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Jitterbug Touch 2 smartphone announced, made for aging consumers

Children aren't the only ones getting special attention from the industry these days. Even those who are at the prime of their life and beyond need devices that are tailor fitted to address not only their needs, but also their habits and capacities. Enter Jitterbug Touch 2, the next iteration of the easy to use smartphone made by GreatCall, who specializes in products for aging consumers.

Jelly Bean brought a nice new flavor for Android users in 2012

Android seems to have finally gained some traction this year. And before anyone flames based on that, yes, Android has had traction, however things seem to have really shifted this year. It feels like Android has really stepped up. This of course comes at least in part as a result of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was released back in June during the I/O conference. This year also marked a time when we began seeing some positive reviews coming from those who previously bashed Android.

Chrome gaining a foothold on Android devices

On desktops, Chrome is far and away one of the more popular browsers, but on mobile, it has taken a while to find its footing. Well, according to a new report from Net Applications, Chrome is finally getting a decent amount of usage on Android devices. For iOS, the usage is still negligible, but at least Android users are moving over to Chrome. It shows Google's efforts with the browser were not a waste of time.

13.3-inch Archos FamilyPad launches next month

Have you ever tried to have other people gather around your tablet to watch a video or view some other content? You probably know that a small seven or ten inch screen is not really made for sharing. Archos is looking to make the tablet sharable with its new, larger FamilyPad.

Kobo Arc hits shelves in the UK, Canada, and France

Kobo, the company best known for its ebook readers, is bringing its 7-inch tablet to market in the UK, Canada, and France today. The tablet is available starting at $199, depending on which storage option you choose. The Kobo Arc is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB options, so you can get however much storage you need.

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 to challenge Google Glass in 2013

Every now and then, something comes out and Google's Project Glass that gets everyone excited again. Well, move over Google, because Vuzix has just shown off its own Project Glass competitor that's expected hit the market in 2013. Even cooler, the M100 device is based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The best way to describe the look of the device is to compare it to an oversized Bluetooth headset.

Dragon Mobile Assistant launches on Google Play

Dragon's own Siri competitor launched on Google Play in beta today. Dragon is working hard on its natural language technology, and this app reflects that. The new application completely free, so if you are looking for a new way to interact with your phone, there is no reason to not to take a look at this app. Dragon Go! was Nuance's previous app, and it offered similar functionality to Dragon Mobile Assistant, but this new app functions more like Siri than the previous app. “Consumers loved the original Dragon Go! and wanted even more,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “So we totally redesigned the experience in a conversational way and added the most popular personal assistant features.” It's clear that Dragon took queues from other personal assistant apps and used its voice detection power to build a solid app capable of competing. Dragon's app offers a hands free mode that is perfect for driving. You can wake up the app while driving by simply saying "Hi Dragon." It will also play inbound text messages automatically when set to Driver Mode. With the prevalence of the problems that can come from texting and driving, this is a fantastic feature. Dragon plans to add new features to the app before the year ends. The did not explicitly say if the app will still be called a beta through the year's end. Users with an Android device with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and above can download the app from Google Play right now. [youtube uHSS0yQBC4E] [gallery]
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