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The Apple iPad as a gaming device part 2: Plants vs. Zombies

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We chose a popular tower defense game for our second demo video of the Apple iPad gaming powers. Developed and published by PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies can give fans of the genre quite a lot of hours of fun.

The point of the game is to repel the invading army of zombies from eating your brains by planting a variety of plants. It has been available for a while for PC and Mac so there’s a chance that you are already familiar with it. Read more »

The Apple iPad as a gaming device part 1: Pinball

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We promised you to get into more detail about the gaming capabilities of the Apple iPad Internet tablet and now we are delivering. We will show you a few videos, demonstrating some of the games available in the App Store to give you a better idea of what playing on the iPad is like.

The first title we are going to introduce is the iPad version of the all too popular Pinball. We have a feeling that all fans of the classic arcade game will appreciate this title as its graphics and performance are simply great. Read more »

Samsung readying a 7-inch Super AMOLED S-pad tablet with Android

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With the iPad launch officially restarting the tablet wars, it’s only a matter of time until all large manufacturers join the battle. Samsung are said to already be working on their own slate, which should hit the shelves in August. Rumor has it that it will be called Samsung S-pad and will run on the Android OS.

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Nokia Conversations poll reveals the N8 true colors

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Last week, right after the announcement of the Nokia N8, the official blog of the Finnish company launched a poll about the preferred color of the device. And now that the results are out we can see if the bright and colorful Orange, Blue and Green versions of the Nokia N8 will be appreciated as well as the time-tested Silver and Dark grey ones.

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Apple iPads are flying off the shelves, 1 000 000 sold in 28 days, iBooks off to a slow start

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Love it or hate it, the Apple iPad is on track to becoming the next great market success by the Cupertino-based company. It took the controversial tablet only 28 days to reach the 1 million sales mark and gives Apple the chance to pat themselves on the back.

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Apple iPad JavaScript benchmark results are in, the A4 CPU fails to impress

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With the Apple iPad coming with a upsized iPhone OS, as opposed to a full-fledged desktop OS, it’s pretty hard to find an objective benchmark to see if its great performance is down to powerful hardware or superb software optimization. The closest we can get to a proper benchmark is by installing the Safari browser on an Atom-based netbook and running some JavaScript tests with it.

We compared the Apple iPad’s 1 GHz ARM A4 CPU to the 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor that is found inside the Lenovo S10e netbook and the 1.2 GHz VIA C7-M ULV CPU of the Gigabyte M704. Read more »

Users prepare for some content-aware filling as Adobe Creative Suite 5 hits the shelves

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The latest and greatest version of Adobe Creative Suite has just hit the shelves. The bundle package that has Photoshop CS5 as its key asset, has been up for preorder for a few weeks and now it is already available. Oh and there’re free trials available for download.

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Nokia N8 first HD sample outed, looks stunning

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After the first sample shots from an early version of the Nokia N8 were posted yesterday, the community was pleased to find that the hype surrounding the handset’s new camera isn’t unfounded. And now comes the first video sample to confirm that the Symbian^3 pioneer is on track to ruling the cameraphone world. Check it out after the jump.

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How LARGE is the Nokia N8 large image sensor? Updated!

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Earlier today Nokia announced their latest multimedia flagship, the N8 and said that it packs a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. But they never actually quoted the exact sensor size and since compact cameras sensors go from 1/3″ through 1/2.5″ to 1/1.6″ in diagonal (from smallest to largest) I felt the need to do the math and find out where exactly the Nokia N8 ranks.

After all 1/2.5″ sensors have been around the mobile industry for a while now – Nokia N95 had a sensor about that size some 3 years ago. Yet, it turns out that Nokia did have something to boast about with the Nokia N8. Read more »

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU hits the shelves in all its six-core might

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The high-end CPU market has been considered an Intel-exclusive territory as of late, but AMD are still not given up on it. The six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU has hit the shelves exactly on schedule and is set to give the core 2010 processors a run for their money.

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Android ported to the iPhone, Steve Jobs loses his sleep

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Here’s the next proof, if needed, that the rapid development of the Android OS has impressed the whole mobile world. A knowledgeable user managed to port the Open Handset Alliance platform to run over the Apple hardware that is inside the iPhone. Baaam!

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Olympus releases firmware updates for its Micro Four Thirds cameras, speeds up focusing

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Just as promised, Olympus released the v1.1 firmware for their Micro Four Thirds PEN cameras. It promises a significant speed improvement of the autofocus and the first tests show that does a very good job.

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic gets a 50.0.005 firmware update, is cooler and snappier than before

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You don’t usually see a two-year old smartphone get a firmware update – let alone one that adds any major features. Well, Nokia just can’t stop showing their love for their first-born touch phone – the 5800 XpressMusic. The touch-driven Symbian S60 5th edition pioneer is one of the handsets that provides great value for its price in the market segment and Nokia are obviously keen to keep it that way.

The latest 50.0.005 firmware for one of the most popular phone of all times in our database brings several new features and applications, bug-fixes and some key tweaks that noticeably improve the user experience. Read more »

The HTC HD mini review coming up next, brings WinMo back to our homepage

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It has been some time since we last reviewed a Windows Mobile-running smartphone, but here comes the HTC HD mini to right this wrong. We just received our review unit and as usual we are going to show you a couple of videos so you know what to expect.

The HTC HD mini might be a lot more compact than the HTC HD2 but in general terms it’s just slightly smaller than average. Read more »

iPhone OS 4.0 to come with Facebook integration?

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Prayers have been heard – the iPhone will finally feature some social network integration, starting from version 4.0 of its proprietary OS. It’s only going to include Facebook at the beginning, but that’s a start, right?

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