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Specs of two 7″ Jelly Bean tablets by Asus leak, announcement might come at CES

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Asus seems to have two low-cost Android tablets in the works, carrying the model codes ME371MG and ME172V. Their specs were dug up by an Italian website and promise two 7″ tablets with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at a low price. The duo should make an appearance at CES.

The lower-end tablet, the Asus ME172V, will have a 7″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, built with TN tech rather than IPS (so viewing angles probably won’t be great). Read more »

LG makes an ad for the Nexus 4, shows all the awesome Jelly Bean features

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While the Nexus 4 hardly needs introduction, it’s still nice to see LG take a swing at promoting the new Google phone. The two minute ad is set to some light music and goes over all the features that the Nexus 4 can be proud of.

You can check out the ad after the jump – for some this is the closest they can get to a Nexus 4, considering just how quickly (and often) it goes out of stock. Read more »

Next iPhone to have dual-LED, dual-color flash?

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The rumor mill wastes no time when it comes to “the next iPhone”. We received an anonymous tip that the next Apple smartphone (whether it’s the iPhone 6 or 5S) will have a dual-LED flash, but it’s going to be unlike any other dual-LED flash we’ve seen before. It’s going to have LEDs of two different colors.

The rumor came with no evidence (certainly no photos) but it’s seemingly too odd to be made up. Read more »

Samsung does a teardown of the Galaxy Note II, tells us all about its internals

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most feature-packed devices on the market right now, but have you ever wondered what components are used to make all of those features work? Well, Samsung has torn the device down, giving us an idea of what things do and it’s coincidentally a good opportunity for it to remind you how awesome the Note II is.

First there’s the beautifully arranged collage of all the components, followed by detailed description of each of them. For example, you can see what the digitizer that detects the S Pen at a distance looks like. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets software update brings support for 128GB SDXC cards

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S recently went back on sale after Sony fixed the issues that caused its IPX-4 certified splash-proof tablet to leak. Now they’re issuing a small software update that adds SDXC support.

The update means that 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards will work. Keep in mind that we’re talking full size SD cards here, not microSD cards like on most other tablets. Read more »

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 »