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Why is Apple giving Facebook the cold shoulder in iOS 5?

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Does Apple have a genuine beef with social networking giant Facebook or is it just irreconcilable differences? The lack of a proper Facebook integration in iOS is prompting a lot of questions – especially now that we see Twitter embedded in and out. Apple execs also seem to go out of their way to keep Facebook out of the conversation.

Rumor has it, Apple and Facebook supposedly had some talks about involving Facebook into Apple’s own music social network attempt – Ping. Sadly we’ve seen no progress so far. Steve Jobs had a comment for those fruitless talks, saying that Facebook had “onerous terms”, to which Apple couldn’t agree on. Read more »

Watch Apple’s iOS 5 promo video – the main features in focus, the Apple way

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Well in typical Cupertino fashion the new promo video is out for the premiere features in the latest iOS version – 5. The seats at the WWDC keynote hall are still warm and we’re hurrying to bring you the latest news.

The video follows suite in typical Apple style with the white background and nice tune to go behind the voices of featured Greg Joswiak (VP of iPod, iPhone and iOS Product Marketing) and Scott Forstall (Senior VP of iOS Software). They’re the ones talking us through the various key features of the new iOS release. Read more »

Adidas will release its miCoach app to PS Move and Kinect, teams up with THQ for it

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Adidas has teamed up with games developer THQ to create a miCoach app for motion-gaming platforms PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 for a true virtual workout with some of best professional sports stars in the world.

The app will display the star you’ve chosen (NBA superstar Dwight Howard, footballer Kaka and others) alongside you, working out and pointing the way for your own workout. This will be done virtually with your movement tracked thanks to the Kinect and PS Move controllers, and displayed on the screen. Read more »

New Angry Birds episode coming soon to AppStores all around [VIDEO]

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Angry Birds fans rejoice as the original title will get a whole new and exciting episode very soon. Details are scarce and there’s no info on how many levels Rovio will release, but the game’s track record would suggest at least 30.

The new episode sees the pesky pigs go underground with the stolen birds’ eggs, where our angry heroes will take flight to destroy buildings and bring down stalactites on the green devils heads. It all sounds cool and definitely fresh, just like Rovio has always done it with its popular title. Read more »

HTC Flyer and ChaCha receive first OTA firmware updates in the UK

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The HTC Flyer tablet and ChaCha Facebook-loving phone have started receiving their first updates in the UK. That was quite quick, considering both have been on sale there for under a month.

Both updates are available Over-The-Air and offer some under the hood improvements to both. Read more »

Sony’s S2 Android Honeycomb tablet shows its dual-screen to FCC, comes with AT&T flavor

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As the last major Android phone manufacturer to jump on the tablet wagon, Sony has some pretty high expectations to meet. Roughly a month ago, when the electronics giant unveiled its first duo of Android Honeycomb tablets, all its fans rejoiced. The Sony S1 and S2 appear to have all it takes to play a major role on the tablet market later this year. And now that the S2 has visited the FCC, we might even have a launch date nearing.

Sony S2 has an interesting dual screen design. Read more »

Samsung to launch a metallic Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those seeking more style, goes on sale 17 June

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First it was the ordinary version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the white back cover. Then at Google’s I/O 2011 conference, Samsung gave away almost 5000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 Special Edition to the attendees, which had a specially illustrated back cover with Android robots.

In both cases too white for your taste? Lacking the business feel and class you seek? Samsung will be offering a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a stylish metallic back cover suitable for, well, anyone not liking the white one. Read more »

Toshiba’s newly announced 10.1 Android tab is hitting the US, but is it going to ‘Thrive’? [UPDATED]

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We caught wind of a pretty beefy looking tablet coming up over the horizon from Toshiba at CES 2011 and it reared its head again a couple of weeks back. Twitter even gave us a name courtesy of some chatty actors starring in what was expected to be its TV ad debut, the ‘Thrive’ and now said mysterious tab is officially here, almost.

Toshiba Thrive USB and HDMI ports

The Thrive is now the confirmed name for Toshiba’s big tablet and pre-sales kick off as soon as next week! Read more »

Verizon announces an LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, pre-orders begin next week

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What a coincidence! In the same day when Samsung announced the US availability of their hottest new tablet – the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Verizon Wireless told the world that it will offer an LTE incarnation of it.

The operator is still mum on the exact release date of the dual-core, Android Honeycomb device. Read more »

Microsoft demos Windows 8 on video – Start menu gives way to tile-based Start screen [VIDEO]

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Microsoft showed off its progress with Windows 8 at the D9 Conference as promised. A 4 minute video demonstrates how they’ve broken away from the interface that has been slowly evolving since Windows 1.0 and they’ve gone for something that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7.

The major change here is the Start screen – that’s right, gone is the iconic Start menu, replaced with a tile-based screen, much like the WP7 one. Instead of shortcuts, apps get a tile, which they can use to display various relevant info. Read more »

Atom turns 3 and passes the 100 million mark, doesn’t intend to stop there

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Intel’s Atom line of mobile processors, usually found in netbooks, celebrates their third birthday, which accidentally coincides with the company shipping over 100 million Atoms overall.

It’s quite an achievement indeed but the company doesn’t really intend to stop with the Atom roaring about in every other netbook on the market. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 pays us a visit, we roll up our sleeves [VIDEO]

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It appears to be make or break time for Android tablets as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 nears market release. With the XOOM failing to convince and the availability of the Transformer too limited to make any kind of impact this should be the one to show if the Google Team will make it in the Apple league this year.

After all if a device this slim and functional and with such powerful hardware can’t leave a customer satisfied then there could only be one conclusion – the OS is not ready yet. Read more »

Intel reveals CPU plans, promises rosy future for netbooks, Atom-based Honeycomb tablets and Ultrabooks

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With Computex going at full speed, it is only logical that Intel will make a few announcements, hinting of what it has in store for us. The world’s largest CPU manufacturer demoed Honeycomb tablets that run on its silicone, revealed the chips that will power the next-gen netbooks and promised a whole new class of devices, intriguingly called Ultrabooks.

Those Ultrabooks will be mainstream thin and light mobile computers that ambitiously target a market share of 40% by the end of 2012. Intel says Ultrabooks will achieve a thickness of under 0.8” and prices below $1000 thanks to their new 22nm Ivy Bridge chipsets. Read more »

Even though China-made TransPhone was there first, it still seems like a Padphone knock-off

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It seems that CMIT has beaten Asus to the phone in a tablet dock punch because on 28 May, two days before the Asus Padphone went official (and only five days after the initial teaser).

There’s not much info on the so-called TransPhone but it supposedly runs Android on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU. Read more »

The next generation of Snapdragon processors will be sampled next month

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Some really exciting events are taking place in the world of mobile CPUs in the past day or so. Just as NVIDIA showcased a demo of their latest work in progress – the quad core mobile beast named project Kal El, Qualcomm “leaked” a slide which shows their upcoming Snapdragon processors, along with a hint for a possible sample of them next month.

The new Snapdragons will use a brand new Krait CPU architecture which Read more »