photoA customer starts up the Scan It! Mobile app on her android phone to scan, tally, and bag her groceries at Stop and Shop supermarket in Braintree, Massachusetts October 17, 2011. Retailers are in the midst of the technology revolution. Research firm VDC Research estimates retailers worldwide will spend 12 percent more on installing self-check-out kiosks — which require fewer staff — by 2015. Stop & Shop is piloting the program that allows shoppers to use their smart phones to scan groceries as they pull them off the shelves — a move that could lead to even fewer check-out clerks. …

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s Improved Design

Apple’s devices have always been appreciated for the attention to detail in their hardware and software design, while Google’s Android operating system has historically been more bare-bones. Google’s new direction for Android, as it was described at the Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling, is to make it “beautiful” and “enchanting,” but without using superfluous visual details such as apps that look like paper or leather.
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Droid Razr vs iPhone 4S: Verizon super-phone showdown

photoMotorola announced yesterday the super-thin and extra-durable Droid Razr smartphone. Armed with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.3-inch super AMOLED display, and solid maximum battery life, the devices has the potential to be one of the most popular handsets available on Verizon Wireless. But no phone can go without standing against Apple’s new iPhone 4S, which has already broken sales records less than a week after it officially went on sale. So, how does Motorola’s latest offering compare to Apple’s? Let’s break it down in this spec showdown. …

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Google announces Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

At a Hong Kong event with the tagline, “Calling all possibilities,” Google and Samsung revealed what’s been up their sleeves since the original affair was canceled: Android Ice Cream Sandwich, also known as Android 4.0, and the Galaxy Nexus handset. … Continue reading
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Google says buying Motorola won’t put it in the handset business

photoSpeaking during an interview at All Things Digital’s AsiaD conference, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin said that Google’s move to buy Motorola Mobility isn’t about Google getting into the mobile handset business: Google plans to let a Google-owned version of Motorola operate “at arm’s length.” Instead, Rubin positioned the acquisition as being all about patents, noting that Motorola’s mobile technology patent portfolio should help shore up the Android platform as it faces major challenges from the likes of Oracle and (indirectly, for now) Apple and Microsoft.

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Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich Will Make Android All Better

Alongside the new Galaxy Nexus phone, Google unveiled its latest: Ice Cream Sandwich. No, it’s not a delectable summer treat, it’s a jazzed up name for Google’s latest Android update. All the tech bloggers are giddy over this Ice Cream Sandwich thingy. Why the fuss? Basically: Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to make all of Android’s problems go away. Related: Google Knows Something About the Danger of Email Archives
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