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ZTE announces affordable Light Plus Android tablet, Snow Leopard wallpaper not part of standard equipment [VIDEO]

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After the Light and Light Pro, ZTE has another affordable Android tablet for the masses. This one is similar to the two before it but has improved hardware. It now runs on a Snapdragon MSM8225 chip with 1GHz CPU and Adreno 205 GPU, same as most Android phones these days, 1GB ROM, 512MB RAM, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera and microSD card support.

It still uses the same 7-inch, 800 x 480 resolution display (which roughly gives it the same pixel density as the iPad) and Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread instead of the tablet-optimized Honeycomb. Read more »

Google Music Beta rolling out in certain parts of Europe, other countries still wait in line

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When Google announced the Music Beta service at the I/O conference, it was only limited to those in the United States. However, it seems now it has started rolling out in other countries as well.

Reports are coming in from Europe from people who have successfully managed to install the Music Beta application on their Android devices. The application, along with Google Books, is being pushed to the device automatically. Read more »

Google pays tribute to Les Paul with a playable electric guitar doodle, let’s you record and share it as well

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Today’s Google doodle is a homage to Lester William Polfuss, otherwise known as Les Paul. He was a guitarist, songwriter and known for inventing many music styles as well as the first solid body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible.

The cool thing about this doodle is that not only can you play it with your mouse or keyboard but you can also record it and then share it with others. The doodle uses a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas (for the strings), CSS and Flash (for the audio) to work, so you will need a modern browser along with the Flash Player. Read more »

Real Racing 2 HD to support wireless FullHD gaming over AirPlay, makes us want to have the Wii U even less

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I must admit, I wasn’t impressed by the Nintendo Wii U when it was announced a couple of days back at the E3 2011. And the way Nintendo’s shares are going down, neither is anyone else. And now Firemint, the company that created the popular iOS game Real Racing 2 HD will be bringing wireless FullHD gaming over AirPlay to your TV screen, a feature that will kick devices like the Wii U squarely in the nuts.

Now currently, Real Racing 2 HD is able to stream 1080p output from an iPad 2 to a TV screen through the HDMI connection but with iOS 5 developers will be able to stream the same output wirelessly to an Apple TV using the new AirPlay Mirroring function in iOS 5. Read more »

Nintendo shares hit their lowest in five years, all blame goes to the Wii U

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After the unveiling of their next generation console, the Wii U, at E3 2011, Nintendo Co. shares fell down by 5.7% on Wednesday, their lowest in the past five year. As of mid-day Thursday, they are still down by 5.2%. Clearly people are not taking a liking to the new console.

The problem, according to the analysts, is that the product itself isn’t bad but it just failed to meet people’s expectations, which were rather high following the phenomenal success of the Wii. The market is also evolving at a rapid pace Read more »

Amazon leaks HP TouchPad launch date, does it accidentally on purpose

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HP is yet to give any official launch date for their upcoming TouchPad tablet but it seems Amazon couldn’t hold it in any longer and had to tell someone. So what we have here might just be a goof-up or an attempt to keep user interest up in the device.

Discovered by an Engadget reader, if you are curious as to when the TouchPad will be launched, all you have to do is type “hp touchpad” in the search field on Amazon and then you get this little ad that bares it all. Read more »

Samsung denies bada 1.2 update to WQVGA devices, says their users have been very bad this year

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Okay, so that’s not really the reason they cited but the bottom line is that those using bada handsets that have a WQVGA resolution display (that’s 240 x 400) will not be getting the bada 1.2 update.!/samsungbada/status/78331852867375104

That includes a whole bunch of phones like the S5250 Wave525, S5330 Wave533, S5750 Wave575, S5780 Wave 578 and the S7230E Wave 723. Read more »

Sony announces NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 cameras, priced at $649 and $699 respectively

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If you were one of those who mourned the loss of the Sony NEX-3 camera when Sony abruptly discontinued it a short while after it was launched then we have good news for you. Sony has announced that they will be launching the successor to the NEX-3 in the form of the NEX-C3, which also happens to be the smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor.

Among the list of changes is a new design, a higher resolution 16.2 megapixel sensor, improved battery life, new Picture Effects and a new macro lens Read more »

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore “flattered” with WP7 features heading over to iOS 5, we think he shouldn’t be

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Looks like someone’s not happy with the new iOS 5. Following Apple’s keynote where they announced the next version of iOS, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, director of the Windows Phone program, decided to use Twitter to vent his feelings about the new update.!/joebelfiore/status/77858186945757184

In a couple of tweets that broke the needle on our sarcasm meter, Belfiore said that he was “flattered” that lots of great ideas from Windows Phone 7 made it over to iOS 5. Read more »

Xbox 360 dashboard redesigned, Metro style

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These days it seems every new Microsoft product UI speaks the same language: Metro. First it was the Zune HD, then Windows Phone 7, then Windows 8 (or whatever it’s going to be called) and now finally, the Xbox 360.

Yes, the Dashboard has gone through another UI redesign and I must say it never looked better. When I first saw Metro UI I Read more »

Microsoft launches Xbox 360 wireless steering wheel, emphasizes form over function

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Some of you may know that Microsoft makes their own wired steering wheel set for the Xbox 360. Today they announced the new wireless version of that controller.

Now while it looks kinda cool, it fails on several levels for a steering wheel set. For starters, there are no pedals so you accelerate and brake using the controls on the front and back of the wheel. Same goes for the gear shifts. Read more »

[E3 2011] PlayStation Vita is Sony’s PSP NGP now, starts at $249 for the Wi-Fi and $299 for AT&T 3G model

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Sony has officially launched their next generation portable gaming device, complete with a price tag, launch date (sort of) and a new name. Hitherto known as the NGP, the device shall now be known as the PlayStation Vita or PS Vita, as Sony likes to call it, although I personally much prefer saying PSV. For those curious, Vita means ‘Life’ in Latin.

As you may already know, the PS Vita has a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, SGX543MP4+ GPU, a glorious 5-inch, 960 x 544 AMOLED touchscreen display, a multitouch capacitive touchpad on the back and front and rear cameras. There’s also stereo speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G connectivity built-in. Read more »

[E3 2011] Sony announces PlayStation 3D Display for the PS3, costs $499 and comes with Resistance 3

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Sony has launched a brand new accessory for the PlayStation 3 in the form of the PlayStation 3D Display. It has a 24-inch LCD screen and supports 1080p full HD for 3D gaming.

But that’s not all. The best trick of the 3D Display is that it can display two different 3D images on screen at once in full HD, so if you are playing co-op with a friend, both of you will see two different images on the screen. You can also have split screen mode where the 3D Display will show both screens simultaneously side-by-side in 3D. Read more »

Galaxy Mini and Gio Gingerbread firmware leaked, for those without patience

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The good folks at SamFirmware have gotten their hands on the Gingerbread firmware for the Samsung S5570 Galaxy Mini and S5660 Galaxy Gio. The firmware runs on Android 2.3.3 update and is dated May 7 and June 2 respectively.

Now Samsung has already announced that they will be releasing a Gingerbread update for these phones. But if you are feeling particularly impatient, you can Read more »

Fans post Windows logo on upcoming Apple Store, your move Mac fans

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Microsoft and Apple fans are known to take jabs at each other at every opportunity they find. It’s mostly good, clean fun although sometimes it can get ugly, as can be seen from the comments section on technology websites, including ours.

Today we came across an event that falls under the “Good, clean fun” category, where the Windows logo was found plastered on an upcoming Apple Store. Read more »