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Google launches Play Books in Italy, Italian classic books galore

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Italy is now among the lucky countries to be able to purchase books from the Google Play Books store.

To celebrate the launch, Google is making available a lot of Italian classic books such as Maschere nude: L’uomo, la bestia e la virtù and Cavalleria rusticana. Read more »

Motorola announces the MOTOGO! in Brazil, aims for the QWERTY lovers

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Motorola has announced the launch of the QWERTY candybar MOTOGO! for the Brazilian market. The company advertises the little fella as suitable for “grownups” but it’ll likely appeal to the youngsters who seek a cheap tool for those long chat sessions.

The MOTOGO! may not be as desirable as its like-minded HTC ChaCha as it lacks a dedicated Facebook button, but instead Motorola has given it a dedicated Google Search one, just like the smartphones from the old days. Read more »

Touche technology from Disney could revolutionize touch gestures

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A new touch sensing technology by Disney Research in Pittsburgh could drastically alter the way we interact with our environment, our tools, and our technology.

Touche can be used in a wide variety of applications, from expanded touchscreen interfaces on smartphones, to everyday objects such as doorknobs, and even liquids. Read more »

The Adobe CS6 is now available online

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As of today, the long-awaited Adobe CS6 suite is available for purchase online. The beta versions of some of the products have been around for some time but it’s time for the real thing with all the promised magic tricks. The Adobe Creative Suite 6 is one of the most major releases in recent times.

Photoshop CS6, for instance, brings about 60% more feature changes than CS5. Visually, there are over 1,900 icons that have been replaced, and the engineers have also tweaked alignment, cursors, buttons, layout and even grammar throughout the application. And there’s a lot more. Read more »

Watch the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S III event in a short video

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Most of you reading this may have already watched the Galaxy S III launch event when it was being streamed live on May 3. Samsung even released the video for those who may have missed it earlier.

But in case you still haven’t watched it or just don’t have time to sit through an hour long streaming video, Samsung has now released a shorter version that features the highlights from the event. Read more »

Check out the Google Sooner, one of the early Android prototypes

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We have seen pictures of a BlackBerry-style phone running Android OS even before the OS was officially announced. Eventually, we got a lot more pictures of how Android looked back in the day. Now, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to get his hands on an early prototype of the device, called the Google Sooner.

The phone was manufactured by HTC and is actually called the HTC EXCA 300. Read more »

HTC One S for T-Mobile hands-on

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The Big Magenta exclusive HTC One S is currently the top dog in the wireless carrier’s smartphone lineup. We did get a chance to spend some quality time with the device, so here go some impressions for you.

Hardware wise, there is practically no difference between the T-Mobile flavored HTC One S and its global version, save for the former’s support for T-Mobile’s superb 42Mbps HSDPA network. Read more »

Motorola Cliq 2 finally gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread update

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Motorola has finally released Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its year and a half old Cliq 2 smartphone.

All T-Mobile users who are still holding on to their QWERTY-packing Cliq 2 handsets can now enjoy the goodies brought by the belated Gingerbread. Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy S III announcement event video

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We covered the Samsung Galaxy S III announcement event quite extensively, but if you feel like watching the whole thing all over again, you should know that the video has now be made available for your viewing pleasure.

Going on for some good 1 hour and 18 minutes, the first Samsung Unpacked event for 2012 will tell you everything you need to know about the newly introduced flagship smartphone. So, go get some popcorn and enjoy the presentation. Read more »

Meizu MX quad-core posts amazing benchmark result, beats the Samsung Galaxy S III

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After yesterday’s official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the impressive benchmark results it achieved, you might’ve assumed it is the most powerful Android phone around. However, a new contestant for the title just emerged in the face of Meizu MX quad-core.

Sporting exactly the same Exynos 4 Quad chipset as the new Samsung flagship, the latest Meizu MX scored 12,140 at AnTuTu, beating the Galaxy S III with its 11,878 and thrashing the Tegra 3 version of the HTC One X, which managed to score just 9,989. Read more »

See the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III in 3D

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If you don’t feel like waiting a few more weeks for us to get the Galaxy S III in our office and do one of our live 360-degree spins, this is the right place for you.

The guys over at 3D-desk make 360-degree views of most popular phones and they were particularly quick with the Galaxy S III. The beast was announced just yesterday, but its 3D model is already available on their website for your perusal. Of course, we got it here as well, embedded for easy access. Read more »

HTC EVO 3D official ICS ROM leaks, you can try it right now

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A while ago HTC announced the EVO 3D was going to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Taiwanese company is yet to provide the details on when exactly the the update will come.

The date might be close though, as an official EVO 3D ICS ROM just leaked. If you have the CDMA version of the device and you are feeling adventurous, you can go ahead and install it right now. Read more »

Here is a quick look at some of the Samsung Galaxy S III accessories

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In a manner befitting for a flagship, the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S III will storm the market with a serious entourage of original accessories. They range from a flipcase, all the way to a wireless streaming dongle. Here’s a quick look at some of them.

We will begin with the S-Pebble MP3 Player. Read more »

Samsung to place Pin pop-up stores around the world for experiencing the Galaxy S III

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Samsung had a special announcement to make at the very end of the Galaxy S III launch event yesterday. The company announced a special variety of pop-up stores called Pin stores exclusively for the Galaxy S III.

The Pin stores have a very Apple Store like glass walls and being pop-up stores are not as big as regular stores since they are designed to be moved around. Customers will be able to purchase the Galaxy S III here with or without a contract but the main focus will be on letting the customers experience the device, unlike most other stores where you walk in and just purchase the phone. Read more »

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III hands-on and S Beam demo videos are here

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After we were done shooting the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III from every possible angle, testing its chipset’s computing prowess and examining its HD screen, we finally found time to capture a couple of videos of the newly announced smartphone.

After all, synthetic benchmarks do not necessarily reflect real life performance, so we thought you might want to see how smooth the Galaxy S III actually is. We took a brief tour around its user interface and we tested its NFC-based S Beam feature. Read more »