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Sony Xperia Z1S leaks again posing next to its bigger brother

The upcoming Sony Xperia Z1S made yet another appearance this week. This time around the smartphone got caught on camera next to its bigger brother, the 5” display toting Sony Xperia Z1.

A juicy bit regarding the specs of the Sony Xperia Z1S came alongside the photo you seen above. Allegedly, the pocket-friendly Android powerhouse will feature an IPS display panel. Should the report pan out to be the real deal, the Z1S display is certain to be a massive improvement over the far from perfect TFT displays Sony currently uses.

The Sony Xperia Z1S is expected to bring the powerful internals and camera of the Xperia Z1 in a smaller form factor. It will swap the 5” display of the flagship for a 4.3” unit.

Previous reports have pointed that the Xperia Z1S might launch in late November.

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Five Favorite Transit Apps on Android

You’re at Point A (congrats!), but you’re supposed to be at Point B.

Whether playing tourist in a new city or embarking on your daily commute, nothing’s got your urban-navigating back like your trusty smartphone and it’s wide array of travel-assisting applications.

Before diving headlong into the infinity of code and color that is the Google Play Store, try out a few of our favorite Transit Apps, all wonderfully engineered to help you find your way.   

It would seem a bit odd to not top our list with the most aptly named Transit App, The Transit App. Montréal to Milwaukee, Paris to Portland—no matter where you find (or have lost) yourself, click on Transit to quickly find out all of the upcoming departures for the public transit routes nearby. This App also features a Trip Planner element to help chart your path to righteousness.

The Transit App on Android

Uber

If you haven’t hailed a hipster cab yet, now’s the time to give Uber a try. 50 cities and 20 countries worth of private taxis and drivers awaits with most arriving to your exact spot before your matcha latte can begin to de-foam. Gone are the days of long taxi lines and rushing busy streets to wave your arm at a sea of yellow motors. Plus, link it to your Google Wallet account for a quick, cash- and card-less payment option for your ride.

Uber App on Android

We had to give the local upstarts a nod. Faithfully aiding our daily Seattle bus rides is the quick and reliable OneBusAway App. You enter a bus stop that you’re looking to get to, and OBA shows you what buses are coming and when. Simple, right? For time-crunched Northwest commuters, it’s pretty much a must-have.  Now available in four regions in the US: Atlanta, New York, Puget Sound (Seattle), and Tampa.

OneBusAway App on Android

If there’s one thing we learned growing up, it’s to always hop into a car with a mustache. Lyft’s trademark pink mustache over the front grills may look a bit funny, but from your very first ride, you’ll be amazed at the ease, quickness and incredibly friendly nature of the trip, captained by some truly welcoming and funny folks in your city. Local, peer-to-peer based transit is on the rise, and Lyft is leading the way towards a happier, speedier, furrier future for your voyages. You can hop in a Lyft car in nineteen cities across the US.

Lyft Android App

Don’t leave home without it. Pre-installed on all HTC devices, Google Maps is the fastest and easiest way to get your fine-looking backside from Point A to Point B (and maybe even a quick dip over to Point Z). Whether sitting in your car, cruising on your bicycle, or grooving along by the count of your pedometer, tell Google Maps where you want to go, and it will get you there. To top it off, the turn-by-turn directions are the best we’ve seen (…Re-Calculating…).

Google Maps Android App

What are your favorite transit apps?

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Samsung Galaxy S III mini gets Crystal Edition in Germany

Samsung has introduced a brand new Crystal Edition of the last year's Galaxy S III mini smartphone. The new lady phone is headed to the German market and there is no info on international availability.

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini Crystal Edition is completely identical to the standard handset, but comes with 166 Swarovski crystals embedded into its battery cover.

There is no other difference in the specs of the S III mini. It still comes with a 4.0 Super AMOLED WVGA display and runs on a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor. Android Jelly Bean ticks inside the Galaxy S III mini Crystal Edition and we doubt Samsung is going to release KitKat for this particular device.

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini Crystal Edition costs €299 in Germany. It will join soon its other fashionable sibling - the Galaxy S III La Fleur Edition.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 hits AT&T on November 22

AT&T has announced today the availability of the Nokia Lumia 2520 slate. It will hit the carrier's online and walk-in stores on November 22. The Lumia 2520 is going to cost $399 with a two-year contact with AT&T. You can also get it for $199 wi...
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Nokia Lumia 1520 preview: Second encounter

GSMArena team, 15 November 2013. Introduction Lagging behind Android in hardware specs for what seemed like ages, WP8 managed to catch up in one fell swoop. With the Lumia 1520 at the spearhead, Nokia evened the playing field with a massive 1080p scree...
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Chico’s cuts costs and goes global with Google Apps

Posted by Eric Singleton, Chief Information Officer and Alan Mariotti, Vice President of IT and Security at Chico’s FAS Inc

Editor's note: Today’s guest bloggers are Eric Singleton, Chief Information Officer and Alan Mariotti, Vice President of IT and Security at Chico’s FAS Inc, a retailer established in 1983 with a nationwide family of brands that include Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper. See what other organizations that have gone Google have to say.

