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Project Rimino concept pushes the boundaries of mobile user interface design as we know it [VIDEO]

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You don’t offten see a mobile concept as elaborate as this one. The Rimini UI/device combo is a refreshing breeze in the current attrition warefare led by the major mobile OS’s. Though the concept will hardly see daylight in a real product, it is evident a lot of thought has went into creating this interface system that’s unlike any other. Meet the Project Rimino.

Created by designer Amid Moradganjeh as part of his Master’s Thesis, the Project Rimino describes a minimalist mobile device that reacts to human interaction more intuitively than anything I’ve seen before. Read more »

Nokia Beta Labs introduces the Nokia 3D World Gaze augmented reality app for Symbian

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Symbian users with a thing for augmented reality apps should definitely check this out. The developers from Nokia Beta Labs have just announced the public availability of the 3D World Glaze app.

The Symbian app gives you a new kind of viewpoint to the world, allowing you to see through the surface (and insides) of the planet all the way to the other side. In addition to geographical features such as continents in their real physical locations, Nokia 3D World Gaze allows you to see geotagged media, day and night regions, current location of the Sun, and other content from locations around the world. Read more »

This is why you don’t have enough apps on Honeycomb yet

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb came out four months ago with the launch of the Motorola Xoom tablet and it was followed by a variety of tablets by several manufacturers. But so far the platform is yet to see a significant growth in the number of applications for it. In comparison, the iPad has racked over 100,000 apps, developed exclusively for it.

So to solve this mystery of the missing apps, Computerworld has been around asking developers regarding this issue and what according to them could be the reason. Read more »

Want to root your Motorola Milestone XT720, let your carrier show you how

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With the hundreds of different Android devices out there, there will always be those who feel they’ve been left out in the cold when the device they bought last year is stuck on last year’s firmware whilst everyone around them appears to be running the latest and greatest.

Motorola Milestone XT720
For owners of the Motorola Milestone XT720 on US regional carrier Cincinnati Bell, its been tough. Read more »

iPad apps exceed 100 000, WP7 Marketplace reaches 25 000

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Two of the most important application stores in the mobile world celebrated important milestones these days. iPad and WP7 smartphone owners both have reasons to celebrate as the tablet App store and Windows market place now have 100,000 and 25,000 apps respectively.

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Skype for Android video chat modded to work on Galaxy S II, Sensation, EVO 3D and others

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Skype for Android got the video calling feature just two days ago but there were only four handset that could use it: the Samsung Nexus S, HTC Desire S and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia pro and Xperia neo devices.

Well thanks to some hardworking hackers the reach of the Skype video-calls has been greatly extended. You can now enable the feature on the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation and the HTC Thunderbolt plus potentially some other smartphones. Read more »

Anonymous RIM employee writes a scalding open letter to BlackBerry bosses, points out exactly where it hurts

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Yesterday BGR received an open letter by an anonymous high-level RIM employee, address to Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, CEOs of RIM. The employee pulled no punches as he (or she) outlined everything that is currently wrong with RIM and the reason they are losing so badly to Apple and Google.

Among the things that the employee addressed the first was about BlackBerry devices lagging behind Apple’s when it comes to user experience. He also noted that Android devices lacked when it comes to simplicity and elegance and that BlackBerry has the opportunity to build something new and “uniquely BlackBerry” with QNX platform. Read more »

Facebook for WP7 2.0 update brings push notifications

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One of the most important parts of Windows Phone 7, its Facebook app, just got an update. Version 2.0 of Facebook finally brings some push notification magic to SNS addicts in the WP7 crowd.

Those are shown as toast notifications (or banners in the top of the device like a pop-up) and live tiles. You can set to be notified for a message, wall post, feed comment, when somebody tags you in a photo, comments on a photo of you, etc. So it’s now a fully functioning Facebook app, save for the missing Facebook chat feature. Read more »

Nokia’s N950 and MeeGo Harmattan get an in depth look [VIDEO]

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The N950 is the beautifully crafted, but sadly developer only counterpart to Nokia’s latest commercially available MeeGo device, the N9. Running MeeGo Harmattan, the video below gives a detailed look at the UI, along with the dialer, contacts, web browsing, Facebook, the camera settings, turn by turn navigation and a whole host more.

Nokia N950 open keyboard
This expansive 17 minute video (in Thai) will get you better acquainted with the device you just can’t have. Read more »

Skype 2.0 for Android released, brings two-way video calling, SMS and a new UI

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The latest version of Skype is finally out for Android and it brings the long-awaited two-way video calling. You can now make video calls to anyone who is on Skype whether they are on a PC, iPhone or a Mac.

Unfortunately, currently only four handsets are officially supported for video calling and the lucky ones are the Samsung Nexus S, HTC Desire S and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia pro and Xperia neo. Read more »

Opera Mini 6.1 and Mobile 11.1 with search auto-compete now available

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The Opera Dev team is on a roll. After releasing the latest version of their desktop browser the other day, the company has now updated both of its mobile solutions. Opera Mobile and Opera Mini got their versions 11.1 and 6.1 respectively.

The updates focus on saving you some typing on those smartphone screens. You now get Search suggestions from Google and Yandex, plus smarter domain recognition in this version update. So with the Opera Mini 6.1 and Opera Mobile 11.1 you won’t need to type the whole search query most of the time, just a few letters of it with the automatic suggestions taking care of the rest. Read more »

HP is in talks to licence WebOS

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Under normal circumstances, this statement would have instantly been qualified as a rumor. Not today, folks. According to the CEO of HP, the electronics giant is in talks with “a number of companies” which have expressed interest in obtaining a license to use its WebOS mobile operational system.

To make the matter even more interesting, Read more »

Windows Phone 7 will support custom ringtones, people around the world rejoice

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Microsoft has announced the custom ringtones are coming to Windows Phone 7 with the highly anticipated Mango update. And no you haven’t traveled back in time, it’s just that some modern platforms (like iOS and WP7) have been particularly stubborn to allow custom ringtones.

And not only is Windows Phone the only platform slower tha iOS to get the feature, but it will also have restrictions as puzzling as those on the platform that started the touch-revolution. Even the sync process. Read more »

Angry Birds takes its magic to the WP7 train

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Lawrence Hryb (or just Larry as most know him), the Director of programming for the Microsoft gaming network – Xbox Live, has just announced via Twitter that Angry Birds is available for WP7 users over at the Marketplace.

The game will sell for $2.99, which is a bit steep, but users will have the opportunity to test a few levels for free. Read more »

Google+ is GOOG’s latest foray on social networking, is all about social circles and hanging out

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Google has had several attempts at cracking social networking and it’s fair to say that they weren’t terribly successful (there were lawsuits involved). The latest project, called Google+, however looks like it could be a winner.

           XKCD describes Google+ in a nutshell

After having a quick look at it, it’s a lot like Facebook (as XKCD so eloquently put it) but it also differs from Facebook in some respects. Read more »