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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 »

Toshiba unveils Excite 10 SE Jelly Bean tablet with Tegra 3

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Toshiba has unveiled a new 10 inch tablet, called the Excite 10 SE, aimed at the mid-range tablet market.

In terms of size and weight, the Excite 10 SE is almost identical to the Google Nexus 10 – and runs Android 4.1 to boot. Read more »

Apple iTunes store comes to India and 55 other countries

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Apple has launched an iTunes store specifically for the Indian market

This launch coincides with the launches of the store in 55 other countries, including Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. Read more »

CyanogenMod teases Android 4.2.1 ROM for Galaxy S III

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The team behind the popular Android ROM has hinted that the release of their next build (based on Android 4.2.1) is imminent.

Steve Kondik, the man behind CyanogenMod, posted a screenshot showing the new version number running on a Galaxy S III. Read more »

Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S III and Note 2 phones for free with this simple hack

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A new method of circumventing the carrier SIM restriction on Samsung Galaxy S III’s and Galaxy Note II’s has been uncovered.

All you have to do is enter a code from your devices’ menu; there’s no need to send information to a website, pay anything or wait for an unlock code. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 comes back to our office, promises to stay for a full review this time

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A couple of weeks back, we gave you a hands on of the new Windows Phone-powered Nokia flagship, the Lumia 920 for AT&T. Back then however the phone was delivered to one of our US offices and not to our HQ, so we were unable to do a proper review complete with all our trademark tests. And since we felt that a smartphone of this stature deserved better, we decided to wait until we receive the international version. The waiting is finally over, though and we’ll now do our best to give you the review as quickly as possible.

You can be sure we’ll be doing all of our traditional tests (plus some exclusive to this review like an optical stabilization test), and comparing every aspect of the Nokia Lumia 920 to the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. Read more »

iPad accounted for 71% of tablet sales in China last quarter

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The new iPad and iPad mini, announced in Q3 of this year, haven’t even launched in China but Apple is still dominating the tablet market there. According to the statistics every 3 out of 4 tablets sold there as being made by Apple.

This bodes well for Apple in China – particularly for its tablet division – where year-on-year sales of tablets have increased by more than 60%. Read more »

Microsoft takes a jab at Google with new ‘Scroogled’ website

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In an attempt to pull more users towards its Bing search engine, Microsoft has launched a site targeted at Google Shopping.

Microsoft claims that Google Shopping is basically a system where advertisers pay to have their products show up higher in a “pay-to-rank” system, and that you’re basically viewing ads when browsing its results. Read more »

Acer CloudMobile battery life test completes, here go the results

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The latest offering from Acer features a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, and pushes out an 4.3 inch HD display on Adreno 225 graphics.

It’s seems that this is quite a lot to ask from a 1460 mAh battery, but let’s if it’s up to the task. Read more »

Lumia 920 OIS video remade, this time showing the real thing

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When Nokia released its TV spot showing off the image stabilization of the Lumia 920, it got into a bit of trouble because it turned out the video wasn’t shot on a Lumia 920 at all.

Now that it’s on the market, some Lumia enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to recreate the original ad, this time with the smartphone itself. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City coming to Android and iOS early next month

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In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of 80′s style car thievery and gunplay, Rockstar is re-releasing Grand Theft Audo: Vice City for Android and iOS on December 6th.

It seems like just yesterday we were busy rolling through Miami on a killing spree to the tune of Roxette. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 gets gutted, reveals Samsung-made internals

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The new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has just been taken apart, revealing plenty of Samsung-made parts in the process.

The teardown also reveals that the device is fairly easy to take apart, which should make eventual repairs relatively painless. Read more »