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Alleged first Tegra 4 benchmarks show promising graphics power, but not as good as A6X

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It seems that someone with access to a Dalmore Tegra 4 evaluation board decided to see how it does on the GLBenchmark GPU benchmark for Android.

The results, if they turn out to be legitimate, show Nvidia’s latest mobile SoC offering as capable of some promising graphics performance, but ultimately falls short of taking the top spot away from Apple’s A6X chip. Read more »

Apple shares drop amidst rumors of low iPhone 5 demand

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Apple shares have slipped today during premarket and early market trading by nearly $17, bringing the overall value of Apple stock close to $500.

There are reports surfacing that Apple may have cut iPhone 5 component orders by half, in light of lower-than-expected demand. Read more »

ZTE Grand S hands-on

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The ZTE Grand S is the Chinese company’s new smartphone flagship device, and looks to put ZTE on the map with its thin profile and 1080p screen.

Join us as we take a look at the stylish offering in our full hands-on. Read more »

SkyDrive adds HTML5 features for touch devices

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud sharing platform gets some welcome upgrades, including optimizations for touch devices and drag-and-drop support.

The new implementations are enabled by HTML5, so you know they’ll be future-proof for a wide range of browsers. Read more »

Sigma launches 50mm compact camera at CES

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The DP3 Merrill from Sigma was just announced here at CES, offering a fixed 50mm f/2.8 lens, which is equivalent to 75mm in 35mm terms.

The DP3 joins the existing DP1 and DP2 models. Read more »

Swype beta for Android now available without registration

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Swype, the quick-type keyboard for Android, has had its beta version become available for download to anyone without the need to register.

The new beta features include a Smart Editor that lets you quickly edit a typed sentence, and Living Language, which suggests trending and popular words. Read more »

Sony releases promo video for Xperia Z

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The new Xperia Z was just announced here at CES, and Sony has been quick to release some a promo video showing off the impressive device.

Highlights of the Z include the a 5 inch 1080p display, 13 MP shooter capable of burst recording, on a stylish, waterproof design. Read more »

Polaroid releases mirrorless camera with Android

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Polaroid has officially launched the iM1836 interchangeable lens camera here at CES, complete with Android 4.1.

It features an 18.1 MP camera sensor and 1080p video recording capability, alongside WiFi image sharing to social networks. Read more »

Dead Trigger 2 scheduled to arrive in Q2, to feature Tegra 4 optimizations

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Madfinger Games’ sequel to the popular zombie shooter game Dead Trigger looks to be slated for a Q2 2013 release, according to the company’s Twitter feed.

The game is also to be one of the first to be released on Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 SoC, and will feature a THD version designed specifically for Tegra-based Android tablets. Read more »

Samsung to invest $3.9 billion in semiconductor plant in Texas

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Last summer, Samsung announced it would be looking to expand its semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas.

Talks with local authorities have since wrapped up, giving Samsung the green light to go forward with the expansion. Read more »

Drive+ Beta for Windows Phone 8 gets updated

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Nokia’s Drive+, Nokia’s exclusive offline SatNav navigation app on Windows Phone has had its Beta version updated.

The new update enables more efficient battery use when the app runs in the background plus a few other improvements. Read more »

Is Apple about to acquire TomTom?

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Apple’s now infamous attempt at designing its own maps and navigation application has some analysts predicting they may need outside help to stop the bleeding.

Dutch-based GPS navigation company TomTom is considered the most likely candidate, and as a result TomTom stock has jumped by 5.65% in anticipation of the takeover. Read more »

Nexus 4 works on LTE in some US cities

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The Nexus 4 does not officially support LTE, at least according to specs provided by Google, but it does include a deactivated LTE antenna that operates on a 1700MHz band.

Sure enough, some of the clever hackers over at xda-developers have figured out how to turn it on and get LTE capabilities on some networks. Read more »

Sony extends Box.com offer for Xperia owners into 2013

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Sony has decided to extend its offer of 50GB of Box.com cloud storage for life for new Xperia owners.

Until now, the offer was set to expire at the end of this year. Read more »

TomTom for Android updated, compatibility issues fixed

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Up until now, the TomTom GPS navigation app for Android had one severe handicap: it wouldn’t run on displays wider than 480 pixels.

The latest update fixes that, and adds several other optimizations as well. Read more »