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Umeox might not be a well-known smartphone make yet – but when this 5.6mm thin handset is unveiled in July that could change. Office Cat notes that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is 7.9mm thick, so the Umeox will be near invisible in a pocket. Other than Android Jelly Bean innards little else has been revealed. Office Cat will bring you the skinny on release details as soon as they're available. Source: Gizchina
Asus has teased a new product on its G+ page promising that it will “move you”. All will be revealed at next week’s Computex press conference. Office Cat awaits his movement with interest.
Scanadu Scout tricorder
The X Prize for a Star Trek style tricorder has a leader as Scanadu puts its Scout on Indiegogo. The device will monitor your heart rate, temperature, breathing rate, blood pressure, emotional stress, ECG data, and oxygen levels – and send all that data to your smartphone. This is the beginning of the end for queues at the doctor's. Source: Indiegogo
If the thought of delving under the bonnet of you car fills you with dread, Office Cat has discovered a cure in the form of InGlobe Technologies' new augmented reality app, which guides you through engine maintenance. Source: Gizmodo
Firefox phone launch on June 3rd
The big unveil for the highly anticipated Firefox OS powered device from Mozilla is set for June 3rd. With Foxconn on board and Mozilla partnered with many mobile networks Office Cat expects a phone, but perhaps a tablet will arrive too. Source: FocusTaiwan
Pure has announced that Android users will now be able to download the free Pure Connect App to control their Jongo multiroom music systems.
Amazon Studios picks up shows
Amazon Studios has picked up five shows for production as full series – Alpha House, Betas, Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf. Alpha House stars John Goodman as one of four senators who end up renting a house in Washington, DC, while Betas follows a gaggle of bedroom entrepreneurs struggling to make a social media app. Office Cat is aggrieved that his own Amazon Studios submission, about a feline desk-jockey with a taste for the finer things in life, was unjustly shunned.
Spotify has launched a new social music discovery service, called – appropriately enough – Discover. The Discover news feed recommends tracks from friends, along with new releases from artists you're following and recommendations based on the track you're currently listening to. Source: The Verge
Send a hug with MessagePetz
Remember the robot teddy bear from AI? This Wi-Fi-equipped bear from MessagePetz may not be able to walk and talk, but it does let you ping messages to your kids – and when they hug the bear you'll get a notification through the associated iPhone app. Office Cat's a bit unsure of that big, black screen – it looks like Teddy's been assimilated by the Borg. Source: Kickstarter
The HTC One is top of the Stuff smartphone Top 10 – and if you've been holding out for a colour-coordinated version, your luck is in. As long as you wear a lot of red and blue. Yes, Pocket-Lint has confirmed that a blue version of the HTC One will launch in the coming months, joining the red version that leaked recently on HTC"s own site. Source: Pocket-Lint
ARmedia Augmented Reality 3D tracker
Fear the underside of your car bonnet? Quiver no more, augmented reality is coming to the rescue.