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Australian maker Kogan unveils Agora 10 ICS tablet, asks $179 for it

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Australian maker Kogan is joining the super cheap tablet race with the Agora 10 tablet. The slate boasts Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 10″ XGA screen, HDMI port and more for just $179 (not sure if Australian dollars or US, but they’re about the same). Most other bargain tablets are 7″, so getting a 10″ tablet at such a low price does sound appealing.

Of course, there are tradeoffs to be made – the Kogan Agora 10 is powered by a single-core Cortex-A8 CPU running at 1.2GHz, but it does have 1GB of RAM. Read more »

Leaked S Voice digital assistant works again, droids from all makers are invited

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A little after Samsung’s new Siri-killer app S Voice leaked, the South Korean company blocked it on non-Galaxy S III devices. Now that restriction seems to have been lifted as the app started working again, even on phones by other manufacturers.

We’re not sure what caused this change of heart or how long this will last, so you’d better hurry and ask S Voice all the joke questions you can think of before Samsung flips the off switch again. Read more »

Sony Xperia P struts its aluminum unibody in front of our camera, enchants with its WhiteMagic screen

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It’s an Xperia party in our office we welcome Mr. P on stage – a sharp-witted, aluminum clad gentleman. He’s a bit of a magician too, promising to show us WhiteMagic if we look at its screen closely enough.

The Sony Xperia P has an aluminum unibody design styled after the NXT series design with an illuminated transparent strip. The other thing on the outside – the 4″ qHD Reality display – also makes it unique among Sony’s current offerings as it contains a fourth white subpixel. Read more »

ST-Ericsson, Samsung confirm that I8530 Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Ace 2 use NovaThor chipsets

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ST-Ericsson and Samsung officially unveiled what many already suspected – Samsung is using NovaThor chipsets for more than the Galaxy S Advance. The other two phones that make use of the platform are the pico-projector packing I8530 Galaxy Beam and the mid-range dual-core droid, the Galaxy Ace 2 (which just went on sale in the UK and Germany, by the way).

The Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam packs a NovaThor U8500 with its two Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1GHz and a Mali-400 GPU. Read more »

Apple gains control of iPhone5.com domain, will still probably call the new iPhone something else

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Did you know there was a site called iphone5.com as far back as 2008? Weird (or really forward thinking), considering that’s when only the second iPhone – the 3G – was announced. That site wasn’t owned or operated by Apple though – it used to be a forum with a ton of ads.

After filing a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Apple did win the rights to the domain though, WIPO’s decision just went through. Read more »

Panasonic Eluga V P-06D headed to NTT DoCoMo, with Android ICS and 13.2MP camera in tow

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Panasonic continues to expand its Eluga line of droids. The latest addition goes by the name Panasonic Eluga V P-06D, which is on its way to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. It sits between the Eluga DL1 (or P-04D as is its NTT DoCoMo name) and the Eluga Power.

The Eluga V packs a 4.6″ LCD screen with 720p resolution and it’s dust and water resistant, just like its smaller counterpart, though it’s no longer as amazingly thin – its profile measures 10.7mm. Read more »

The wireless charging kit for Samsung Galaxy S III won’t come out until September

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When Samsung announced its Galaxy S III Android flagship, it also unveiled several cool accessories that would allow you to “cut the cord” – go the wireless route on things like HDMI TV-Out (with the AllShare Cast dongle), listening to music (with the S-Pebble) and charge phone without plugging any cables with the wireless charging kit.

Well, it seems that we’ll have to wait for a part of this cable-free dream to come true as the wireless charging kit has been delayed. Read more »

Gameloft shows Men in Black 3 trailer, says Asphalt 7 game is coming soon

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Gameloft has a couple of new mobile game titles incoming. The first is a sequel to the long-running racing series Asphalt – Asphalt 7: Heat, while the other is a tie-in game with the upcoming Man in Black 3 movie.

Asphalt 7: Heat was first unveiled during the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S III phone, but with all the excitement, a lot of people didn’t notice. Read more »

RIM urges people to open their eyes, takes another jab at Apple, says “Be Bold”

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RIM fessed up to being behind the “Wake up!” campaign in front of an Australian Apple store and now the company is moving on to step two of its plan – a motivational (and subtly anti-Apple) message that alludes to a new BlackBerry Bold.

Found on the site WakeUpBeBold.com, it consists of a crawling text and narration (complete with an Australian accent) and the sound of footsteps. Read more »

Rovio posts strong 2011 financial results, reportedly getting ready for IPO

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Rovio, a mobile gaming company famous for its Angry Birds franchise, published its financial results for the year 2011 and the numbers are quite interesting. Rovio reports 648 million downloads and 200 million active monthly users.

Keep in mind that we’re talking 2011 here, so that’s just the original Angry Birds, Seasons and Rio. The latest franchise, Angry Birds Space, only launched recently though it quickly became a hit as well. Read more »

The new iPad 2,4 with a 32nm A5 chipset offers noticeably better battery life

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You may or may not have already heard that Apple has geared its previous generation iPad – the iPad 2 – with a new processor. The chipset is still the same but the new core processor inside is built on the 32nm technology rather than the 45nm the original iPad 2 used. This isn’t news – it was uncovered a while ago along with the discovery that the new Apple TV uses such chips too.

What’s interesting however, is that today we saw one of the first reviews of this updated product and by the looks of it, the new chip manufacturing technology makes a special difference in the power efficiency department. Read more »

We take a closer look of at the Samsung Galaxy S III PenTile matrix display

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One of the big mysteries ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S III announcement was about its screen – will Samsung use a SuperAMOLED HD display similar to the one on the Galaxy Nexus or go the SuperAMOLED Plus route like the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

We got close enough to the S III to snap a macro shot, which quickly revealed that Samsung has chosen a PenTile matrix for its flagship droid. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III gets Flipboard exclusivity on Android, 50GB from Dropbox

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The Samsung Galaxy S III not only launched with some impressive software features by Samsung, but it also comes with a couple of interesting third party offerings. Flipboard, a popular social-network aggregation app, is launching for Android exclusively on the S III (it will come to other devices later). The other feat is a roomy free online storage from Dropbox.

Flipboard rose to popularity as an iOS app, but S III owners will be the first droid users to enjoy the magazine-like format for social media and RSS feeds. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 battery test finishes, results come out impressive

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The battery test of the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is done – it took some time, but the Y Duos is quite different from most other phones we’ve tested, both because it’s a dual-SIM phone and because it’s a fairly low-end Android.

We couldn’t run the video battery test as our standard test videos just wouldn’t work and a lower-res video wouldn’t make for a fair comparison. We doubt many people will be interested in watching a movie on a 3.14″ QVGA screen anyway. Read more »

Time lapse video shot with Nokia 808 PureView is gorgeous, shows off its zoom capabilities

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Nokia released a new video shot with their 808 PureView monster of a cameraphone and it’s awesome. It’s a time-lapse video shot in South Africa and it really highlights the power of the creative mode feature – the mode that uses oversampling to improve quality and allow for lossless digital zoom.

Check out the video after the break, just make sure to view it in 1080p and in fullscreen so you can enjoy it in its full shine. Read more »