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Nokia Lumia 800 works after being lost underwater for 3.5 months

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Quite an amazing story coming out of Sweden today. A Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone was found after spending three and a half months in a lake and it was still working!

The news comes by way of Facebook user Roger Nilsson who even captured some pictures of the device in question. Read more »

Does the animation toggle in iOS 7.0.3 make a difference?

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Apple changed around many things with the iOS 7 update, one of which was introducing a whole new set of animations for unlocking the phone and closing apps and folders .

But many users have complained that about the speed of the new animations is just too slow, and once the iOS 7.0.3. update allowed them, disabled them outright. When you do that the transitions are replaced by a fade in effect that many hoped will be much faster. But are they really? Armed with a high-speed camera and our iPhone 5S, we’re ready to find out! Read more »

Apple can’t shake supply shortage rumors for the new iPad mini

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After the first rumors of a Retina-packing iPad mini surfaced earlier this year, several sources close to Apple’s supply chain indicated that panel shortages might limit availability.

Even after yesterday’s launch during which Apple indicated that both the new iPad mini and the iPad Air will be available in a wide range of markets next month, hints of “severely constrained” supply continue to linger. Read more »

Create bullet time scenes with the HTC One…sort of

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Happen to have 130 HTC One units laying around? If yes, then you can create your very own Matrix-style bullet time effect. At least that’s what Qualcomm did to demonstrate its latest Snapdragon SoC.

Dubbed the Snapdragon Booth, some 130 HTC One handsets were set up on a rail to provide a virtual 540-degree bullet time video effect. Read more »

Nokia flashes its new Ashas on YouTube

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The just-announced Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 have made their way to YouTube, with the latest video ads showing up by the boatload.

The new phones were unveiled at Nokia World today in Abu Dhabi, and unlike their Asha 501 predecessor, feature new “ice shell” exteriors that complement the characteristic flashy Nokia colors. Take a look! Read more »

Tablets expected to eclipse PCs in four years

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The latest Gartner report has global tablet shipments up some 42.7% compared to last year, while PC sales are predicted to be down 11.2%.

It’s predicted that by 2017, PCs – which include desktop computers, laptops, and ultramobiles – will become outshipped by tablets running primarily Android and iOS. Read more »

CyanogenMod-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3 teased

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Steve Kondik, Mr. Cyanogen himself, has posted a screenshot of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running the popular third party ROM CyanogenMod.

While he did not provide an estimated time of when we’ll expect to see a test build ready for the public, seeing the ROM up and running on the device undoubtedly indicates that it will be sooner rather than later. Read more »

New Apple iPad 5 leaks in high-res photos

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The next generation iPad 5 is expected to be unveiled at an Apple event on October 22. Before then, however, a slew of new images have leaked showing off the upcoming tablet in full detail.

The images show off the anticipated new design scheme that will be thinner and smaller, and more in line with that of the current iPad mini. Read more »

Samsung’s new regional lock can be disabled on Note 3 with an app

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Recently, Samsung introduced a new regional lock on Galaxy Note 3 units shipped in Europe and the Americas, mandating users activate it with a SIM in the region it is sold in before it can be used anywhere else.

Now it appears that the folks over at xda-developers have figured out a way to bypass said region lock automatically via a dedicated app – as long as the device is rooted. Read more »

Clash of Clans comes to Android

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The popular iOS game Clash of Clans has finally made its way to Android.

Just like the iOS version, the game lets you build your clan and battle other players online, all for free. Read more »

Some 2.9 million accounts compromised in Adobe Creative Cloud hack

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Cyber attackers have breached Adobe’s new Creative Cloud customer subscription model, and have gained access to some 2.9 million user accounts.

This includes customer names, encrypted credit card numbers, expiration dates, as well as information related to customer orders. Read more »

Google acquires gesture recognition firm Flutter

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Today Google has bought out Flutter, an emerging gesture recognition startup that relies on gestures caught by your webcam to control various applications on your computer.

The acquisition opens up some interesting possibilities in the realm of mobile development for Android, as well as Google Glass. Read more »

Apple allegedly won’t be widely rolling out iPad Mini’s with Retina displays this year

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Sources close to Apple’s supply chain of its iPad tablet department claim that a large-scale rollout of the anticipated iPad Mini with retina display won’t be taking place this year, if at all.

With manufacturing just starting, it’s likely that only limited quantities of the iPad Mini with retina display will be available for this holiday season. Read more »

Windows 8 adoption continues to rise as XP falls

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Adoption of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has not been without its share of speedbumps, but it continues to rise according to the latest web traffic figures from Net Applications.

The latest Windows version comes in at just over 8%, mainly eating into Windows XP’s share, which currently stands at 31.41%. Read more »

Apple looking into flexible OLEDs for the iWatch

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The upcoming Apple iWatch – which we likely won’t see until late 2014 – will allegedly have a flexible OLED display, according to a source out of Korea.

There are also several prototypes that are currently under consideration: 1.3-inch, 1.4-inch, and 1.5-inch models, with the latter having already been made. Read more »