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Music Beta by Google makes an appearance on iOS in the form of a web app

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We all thought that Google will be restricting their Music Beta service to Android users but we have been proven wrong. Google has now made the service, which is still in beta, to iOS users as well. There is a catch, however.

The catch is that unlike Android, iOS does not get a native application (not now anyway). It’s available in the form of a web app, which can be accessed from the web browser on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read more »

Original Crysis coming to PS3 and Xbox 360, will be out in October as DLC

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If you missed out on the first Crysis game because you did not have a powerful enough PC or are primarily a console gamer then you have a reason to rejoice as the award winning game is now coming to the PlayStation 3 as well as the Xbox 360 and you won’t have to wait for it for long.

EA has announced that they will be launching the console version of Crysis next month. The game will be distributed online as DLC through the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. Read more »

Windows 8 to have a hybrid shutdown, boot times as fast as 8 seconds

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All of us Windows users shutdown our computers, even though options like Sleep and Hibernate are available. We do it because we like to have a fresh system when we start using it again. Microsoft’s statistics reflect this behavior, which shows a majority of people prefer to shutdown their computers. But the downside of doing this is having to wait for your computer to boot all over again and then re-open all your applications. Depending on your PC hardware, this can take several minutes.

If all this sounds familiar to you, then you will probably welcome Windows 8 with open arms. Because Microsoft has now improved the standard shutdown method that we all know and love and made it much, much faster. How fast? Well, on a powerful enough hardware, Windows 8 can boot in 8 seconds flat. Read more »

Sprint giving away a new Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, make sure you have a Twitter account

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Sprint will be the first in the US to have a variant of the Galaxy S II among all the carriers, with the official launch for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch being slated for September 16.

Sprint is now giving you a chance to get to be one of the first to get your hands on the device, that too for free. All you have to do is enter a contest and you stand to win a Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. Read more »

Verizon DROID Bionic now on sale, will set you back by $299

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After many months of waiting, Verizon has finally started selling the DROID Bionic. The handset is now available throughout the carrier’s retail network and will set you back by $299 on a 2-year contract.

The DROID Bionic has a 4.3-inch qHD display, TI OMAP4430 SoC with 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB RAM, 32GB storage space (16GB internal + 16GB microSD card), expandable up to 48GB, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1080p video recording, HDMI out and Android 2.3.4. It will be powered by a 1,735mAh battery. Read more »

Pre-orders for the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch begin at $150, ships September 16

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If you’ve been waiting for the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II, the one with the painfully long name, your wait will soon be over. Sprint has now started accepting pre-orders for the device on their website.

Sprint is offering the Samsung Epic 4G Touch for $199.99 on pre-order. However, you can save some money and choose to get it from Wirefly instead, who are offering it for $149.99. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE arriving in Europe in 2012, Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE this December

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Samsung has announced an LTE version of their popular Galaxy S II smartphone as well as the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Galaxy S II LTE will feature an updated hardware, where the CPU clock speed will be bumped to 1.5GHz from the 1.2GHz on the current model and the display will be taken to 4.5-inch from the 4.3-inch on the standard Galaxy S II.

The LTE model will be launched in Europe in the second quarter of 2012 on T-Mobile’s network. The delay is due to the fact that T-Mobile’s LTE network is currently not equipped to handle voice calls. Also, the device itself is not ready to go on sale at the moment. Read more »

iSWiFTER lets you play Flash games on your iPad, like a boss

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One complaint that is always made about the iPad (and iOS devices in general) is the lack of Flash support. But after Apple loosened the restrictions on the App Store guidelines, we started seeing browsers that would let you play Flash videos on the iPad. However, Flash-based games, such as ones found on Facebook, were still a no go.

Not anymore though. iSWiFTER lets you play all those Flash games that you love on the iPad. Whether it is Facebook, Google+ or any other site that offers Flash-based games, you can now play them on the iPad through this nifty little browser. Of course, you can also view other Flash content in iSWiFTER, such as videos. Read more »

Apple wins injunction against Samsung in Germany, results in the Galaxy Tab 7.7 being pulled out

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In the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, one more round has gone in favor of the Cupertino-based company. Apple won the second preliminary injunction against Samsung in Germany, causing the court to ban the sales and promotion of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the country.

