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Is HTC about to release the first Ubuntu slate at its event tonight?

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Canonical, which recently announced it’s developing Ubuntu for smartphones, has put a peculiar countdown on the ubuntu.com website saying “Tick, tock, tablet time!”

Interestingly, the timer coincides with the one on the HTC website, which will end at the start of the company’s press events in London and New York. The Taiwanese company is set to announce its new One flagship smartphone at the event, but could we also see an Ubuntu tablet debut there? Read more »

Vic Gundotra says the next Nexus will sport an “insanely great” camera

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The camera of the Nexus 4 isn’t very good and we’ve confirmed this in our detailed review of the smartphone. However, Vic Gundotra has posted today that the company is “committed to making Nexus phones [with] insanely great cameras.

This came out as a response to a discussion about the camera capabilities of the Nexus 4. Google’s Senior VP of Engineering even slipped out a little teaser saying, “just you wait and see.” Read more »

Sony Xperia Z used as an underwater cam, makes a cool 3 minute video

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Most smartphones don’t usually fancy dipping their toes in swimming pools, but not the Sony Xperia Z. The flagship smartphone was taken for some underwater action by an early adopter.

With its IP57 certification, the Xperia Z doesn’t even break a sweat shooting the 3-minute underwater video. Read more »

Dropbox 2.1 for iOS released, has a PDF viewer on board

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Dropbox has updated its app for the iOS platform to version 2.1, adding some cool new features to it.

The most notable improvement is the ability to view PDF files through the app’s very own PDF viewer. This mean you don’t have to use the smartphone’s preinstalled PDF viewer anymore. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z first battery test comes out pretty decent

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The Sony Xperia Z, which has just been made available in Japan, has undergone a quick battery test in the hands of the Russian Hi-Tech Mail news portal and the results from it aren’t all that bad.

The battery of Sony’s Android flagship has been put through its paces using the AnTuTu Tester app and has outperformed the likes of the HTC Incredible S and the Samsung Galaxy S II. That’s a good start. Read more »

Skype 4.5 makes its way to the iPhone and iPad

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Skype has updated its iPhone and iPad app to version 4.5 bringing some needed new features as well as the usual bag of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Now whenever a call is dropped, Skype’s automatic call recovery will kick in and redial the contact for you. The order in which instant message conversation appears is now correct, too. Read more »

ASUS to hold its MWC 2013 press conference on February 25

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We just got invited to join ASUS for its press conference at the Mobile World Congress that will take place on February 25.

ASUS joins the growing list of companies that are going to host a press conference and unveil their latest products at the industry’s largest event. Read more »

Lewis Hamilton brings the BlackBerry Z10 to the Mercedes W04 premiere

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The new Formula 1 season is right around the corner and guess what has Mercedes F1 team new driver Lewis Hamilton brought along to the official launch of the car he and Nico Rosberg will be driving in 2013? Unfortunately, if you guessed Nicole Scherzinger, you are wrong.

As the photo above testifies, it’s the recently unveiled BlackBerry Z10. The 2008 champion was spotted snapping photos of the new Mercedes AMG F1 W04 car at the Jerez circuit in Spain with his new smartphone. Read more »

HP joins the Chromebook bandwagon with a full-size 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook laptop, costs $329

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HP is joining Lenovo, Acer and Samsung in the Chromebook notebook space with a rather unique offering in the face of the 14″ Pavilion Chromebook.

This is the first full-size 14″ Chromebook and that’s exactly what HP is hoping will help it stand out in the crowd. The specs of the HP Pavilion Chromebook are pretty standard. Read more »

Dropbox readies document previews and easier photo sharing features, allows you to test run them now

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Dropbox is continuing to add new features to its popular cloud storage service and the latest ones are the option to preview documents right from its website and share multiple photos at the same time.

Previously, you could only share a single photo at a time or, if you wanted to share a lot of photos, you had to put them in a folder of their own and then share the whole folder. Read more »

Google and Motorola are in search for a product manager for the X Phone

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Motorola has posted a job listing in search for a senior director of product management to focus and work directly on the X Phone project that the WSJ reported on back in December.

Interestingly, that’s exactly how Motorola has referred to the project about its upcoming high-end smartphone set to rival the iPhone and the top dogs from the Galaxy S line-up. Read more »

Nokia takes a swing at BlackBerry on Twitter, says it’s not really suitable for business users

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After mocking the iPhone 5 for being monochromatic and not funky enough, now Nokia has set its aim on the freshly re-structured BlackBerry.

This time, the Finns have chosen to use Twitter rather than making a dedicated video. In the tweet Nokia says that “Blackberries make a great snack, but for the world’s best business smartphone try a #Lumia“. Read more »

Does the BlackBerry Z10 look like the Apple iPhone 5?

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The BlackBerry Z10 is finally official and its announcement caused an argument here in the office. Since we couldn’t reach an agreement, we had to turn to you our readers and hope you would be kind enough to settle it for us. Take a look at the picture below.

On the left, we have the newly unveiled BlackBerry Z10 and on the right we have the Apple iPhone 5. The question is simple – does the Z10 look like the iPhone 5? The GSMArena team is split in two on the matter. Read more »

Here are the BlackBerry 10 apps that’ll be available

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In this mobile-driven day and age having a lot of apps is a crucial requirement for a mobile OS to succeed. RIM BlackBerry realized this and made sure BlackBerry 10 comes to the market with a well-stocked app store. There are currently north of 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World store, which is more than any platform has had at launch.

Let’s take a look at some of the major names that are available for the newly launched platform. Read more »

128GB Apple iPad with Retina Display is now official

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Apple has just made the 128GB edition of the iPad with Retina Display official.

The fourth-gen Apple tablet will not replace any of the already established storage capacity options of the slate, and will be sold alongside them. Read more »