Smartisan (China) T1 Smartphone


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Presenting an alternative to the great smartphone divide is independent Chinese startup Smartisan, who has just introduced their T1 smartphone into the market. Like its chief competitors, the phone puts a savvy user interface at the forefront, featuring customizable display on a large 5-inch screen. Under the Gorilla Glass 3-composed hood, the phone is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, giving buyers the option of 16GB or 32GB internal storage.

The genius though, is in the details: the T1 is a notably finger-friendly piece with customizable buttons for easy photo taking, call answering, audio output, and display rotation.

Head over to Engadget for a nifty review video of the Smartisan T1, arriving in China this July for $480 USD.


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Smartisan (China) T1 Smartphone


Japanese phones will soon get alerts for inbound missiles and other attacks


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The Japanese get phone alerts for natural disasters, but they have more than that to worry about these days with an occasionally belligerent North Korea just a stone’s throw away. Accordingly, Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency says that it will soon warn phone owners when there’s a hostile missile launch, a terrorist attack or a similar human-made threat to their region.

The new alerts will use the disaster technology from before, so residents won’t have to worry about software upgrades when the warning system takes effect on April 1st.

Locals hopefully won’t ever see the system put to use, but it’s good to know that it exists.


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Galaxy S5 hits stores early in Korea, as carriers try to dodge sales suspension


South Korea‘s major carriers have pulled their Galaxy S5 launch date forward to, well, today, despite Samsung‘s efforts to keep the native networks in line with the global launch date on April 11. According to a statement received by Bloomberg, Samsung is “very puzzled.” “SK strongly asked form an earlier release of the product by we delivered our stance that the global release date of April 11 remains unchanged.” In South Korea, recent illegal discounts from carriers led to the government regulator slapping a 45-day ban on new customer sign-ups. Carriers apparently already have the GS5 in stock for both marketing activities and to cover their pre-orders on launch day.

SK Telecom said that it had decided to offer the GS5 “for a wider consumer choice of handsets before our suspension begins on April 5.” On their network, the phone is priced at $808 and is available online and in-store starting today.


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uniform experiment (Japan) Phone Pocket Studs Five Star B.D Shirt


Image of uniform experiment Phone Pocket Studs Five Star B.D Shirt
Again finding interesting ways to iterate the timeless button-up shirt for the modern times, uniform experiment presents the Phone Pocket Studs Five Star B.D Shirt. The Japanese fashion mainstay looks to a classic fit in tailoring, while five metal star embellishments on the left sleeve offer bold accents and a chest pocket designed to accommodate one’s smartphone provides functional elements.
Priced ¥28,350 JPY (approximately $275 USD), the shirt is set to be released on February 1 via uniform experiment retailers.
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Samsung promises a ‘back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S 5



Samsung has admitted that the public didn’t see much difference between the Galaxy S III and S4 smartphones and said the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design. Exec Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg that the new flagship will go “back to basics,” adding that “mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.

It’ll also arrive with a brand-new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which itself will have “more advanced functions” and an improvement to what she called “the bulky design.” Other revelations include a possible eye-scanner in the handset for greater security, though that’s still being studied.

Farther down the road, Samsung said that it’s looking at significant changes for the Galaxy Note 3‘s successor in order to target it at professionals who are “willing to pay more for handsets.” As such, it may pack a three-sided display, like the so-called Youm prototype we saw last year at CES 2013, allowing users to read messages from oblique angles. Finally, Lee revealed that the Galaxy S 5 would arrive in March or April after Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Considering we saw the Galaxy S III and S4 around the same period in previous years, however, that’s not a big shocker.

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Tech: Samsung ships 10 million Galaxy Note 3 smartphones in two months



More than 10 million Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones have shipped since the device launched in September, according to the South Korean phone maker’s latest announcement.

Previous versions of the phablet, the Note II and Note I, took four and nine months to hit the same milestone, respectively. The numbers don’t reflect actual sales, though, just how many have been shipped from the factories.

It’s Samsung’s 14th phone to hit the 10 million mark since 2002′s SGH-T100 flipphone, according to the official Samsung Tomorrow blog. All Samsung Galaxy S and Note models are included in the list.

Samsung is the leading handset maker in sales and shipments with about one-third of the global market, followed by Apple.

The company is now working with dozens of companies to create a new operating system called Tizen. The Linux-based OS with an emphasis on HTML5 could be an iOS and Android competitor in the next few years.

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Japan’s VoIP service “Line” inks Sanrio/Hello Kitty deal in effort to conquer US


A hit with mobile messengers in Asian countries, Line plans to introduce itself to the US market with the help of Sanrio and its beloved female Japanese cartoon cat Hello Kitty.

The Japan-based messaging and VoIP calling service, which launched in June 2011, has more than 280 registered users. Line is credited with popularizing the now ubiquitous practice of sending digital stickers in messages to friends.

Line is sticking with its successful sticker formula — it made around $27 million from stickers in the second quarter of 2013 — to conquer new territory and will start hawking a Hello Kitty sticker set, exclusive to US users, on Friday. The cartoon cat, who celebrates her thirty-ninth birthday on November 1, will also have her own official Line account that members can friend to receive news and content.

The partnership marks the start of Line’s push to grow its audience in the US, where competing mobile apps such as WhatsApp and Kik are already big hits with teenagers.

Line has 334 official brand and celebrity accounts and makes money from its VIPs who pay to reach users of the service with a real-time chat feature called “on air mode.” Paul McCartney, The Walking Dead, and Real Madrid also operate official Line accounts.

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Japan’s VoIP service “Line” inks Sanrio/Hello Kitty deal in effort to conquer US