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Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet and lower-priced Windows 8 slates in 2013

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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet in 2013. The sub-$100 slate will go head to head with the numerous low-cost Chinese tablets which are offered in developing countries under a plethora of different brands.

The budget-friendly Acer Iconia Tab B1 will sport a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (likely a Mediatek unit), a 7″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

Samsung GT-N5100 appears in GLBenchmark, likely a new Galaxy Note member coming our way

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A yet to be revealed Samsung GT-N5100 has made an appearance in GLBenchmark, thus all but confirming that there is a new member of the Galaxy Note family coming our way. As you probably know by now, the N moniker has been used by Galaxy Note products since the launch of the original N7000 last year.

According to the benchmark data, the Samsung GT-N5100 boots Android 4.1.2 and features a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. Read more »

Archos 97 Titanium HD gets outed, packs a lot of pixels on the cheap

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For those of you who think that the likes of the Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus 10 are a tad too pricey, Archos has your back. The company’s latest tablet dubbed 97 Titanium HD is set to offer a 9.7″ IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the cheap.

The rest of the tablet’s specs are far from impressive. Read more »

Polaroid is rumored to have an interchangeable lens sporting, Android booting camera in the works

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It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Camera and the Nikon Coolpix S800c are about to face some seriously stiff competition in the immediate future. Polaroid is reportedly working on an Android based, mirrorless camera, whose interchangeable lenses are likely to seriously up the image quality bar in the realm of dedicated shooters, booting Google’s OS.

The Polaroid IM1836 is rumored to pack an 18.1 megapixel sensor, 3.5″ touchscreen, and Android 4.0 (or higher) when it gets unveiled. Read more »

Here goes the full breakdown of the Nokia Lumia 810′s battery performance

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Like we already concluded in our detailed review, the T-Mobile exclusive Nokia Lumia 810 has identical internals to the Lumia 820, save for its larger 1800mAh battery. Naturally, our battery test was the best way to determine how much further the extra 150mAh of juice which the Lumia 810 packs can take you.

As always, we take a look at the talk time performance first. Read more »

Facebook for Android to get a lot faster with an upcoming major update [UPDATE: It's live]

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Well, it looks like the policy of stimulating its employees to adopt Android smartphones has yielded results for Facebook. An update for the social network’s Android app scheduled for later today, is bound to significantly increase its speed and overall performance.

In order to achieve the above result, Facebook’s app developers have done away with HTML 5 coding. Read more »

Martin Logan Mikros 70 in-ear headphones review

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Honestly, I highly doubt that a Martin Logan product would be on your list if you were on the market for premium earbuds. This is understandable as the Mikros 70 is the company‚Äôs first pair of those to come to the market. However, Martin Logan’s pedigree of manufacturing high-quality speakers whose price tag can top the MSRP of a family sedan was enough to grab my attention.

Logically, the iOS products compatible Martin Logan Mikros 70 are not entry-level earbuds. Priced at $149.99, the headset sits in one of the most competitive segments on the market, with plenty of well-established players facing it. I am now going to find out if the Mikros 70 has what it takes to get its own piece of the action. Read more »

Oppo’s English language website goes live ahead of the Find 5 formal announcement

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With the official announcement of the full HD display sporting, ultra slim Oppo Find 5 smartphone imminent, the Chinese manufacturer has launched a dedicated English language website. This occurrence should hardly catch anyone by surprise given Oppo’s already confirmed ambitions for international success.

The website offers an email sign-up sheet for an Oppo newsletter, as well as dedicated products, press, and forums links. Read more »

Snapseed photo sharing and editing app lands in the Google Play store

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The award-winning photo sharing and editing application Snapseed has made its way to the Google Play store. The already wildly popular for iOS app also dropped its price from $4.99 to free for all Apple products.

Along with the usual plethora of visual effects, Snapseed allows you to crop images, adjust their brightness and contrast, as well as easily share the final results in Google+ thorough a neatly integrated button. Read more »

Gmail for Android 4.0 and 4.1 gets a major update, finally lets messages fit your device’s screen

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Android’s previously leaked, long overdue Gmail update has landed on devices, running Android 4.0 and up. Users of such devices can freshen up their native email clients from the Google Play store.

The most important new feature of the update is the long-requested ability to fit messages to the device’s screen. Read more »

V-Moda Crossfade M-80 headphones review

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The first time I experienced a pair of V-Moda headphones was back in 2008 when I enjoyed my time with a pair of the company’s earbuds. At the time, V-Moda headphones were already well known for their blend of premium quality and sound despite the company’s young age.

This time around, I got a chance to spend some quality time with a pair of the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 on-ear headphones. Priced in the $200 range, V-Moda’s premium offering aims to sway potential users away from the well-established Beats Audio Solo, and therefore enough to get me curious. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note II gets a 6400mAh battery, takes a shot at immortality

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The 3100mAh battery unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note II already propelled it to an impressive endurance rating in our battery test. I do however, reckon that there might be some users out there who would appreciate some extra juice at their disposal – just in case they need to jump start their car in a cold winter morning. Mugen Power’s humongous 6400mAh battery is aiming at those Galaxy Note II owners.

The laptop worthy battery unit is scheduled to ship on December 21, priced at a hair less than $100. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro will hit the shelves in January, starting from $899

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Roughly a month after its Windows RT sibling made it to the market, Microsoft announced pricing and availability of its Surface Pro slate. The tablet will be available in January, priced at $899 for a model with 64GB of memory, and $999 for a version with 128GB built-in.

The Microsoft Surface Pro will not come bundled with a Touch or Type cover. You will have to spend some extra cash to have one of the handy covers at your service. The tablet will however, come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology in the box. Read more »

Microsoft shifts 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles during the Black Friday week

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It might be six years old and have a replacement lurking right around the corner, but numbers say that the Xbox 360 is still one hell of a gaming console. Microsoft announced that it sold 750,000 units thanks to the shopping frenzy surrounding the Black Friday week.

The above number handily trumps the achievements of some of Microsoft’s major competitors, including Nintendo’s spanking new Wii U, which was plagued by stock shortages during the same period. Read more »

Google Drive gets integrated into Gmail, making 10GB attachments a reality

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Back in the day when Gmail was introduced, Google redefined the concept of email storage. Today, the wildly popular email service broke more new ground by integrating Google Drive into it. The trick will allow you to email files up to 10GB in size.

Gmail attachments from Google Drive will always be kept in sync, so recipients will have access to the most recent version of a document or project. Read more »