It was mere weeks since we saw NEC's last smartphone that will probably never take the plane ride away from Japan, but contrary to its recent financials, the company doesn't appear to be letting up. The NEC Medias LTE N-04D, arriving on NTT DoCoMo, is a little chunkier than its predecessor, but that 11.6mm shell manages to squeeze in 4G connectivity and a 1.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a device that we already know quite a bit about, but one of the things that we aren’t sure of is exactly when it will launch. The Galaxy Note Edge was spied recently passing through the FCC in the US to gain the certifications it needs to launch.
Apple and NTT DoCoMo announced today that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on DoCoMo’s network starting on Tuesday, June 10. Customers can pre-register the devices at DoCoMo dealers and on DoCoMo’s website starting Monday, June 1. Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads will be able to use DoCoMo’s Xi LTE network.
That Samsung released a Pink edition of the Galaxy S5 comes as no shock. After all, it has done something like that before. But for some strange reason, it now felt the need to justify why it is being launched exclusively to Japan. Samsung's premise is that Japan loves pink. Maybe even love is an understatement.
The buttons are easier to type on, the battery lasts longer, it's familiar. No, we're not talking about BlackBerry this time, but the Japanese feature phone. Glorious, folding forefather to the smartphone, and the form-factor that gave birth to gara-kei, a shorthand phrase for "Galapagos phones". It's a negative term pointing to devices that simply wouldn't survive outside of Japan.
Some say that I'm an Australian. And that as well as being an Engineer, I also enjoy a good game and my Android devices, currently the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus 7. All you need to know though is I review hardware and games, write news, and manage the AndroidSPIN Facebook and Pinterest pages.
Since it's a limited edition smartphone, the availability of the Galaxy Note Edge is always going to be something worth noting. Quite surprisingly it isn't its hometown of Korea or the main markets of the US and the UK that will be getting dibs on the eccentric smartphone. Instead Samsung has first launched its curved edge screen smartphone in the Japanese market, supposedly owing to the country's culture of embracing the latest, and sometimes the strangest, technologies, which is what the Galaxy Note Edge definitely is.
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
The iPad is in the news twice this morning, plus an app update from the BBC. Finally!
Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO is scheduled to get the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini on June 10 , according to a press release from Apple. As of June 2, customers can pre-register for an iPad Air or a Retina iPad mini via DOCOMO's website.
The BBC has released a major update to its iPlayer app for iOS.
Do you really love your wheels? Instacar (free) may be just the app for you. Take a picture of your beloved car, load the photo into InstaCar and add car logo and model graphics to your photo.
InstaCar grabs your location and adds it to the photo if you want, and there are a bunch of templates so you can arrange things the way you want. You can also add some text on your own.
If you think it’s been too long since you’ve used a walkie talkie, you may be in luck. Verizon Wireless, America’s most loved/hated carrier, is adding “push to talk” functionality to some of their smartphones. They’re calling it Push To Talk Plus, and it basically does what you’d hope it to: use your phone like a walkie talkie.
Now that LG's marched out itslatest flagship smartphone, its time to repeat the process for smaller hands. That's where the G3 Beat comes in, folding in laser-guided camera autofocus, thatself-learning keyboard, LTE and a removable 2,540mAh battery. What it doesn't get, however, is that ridiculously sharp quad-HD display found on the G3.
There's a lot of talk these days about ways to prevent smartphone theft. The iPhone's kill switch feature seems to be doing a pretty good job of curbing iPhone thefts, and that's definitely a good thing, but I have a feeling this creepy case from Japan might do an even better job. If nothing else, it'll probably scare at least a few would-be crooks away before they even realize what it is.
Likely because it’s designed to be more stationary than travel-friendly, the keyboard is chunkier than those built into cases. Measuring just over a foot across, and about 6.6” deep, it ranges from 0.75” at its thickest, the back end, to about 0.5” at the front. Made of mostly matte black plastic—there’s a ring of glossy material around the exterior—it feels sturdy, but not as dense as one might expect. The 23.
Researchers and marketers often want to know what catches your eye, whether it's players on the basketball court or just a new shampoo at the store. They may have an easier time figuring this out with Tobii's latest eye-tracking headset, theTobii Glasses 2.
While you're sitting on the sofa watching yourNFL teamof choice take the field, you're likely peeking at a mobile device for updates, too. If that's the case, Twitter is looking tolend a handthis season withcurated timelinesfor action around the league and game-specific options.
Enterprise security startup Centrify just nabbed a $42 million venture investment from Samsung Ventures and others, one day after Google announced it was buying its own Android security company, Divide. Centrify makes enterprise security software that manages employee passwords. It also has a cloud service that does the same, competing with hot startups like Okta.
I am the proud father of three, 3, 9, and 12. I recently upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Sony Xperia Z. Having so many kids warranted a change of pace. Let me tell you, it is mind blowing. I love Android, I love tech and I love my family. Not in that order though. I work hard, play even harder and take care of all that are around me when I can.AT&T has announced a new device, for them, that is headed for their shelves on October 10th. They are officially going to be stocking the Moto G with LTE connectivity this comingFriday.
There are now so many portable speakers available that have Bluetooth, speakerphone capabilities, really good sound for their size, and decent battery life, that choosing one is getting harder and harder. But really, who cares? Just a few short years ago, these technological perks we take for granted were mind-blowing.