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CyanogenMod 10 gets first demo video, runs nicely smooth on the LG Optimus 4X HD

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After the release of some initial details of what the Jelly Bean-powered CyanogenMod 10 is going to be about, we can now finally see it in action.

CyanogenMod’s Ricardo Cerquiera has decided to show an early alpha version running on the LG Optimus 4X HD. Not only that, but it runs quite decently, too. Read more »

Rockstar releases two Grand Theft Auto V screenshots, still no release date

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It’s been far too long since any new information on Grand Theft Auto V was released, but now we’ve got two screenshots to feast our eyes on while waiting for more.

The screenshots confirm that the action is going to take place in San Andreas, but we knew that from the teaser trailer already. However, a Rockstar representative confirmed in an online Q&A session that more information will be coming our way soon. Read more »

Nexus 7 sports a magnetic sensor, ready for some smart cover action

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There’s more to the Google Nexus 7 than meets the eye. Quirky unboxings aside, it turns out the Nexus 7 is also sporting a magnetic sensor.

That’s right, the Nexus 7 supports smart covers. A lucky early owner of the tablet decided to go for a hunt of the magnetic sensor, in spite of the risk of ruining his tablet. Read more »

Tiny Wings 2 coming for iOS devices in July 12, Android version in the works

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Tiny Wings was such a huge hit on iOS that it gave the start to a whole new genre of mobile games and now its creators have announced that we are about to get its sequel.

Tiny Wings 2 is also expected to hit the Google Play Store soon after the iOS release (which should happen in two days). To build up some hype ahead of the imminent release, the developers also released a trailer video. Read more »

iPad Mini to be assembled in Brazil, production starts in September

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The iPad Mini rumor marathon is going at full speed and by the looks of it that’s not going to stop any time soon.

Today we heard the parts for the upcoming Apple slate have already been manufactured in China and will soon be shipped to Foxconn’s plants in Brazil. Read more »

8GB Nexus 7 tablet parts estimated to cost $184

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It was iFixit that first tore down the Nexus 7 tablet and as a result we can now see how much money Google is making from selling the device itself.

For the 8GB model, the margin is pretty slim (if it exists at all) as its parts were estimated to cost $184 while it sells for $199. That’s a small profit margin whichever way you look at it, and this price doesn’t even factor in manufacturing, marketing, shipping or research and development. Read more »

The Lumia brand is more popular than Windows Phone in web searches

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Nokia’s Lumia series of smartphones might have become more popular than the Windows Phone operating system as a whole. Or at least that’s what the Google search statistics might lead you to believe.

A quick look at said stats shows that since its launch late last year, Nokia has made a good job of keeping the Lumia brand in the public eye. Sadly for Microsoft, that’s not the case with Windows Phone. Read more »

Galaxy Note pairs with a PlayStation 3 controller to become the king of portable gaming

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If you had asked me a couple of weeks ago which was the ultimate mobile gaming device, I’d say the PlayStation Vita in a heartbeat. But who needs a PlayStation Vita when you can just use your Samsung Galaxy Note and a wireless PlayStation 3 controller and get something even better.

As you can see, one owner of this Galaxy Note has decided to do just that. Rather wittily he has made a special holder for the Note, which is attached to the back of the PS3 controller. Read more »

ACTA is no more after getting rejected by the European Parliament

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Congratulations, Internet, ACTA is finally dead. The European Parliament voted against the controversial “trade agreement” with 478 to 39 votes.

This was the final push needed for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to finally become history after it got rejected by the International Trade Committee. Read more »

Indoors Google Maps is now available in the United Kingdom and Switzerland for Android

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Previously available only for the US, Canada and Japan, the Google Maps support for indoor plans for museums, train stations, and other large buildings now comes to the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Google says more than 40 venues have declared their interest and worked with the search engine giant to make a floor plan for the app. Read more »

Ice Cream Sandwich update is seeding to Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets

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Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update notifications have started popping up on the Samsung Galaxy Tab family members.

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the majority of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family of tablets was supposed to receive the update some time in July or early August. Fortunately, the wait wasn’t that long and now users can finally experience ICS on their tablets. Read more »

iFixit teardown lets us take a look what’s inside the $200 Google Nexus 7

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The fellas from iFixit have managed to get their hands on a Nexus 7 tablet Google I/O edition and did what they are best at – tearing gadgets down.

Besides the usual innards of the tablet that we already know, iFixit found out that the 1280 x 800 pixels display is permanently attached to the Corning Glass protection layer. Read more »

Jelly Bean statue in Google headquarters suffers damage due to overheating

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The Jelly Beans statute placed in Google’s headquarters to celebrate the launch of Android 4.1 has suffered major damages from overheating.

The “head” of the Jelly Bean Android statue has melted and as a result there were some jelly beans spilled on the ground. In fact, according to Android engineer Dan Morrill some of the goodies inside are missing. Read more »

Alcatel and ZTE to manufacture first Boot 2 Gecko phones

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Mozilla’s HTML 5 based Boot 2 Gecko is getting traction with Alcatel and ZTE jumping on the bandwagon to produce the first ever devices running the mobile OS.

At MWC 2012 Mozilla announced the first ever Boot 2 Gecko devices are going to launch in Brazil by the carrier Vivo. Now, the project has been backed up globally and carriers such as Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telef√≥nica, and Telenor are also going to start offering devices. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III can now enjoy Jelly Beans with a custom ROM

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After Google pushed the Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean OTA update at I/O and released the Nexus 7 factory image for download, XDA developers have been hard at work porting the new version of Android to their favorite smartphones.

The HTC One X already got it, and now it’s turn for Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III to follow suit. Read more »