The Mobile Life

Walmart To Implement New Point Of Sale System Using The iPhone

Wal-Mart Is Testing An Option For iPhone Users to Check Out With Their Phone

As retailers and restaurants are trying to figure out ways to speed up the checkout process, retail giant Walmart may be implementing  a new, expeditious process using a smartphone. Walmart is aiming to let customers pay with a tap of their iPhones. “Scan & Go” is the company’s POS system that’s currently being tested. It will allow shoppers to scan ...

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Not a Complete Loss: Samsung Makes 26% of the Parts Needed to Create iPhones and iPads

Apple may have laid a pounding on Samsung in its recent billion dollar court settlement, but things are not always what they seem.  Samsung actually makes a lot of money from Apple, since Samsung has some supplier relationships with the company that serve to enhance its bottom line significantly. For one, Samsung is the sole supplier of chips that power ...

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Judge Orders Samsung to Pay Apple a Cool Billion Dollars in Lawsuit

A judge recently put the billion dollar smackdown on Samsung for trying to emulate the brilliance of Apple’s iPhone.  Apple, which was just named the most valuable company in American history, had a seemingly endless supply of resources to fight the battle and contended that Samsung was in violation of many of its copyrights. After a year of fighting in ...

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Man Accidentally Butt-Dials 911 During a Drug Deal

Justin Kryzanowski, a 24-year-old man from Pennsylvania, probably regrets where he puts his phone when he’s not using it.  The man is being accused of accidentally calling 911 during a drug deal, allowing police to hear the whole ordeal.  According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, police heard the deal and then chose to close in after tracing the call back to ...

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Stephanie Humphrey’s Latest App: Where Your Kids Can Eat Free

In this latest installment of “A Matter of Life and Tech,” Stephanie Humphrey shows you two apps that can really make a difference in your life.  First, there is an app that shows you have to get gas at the lowest prices.  In this economy, saving money can be critical, so having this information on your phone can be crucial. ...

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Buyer Beware: Mobile Phone Apps Can Steal Your Contacts and Change Settings on Your Phone

Pop-up ads are just never fun, although some would say that they are necessary.  Well, there are now thousands of smart phone apps that run ads from crazy ad networks that change the settings on your phone and take your contact info without your permission.  All this is according to a new study that was released this week. Researchers say ...

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HP Pavilion dv6 gets treated to AMD’s Trinity processor, shakes hands with Ivy Bridge twin

HP's Pavilion dv6 must be pretty popular. That's how we'd explain the fact that the laptop will be one of the first to land with AMD's Trinity chipset -- despite already appearing with an Ivy Bridge refresh

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‘Free form’ lens over mobile display could improve audio and haptics, says Motorola patent filing

It's hard to tell exactly what Motorola is thinking of here, but it probably isn't a billowing sheet of fabric stretched loosely over the face of a smartphone -- even if that's what it looks like.

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Imagination goes ‘all out’ with bigger PowerVR graphics cores: the G6230 and G6430

Imagination Technologies has launched two new variants of its Series6 "Rogue" GPU, giving manufacturers more choice for the loadouts of next-gen mobile devices, TVs and dash systems. The PowerVR G6230 and G6430 differ from the earlier Series6 cores in one single respect: they're bigger, which means they're designed for those who want to go "all out" for better performance. At this point it's not clear just how much extra juice they'll deliver, but in general the Rogue architecture is all about being "scalable" -- Imagination can simply add more "compute clusters" to boost frame rates at the expense of power consumption and it says "further cores will be announced" that will extend the eye-candy possibilities even further.

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BBC rolls out streaming sports coverage to 3G networks

After giving its iPlayer the nod to stream programming content over mobile networks in the UK, the Beeb has decided to do the same with its BBC Sport mobile site. Not only will you be able to stream live coverage, like the current crop of Euro 2012 football matches, but also any existing video content that was previously desktop-bound.

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