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Mozilla Boot To Gecko to debut in Brazil says company CEO

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Mozilla’s CEO Gary Kovacs announced in Sao Paulo yesterday that Brazil is going to be the first country to see the launch of the company’s HTML5-driven Boot To Gecko smartphones.

This was somewhat expected since Mozilla announced its partnership with carrier Telefonica, which has strong presence in Brazil. Kovacs also announced he expects devices to start hitting the shelves there by the end of this year or in early 2013 at the latest. Read more »

Nokia PureView 808 shoots its own promo video

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Most smartphone manufacturers use insanely expensive equipment to shoot the promos of their devices. Nokia, however, didn’t need any of this as it has the PureView 808.

The Finns have recorded the latest promo video of their upcoming flagship cameraphone on the device itself, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that if we didn’t tell you. Read more »

HTC One X drop test surfaces

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The HTC One X was released in Europe a few weeks back, and its been making the internet rounds ever since, undergoing almost every test under the sun and scoring some impressive results along the way.

If you’re thinking about picking up one of these bad boys, then you may be curious to see how it performs in a drop test. Or, maybe you just like seeing expensive, brand-new smartphones dropped from various heights. Read more »

HTC survey says customers prefer thin phones over better battery life

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In a survey conducted last year, HTC asked its customers whether they prefer phones with great battery life or those that compromise battery life to be thin and it seems the majority of the people voted for the second option.

HTC was to use the results of this poll to decide the design of their future products and considering the outcome, decided to discard phones with massive 3,000mAh+ batteries in favor of those that are thinner. Hence, the One series phones. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 does a short interview in front of our camera

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 doubles on a lot of the specs of its predecessor. For instance, the CPU has an extra core, there is a second camera on board, more than twice the number of pixels on a bigger screen, along with extra RAM, built-in storage and so on.

The Ace 2 dropped by our office and while it can’t stay long, we’ll have enough time for a preview (it’s a pre-production unit anyway). But first things first, it’s time for a quick hands-on video. Read more »

HTC continues publishing device source codes

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The latest additions to the long list of HTC devices, whose source code has been made public, just got even longer. The 18 new additions cover various versions of 6 devices, among which previous flagships such as the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE.

The list continues with smartphones of the likes of the US-only HTC Vivid and myTouch 4G Slide plus the elderly Desire HD and the still hot-off-the-press HTC One V. Read more »

Samsung announces the mirrorless NX20, NX210 and NX1000, Wi-Fi-enabled digicams

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If you’ve missed it, the Samsung NX series comprises of cameras that use a big-size sensor and mirror-less technology.The new cameras include the NX20, which replaces the NX10, then the NX210, which replaces last year’s NX200, and an entirely new entry level model, the NX1000. All the three new digicams have 20.3MP APS-C sized CMOS sensors, an ISO range up to 12,800, 1080/30p video recording and yes, Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Wi-Fi connectivity allows the cameras some nifty “Smart Camera” capabilities, such as automatically backing-up images when you’re around your home Wi-Fi network, but also control of the camera via a ‘remote viewfinder’ app on your smartphone. And finally, direct uploading to online social and cloud-drive services. You can have your photos emailed or posted on Facebook directly from the camera, for instance… Impressive stuff, especially having in mind that the NX series produces some serious quality pics thanks to the big image sensor and nice optics. Read more »

HTC Titan II brought 16MP of camera goodness to our office, here’s a hands-on

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As its name clearly suggests, the HTC Titan II is the rather quick sequel of the original Titan, whose sales began back in October. The AT&T exclusive newcomer has added LTE network connectivity, and a massive 16MP camera sensor to the spec sheet of its predecessor, with the rest of it left unchanged.

Like we already mentioned above, the rest of the HTC Titan II specifications are identical with the ones, found in its predecessor. Read more »

Apple’s latest Samuel Jackson ad spawns some truly hilarious parody clips

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If you follow us regularly, you should have caught Apple’s latest iPhone 4S ads featuring celebrities Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson.

You can imagine our amusement at the response of the creative user community. Here’s a mix of Siri playing dumb and Samuel Jackson’s thug performance in Pulp Fiction. Read more »

HTC One X first OTA update is now live

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The first official HTC One X update is now rolling out for the SIM-free unlocked units in Europe.

The upgrade is a 30MB download and won’t bring your device OS version up to Android 4.0.4. Instead, it addresses a few issues with the battery, the automatic brightness levels and the on-screen menu key in some apps. Read more »

PlayBook OS update improves web browser, Android app support

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There’s no longer that much anticipation going on around the BlackBerry Playbook now that the OS2.0 is out and things have been quiet overall. RIM however has now released an update to the tablet that brings the PlayBook OS up to version The update is said to bring about improvements in the web browser, Android app support and optimizations to some of the BlackBerry OS core apps.

Below you will find the detailed list of the updates: Read more »

Latest iPhone 4S ads feature Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson

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Apple doesn’t usually hire celebrities to endorse their products. In fact, the last time I remember they hired somewhat popular actors was in their Get a Mac series of ads with Justin Long and John Hodgman back in 2009. So it’s curious to see popular actress Zooey Deschanel and all-round badass Samuel L. Jackson in the latest iPhone 4S commercials airing in the US.

Both the ads revolve around Siri, with the actors finding out things and getting things done using only their voice. It’s the usual stuff, like finding out a restaurant nearby, settings or cancelling reminders, and playing music. Stuff that we have seen before in older 4S ads, except this time it’s a bit special because of the actors. Read more »

Nokia’s Asha series by the numbers: an infographic

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Nokia’s Series 40 phones have a long history and have literaly sold billions – 1.5 billion as of earlier this year (to give you a frame of reference, the world’s population is currently at just over 7 billion people). Nokia Conversations have prepared an infographic with some interesting data on the Asha series of S40 phones.

Jump over the break to see the whole infographic. Read more »

Making of the new Panasonic Eluga commercial

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The recently released Panasonic Eluga sports a very slick 7.8mm profile, features a 4.3 inch OLED display running at 540 x 960 pixels, and is waterproof to boot.

It seems that this last part is what the makers of its new tv spot wanted to focus on, and they’ve released a making-of video to show how they pulled it off. Read more »

Android dominates iOS in China

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A recent report by a Beijing analytics company rated Android device penetration in China to a whopping 68.4% by the end of 2011.

By comparison, iOS was only able to snag mere 5.7% of that same pie. Read more »