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Opera releases beta version of new WebKit based browser for Android, we go hands-on

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.

Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »

HTC One promo video shows off Zoe’s capabilities

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HTC’s Zoe is one of the defining new features of Sense 5.0, which will debut as the company’s One flagship hits stores.

Тhe Taiwanese are quite proud of it and have made a special promo video using exclusively the powers of Zoe. Read more »

ASUS begins rolling out Android 4.2 for the Transformer Pad TF300T in the US

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ASUS has been remarkably quick in the past year or so in rolling out Android updates for its devices. Now the Taiwanese company has become the first to roll out the elusive Android 4.2 update for its Transformer Pad TF300T tablet.

The update is currently available only in the US but is expected to roll out in other regions in March. The update is said to bring performance improvements and features such as multi-user accounts. Read more »

Opera Turbo-like functionality spotted in Chrome for Android

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You may be familiar with the Opera Turbo functionality, first seen in the Opera Mobile web browser, that compressed some of the data on a web page, such as images using proxy servers and then sent that to your client, thereby reducing the data consumption on your device. This functionality was later adopted in the desktop version of Opera as well.

Turns out, Google is working on incorporating something similar on the Android version of the Chrome browser. In fact, they already have; it’s just not enabled yet. Read more »

Evernote loses usernames, emails and passwords in security breach, resets passwords as a precaution

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Popular cloud-based note taking service Evernote experienced a security breach, where the company confirms it lost information such as usernames, associated email addresses and passwords to the hackers. No data, however, was said to be lost or changed and no payment information was accessed.

Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company is not taking any chances and is requiring users to reset their password before logging in again to their accounts. The company will also be releasing updates to its apps over the next few hours to make the password change process easier. Read more »

Chrome for Android update brings improved scrolling performance, background audio playback

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Google has updated the Android version of Chrome with several new features. Now at version 25.0.1364.123, the latest update concentrates mostly on improving the performance, with some useful new additions.

The list of improvements in this update includes improved scrolling performance, increased responsiveness to pinch-to-zooming and the latest version of the V8 javascript engine, which results in faster interactive pages. Read more »

NVIDIA showcases five new Tegra 4 optimized games

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NVIDIA is primarily a GPU company and it utilizes its close relationship with game developers to promote its products. The new Tegra 4 chipset is no exception and the company already announced 5 more games that are specifically optimized for the chipset.

The Tegra Zone has been around since the Tegra 2 came to be and it is a platform for showcasing Tegra-optimized (Android) games. The Tegra 3 optimized games looked pretty good, but the newly announced chipset is massively more powerful than that – NVIDIA went from 12 cores @ 520MHz architecture in Tegra 3 to 72 cores @ 672MHz in Tegra4. So check out the first titles that will make the best use of the hardware update. Read more »

NFC Writer WP8 app from Nokia will help you make the best out of NFC tags

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Nokia is pushing a suite of exclusive apps to differentiate their Lumia phones from the other Windows Phone handsets. The latest addition is the NFC Writer app – as the name suggests, it writes info or actions to NFC tags but can also read them.

If you’re new to NFC, the app has a tutorial video, which will teach you the basics and there’s a feature that allows users to share cool ideas about clever uses of NFC tags, in case you can’t think of something new to try. Read more »

Twitter updates its Windows Phone client

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Right when it was starting to seem that Twitter had completely forgotten about the Windows Phone version of its mobile app, the company has gone ahead and released a brand new version with a completely new look.

The new app takes some design elements from the iOS and Android version of Twitter’s mobile apps, such as the presence of the four tabs at the top but still maintains a UI that feels at home on Windows Phone (unlike the Android version, which is essentially a clone of the iOS version). Read more »

Adobe releases Photoshop Touch for phone

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Last year, Adobe released the mobile version of their powerful Photoshop application, called Photoshop Touch. Although it was not quite in the same league as its desktop counterpart, the mobile app offered far more features than what you normally expect from a mobile image editing application.

Now, the application has trickled down to an even smaller screen, with the launch of Photoshop Touch for phone. As before, the new app is available for both the iPhone as well as Android smartphones. Read more »

Instagram reaches 100 million active users every month

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It looks like Instagram has made it successfully past its recent privacy policy troubles. The ultra-popular photo-sharing service announced that it has reached 100 million active users per month.

The nine-digit number of active users has been reached two and a half years after Instagram came into being. Read more »

Firefox for Android 20 beta brings new features and better support for old ARMv6-based phones

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The Mozilla team focused on the new Firefox OS at the MWC, but the stand-alone Firefox browser wasn’t neglected either. Firefox for Android version 20 was released in beta and it brings a customizable home screen, per-tab private browsing and a few other features.

Owners of old phones will be pleased to hear that Mozilla has added support for more ARMv6-based devices. The minimum requirements are now QVGA screen, 600MHz CPU and 384MB RAM. Legacy support isn’t new to Mozilla, Firefox still supports Windows XP while Microsoft stopped putting out new IE versions for XP a while ago. Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy Note Jelly Bean source code

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One of the good things about Samsung is that the company is quick to release the source code for their Android devices shortly after the update starts rolling out to the device. This lets developers and people who like to tinker around with the software to get their hands dirty and come up with custom ROMs and such.

After the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update started rolling out for the original Galaxy Note, it was only going to be a matter of time before the source code was released. And like clockwork, it has. Read more »

Google reportedly growing concerned over Samsung’s Android dominance

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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Samsung’s dominance on the market for Android devices has begun to make Google executives uneasy. The latter reportedly worry that the Korean manufacturer is large enough to renegotiate its current arrangement with Google and eat into the search giant’s lucrative mobile-ad business.

Samsung has received over 10% of the latter’s revenue in the past. The company has also signaled to Google that it might demand more going forward, as Google’s revenue from mobile apps such as Google Maps and YouTube is on the rise. Read more »

Canonical announces Ubuntu for Tablets OS, preview coming tomorrow to Nexus 7 and 10

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The Ubuntu team has been busy working on a phone OS, but it decided to take an intermediate step and create a tablet OS. The timing of the launch coincided exactly with the HTC event (leading us to question if the two are related, turns out it wasn’t) and while the new HTC One got all of the attention yesterday, it’s time to meet Ubuntu for Tablets.

Ubuntu’s interface started off as a desktop UI, but Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu – has a vision similar to that of Microsoft. They want one interface to conquer all screen sizes, from a pocketable phone to the 60” TV on your wall. Read more »