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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 »

Latest LG Optimus G video ad is a compilation of mini-ads

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We don’t often get mobile phone video ads as long as the one we are about to show you. Technically, it’s not a movie as the name suggests. It’s a compilation of visually attractive mini ads for some of the key features of the Optimus G.

I admit, the vibe in the ads is kinda unusual and at times the metaphors used are kinda strange (such as a man flexing muscle to show the power behind the chipset), but still, they are kinda nice. Read more »

Windows 8 prices revealed, you can pre-order it with or without a computer starting today

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Today we finally get to see all price options for Microsoft’s next-generation computer OS – the Windows 8. The OS will launch on Oct 26, but you can pre-order it on a DVD right now, if you absolutely need to have a disc. For the rest of us, the update would be available online for download and purchase via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for a cheaper price. The full Windows 8 Pro OS will be downloadable as well when you purchase the license separately.

Oh, yes, and the prices, of course. An online upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost you $40, as we’ve seen before. That’s a time-limited offer, valid only until January 31, 2013. But there are other options, too. Read more »

Apple iPad Mini to be announced on October 23, new rumors say

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Lately, it’s been quiet on the iPad Mini rumors side. When 10 Oct, the rumored invitation day, came and went, we started worrying that previous rumors have let us down. While this may be the case indeed, not all is lost, as new rumors suggest the announcement event has only been moved to October 23.

Today’s rumors are not any better than the last, but at least, they help keep our hopes high. Read more »

Kindle Paperwhite now up for pre-order in UK, France and Germany

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The Kindle Paperwhite finally made it across the pond. Amazon UK, France and Germany are already accepting pre-orders. UK users however, will be getting it a good month in advance.

Amazon UK has a suggested shipping date of 25 Oct, while both Amazon DE and Amazon FR expect it to launch on 22 Nov. The custom Paperwhite Leather Cover, which is capable of activating the reader magnetically, will be available around the same time, but it’s priced at the rather steep £31/€35. Read more »

This iPhone has been sleeping with the fishes for 6 months and it still works

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Modern day smartphones are great at many tasks, but unfortunately, swimming is not among them. Ken Hovanes learned this the hard way when he accidentally dropped his iPhone in a lake about six months ago. The water in the lake was 2m deep and murky back then so Ken gave up on retrieving the device and bought a new iPhone.

Fast forward to more recent times. After finding the lake waters have slightly receded, Ken went to search for his iPhone again. And he found it, still sitting on the bottom. What surprised him most however, is that it still worked. Read more »

Does the iPhone 5 have issues with battery life? (Updated)

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Here we go again. Another new iPhone generation and another wave of battery life complaints rises again. I can clearly remember similar stuff going on around the times the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS were released. But is that supposed to be a consolation?

There’s little official battery troubleshooting info available from Apple and yet, it’s a real problem for a lots of users, as this thread alone in Apple Forums would tell you. Unfortunately, it’s a self-help thread where users try to help each other instead of getting some meaningful feedback from Apple. Read more »