgets and online services as gifts for friends and family, but these gifts are often rife with proprietary software, anti-features, or Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), all of which restrict how the gift can be used.

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