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Whole shipment of iPhone 5 units stolen from French airport

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Just before the Japanese launch of the iPhone 5, three stores were robbed of a total of 191 units. Then about a week ago, an employee of a London O2 store made off with an entire shipment of 250 iPhone 5s, which are worth about £100,000.

Now there’s a report that on Tuesday there was yet another major iPhone 5 theft, which occurred in France. The number of units stolen wasn’t confirmed, but the whole thing played out like a heist movie. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet S visits our office, shows its fold-over design and customized Android to our camera

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S left its Sony HQ home to spend some time with us. It carries over some design elements from its predecessor, like the 9.4″ WXGA screen and fold-over design, but it adds goodies like a quad-core processor (moving from Tegra 2 to 3), thinner aluminum frame and IPX-4 certification (splash proof).

The Xperia Tablet S is 8.8mm thick along its back, with a thicker “fold” on top. This makes the tablet easier to hold in the hand and is used to attach the tablet to various accessories. Read more »

iOS users more likely to use 3rd party browsers than Android users

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The browser war on the desktop is very heated, but in the mobile space things are pretty calm – the overwhelming majority of Android and iOS users use the default browser on their device.

Here’s something you might not have expected though – Chitika, an ad network and data analytics firm, found out that iOS users are more likely to install and use a 3rd party browser than Android users. Read more »

Nokia Asha 306 drops by the office, will stay around for a review

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The Nokia Asha 306 is part of the latest crop of fully touch-operated S40 phones. It is nearly identical to the Asha 305, except that one was a dual-SIM phone and this one has Wi-Fi.

The Nokia Asha 306 relies on a 3″ WQVGA resistive touchscreen – the capacitive units are reserved for the Asha 311 in this family. It’s not as sensitive as we would have liked, but it is multi-touch enabled, which comes in handy in the Gallery. Read more »

Chrome for iOS update brings iPhone 5 support, squashes Gmail bug

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Apple may be working hard to get rid of preinstalled Google apps on iOS devices iPhone, but Google is pushing the other way with high-quality apps like YouTube and Chrome. GOOG just updated the Chrome for iOS to make it compatible with the new iPhone 5 and it also fixed a Gmail-related issue.

The latest version of Chrome for iOS is 21.0.1180.82 is out and you can update from the App Store (the app itself will also notify you when there’s an update available). Read more »

Sony Xperia T battery life test completes, results are inside

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The Xperia T is Sony’s first go at a Snapdragon S4-powered phone (not counting the Japan-only Xperia GX), and should give us an idea what to expect from the similarly spec’d Xperia TX and Xperia V.

The Sony Xperia T features a 1850mAh battery, which is one of the biggest we’ve seen in a Sony smartphone. Remember the 1305mAh batteries in a few fairly recent Xperias? Yeah, that wasn’t enough. Read more »

Intel working on new chipset with dual-core Atom CPU and LTE

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Intel currently has only one smartphone-ready SoC on the market, but it’s already found its way inside six phone models, the most recent (and high-profile) of which is the Motorola RAZR i. The chipset packs a single Atom CPU core (with Hyper-threading enabled) but it does lack LTE, which is a big buzz word recently (especially in the US, where the RAZR i won’t be available).

Well, things are about to change as Intel confirmed it’s developing its own line of LTE modems that will become a part of an upcoming chipset. Read more »

$100,000 worth of iPhone 5 units stolen in Japan just before launch

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Wait in line for the iPhone 5, exposed to the elements? Wait 3-4 weeks for your pre-order to go through? Nah, someone is Japan decided to go Gone in 60 seconds. Three stores that were going to sell Apple’s latest smartphone in the same night were hit and all but two of their handsets went missing.

The total damage is estimated at 7.45 million yen, nearly $100,000. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only 191 iPhone 5 units that are gone. Here’s what happened. Read more »

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 »