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  • Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N5100 possibly seen testing, may put quad Exynos in a small tablet

    Samsung Galaxy Note GTN5100 possibly caught testing, may bring quad Exynos to small tablets

    Feeling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 could use some more grunt? There’s a chance you’ll get your wish. An unannounced Galaxy Note GT-N5100 has popped up in benchmark scores with what looks to be a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412, better known as the Exynos 4 Quad variant that’s used in the speedy Galaxy Note II. We don’t know that it’s a small tablet, but the 1,280 x 800 resolution matches that of the Galaxy Note 10.1 — it’s not very likely that Samsung wants to duplicate its recent design efforts. Whatever the dimensions, the testing shows that the slate is using Android 4.1.2, and it may be a cellular-equipped model with that “kona3g” codename. If the GT-N5100 is more than just a set of benchmarks, the real question may be when we’ll see it; there’s no guarantee of a tinier Galaxy Note in Las Vegas.

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    Via: SamMobile, Pocketnow

    Source: GLBenchmark

  • ZTE Grand X appears in T-Mobile USA garb at the FCC

    ZTE Grand X appears in TMobile USA garb at the FCC

    If you were wondering whether or not the ZTE Grand X would cross the oceans to launch in the US, there’s a good chance the mystery is over. An unusually detailed FCC filing has uncovered a V970T variant that’s destined for T-Mobile USA, complete with the carrier branding, Wi-Fi calling and AWS-based 3G data to match. Other details of the Android 4.0 phone are lacking despite the presence of a manual, although the V970 edition we’ve seen elsewhere runs on a dual-core, 1GHz MediaTek MT6577 chip alongside the more familiar 4.3-inch screen and 5-megapixel rear camera. T-Mobile’s release plan is about all that’s left to ponder; knowing the entry-level components, though, any possible launch should come with a low price tag.

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    Source: FCC

  • A visit to NORAD’s Santa-tracking facility (video)

    A visit to NORAD's Santa Tracking facility

    Few things in this world will reaffirm your holiday spirit faster than watching a dozen or so uniformed service people cover a room in Christmas wrapping. Also on that short list, it so happens, is spotting one of the aforementioned troops hand-feed an overzealous and noticeably plump squirrel who’s anxiously scratching on the door to get in. It’s a strangely Snow White-esque moment that unfolds minutes after we set up our gear in the conference room of the Leadership Development Center — a drab, unassuming office space in the middle of Colorado Springs’ Peterson Air Force Base that serves as a training facility for 11 months out of the year. But now, in early December, there’s a transformation occurring, as men and women in various shades of camouflage paper the space with Christmas spirit in record time.

    For one month a year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) converts this area into holiday central for NORAD’s Santa Tracker, a half-century-old program that has become a thing of legend — a curious juxtaposition of warfare preparedness and storybook magic. It’s one that, somehow fittingly, is rooted in a mistake — a phone number misprinted in a 1955 Sears catalog, prompting local children to call Santa’s “private number.” Those calls from excited boys and girls were routed, the legend goes, to the big red phone in the war room of NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), where quick-thinking Col. Harry Shoup asked his troops to play along. Now, 57 years later, it’s a massive undertaking, as volunteers in military garb and Santa hats answer calls from children in hundreds of countries.

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