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BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 update is out now

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Surprise, surprise! After numerous rumors of a launch date for the eagerly awaited update, the Playbook 2.0 is finally seeding to users worldwide. We were just greeted with an update notification.

Hello, Android apps, hello Mail client, hello built-in Calendar. The update is downloading as we speak. We will update with live impressions once it’s setup and ready to go. BlackBerry has already come up with a scoop of the new features. Read more below. Read more »

7 things I love about the N9, which I want to see elsewhere too [EDITORIAL]

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I’ve been using the Nokia N9 for a while now and I’m totally awed by the user experience. Now I regularly find myself swiping other touch phones with the intention of dismissing program screens and whatnot. Yeah, I’m surprised at myself too. I’m an old dog that doesn’t like to learn new tricks but this whole swiping thing on MeeGo, it totally got me. Yes, the Nokia N9 grew on me. Big time.

It’s really a sad thing that the N9 might just be the last MeeGo handset and that it comes with this OS that hardly has any developers appeal or even future. If you are not happy about the available out-of-the-box apps on the N9, you can safely call it a day. There’s no “eventually” in the possibility of getting a wider variety. And although Nokia has worked hard to deliver the modern-day basics such as Facebook, Skype and Angry Birds (who plays that anymore?), there are still apps that I do miss from iOS and Android. But I digress. Read more »

Action Movie FX for iOS is the funniest app you can get this holiday season [VIDEO]

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Action Movie FX is a relatively new mobile app that allows you to add cinema-grade special effects to your own footage. It’s not about a new iMovie app for post-processing, instead, you choose a single special effect, you go shoot a short clip and the app adds its magic onto it.

The result… Well, it varies. I’ve had some really nice time experimenting with it and once you get how the effects work, you can get some really good footage.

The most impressive thing of it all is how real these explosions look bearing in mind the whole thing has been rendered on a mobile phone. Geez, you will be amazed. Read more »

Your MasterCard now lives inside the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360

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It seems like the future is happening today, as RIM has announced that the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the Blackberry Curve 9360 are the first ever SIM-totting NFC smartphones to be certified as MasterCard PayPass approved devices.

This means that both Blackberries have met the various security, interoperability and functionality requirements set by MasterCard and can now be used to pay at various NFC enabled stores around the world. The way any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to connect your MasterCard to your SIM card in either the Bold 9900 or the Curve 9360.

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iOS 5 is officially available right now, go get some

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The title seems to say it all. If you didn’t try any of the beta releases of iOS 5 so far, then we guess you’re in for some serious upgrade tonight. The update brings lots of new features including the Notification center, the location-aware Reminders, iCloud and iMessage to the iOS compatible devices such as the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4, the iPod Touches (3rd and 4th gen) and of course, the two iPads.

For a fairly complete list of what’s new and our in-depth coverage, you are welcome to check out our iOS5 review while you wait for that download. Read more »

Samsung puts its new naming convention to good use, let’s check out the new models and see if it works

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Samsung has worked up a new naming scheme for its Androids and today we’re seeing the first phones to abide by the new rules. Of course, old models fit the new naming scheme too, but what Samsung has done is codified the tiers (low, mid, high, premium, and “Super Smart”).

I’ll go over the four new models from Samsung (which hail from the M, W and Y lines) along with a few older ones (that conform to the new naming scheme) to see how well it works. You’re welcome to join me.

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A BlackBerry Media event is set for tomorrow, August 3rd, we’ll be there

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RIM is throwing a BlackBerry media event tomorrow in London and it’s most probably about the UK launch of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900. We still don’t have the event program confirmed however initial rumors suggest just that.

The launch of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 is one of the most highly anticipated BlackBerry events this year. Hopefully, the wait will be over and the phone will finally launch tomorrow.

Codenamed Dakota, the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 comes from the latest generation of BlackBerry phones – those that combine a full QWERTY keyboard with a VGA touchscreen. The Bold Touch 9900 utilizes a 1.2GHz processor and features the latest BlackBerry OS 7. Read more »

The latest official Firefox design mockups are the stuff of the future

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Now it’s been a while since we last saw Firefox get a facelift, but you can bet the guys over at the Mozilla camp are hard at work designing the next-gen Firefox.

