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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 »

A new unofficial ROM lets you taste the MIUI flavor of Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy S II

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Those of you that are eager to take Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for a spin on their Samsung Galaxy S II just got another option. In addition to flashing the leaked Samsung beta ICS ROM (which we tried), you can now try the ICS-based latest version of the MIUI ROM.

The unofficial release is said to be quite stable and ready to do the job as your everyday ROM. Of course, MIUI comes with a heavily customized interface, so if you are a fan of the stock ICS looks you probably don’t need to bother with this one. Read more »

Samsung keeps the ad war going – adds two more videos to its arsenal

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Samsung continued its controversial (but admittedly rather funny) promo campaign of the Galaxy S II with a couple of new videos.

Just like the previous ads that we covered, these two take a dig at the die-hard Apple fans, who seem to be so detached from the world, that they would prefer spending hours in queues and even camping in front of the store, instead of getting an obviously superior product like the Galaxy S II. Read more »

Apple announces iBooks 2, iBooks Author and iTunes U

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Just as expected, Apple made three important education-related announcements at their event in New York today. The company unveiled the next version of iBooks for iPad – iBooks 2, which now features interactive textbooks.

Apple also unveiled iBooks Author – a Mac OS X application that should greatly facilitate the creation of those textbooks (or other interactive books) and iTunes U iOS app, which lets you access complete courses from leading universities and plenty of free educational content. Read more »

IPv6 to finally go live on June 6 2012, countdown begins

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We knew it had to happen eventually, but now we already have an exact date to look forward to. Google has just announced that it will be joining a bunch of other major internet companies in a coordinated launch of the next-generation Internet protocol on June 6 this year.

IPv6 is the replacement for the current version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4, which ran out of addresses quite some time ago. Read more »

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II vs Samsung I9100G Galaxy S II – know the differences [TABLE]

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As you might have heard, Samsung introduced a second Galaxy S II international version, called I9100G in November. Back then the company plans for the device were unclear, but now we are starting to see what it’s all about.

The Samsung I9100G Galaxy S II replaces the original I9100 Galaxy S II smartphone in some markets. Many of our readers contacted us sharing their experience of buying a I9100, only to find out that they got the I9100G version.

The question is, should you really care if you get one or the other. To help you answer that we’ve put together a comparison table, which should highlight the differences between the two international Galaxy S II versions. Read more »

16MP Android-running Polaroid SC1630 hands-on photos

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Our tour around the CES 2012 booth continued with Polaroid and their Android-running smartphone Polaroid SC1630. The 16 megapixel device is one of the very few phones to offer optical zoom, which lets it easily stand out in the crowd.

Back in the days, when this one was going by as Altek Leo it hardly turned into a great success, but now it has an even higher resolution camera and some of Kodak’s image processing magic, so it should have better chances on the market. Read more »

Canon G1 X hands-on

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Yesterday we told you about the newly introduced Canon G1 X large sensor compact and now that CES is officially underway we even got a change to try it out. The 14 megapixel camera was naturally enjoying quite a lot of attention, but we still managed to get a unit for a quick photo session.

The Canon G1 X is built like a tank – once you hold it in your hand you just know that it is capable of enduring quite a lot of torture. Read more »

LTE-packing Pantech Element and Burst live photos

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We stopped by the Pantech booth at CES 2012 to see two more additions to the AT&T lineup of LTE-touting devices. The 4″ Pantech Burst smartphone and the 8″ Pantech Element tablet were kind enough to pose for a few pictures.

The $49.99 (on a contract, of course) Pantech Burst actually turned out a pretty nice Gingebread smartphone, upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich later in the year. Its dual core chipset and Super AMOLED display allow it to make way better first impression than most other smartphones in its class. Read more »

HTC Titan II live photos and camera samples – see the 16 megapixel monster in action

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The HTC Titan II is one of the hottest smartphones to be announced so far at CES 2012 and with its impressive 16 megapixel camera even hopes to become one of the devices of the season.

Just like any Windows Phone 7 Mango device, the Titan II feels incredibly smooth. The Microsoft platform will make sure that you won’t feel the absence of a dual-core CPU, when navigating the UI or when opening and closing apps. Read more »

Huawei Ascend P1 and Huawei Ascend P1 S hands-on

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Huawei surprised quite a lot of people with their announcement of the Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S smartphones at this year’s CES. The smartphone maker was previously known for its affordable devices with modest functionality, but these two are aiming to take on the big boys out there.

The great news is that impressions made by the Huawei Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S based on their specs sheets, still stood after we got a chance to play with them. The two ultra-slim droids are really solidly built and those 4.3″ Super AMOLED screens of qHD resolution are every bit as impressive as they sound. Read more »

Apple iPad 3 will feature Retina Display and an 8 MP snapper, the iPad 2 to get an 8GB version?

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The announcement of the Apple iPad 3 is just a few months away now, so naturally the rumor train is starting to pick up speed. In today’s scoop we are talking display, camera and the fate of the current iPad after the release of its successor.

Once again, we are hearing that the iPad 3 will have four times the resolution of the iPad 2, which will reportedly be marketed as Retina display. Quadrupling the iPad 2 resolution on the same screen estate will give you pixel density of 264 ppi, which on a screen this big should feel as good as the 326ppi of the last two iPhones. Read more »

Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad2 development hits a roadblock, might be delayed

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It appears that the promised untethered jailbreak tool for A5-touting devices isn’t as close to public availability as we all hoped. A couple of days ago the popular indie developer pod2g said that if we are lucky enough we might get it in a week, but maybe our luck just ran out.

It turns out that the jailbreaking tool for the newest iDevices – the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S that pod2g developed relies on the user having a developers account. And since most iPhone and iPad users don’t have such account (and it costs $100 a year to create one) it’s impossible to release the tool for public consumption. Read more »

Sony unveils the first XQD memory cards in the world, charges a fortune for them

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When the Compact Flash association made those XQD memory cards official, you really wanted to give them a try right? We mean, the speed promised was so impressive that you wouldn’t be a proper geek if you didn’t.

It appears that Sony will be the first company to actually give you the chance to do so, as the Japanese just unveiled the first two XQD cards. Sony also announced a card reader for connecting the 16GB and 32GB units to your computer and an ExpressCard adapter. Read more »