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Microsoft keeps their end of the deal, issues Mango to 100% of eligible Windows Phone 7 users

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When Microsoft started rolling out the Mango update back in September they started out slow and promised to get it out to every device that is eligible for the Mango update.

Well today, they have achieved their target and Mango is now available on 100% of the eligible Windows Phone 7 devices around the world. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III may have a quad-core processor, depending on when it is launched

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With the Samsung Galaxy S II having set the benchmark for hardware among Android smartphones, people are having very high expectations from the inevitable Galaxy S III. The rumors are that it will have a quad-core processor and while they may just have been baseless assumptions before it seems more of a reality now.

Samsung has just announced that they will be launching a new Exynos processor in 2012 that will use ARM’s big.LITTLE technology. So what is this big.LITTLE technology you ask? It’s quite simple, actually. Read more »

Chrome Web Store gets a facelift, looks even better than before

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Just like the Android Market a few months back, Google has updated the Chrome Web Store with a new design that mirrors the square shapes of the new Android Market.

The new look Chrome Web Store looks radically different from its predecessor and I must say is incredibly attractive. And it’s not just a fancy design as well but also very functional. For example, you can mouseover an app and it will quickly shows a description and a download button, which instantly starts the download without opening another page. Read more »

Wondering how the Nokia N9 is made? This video shows us how

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“We’ll make it, and we’ll make it good. Then we’ll tease you with it, even go as far as making a glorious video of it being assembled, but we won’t sell it to you. Not to YOU anyway. You there, yeah you in Kazakhstan, you can have it.”

That’s basically what Nokia is saying with the N9. And while we wonder why they would be doing this to us, they went ahead and made this geek porn, featuring a naked N9 being built from scratch. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe for work, assuming you’re not working for one of Nokia’s competitors. Read more »

Going to play Battlefield 3 on a console? Then you better get the HD texture pack.

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Just one more day is left for the arrival of the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 for PC and consoles. The main reason why the game has drawn so much attention is because of its graphics, which seem to be pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible in games, in a way no game has done since the original Crysis came out four years ago.

From what I can tell, it is going to be the best looking game on the PC. But what if you have a console? Well, EA has an optional HD texture pack for you which will bump up the texture quality to make the game look almost as good as the PC version. But from what I can see from screenshots, this HD texture pack seems more mandatory than optional. Read more »

The iPhone 4 was used to record some scenes in ‘The Avengers’, informs cinematographer Seamus McGarvey [Update: He didn't]

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It’s not uncommon for mobile phones these days to be used for shooting advertisements or music videos. However, it’s not often you hear about a mobile phone camera being used to record a big budget movie.

Now of course, the iPhone 4 here wasn’t used to record the whole of ‘The Avengers‘, which is slated for release next year. But cinematographer Seamus McGarvey has disclosed in an interview that he used an iPhone 4 to record certain parts of the movie. He also said that some of them have been featured in the trailer, which can be found below. Read more »

Google explains the presence of a barometer in the Galaxy Nexus, hopes you’d stop asking now

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The presence of a barometer inside the Galaxy Nexus raised some eyebrows, even though the Motorola Xoom has had that feature for a while now. People seemed to be having a hard time wrapping their head around the idea of having a barometer in a phone.

So to put this matter to rest and for the people to stop talking about it so much, Google’s Dan Morril posted on his Google+ account the answer to why the Galaxy Nexus has a barometer. Read more »

Nvidia Tegra 3 teaser video leaks, flexes its quad-core muscles on a mythical transparent tablet

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We’re close to the launch of the Nvidia Tegra 3 and as is usually the case, things have started to leak out before the official announcement.

What we have here is a teaser video that shows off all the things you’ll be able to do with the quad-core chipset (with a fifth companion core for menial tasks) on an unreal (figuratively and literally) transparent tablet. Join us after the break to watch the video. Read more »

Lytro is the world’s first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER it’s captured

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Lytro is the world’s first light field camera. Light field is the amount of light travelling in every direction through every point in space. Light field contains a lot more information than traditional light captured by regular cameras, especially pertaining to the placement of objects emitting that light and their distance from the camera.

Traditional cameras capture light and color but light field cameras also captures vector direction of the rays of light. This extra bit of information, combined with the special light field sensor and the powerful software, let’s the camera know the position of the objects in the frame, which is what lets it perform its magic trick, focus selectively on objects AFTER they are captured by the camera. Read more »

Canon announces EOS-1D X digital SLR camera, packs in everything except the kitchen sink

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Canon has just raised the stakes in the DSLR game with the announcement of their new flagship EOS-1D X camera, the ‘X’ part being the Roman numeral for 10 since it is their tenth generation EOS camera. This new monster DSLR comes with a full-frame 18 megapixel sensor. Canon has opted for a lower resolution sensor in favor of larger individual pixel size, which is now the largest on any Canon camera.

Other impressive stuff includes a new 61-point auto focus system, 252 zone metering, 12fps shooting in RAW (14fps in JPEG), ISO 204,800 and HD video recording. Read more »

iPhone 4S dual antennas solve antennagate issue, Bumpers no longer required to make calls

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When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, one of the features they mentioned in the keynote was the new antenna system. The antenna system on the iPhone 4 caused a lot of controversy last year due to its failure to hold on to the network when the gap on the side was bridged by your hand, a very likely scenario. Apple’s solution to this was to provide free Bumper cases, a change in the network signal bar algorithm and a suggestion to hold the phone differently.

With the iPhone 4S, Apple changed the antenna system. It now has two antennas and it can automatically switch between them, even during a call, to ensure the phone remains connected regardless of how you hold it. But has it worked? Let’s find out. Read more »

HP puts the final nails in Palm’s coffin, shuts down the Palm retail stores

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Well, we knew this day was coming but one still can’t help but feel bad. After HP thought it had enough of Palm and decided to stop producing the phones and the TouchPad, it was only a matter of time before the retail stores that were selling these devices exclusively would be shuttered.

Before the shops were closes, however, HP did offer some tantalizing discounts on the remaining products to clear the stocks. Read more »

iPhone 4S gets torn down, reveals slightly bigger battery and Sony camera sensor

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You knew it was only a matter of time before iFixit got its hands on the new iPhone 4S and skillfully tore it apart and like clockwork, they have. As usual, this brought on some interesting discoveries.

First of all, even on the inside the iPhone 4S looks identical to the iPhone 4 although there’s more than what meets the eye. Read more »

Siri gets ported to iPhone 4, gives you even fewer reasons to upgrade to the 4S

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If you’re an iPhone 4 user who was contemplating upgrading to the iPhone 4S after watching the impressive Siri demo then you might want to hold on to your current phone a little longer. Because as it turns out you can make Siri work on the iPhone 4, sort of.

The hack you see below was performed by developer Steven Troughton-Smith who has been working for 9to5Mac to get Siri working on the iPhone 4. This was accomplished by copying the iPhone 4S Siri and Springboard files on to the iPhone 4. Read more »

Ubuntu 11.10 released, named ‘Oneiric Ocelot’

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Sticking to their bi-yearly schedule of releasing new updates every April and October, Canonical has released the latest version of their Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu. Called the Oneiric Ocelot, this new version takes the release number to 11.10.

Among the list of addition is a new launcher placed on the side of the screen. It reminds one of the dock in Mac OS X. The launcher even shows tiny white indicators whenever an application is running, just like the dock on Mac. You can add or remove icons from the launcher by simply dragging them. Read more »