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Intel’s lineup of next generation (Haswell) Core i7 and Core i5 processors leaks

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Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs took some time getting here and their replacements are already on the horizon – a leaked spec table details the first round of Haswell processors that are coming in Q2 of 2013. Haswell is a Tock in Intel’s Tick Tock strategy – same manufacturing process as before (22nm), but a new microarchitecture.

The new CPUs are Core i7 and i5 models, both standard and low-power versions. The flagship model is the Core i7 4770K with four cores (eight threads) clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz and 8MB of cache. Read more »

Is Google Now coming to desktop Chrome?

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Chrome started on computers and moved to smartphones, so is it time for the smartphones to return the favor? An issue in the code repository for the Chromium project (on which the Chrome browser is based) suggests that Google Now cards are about to make their way to the desktop browser.

The issue is titled “Creating a skeleton for Google Now for Chrome implementation“, which suggests there’s more work to be done before Now hits Chrome. Read more »

YouTube gets a new coat of paint, makes it easier to discover new videos to watch

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If you’ve visited YouTube today you might have noticed that it has a brand new design. But there’s another change that you might not notice right away – Google is trying to make it easier to follow the channels you’ve subscribed to and to find new content.

Let’s start with the new look. Read more »

HTC Butterfly ad spends 2 minutes subtly implying that the phone is awesome

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HTC’s Butterfly, the droid with the 5″ 1080p screen, started off in Japan, moved to the US and has now finally gone international. It keeps the same cool specs as the country-specific versions, including the high-res S-LCD3 and the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.

But instead of telling you about it, it’s easier to show it with this video ad for the HTC Butterfly. Read more »

Microsoft’s #DroidRage Twitter campaign backfires in a spectacular manner

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Sometimes things go exactly as planned, other times – as Microsoft found out – things fail with a loud bang. The software giant has been on an offensive against Google lately – the Scroogled campaign and, more recently, the #DroidRage campaign.

Except most of the Twitter missiles that Microsoft though users will fire at Android as part of the campaign were smacked right into Windows Phone. Read more »

Google offers books, movies and TV shows in Brazil, Amazon counters with books and Kindle

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Two Internet giants just opened their virtual storefronts in Brazil – Google brought Play with books and movies, while Amazon is offering digital books store. The basic Kindle reader will be going on sale soon too.

There is no exact launch date for the Kindle, but it should become available in a few weeks. Read more »

It’s Jelly Beans for dinner – the Google Nexus 4 comes to our office

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The Google Nexus 4 is a much sought after phone, but we finally managed to secure a review unit. As usual, we’re going to take it for a quick spin in front of our camera before we get to writing our review.

While the quad-core Krait processor and the 4.7″ WXGA screen are great, we have to admit we spent quite a while just playing with the back. Read more »

If you’re having problems with touch sensitivity on your Nexus 4, this fix might help

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Have you had problems touching a Nexus 4? No, I don’t mean getting your hands on one (which can be a challenge) but problems with the touch sensitivity of the screen. Users have complained about it and if it’s bugging you too, now there’s a fix you can try.

Coming courtesy of XDA-Developers members, the fix reportedly improves touch and it can be undone if you want to go back. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 620 promo video shows the Lumia-exclusive features and many color options

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Nokia just unveiled a third member of its Windows Phone 8 lineup, the Nokia Lumia 620. It’s a budget offering that will take on the HTC Windows Phone 8S. Anyway, the first promo video for Nokia’s new phone is out and it offers a glimpse at the looks of the phone and its many colors (7 in total).

The video also goes over the exclusive features that the 620 is getting for being a part of the Lumia range. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 goes through our battery tests, here’s how it did

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The Nokia Lumia 920 brings big innovations in mobile tech with its PureMotion HD+ display and optically stabilized Carl Zeiss camera lens, but what about the battery? It’s a 2000mAh unit – more or less on the same level as the Android flagships and the biggest Nokia has put in a smartphone.

But is it enough? How does it compare with the Lumia 820? Armed with a watch, a calculator and patience we set off to find out. Read more »

Chrome’s popularity on Android grows, iOS users show it no love

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Google has such a huge presence on the web that it was only logical for it to make its own browser – and Chrome was born. Recently, Chrome has been expanding its reach to mobile territory but growth has been slowed by its requirements – unlike the stock Android browser, Chrome runs only on Android 4.0 and above (and 2.3 Gingerbread still holds over half the market).

According to Net Marketshare‘s numbers, Chrome is the browser of choice on 4.03% of Android devices. Those Nexus devices that come with Chrome only probably helped push the numbers up. Read more »

Samsung Mobile Beam Projector is a pocketable pico projector for phones and laptops

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Samsung has made a couple of attempts to integrate a pico projector into a phone, but if you those are not to your liking, the company has started making a separate projector accessory too. The Mobile Beam Projector is about the same size as a Galaxy S III and can be hooked up to a smartphone, laptop, media player – anything with MHL or HDMI out really.

The projector measures 116 x 60.4 x 12.2mm and weighs 108g, making it reasonably pocketable. It projects an image with nHD (640 x 360) resolution at up to 20 lumen brightness (15 lumen in normal operation). That’s comparable to what the Galaxy Beam has. Read more »

SMS celebrates its 20 year anniversary today

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SMS messages turn 20 years old today and while the cell network technologies have changed, the usefulness of those 160 character texts hasn’t diminished. If anything it has increased – there are 8 trillion (yes, with a t) texts being sent each year.

Twenty years ago on this date, the first SMS message was sent – the message read ‘Merry Christmas’, typed on a computer by Neil Papworth and sent over the Vodafone network to one of its employees, Richard Jarvis, who received it on an Orbitel 901 phone. Read more »

Voice-over-LTE tests show it uses double the power of regular 2G CDMA voice calls

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Everyone is talking about how fast the 4G LTE data speeds are but most people seem to have forgotten that 4G was supposed to bring a new VoIP-based calling to replace the old circuit-switched 2G and 3G systems. So, why isn’t Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) here yet? The answer seems to be battery life.

In the US, one carrier does support VoLTE and Spirent-Metrico ran tests comparing it to good ol’ CDMA. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds now available for the Nexus 4

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The CyanogenMod team has been teasing version 10.1 (that’s based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean) for various devices with just screenshots, but Nexus 4 users can now actually grab a nightly release of the ROM and take it for a spin.

The Nexus 10 tablet will be getting CM10.1 soon as well, but the team doesn’t give any hard deadlines. Read more »