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How sensors make your phone “Star Trek smart”

Can your current smartphone be any smarter? Sure it can, if the device knows how to better understand its surroundings with the help of internal sensors. Qualcomm’s Project Gimbal does just that for app developers. Here’s a peek at how Paramount is using the technology.

Which Zagg keyboard is right for your iPad mini?

I tested both of Zagg’s iPad mini keyboard cases and either is a nice accessory. There’s a difference in typing, however, due to the two sizes. That means you’ll have to figure out if you value portability or a better typing experience when choosing.

Getting started with NFC on the phone and in the home

Don’t think that wireless NFC tags are just for mobile payments. You can do practically anything with them if you know how to program them with small bits of data. Some free apps make this easy and I’m already on the NFC bandwagon at home.

For $199, is Acer’s C7 Chromebook worth it?

Google surprised many with the launch of a $199 Chromebook this week. So what’s the Acer C7 like? Overall the quality and performance is better than I expected for the price and it even has a 320 GB hard drive for those who want local storage.

iPad mini: Big experience in a small package

Apple’s iPad mini is here, but does it offer a big experience in a small package or is this just a useless device for many? I like the form factor and it turns out that the lower resolution display isn’t all that bad!

Hands on with Microsoft’s sexy Surface RT

Along with Windows 8, Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet is here. The slate uses chips that typically power smartphones but Windows runs quite well on it and the hardware is extremely well made and — dare I say it — sexy? See for yourself in this early look.

Video hands-on with Google’s new $249 Chromebook

Google’s newest Chromebook, made by Samsung, only costs $249 and offers the same general performance of ChromeOS is a smaller, lighter package. How’d they do it? This model uses the same chip type that powers smartphones and tablets. Take a look at my hands-on thoughts.

Galaxy Note 2: Phone, tablet or both?

It’s hard to classify what Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is because it generally requires two hands to use and has a 5.5-inch display. But it fits in a front pants pocket and makes voice calls. Here’s our first look!

Video look at the $15 Blurex Ultra Slim case for Nexus 7

Can a $15 tablet case really be any good? After just one day with the Blurex Ultra Slim case for Nexus 7, the answer is yes. Aside from protecting the tablet, it gives full access to all controls and offers three viewing angles in landscape, plus the integrated magnets automatically wake or sleep the Nexus 7.

Is T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note worth wait?

It’s here! Samsung’s Galaxy Note has arrived for those wanting a T-Mobile version and it looks to be worth the wait. This video look shows Android 4.0.4, the S-Pen and an overall size comparison between the Note, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 tablet.

Motorola’s Atrix HD: Thin with a big HD screen

Motorola’s Atrix HD for AT&T just arrived for review and I’ve already taken a quick video to give you an idea of what the phone is like. Yes it’s thin and the HD screen impresses; especially for $99 with contract. I particularly like the landscape dock.

Google’s new ChromeBook impresses

So I dropped $449 for a new Samsung ChromeBook 550 last week. And I can’t put it down! Why? Because once you don’t have native or third-party apps to rely on, you start to see a web that’s more powerful, and fun, than you thought.

Can you read in the dark with a Kindle Touch light case?

Before Barnes & Noble debuted the Nook with GlowLight last week, I had already bought a Kindle Touch even though it didn’t work in the dark. Now it does, thanks to the Amazon Kindle Touch lighted case. Does this solution work for e-ink? See for yourself.

Phone or tablet? Galaxy Note is both!

A Samsung Galaxy Note review unit arrived this weekend; here’s a brief look at the hardware. People are asking the wrong question about the Note, trying to classify it as a phone, a tablet or even a “phablet.” I’ll show you the right question to ask.

Wahoo Blue HR: using the Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate monitor

This year is shaping up to be a good one for health-related gadgets thanks to the new Bluetooth 4.0 specification and profiles. The $79 Wahoo Blue HR is among the first of these devices to take advantage of this low-powered wireless capability and I took it for a five mile test run. There’s no need to charge the heart rate monitor because it runs on a fairly standard watch battery that should last for at least a year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best small slate yet?

