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Briefly: Pocket reveals Android Wear service, new BirdFlight platform

03/21, 8:04pm

Read-it-later service reveals prototype app for Android Wear platform

Pocket, the read-it-later service that syncs articles across devices, has revealed a preview of its prototype app for Google's Android Wear platform. An Android Wear smartwatch is designed for delivering concise information, such as notifications, news alerts, and more; Pocket's prototype offers the ability to save content to Pocket from an alert. In a blog post, Max Weiner of Pocket gives an example of a friend sending the user an interesting article, which sends an alert to the Android Wear smartwatch. If the user wants to save that article to Pocket to read later, they can swipe, and an action pops up to save to Pocket. Considered a work in progress by the company due to Android Wear's SDK still in Developer Preview, a release date is not yet available.

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Android-based Nokia 'Normandy' resurfaces with cover

01/13, 6:22am

Covered Nokia prototype claimed to be rumored Android smartphone

A photograph of a device described as a prototype of Nokia's rumored Android-based smartphone has surfaced. The "engineering prototype" shot of what is alleged to be the Nokia "Normandy" strongly suggests that the smartphone producer is still working on the device, despite the impending purchase of the company's "Devices and Services" business by Microsoft.

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Rumor: Foxconn building prototypes of larger iPads, iPhones

12/03, 7:52pm

Repeated reports may be an 'echo chamber' effect, or mirror actual trials

Rumors and other unconfirmed reports about Apple products -- particularly those that are only in an experimental prototype or testing phase -- are difficult to sort out. Readers who see similar reports on multiple sites or in various print and online outlets have a tendency to believe them after a while, even if the reports are just echoing each other. New reports have emerged recently from different sources claiming that Apple is at least probing the idea of larger iPad and iPhone models, but a healthy dose of skepticism is often required.

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Sony Mobile poster asks employees to avoid smartphone leaks

09/20, 6:26am

Internal poster gives instructions for out-of-office prototype usage

Sony is hoping to tighten up its security surrounding its mobile devices in the future, after the launch of the Xperia Z1. The electronics giant has allegedly placed posters in its offices to warn its staff away from sharing details with non-employees, complete with its list of rules for handing confidential, prototype mobile devices.

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Photographs alleged to be of Nokia tablet prototype appear online

07/09, 5:53am

Nokia tablet said to have 1.3GHz Tegra 3, Windows RT

A tablet claimed to be Nokia's allegedly-shelved Windows RT device has been shown off in a set of recently-uploaded photographs. The images show the prototype slate, complete with Nokia branding on the rear and a 10.1-inch display, and suggests that Nokia has done a significant amount of work on the device before effectively ceasing its tablet efforts.

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Sony trials 13.3-inch e-ink reader, stylus in Japanese universities

05/13, 7:51am

Aims to replace paper with touchscreen e-ink display for note taking

Sony has been working on a device for using e-ink as digital paper in an educational setting. Aimed at universities as a replacement for pen and paper-based notetaking by students, the prototype is a 13.3-inch, 1200x1600-resolution, 16-level gray scale e-ink display-as-tablet with touchscreen capabilities, as well as stylus input for drawing and writing.

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RIM tempts developers with new BlackBerry 10 prototype

11/29, 10:23am

New prototype uses keyboard, forgoes touchscreen-only interface

Research In Motion has revealed it will make a new prototype BlackBerry 10 device available to developers. The announcement at BlackBerry JAM in Asia said that developers could apply for one of the 1,500 devices, and that recipients of the prototypes will be able to swap the device after launch for a full-production version.

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Researchers create ForcePhone for squeeze-based conversation

10/16, 5:03am

Nokia N900 converted to vibrate when squeezed

A phone has been modified to be able to transfer a squeeze to another phone. A prototype by Nokia Research and the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology amended an N900 to use a resistor to detect up to four different levels of pressure from compression. The recipient of the phone call receives different levels of vibration, depending on the amount of pressure applied.

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Quartz storage medium developed by Hitachi researchers

09/24, 7:16pm

New storage has low data density, but extremely durable

Hitachi has developed a prototype storage media, filing information on slivers of quart glass that can endure extreme environmental conditions without degrading. The new technology stores data in binary form by creating dots inside a thin layer of quartz which can be read with an ordinary optical microscope and associated software package.

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Rare iPhone 4 prototype surfaces on eBay

08/22, 6:58am

A rare iPhone 4 has surfaced on eBay replete with an unusual deathstar-like 'protologo.' According to the description, it is features an unusual back that clamps to the body without screws, as was fitted to the final shipping model. Further, it is also still fully functional and runs Apple's 'SwitchBoard' software testing suite and is designated the N90AP.

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Apple 2005 'purple' prototype shows it did not copy Sony

07/30, 7:15am

New court docs reveal 'purple' prototype predates 'Sony' design study

Apple has released images of an iPhone prototype from 2005 codenamed 'purple' as evidence to refute Samsung's assertion that Apple copied its iPhone design from Sony. The prototype was asserted by Apple's lawyers to predate the 2006 Sony-inspired prototype designed by Apple's Shin Nishibori. As a result, Apple's lawyers have filed (pdf) to have Samsung's references to Nishibori design study stricken from the record.

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Japanese repair lab assembles 'new iPhone' from parts leaks

07/29, 8:00pm

May be faked, but matches previous specs, leaks

A Japanese repair site has cleverly taken various parts that have been previously reported as being from the sixth-generation iPhone (often referred to as the "iPhone 5" to follow the iPhone 4S) and assembled a non-working casing to better illustrate what it believes the next iPhone, expected this fall, will look like. While the iLab Factory prototype could be a decoy or fake, the parts and assembly match various reports of the planned redesign and may represent a mostly-accurate look at the next model.

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Court docs show Apple took design inspiration from Sony

07/27, 6:13am

Samsung filing claims Apple copied Sony for iPhone design

A Samsung filing has revealed what had been a highly confidential iPhone prototype that bears a Sony logo, according to The Verge. In one instance, the same design also carries a 'Jony' logo variant that appears to be a hat tip to Apple design chief Jony Ive. The court filing by Samsung appears intended to show that Apple derived its designs from the work of others, although the designs in question were developed in-house by Apple.

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Prototype dual-dock iPad sells for $10,200 on Ebay

05/29, 6:35pm

Apple did not file to recover 'stolen' property

Surprising observers who had speculated that Apple would close down the auction, a rare prototype iPad with two 30-pin dock connectors sold for a total of $10,200, about $200 above the original asking price. The unit had dock connectors on the "bottom" and "left side" of the iPad, and was functional except for a faulty digitizer, which renders the touchscreen inoperative. The unit still had Apple's "Switchboard" testing software included.

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