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Gartner estimates drop in PC sales for Q4 2012, points finger at tablets

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Gartner has posted its estimated PC shipment results for 2012 and things aren’t bright for the good ol’ personal computer.

The company estimates that PC vendors have shipped more than 90 million PCs in Q4, 2012 which is 4.9% lower than what they managed in the same period in 2011. According to Gartner, the tablets are to blame. Read more »

Archos 97 Platinum hands-on: Getting the 9.7″ Retina treatment on a budget

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There are quite a lot of tablets here at CES 2013, but probably very few of them will catch the consumer’s attention as much as the Archos 97 Platinum.

Built around a 9.7″ IPS display pushing an iPadeqsue resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 PPI), the Archos 97 Platinum packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM that help the slate run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very decently. Read more »

Valve and Xi3 to bring out a Steam optimized mini-PC dubbed Piston, could be the long awaited Steam Box

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Valve and mini-PC maker company Xi3 have announced their collaboration on the first ever Steam-optimized mini PC.

The project, which carries the Piston codename, is still in active development, but prototypes are on display at the booths of the two companies. Read more »

Sony posts a video detailing the technology behind the Xperia Z

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Sony seems to be really proud of its hotly announced Xperia Z flagship smartphone as it has posted pretty lengthy video dedication to its key selling points including really cool close-up shots.

In the video, Sony Community Manager Marcus Hansson details the Z’s powerful chipset and, as you can see in the photo above, its IP57 certification. Read more »

AMD refreshes its Radeon GPU lineup with the HD 8000 for desktop and HD 8000M for notebooks

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AMD used the press day before the start of CES to announce its latest Radeon 8000 series of desktop and mobile graphics.

Based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture, all cards are built using the 28nm manufacturing process and come with support for Direct X 11.1 graphics. Read more »

Huawei posts two Ascend D2 promo videos, makes it look like the ultimate smartphone

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With the Ascend D2 freshly announced, Huawei has posted two promo videos of the smartphone to get you even more excited.

In one of the videos the D2 is being showcased in some real-world scenarios like shooting videos and syncing with the cloud. Read more »

ASUS debuts VivoTab Smart Tablet with Windows 8 and a keyboard cover acting like a stand

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CES 2013 is in full swing and ASUS has fueled the train of announcements with the latest member of its Vivo family of devices – the VivoTab Smart Tablet.

The slate is running Windows 8 and is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 2GB of RAM. Read more »

Oppo lets you win a free Find 5 unit for participating in the beta testing

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Oppo has announced an interesting Facebook contest in search for 5 lucky beta testers, who will receive a free Find 5 smartphone.

The contest is open to everybody around the world and starts today and ends on January 13. Read more »

Vizio announces 7″ Tegra 3 and 10″ Tegra 4 Android 4.2 tablets

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CES 2013 tablet announcements continue to pour in, and the latest pair comes courtesy of Vizio, which unveiled pretty exciting 7″ and 10″ slates .

Both tablets are running stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with very slight UI modifications from Vizio. Most interestingly, though, the Vizio 10″ tablet is running the just announced Tegra 4 SoC. Read more »

Alcatel announces affordable One Touch Tab and Evo 7 family of tablets, prices them as aggressively as possible

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Alcatel has decided to step into the affordable Android tablets market with two lineup of slates – the One Touch Tab and Evo 7.

The Evo 7 lineup consists of two 7-inch tablets which feature the rather unique add-on modules, one of which allows you to add support for mobile data connection. Read more »

The official Dropbox app for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT is now available for download

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Just before the announcement storm from CES 2013 to hit, Dropbox has quietly launched a dedicated Modern UI app for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.

Designed in the familiar Windows 8 manner, the app displays tiles of files and folders from your account. It’s nicely optimized for touch-operation too. Read more »

LG Optimus L9 battery test concludes, find out the detailed results inside

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Placed comfortably as the company’s top mid-range model, the LG Optimus L9 is a droid that should be on your check list when shopping for a stylish smartphone offering great bang for your buck. It’s now time to check how it does in our traditional battery test and how it stacks up against its direct rivals.

Naturally we put the LG Optimus L9′s battery through its paces in our traditional battery test to see how far it can take you in everyday situations. Read more »

Skype 2.1 for Windows Phone 8 brings more stability, available for download right now

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Skype has launched a modest update for its Windows Phone 8 app bringing its version number to 2.1.0.241.

The update is more about improving stability and bringing the performance up a notch, than adding new features, but there’s still a lot to cheer about. Read more »

The AL13 is a high quality aluminum bumper for the iPhone 5 that’s getting Kickstarter funding

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With iPhone 5′s aluminum body and redesigned antenna layout, Apple didn’t see the need to make a new bumper for its latest flagship smartphone. However, a small company called Designed by m took it upon itself to fill the void and created the AL13.

The bumper is made of ultra-thin aerospace aluminum and manufactured with chamfered edges; the same sort that the iPhone 5 boasts. It weighs just 16 grams, so it won’t be turning your slim and light iPhone into something hard to carry around. Read more »

Samsung officially announces refreshed Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra laptops

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Despite Samsung’s pre-CES teaser of the refreshed Series 7 Chronos notebook, we didn’t have to wait all that long to see the company officially announce it.

Samsung has unveiled the notebook alongside the enhanced Series 7 Ultra ultrabook, which is a direct competitor to the likes of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Read more »