When I held the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, I was hooked. The new Tab is slimmer, has a vastly improved display, more RAM and 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. I imported one, so here’s a first look at this thin, all-day Honeycomb tablet.

Chrome for Android is faster and feature packed!

Google merged its Chrome browser with Android today and I’m thrilled to see it. The new Chrome beta is fast and it has a clean interface. If you’re a Chrome user on the desktop, Chrome for Android can open whatever webpage you’re browsing on the PC.

Transformer Prime: the hottest Android tablet yet?

Asus kicked things up a notch at CES with the Transformer Prime and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, making for the best tablet gaming I’ve seen yet. The Transformer Prime and keyboard dock should run for at least 18 hours; take a look at this potent portable.

Cloud gaming on the iPad with OnLive

OnLive’s game service is already available for Android devices, but there’s an iOS version in the works. Here’s a hands on demo with the beta client on an iPad, along with the OnLive wireless controller, which I think brings a much better experience than the touchscreen.

Is Android really laggy? Video proof says yes.

Android devices have long been known for their laggy touch experience. Has this changed with the latest Android flagship? Not quite. Here’s a video that uses a developer option to show the lag, as well as new technology that could minimize it in the future.

CES Video: Huawei’s Android 4.0 tablet hands on

Given my love for 7-inch tablets, I had to swing by Huawei’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Chinese company is showing off its MediaPad tablet with Android 4.0 and beautiful IPS display. Here’s a look at the light, thin and capable 7-inch slate.

CES Video: BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 sneak peek

RIM is showing off BlackBerry 2.0 for the PlayBook so I got a quick video look. Native email is nice as are new social integrations and ported games. The software makes the PlayBook better, but with poor sales throughout 2011, will anyone care in 2012?

CES: Intel powered Android tablet with 10 hour runtime

Just like every prior CES in the past few years, Intel is touting how its chips are ready for mobiles. The only difference in 2012 is that I’m starting to believe the company after seeing Intel’s Medfield chip power an Android tablet that runs all day.

CES: Quick tour of Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx

During my CES show floor travels, I swung by Motorola’s booth and see the Droid Razr Max. Why? Because battery technology hasn’t changed much and Moto claims a 21 hour runtime for it’s latest Android smartphone. But it’s still only 8.99 millimeters in thickness!

CES Hands on: Samsung Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE

In between appointments at the Consumer Electronics Show I spent ten minutes getting my hands dirty with two of Samsung’s newest devices. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE grabbed my attention so after a few minutes of using both, I took a few short video clips amongst the crowd.

How I’m keeping mobile devices charged at CES

Innergie just launched its PocketCell portable battery, and sent me a review unit for use at CES. The portable battery and cable system has already saved my hide here at the show and I’ll be buying my own as soon as I get back home.

How does Google Wallet work? Really well!

I hacked Google Wallet on my Galaxy Nexus, which has an NFC chip and supports wireless payments. My first purchase was at a gas station; not the safest place to use a smartphone, but it all worked out.

Galaxy Nexus: hottest handset yet?

The Galaxy Nexus ordered from the U.K. flew through customs and just arrived. I haven’t spent too much time with it, but the little time I’ve had with the first Android 4.0 smartphone has been most impressive. The best way to put the experience? Android has finally grown up.

Stephen Elop: the GigaOM Interview

GigaOM recently had the chance to sit down with Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop. Here’s what Elop had to say about the company’s new phone strategy in addition to the decision to partner with Microsoft instead of Google, how U.S. carrier negotiations are proceeding and what plans Nokia may have in the fast growing tablet space.

Is now the right time for an inPulse smartwatch?

Here’s a hands-on look at this $149 smartwatch that wireless works with a BlackBerry or Android phone. It can run apps, but the main purpose is to provide notifications on your wrist for emails, text messages and incoming calls.

