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9May/120

Bracketron MetalDock is angularly simplistic

If you need a new docking station for your iPhone and don’t want anything big and bulky, Bracketron’s new MetalDock might be perfect for you. The docking station is a simple L-shaped holder that can be used in portrait or landscape modes. The dock is made from heavy-duty metal construction and is about as simplistic as a dock can get.

The dock looks very much like the metal trim on the recent iPhone devices and has integrated USB power cable for charging. The cable is 3 feet long and works well with iPhone alarm clock apps. The device will launch in June for $34.95. It appears that the attachment of the charge cable is what props up the charging station, and a standard Apple sync and charge adapter is on the lower angle of the metal “L” structure.

Bracketron is also showing off a small mushroom shaped wall charger called the Mushroom GreenZero charger. Not only does this charger have a quirky design, but it’s eco-friendly and can detect when a device is fully charged or unplugged and automatically shut itself down to consume zero power. It has an integrated Apple charging cable and will sell for about $30 when it launches.

Bracketron MetalDock is angularly simplistic is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9May/120

RIM makes BlackBerry Curve 9320 official

It might not be quite as anticipated as the Galaxy S III, but BlackBerry users need a little love too. RIM has officially announced the latest entry into the QWERTY rocking series, the BlackBerry Curve 9320. Specs won’t blow you away, but for an entry-level device it should be serviceable: a 2.4-inch 320×240 screen, 806Mhz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, BlackBerry OS 7.1, and a 1,450mAh battery.

There’s only 512MB of memory to play with, but a microSD card slot will help with the heavy lifting. It’s light too at 103 grams, has an FM radio if you’re feeling particularly retro, and includes what RIM call a “best in class” keyboard. RIM promises 7 hours of talk time out of the battery, and up to 18 days of standby. The dedicated BBM key makes an appearance on the side of the phone too, although you can configure the button you perform any action you designate.

Pricing looks to be around £139.99 (~$225) on Pay As You Go and should be available on May 14th in the UK. Three has taken a sneak peek at the device and given it a quick hands-on, so check out the video below for a closer look at the device.

RIM makes BlackBerry Curve 9320 official is written by Ben Kersey & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9May/120

Proview trademark claims tossed out of US courts

Apple and Proview have been battling in Chinese courts for a long time over trademark claims for the iPad name in China. In the US, Proview claimed that Apple deceived it into the selling rights of the iPad name by saying the trademark was an abbreviation for the company name. Proview sold the rights to Apple for the iPad name for $55,000 back in 2009.

Apple always maintained it had purchased the rights to the iPad trademark globally, while Proview claimed the rights to the iPad name in China weren’t part of the deal. Chinese courts were looking like they would side with Proview. Proview brought claims against Apple in the United States attempting to have courts void the sale to prevent Apple from using the iPad name.

The suit against Apple by Proview was kicked out of court on May 4. The decision only recently been disclosed by the court. Apple has offered a settlement with Proview in Chinese courts. Talks between the two companies are still underway at this time and are required a Chinese courts.

[via BBC]

Proview trademark claims tossed out of US courts is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9May/120

Samsung Galaxy S III named official Olympics 2012 phone

Samsung’s Galaxy S III has been named the official phone of the Olympics 2012, with a special edition of the quadcore behemoth planned packing integrated Visa payWave wireless payments. However, the NFC-toting limited edition Galaxy S III won’t be offered to the public, but only provided to Visa-sponsored athletes and trialists, who will be able to charge items and services to their phone with a simple swipe.

“The Samsung Galaxy S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind” DJ Lee, head of Sales and Marketing at Samsung Mobile Communications said of the partnership, “and is the ideal device to showcase the ease and convenience of Visa’s mobile payment application at the London 2012 Olympic Games.” The regular Galaxy S III, announced last week, also has NFC, though no specific payment deals have been announced.