Chico’s FAS first opened its doors in 1983 in a 800 square foot tobacco shop in Sanibel Island, Florida, where folk art, sweaters and accessories from Mexico filled the store’s shelves. The clothing took off, and within two years, a second store opened nearby. Now, 30 years after getting started, we employ 22,000 people, operate 1,470 stores and own four specialty retail brands: Chico’s, White House l Black Market, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper.

Our technology changed quite a bit over the years, and in early 2013, we realized we were limping along with a very outdated email system and escalating infrastructure and storage costs. We considered our options: we could keep the status quo and upgrade from Microsoft Exchange 2003 to the 2013 version—which would cost millions—or go with a lower-cost option that would both help our distributed workforce collaborate faster and eliminate our need for resource-intensive servers. We tested Google Apps with 100 employees in one of our business groups and it passed all of our testing and scalability metrics within a few short months. The enthusiasm and efficiency gains alone convinced us it was the obvious and most cost-effective solution.

Our decision to move to Google Apps is also part of a larger cultural shift we are driving at Chico’s, where we’re looking toward technology to enable swifter innovation and invention across the company. With traditional enterprise environments, information is siloed, existing in separate servers and applications, leaving a business to operate as the sum of many independent parts. We’re moving away from this toward a more progressive hybrid cloud model, with Google at the foundation. It’s this new environment, positive feedback loops accelerate, and we can bring together multiple solutions and data sources, all built in the cloud, and look at our business holistically. That’s our vision, and Google is a big part of it.

Even though we have completed our entire enterprise deployment, our journey with Google has just begun and we’re already seeing some great benefits. Our ability to collaborate and share sensitive information across our global team has significantly improved since moving to Google Apps — and we’re saving money at the same time. Our team in Hong Kong, for example, is responsible for visiting and monitoring our factories to ensure they’re compliant with numerous security and performance standards. Before “going Google,” we found ourselves physically travelling back and forth quite often to meet and review access to important documents in person. Now, the U.S. team jumps on a Google+ Hangout with its Hong Kong counterpart, pulls up the essential information from Drive, and has a productive meeting from halfway across the world, all while resting assured that the information is safe and secure in the cloud. Additionally, cost on travel in dollars and time away from campus is greatly reduced.

The benefits of moving to Google Apps continue to reveal themselves to the global team each day. That’s part of the reason we’re so excited about our new platform: not only do we know our information is secure or that our employees are collaborating in new ways over Hangouts and in Docs—we know this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re driving a new culture of innovation and invention, and Google is one of the cornerstones of that vision.
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Huawei Ascend P6 gets Android 4.4 KitKat in January

Huawei Ascend P6 was announced and released in June with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in charge of operations. Due to its incredibly slim profile and older generation quad-core processor, it was plagued with over-heating issues. We are not sure if those we...
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New hologram technology created with tiny nanoantennas

Nov. 15, 2013 — Researchers have created tiny holograms using a "metasurface" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light, representing a potential new technology for advanced sensors, high-resolution displays and information processing.

The metasurface, thousands of V-shaped nanoantennas formed into an ultrathin gold foil, could make possible "planar photonics" devices and optical switches small enough to be integrated into computer chips for information processing, sensing and telecommunications, said Alexander Kildishev, associate research professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University.

Laser light shines through the nanoantennas, creating the hologram 10 microns above the metasurface. To demonstrate the technology, researchers created a hologram of the word PURDUE smaller than 100 microns wide, or roughly the width of a human hair.

"If we can shape characters, we can shape different types of light beams for sensing or recording, or, for example, pixels for 3-D displays. Another potential application is the transmission and processing of data inside chips for information technology," Kildishev said. "The smallest features -- the strokes of the letters -- displayed in our experiment are only 1 micron wide. This is a quite remarkable spatial resolution."

Findings are detailed in a research paper appearing on Friday (Nov. 15) in the journal Nature Communications.

Metasurfaces could make it possible to use single photons -- the particles that make up light -- for switching and routing in future computers. While using photons would dramatically speed up computers and telecommunications, conventional photonic devices cannot be miniaturized because the wavelength of light is too large to fit in tiny components needed for integrated circuits.

Nanostructured metamaterials, however, are making it possible to reduce the wavelength of light, allowing the creation of new types of nanophotonic devices, said Vladimir M. Shalaev, scientific director of nanophotonics at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center and a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering.

"The most important thing is that we can do this with a very thin layer, only 30 nanometers, and this is unprecedented," Shalaev said. "This means you can start to embed it in electronics, to marry it with electronics."

The layer is about 1/23rd the width of the wavelength of light used to create the holograms.

The Nature Communications article was co-authored by former Purdue doctoral student Xingjie Ni, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley; Kildishev; and Shalaev.

Under development for about 15 years, metamaterials owe their unusual potential to precision design on the scale of nanometers. Optical nanophotonic circuits might harness clouds of electrons called "surface plasmons" to manipulate and control the routing of light in devices too tiny for conventional lasers.

The researchers have shown how to control the intensity and phase, or timing, of laser light as it passes through the nanoantennas. Each antenna has its own "phase delay" -- how much light is slowed as it passes through the structure. Controlling the intensity and phase is essential for creating working devices and can be achieved by altering the V-shaped antennas.

The work is partially supported by U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army research Office, and the National Science Foundation. Purdue has filed a provisional patent application on the concept.