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Trick your Nokia N9 into landscape mode with a simple modification [VIDEO]

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In case you were a Nokia N900 owner who upgraded to N9, we have some good news for you. A simple software tweak will enable your Nokia N9‘s homescreens to go into landscape mode, thus bringing you some good ol’ Maemo memories.

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Prize winning app developers get their creations blasted into orbit to kick off 2012

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SSTL, might not have the same notability as the Kennedy Space Center or as catchy an acronym as NASA, but Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in partnership with the Surrey Space Centre in the UK plan to kick 2012 off with a bang.

SSTL's Nexus image

The two organizations have given winning app developers of their recent competition the chance to genuinely launch their applications into orbit. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM brings more Ice Cream Sandwiches to our office, we party on video [VIDEO]

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It’s finally here, folks – the droid you have all been looking for has finally arrived at our doorstep. We’ve obviously been very good this year as Santa sent us the most amazing Christmas gift in the face of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (in fact he sent us two of those).

We’ve already rolled up our sleeves and started inspecting the Android Ice Cream Sandwich flagship and we hope to be back with the answers of all your questions sometimes next week. Read more »

HTC Vivid made a run on our battery test track, see how it did [TEST]

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As an LTE packing, dual-core smartphone, we did not have any high expectations regarding the battery performance of the HTC Vivid. The device is powered by a relatively modest 1620mAh battery, which has a lot to deal with.

As always, we will begin our Read more »

The first S40 phone with touchscreen + QWERTY, the Nokia Asha 303, drops by for a round of Angry Birds [VIDEO]

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The top of the Asha line, the Nokia Asha 303, walked into our office to tell us about its 1GHz processor. We asked it about multitasking, but it quickly changed the subject by yelling “I have Angry Birds!”.

The 303 has several things that elevate it above the majority of other feature phones – from the fast processor, through a capacitive touchscreen and QWERTY to Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G with HSDPA. Read more »

LG Optimus LTE SU6200 comes to spread its AH-IPS magic around our office, we unbox it on video [VIDEO]

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Yet another high-end phone appeared at our doorstep today. The LG Optimus LTE SU6200 is the pioneer of the company’s brand new AH-IPS display, which aims to challenge the best on the market.

As usual on such occasions we thought you might be interested in seeing a quick hands-on video garnished with our first impressions of the smartphone. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich without breaking a sweat [VIDEO]

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The Samsung Galaxy S got decent support from its manufacturer. The smartphone launched with Android 2.1 Eclair, but got a Froyo update shortly after and eventually got a pass to the land of Gingerbread.

Sadly, with the latest release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sammy is pulling the plug on the Galaxy S and the company won’t be releasing an update for the year-and-a-half old smartphone. But fret not, the independent Android devs community came to the rescue and released a stable, fully functioning, fast running Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Galaxy S in surprisingly little time. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon brought its ICS magic to our office [VIDEO]

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The U.S. version of the hottest Android smartphone of the year made it in front of our camera, folks. The Verizon Wireless exclusive (at least for the time being) Samsung Galaxy Nexus is practically identical to its GSM sibling, save for the CDMA/LTE radio on board.

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Touchless smartphones and TVs coming in 2012, XTR3D says

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Touchscreen is cool, but touchless is even cooler. And if a small company XTR3D has its way, we might be getting more of the touchless experience from our TVs and smartphones really soon. XTR3D has developed a Kinect-like system that recognizes your gestures and uses them to control various devices.

There’s no need for remote controls or touching the actual device, you just wave your hand and, for example, the next channel comes up or the volume increases. The XTR3D technology also allows hands-free operation of your smartphone, which sounds really convenient for use while driving. Read more »

Samsung Ace gets an Alpha Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich port, Alpha being the keyword here

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Now that Google has officially released the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich we are going to see it on a lot more devices. A couple of days ago we saw it running on the original Xoom and now the developers on xda-developers have managed to get it working on the Samsung Ace too.

I use the term ‘working’ loosely here because the ROM is far from being stable or even usable. Which explains why even before you start reading about it you can see the words “Only for developers!” and “IT CAN KILL YOUR PHONE!” being written on top of the post. Read more »

Google employees receive a special edition Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Christmas

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You know what’s a byword for Christmas? Presents. And Google likes to give them to its employees come Christmas and this years’ is no exception.

As a “Thank you for your hard work throughout the year”, every Google employee in the company’s offices in London and Zurich has received a special Christmas gift in the form of an exclusive Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Read more »

Even Santa uses Siri, funny iPhone ad says [VIDEO]

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What are you supposed to do if you are a nice old man with not much to do for 364 days of the year and have 3.7 billion appointments on the 365th? You get an iPhone 4S and use Siri to organize the whole thing, of course.

Or at least that’s what Apple want to make you believe with the latest video ad of its smartphone. And no matter if you like the iPhone 4S or not, you have to admit that the clip is pretty darn good. Read more »

Hackers could now bring Siri to the iPhone 4 without incurring Apple’s legal wrath

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Hackers and modders have already figured out ways around Apple’s encrypted servers to bring the iPhone 4S‘s previously exclusive voice assistant Siri to Apple’s older i-devices.

Siri on iP4 take 2

Now however it looks like Apple might have undergone a change of heart, or at least allowed a lapse in security. There are still no official plans from Apple to bring Siri to the iPhone 4, but there are clues in iOS 5.0.1 that could give 4 users some Siri goodness via other means. Read more »

HTC Vivid paid us a visit, here’s the hands-on [VIDEO]

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The third member of AT&T’s rather impressive LTE lineup made it to our office. The HTC Vivid surely has presence – even when dressed in a stealthy black color scheme. With a massive 4.5″ screen and a solid metal back, the smartphone cannot help but be noticed.

Now on with a look at the spec sheet. The HTC Vivid packs Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V drops by, we take it in front of a camera [VIDEO]

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By popular request, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V is our newest guest at the office. It’s the same phone (even the colour) we met a few months back, but the V (as in the Roman number 5, not the alphabet letter) version comes with a downgraded camera (5MP) and the company’s latest version of Android.

Let’s start with a some live pictures: Read more »