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Nokia will not return to MeeGo even if N9 turns out to be a hit, says Stephen Elop

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Nokia announced the MeeGo-based N9 smartphone last week and so far it has received nothing but praise from everyone who used the phone. Even in our short stint with the phone, we were blown away by the design, build, display and the interface of the phone and are aching to spend more time with it.

You’d think after receiving such positive response Nokia would give more attention to MeeGo, which is partly the reason why the N9 got such a fantastic response in the first place. But it seems Nokia doesn’t want anything to do with MeeGo anymore. Read more »

Skype for iPad demo video leaked, shows off all the features silently [VIDEO]

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Skype had apparently put up a demo video of their upcoming app for the iPad 2 on YouTube but later on decided to pull it down but not before someone managed to download it, albeit without sound.

The demo video shows off the redesigned interface, new full screen view, integrated messaging function and ability to switch between the front and rear cameras. A disclaimer in the video tells you that audio quality will depend on your Wi-Fi or 3G connection, which means the iPad version will also have 3G video calling support like the iPhone version. Read more »

Palm Pre 2 on Verizon gets webOS 2.1 update, brings a host of improvements

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Palm Pre 2 users on Verizon will finally get the webOS 2.1 update for their phones. The update is being rolled out gradually so not all devices will get it at once.

Among the list of new features is Exhibition, which launches a bunch of apps such as the clock, photos or agenda when you dock the phone, voice dialing, support for Bluetooth keyboards, ability to backup call history, text and instant messages, email fixes, messaging fixes, photos app fixes, updates to Tasks and security updates. Read more »

Motorola Atrix 4G bootloader unlocked, lets you install Gingerbread unofficially

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The Motorola Atrix 4G was launched with an excellent hardware but a rather outdated version of Android and on top of that had a locked bootloader like all Motorola Android phone. But thanks to code leaked from the Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G, the good people at xda-developers have managed to unlock the bootloader on the phone.

This of course means that Motorola intended to unlock the bootloader on the Atrix 4G with their forthcoming Gingerbread update. It also means Read more »

Nokia N9 Product Manager talks about its camera, claims it to be the fastest

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We already knew few details about the camera on the N9 from Nokia’s website. Now the N9 Product Manager, Jens Wilke, has divulged some more information about it and also made claims of it being the fastest camera on any phone, with numbers to back his claims. So let’s look at the camera on the N9 in more detail.

First, let’s start with the things we already know. We know that the camera uses an 8 megapixel sensor. Unlike with the N8, Nokia hasn’t mentioned the physical size of the sensor on the N9. It uses Carl Zeiss optics. It’s a wide-angle lens and has an aperture of f2.2, which is wider than even the N8 lens which is at f2.8. This means Read more »

Crysis 2 finally gets DirectX 11 patch, no one cares any more

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Update: EA has pulled down the download links for the patch. It will now be made available on Monday, June 27.

So it’s like this. Crysis 2 for PC was supposed to come with DirectX 11 graphics but upon launch it was discovered that the game actually runs on DirectX 9, not even 10. EA had promised an update soon but it started to look like they didn’t care any more. Of course we all know why that is. They have to sell the console version of the game as well and you can’t have the PC version looking a lot better.

But it seems now EA has finally got around to releasing that DirectX 11 patch that they promised long ago. Exactly three months after the game released. And by now anyone who ever wanted to play the game is already done playing it.

For what it’s worth, the patch does bring some notable improvements. Read more »

iPhone 4 dashes ahead of the Nikon D90, becomes the most popular camera on Flickr

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If you watched Apple’s latest keynote, you may remember Scott Forstall mentioning that the iPhone 4 is the second most popular camera on Flickr. Well, not any more.

That’s because it has just beat the Nikon D90 in becoming the most popular camera on Flickr of all time. Camera, not camera phone. Read more »

Watch Nokia’s hands-on video of the new N9 and the story behind its design

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Shortly after the announcement of the N9 images and videos of the phone started floating around on the Internet but the one we were looking for has just come out.

We are talking about the hands-on video of the device, where we will get to see how the phone actually performs outside of promotional content. We also have a video from Nokia where they talk about the design story of the N9 and how it is all based on one simple gesture: swipe. So join us after the break in watching both these videos. Read more »

Nokia launches new music accessories for N9, uses NFC sorcery to make life easier

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Nokia just announced the MeeGo-based N9 smartphone and I must say it is the best thing I’ve seen from Nokia so far. But they didn’t stop at just the phone. They also have a few new accessories for the phone, two of which make use of the NFC technology.

Now the NFC tech isn’t something new. Google has been demoing it for some time now. But Nokia has gone ahead and dome something a lot more useful and practical with it Read more »

A racing game created with a printer, projector and some extreme nerdiness

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Some of us like to play a video game when we have some free time. There are others, however, who create video games in their free times. Then there are some, who like to go a step ahead and play their games on paper that is constantly being pushed out by a receipt printer and a projector.

That’s exactly what undef and Joshua Noble did. They had spare time, they had the skills and they had everything they needed for their project. And so they made a game using a receipt printer, a projector, a PlayStation 3 controller and a laptop. Read more »

Crackle app now out for Android, let’s you stream movies and TV shows for free

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Another popular iOS app has found its way on the Android Market. Crackle – Movies & TV is an app that lets you watch Hollywood movies and TV shows for free on your mobile phone over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. The app itself is free as well. All you need is an Android 2.2+ phone with Flash Player support and a solid Internet connection and preferably unlimited data plan and you are good to go.

Here are some of the main features of the app Read more »

Firefox 5 available for download, official release on June 21

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Last month we talked about the Firefox 5 beta and the new faster update cycle that Mozilla has adopted to keep up with the new kid on the block, Google Chrome. Now the final version of Firefox 5 is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

With Firefox 5, you get support for CSS animations and improved performance over Firefox 4. The browser is yet to be launched officially though, which will happen on June 21. However, you can still head to Mozilla’s FTP servers and download the version appropriate for your computer’s operating system. Read more »

How to make sure you don’t get robbed of your phone [VIDEO]

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You might want to make fun of those still sticking to their old Nokia phones but it seems they may be doing the right thing, at least when it comes to being robbed.

This video by BBC Comedy shows how it is better to have an ancient relic as your phone that has no modern features than having one with them and be robbed of it. Watch the video after the break. It’s hilarious. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 goes on sale in the US, experiencing shipping delay

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has finally gone on sale in the US. As was announced before, it will be priced at $499 for the 16GB and $599 for the 32GB models. For now, there is no 3G version of the device. The tablet will ship with the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS that hasn’t been tainted with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI but you can download it later if you wish.

However, there seem to be some shipping delays, which could crush the hopes of those wanting to buy it on day one. Read more »

Galaxy on Fire 2 free for Nvidia Tegra devices, we wonder what Nvidia is up to

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Good news for those with Nvidia Tegra based Android devices. Galaxy on Fire 2 THD is now available for you to download free of cost from the Android Market. This is the special version for Nvidia Tegra devices but there is also a version for other devices which is paid.

Now Galaxy on Fire is a gorgeous looking game and I’m glad for all the Tegra based device owners. But I can see a trend starting here that worries me a bit. Read more »