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  • What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

    What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

    Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More

  • SwiftKey’s Timely Exit

    SwiftKey’s Timely Exit

    Another European startup exits to an American tech giant. Predictive keyboard app maker SwiftKey, based in London, confirmed today it has sold to Microsoft. Sources put a price-tag of $250 million on the deal, although neither SwiftKey nor Microsoft are confirming a figure. Read More

  • China’s Oppo Sold 50M Smartphones In 2015

    China’s Oppo Sold 50M Smartphones In 2015

    In the game of thrones that is the Android OEM space, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo’s star is rising. It said today it sold 50 million smartphones in the full year 2015 — a growth rate of 67 per cent, year over year. Read More

  • With $4.3 Million PayJoy Is Ensuring Smartphones Land In The Hands Of The Next 2 Billion

    With $4.3 Million PayJoy Is Ensuring Smartphones Land In The Hands Of The Next 2 Billion

    With Project Loon and Internet.org Companies like Google and Facebook are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to the internet, but with a modest $4.3 million in equity and debt the new startup PayJoy is solving an equally important problem — getting actual smartphones into those people’s hands. Co-founded by Mark Heynen… Read More

  • Atmotube Is A Tiny Pollution Sensor That Clears Up What’s In The Air You Breathe

    Portable air quality tracker Atmotube aims to be the Waze for air quality tracking in your city. The device is a tiny tube that you can carry around in your pocket or put on a key chain to monitor the air in your environment. Atmotube links to a smartphone app that tells you if the air you are breathing is toxic. It measures a number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and… Read More

  • HUDWAY Gets Your Eyes Off Your Smartphone And Back On The Road While Driving

    HUDWAY Gets Your Eyes Off Your Smartphone And Back On The Road While Driving

    HUDWAY is a piece of glass that turns any smartphone into a heads-up display on the front of your car. The device beams information from your phone to a thin layer of curved glass mounted to the front of any dashboard for turn-by-turn navigation and phone messages. We hear of the poor fool who lost their life because they were texting or looking at their phone while driving all the time. Read More

  • Nexus 5X Review: Google’s Second Best Flagship Device

    Nexus 5X Review: Google’s Second Best Flagship Device

    LG and Google have worked together again to bring you their latest Nexus incarnation. The Nexus 5X, one of two new flagship phones from Google, is being described fondly by the company as “the all-around champ.” I’m not sure what that means. Also, they’re saying things like the 5X is “capturing the soul of the Nexus family.” I’m not sure what that… Read More

  • Apple Loses ‘Swipe To Unlock’ Patent In German Court

    Apple Loses ‘Swipe To Unlock’ Patent In German Court

    Apple has lost a challenge in the German court system that sought to overturn an earlier ruling, which voided its patent for ‘swipe to unlock’ in Europe. The patent (EP1964022) was granted back in 2010 and was used to win an injunction against Motorola smartphones (back when Moto was owned by Google) in 2012. Motorola has since appealed the injunction, with a decision dependent… Read More

  • Spare5 Raises $10M Series A Round For Its Mobile Mechanical Turk Service

    Spare5 Raises $10M Series A Round For Its Mobile Mechanical Turk Service

    Spare5 lets businesses outsource menial tasks like tagging and describing images, cleaning up data and classifying content to smartphone users who want to earn a few cents while standing at the bus station. It’s basically a mobile-centric version of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and it now has another $10 million in the bank thanks to a Series A funding round led by Foundry Group… Read More

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