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Nook HD and Nook HD+ go on sale in the UK

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After being announced back in September, the new Nook HD and Nook HD+ have finally gone on sale, in the UK for now. Those who pre-ordered theirs from Barnes & Noble online store should get it this week or you could purchase them from stores such as John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Dixons, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Blackwell’s and Foyles in the UK.

For those who don’t know, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ are Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ respectively. Read more »

Samsung shows off upcoming Premium Suite for Note 10.1 in a video

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Samsung has announced a Premium Suite update for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which will be provided with the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update whenever it is released. They have now released a lengthy video that shows these new features in action.

Most of the features in the Premium Suite extend upon the existing features in the Note 10.1. For example, the multi-window app functionality now lets you run several apps simultaneously and even increase their size. The Air View feature, borrowed from the Note II, lets you hover over content in default Samsung apps and preview them. The clipping feature lets you cut images from web pages and send them or add to documents. Read more »

Samsung adds new iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch to lawsuit against Apple

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The legal war between Apple and Samsung continues and the latest move from the South Korean conglomerate is adding some of the new products that were recently announced by Apple.

The already long list of Apple products that Samsung claims violates their patents will now include the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display, iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod touch. Read more »

EA and Gameloft celebrate Thanksgiving Day with iOS and Android sales

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Thanksgiving Day is here and so are the sales. EA and Gameloft have decided to kick things off by offering discounts on some of their popular titles.

EA has slashed the prices on many of its popular titles, which means you can now pick up games such as Dead Space, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Shift 2 Unleashed, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Mirror’s Edge for just $0.99. Read more »

Upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch spotted on Lenovo’s website

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The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, an ultrabook with a touchscreen display optimized for Windows 8, was spotted on Lenovo’s website ahead of official launch. The page since then has been pulled but not before a few details about the machine were obtained.

The X1 Carbon Touch will have a 14-inch HD+ multi-touch display that can support up to 10 fingers. The display is said to be 1600 x 900 in resolution as that is often what fits Lenovo’s definition of ‘HD+’. Read more »

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins spotted at NBA game with upcoming BB10 devices

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We are still quite a way from the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices but recently RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was spotted with one of them in public.

At a Lakers game a few days ago, both Thorsten Heins and RIM Senior Vice President, Software Product Management Andrew Bocking were spotted using BB10 phones and taking pictures with them. You can see that the phone Heins is using has the usual BlackBerry sticker on the back that they reserve for test devices but it’s strange seeing the CEO of the company in public using devices that are yet to be announced publicly. Read more »

Firefox for Android adds support for ARMv6 based devices

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Firefox for Android has so far been exclusive to device running on ARMv7 processors but this limited it to mostly recent, high-end device. However, with the latest update, Mozilla has expanded the number of devices that can now support Firefox.

Firefox for Android can now be installed on devices with ARMv6 processors, which includes phones such as HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q. Considering almost half of the 500 million Android devices out there are running on ARMv6 processors, this means a vast number of people can now install Firefox on their Android smartphones. Read more »

Nintendo Wii U gets a teardown

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Nintendo recently launched their next generation game console called the Wii U, which comes with a very unique controller that has a touchscreen that can be used to interact with the game in different ways.

The console has now been acquired and ripped apart by AnandTech to see what’s ticking inside. Let’s take a look. Read more »

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ for iOS and Android game review

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Wreck-It Ralph is an arcade game based on a movie of the same name, which released last month. The game is made by Disney, who have so far given us a bunch of mobile games, the most popular among them being ‘Where’s My Water?’ and ‘Where’s My Perry?’

Wreck-It Ralph is actually not one game but a combination of three mini games. It features Fix-It Felix, Jr. on which the movie is based along with two new games. Let’s see how they all fare. Read more »

Nexus 4 gets a teardown

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Now that the Nexus 4 has finally been released, it will go through the same motions as every other recent major device. There will be the drop tests, torture tests and the infamous “Will it blend?” tests later, but for now we have the iFixit teardown to kick things off.

First things first, the Nexus 4 does not have a user-replaceable battery, which means the back cover requires more than just a push to come off. Once you get the Torx screws out, you have access to the insides of the device. Read more »

Nexus 4 camera exhibits purple tint, just like pretty much any other camera

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Back when the iPhone 5 was released, one of the complaints was about the camera, specifically the purple tinting that was observed in some of the photographs. But if you thought this only happens on the iPhone 5′s camera, you are in for a surprise.

The image above is part of a panorama shot through the camera on the Nexus 4 and as you can clearly see, there is purple flaring where the bright light source enters the image. Read more »

Lumia 920 goes against keys, a particularly long knife and a mallet

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There are drop tests and then there are ‘throw everything you have in your house at it’ tests and today we are going to take a look at one of the latter.

The test involves keys, knives and mallets and looks like it was devised by Adolf Hitler himself when he was not planning on taking over the world or trimming his mustache. And at the receiving end of these objects is the new Nokia Lumia 920. Read more »

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts shipping, already on backorder

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It’s been over two months since the Amazon event on September 6, where they announced their new range of Kindle and Kindle Fire devices. The Kindle Fire HD, in particular, was not supposed to ship till November, even though it went on pre-order pretty much instantly.

Well, that day has come and if you are one of those who ordered a Kindle Fire HD you should be glad to know that Amazon has started shipping the tablet. Unfortunately, if you order now, you will have to wait another month before you can get it due to backorder. Read more »

Leaked Android 4.1.2 ROM for Galaxy S II brings Jelly Bean goodness, updated UI

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Hot on the heels of the leaked firmware for the Galaxy S III, the upcoming Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM from Samsung for the Galaxy S II has also been leaked. The ROM is said to be very stable, which indicates it was in its final stages and that Samsung would probably start rolling it out soon.

Being a Jelly Bean ROM, it brings with it the usual Jelly Bean features, such as Project Butter and Google Now. You will also notice that the TouchWiz interface on the S II has been updated and is now identical to the one on the Galaxy S III and the Note II, down to the bloop bloop sound when you touch the screen. Read more »

Rockstar releases new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V

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Rockstar has released a new trailer for the upcoming GTA V. The video does not feature any gameplay sequences but gives a look at the general setting of the game.

GTA V will take place in the fictional location called Los Santos in San Andreas. It will be Rockstar’s biggest open world game yet and feature three new protagonists, all of whom will be playable. The three characters have different stories that intertwine as the game progress and eventually you will be switching between the characters as they work together to accomplish a single goal. Read more »