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Get a taste of Android 4.3 with Cyanogen 10.2 nightlies

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While the latest version of Android – version 4.3 – has made its way to Galaxy Nexus devices and Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4, most of us have to wait a while more before we see it on other devices.

The creators of the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM for Android are busy incorporating many of the updates from Android 4.3 into the latest nightly builds for their most recent 10.2 release. Read more »

The waterproof LG Optimus GJ battery life test completes, check out the scores

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The LG Optimus GJ is a rare midrange smartphone offering that also features IP-certified water resistance. It’s based on LG’s famous Optimus G flagship with a new watertight chassis and a beefier battery.

The Optimus GJ lacks some of the connectivity antennas found on the G, like NFC and LTE, and with the larger battery should have the edge over its flagship predecessor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III edges out iPhone 5 in customer satisfaction survey

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The first annual customer satisfaction survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows a pair of Samsung devices just beating the three most recent Apple smartphones.

The most recent Galaxy S4 flagship was not included because the study was done prior to its release. Read more »

We get our hands on the waterproof LG Optimus GJ

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LG has released a waterproof edition of its Optimus G soon-to-be-former flagship, and we’ve got it in our studio for a quick hands-on before the full review.

The LG Optimus GJ features IPX7 water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, as well as a removable back panel and microSD card support. Read more »

Google Nexus 7 priced, up for preorder in the UK

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The Nexus 7 refresh introduced by Google yesterday is now up for preorder in the UK. Unfortunately the availability news isn’t great with Britain residents having to wait until September to get the hot slate.

The tablet will be priced at £199.99 for the 16GB model, and £239.99 for the 32GB variant. Read more »

Qualcomm posts record June quarter results thanks to Snapdragon

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Lately Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets can be found in almost all walks of life when it comes to mobile devices. And the company is reaping the benefits with a record breaking quarter.

The company has posted some $6.24 billion in revenue for the quarter ending in June, up 35% compared to the same quarter last year. Read more »

Ubuntu Edge scores big on Indiegogo

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Just a couple of days after launching its Indiegogo project, Canonical has received overwhelming support for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The campaign aimed to raise a whopping $32 million and after its strong start, Canonical has lowered the minimum pledge price to $625.

The offer was initially available only to first-day pledgers who wanted to make the Edge a reality and get a device of their own should the crowdsourcing project meet its target. Read more »

Riptide GP2 now available on Google Play, iOS version coming tomorrow

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The sequel to the popular Riptide watercraft game for mobiles has arrived, letting Android users get their jetski fix from the Googe Play store starting today.

iOS users will also be getting in on the action, but will have to wait until tomorrow for the app to show up in the App Store. Read more »

Microsoft to enable offline access for SkyDrive files in Windows 8.1

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Windows’ native cloud storage service, SkyDrive, will allow you to have access to files even without an internet connection with the upcoming Windows 8.1 update.

The update lets you indicate which files you want to be available offline (even all of them), and downloads them to your devices automatically. Read more »

Canonical turns to crowdfunding for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone

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The Ubuntu Edge, the dual-booting Android/Linux smartphone which was teased today in a promo video, needs a little help getting off the ground.

Canonical, the people behind Ubuntu, have launched an Indiegogo campaign to try and get a hefty $32 million to get their device to market. Read more »

Canon testing EOS-1D X successor with alleged 75MP sensor

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Yes, you read that right – Canon is supposedly testing out a new DSLR camera which will have a monstrous sensor with over 75 million pixels.

It will retain the look and build quality of the EOS-1D X, but with a ultra high-resolution rear screen to go alongside the unheard-of sensor. Read more »

South Korean smartphone ownership triples in 2 years, now highest in the world

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The latest figures coming out of Asia indicate that South Korea has continued its dominance as the country with the highest global smartphone ownership, with some 73% of users polled owning smartphones.

This is close to triple the number in 2011, when the country had just 27% smartphone penetration. Read more »

2 year later VLC media player returns to iOS

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After being pulled off the App Store due to licensing issues, the capable VLC media player has been completely rewritten and is back on Apple’s mobile platform.

The open-source app is now bi-licensed under Mozilla’s Public License v2 and the GNU Public License v2, which VideoLAN believes won’t have any distribution issues under Apple’s rather stringent licensing regulations. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s handwriting recognition tested with coin, pen and knife

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra was announced last month as the company’s first foray into the realm of phablets with its robust 6.5-inch screen.

Besides the new Triluminous display engine, the Z Ultra features Sony’s handwriting recognition technology, which lets you write on the display using nearly anything with tip less than 1mm in diameter. This latest video takes a closer look at exactly what does and doesn’t work as a writing device – from a set of keys to Stanley knives. Read more »

Samsung announces a new enterprise SSD that does 3000MB/s, blows away the competition

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Samsung is demonstrating its prowess beyond the mobile sector with the new NVMe SSD 2.5″ SSD, which can achieve the incredible read speeds of 3000MB/s.

According to Samsung, this is some 14 times faster than conventional enterprise HDD’s, and ten times faster than standard high-end SSD storage. Read more »