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Briefly: RealPlayer Cloud goes international, Aereo launch in Austin

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:45
RealNetworks has announced today that RealPlayer Cloud is now available for international users. RealPlayer Cloud provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage space, with additional storage available through subscription plans starting at $5 per month for 25GB of data. The app offers users moving, watching and sharing of videos with any user on any device, across platforms, supporting a wide variety of video formats....
    
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HTC to build distributed computing network with idle Android phones

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:13
At the Mobile World Congress, Phone manufacturer HTC has unveiled an initiative to allow idle Android smartphones connected to a power source and networked by Wi-Fi simultaneously to use processing time to solve computing problems suitable for solution on a massively parallel computing cluster. HTC claims that using the "Power to Give" program the combined power of one million idle HTC One phones add up to a one-petaflop supercomputer, which, if indexed, would place it around 35th on the top 500 supercomputers in operation today....
    






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Hands on: ZTE Grand Memo II LTE

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:03
ZTE launched an updated version of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress, one year after it revealed the original. The Grand Memo II LTE upgrades the original's 5.7-inch display for a six-inch model, as rumored last week, along with a number of other performance improvements. Electronista paid a visit to the company to see how far the phablet has improved on its predecessor....
    






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BlackBerry porting BBM to Windows Phone for summer release

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:54
The BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform communications suite will be available for Windows Phone sometime this summer. The upcoming release was noted on the official BlackBerry blog earlier today, with confirmation that the app for Windows Phone will retain the same functionality as it has on Android, BlackBerry 10, and Apple's iOS. No specific release date was noted, but the app will continue to be free....
    






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Panasonic adds five-inch 'tablet' with telephony to Toughpad line

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:34
Panasonic today unveiled plans at Mobile World Congress to broaden its Toughpad range of rugged series with a new five-inch rugged model. The new device is aimed for mobile workers who need a rugged device that can handle voice and data in the field or in challenging environments, including the emergency services and public safety as well as logistics, factories and warehouses....
    






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Apple sues Chinese government, Zhizhen in Siri-related patent dispute

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:50
Apple has filed a lawsuit against China's State Intellectual Property Office, as well as Shanghai company Zhizhen Network Technology, according to news agencies Xinhua and Agence France-Presse. Zhizhen owns a voice recognition patent which Apple previously asked the SIPO to invalidate. The lawsuit is due to reach the Intermediate People's Court on Thursday....
    






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Silent Circle and Geeksphone launch secure Blackphone mobile device

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:11
Silent Circle and Geeksphone today announced its inaugural product, the Blackphone -- a smartphone designed from first principles to place privacy and control directly in the hands of its users. The company claims that for its $629 offering price, that is is providing $1469 in hardware and privacy enhancing security services to purchasers of its forked Android-based device....
    






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Mad Catz debuts C.T.R.L.i wireless game controller for iOS 7

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:58
Accessory maker Mad Catz has announced the C.T.R.L.i, a new wireless gamepad for iOS devices. The controller connects via Bluetooth, and works with any device capable of running iOS 7. It comes with a spring-loaded mount, however, specially tailored to hold an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c at a convenient viewing angle....
    






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Report: LG to manufacture Google Smartwatch, first reveal in March

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:28
A pair of sources have recently popped up, claiming that electronics manufacturer LG and Google were teaming up to build out the search engine behemoth's second wearable computing device in the form of its first smartwatch. The device is expected to be compatible with multiple devices, unlike Samsung's first effort in the space, and will be powered by at least an offshoot of Google's Android operating system....
    






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Hands on: Sony Xperia M2, Xperia Z2 Tablet

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:24
The Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet both launched at the same time as the Xperia Z2 earlier today. One attempts to be a value-priced alternative to the Xperia Z2 in appearance and functionality, while the other takes after the name and offers a far larger surface to use. Electronista stayed at the Sony exhibit to look over the two other devices, and work out if they are worth a second glance when compared to the new flagship smartphone....
    






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Hands on: Sony Xperia Z2

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:55
Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Sony unveiled the upgraded version of its previous flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1, alongside two other devices. The Xperia Z2 appears to be similar to the original but with a number of improvements. Electronista travelled to Sony's stand at the trade show to try out the device, in order to find out if it is as impressive as Sony makes it appear....
    






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MWC: Sony reveals Xperia M2, Z2 smartphones; Z2 tablet

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:15
At the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, Sony has taken the wraps off a trio of devices at its pre-expo keynote. Shown today by CEO Kazuo Hirai are the Xperia M2 midrange phone, and the premium Xperia Z2 smartphones coupled with the Xperia Z2 tablet....
    






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Hands on: Nokia X

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 05:27
The Nokia X is the company's long-anticipated attempt at an Android smartphone, after offering customers its Asha platform and Windows Phone for a considerable amount of time. Even for a debut effort, Nokia has attempted to try and differentiate itself from the more typical Android devices by heavily customizing the operating system. Electronista tried out the base Nokia X model shortly after its launch....
    






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Nokia launches Android-based X device range, Nokia 220, Asha 230

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 04:47
Nokia has started its campaign at Mobile World Congress this morning by launching a total of five devices, with three running on Android. The Nokia 220 featurephone and Asha 230 were unveiled by the company, with the main launch this year being taken up by the rumored Nokia X, as well as a variant with more storage in the form of the Nokia X+, and a larger-screened version called the Nokia XL....
    






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Briefly: Combo headset and fitness band, Bing adds Timeline to searche

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 02:11
Huawei has announced its upcoming wearable tech device, the TalkBand B1. Described as both a fitness band and Bluetooth headset combined, the band has a removable earpiece that accepts calls, and when used in the band tracks physical activities including sleep. Its 90mAh battery can last up to six days powering the flexible OLED display. The TalkBand B1 is not anticipating release in the US, though will be available in Chinese markets next month, and Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe in the second quarter of 2014....
    






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