A few days back Samsung had announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA 2011 in Germany. The devices had large stickers on them that stated that the device won’t be offered on sale in Germany. Read more »

[IFA 2011] Acer joins ultrabook bandwagon, announces the Aspire S3

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Its raining ultrabooks. Hot on the heels of Toshiba and Lenovo, Acer too has their own ultrabook out among all the shiny gadgets at the IFA 2011.

The Aspire A3 has similar specs to the two ultrabooks we saw recently, namely a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution display, Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and 240GB SSD or 320/500GB SSD+HDD options. The attractive design makes use of aluminum and magnesium alloy. It has a spacious non-backlit keyboard and a fairly large trackpad. The Aspire A3 is 0.51-inch thick and weighs 3 pounds (1.4kg). Read more »

Lenovo announced IdeaPad U300s ultrabook, U300 and U400 notebooks, arriving October

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After Toshiba, Lenovo too has a new ultraportable laptop, along with two other “regular” laptops. First of them is the IdeaPad U300s ultrabook. It comes with a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution display, glass trackpad and a full-size non-backlit keyboard that’s breathable, which means it acts as vents for the cooling system.

This 2.9 pound (1.31kg) ultrabook is only 0.58-inch thick but to achieve that thickness it compromises a bit on the connectivity options. All you get on the U300s is a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI and headphone jack. Read more »

[IFA 2011] Toshiba announces the Portege Z830 series, claims it to be the lightest 13-inch ultrabook

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Toshiba has announced the Portege Z830, a new series of ultrabooks (that’s Intel’s buzzword for ultraportable notebooks). The 13-inch model is only .63-inches thick and weighs just 2.45 pounds (1.11kg), light enough for it to earn the “lightest 13-inch ultrabook” moniker.

The Portege Z830 uses a sleek aluminum and magnesium alloy case, which makes it light as well as sturdy. Also, the thin design doesn’t come at the cost of connectivity options, as it still has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, SD card slot and a headphone jack. You also get a large backlit keyboard with a chiclet design. Read more »

HTC Jetstream for AT&T, a.k.a. the Puccini, gets official, starts selling on September 4 for an absurd price

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The HTC Puccini leaked enough number of times that we are now well acquainted with it. All that was remaining was for HTC to make it official, which they just have. The device will be launching on the AT&T network in the US on September 4.

Let’s go over the spec sheet again. The HTC Pucc… I mean the Jetstream will have a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 resolution display and will support for AT&T’s 4G LTE and HSPA+ networks. It will run on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon processor and Android 3.1 Honeycomb, with the Sense UI layer on top. Read more »

[IFA 2011]Sony announces HMZ-T1 Head Mounted 3D Display, makes 3D officially cool again

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Sony has announced the HMZ-T1, a new Head Mounted 3D Display, which they like to call “Personal 3D Viewer”. It’s basically the equivalent of watching a 750-inch 3D TV from a distance of 20m, along with a pair of surround sound headphones, except this time it’s personal.

The crux of the HMZ-T1 are the two OLED panels. Each of these panels is only 0.7-inch in size and have a resolution of 1280 x 720, which gives them a mind-blowing pixel density of 2098-PPI. Read more »

[IFA 2011]Sony’s new Reader Wi-Fi is the world’s lightest 6-inch eReader, runs on Android

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Following the official launch of their two new Honeycomb tablets, Sony has now announced a new eReader for those who like simpler things in life. The new Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-Ti) is claimed to be the lightest 6-inch eReader in the world with a weight of just 168g, which coupled with the 8.9mm thickness would make it very easy to hold in your hands.

The Reader Wi-Fi has a multi-touch touchscreen, underneath which lies a 600 x 800 resolution, 16-level gray scale E Ink Pearl electronic paper display. The Reader Wi-Fi has 2GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB usig microSD card. Read more »