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Nuance to acquire Swype in a $102.5 million deal

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The company behind the extremely successful Swype keyboard will be acquired by Nuance in a deal believed to be worth $102.5 million. Swype Inc., which designed the popular predictive QWERTY keyboard for touchscreens only started three years ago, but it’s obviously done pretty well.

Nuance mentioned that it has already paid $77.5 million to Swype shareholders, while the rest of the money will paid 18 months after the deal closes. The condition for the second payment to take place is certain key executives to still be working for Nuance. Read more »

Nokia Meltemi Episode 3: It’s a Linux-based S40 replacement after all

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OK, I admit the Meltemi case has become awkward. First it was the good news about Nokia working on a Linux-based project called Meltemi to replace the S40 platform. Then all of a sudden we found out The Register has already revealed months ago that the Meltemi is actually the codename for Nokia’s Windows Phone project.

Yesterday, The Register controverted its April news and confirmed that Meltemi is indeed a Linux-based replacement for the S40 platform. Read more »

Google updates Docs for Android tablets

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Several months after releasing a standalone application of Google Docs for Android, the company has now launched a special update for Honeycomb tablets, which should make document browsing a breeze.

Thanks to its entirely refreshed design, the Google docs app now features the three-panel view, typical for Honeycomb. As the screenshot of the application above shows now there are three panels allowing you to view list of collections, list of documents in a particular collection and a document’s details. Read more »

Nokia Link is the magic that connects your Nokia N9 to your computer

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If you just bought yourselves a shiny new Nokia N9, you are probably eager to connect it to your computer and fill those 16 or 64 GB with tons of multimedia. And, boy, does Nokia have the tool for you.

The Finnish company has just posted an article on their blog, dedicated to Nokia Link – the software kit that makes the connection between your N9 and your computer seamless. Available as a free download for Windows 7, Mac Snow Leopard and Mac Lion, Nokia Link only takes a minute to set up. Read more »

Apple introduces Find My Friends, let’s you locate and share your location with others

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One of the more interesting things announced at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event yesterday was Find My Friends for iOS devices. It’s basically an optional location tracking service that you can use on your iOS device.

What ‘Find My Friend’ does is let’s you share your location with your friends. People will ask you for your location and you can share it with them, provided you trust them enough. Read more »

Infinity Blade 2 announced, Epic Games’ next hack’n'slash stunner coming to iOS 5

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“Visuals like you’ve never seen on a mobile device”, were the bold words given to the many hundreds of press and the thousands following along around the world from Apple’s most recent press event at their home site in Cupertino.

Mike Capps, President of Epic Games (creators of the Gears of War series), took to the stage at the all important Keynote to talk about their latest creation for iOS 5, Infinity Blade 2. The follow up to the first iOS game to make use of the Unreal 3 Engine. Read more »

iOS 5 GM now available to devs, the real thing coming on October 12 along with iCloud

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Apple has just released the iOS 5 Gold Master for the developers. It is the final step before unleashing the mass update for the regular users on October 12.

According to Apple, the iOS 5 will launch with iCloud sync and services, while the iTunes match will become available for the US users in the end of this month. The rest of the world should get it in the upcoming months.

If you are a registered developer with Apple you can get the iOS 5 GM right now. The rest of the users will have to wait a few days until October 12.

We already covered most of the iOS 5 features in our iOS 5 beta review. Surely Apple held a few surprises for the launch, but most of the important stuff we already know.

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Siri for iPhone 4S, the voice-controlled digital assistant, is not as new as you may think

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Siri is now an integral part of the iPhone 4S. It’s supposed to do a lot of stuff for you, among which, answer any question you may come up with. You can ask about anything – the weather, movies, restaurants, news, etc. and providing you have an intelligent question, it should get you a reasonably intelligent answer quickly and in the right context.

But Siri is not just an intelligent voice search system. It can also read your messages, emails, notifications for you. Siri has dictate functionality too – you speak and it writes messages, notes, remainders, etc. Read more »

Adobe’s having an apps-plosion, announces Photoshop Touch and five other apps for tablets at Adobe Max 2011

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Yesterday, at its Adobe Max 2011 keynote, Adobe unveiled a whole family of Touch Apps designed to help creative minds throughout their design processes when they are on the go. Leaded by Photoshop Touch, the Adobe Touch Apps are going to be available for Android tablets as well as iPads alike.

The full Touch Apps family includes: Photoshop Touch, Debut, Proto, Collage, Ideas and Kuler. Let’s break them down and see what each of them is good for. Read more »

RIM is holding a BlackBerry DevCon event this month, each attendee to get a free 16GB Playbook

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BlackBerry DevCon is actually a series of three events which are going to take place in San Francisco, USA (18-20 Oct.), in Bangkok, Thailand (7-8 Dec.) and in Amsterdam, Netherlands (7-8 Feb. 2012). The first event is just two weeks ahead of us and promises to bring us lots of new stuff.

Two major things are going to happen on the San Francisco’s event – the premiere of PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 with the long-awaited Android Player and the announcement of the QNX-based smartphone OS for the future BlackBerry phones. Read more »

Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 now available for desktop and Android

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The i-dotting and t-crossing is complete and Adobe released the latest versions of their Flash Player and AIR. Available to desktop operating systems and compatible mobile platforms, Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 promise a dramatic improvement in performance.

The new releases finally enable 3D hardware acceleration, which should allow much more demanding applications to run smoothly even on mobile platforms. Android users will probably benefit the most from that, but some low-powered portable computers will get the chance to do Flash properly, too. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S come by for a review, we start with a hands-on video

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S just arrived in our office and it promised to stay around for a full review. What’s even better is that we got the latest and greatest Xperia smartphone in two different flavors – white and black.

The arc S is actually pretty similar to its predecessor, but for a couple of key differences. On the hardware side of things you get the higher processor clock – 1.4GHz, which should improve performance even further, while on the software side the Xperia arc S offers Android 2.3.4 out of the box. Read more »

Nokia’s Meltemi is not the codename for the Linux-based replacement for S40 at all

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Surely the news from a few days ago about Nokia working on a Linux-based OS to replace the S40 UI was really good stuff. Unfortunately, the rumored Meltemi project is not an S40 replacement.

As it turned out, the Meltemi is the codename for the Windows Phone project, so the Meltemi is actually no news. Here is why: Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY users getting four top EA games for free

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY owners are in for a real treat as the manufacturer just announced that its gaming smartphone will be getting four top titles for free. The four popular EA games that you can get if you happen to own an Xperia PLAY are Dead Space, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Need for Speed Shift and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.

That’s a first-person shooter, a third person shooter and a couple of racing games, all of the highest quality. To get them you just head to the Game Launcher and start with the downloading. Needless to say, you will be better if you use a Wi-Fi network for that. Read more »

Not such a long time ago and not that far far away…App Store Wars [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The team at WebpageFX have compiled a heap of statistics pertaining to the competitive nature of of today’s smartphone app stores and how they vie for dominance in a crowded smartphone market.

App Store Wars title

As you’ll see this includes all the big hitters such as the App Store, Android Market, Blackberry App World and Nokia, Palm and Windows Phone 7′s application directories as well. Read more »