The Mobile Life

So, Tesco buys Peter Gabriel’s WE7 music service for $16.7 million

British Supermarket behemoth Tesco has snapped up WE7 , a streaming music service co-founded by Peter Gabriel that offers personalized radio stations to users, for £10.8 million ($16.7 million).

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Microsoft applies to patent gaze-tracking camera, wants to stare into your eyes

See that complication of a line-drawing above? Well that's Microsoft describing how it would like to patent a function for a dual 3D and 2D camera setup that's able to process precisely where your eyes fall on a screen. While Kinect could fulfill that hardware component, the application goes into more detail on how the "gaze tracker" would calculate both the direction you're looking in and track the region of the screen that you're focusing on.

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China-bound Sony Xperia Neo L with ICS gets handled, holds nothing back

It was only a couple of months ago that we first crossed paths with Sony's Xperia Neo L, and now the Ice Cream Sandwich handset is back with a vengeance -- at least in terms of exposure. As you may know, details were revealed in abundance (read: 1GHz Snapdragon S2 CPU, 512MB of RAM) during our first MT25i encounter, but thanks to Taiwanese site ePrice , we're able to gander at the device posing in an array of different angles and leaving very little to the imagination. For now, pricing still remains a mystery, though we do know Sony's 4-inch (854 x 480) Neo L is expected to hit Chinese shelves later this month

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E3 2012: the year of the lackluster blockbuster

The Electronics Entertainment Expo is no place for the easily distracted, every inch of convention center carpet devoted to capturing the attentions of calloused video game journalists. In spite of the customary flash however, it's hard to come away from this year's festivals without a creeping sense of disappointment, that for all the showmanship, we didn't actually see all that much at E3 2012 -- an in-between year that seemed lackluster even by those standards. It's diminishing to break such a show up into clearly delineated binaries like "winners" and "losers" certainly, but if impact can be measured by lasting buzz, Epic's certainly sitting pretty at the close of the event.

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Dropbox confirms Galaxy S III on AT&T and Verizon won’t include 50GB storage

If that extra Dropbox storage helped swing the Galaxy S III pendulum in your favor, and you're a customer of AT&T or Verizon , it's not good news. Droid Life reports that one such expectant customer was asking Dropbox, via its forums, where their storage was. The cloud-space provider informed them that not all carriers are offering the deal, with those two big hitters being among them.

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Apple alternative to UDID may come soon, track app use without pesky privacy issues

Apple has already provided a few clues as to what it's going to put on the plate for developers at WWDC . One change that's unlikely to be touted at the keynote, or even the entire conference, could prove to be the most important for app writers: an alternative to the UDID (Unique Device Identifier) that Apple started phasing out a year ago

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NHK lays out Olympic broadcast plans, Super Hi-Vision test viewing locations in Japan

We've already run down Olympic broadcast plans in the US and UK , and now Japanese broadcaster NHK has unveiled some information. Similar to the others there is not only the TV production including data about ongoing competition, but also an online component complete with live video access on mobile devices, but also support for the acTVila video on-demand portal. The other notable information is that it's locked down locations and details for those trial Super Hi-Vision broadcasts , listing four spots where people can get their eyes on some sweet 8K UHDTV action

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Google Claims Nokia and Microsoft Stepped on It’s Intellectual Turf

The gauntlet is being laid down in Europe, and the battles are about begin.  Google filed a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that Microsoft and Nokia were stepping on their intellectual turf. Google today filed a complaint with the European Commission, accusing Nokia and Microsoft of mobile patent abuse.”Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile ...

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Leave Your Credit Cards At Home: iCache’s Digital Wallet/iPhone Case Is Now Available

Well, it’s about time. Many of us were absolutely floored by theiCache Geode mobile wallet when it first appeared back in April, and now the company has announced that the hotly-awaited accessory is now available for $199. In case you missed it the first time around, the iCache Geode is an iPhone case with a particularly wonderful twist — in addition to ...

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Twitter the Next Billion Dollar Social Baby: Will Hit $1B in Revenue by 2014

In new estimates, Twitter is expected to hit $1Billion dollars in revenue by 2014. This new estimate is 2 years sooner for the social media giant to hit this momentous milestone. Part of the reason for the new estimate is Twitter’s expansion into international advertising and their self service ad platform. Looking forward to seeing if they can hit the mark. Read ...

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