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Google Glass will tether through Android smartphones

Google Glass is going to be Google's 2013 game-changing phenomenon when it rolls out at the end of this year. The new accessory will be priced somewhere around $1500, meaning that the average consumer may opt against purchasing it. It offers a bunch of nifty features, like being able to do a quick search, navigating the streets via a turn-by-turn overlay, and being able to take pictures and record video with voice commands and/or a few button clicks.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 appears at MWC

Thanks to an anonymous source, we've received an image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 being previewed at the Mobile World Congress. The image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was placed on a digital board at Samsung's booth. The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks like its going to be the focal point at Samsung's booth this year, seeing as they're not planning on announcing the Samsung Galaxy S IV until the middle of March, where they'll be holding their own press event.

PlayStation 4 Remote Play will be coming to Android devices

Sony just held its press event for the PlayStation 4 and announced the many new and exciting features that will come with the console. One of the most exciting features announced was the "Remote Play" feature that allows gamers to pause their PlayStation 4 and resume gaming on a mobile device like the PlayStation Vita. Through a recent tweet from Sony, it looks like Android owners have something to gain from the PlayStation 4 as well. The tweet, from PlayStation EU, says, "PS4 companion apps for PS Vita and tablets are coming too #PlayStation2013." Also, from the image shown below, it looks like mobile phones may see Remote Play features as well.

Android 4.2.2 now available for Nexus 4

It was only yesterday that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update became available for a variety of Nexus devices. The GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi), and Nexus 10 were all able to be updated to the latest version. However, Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus 4, was left out of the loop, disappointing a lot of users. Now those of you with a Nexus 4 can rejoice because the Android 4.2.2 OTA has just become available for you.

Intel’s TV service will head to mobile devices

Intel plans on launching its own internet-based TV service soon, and it will also be compatible with mobile devices. Intel Media's general manager, Erik Huggers, confirmed that the company had plans of launching their TV service to mobile devices across a variety of operating systems. Hugger did say, however, that Intel's TV service will initially only launch on a select amount of platforms, and that it may take some time before it becomes available for every device.

Rhino Shield is an impact resistant screen protector

A new kickstarter promises a screen protector that will protect your smartphone or tablet from having its screen cracked. Whether you drop your device, or smash it with a hammer, the new Rhino Shield will keep your screen from shattering. The developers of Rhino Shield promises their product will offer your phone more protection than Gorilla Glass, which many of us know isn't shatter-proof. The Rhino Shield is a polymer that has extreme impact absorption while boasting excellent transparency. There are a total of 6 layers to the screen protector. There is an oil repelling layer, scratch-resistance layer, impact dispersion layer, impact damping layer, high strength layer, and an adhesive layer. The shock-absorbing and impact layers will protect your device from various instances, such as when you drop your phone... or throw it against a wall out of anger. The scratch-resistant layer will help protect your device from accidental scratches, whether they come from your keys or from the claws of your pets. The Rhino Shield does look like an all-in-one screen protector. It protects your phone from all the great dangers a mobile device can encounter, and also provides the basic qualities of a screen-protector, like fingerprint resistance. It's probably a God send for those of you who seem to possess butter fingers. The Rhino Shield group hopes to raise £50,000 by March 13th. So far it has reached nearly £2,500. If you pledge £12 (or around $16), you can get a Rhino Shield for a variety of popular devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, HTC DROID DNA, and more. The pledge prices increase depending on the size of device you want to protect. If this at all interests you, check the Rhino Shield out. [timeline] [via Kickstarter]

OUYA claims its console will be the best Tegra 3 device in the market

OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman has high praises for the OUYA gaming console. She believes that it will be the best Tegra 3 device available in the market. The OUYA gaming console, which is set to go on sale 4 months from now in June, is highly anticipated, raising nearly $8.6 million and having 63,000 backers. The console is expected to be released next month. What's also surprising is that OUYA is also working directly with a team from NVIDIA . According to Engadget, both OUYA and NVIDIA are working together to maximize the efficiency of the Tegra 3 processor inside the OUYA gaming console. Since the OUYA connects directly to a power outlet, there's no battery dependency which means that the Tegra 3 processor can be pushed even farther. Uhrman says that NVIDIA has been extremely supportive in the development of OUYA. NVIDIA is "going all in" and helping OUYA become the "best Tegra 3 device" on the market. With the help from NVIDIA, OUYA has been able to create a huge catalog of TegraZone games that are optimized for the gaming console. NVIDIA has also praised OUYA and say that they've "been amazing to work with". Uhrman believes that OUYA's partnership with NVIDIA will continue to flourish, even with their upcoming gaming consoles. She says that OUYA will launch a new gaming console every year, following the same model as smartphones. This will help the company differentiate from the big console makers, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The OUYA consoles will continue to adopt NVIDIA's latest chips, including this year's Tegra 4. [timeline] [device id=4143] [via Engadget]

NVIDIA reports fiscal Q4 2013 financial results

NVIDIA has just released its financial results for fiscal Q4 2013. The reports show that NVIDIA earned about $1.1 billion in Q4, which is $100 million down from Q3. On the plus side, this is a big increase from fiscal Q4 2012 where NVIDIA made $953 million. That's about a 16.1% year-over-year increase. NVIDIA's net income was $174 million in Q4 which is 16.8% down from the $209.1 million they made in Q3. Year-over-year however, they grabbed a 50% increase in profits from fiscal Q4 2012 where they made $116 million.

New Broadcom LTE chip is compact and energy efficient

Broadcom has just revealedd that it's sampling a new chip that will be LTE capable. The new chip, codenamed BCM21892, will be more compact and more energy efficient compared to prior Broadcom chips. It's speculated that Broadcom created these chips in order to compete with Qualcomm in terms of processor, modem, and connectivity combo chips. A little friendly competition is a great way to increase innovation. Broadcom's latest LTE chip is said to take up 35% less space than its other chips. Also by being smaller than the other chips, the Broadcom LTE chip is also much more energy efficient, with up to 25% battery life savings. This is great news for many users who suffer from poor battery life. The Broadcom chip supports LTE-Advanced 150Mbps Downlink speeds with 50Mbps Uplink speeds. It is compatible with almost any 3GPP LTE frequency band and also supports carrier aggregation for both LTE and WCDMA. It is compatible with WCDMA HSPA+ speeds of up to 42.2Mbps, and also supports GSM/EDGE. It supports VoLTE and is backwards compatibility with 3G calls over WCDMA and GSM, with VoLTE calls saving 40% more power compared to WCDMA calls. The BCM21892 isn't expected to go into production until 2014, but when that happens, we can expect a flurry of changes to smartphones and tablets alike. We will be seeing slimmer smartphones and tablets. We should also be seeing smartphone devices that last more than 6 hours on 1 charge. [timeline] [via SlashGear]

Swype Beta v1.4.5 now available

Great news for all of you who use Swype. Swype Beta has just been updated to version 1.4.5. The update provides some new features, improved performance, and various bug fixes. For those of you who already have Swype Beta installed on your handset, it can take up to 72 hours before you receive the OTA. Swype asks that you wait the 72 hours for your OTA before you report any update failures to them.
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