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The Notifier could be the best entry-level smartwatch so far

Google is preparing to fully roll out Android Wear and the first smartwatch to run the platform could be going on sale soon, but it remains to be seen if consumers are actually interested in extending their mobile devices to their wrists. Having spent a month with the Android and iOS-compatible Martian Notifier smartwatch, I've come to the conclusion that it may offer the best way for early adopters, the mobile-obsessed or the busy every-man or woman to get his or her feet wet in the new wearable world.  Read More

The Toughpad FZ-E1 runs on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the FZ-X1 is home to Andro...

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Amazon Fire Phone and the LG/Google Nexus 5

Before Amazon announced the Fire Phone, many suspected that it would carry budget pricing – a la the Kindle Fire line of tablets. Well, that wasn't the case. But does Amazon's handset offer anything over one of the best smartphone values around, the Nexus 5? Let's compare the two phones' features and specs.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Google/Asus Nex...

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 marries a terrific screen with a ridiculously light and thin build. But is it worth a US$170 premium over the 2013 Nexus 7? Let's see if comparing the two tablets' features and specs tells us anything.  Read More

Researchers used 'Playdrone' to reveal crucial security flaws in Google Play apps, includi...

Researchers at Columbia University School of Engineering performing a large-scale measurement study on the Google Play marketplace have revealed crucial security problems, including secret key data stored by developers in their apps that, if stolen, could be exploited to steal user data from the likes of Amazon and Facebook.  Read More

The Viago app offers the basic features of a typical navigation app, but can be customized...

Perhaps best known for producing GPS hardware, Garmin has announced a navigation application for smartphones. In what looks an attempt by the company to recapture ground lost to Google Maps, Apple Maps and innumerable other smartphone-based alternatives, Viago features the basics of typical smartphone navigation, but can also be customized through a number of in-app purchases.  Read More

Ideum's new Platform 55 prototype is believed to be one the largest Android-based systems ...

New Mexico's Ideum has managed to shave over an inch and a half off the thickness of its Platform 55 display in time for the infoComm 14 trade show being held in Las Vegas this week. The dual boot prototype is being shown off at the booth of development partner 3M Touch Systems.  Read More

Here's how to make your iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android phone a Wi-Fi hotspot

If you find yourself in a situation where your smartphone is your only connection to the web, turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot will come in handy. Here's a look at how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and connect your tablet or laptop to it.  Read More

The VTech InnoTab MAX is a 7-inch tablet for children which will have access to a selectio...

VTech has revealed its upcoming lineup of tablet computers for children, including an Android-powered top-of-the-range model. The InnoTab Max features a 7-in touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi, and the Android 4.2 operating system. In addition to VTech's own apps and learning software, it will also boast access to a selection of more than 200 educator-endorsed Android learning games.  Read More

RoboTar in action at Maker Faire

Of all the robots spotted at last month's Bay Area Maker Faire, the non-descript RoboTar definitely had the most distinctive groove. RoboTar is a robotic guitar hand that attaches to the neck of your instrument and takes care of that tricky fret work allowing for a new way to learn, play one-handed or even encourage experimentation for more experienced players.  Read More

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