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Today’s online deals for phones and tablets rock (Black Friday or not)

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Yes, it’s this time of the year again and most of you living up there in the States are probably looking around for a good deal on something you’ve already planned on buying. Well, in case you were up for a new cellphone or an iPad, here are some nice online deals to get you started.

Unfortunately, here in Europe we don’t have our own version of Black Friday deals, so all listed deals concern US prices and availability. By all means, this is not meant to be a complete list. If you know some more deals, share them in the comments. Read more »

Final Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac and Linux is out today

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Firefox for Android update, today we see the proper desktop version of Firefox get updated to ver. 17. The version spent about a month at beta stage, available to everyone interested for testing, so today’s release is a final, stable thing.

The new version of Firefox doesn’t have that many new end-user features. One change is the way it handles older versions of plugins such as Flash, Silverlight, or Adobe Reader. If you have an older version of these (perhaps because you don’t have enough user rights to update them), they will be temporarily disabled until you explicitly allow them to run for particular elements on the page via the so-called Click-to-play interface. But there’s even more. Read more »

The Amazon Android AppStore gets updated

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Even though for most Android users the Google’s Play Store is the go-to place for downloading new apps, the Amazon Appstore has its share of steady followers too. There may be many reasons for this, but among the most important ones (besides owning a Kindle Fire), is its daily paid-app-for-free promo.

Anyway, if you are already using it, you’d be happy to know that Amazon has just updated their app, fixing a bug under Android 4.2 and bringing a handful of other noteworthy changes. Read more »

Updated Twitter app (v5.1) for iOS and Android opens new search possibilities

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Hot on the heels of Facebook’s mobile app update, Twitter updated its native mobile apps for iOS and Android, too. The changes concern mostly search and Discover on the mobile platforms.

Discover is Twitter’s auto-generated stream of tweets, suited to your interests and generally coming from outside your regular network. The latest developments to Discover are now available to the mobile apps with “a completely re-done the back-end and user interface”. Read more »

Native Google Maps app for iOS getting closer to release, WSJ reports

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We’ve all heard the rumors that Google is working on a native third-party version of Google Maps for iOS 6.x devices. It seems there has been lots of substance to these rumors, as reportedly, the app has already been distributed for testing to interested parties outside Google’s labs.

According to “a person with direct knowledge of the matter”, who spoke to Wall Street Journal, Google is already putting the finishing touches on the app and should be ready to submit it for approval to the Apple’s AppStore sooner rather than later. Read more »

Facebook for iOS and Android updated to v5.2 with sharing, tagging, smileys, and news feed sorting

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Hot on the heels of the mobile Facebook website update, the latest new features arrive to the native Facebook apps for iOS and Android. The two biggest new changes include the option to re-share stories from your news feed and the ability to tag people in status updates, comments and photos.

Of course, there is also the addition of smileys, hearts and other emoji in messages and you can now sort the articles in your News Feed just as on the main website. Unfortunately, there are still some silly limitations. Read more »

New leaked firmware for Galaxy S3 (I9300XXELK4) brings split-screen view mode and other new features

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been enjoying Jelly Bean for some time now. But a handful of features that we first saw on the Galaxy Note 2 have been out of reach so far.

The split-screen view mode, for instance, allows big-screen smartphones with plenty of oomph to display too apps at the same time. Today’s good news is that you can now get this and other new features on your Galaxy S3 via a pre-release official firmware.

Rumors suggest these enhancements are to arrive officially to S3 owners this December as a sort of a Christmas present. But obviously presents will come early this year. Well, sort of, this one’s more like a teaser. Read more »

Galaxy Note gets an official Jelly Bean ROM courtesy of the XDA community

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An official ROM from a hackers community such as the XDA? I know, it doesn’t make much sense on first sight, but bear with me. Think of this ROM as a leaked release of the official Samsung-made XXLS2 firmware.

We’ve all known for some time that Samsung is cooking a delicious Jelly bean serving for the original Galaxy Note owners, but the company is yet to release that.

So if you cannot bear to wait any longer, here’s your chance of getting some new tricks running on your smartphone. What better thing to do over the weekend with all this bad weather coming up across Europe. Read more »

The iPad and iPad mini delivery dates already pushed back 2 weeks

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The iPad mini has only started selling today but it’s already on backorder with the next shipments due for no sooner than 2 weeks across the world. The only exception is the US where the black version will still be delivered on the promised November 2nd.

It’s either that the white version is immensely more popular in the US or there were fewer white units available. Read more »

Here are the iPad mini and iPad 4 prices and the first-wave countries

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Apple managed to one-up all expectations today by unveiling not one, but two new iPads – the iPad mini and the 4th gen 10-inch iPad. The new 10-incher succeeds and immediately replaces the 3rd gen iPad, which has been selling for barely seven months now.

Both the new iPads will be available this holiday season in all the countries in this long list.

The Wi-Fi versions of the new iPads will be available for pre-order this Friday (Oct. 26) and will be shipping as early as next week, starting on November 2. Read more »

Amazon server outages bring down Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, and Viber among others

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Last night (in Europe) an outage in Amazon Web Services on the US East Coast caused disruption of some major online services that we all use and love. Websites and apps such as Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, and Viber have all been non-responsive. The outage has been felt the worst by users in Asia and the US, where the downtime was actually running through the day.

A member of the collective hacker group called Anonymous went public on Twitter to claim responsibility. Later on, an Amazon spokesperson stated this is not the case and Amazon servers had not been under attack. Read more »

Dropbox for iOS finally updated to match the iPhone 5 taller screen

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Dropbox pushed a much needed update to their iOS app on Apple’s Appstore. The new version not only makes full use of the iPhone 5 taller screen, but also has done away with the previous photo size limitation when printing pics or saving them to the Camera Roll from the app.

The new update bring the application version to 1.5.6. Read more »

Apple finally sends out invitations for the Oct. 23 event, the iPad mini almost certain

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Apple just started spreading their invitations to their previously rumored event on October 23. The invite tagline is “We’ve got a little more to show you” and the word little may be used quite literally, as Apple is supposed to unveil the iPad mini at this event.

Other rumors claim Apple may be demonstrating a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen as well. Read more »

Watch three ASUS Padfone 2 video ads right here

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Asus just completed presenting their latest smartphone – the Padfone 2. We already gave you a really good idea of how it looks like and we even have a hands-on article straight from the announcement event. But if you didn’t have the time to watch the event itself, you might have missed these Padfone 2 video ads.

The clips were first shown during the unveiling event in Milan, but there are finally available online separately. And these are actually pretty nice. Enjoy! Read more »

iOS6 jailbroken thanks to redsn0w, only tethered for now

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The popular jailbreaker’s tool redsn0w has received a major update today. The new version is not only capable of jailbreaking iOS6 on A4 devices (like the iPhone 4), but it also comes with enhanced functionality regarding iOS5-to-iOS5 restores, now that Apple doesn’t allow those any longer.

Unfortunately, the jailbreak solution is tethered-only, meaning that once you use it, you would have to connect your device to redsn0w every time you reboot it. Read more »