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The original Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 gets new goodies thanks to a software update

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The original Samsung Galaxy Note was not left in the cold now that the sequel has been announced. The new Ice Cream Sandwich ROM N7000XXLRQ with a timestamp of 28.08.2012 is reportedly available to users in Germany via KIES or OTA and also as a direct download to everyone by the XDA community.

The novelties include an updated user interface – much like the one you may have seen on the Galaxy S III – and S-Cloud integration. Also the gallery has received the sidebar look that we saw first on the recently announced Note II. Read more »

Kobo announces new e-readers in an effort to one-up Amazon today

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Kobo just went ahead today and announced a lineup of three spanking new readers. The Kobo Mini is a simple e-book reader, the smallest one available, as the company claims. The Kobo Glo is my favorite and it matches what Barnes&Nobles have with their glowing Nook SimpleTouch and what Amazon will soon have with their sidelit e-book Kindle, too. And finally, the Kobo Arc is a reboot of the Kobo Vox, the rather unsuccessful attempt of the company at making an Android tablet for multimedia consumption ala Kindle Fire.

Kobo is the smallest of three major online bookstore/ebook reader providers on the US market. And when you are that small, the best way to cast a shadow on your competitor’s announcement, is to go public with your products right after their announcement, not before it. That’s the way the internet rolls, newer stuff goes on top of older news. But, hey, what do I know, over at Kobo they probably read off their own marketing textbook. But I digress. Read more »

Amazon’s new Kindles teased in a video ad ahead of today’s announcements

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All tech enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for Amazon’s announcement later today, where we should see the next generation of the Kindle ebook readers and the Kindle Fire tablet. It turns out, however, that Amazon already showed these in a video spot, which was aired yesterday.

The commercial obviously shows what I was hoping for – that backlit (or sidelit, whatever) ebook readers are coming strong after Barnes&Noble debuted their illuminated Nook. It also shows that we’ll see a revamp of the Kindle Fire, and quite obviously, a bigger 10-inch version of that too (watch out for this at 0:53). But enough talking, enjoy the video. Read more »

Here’s how Google plans to get Motorola out of the mud

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Today’s Motorola event was mostly dedicated to the company’s new RAZR lineup, but it also gave a chance to Motorola’s recently appointed CEO, Dennis Woodside (a former Google exec), to give us a glimpse of Motorola’s strategy in the realm of mobile devices now that it’s been acquired by Google. “New Motorola starts today!”

We weren’t treated to any surprises in terms of goals, as obviously Woodside aims a reboot of the company’s smartphone business to a point where it would become a common fact that “the best Android device – it’s a Motorola”. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 camera interface to support pinch zooming and third-party addons

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Adding pinch-zooming to the camera interface is nothing to shout home about, but the addition of third-party plugins certainly is. All smartphone users have their favorite photo apps, but imagine having them all inside the main camera interface. That’s what the new camera lenses feature on Windows Phone 8 promises.

As Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demoed today, when you install a new camera-centric app from the Marketplace, it integrates as a sort of a lens, an add-on inside your main camera app. So when you start the camera, you have all the special effects, panoramas and image manipulation tricks, in one place. Read more »

Confirmed: Built-in screenshot capabilities coming with Windows Phone 8

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Today, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, stepped on stage to demo some never before released features of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 in honor of the unveiling of the new generation of Nokia Lumia phones. One of the first features he was to quick to show, was the new built-in screenshot feature that comes with the new iteration of the mobile OS.

Now built-in screenshots are really not a make-or-break feature for any mobile OS, but we guess the presentation stated with that as an ice-breaker. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 is coming in the next month or two, says Steve Ballmer

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The joint Nokia/Microsoft announcement today is over. We saw the unveiling of the Nokia’s new Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. What we didn’t hear however, is when these devices will launch – along with Windows Phone 8 as a whole. Or did we?

Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, dropped by to share his thought on the direction Windows is going in and the role Windows Phone 8 plays in that. And while speaking about this he mentioned the following. Read more »

Steve Jobs was allegedly “very receptive” to the idea about a 7-inch iPad

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Well, this comes as a personal surprise to me. After publicly mocking 7-inch slates at one of Apple’s earning calls, it seems Steve Jobs after all, approved of the smaller-sized tablets. This came out as part of the evidence, presented in court in the heated Apple vs. Samsung trial.

I’ve long dismissed all rumors of a 7-inch iPad Mini (iNotepad or whatever else it may be called), based solely on this past public statement by Steve Jobs that 7-inchers were no good. Period.

Well, it seems that the good old sport might have had a change of heart in his last months. Read more »

Rovio’s Amazing Alex launch trailer is here, the game to follow in two days

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We already knew Rovio had another title planned for us. Amazing Alex features some nicely done animation and promises hours of creative contraption building.

As the title is nearing its July 12 release (that’s only two days from today), Rovio has released the full trailer of the game (as opposed to the previously available teaser). Read more »

Caution: gsmarena-n.com looks like a scam, has no affiliation with us

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Some of our readers recently reported that they are getting advertising emails from a seemingly scam Asian online store, which is to be found at www.gsmarena-n.com. The emails all claim (in rather bad English) that they are our sister site and urge buyers to shop with confidence.

Well, this can’t be more far from the truth. There are many people out there, who make a living off persuading you they represent a well-established trademark – such as ours. Since we have a wide global reach and you never know what sort of a scam you might stumble into, we thought we should give you this heads-up.

We don’t sell phones, tablets, computers or related equipment and we have no plans on opening a retail or wholesale store for those.

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Google Maps for Android ver. 6.9 brings Offline Maps (to supported countries)

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Google just released the latest version of Google Maps to most Android devices (Android 2.2+). The release brings the hotly anticipated feature of offline maps pre-caching.

Before you jump in joy, make a note that there are some limitations that are not clearly mentioned on the lid. Read more »

Googe Q is the Google Play media player for your living room

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Google obviously has invested a lot in delivering all the content for their Google Play store – especially, the videos and the music. So much that they actually had to design and build their own hardware device that allows you to consume the Google play digital content right on the biggest screen in your house.

Enter Google Q, the web-connected, “social” box that runs Android. It’s meant to stream content for you from the cloud, where supposedly you have all your digital content. Read more »

Google puts up a robot full of Jelly Beans in front of its offices

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It’s this time of the year again and we’re expecting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to be unveiled tomorrow evening at the Google I/O keynote. If you had any doubts about it, Google is eager to dispel it.

Today they’ve put up one of their customary over-sized figures (or statues, if you will) to commemorate their next Android release.

Android Jelly Bean is supposedly not as major a release as Ice Cream Sandwich was. Nevertheless, it’s supposed to bring along a curious novelty. Read more »

Microsoft Surface tablets to be priced at $599 for RT, $999 for Pro

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You all remember the sleek hardware that Microsoft presented last week. Called Surface, the tablet has two versions – one with a Tegra 3 chipset, running Windows 8 RT, and another one with a proper x64 processor by Intel – that one running regular Windows 8 Pro. We’ve all been wondering what sort of pricing would the new tablets have.

Well, know we sorta know. According to “a close source to Microsoft”, the Tegra version will have a price tag of $599 and the Surface Pro will go for $999. Read more »

Watch the Windows Phone Summit right here, in case you’ve missed it

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Microsoft unveiled some pretty major revamp of their mobile phone OS. They are not simply upgrading it, they are rather bringing their Windows 8 tech to mobile phones. Regular Windows computer developers will be able really easily to port their applications and games to the mobile platform.

We already have a pretty good coverage of the announcements at the event, but if you are interested, you might as well watch it yourself. Read more »