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Motorola Droid Froyo update starts making its way OTA

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Rejoice Droid users! Even though Motorola already released its successor, the Americans haven’t forgotten about the original Droid. It’s getting a fresh new software update as we speak, bringing all the goodness of Froyo 2.2 to the QWERTY-packing slider.

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Opera publishes State of the mobile web monthly report, lost some ground recently; Updated!

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Opera’s State of the mobile web report just came in and it says that the world’s most popular web browser lost some users last month. In June 2010, 59.4 million people used Opera Mini, viewing over 27 billion pages.

And while the total number of users is still twice as big as it was in June 2009, it is 3.4 percent lower it was in May. Opera blamed technical and political challenges in some countries for the slight decrease but promised to be back on the right track very soon. Read more »

LG goes all in with 3D: announces a notebook, a monitor and a projector

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Today LG announced a trio of new 3D-enabled products and declared their commitment to the 3D technology. The company went official with a 15-inch 3D notebook, a 3D monitor and a 3D projector.

The LG R590 3D notebook is certainly the most interesting of the new announcements. It packs a 15.6-inch display, Intel Core i7 Processor with HM55 chipset and NVIDIA GeForce GT335M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated DDR3. Read more »

Sony announced NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens HD camcorder, charges 2 000 bucks for it

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Today Sony announced the pricing and expected availability of their interchangeable lens consumer-grade HD camcorder. Sporting the same E-mount as the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 mirrorless cameras, the NEX-VG10 is capable of recording 1080i video at 30 fps with a bitrate of up to 24 Mbps.

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Sprint sells 300 000 EVO 4G units, despite shortages

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Sprint is obviously doing great with the EVO 4G, having already sold more than 300 000 units of the Android-running smartphone. The thing is that number would have been much greater hadn’t it been for the stock shortages that the carrier is facing.

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Windows XP still has 74 percent market share, Microsoft extends its lifespan to 2020

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Windows 7 might be flying off the shelves at an amazing pace but it’s the good ol’ Windows XP that powers the huge chunk of the computers around the world, Microsoft admits. To be specific 74 percent, or about three in every four PCs worldwide are still running loyal to XP.

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Get Android up and running on your old Windows Mobile phone

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A Windows Mobile device owner is not something you would like to be at this moment. With Microsoft focusing all their effort on WP7, support for current devices is next to non-existent and it’s not like they are so good that they don’t need the occasional update.

But what if you could get an OS that is currently all the rage to run on your old device? It does look like a nice way to repay it for all those years of loyal service. And all you need is a microSD card, some spare time, plus the ability to follow instructions. Read more »

Android 2.2 Froyo blazes past iOS4 on the JavaScript track

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I just stumbled upon an interesting comparison between the iOS4 and Android 2.2 and thought you it might interest you. With both running on 1GHz CPUs (the Snapdragon Scorpion core vs the iPhone Cortex-A8) the results come up somewhat surprising (for me at least).

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Firefox 4 Beta 1 released for public download, get yours now

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The minefield days are over folks – Firefox 4 reached the beta stages of its development. The mine logo is now gone and bugs (expected as they may be) should no longer be too harmful to the general user experience.

The new Firefox 4 brings a host of new features plus improved performance and responsiveness. HTML5 video with support for the WebM format is what most of the fuss is about but you also get crash protection (which allows you to continue browsing even if a plug-in crashes) and improved security. Read more »

Apple iPhone 4 proximity sensor acts weird, we’ve got the video to prove it

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The Apple iPhone 4 went off to a flying start in terms of numbers alone, but its stellar performer reputation certainly took quite a lot of hits. First it was the yellow spot issues (which luckily disappeared all by themselves), then it was the new antenna design that backfired spectacularly and now it’s the proximity sensor that’s causing troubles for early adopters.

As you will see in the video below the new proximity sensor fails to do its job very well, allowing the screen to turn on when there IS an object nearby. In practical terms this means that it doesn’t lock the screen every time you are in a call and you might press some of the on-screen buttons with your cheeks. Read more »

Third LG Mobile WorldCup aims to crown the planet’s fastest texter

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While most of the planet is still busy following a certain football tournament held in South Africa, LG have announced the start of another World Cup tournament. The third annual LG Mobile Worldcup tournament aims to find the fastest texters on the planet and reward them nicely.


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Opera 10.60 springs to life, ready to blow your mind with speed

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Today Opera released the latest version of their desktop web browser. It only took Opera 10.60 a few short weeks to go from beta to final version and now you should be able to experience its speed without annoying bugs and glitches.

Opera 10.60 promises a 50 percent improvement in JavaScript performance compared to Opera 10.5x. Considering that its predecessor was already in contention for the fastest browser available the Opera 10.60 should just blow away the competition. Read more »

Mozilla Firefox 4 pre-beta candidate released for Mac, Windows and Linux

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Okay, those alpha releases were somewhat tricky to get going and were so buggy that they were probably not worth it. However, now that Mozilla Firefox 4 has reached the pre-beta stages of its development, things start to look a whole lot better.

If you are eager to have a taste of the latest reincarnation of the world’s second most popular browser, all you need to do is follow the link and find the appropriate installer for you system. Read more »

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk is the World’s first 3TB external hard drive

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Looking for a place to store about 2000 movies or a few million photos? Well today Seagate gave it to you in the form of FreeAgent GoFlex Desk. The 3TB external flash drive will set you back 250 US dollars but will make sure you won’t run out of free space anytime soon.

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European HTC Hero finally gets Android 2.1 Eclair update

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Rejoice Hero owners around Europe – your time has come. After several months, a dozen of broken promises on the HTC side, the Eclair 2.1 update is finally making its way to unlocked Hero units around the old continent.

As we speak an 80 MB update is being pushed to devices purchased SIM free across Europe. Read more »