Visa’s payWave system requires loading a Visa app on the phone and then holding the handset near an NFC-enabled terminal. Transactions over £20 ($32) require a passcode be entered on the phone, and the app shows a history of transactions and the overall account balance.

Work on the Visa NFC payment phone project with Samsung began more than a year ago, with the companies promising an Olympics 2012 tie-in back in April 2011. At the time, it was suggested that the handset would also be put on general sale.

Samsung Galaxy S III named official Olympics 2012 phone is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9May/120

Myspace settles FTC privacy charges

Myspace may have lost out in the social networking wars to Facebook, but the company is still alive and kicking. It found itself in a spot of trouble with the FTC not too long ago regarding user privacy, with the company handing identifiable information over to advertisers. Yesterday Myspace settled the matter by agreeing to submit to privacy audits to be independently conducted over the next 20 years.

The social network also settled charges regarding its subversion of EU “Safe Harbor” laws, which saw the company transferring user data to the US for processing despite being collected in Europe. The FTC has been bullish on user privacy concerns as of late, previously challenging Facebook and Google who have accepted similar deals to be audited over 20 years. Twitter also had a tangle with the FTC in 2010, and will see audits over the next 10 years.

It’s expected that the FTC will target Google again regarding the Safari hack that allowed it plant cookies that the browser would otherwise have ignored. Google could face huge fines if they’re found to be guilty of any wrongdoing, although there’s no indication right now as to when the FTC will pursue Google.

[via The Guardian]

Myspace settles FTC privacy charges is written by Ben Kersey & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9May/120

Logitech Alert 750n night-view security system revealed

Logitech’s latest home security camera has crept out of the shadows, the Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System, promising to illuminate up to 50ft distances even if they’re in complete darkness. The new camera has a 130-degree wide-angle lens for broader visibility, and relies on HomePlug powerline networking for connectivity between the cameras and the PC app.

The PC app is responsible for collating video, storing it and streaming it to a mobile device, such as a smartphone, when you’re logging into the system remotely. There’s motion detection and push-alerts to notify you if there’s something you ought to be watching, with support for up to 16 different zones, and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.

The cameras themselves automatically record up to a week’s worth of video onto an internal microSD card, included in the box, and you can add multiple Alert 700n Indoor Add-On Cameras to extend your coverage around the home. Logitech even promises that the setup process is a matter of three simple steps.

The Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System is available for preorder now, priced at $299.99. Separate 700n Indoor Add-On Cameras are also available to preorder, priced at $229.99

Logitech Alert 750n night-view security system revealed is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9May/120

Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset Hands-on

This week the folks at Jabra are bringing up their game with a brand new Bluetooth headset by the name of Jabra Supreme, and we’ve gotten the chance to see and hold (but not hear) it at Pepcom during CTIA 2012. This lovely little beast has what appears at first to be a bigger than usual earpiece when you consider the competition, but once you hear the sound and the sound cancellation, Jabra notes, you’ll know where all that extra space went. Have a peek at how this futuristic wireless sound machine works!

This headset will be coming out next month from Jabra to add to their excellent lineup of Bluetooth and USB speakers out in the states already. What you’ve got here is a Bluetooth-connected earpiece, both a speaker for your ear and a microphone, that is, complete with some next-level noise cancellation. The noise cancellation we’re told is able to work for both you and the person you’re speaking with on the other end of the phone – if you’re using this headset to speak with a friend via your Bluetooth-capable phone, that is.

There’s a talk button, an easy to use attachment bit to hold this device to your ear, and an on-off switch that couldn’t be more intuitive. To switch this device off, just fold up the microphone bar to the speaker. This will also make the device more compact and able to fit in the tiny case that comes with it. Also coming with the pack is a USB dongle that’ll fit into your device that’s not normally able to work with Bluetooth, converting the signal to work instantly for you and yours.

This device is set to be released for $149 estimated retail price very, very soon. Grab it!

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Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset Hands-on is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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