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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 »

Qwiki for iPad quick review: The fembot Encyclopedia

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Qwiki is a visual Wikipedia with quite stunning graphics, voice over and subtitles. It uses clever algorithms to mix articles with pictures, maps and infographics to make dynamic, hyperlinked presentation.

As a big fan of Flipboard for the iPad, the first reports on the multimedia rich Qwiki got me hooked right away. I was misled though, Qwiki is no Flipboard, in fact the only similarity between the two apps is the original idea behind them. Yeah, and that both are free.

However Qwiki is an interesting application on its own and you should definitely check out this video. Read more »

We get our hands on the BlackBerry Playbook and it’s here to stay with us

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After months of delays and anticipation, the BlackBerry Playbook will officially go on sale on the 19th of April, people. RIM threw a fancy launch party in New York City to celebrate the event, and we were among the lucky few who got a precious invitation.

BlackBerry Playbook

The Playbook will begin its sales on April 19th with a starting price of $499.99 (it was initially promised by RIM that the price tag will be below $500) for the 16 Gb Wi-Fi only version. For those of you looking for a broadband enabled models – you will have to wait until some time in the summer. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II drops by for a preview, we roll up our sleeves [VIDEO]

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Well, well, well, look who came by to hang out a little with us. It’s been a long time since we first met the Galaxy S II at the MWC 2011 earlier this year, and now the time has come for the Samsung Galaxy S II to be properly previewed away from all the hustle and bustle.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Naturally, being the replacement for the well-known Samsung i9000 Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II has to fit the very large shoes of its predecessor. And judging by the initial impressions from quickly playing around with the device – it does pretty well. The user interface is ridiculously snappy and the phone, despite its mammoth size, feels alive and light. Read more »

A clever infographic shows a decade of mobile phone sales in pictures

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I’m not particularly keen on statistics. Unfortunately, tracking the trends in the mobile industry (its winners and losers) requires a heavy dealing with the aforementioned science. The people over at VisionMobile – a mobile industry market analysis and research company, have been kind to present us with graphic expression of the developments in the mobile phone market over the past decade.

It’s somewhat overwhelming to watch the change in ranks for some companies as well as the utter disappearance of others. Especially when I’ve witnessed these industry developments along the years in person. Enjoy the show!

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New Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play video ad reaches new levels of grossness

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I’m not quite sure how they did it but Sony Ericsson managed to come up with an XPERIA Play ad that’s even grosser than the one before it. You know, the one where the droid wakes up with thumbs attached to its droid arms.

Titled “The Donor” this second ad comes to tell us the background of that story – i.e. where the thumbs came from. Read more »

Apple iPad 2 is not all sunshine and roses, doesn’t stop online availability from dwindling away

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The iPad 2 has officially hit the shelves yesterday. You’d probably want to know that if you weren’t among the guys and gals who queued in front of the Apple Stores at launch you might be left in the dry for some time. If you try to order the slate through the Apple website now you will have to wait between two and three weeks for it to ship. And that’s regardless of the version you want.

Another news is that some of the early users found some defects plaguing the iPad 2. Read more »

Multi-finger gesture are a go on the iPad 2 with a little tinkering, no jailbreaking needed

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The early iOS 4.3 builds had a number of multi-finger ala-MacBook gestures enabled as a developer preview of what’s to come. Unfortunately, they didn’t get through in the final retail version of the software. The good news today is that they can still be enabled with a software tweak (no jailbreaking necessary).

Now you can get four and five finger sideways swipes for alternating open applications, five-finger pinch for going back to the homescreen and four-finger swipes up for accessing running apps tray and playback buttons. Read more »

So what exactly is this new Apple A5 chip all about?

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One of the key improvements the Apple iPad 2 brings over its predecessor is the new Apple A5 chipset with dual-core CPU. Traditionally, the company saved us the details and didn’t say a word about what’s inside the home-brewed architecture, but here’s what we deduced it to contain.

Now as far as the CPU is concerned, dual-core Cortex-A9 is a perfectly safe bet. Read more »

See what makes the new Apple’s Smart Cover so smart [VIDEO]

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The new iPad Smart Cover is a rather ingenious accessory, morphing its way depending on the situation you use it in. It’s light and flexible and it snaps magnetically to the iPad surface.

And it comes in a range of lively colors. Read more »