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Samsung focuses on fitness with the Gear Fit smartband

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Samsung has announced its latest addition to the Gear smartwatch line with the Samsung Gear Fit – a smartband puts the company head-on with the FitBit. With a 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED design and a changeable strap, the Gear Fit is designed to be lightweight and durable when you’re working out. Hardware specs include a 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED display – the first smartwatch to feature such a thing – [...]

Samsung reveals the Galaxy S5: 5.1-inch display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16MP camera

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Samsung has revealed its next flagship device – the much-rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 – at its first UNPACKED event for the year. The successor to the highly-popular Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 features a bigger 5.1-inch full HD display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, and a 16-megapixel camera rear camera. Other internal specs include a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh battery, and either 16GB or 32GB of onboard [...]

Sony unveils Xperia M2 – its “slimmest” mid-range smartphone

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Sony also revealed a couple of other devices at its Mobile World Congress press conference – including this new mid-range smartphone, the Xperia M2. The successor to the Xperia M released last year, the Xperia M2 features a 4.8-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and 4G LTE support. Other hardware specs include a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (with a microSD card slot), and [...]

Nokia adds one more device to Asha lineup – the Asha 230

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Nokia’s press announcement may have been heavily focused on the company’s Android smartphone, but it also made an announcement with its Asha line targeting developing markets. It has unveiled the Asha 230, designed to be the first phone to introduce new users to the world of touchscreen mobile phones. It features a 2.8-inch display; and like all Asha phones, the Asha 230 will include Fastline and popular apps like WhatsApp [...]

Sony unveils the waterproof Xperia Z2: 5.7-inch display, 20.7MP camera, and can record 4K video

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Sony has revealed its new successor to the popular Xperia Z1 smartphone at Mobile World Congress today. The new flagship – the Xperia Z2 – combines the best of what Sony has to offer (according to Sony) and features a 5.2-inch full HD TRILUMINOS display and a 20.7-megapixel camera. Internal specs include a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a large 3200mAh battery. It will also support 4G LTE. Design-wise, [...]

Nokia confirms three Android smartphones – introduces the Nokia X family

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Nokia will release not one but three Android smartphones. The Finnish smartphone maker has revealed at Mobile World Congress the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL – all three targeting those who want a super cheap smartphone. For Nokia, the move to Android does not mean the end of its Windows Phone support. Adopting a similar approach to Amazon with its Kindle tablets, the Nokia X line of [...]

Nokia reveals cheap Nokia 220 to connect the “next million”

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Nokia has announced a brand new feature phone as part of its continuing plan to connect the next million users to the internet – called the Nokia 220. Designed to be durable and cheap, it features a 2.4-inch colour display, a splash-proof keyboard, a 3-megapixel camera, and comes with Facebook, Twitter and Bing preloaded onto the device. It will also come with six games – Asphalt 6 Adrenaline, Assassin Creed, Block [...]

Huawei gets into the fitness tracker game with the TalkBand B1

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Huawei is making a fitness thingy too, despite joining an increasingly crowded market. The Chinese electronics manufacturer has announced at Mobile World Congress the TalkBand B1. And like its rivals, you can track your fitness regime – like steps taken and calories burned – and be notified of incoming calls. The device includes a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display, supports NFC synching, and has a battery life of six days without [...]

Huawei reveals the MediaPad X1 at MWC – a 7-inch tablet that can make phone calls

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I don’t understand why you need a 7-inch tablet that is able to make phone calls, but Huawei thinks there is a new market for that sort of thing. The Chinese electronics maker has revealed at Mobile World Congress the MediaPad X1 – which combines “the functionality of smartphone and tablet” in one device. Again, I question why. But hey, there’s a reason why I am a blogger sitting in Melbourne and [...]

Windows 8.1 update an admission of failure as Microsoft attempts to repair desktop OS

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Microsoft is slowly walking away from the touchscreen future of Windows, today announcing an update that backtracks on their initial vision of the new OS. In a significant update for Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore today announced at Mobile World Congress that “some of those touch affordances weren’t really tuned as well as we could do for those mouse and keyboard users.” The update will introduce a title bar at the top of [...]

Microsoft reveals few details for new version of Windows Phone at MWC, though leaks paint another picture

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Image: Alex Holyoake/Flickr (Creative Commons) After months of rumours and leaks, Microsoft have today announced a few features from their next version of Windows Phone, which rumours had labelled Windows Phone 8.1. And I must stress the ‘few’. Joe Belfiore took the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce that the new update will “technically” support any Windows Phone 8 device. The new version will also make a lot of changes in [...]

Samsung reveals two new Gear smartwatches – ditches Android OS, but still looks ‘meh’

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Instead of announcing its successor to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at its UNPACKED event this week, Samsung has decided to announce it today. Meet the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo – the Korean company’s second attempt at the smartwatch. And you would have noticed that it’s no longer the Galaxy Gear – and that’s because Samsung has ditched Android in favour of its own Tizen OS. Both the Gear 2 and Gear [...]

Fitbit Force will not be coming to Australia in its current form: recall begins in the US

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In October of 2013 we wrote about the latest fitness tracking device from Fitbit, the Force, which was similar to their previous Flex tracker, but instead had an improved, OLED display and an altimeter. However, despite launching in the US at that time, and promises to ship down under in early 2014, the company has today announced that they are recalling all Fitbit Force devices due to reports of rashes caused [...]

Google reveals Project Tango, a smartphone to map the world around you

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Google has revealed its latest prototype from the Advanced Technology and Projects group – one of the few bits of Motorola that Google has decided to keep instead of selling it to Lenovo. Called Project Tango, the phone looks like an everyday smartphone with a 5-inch screen with a 4-megapixel camera. However, Google says that this phone will be able to learn the space around you – and in real-time. [...]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for US$16 billion

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Image: Jan Persiel/Flickr (Creative Commons) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, will become a part of the Facebook in a sale worth US$16 billion in cash and stock. The service, which is used by 450 million people every month, will remain separate from Facebook Messenger, with continued operations of the company to be independent. While this doesn’t rule out future integration with Messenger, [...]