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Barnes & Noble officially announces the 9-inch Nook HD+ and 7-inch Nook HD tablets

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Not inclined to stay indifferent to the current fast growing market for affordable tablets, Barnes & Noble has announced its latest soldiers to join the fight – the 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch Nook HD+.

The 7-inch Nook HD is a direct answer to Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s recently unveiled Fire HD and offers a lot of bang for the buck. Read more »

Apple head of Marketing comments the iPhone 5 scratches, says they are normal

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It’s known that the aluminum shell of the iPhone 5 has been plagued by chipping issues and that has certainly made a lot of iPhone 5 owners quite unhappy. One of them even wrote an email to Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and much to his surprise, he got a response.

9to5Mac has verified the authenticity of the email, but this is hardly the response the user was hoping to get. Read more »

TouchWiz-specific hack can hard reset Galaxy S III and other Galaxy phones through their web browsers

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Samsung Galaxy smartphones with the TouchWiz UI skin are susceptible to a USSD code hack, which triggers an unstoppable factory reset. The hack itself is easily triggered from malicious websites, QR codes or sent by NFC and wipes users’ phones immediately.

In order to successfully run onto a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the hack must be either dialed in directly in the phones dialer or opened from a website using the stock browser. Read more »

The HTC 5-inch phablet to be the Google Nexus 5?

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It will soon be a year from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus announced, and if Google keeps with the tradition, we should be seeing its successor. According to a tip we received, the device to replace it might be the oft rumored HTC 5″ phablet, known as Droid Incredible X or One X 5. There’s no way to confirm the validity of the tip so take it with a pinch of salt, but it certainly sounds plausible.

Our anonymous tipster claims that the Google Nexus 5 will run on Android 4.1.2, which brings bugfixes, Project Butter improvements, extra lockscreen functionality as well as other minor tweaks. Read more »

HTC Desire V walks in our office, the hands-on video is inside

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When thinking dual-SIM Android smartphones, HTC doesn’t usually come to mind. That’s about to change, however, with the Desire V, the company’s first international dual-SIM Android-running handset.

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.0 on top, the Desire V packs a 4-inch WVGA screen wrapped up in a neat looking plastic body. Read more »

Samsung ATIV TAB priced, costs more than we hoped it would

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The Samsung Ativ Tab is the company’s first Windows 8 RT tablet and judging by the feedback our preview got, you guys really liked it. However, as with every other device, its success would depend on its pricing, and that was until now a mystery.

Well, not any more as a Slovenian online retailer has put up a page dedicated to the Samsung Ativ Tab, complete with pricing info. The 32GB version of the Samsung Ativ Tab is listed with a price tag of €650. Ouch. Read more »

New Samsung Galaxy S III video ad brings back the anti-Apple theme

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Samsung strikes again. The Korean manufacturer has launched yet another ad aiming to promote its Galaxy S III flagship, while poking fun at hardcore Apple fans.

Like in previous ads from Samsung, the action takes place in front of an Apple Store where a huge line-up of people waits for the doors to open so that they can grab the latest iPhone. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 bill of materials estimated at $199, still promises immense profits for Apple

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Just like it did with the iPhone 4S, iSuppli has put up an preliminary estimate of the iPhone 5′s Bill of Materials (BOM).

According to the preliminary report, the iPhone 5 carries a BOM of just $199, while the manufacturing costs additional $8. This makes it just $11 more expensive than the iPhone 4S. Read more »

The iPhone 5 and its A6 processor crush the competition at JavaScript performance

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We already know that Apple spent quite a lot of time building the ARM-based A6 processor that powers the iPhone 5. It turns out the Cupertino-based company did a great job and its smartphone did pretty in GeekBenchmark, and now we learn that it absolutely smoked the competition when it comes to JavaScript benchmarking.

AnandTech has managed to run the SunSpider benchmark on the iPhone 5 and the results, is the best we have seen from a mobile browser so far. Read more »

Samsung starts mass production of 128GB memory and 2GB LPDDR3 mobile RAM

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Samsung announced today that its 128GB eMMC memory chips and 2GB LPDDR3 RAM for mobile devices have entered mass production.

At the Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum 2012 in Taiwan today, Sammy spilled some interesting details about its upcoming memory chips. Read more »

Key Nokia Lumia 920 features get mocked in a funny spoof video

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Spoof videos of recently launched products in the mobile space are on the rise lately. The newest one targets the Nokia Lumia 920 and its key features.

In a fake interview, the parody video veterans from This Is Fox, go over the Lumia 920′s camera, wireless charging and City Lens app, but present it in a rather funny way. It’s definitely worth checking out. Read more »

The Gentlemen’s response to the Apple iPhone 5

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The iPhone 5 is coming out on Friday and the Gentlemen’s video has arrived just in time for the smartphone’s launch.

The parody promo video is shot in the familiar spirit of Apple’s promos and adds tons of humor at the expense of the iOS flagship. If you are not familiar, those are the same guys who did the viral promo of the iPhone 4 two years ago. Read more »

Essential call-enabling update for Viber gets stuck in the Windows Phone Marketplace

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Ever since the popular messaging and voice calling app Viber hit Windows Phone devices, it only supports messaging. Happily, the Viber team has worked closely with Nokia to iron the issues out and add voice calls as well.

However, there’s a problem. Today, Viber posted a Facebook status explaining why the app update hasn’t been pushed – it’s been delayed by the Microsoft publishing process for the Windows Marketplace. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 rumors roundup: what came true and what not

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Naturally, prior to its announcement, the iPhone 5 was surrounded by hundreds of rumors. Somewhat unexpectedly though, this time round most of them turned out correct and we knew almost all there was to know about the latest Apple flagship, long before Tim Cook took the stage.

The amount of leaks of hardware parts and accessories as well as reports of iPhone 5′s features that turned out to be true was staggering. In fact we knew more about the iPhone 5 than we knew about the iPhone 4 and back then a real unit escaped the R&D center. There were still a few persistent rumors that turned out incorrect, so we thought we might do a quick round up and see if we’d actually miss any of them. Read more »

Apple has enough money so it announces nothing in a cool parody video, and one more thing

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What if at yesterday’s event Apple announced nothing? Literally. Check out this hilarious College Humor parody video of that exact thing happening.

College Humor’s Christopher McDonald takes the stage as Apple’s CEO and shocks the audience with his statement that the guys over at Cupertino need a well deserved break, so they announce… nothing. Read more »