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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 »

Modern personal SatNav solutions could be much better [EDITORIAL]

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Imagine yourself walking into a McDonald’s and ordering a burger. The person, taking your order, would probably ask you whether you’d like fries or a drink with that. Predicting your client’s needs is one of the mainstays of great customer service. SatNav manufacturers can learn from this little gesture and perhaps, give it a nice thought to how it may relate to their business.

The past month or so I’ve traveled thousands of kilometers across Western Europe in various directions as part of my plan to get to know the place better. I’m still nowhere close to finishing my optimistic travel agenda, but as I go, I’m getting increasingly frustrated with SatNav devices and their unimaginative interfaces and designs. They are nowhere nearly as versatile as they are supposed to. And today’s tech has the means to enable much better functionality with just a bit more of creative thinking. Read more »

Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual make first video appearances

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Sony announced the Xperia tipo and tipo dual this morning (among other things). And here come the first promo videos of the two mini droids.

The Xperia tipo is an entry-level smartphone but it comes with the latest Android ICS out of the box. Inside the Xperia tipo there is a 800Mhz Snapdragon chipset, 2.9GB of built-in memory and a 1500mAh battery. The screen is a smallish 3.2″ HVGA TFT unit and there’s a 3 megapixel snapper on the back. Here’s the promo video, showing the smartphone. Read more »

MacBook Air and Pro updated with Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 ports, faster graphics

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Apple WWDC is off to a good start and among the first announcements in the event’s keynote speech is the refresh of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups. Both lineups are getting the latest IvyBridge processors by Intel. And yes, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is getting axed off the production line.

The MacBook Airs now can be rigged with processors up to 2.0Ghz dual-core i7 (with Turbo boost up to 3.2Ghz). The RAM options go as high as 8GB and the SSD options reach the spectacular 500GB. That’s 500GB SSD. The read speeds for the SSD drives has gone up to 500Mbps too, so it’s double the one on the current SSD drives used in the Airs. Read more »

Leaked Nokia Belle FP2 screenshots show some new goodies

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The Nokia Belle FP1 rolled out in April we already knew back then that Nokia is already working on the FP2. And while we’re hoping this may be getting closer to release we got to see the first screenshots of this new edition of the mobile OS. Naturally, as with most other Feature Packs, the update brings some new features to the now elderly software.

As you can imagine, there’s no detailed changelog so far, but the upgrades suggested by the leaked screenshots include a redesigned keyboard, a new gallery (with share button), a new music player, a new search button in home screen toolbar, and a new unlock screen (by swiping). Read more »

The Galaxy S III disassembled on video

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Broke your screen as soon as you got your shiny new Galaxy S III and you are looking to replace it yourself? Or you are into “gadget porn”? Whichever you are after, I’ve got you fixed-up with this new video, showing the complete disassembly and assembly process of a white Galaxy S III unit.

We’re no strangers to dismantling various electronic devices and we like watching other people teardown expensive gadgets too. In the case of the Galaxy S III, a detailed teardown was already published by iFixIt courtesy of Chipworks, but today we are looking at a video showing the intricate process of turning the latest Samsung flagship into bits and pieces. Read more »

Android getting offline Google Maps access, Google Earth for mobile getting bird’s eye 3D view

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At an event held today in the company’s San Francisco offices, the Google Maps team presented their latest and greatest achievements. The most important mobile news is that Android devices are getting offline access to GMaps. But there are other new things too – Google Earth and possibly Maps are getting a fly-by 3D view and we also saw the Google StreetView’s latest camera rig that’s meant to snap hiking trails and such, carried on… the back of a human operator.

The offline maps for Android bit is naturally of much higher interest to us than the other stuff, but you gotta know the new 3D view is also designed to be accessed on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The new 3D view mode, similarly to the project by Bing Maps, uses image data captured by dedicated airplanes, which capture detailed images of metropolitan areas while flying over them in strict patterns thus providing greater degree of detail than was possible before. Read more »