LG to Add Mobile Component to TVs Via WebOS 3.0
LG will use its webOS platform to let smartphone owners connect directly to their smart TV. The company plans to show off new TV sets at the CES trade show next month. The TVs will feature LG's webOS 3.0 smart TV platform, which has been improved with a handful of new features. A tool called Magic Mobile Connection is the most relevant to smartphone owners. Mobile Magic Connection lets users connect their phone to their TV via the LG TV Plus App. Once connected phone users can access their mobile apps directly on the TV screen. Other features added to the webOS 3.0 platform include Magic Zoom, which zooms in on text without degrading quality, and Magic Remote, which adds buttons for better managing the TV platform. WebOS was originally developed by Palm for its smartphones, was later sold to HP where it was open-sourced, and eventually sold to LG. LG said it will share more details about its webOS 3.0 smart TVs in January.
Hands On with HP's Elite x3
HP is jumping back into phones at a completely unexpected time. HP made quite a few iPAQ Windows smartphones back in the day (2004-2009, to be precise.) Then they bought Palm and infamously drove that into the ground.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Samsung and The Weather Channel Team Up for Galaxy App
Samsung and The Weather Channel have created an exclusive weather app only for owners of Galaxy-branded smartphones. The Weather Channel App for Samsung offers features the regular Weather Channel app does not include.
Facebook's Photo Magic Hits Messenger
Facebook says tests of Photo Magic have gone well and today it is adding the feature to Messenger for users in the U.S. Photo Magic scans users' camera roll using face-recognition software.