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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey first trailer now available

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In case you’ve somehow missed the news, Peter Jackson is filming the prequel to The Lord of the Rings – The Hobbit. The book that this one is based on might be quite small – smaller than just The Fellowship of the Ring, but the movie obviously has a lot of action to offer.

That’s probably the reason why Peter Jackson decided to split the book into two movies, shot back to back as it was with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit the cinemas worldwide in December 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled for December 2013 release. Read more »

Scribbles for Gmail mobile adds an artistic touch to your email experience

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Gmail mobile just added a solid dash of fun to the user experience, folks. The freshly announced Scribbles feature enables you to quickly put together simple drawings via a lightweight interface, which is embedded right into the email composer – a sharp and fun way to express yourself in a different way than the conventional smileys.

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Nokia Lumia 800 gets frozen in a block of ice, lives to tell the story [VIDEO]

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The extra mile Nokia is going to promote their fresh out of the factory Lumia phones is simply amazing. Their latest attempt to promote their Windows Phone 7 running Lumia smartphones includes some bizarre ingredients.

A Nokia Lumia 800? Check. A massive, solid, heavy block of ice? Check. A twist? Check. Let the fun begin. Read more »

Samsung returns with another Galaxy S II ad, boasts about music streaming features

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After mocking iPhone fans in general and then returning to tout the 4G LTE feature of its Galaxy S II smartphone, Samsung is back again with the third installment of what is now clearly a series of ads.

In the latest ad Samsung talks about the iPhone users sticking to iPhones for the fear of ‘giving up’ all their music and movies whereas Galaxy S II owners have nothing to worry about because all of their music comes from the cloud and that they have tons of other places to download their movies from. Read more »

Serious Sam 3 pirated copies come with a nasty surprise, an invincible enemy doesn’t let you finish the game [VIDEO]

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As far as anti-piracy measures go, this is probably the coolest trick we have ever seen. A version of Serious Sam 3 available for download in many torrent sites features an invincible mutant scorpion, which prevents unsanctioned users from completing the game.

The developers from Croteam deny any comment on the story, but rumor has it that the “special” edition of the game has been leaked on purpose. Read more »

Xbox 360 getting a Metro UI-styled dashboard tomorrow

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The Xbox 360 fall update is coming tomorrow and it will bring tons of new stuff. But the first and most important change is the complete interface overhaul. Microsoft has put the Metro UI in charge.

It’s hardly a surprise to see the Metro UI here though – after all, it is Microsoft’s “all-in” both in the desktop and mobile versions of Windows. And I think the dashboard has never been so awesome. Read more »

Androidland launches in Melbourne courtesy Google and Telstra, lets you get your droid on

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Google and Australian telecommunications company Telstra have joined forces to launch the world’s first store dedicated to Android. Called the Androidland, it’s not just a place to buy Android devices but also where you can experience all the different features in the OS and just enjoy yourself.

There is a lot to do in this Android-themed store, decked in the traditional Android green color. You can play Angry Birds on a giant touchscreen display, Androidify yourself or check out the world on a massive display using Google Earth. They have even gone as far as to have a gingerbread scent in the store and a grass scent where there is grass. And then of course, you have handsets from all the major manufacturers, which you can try out for yourself. Read more »

Samsung strikes again at the heart of Apple fans mocking the lacking 4G LTE capability of the iPhone [VIDEO]

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After the releasing its controversial video on the web mocking Apple’s iPhone 4S and its fans waiting for its launch alike, Samsung has now stick its finger deeper in the wound and has decided to continue pouring salt in it by launching yet another clip.

This time the Korean manufacturer targets more at the missing 4G LTE feature of the iPhone 4S rather than its size or brand-obsessed fans. This doesn’t mean Apple fans are going to like it though. Read more »

Nokia’s Lumia Live event coverage featuring DJ Deadmau5 is out [VIDEO]

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We made ourselves comfortable yesterday on the balcony of a hotel overlooking the crowds, the Thames and Millbank Tower in London to watch Nokia’s Lumia Live event, featuring famed DJ Deadmau5.

DJ Deadmau5 wearing some Swiss cheese headgear

Nokia certainly did promote the Lumia 800 in style last night and it’s purely a case now of seeing whether its sales figures reflect the hype. Deadmau5 played an excellent set and despite his rise to international DJ fame, he remains very humble when he’s away from the DJ booth. Read more »

Reporting from Nokia’s Lumia Live event on the bank of the Thames in London [LIVESTREAM]

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We’ve just witnessed the first taste of DJ Deadmau5 kicking off what should be an absolute spectacle as a visual extravaganza is set to take place on the south side of Millbank Tower, London for Nokia’s Lumia Live event.

The Lumia 800 in the fore and Millbank Tower behind

As you’ll see from the photos, the crowds are already five rows thick lining the edge of the river and mysterious projections have already started to appear on the side of the adjacent tower. Read more »

Identity Crisis: Confused Nokia N9 can’t choose which OS to use, comes with 7 to cover all the bases [VIDEO]

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Proud owners of a new Nokia N9 are probably more than happy with its unique, quirky and individual OS MeeGo, but for some, that just isn’t enough.

Screen from the video demo of this confused device

This unusual looking lime green N9 has been demoed on video showcasing its ability to switch between not just one, but seven different mobile operating systems. Of course it’s not some special edition or in house unit leaked from the Finns but in fact a peculiar shanzhai/’Nok-off’ straight from the back streets of China. Read more »

Wonder how Siri would sound like in a French accent? Robin Williams shows us how.

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The fact that Robin Williams is an incredibly talented person is beyond reproach. There is no one that he cannot impersonate with his voice.

But what if it is something like Siri, an AI voice that lives inside your phone? Can he impersonate her? That too in a French accent? Sure he can! Read more »

Sony Ericsson’s battle of the thumbs sees celebs control real football teams with the Xperia PLAY [VIDEO]

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Realism in gaming has been a goal of many a game developer for a long time. Advancements in graphics, surround sound and force feedback have all been steps towards better drawing a player into the gaming experience, but as of late we’ve seen some bold new attempts, trying to take this concept to the the next level.

Tom and Darren, marvelling at the power their PLAY's have

Some of you might have caught UK TV series The Gadget Show’s Battlefield 3 simulator, which married a host of different technologies together to try and place the player in the game environment, making it one of the most impressive FPS (first-person shooter) experiences ever. Read more »

New Samsung Galaxy S II ad mocks Apple users and promotes the 4G-enabled smartphone

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Samsung’s latest ad for their Galaxy S II strikes hard at Apple fans as if the South Korean manufacturers wants to get even for the latest patent infringement cases Apple won in Germany. The scenario in the video is played out in front of an apparent Apple store that will open in 9 hours and, most likely, start selling a new iPhone.

Apparently, according to Samsung Apple’s die-hard fans consist of hipster, “creative” folk and they line up in wait of the new iDevice – which, as you can imagine, is prime material for abuse in a comic form. Read more »

Google Music ‘About’ page is badass, works only in Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 [UPDATE: Works on other browsers too]

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If you thought Google does not make enough cool looking stuff, you are in for a surprise. I recently stumbled upon The ‘About’ page for Google Music and not only do I think it is the best page Google ever made it is probably one of the coolest web pages out there on the Internet.

When you open the page, you will need to give it some time to load, which could take a while depending upon your Internet connection speed. After that you will see tabs at the bottom for the various features of Google Music. Hovering over them makes a sound that goes down in octave from left to right. But the real fun starts when you click on one of them. Read more »