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You're busy. We get it. You don't necessarily have time to keep up with the flood of stories coming out of MWC this year. You've got things to do. Well, this is all we do. So allow us to make things easy for you. Here's a roundup of all the best, most interesting things that happened at MWC this year.

Samsung Galaxy Beam And Galaxy Note 10.1

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Continuing Samsung's recent foray into niche markets, the leading Android manufacturer announced the Galaxy Beam, a 4" Gingerbread phone with a built-in projector.

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Back in December, we told you about a new launcher called TSF Shell that was set to raise the bar for custom launchers. After two and a half months of waiting, that app is now available in the Android Market, albeit for a ridiculously high price of $17. For a launcher. These people have lost their minds.

Still, if you can get past the immediate shock due to the high price and start reading the Market description, you'll immediately realize that, well, it's not all that easy to follow.

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If you're anything like me, you're not so good with keeping track of charging cables or their corresponding adapters. Either that, or every cord ends up together, looking like a bowl of spaghetti with no discernable beginning or end. Looking to end our charging cable woes, the folks at iDapt have created the iDapt i4 universal charger.

The charging station is actually one in a family of devices. iDapt also offers the i2+ which can charge up to three devices at once, and the i1 Eco which sports a totally different design, can charge two devices, and heavily touts the fact that it is "ecological," being made of recyclable materials.

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Update 2/29/12: The Galaxy S II is now available for sale.

Regional carrier U.S. Cellular just announced its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is basically a clone of Sprint's Epic 4G Touch in terms of spec:

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear shooter
  • Front camera
  • Android 2.3.x with Touchwiz

Unfortunately, the device is not one of U.S.

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While HTC just officially announced the One X at Mobile World Congress and AT&T shotgunned exclusive rights in the U.S. to the beast for its LTE network (albeit packing a Krait chip instead of the Tegra 3), there's now a rumor floating around that Sprint could be getting a device similar to the One X, codenamed the Jewel.

Details on the Jewel are scarce right now, but rumor has it that the device is packing a large HD display (similar to the One X) and should be one of the flagship devices on Sprint's upcoming LTE network.

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We got a look at the Excite 10 LE's at CES when it was called the Excite X10. Now, Toshiba is bringing the thinnest and lightest tablet* to the US market. The Excite 10 LE is identical to the Excite X10 aside from a couple of letters being rearranged. The slate still packs a "multicore" OMAP processor under a 10.1" LED screen. Unfortunately, the device will be launching with Honeycomb (3.2), but is "upgradeable to Android 4.0."

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Here's the spec sheet:

  • Android 3.2, Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch diagonal LED Backlit widescreen Corning Gorilla Glass display with IPS technology and 10-finger multi-touch support
  • 1280 x 800 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 multicore processor; 1.2GHz with 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB configurations6
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor
  • Stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs
  • Built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 10.1” (W) x 6.9” (D) x 0.3” (H)
  • 1.18 pounds (535g)

  • The Excite 10 LE is set to land on March 6th.

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    The New York Times just released a new app to the Market that exclusively covers anything and everything going on in the world of politics, with a focus on the upcoming election. The app, simply called "NYTimes Election 2012" is a must have for NYT subscribers who want to keep up with the latest political happenings, as it offers some useful features:

    • News grouped by topic so you can quickly and easily find the topics that you care about
    • Latest stories are highlighted with a red dot, making it easy to find the latest news at a glance
    • Live election results and country-by-country maps
    • Vote projections
    • A database of polling results
    • Candidate pages with updates, bios, and stats
    • Primary calendar
    • Editorials, etc.
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    Those of us who grew up in the 90s undoubtedly remember Another World (Out of This World in North America), a mysterious cinematic platformer created by Eric Chahi. I have forgotten all about it, but after hearing the name and seeing a single screenshot this morning, immediately flashed back to the days I spent playing it as a kid. No other game at the time but Dune instilled such suspense in me, and seeing news of the 20th Anniversary Edition coming to Android was the perfect way to start the day.

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    Popular game, book, and textbook site Half.com (owned and operated by eBay) now has an official app, and as with just about every other shopping app, it allows you to browse the virtual store shelves, search for specific items, and place orders. It also includes a nifty barcode scanner to help make sure you snag the right item (and don't get ripped off... *ahem* college bookstores).

    With the Half.com Android application you can buy media titles in books, textbooks, movies, music, games and game systems - anytime, anywhere.

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    Bringing a rocket-powered weasel and challenging puzzle action to the palm of your hand, Freeze Tag Games recently introduced Rocket Weasel to the Android Market.

    The game follows the story of Mr. Weasel, leader of "Weasel's School for Hunting Chickens," who takes his students on a late night field trip to a hen house. In a wild twist of fate, the farmer traps Weasel's students in surprisingly sophisticated hanging cages, leaving Mr.

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