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MobileTechRoundup is a weekly audio take on the mobile world of the hosts: Matt Miller and Kevin C. Tofel. Each 30-minute MP3…

MobileTechRoundup podcast 244

Join Matt and Kevin for the weekly mobile tech podcast. On today’s show, Nokia’s numbers tumble, the best Android browser gets even better, Kevin’s new favorite headphones and more thoughts on the slowly maturing tablet market. Participate in the show’s live chat room during the podcast!

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide: super-looking camera!

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide smartphone launches later this month and pairs the latest version of Google Android with an advanced camera. Here’s a quick video overview of the upcoming dual-core handset with QWERTY keyboard, mainly focusing on the new camera modes and 8 megapixel sensor.

MobileTechRoundup Episode 241

Join Matt and Kevin for this week’s podcast on mobile technology. Today on the show: HTC Flyer hands on, thoughts on Ultrabooks, teen talk about HP’s Veer with webOS, plus a first look at how T-Mobile’s new 42 Mbps HSPA+ network fares with the Rocket 3.0.

MobileTechRoundup Podcast 235

Join Matt and Kevin this week as they share hands-on thoughts of Apple’s iPad 2, the HTC Arrive and the Dell Venue. See if they think a Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom will sell and will Samsung’s new Galaxy Players have a shot against Apple’s iPod touch!

MobileTechRoundup Podcast 234

Join Matt and Kevin on the live podcast as they discuss the iPad 2, tablet pricing and developments in Windows Phone 7 as well as the cellular market. And what’s the best buck that Kevin spent this week? It’s an Android app!

MobileTechRoundup 226

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover the week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording and listen later.

MobileTechRoundup 224

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 223

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording and listen later.

TechUniversity Freebie: Publishing a Podcast

Today we’ve got a full-length TechUniversity freebie for you! Embedded below is a 19 minute screencast on publishing a podcast with GarageBand and some other tools. We’ll walk you through how to export your podcast and get it published!

MobileTechRoundup 220

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording and listen later.

MobileTechRoundup 219

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording and listen later.

MobileTechRoundup 218

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording and listen later.

MobileTechRoundup 217

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 216

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 215

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 214

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 213: Podcasting Live at 9am EDT

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 212: Podcasting Live at 1pm ET

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 208 — Live Podcast at 1pm ET

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

MobileTechRoundup 206 – Podcasting LIVE!

Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover this week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the latest software, hardware and web services. If you missed the live show, you can grab an MP3 audio recording.

SonicMountain Buys Podcast Aggregator Odeo

Digital hosting company SonicMountain has acquired podcast aggregator Odeo. The company had been looking for a buyer since February. Odeo’s…

Podcasting & The Law: UK

Sounds like a law school course and maybe it is … As podcasting continues to evolve into a mix of user-gen and corporate biz, the licensin…

PDF Magazine Downloads in iTunes

Music, audio and video podcasts, silent text podcasts, and more recently, Apple has started to offer magazine PDF downloads as well….at le…

So Curry Is In A Hurry

Let’s start with this: Adam Curry is neither the figurehead nor the face of podcasting…may have been a year ago, but not now. I am not sur…

Text Reading on iPods, By Slate

I bet there’s a better way, technically, to do this, than adding a text file to a silent audio podcast, as online newsmagazine Slate is doin…

Podtech.net’s Funding: $5.5 Million

We mentioned Podtech.net’s funding earlier this week…the company has announced the formal amount: $5.5 million. Venrock led the first rou…

Podtech.net Gets Funding

Podtech.net, kinda like the PR Newswire of podcasting (with original interviews thrown in) has received venture funding from Venrock and USV…

Podcasting And Public Radio Affiliates

(via Technology360) Compare this to the Gervais-Audible story below and you can see how complex the issues are where local media affiliates…

New Magazine About, Lo Behold, Podcasting

Come to think of it, this should have been obvious: a consumer phenomenon and a magazine around it. Sure…here’s one on podcasting. ID3 Pod…

