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Google launches Music cloud service and Movie rentals from the Android Market

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Boy, was this first hour of the Google IO packed with news. We already told you about the major Honeycomb and Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates, so now let’s talk about the new Movie Rental and Google Music services that the company launched today.

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HP launches a laptop refresh wave, welcome the Mini 210, Envy 14, Pavilion dv4, Elitebook 2560p, 2760p and ProBook 5330m

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HP announced today that it’s launching a refreshed batch of the 14-inch Pavilion dv4 and Envy 14 notebooks as well as a redesigned Mini 210 netbook. In addition to them, HP has also lifted the cover of two new EliteBook models for business users – the 2560p, 2760p and 5330m.

Let’s cut to the chase starting off with the Envy 14. This sleek looking 14.5-inch notebook is unsurprisingly getting some juicy Sandy Bridge processor options, high-speed USB 3.0 interface and HP’s imagepad which uses image sensor technology for advanced gestures. Read more »

Beach Volley is the new update for Angry Birds Rio and teases us with gameplay footage [VIDEO]

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Ah, Rovio, you devil you! How much longer are you going to make us wait for the update to Angry Birds Rio? Next week is just around the corner and you are not helping our patience much by teasing us with this fresh gameplay video you’ve just released.

Ah, nevermind, I guess it’s worth the wait. The new video is pretty exciting and shows that Rovio is keeping its word about how fun the new update is. In the gameplay video, our trusty angry birds are on the Rio de Janeiro beach and are giving the evil green pigs a break. Instead, they have their eyes on the nimble little marmosets. Read more »

LG Optimus Black poses for a UI demo, boasts some fancy gestures, too [VIDEO]

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Ah, the LG Optimus Black. It’s a sexy looking device with a sleek slim body and features the brand new NOVA display, which we recently reviewed.

While our review is in the works, we’ve prepared a couple of videos just to whet your appetite a little. Here’s the UI demonstration first. Read more »

First live shots and videos of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro

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Sony Ericsson announced yesterday its fresh newborns to the Xperia family – the Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro. In spite of being mini and cutesy, the two new phones are not exactly joking around and are here to be taken seriously, both sharing powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and HD video recording.

But not everything is about what’s under the hood. Looks count too and the first live shots of the brand new Xperia’s are here for you to see. Read more »

New 3D transistors push Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge processors forwards, helps with performance, cost and power consumption

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Processor manufacturers are in this never ending race to produce faster and less power consuming chips for various devices and platforms. Whether it’s RAM or CPUs, we all like things to go quicker and be easier on our pockets.

And don’t worry, this trend will continue going for now. Intel has introduced a new 3D transistor design which will be implemented in the upcoming family of Ivy Bridge processors. As a result of this new 3D design named “Tri-Gate”, Intel will be able to produce smaller and faster chips which are going to be widely implemented from servers and desktop computers to laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Read more »

Adobe rolls out Creative Suite CS5.5, introduces monthly subscriptions [VIDEOS]

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Adobe has decided to step up its release cycle and now in addition to releasing a new version of the Creative Suite every 2 years, they will also be bringing a “milestone” version every 12 months. Enter CS5.5!

CS5.5 is an update to the CS5 suite bringing improved versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash Builder Premium, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Read more »

Apple refreshes the iMac line-up with Intel Sandy Bridge chips and new mobile GPUs

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Apple has just updated their Apple Store with the refreshed line-up of iMacs to feature the new Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processors. The update comes 10 months after the first-gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 family of processors were introduced to Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer.

On the outside its business as usual. The 2011 iMac comes in 21.5-inch and 27-inch flavors with the same IPS-LCD screens as its predessor. But there’s more than meets the eye here. With the Intel Sandy Bridge processors come new AMD graphics cards, ThunderBolt I/O port and a Facetime camera. Read more »

Angry Birds Rio update scheduled for next week, will pack more surprises than ever

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Angry Birds developer Rovio has announced that their highly popular Angry Birds Rio game will get an update in the coming week.

The status update on Rovio’s Facebook page promises many new “juicy secrets” to uncover coupled with new features including “marmoset mauling action”. So will the monkey-bashing continue or we’ll see another animal for our little angry birds to attack? Read more »

Watch Steve Jobs excersises his reality distortion field magic on the topic of location privacy [VIDEO]

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The scandal with Apple’s iPhone 4 logging every single location you’ve been since June last year has brought up major privacy concern not only amongst Apple users, but in every smartphone owner.

All Things Digital has put up this video of Apple’s Steve Jobs and Android’s Andy Rubin share their perspectives on privacy as they saw them at last year’s D Conference or D8 as it it was called. It’s interesting to watch and compare what Jobs is saying to how things turned out to really be. Read more »

CyanogenMod v7.0.2 fixes a lot of bugs, is available for download now

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A couple of weeks ago CyanogenMod 7 was released and we all were very excited to get that little feeling of being updated to the latest version of Android. You know, that little fuzzy feeling of anticipation in your belly.

Since then, the CyanogenMod team has been hard at work to address many bugs that have been haunting some of the devices. Originally the update was supposed to be version 7.0.1, but last minute bug fixing and release polishing has made it go to 7.0.2. Read more »

These Nokia E6-00 camera samples are keen to convince you fixed-focus cameras are not slacking

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Who said fixed-focus cameras aren’t fit for proper shooting? Nokia wants to prove that you won’t be losing anything in terms of picture quality if you go for the Nokia E6-00 and its 8MP fixed-focus snapper.

That’s why they have selected a bunch of photos taken from an internal competition at Nokia during the device’s testing. Read more »

Compufon wants to be your all-in-one smartphone, tablet and netbook solution

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After ASUS unveiled the Eee Transformer Pad and Motorola introduced the ATRIX 4G, now the widely infamous Kosmaz Technology want to take their shot at mobile convergence with the Compufon concept. While this isn’t really a great name to be honest, the Compufon aims to target the smartphone, tablet and netbook markets all at the same time.

Admittedly, the shots of the thing look impressive. Kosmaz has done a far better job at discretely integrating the smartphone into the netbook/tablet dock than Motorola did with the ATRIX 4G. The specifications, while nothing we haven’t heard of, are still impressive. Read more »

Easter update for Angry Birds Seasons is out, let the easter egg hunt begin [VIDEO]

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Easter is just around the corner and this can only mean one thing — Angry Birds Seasons is getting its Easter fix.

The update brings 15 new levels in the spirit of Easter. In addition to the funny looking rabbit hat-wearing green pigs, Rovio has included some Easter eggs for you to find and collect. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy S II goes swimming with the fishes in a cute new ad [VIDEO]

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Samsung has just released a rather funny video ad of their flagship superphone, the Galaxy S II. The phone is set to launch in May for the UK and early June for the rest of the major markets, so we should see more and more videos like this from Samsung in the future.

Obviously, the advert is focused on the vivid 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. But what’s more interesting is did the phone survive the encounter with the water? Read more »