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US database for stolen phones is now live, to join the international blacklist soon

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The Wireless Association (CTIA) has announced the US database for stolen phones is now up and running. In case a phone gets in there it won’t be allowed to connect to any of the US networks.

The participating carriers in the database are AT&T, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. They already deployed their IMEI databases of stolen phones and the merge should be completed within a year. Read more »

Signature looks: the HTC Windows Phone 8X pays us a visit

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The HTC Windows Phone 8X has hit our office and we are rushing to bring you a short hands-on of the smarphone, complete with some live photos and a hands-on video.

It’s HTC’s flagship Windows Phone device and comes with the latest version of the Microsoft mobile platform, WP8, a Beats Audio amplifier inside, two wide-angle cameras on board, a gorgeous screen and a dual-core Krait processor. Read more »

The Lumia 820 is Nokia’s greatest tree-hugger to date, and the Finns are very proud of it

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Nokia is very proud of its environmentally friendly approach to phone making and the new Nokia Lumia 820 is among its best efforts in this regard. The phone is made from recycled materials and bio-plastics (made from inedible plants) and doesn’t use a number of materials that cause environmental issues.

The phone itself can be fully recycled, just like its packaging, which is made from 60% recycled materials to begin with. Check out a video that explains Nokia’s recycling efforts after the break. Read more »

Nokia starts ‘Time to Switch’ ad campaign, has people telling you why they love their Lumia

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Nokia’s future is riding on the success of its Windows Phone handsets and the Finnish company is sparing no effort to make them a success. Nokia has just started a new ad campaign called “Time to #Switch”, which wants to entice you into buying a Lumia phone (the Lumia 820 is already on sale in the UK and it and the Lumia 920 will soon hit US carriers too).

Here are the first two ads, which feature people answering the simple question “Why do you love your Lumia?”. Read more »

WP8 wars: HTC calls Lumia 920 a fatty, uses pennies to make a point

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Oh No You Didn’t! HTC went on Facebook to flaunt its slender Windows Phone 8X device and take a jab at “that other Windows Phone”Nokia Lumia 920 for being “more than 20 pennies” heavier than the WP 8X.

A bit of research and we find that the American penny (or otherwise one cent) weighs exactly 2.5 grams. So we calculated 20 pennies to be precisely 50 grams, meaning HTC is referring to the 55 g heavier than the WP 8X Lumia 920. Ouch! Read more »

Watch this awesome Samsung Ativ lineup commercial

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Samsung has released a new ad shedding light on the upcoming Ativ trio of Windows 8 and RT slates and Windows Phone 8 handsets.

It looks more like Microsoft’s own commercial for Windows, but, nevertheless, it’s nothing short of awesome. Read more »

New Google Nexus lineup promo video released: Google Now in focus

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Google has just unveiled two new additions to its lineup of Nexus devices, plus a couple of new versions of the popular Nexus 7 tablet. And, as the tradition goes in such cases, the company has released a promo video, highlighting the strongest points of the newly announced devices.

In this case the video is mostly focused on the Google Now voice-operated service, demonstrating how you can ask your Nexus device just about anything and it will immediately find the answer for you. Read more »

LG Nexus 4 hands-on video released prematurely by Three Sweden [UPDATE: Official]

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The LG Nexus 4 has to be one of the most-leaked phones in recent memory – the latest premature release comes from the official YouTube channel of Sweden’s carrier Three, who posted a quick hands-on with the upcoming Nexus (which was supposed to be announced today, maybe 3 Sweden didn’t get the memo about the cancellation). Update: It’s official, LG announced it even without the event.

The quick UI demo doesn’t really show much, but there are new notification area toggles which look quite interesting. They are not placed above the notifications as usual, but are instead a separate screen you can access by tapping a button. Read more »

Galaxy Note gets an official Jelly Bean ROM courtesy of the XDA community

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An official ROM from a hackers community such as the XDA? I know, it doesn’t make much sense on first sight, but bear with me. Think of this ROM as a leaked release of the official Samsung-made XXLS2 firmware.

We’ve all known for some time that Samsung is cooking a delicious Jelly bean serving for the original Galaxy Note owners, but the company is yet to release that.

So if you cannot bear to wait any longer, here’s your chance of getting some new tricks running on your smartphone. What better thing to do over the weekend with all this bad weather coming up across Europe. Read more »

Samsung releases new Galaxy S III ads in the US

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Samsung has released three new ads for the Galaxy S III in the US. After making fun of iPhone buyers ad nauseam in the previous ads, these new ads actually concentrate on the phone itself and its key features.

There are three ads in total, with each one focusing on the big screen, the Music Hub and the S Beam NFC sharing features respectively. The ads are short, to the point and have a good dose of humor, everything that you expect from a great ad. You can find them all below. Read more »

LG Optimus G battery tests are done, here are the results

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The LG Optimus G is the first phone with the monster Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that we’ve reviewed, so we’re very curios to see how battery efficient it is. Four powerful cores can be a blessing (get the job done quicker, go to sleep quicker) or a curse (burn more energy, even if the job takes less time than on slower cores).

So, which is it? The battery has 2100mAh capacity, which is exactly as much as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+ have, so the Optimus G can’t rely on that to gain advantage. Read more »

Apple iPad mini vs. the Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD: the compact tablet battleground

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Apple just announced their 7.9-inch iPad mini and is now officially ready to enter the fight in the ultra portable tablet market.

iOS is the dominant platform in the large tablet class, but it’s a newbie in the compact segment. So does the Apple iPad mini have what it takes to successfully challenge the already established competition from Google (ASUS) with its Nexus 7 and Amazon with its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Read more »

Dropbox for iOS finally updated to match the iPhone 5 taller screen

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Dropbox pushed a much needed update to their iOS app on Apple’s Appstore. The new version not only makes full use of the iPhone 5 taller screen, but also has done away with the previous photo size limitation when printing pics or saving them to the Camera Roll from the app.

The new update bring the application version to 1.5.6. Read more »

First Nokia Lumia 510 promo video is out

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The Nokia Lumia 510 aims to be the company’s most affordable Lumia handset, but still bring excellent features like a 4″ screen and a 5MP autofocus wide angle amera. It will run Windows Phone 7.5 at first (complete with Nokia Drive navigation), but it should get the WP7.8 update too.

The first promo video is already out, giving you the lowdown on the newest Lumia member, check it out after the break. Read more »

Motorola DROID RAZR HD came over for review, here goes the hands-on

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Following the footsteps of its little brother, it was the Motorola DROID RAZR HD‘s turn to pay us a visit. The Verizon exclusive smartphone sits in the middle of the new DROID RAZR range – above the RAZR M and below the RAZR MAXX HD.

As its name suggests, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD features a gorgeous 4.7″ HD screen with ColorBoost technology, which is a massive improvement over the displays the DROID RAZRs of yesteryear. Read more »