Podcasting and Video Pod Economy: A Roundup

A bunch of developments over the last week, all centered around the iPod/podcasting:
— Podcast Advertising Figures: Some interesting ad rev…

AudioFeast Closed; PodBridge Born

Stumbled upon this company through a job posting on Craigslist: podBridge. The SF-based site hasn’t been launched yet, but the posting says…

Drexel U. to Hand Out Video-Playing iPods

That was quick…officials at Drexel University in Philly say they’ve come up with a plan to give the devices to the 33 students enrolled in…

Apple’s iTunes Adds Video Podcasts

So says this WSJ story: Apple has quietly added video to its recently launched podcasting integration. It is allowing podcasters to submit v…

AOL’s Podcasting 101 Plus

AOL.com’s podcasting efforts popped up on the radar late last month but this week marks the official unveiling. We’ll have some specifics ve…

Melodeo Plans Podcast Downloads To Mobiles

From sister site MocoNews.net: Seattle-based mobile music startup Melodeo has announced plans to offer free software to enable mobile users…

Podcast: David vs. Goliath

A very interesting story on how podcasting has exploded: In one of the shortest trajectories yet for a new Internet technology, podcasting h…

BBC’s Annual Report: New Media Activities

Bunch of interesting figures in BBC’s annual report, and the linked one is for new media. Spending on bbc.co.uk, excluding BBC Worldwide’s b…

Podcasting Presents Ad Challenge

The same portability that makes podcasting appealing makes it difficult to track with meaningful metrics beyond the number of downloads. Tha…

IR Podcasting En Route

I’m surprised it took this long but an investor relations company finally is offering podcasts. WILink plc’s Vcall will add podcasts of corp…

Blinkx Adds Podcast, Video Blog Search

Hot off of being named one of Time’s “50 coolest websites,” video search engine Blinx.tv — billed as “the only search engine optimized for…

Clear Channel Accelerates Podcasting Rollout

Pleased with the results of podcasting at NYC Top 40 WHTZ-FM, Clear Channel is pushing farther faster more than 20,500 pieces of content wer…

First Look At Podcast Site Odeo

Some screenshots and a brief review of Odeo in beta from Google Blogoscoped, who calls it “a very good-looking, smoothly working podcast por…

Penguin Books, Remixed

Podcasting and radio isn’t the only place for audio innovation, despite all the buzz and hype…Penguin Books in UK is doing a novel experim…

NPR Considers Digital Distribution Options

NPR informed Audible five motnhs ago that it would be ending its distribution deal at the end of May but the public broadcaster has yet to d…

More on iTunes Podcast, Video Plans

Updated:Lost in the shuffle (no pun intended) of the fuss over Intel, duriong his keynote to developers today, Steve Jobs also showed off th…

BBC Beethoven Podcasts Stir Controversy

The BBC advances the concept of podcasting a notch by incorporating RSS downloads into the “Beethoven Exeperience” — and irks a few folks i…

After ABC, NBC Jumps Onto Podcasting Wagon

In what’s far too reminiscent of a round of Spy vs. Spy, ABCNews.com and NBC News/MSNBC.com both announced podcasting initiatives today. The…

Business Week Joins The Pod People

Built on a blogging foundation, podcasting is catching on publicly much faster than blogs did intially. It took years for most major media c…

Jobs: iTunes Software To Support Podcasting

Steve Jobs told attendees at the Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference Sunday night that the next version of Apple’s iTun…

Rush Limbaugh Jumps On Podwagon

Rush Limbaugh adds podcaster to his resume June 3, when subscribers to Rush Limbaugh 24/7 ($49.95 annually) will be able to get a podcast fe…

Podshow Debuts On Sirius Tonight

Adam Curry’s Podshow debuts tonight on Sirius, a cavalcade of podcasts collected into one four-hour broadcast. The timing makes sense for Si…