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5-inch screen smartphones to rule the roost in 2013

High-end mobile smartphones Last year, the world was talking about dual-core handsets being the norm. This year the standard for high- end smartphones appears to be quad-core processors. As per a report by CNET, 2013 will not only be about improvements in processors; handsets will be a lot larger and the future crop of high-end models will feature 5-inch displays. …

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Cheaper smartphones boost Sony, Microsoft in Europe

Sony smartphone is less than half that of market   Price cuts helped Japan’s Sony Corp. become the No. 4 smartphone maker in key European markets in July-September, overtaking Nokia and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion , market research firm Kantar said on Monday.   Sony still trailed Samsung Electronics, Apple and HTC in the five largest European markets Kantar …

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Sony announces new line of slim external batteries for smartphones and tablets

Sony announced on Monday that it will introduce a new line of external batteries for smartphones and tablets. Shipping in capacities of 3,500 to 7,000mAh, these external juice boxes weigh around 198 grams and measure 130.6mm by 12.9mm, making them about the size of a modern smartphone. Charging devices via USB, Sony claims that these portable pick me ups can …

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ZTE smartphones with Mozilla Firefox OS coming next year

The first smartphones running Mozilla’s own mobile OS aka Firefox Mobile may be launched in early 2013. Chinese ZTE and TCL (which makes Alcatel-branded products) are on board to make compatible devices, with ZTE saying its first Firefox Mobile smartphones will launch in the first quarter of next year. Additionally, in an interview to The Wall Street Journal, the company’s …

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Microsoft and RIM agree on a patent deal for storage tech

Well, what do you know, there is peace in the patent world after all. Microsoft and Research In Motion today signed a patent licensing agreement that gives the BlackBerry maker access to Microsoft’s file system technology. What is this stuff RIM is licensing, you ask? That technology is called Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT), and according to Microsoft it optimizes …

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