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Chrome for Android will likely remain Flash-less forever

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Limited availability aside, the Chrome beta launch went as smooth as Google could have possibly hoped. Everyone who got a chance to take the new Android browser for a spin loved it and for a good reason. The Chrome beta is smooth, offers a cool UI and plenty of eye-candy and seemed to have the stock browser in its pocket.

And then you notice that it’s lacking Flash support. But hey, the stock ICS browser also missed Flash at launch and got it later, right? As it turns out, Chrome for Android won’t be as lucky and it will most likely remain without Flash support forever. Read more »

Google launches Chrome for Android beta – the browser you have all been looking for

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Google just unveiled the Android-ready version of its Chrome web browser and made this a huge day for the Chrome users, who have a smartphone of the droid variety. The app is still in beta, but it already looks like one of the best browsers on the platform (and as you know there’s no shortage of quality web browsers on Android).

With great performance and simplified user interface, the Chrome browser for Android [Check our review] still has plenty of eye-candy to offer. It lets you sync just about anything between your desktop browser and your smartphone/tablet – from bookmarks to current browsing session, so you can continue on your smart device exactly where you left off on your computer. Read more »

Siri sure knows how to keep you from selling your iPhone 4S [VIDEO]

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Now this probably shouldn’t worry you right now as hardly anyone plans to sell their iPhone just a few months after acquiring it, but it’s one to keep in mind for the future. Siri might go crazy if she hears you consider selling its home.

Okay, maybe the filmmakers Andrew and Nathan McMurry added a dash of imagination to the whole deal, but the result is really worth checking out. 4 minutes and 25 seconds of pure awesomeness follow. Read more »

Dropbox for Android beta lands, lets you win 5 GB of extra storage (Update: works on Windows and Mac too)

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Dropbox just released a beta version of its next Android app and is offering lucrative prizes for everyone who takes part in the testing. Dropbox 2.0.9 introduces a cool new feature called camera upload – it lets your phone automatically upload whatever photos and videos you capture to your Dropbox account.

The best part is that you can earn up to 5 GB of extra storage for your Dropbox account just by downloading and using the beta app. All you have to do is set up your account, and enable the camera upload feature. Read more »

New Android 4.0 ICS ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S II leaks, looks ready for daily duties

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The developer community managed to acquire yet another Samsung-created beta ICS ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The release is named I9100XXLPB, has a build date of January 29 and, as we managed to see ourselves, is quite a major step forward, compared to previous ones.

This new release comes with a slightly more polished UI, which offers more eye-candy and, according to the guy who brought us the leaked ROM – much better battery endurance. Read more »

Watch this amazing aerial video shot in the snow

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Snow is an awful thing, right? It slows down traffic, makes a mess of the sidewalks and makes the very idea of going out seem like a nightmare.

Except that it doesn’t always have to be like that. If you have lots of free time, a spark of creativity, warm boots and a multirotor RC helicopter at hand you might turn all that snow into art. Read more »

Facebook now has 845 million active users, won $1 billion last year

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As you probably know, Facebook filled for IPO yesterday. We are not going to bore you with the technical information about it, as those are mostly of interest to banks and their corporate clients at this point, but the documents submitted mention a few quite interesting facts about the social network.

Obviously, the network still hasn’t reached saturation point as its user base keeps growing. By the end of last year Facebook had 845 million users, who formed 100 billion friendships, uploaded 250 million photos per day and generated 2.7 billion daily likes. Read more »

Sony posts grim Q4 results, lost $2 billion

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Sony just posted its financial report for the last year and its final quarter and things are looking pretty bad for the Japanese giant. The company missed targets and lost $2 billion in the holiday quarter alone.

This led to adjusting the company’s forecast for the full financial year (which in Sony’s case ends in March) – Sony is now expected to bring its total loss for the 12-month period to the mind-blowing $2.9 billion. Read more »

Intel announces 7 new Sandy Bridge CPUs

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Intel has just unveiled seven new members of its Sandy Bridge family of CPUs. We got three quad-core desktop processors of the Core i5 variety and four Celeron CPUs meant for use in mobile devices.

The first and most powerful of the new processors is Core i5-2550K, which is an unlocked-multiplier CPU with a stock clock speed of 100MHz higher than the i5-2500K. The i5-2550K runs at 3.4GHz, with frequencies of up to 3.8GHz possible with the Turbo boost. Read more »

Firefox 10 now available for download, not fully official just yet

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Eager to get the latest and greatest browser of the Mozilla Foundation? Well you’ve got your chance now as the company has made Firefox 10 available for download.

Bringing a few UI changes and some nice performance tweaks, Firefox 10 is still unavailable for an automatic update, but you can download it manually. Read more »

BlackBerry Bold 9790 battery life tested, details inside [TEST]

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We welcome another BlackBerry smartphone to our battery test arena. The Curve 9380 hardly aced our benchmarks, but maybe the more expensive Bold 9790 would be a better match for the other top dogs.

We already gave you the BlackBerry Bold 9790 numbers on Friday, when we published our review, but now we are going to focus on how does it do in comparison to the other smartphones we have tested so far. Read more »

Angry Birds hitting Facebook on February 14

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This Valentine’s day may be quite lonely for a lot of people, whose significant others are into Angry Birds. Rovio just confirmed that their immensely popular title is hitting the world’s largest social network on February 14.

Rovio plans to hold a huge launch event in Jakarta, which according to the company is the “global capital of Facebook”. The Facebook version will brings some nice new twists to the gameplay, so it’s definitely one worth checking out. Read more »

iPad still dominates the tablet realm, but Android is getting close, analysis shows [UPDATED]

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We just got the report on the tablet market in 2011 from Strategy Analytics and it tells some interesting stories. The iPad managed to just over double its sales compared to 2010 and is still the dominant force, holding a market share of 57.6%.

However, the iPad is no longer able to keep up with the overall market growth, which is fueled by the strengthening Android sales. The green robot tablets shipments grew over three times year-over-year and that helped them reduce the gap to their iOS counterparts. Read more »

Samsung tears the Galaxy Note to pieces, saves iFixIt the effort

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Normally, it goes like this – a cool product enters the market and the crafty guys from ifixit take its shiny new body to pieces and expose every chip hiding inside. Well that didn’t happen with the Samsung Galaxy Note, so the Koreans took it upon them to perform the task.

Samsung has provided detailed descriptions of all the important Galaxy Note functional elements. You should keep in mind that what we have here is the US version of the Note, featuring a Qualcomm chipset and LTE, instead of Exynos and HSPA+. Read more »

Asus Transformer Prime to get its bootloader unlocked in February

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Asus surprised nastily quite a lot of people, when they shipped their Transformer Prime monster of a tablet with a locked bootloader, but it seems that things are about to fall back into place. The company just announced through its Twitter account that the tool for unlocking the quad-core beast is on its way.

According to Asus, it should be coming in February and that is just a week away now. There are no more details given, but we guess those will be made available when the tool is finalized. Read more »