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Google Maps for Android update adds Maps search history sharing, smooth one-finger zoom

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Google Maps for Android just received a new update with two key improvements. The first extends the amount of info shared between your desktop computer and your Android device – the web history option enables it to access your desktop Google Maps searches. The other update is a cool one-hand zoom method.

After the update, Google Maps for Android can access your search and direction history. So, if you looked up some place on the computer, you can easily find its info again on your phone as it will auto-suggest it as you start typing. Read more »

LG Optimus G official hands-on video goes over the highlights of the new flagship, makes you want it even more

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The Optimus G E973 is LG’s new flagship and the South Korean company has made sure that both the hardware and the software give you plenty to be excited about. There’s the laser-cut plastic for enhanced precision, the laminated Zerogap display, the 13MP camera with Time catch shot, the wireless dual-screen functionality (not just mirroring) and more.

Seeing things in action is usually the best way to describe which feature does what. Take the Time catch shot – it lets you take a shot and then gives you several shots taken even before you pressed the shutter. It certainly sounds a little confusing, so check out the video, which will make everything clear: Read more »

We run Geekbench 2 on the LG Optimus G, compare it to the iPhone 5 and high-end droids

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We’ve already ran several benchmarks to test the LG Optimus G and its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. But we thought of one more – Geekbench 2, which you might remember from the recently leaked iPhone 5 scores.

So, how does LG’s new superphone stack up against Apple’s latest handset? Find out after the jump. Read more »

We benchmark the Motorola RAZR i and its Intel Atom chipset, here are the results

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Motorola just showcased its first Intel-powered smartphone – the Motorola RAZR i. It is powered by an Atom processor clocked at the impressive 2GHz, a first for a mobile device. But has Intel gotten itself into another gigahertz race without seeing much benefit?

We ran a few benchmarks on the RAZR i after the presentation, here’s what we found out. Read more »

Google+ reaches 400M users, 100M monthly active users

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While Vic Gundotra was welcoming Nik Software, makers of Instagram competitor Snapseed, which Google recently bought, he also worked in some numbers for Google+.

The social network of the search giant has been perceived as a bit of a ghost town, but according to Gundotra the Google project already has 400 million registered users. Read more »

The queuing for the iPhone 5 has already started, 8 days before the phone launches

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This year the annual “iPhone camping” started eight full days before the new iPhone 5 actually becomes available in stores. The line at the Fifth Avenue store in New York is already pretty long and has some colorful characters.

The first two people in line Hazem Sayed, 54, and Sage, 31, are working together and are using the opportunity to promote their location-based social app, Vibe. Read more »

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the updated Fire are available now, basic Kindle e-reader too

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The new 7″ Kindle Fires that were unveiled earlier this month are available right now on Amazon.com. That includes the revamped Kindle Fire and also the new 7″ Kindle Fire HD.

The basic Kindle e-reader is also out now. Read more »

Apple says iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, turns out it isn’t

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Apple’s Phil Schiller called the new iPhone 5 “the world’s thinnest smartphone”, but many makers have made that claim for many phones. It happens often and sometimes it’s not true. So, how does the new iPhone stack up against the competition?

I’ve prepared a table with every “world’s thinnest” smartphone we could dig up plus various high-end phones that are competing with Apple’s latest flagship. Read more »

Detailed Nintendo Wii U specs leak, official pricing revealed as well

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The Nintendo Wii U, the successor of the highly successful Wii, has been officially announced with pricing and a launch date for Japan. Later today there will be a Nintendo event where they’ll reveal the worldwide launch plans. The exact specs of the new game console are still not clear though.

Luckily, someone posted a pretty extensive specs sheet based on the site for Wii U developers. Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported to Intel’s smartphone Atom processor

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Intel is busy with IDF and while it’s mostly focusing on its next generation CPU architecture, Haswell, there was some good news about Android too. Namely, that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been ported to work with the smartphone-oriented Atom processor.

There are a number of devices that use the Z2460 chip, including the Lenovo K800, Orange Santa Clara, Lava XOLO X900, ZTE Grand X IN and soon, a brand new droid from Motorola. Read more »

30-pin to Lightning adapter now available, will set you back $30

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Apple did what rumors have been suggesting for weeks and what many thought impossible – the old 30-pin connector that has been around for ages is gone and has been replaced by the Lightning connector.

So, what are you to do if you have many iGadget accessories but plan on getting an iPhone 5 or one of the new iPod Touches or the nano? Well, there’s an adapter for that, but wait till you see how much it costs. Read more »

Screens compared: iPhone 5 sized up against the competition

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So, the new iPhone 5 is official and is the first iPhone to break away from the 3.5″ screen size and the 3:2 aspect ratio. As expected, the new Apple smartphone has a 4″ screen with a 16:9 aspect. Where does that put it in terms of size?

Lets break out the old calculator and see how much more screen real estate you’re getting. The new screen bigger than the older models, but not by as much as the diagonal difference suggests, due to the change in the aspect ratio. The resolution has also been bumped up to accommodate the new screen, so the pixel density remains unchanged. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 promo video is now up, watch it here

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Apple’s event is now over and the company’s website is finally back up to normal operation. It gave us various specs of the new iPhone 5 and also the video that Apple showed during its presentation, so now you can watch it too.

Check out the video, presented by Jony Ive himself along with other famous Apple employees like Scott Forstall and Bob Mansfield. Read more »

Apple App Store reaches 700K apps, 90% of them get downloaded each month

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The Apple App Store is a force to be reckoned with – it is now the home of 700,000 apps. The fact was confirmed by Tim Cook himself at the iPhone 5 event, which just ended. All those apps don’t feel lonely either, 90% of them are downloaded each month.

An average user has over 100 apps installed on their iDevice. “It’s a revolution. It’s phenomenal,” says Tim Cook. Read more »

Battery test for the Sony Xperia acro S is complete, here are the results

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The Sony Xperia acro S is a rugged dual-core droid with an IP57 certification, but how tough is its battery? It has a capacity of 1910mAh, which is certainly not bad for a phone with a 4.3″ screen.

With the extra durability the acro S offers, you might be tempted to take it outside the safe confines of the city and go hiking in the woods. Will the battery last you long enough to call for help if anything goes wrong? Read more »