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Samsung releases the source code for the Galaxy S II ICS kernel

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If you like running custom ROMs on your Galaxy S II or even better creating those yourself, you’d be glad to know that Samsung just released the source code for its ICS kernel of its yet-to-be-replaced flagship.

The code of the updated kernel that started seeding last week (that we also reviewed in detail) is now available to download from the Samsung servers. This will enable the indie dev community to create more elaborate mods, using the official Samsung drivers and even pieces of the code when need occurs. Read more »

New Apple iPad hands-on video is ready, check it out

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As you know, yesterday we welcomed the new iPad in our office and we are already hard at work putting Apple’s latest and greatest slate through its paces.

To make the wait until the full review is complete easier to bear, we gave you an overview of our first impressions, garnished with live shots on the device and camera samples yesterday, and now we have something else for you – a hands-on video. Read more »

7″ Nexus tablet by Asus reportedly confirmed, might cost $149

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Rumors of the mythical Google Nexus tablet are intensifying with each passing day and lately they have almost all been pointing in one direction – a 7″ slate, which will be manufactured by Asus.

Today we got a few more pieces of the puzzle that is the first Google slate. The new rumors have it that Asus has agreed to cancel its $250 Tegra 3 powered MeMo 370T slate, which was announced at CES and turn it into the next Google slate instead. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note stop-motion ad might be cooler than the phoneblet itself

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Hey yo dawg, Samsung heard you like stop motion, so it put stop motion in your stop motion! Jokes aside, the latest Samsung Galaxy Note ad is one of the most creative bits of advertising we have seen recently and we believe you may do a whole lot worse with a minute of your life than spending it to watch it.

Even though it didn’t quite have the budget that some of the other Samsung ads had, this video of just over a minute obviously took a substantial effort to create. Read more »

Buying an iPad? Check out its most honest review yet first

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If you are reading this standing in line in front of the Apple Store in your country of residence it’s probably too late, but if you have decided to wait a few days and see if the new iPad is worth your hard-earned cash by all means see this first. It’s the first truly honest review of the Apple latest slate.

Okay, we might have oversold it a bit. What we actually have here is a pretty funny video that’s hardly worth much in terms of consumer advice, but is certainly worth checking out. Read more »

New Aakash 2 tablet comes with better specs and screen, retains $40 price tag

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Remember the Indian government’s project to put a tablet in the hands of every student? Well it seems to be progressing rather well and what we are seeing here is the second version of the ultra-cheap slate. The new Aakash slate is based on the Ubislate 7+ and brings a healthy improvement in specs without upping the price and represents a huge leap forward, just three months after the first version.

Most importantly, the 7″ resistive screen has been replaced by a capacitive one and the tablet got a proper CPU architecture – Cortex-A8. Okay, it’s an old proper architecture and at 700 MHz frequency it will hardly be blazing fast, but that’s more than you can demand from a $40 device. Read more »

Native panorama app for Lumia 800 just around the corner

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The Nokia Lumia 800 has one of the most solid cameras in the Windows Phone realm (or at least until the HTC Titan II comes out). However, this doesn’t mean Nokia is done improving it or has already moved on – in fact, the company just confirmed that there’s a cool new feature coming up for it.

The news came from the personal Twitter account of Damian Dinning – the head of the Nokia camera division. Apparently, the native panorama app is already on its way and we can probably count on it coming with the next software update. Read more »

Angry birds fly straight into F1 – check out the new helmet of Heikki Kovalainen

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The Formula 1 season is just about the start and there will be a surprising new presence on the grid this year. We are talking the title that became a synonym for mobile gaming, Angry Birds, which will appear on the helmet of Heikki Kovalainen.

Rovio managed to strike a deal with their compatriot and Caterham driver and his helmet was branded with the immensely popular game. It’s unclear if the deal will only last for a few races or the whole season, as the submitted official image of Kovailainen’s helmet has no Angry birds on it. Read more »

Nokia tablet project confirmed by design chief

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Prepare to act surprised. The Nokia head designer Marko Ahtisaari reportedly confirmed that his company is working on a tablet. What’s more, Mr. Ahtisaari says that he has dedicated no less than a third of his working time to the project in order to make the device stand out in the crowd.

Reuters reports that Nokia still hasn’t joined the tablet party due to the company’s wish to offer a product that’s easy to differentiate. Read more »

Toshiba unveils 95MB/s EXCERIA SD cards, claims “fastest in the world” title

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Toshiba’s latest EXCERIA SD cards are not just growing in extra capacity. Toshiba just introduced its new lineup of SD cards and is promising to deliver some blazing fast performance. The new EXCERIA cards come in three different flavors – Type 1, Type 2 and Type HD.

The Toshiba EXCERIA Type 1 SD cards will offer a capacity of 8GB, 16GB or 32GB, read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. On paper, that makes them the fastest SD cards we have seen so far, but you’d need an UHS-I supporting host to get them to fulfill their potential. Read more »

Sony Xperia sola official video ad demonstrates the hover touch

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Yesterday Sony unveiled the Xperia sola – one of the most interesting mid-range droids that we have seen for a long time. Featuring the new hover touch technology (we only saw that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, previously) and a cool distinctive design, the Xperia sola has arguably the best potential of all smartphones in the company lineup.

We are now giving you the official Sony promo video for the Xperia sola, which takes a closer look at the hover touch and a few of the other highlights of the smartphone. Read more »

15-inch MacBook Air coming next month?

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Here’s a particularly exciting rumor for the ultrabook fans out there. The MacBook Air, which is where the whole ultra-light laptop revolution started, might be getting a 15″ version next month.

The spicy info comes from an unnamed vendor, who demonstrated his inability to keep a secret at a UK accessories expo held in London on Tuesday. Normally, we wouldn’t advise you to believe such sources, but the rumor aligns nicely with previous mentions of a 15″ MacBook Air from November. Read more »

Kindle Fire steals some market share, but iPad is still king of tablets in Q4, IDC reports

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The analysts from IDC just published their report on the global tablet market in the last quarter of last year and it appears that the picture was pretty much what we saw throughout 2011. Android is improving rapidly, but Apple’s iOS is still the king of the hill, accounting for more than half of all sales.

Apple managed to ship 15.4 million units in Q4 of last year, which secured them a market share of 54.7% (down from 61.5% in Q3). The best performer of the quarter was obviously the Amazon Kindle Fire, which got a share of 16.8% even though it was only on sale for a month and a half. Read more »

Super High Aperture: the technology that made the iPad retina display possible

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Addicted to that ultra-high res screen of the new iPad, aren’t you? Well here’s a bit more information about the underlying technology that enabled Apple to quadruple the resolution of its slate.

You see the main problem with high pixel densities is that when things get cramped up, signals can get crossed, which leads to degradation in image quality – most notably in terms of color accuracy and sharpness. So you actually turn out with a poorer screen. So how did Apple went about solving this engineering challenge? Read more »

Nokia to release a Snapdragon-powered 10″ Windows 8 tablet in Q4

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We’ve heard so many rumors of Nokia jumping on the tablet bandwagon that we are not sure what to believe anymore, but this latest bit sound rather plausible. The Finns are reportedly working on a 10″ slate running Windows 8, which should arrive to the market by the end of the year.

The Nokia tablet will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, featuring a couple of Krait CPU cores. The production of the device itself will be outsourced to the Taiwanese company Compal Electronics and initial volumes are said to be the rather modest 200,000 units. Read more »