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Android-based devices welcome Orkut integration, plus a Buzz homescreen widget

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Google had their own social networking service? How did I miss that? Well, to be honest, I’m not into social networking but if you are, the next lines are just for you: Orkut is going to Android.

Orkut, Google’s social networking service, is now available for Android-powered devices. You can get the app for free from the Android Market. Read more »

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 lands at ours, the demo video awaits you

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 will hit the shelves any moment now and just before that it pays our office a visit. We are pleased to meet again, this time with an almost *retail* sample. I can assure you we will take best care for it and the X10 will be inspected thoroughly.

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Number of apps in the Android Market doubled in three months, rises to 30 000

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In the last three months the number of apps in the Android Market has risen to 30 000. Back in December 2009 there were only some 16 000 apps there but the popularity of the OS is beginning to show now.

In other words, about 5000 apps have been launched each month since December. And that means that the Android Market finally managed to reach App Store’s growth rate. Read more »

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace goes on video, looks sleek

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The Applications store is the heart and soul of every modern smartphone and it’s crucial for Microsoft to get things right it in their upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS. Judging from the video that they showed on their MIX10 event they might just have what it takes to do that.

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Custom firmware brings real 24 frames per second 720p video recording to the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD

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The video recording of the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD has been a hot topic for debate. Pages have been written about what’s wrong with it and how it can be fixed, while some have even acted upon fixing it themselves.

Like HyperX for example, who created his own firmware that records 720p video at 24 fps… but real 24fps this time.

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TomTom and CoPilot for iPhone get major updates

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Good news fellas – two of the most popular navigation apps for iPhone just got updated. The TomTom app goes in version 1.3 adding Google Local Search and real-time traffic support, while CoPilot adds Facebook integration and adjustable volume settings.

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Google Shopping for Mobile tells you if items are in stock in a nearby store

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Google sure are bent on creating the ultimate shopping tool – first Google Shopper showed up, a tool that quickly finds info on a product by scanning its cover art (for books, CDs, etc.) or you can scan the products barcode or search by voice.

Now the mobile version of the Shopping section of the Google website tells you if the product is in stock in a shop near you…

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Google Reader Play is a new, touch-friendly view for Google Reader

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I’m getting a bit worried about the guys at Google Labs – at the rate they’re pumping out new stuff, they probably don’t get much time to sleep. The latest thing to pop out of the Labs is Google Reader Play – a new way to view Reader that seems particularly well suited to tablets, maybe even touch phones.

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Google Maps gets biking directions

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Apparently every second or so person that this guy working in the Google Maps team knows can’t live without two things – their bike and Google Maps. So they decided to do something about the fellas that pedal their way through the country by including Bicycling directions in Google Maps. True story!

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Android NDK r3 now available, adds OpenGL ES 2.0 support

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The Android NDK, or Native Development Kit, just got its third release and it brings along a few improvements worth mentioning, including support for improved 3D graphics. Maybe this can give a slight boost to the Android gaming industry, which isn’t doing very well…

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Adobe show how HP Slate does Flash, heap pressure on the iPad

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Adobe published a thorough video of HP Slate demonstrating its Flash capabilities. It turns out watching full-length TV shows, playing games and browsing Flash-heavy websites are no problem for the HP tablet.

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Swype for Android goes beta, makes pressing keys to type seem old-fashioned

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Swype have started the beta trials for the Android version of their software. Only a limited number of people can join, so get it while you still can. Swype is interesting because it does typing in a way only a touchscreen can, instead of just imitating a physical keyboard.

If this is the first time you hear of Swype, I’ll answer your “What’s that?” question quickly – it’s a new way to type on a virtual QWERTY keyboard by swiping your finger over the keys, instead of taping them. Read more »

Microsoft demonstrates a game running on Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360

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Microsoft demoed a cross-platform game during the TechEd Middle East 2010. The game ran on their three most popular platforms – Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 sharing the saved files between them.

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New details revealed on Microsoft Courier tablet, don’t sign up for an iPad just yet

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Remember the awesome Microsoft tablet concept that leaked last September? Granted, there’s nothing official yet, but meanwhile some new details leaked online through a “reliable source”.

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Vivaz homescreen ported to Satio, 720p video recording in the works

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I’m sure many of you thought about the difference between Vivaz and Satio and why the 12 megapixel camera of the Satio couldn’t record 720p videos. The Vivaz has an advantage over Satio with its slightly faster 720 MHz processor, but is that really the problem?

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