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Google Maps gets traffic info for over 130 new cities

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Yesterday, Google added live traffic to a host of new locations including some 130 smaller US cities and several South American capitals.

Besides the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, live traffic has been improved and expanded in a host of countries in Europe and America. Read more »

Windows RT to ship with Preview version of Office 2013 RT, loses some features

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It has been known for a while now that Microsoft will be shipping a version of the new Office 2013 with Windows RT and that it will be the only non-Metro application that can be accessed on this particular version of the operating system.

Now we are learning that Office 2013 RT, which is to be included on Windows RT will be a watered-down version of the full blown Office 2013 that you will experience on standard Windows 8 or 7. Read more »

LG Optimus 4X HD finally rooted, you can try it right now

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It certainly took longer than usual, but the LG Optimus 4X HD defenses are finally breached and you can now gain root access to its system. A guy called qaz753 from the all-conquering XDA-developers community did the trick and was kind enough to share the magic with the rest of the 4X HD owners.

The method is a bit more complicated than on some other smartphones, but luckily there’s a step-by-step tutorial courtesy of our tipster that should be quite easy to follow. Read more »

Apple’s court documents compare iOS icons with Samsung’s TouchWiz, show the striking similarities

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One of the good things about the Apple vs. Samsung legal kerfuffle is that it has often resulted in a lot of interesting and never before seen information leaking to the public through court document.

The latest document from Monday’s trial does not show something new but asserts what we have already seen before. That Samsung took heavy inspiration from Apple’s iOS for the TouchWiz UI. Read more »

‘Nina’ takes voice assistants a step further

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Nuance, the developer behind Dragon Naturally Speaking and many other voice operated technologies in consumer electronics, has created a voice-activated personal assistant which uses biometrics to uniquely identify a specific user.

This means that you’ll be able to tell your phone to do all sorts of things requiring secure identification by simply talking to your phone. Read more »

Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 source code released

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The source code for the Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been released and is now available for download.

This means that developers can now start developing custom ROMs for the newly announced 10.1″ slate. Read more »

This is how you can circumvent the Face Unlock in Android 4.1

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When Google introduced the Face Unlock feature in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, it was quickly proven to be a failure due to the ease with which you could bypass it using a photograph.

With Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, Google added the option to make the user blink so as to avoid being duped by a simple photograph. But as it turns out, even that can be bypassed by using a digital image of the user and a simple trick using an image editor. Read more »

Screenshots of WhatsApp for Windows Phone leak

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You may be aware of the fact that the WhatsApp app was recently pulled from the Windows Marketplace as the developers are working on a new version of the multi-platform IM application.

Now, Windows Phone Daily has managed to snag some screenshots of what seems like the Windows 8 version of the application. These screenshots were obtained from the WhatsApp media page in a folder called Apollo. Read more »

Upcoming Sense 4.1 gets leaked, said to dramatically improve performance

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The HTC Sense 4.0 UI on the new One X was a major improvement over the previous versions of the UI. HTC had toned down some of their previous design choices, which made the UI look more polished. But the performance was still lagging behind stock Ice Cream Sandwich UI and it can be seen while scrolling through homescreens and application drawer.

Thankfully, things are about to change when the next version of Sense UI hits the One X. The folks at Geeksaber have managed to get their hands on a leaked ROM containing the Sense 4.1 update and are saying that it makes a dramatic improvement to the performance. Read more »

Gameloft teased its first Unreal engine game in a piece of artwork

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The folks at Gameloft have chosen a rather original way to tease their first video game, which will use the Unreal engine. The company has released a piece of artwork, which suggests something bloody an epic coming our way.

To make the matter even more interesting, the developers from the video game powerhouse have hidden a hint about the upcoming video game in the image above. Read more »

First-gen Snapdragon devices not getting CyanogenMod’s Ice Cream Sandwich

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The popular CyanogenMod ROM modding scene has officially dropped support for a wide array of devices running on the dated Snapdragon S1 chipset.

This means that devices running on the Qualcomm QSD8x50, MSM7x25, MSM7x27 and MSM7x27T SoCs will not see any builds beyond Cyanogen 7.x, which is based on Gingerbread. Or in plain words, no Ice Cream Sandwich by CyanogenMod. Read more »

This fresh iOS UI concept shows what the iOS 6 should have been

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We already know everything there is to know about the upcoming iOS 6 and let’s face it – it’s not going to be the jump Apple is trying to convince us it is. Everything is pretty much the same, with a few tweaks here and there, an overdue Facebook integration and extended Siri functionality.

The major new feature with the iOS 6 is the new Maps app, now with TomTom map data and, of course, the addition of navigation. Well, people do use Siri and navigation for sure, but those people have also been using this same tired iOS interface for 6 years now. They need something new, refreshing and they are not getting it this year.

Joost van der Ree published a few inspiring ideas that could easily fit into iOS, boosting the user experience along the way. Some of them are so obvious that makes you wonder why Apple didn’t come up with them in the first place. But maybe they have? Read more »

Samsung launches its Music Hub service in the United States

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Samsung launched its own mobile music service in the United States. The Samsung Music Hub will be initially available on the Galaxy S III smartphones offered by AT&T and US Cellular. Availability for the rest of the flagship’s carrier versions is yet to be announced.

The service will be offered in free and premium variations with the latter set to cost $9.99 a month. Read more »

Samsung has started pushing out Android 4.0.4 to Galaxy Tab 10.1

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has reportedly, just started receiving its update to Android ICS.

Currently, the update has gone live in Italy, but should hit other regions soon. Read more »

Google shares the stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean images for the Nexus lineup

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Google updated its Factory Images for Nexus Devices page with the stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROMs.

There, you will find every ROM from Gingerbread up to Jelly Bean for your Nexus in case you want to return your gadget to the original state. Read more »