The design mockups that I am about to show you say a lot about the direction the team is going. The next major Firefox edition will have a minimalistic, button-less face where the various buttons are cleverly situated along the nooks and crannies of the Menu shortcut and the tabs so that less space is wasted.

I really dig the direction the Mac OS version is going in and though I’m not familiar with the current design on this platform, I really hope we see more of that mojo transferred to Windows too. Read more »

Is Apple preparing an iPad Pro with Mac OS Lion for fall launch? [EDITORIAL]

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Here’s a mental exercise for you. I’m gonna start throwing a bunch of facts and speculations at you and I want you to tell me isn’t this the direction where this is all going. I’m also gonna try and keep it short, alright?

Yesterday, at a press conference announcing Apple’s amazing quarterly results, Peter Oppenheimer, the company’s COO, briefly mentioned there will be a lot going on in the Fall and hinted the company had a “future product transition” on the way.

Another bit we took from that conference is that, unsurprisingly, the iPad business is booming. iPad sales are already surpassing Macs in both numbers shipped and in revenue. Apple has a really hot product on their hands. And it makes you wonder – why don’t they expand it even further? Read more »

Facebook now offers video and voice calling to your Facebook buddies, thanks to Skype

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Now here’s something you may have been expecting for some time. At a dedicated Facebook event today, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announced some new Facebook features that are going to make their way in the already popular online social service (popular as in 750 million user base popular).

Now the powerful Facebook messaging system gets the option for video calls, group chats and some other new things. Read more »

Project Rimino concept pushes the boundaries of mobile user interface design as we know it [VIDEO]

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You don’t offten see a mobile concept as elaborate as this one. The Rimini UI/device combo is a refreshing breeze in the current attrition warefare led by the major mobile OS’s. Though the concept will hardly see daylight in a real product, it is evident a lot of thought has went into creating this interface system that’s unlike any other. Meet the Project Rimino.

Created by designer Amid Moradganjeh as part of his Master’s Thesis, the Project Rimino describes a minimalist mobile device that reacts to human interaction more intuitively than anything I’ve seen before. Read more »

Exclusive: Watch two Nokia N9 do the NFC tango in a file transferring hug

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Yup, we got it, folks! We got our hands on a shiny new Nokia N9. Even better, we’ve got two of them and they were more than happy to showcase the magic of the instant Bluetooth file connection via NFC.

Nokia N9 NFC

Now watch carefully, as it all happens in the blink of an eye. Read more »

Watch the best new features in Windows Phone 7.1 Mango [VIDEO]

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Well, if you’ve been following any of the Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 presentation, then you’ve most probably watch Microsoft’s corporate VP, Joe Belfiore, give one of his excellent demos on one occasion or another. Following today’s announcement of the upcoming major update to Windows Phone 7 – Mango or WP7 as it’s now known, there can’t be a better time than watch one of Belfiore’s nice tech demos.

And again, if you’ve ever watched any of his demos, you’d know they are everything but short. This one is no different, however it’s enjoyable and watchable as ever. If you don’t have the time to watch the whole 10+ minute video, you can just check the pointers we’ve left you below and only watch the demo of the feature you care the most – whichever that it. Enjoy! Read more »

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango introduces enhanced Bing search, mobile searches won’t be the same anymore [VIDEO]

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One of the new features introduced with the upcoming Windows Phone 7.1 Mango update is the enhanced Bing search. The Bing search app now offers visual, audio and voice searching. Besides these new options, the search is also enhanced with the Local Scout, that cityscape icon you’ll see on the video. What it does is, make your search location-specific, taking into account your vicinities ang giving pririty to local businesses and locations.

That’s not all however. Read more »

Watch the XPERIA Mini and XPERIA Mini Pro official video promos [VIDEO]

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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Mini is the next generation mini smartphone by the company. Dubbed as “the smallest phone to shoot HD video”, this fella is a crowd-pleaser with a 3-inch scratch-resistant Reality display, Android 2.3 Gignerbread, 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, a 5MP camera with 720p video recording – all of it packed in a shell that’s a whisker under 100g.

Here goes the first official video ad of the XPERIA Mini. You will notice how the four-corner UI has evolved accommodating more shortcuts in the upper two corners. Read more »