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Android chief Sundar Pichai says he is “excited to try iOS 7″

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The unwrap of iOS 7 yesterday has not only got the attention of existing users of Apple’s mobile OS, but has also intrigued Android’s newly appointed chief Sundar Pichai.

This is evident from his very own tweet stating that he is “excited to try iOS 7 beta”. Read more »

Here’s the Apple iOS 7 promo video for you viewing pleasure

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Apple’s WWDC keynote speech has just completed and, as expected, it brought the latest version of the company’s mobile platform. iOS 7 sports a completely new design, turning its back to the skeuomorphism and embracing a new, more modern flat design.

Traditionally, the company has launched a lengthy promo video highlighting the main new features of iOS 7. Read more »

There are now 900,000 apps in the Apple App Store, more than $10 billion paid to devs

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Apple’s WWDC 2013 has just begun and Tim Cook was eager to share how the iOS ecosystem and the App Store have been doing. Cook shared some statistics from back in May, including the 50 billion downloaded apps milestone. The company boasts that there are now 900,000 apps in the App Store.

Interestingly, over 90% of them are downloaded each month. The apps specifically designed for the iPad are now more than 375,000. Read more »

Viber is now blocked in Saudi Arabia, Skype and WhatsApp might follow suit

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The free internet messenger and calls service Viber has been shut down in Saudi Arabia as it has failed to comply with local regulations. The Communications and Information Technology Commission in the country has also issued a warning it’ll do the same to other applications and services that don’t comply with the regulations.

Quarts reports that Viber. Skype and WhatsApp have received a warning from the Saudi telecommunications regulator back in March. The shutdown could be a result of a failure of Viber to provide the CITC a local server to monitor user activity. Read more »

You can now track your luggage at the airport on your iPhone with Airbus Bags2Go

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Flying can be stressful all by itself, but the chance to lose your luggage while doing so is even worse. Airplane manufacturer Airbus wants to put an end to this by introducing its latest service called Bags2Go.

The service is a joint effort of Airbus, T-Mobile and luggage maker Rimowa and lets you rent a special suitcase, which makes use of a GPS-tracker, a 2G mobile connection, and an RFID chip to record its location. It then lets you hook up to it through an iPhone to track where exactly it is. Read more »

IDC predicts smartphones sales in 2013 to grow by 32.7% over 2012

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IDC has issued a report in predicting that in 2013 global smartphones sales will reach 958.8 million units. That’s a growth of 32.7% compared to last year smartphone shipments which accounted to 722.5 million units.

As a result of this growth, 52.2% of all mobile phone shipments will be smartphones. This effectively makes 2013 the first year in which smartphone shipments surpass those of feature phones, if only by a four of percent points. IDC believes this trend won’t stop soon as user demand for handheld devices is growing both in the developed and emerging markets. Read more »

Microsoft gives us the first official video of the new Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has uploaded a 4-minute video giving you a first look of the upcoming update for Windows 8 dubbed Windows 8.1

The video demonstrates just a handful of the new features and customization options and the issues Microsoft has fixed. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS on June 27

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When BlackBeery announced that its Messenger service (BBM) was coming to iOS and Android many people, including me, got very excited, but unfortunately, the company wasn’t ready to announce a release date back then.

Now, almost a month after the Blackberry Live 2013 conference, the company has announced that its BBM service will hit Android and iOS as a standalone app on June 27. Read more »

Samsung releases a new Galaxy S4 ad aimed at new dads

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is chock full of features so various and different that many people were wondering how they might use them in their everyday life. Happily, Samsung is here to help with yet another ad of its Android flagship, which thankfully isn’t outright weird.

The latest one is titled Swaddle master and features a dad who has to wrap his son in blankets without the help of the mom, who is running errands. Read more »

Samsung Tizen 2.1 screenshots appear, show how far the OS has gone

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It’s been a while since we last heard any novelties surrounding Samsung and Intel’s joint work on the HTML5-based Tizen OS. Couple of months ago there were even rumors that both companies might announce the first Tizen device to run the latest version of the OS, which is currently 2.1, but alas.

That’s why for now we’ll have to do with the batch of screenshots of the OS that Tizen Indonesia has posted. They gives us a glimpse of what the camera interface looks like, as well as the email client and the web browser. The latter promises to be extremely good, and it’s as it was and currently leading the charts in HTML5 Mobile compatibility test. Read more »

Apple’s official WWDC 2013 app for iOS is out now

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With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference just a week away, the company has released its official app for the developer-oriented event.

There, Apple developers can watch videos of the sessions directly on their iPhones and iPads. Read more »

iSupply: Samsung is the second biggest chip maker in Q1, 2013, Intel sits on top

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According to a report filed by market information provider iSupply, Samsung is breathing down Intel’s neck in the semiconductor market race in the first quarter of 2013 with 10.5% market share. Intel controls 15.1% if the chip market.

For the January-March period, Samsung’s recorded $7.77 billion in sales, while Intel sales totalled $11.16 billion. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 goes through our battery test hoops, promises long texting sessions

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The BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 duo have the tough job of making the company relevant again. As we found out in our BlackBerry Z10 review, it’s very good phone overall, but merely mediocre as far as its battery performance is concerned.

We’ll see how the BlackBerry Q10 matches its brother in our full-blown review, which is coming very soon, but for now, we’ll concentrate on its battery endurance. Read more »

ASUS unwraps its PQ321 31.5-inch 4K-resolution monitor

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ASUS has announced the PQ321 monitor packing 4K resolution. The professional-grade screen is 31.5 inches in diagonal and can show one billion colors thanks to its 10-bit RGB LED-backlit IGZO panel.

The 4K resolution translates to 3840 x 2160 pixels, which adds up to a pixel density of 140 pixels per inch. Other features of the ASUS PQ321 include 176-degree viewing angle, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 8ms response time. Read more »

Purported second-gen Google Nexus 7 tablet makes an appearance in a promo video

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Google certainly loves teasing us – the search giant has featured an yet unknown tablet in a promo Google Maps video. The real kicker is that it doesn’t look anything like the purported second-gen Nexus 7 slate we saw at one of the Google I/O sessions.

In fact, the newly shown slate has more round corners and a two-tone design, unlike the current-gen Nexus 7. Read more »