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AT&T’s new LTE network challenges Verizon’s LTE network, offers better download and upload speeds

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AT&T’s brand new LTE network just launched and someone is already putting it to the test. We already got it pitted against the the other LTE network in the US, Verizon’s and the results confirm early indications that the network will be very fast – faster than Verizon’s LTE network even.

Of course, Verizon’s network is older and has a lot more users (that is, it’s under much more load), and yet AT&T’s network lead in both downlink and uplink speeds is impressive. Read more »

Angry Birds has reached 350 million downloads, consumes 300 million minutes of the world’s free time each day

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Millions this, millions that – the Angry Birds team are probably all patting each other on the back, celebrating passing 350 million downloads. The company’s General Manager Andrew Stalbow bragged about some other numbers – like people spending 300 million minutes each day on the popular bird-flinging game.

But it’s not just about the game anymore – the animated shorts Rovio has put up on YouTube (like this one) have gathered over 170 million views. Read more »

Leaving Anna for Belle – see what’s next [REVIEW]

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We had our first encounter with Symbian Belle when we previewed Nokia 701, but this one was major enough to deserve its own review. So, we decided to take some time and look at Belle all by itself – after all, it would power all of Nokia’s smartphones sooner or later (including the previous-gen N8, E7, C7, C6-01).

We’ll try to cover the changes in the general user interface and the changes to Symbian’s native apps, but also take a spare a moment to talk about what is still lacking in Belle. Read more »

Intel hasn’t given up on MeeGo, looking for a partner in developing the OS

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The reports of MeeGo’s death are greatly exaggerated says Intel’s Vice President, Doug Fisher. And he should know – he’s also the General Manager of Intel’s System Software Solutions.

Fisher also said that “nothing is changing” and reiterated Intel’s commitment to MeeGo. So, MeeGo fans can breathe a sigh of relief, the second backer of the OS isn’t pulling out like the first one did. Read more »

Nokia C2-03 slides in our office, dual-SIM makes it twice the phone that the C2-02 is

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In movies, someone’s twin usually has a mustache so you can tell them apart. In the case of the Nokia C2-02 and the C2-03, it’s an extra SIM card slot – it makes them different in one aspect, but exactly alike in all others.

We’ve already reviewed the C2-02 and now it’s C2-03′s turn – it’s a dual-SIM, dual-standby phone with Nokia’s touch-enabled Series 40 software. Read more »

AT&T’s LTE network tested, how do 22Mbps downlink and 6Mbps uplink sound?

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Okay, now this is 4G – tests were performed on AT&T’s brand new LTE network using the HTC Jetstream 4G, one of their first LTE-enabled gadgets, and the results are fast enough to make some home Internet plans nervous.

Keep in mind that AT&T’s other 4G (HSPA+ with “enhanced backhaul”) goes up to about 6Mbps real-life speeds. Read more »

Nokia Beta Labs updates Sleeping Screen app, lets you free up some storage on C:

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The Nokia Sleeping Screen app got updated with a few nice changes. The app adds images, notifications, charging indicators and more to the AMOLED screen of a sleeping Symbian phone.

The updated app can be installed on any internal storage (including the Mass memory) and user-created images are compressed to reduce the app’s footprint. Read more »

Symbian Belle firmware for Nokia N8 leaks, you can flash it if you dare

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Symbian Belle will debut with the Nokia 600, 700 and 701 trio, but the older Symbians should be getting it soon after that. Yet if you are knowledgeable and brave enough to flash your smartphone with a custom ROM, Belle has been available for a few weeks now. And now there’s a newer ROM for the Nokia N8 available that should be much closer to the final deal.

Still, as with all software that isn’t fully finalized, there’s a risk of trouble (some bugs at the least), but Nokia’s Head of Social Media, Mark Squires, has already installed Belle on his N8. Read more »

[IFA 2011] Lenovo outs IdeaPad A1 – 7″ Gingerbread tablet with 1GHz CPU for $199

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If the recent TouchPad ordeal is any indication, people want cheap tablets – and Lenovo just showed the IdeaPad A1. It’s not a $99 tablet (cough, HP), but it costs the easy $199 and you get more than a discontinued product running an OS with uncertain future.

Instead, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is a 7″ tablet that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and offers specs very similar to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, for example. The 7″ screen is an IPS-LCD unit with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution. Read more »

[IFA 2011]Samsung Series 7 Slate PC is an 11.6″ Windows 7 tablet with Sandy Bridge CPU inside

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Samsung announced the Series 7 Slate PC – it packs new generation dual-core Intel processors, runs Windows 7 and puts an emphasis on sleek looks and a compact frame.

Not to be confused with the Sliding PC 7 Series, the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC packs a 11.6″ capacitive touch display with 1366×768 pixels resolution and 400 nits of brightness. The tablet comes with a Wacom digitizer. Read more »

[IFA 2011]Samsung Series 7 laptop has quad-core i7, Radeon graphics and aluminum body, starts at $999

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Samsung showed off the Series 7 laptops, which will keep the Series 7 Slate PC company. The laptops come in 14″ and 15.6″ flavors and go up to quad-core Core i7 and to make sure the powerful CPU is busy, there’s an 8GB SSD cache for the hard drive.

Prices start at $999 and for that price you get a brushed aluminum body that’s under 2.5cm thick and weighs 2.29kg (for the 15.6″ model, the 14″ model is 1.95kg). Read more »

Mozilla is working on a Firefox for Honeycomb tablets, here’s what they’ve done so far

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The Mozilla team is actively working on their Android offering and one of them took the time to show off their latest work – Firefox for Android Honeycomb tablets. The changes affect the UI, making it more Honeycomb-like and more suitable for big screens.

The theme is the first thing that changes – it’s cleaner, so it fits better with the Honeycomb style, which differs quite a bit from the non-tablet versions of the OS. The distinctive Firefox elements have been preserved however (like the tabs, the big back button, etc.). Read more »

Nokia 701 display is the most luminous mobile screen yet, flaunts 1,000 nits of brightness

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Yesterday, we played with the Nokia 701 and we focused mainly on its Symbian Belle software. It turns out that the display is worthy of our attention too – Nokia just tweeted that it offers some good 1,000 nits of brightness.

That means it takes the title of Brightest display off the NOVA display on the LG Optimus Black., which clocked it at “only” 700 nits. Read more »

Eco-friendly Nokia 700 visits our office, makes a bid for world’s smallest smartphone title

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We’ve seen spy shots of the Nokia 700 in red and white but today we got a friendly visit by the real deal. The 700 is part of the incoming Symbian Belle trio and Nokia touts it as its most eco-friendly and smallest smartphone to date. Actually, they say it’s the world’s smallest smartphone.

At a mere 50cc, the Nokia 700 has a high concentration of features – from a ClearBlack AMOLED display, through 1GHz CPU, eco materials and some NFC magic for super easy Bluetooth pairing. Read more »

[IFA 2011] LG Optimus 3D will soon convert mobile games into 3D, gets picked by the National Geographic team

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LG is bringing the big 3D guns to IFA this year – they will be showcasing a couple of things, both centered at the Optimus 3D. The first is a technology that will convert any 3D game into a stereoscopic 3D game.

LG has also given an Optimus 3D to six National Geographic photographers, who will produce the first 3D images and video for National Geographic. Read more »