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[Nokia World 2011] Here, have some Nokia Lumia 800 promo videos to go

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Nokia has just announced the Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone-based smartphones. As usual, Nokia has prepared extensive marketing materials on their new devices and video will obviously be an important part of the Lumia advertising campaign.

We are preparing our hands-on articles right now, meanwhile you may enjoy the first Lumia 800 ads. Read more »

Siri ported to the original iPad, doesn’t work properly just yet

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After Siri was successfully brought to the iPhone 4, now another talented developer managed to introduce Siri to a larger home, a jailbroken iPad 1.

Unfortunately, just like in the iPhone 4 case, Siri doesn’t feel quite at home on the iPad for now. Read more »

Siri gets ported to iPhone 4, gives you even fewer reasons to upgrade to the 4S

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If you’re an iPhone 4 user who was contemplating upgrading to the iPhone 4S after watching the impressive Siri demo then you might want to hold on to your current phone a little longer. Because as it turns out you can make Siri work on the iPhone 4, sort of.

The hack you see below was performed by developer Steven Troughton-Smith who has been working for 9to5Mac to get Siri working on the iPhone 4. This was accomplished by copying the iPhone 4S Siri and Springboard files on to the iPhone 4. Read more »

Siri would let anyone bypass your iPhone lockscreen passcode unless you tweak the settings

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The iPhone’s Voice Control feature is present for quite some time in the iOS. If you’ve ever used a passcode on your lockscreen for protection, you should be already familiar you should disable the Voice Dial from the settings otherwise everyone can call anyone he likes.

Well, enter the much more capable iPhone 4S Siri. Guess what, it would still work from your lockscreen by default even if you’ve set a passcode for your iPhone 4S. You can already imagine how someone who gets access to your locked phone can perform all these clever tasks you’ve seen on the demos like extract all sorts of info about you, your regime and they can even call whoever they like. Ouch! Read more »

The Ice Cream Sandwich statue settles into the Google’s backyard, shot with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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As all Android fans should be familiar by now, every Android release is marked with a beautiful mascot in the Google headquarters’ backyard. The Ice Cream Sandwich is also nearing its release (October 19, anyone?), so it makes sense we see its statue already standing among its siblings.

Following the tradition, Google has released a 30s. video dedicated to setting up the Ice Cream Sandwich statue. Here it is: Read more »

iOS 5 is officially available right now, go get some

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The title seems to say it all. If you didn’t try any of the beta releases of iOS 5 so far, then we guess you’re in for some serious upgrade tonight. The update brings lots of new features including the Notification center, the location-aware Reminders, iCloud and iMessage to the iOS compatible devices such as the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4, the iPod Touches (3rd and 4th gen) and of course, the two iPads.

For a fairly complete list of what’s new and our in-depth coverage, you are welcome to check out our iOS5 review while you wait for that download. Read more »

Find My Friends app now available in the Apple App Store

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The app Find My Friends that was announced a week ago at the Let’s Talk iPhone event, has just become available into the Apple App Store. It is free and compatible with both the iPhone/iPod and the iPad – given any of these run the latest iOS 5.

The app allows you to share your current location always with trusted friends or temporary with not-so-trusted ones. It works both ways – you can see your friends’ location too. Think Google LAtitude, but hopefully, less of a power hog. Read more »

iCloud open to public, still cannot be accessed

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Apple has finally opened its iCloud service to the public. Till now it was only available to those who had a developer accounts but now anyone with an Apple ID can log in. Having said that the service is still not usable.

The reason for that is it requires iOS 5 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and 10.7.2 update on the Mac before you can start using it and neither have been released yet. Read more »

Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5 hit Android

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Opera has just announced that it has released updated versions of its two Android-compatible mobile browsers. Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5 are already available for download in the Android market, allowing users to experience the latest goodies brought by the Norwegians.

The first change you will notice when you start the Opera Mini 6.5 or Opera Mobile 11.5 is the newly added screen, which shows you exactly how much data you have spent and saved using the two browsers. Read more »

Ovi Store gets renamed to Nokia store, built using Qt Quick

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Nokia announced back in May that they will be renaming their Ovi services such as the Ovi Store to Nokia Store. The process was supposed to happen later in 2012 and it finally has. The Ovi Store is now officially known as the Nokia Store.

But the name is not the only thing that’s changed. There is a whole new app for it as well. Read more »

RIM unveils BlackBerry Tag – the NFC-based data sharing tool

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NFC is finally starting to gain popularity among smartphones and cool applications for it were bound to start popping up sooner rather than later. RIM itself stepped on stage to kick off the NFC party on BlackBerry OS by introducing the BlackBerry Tag.

BlackBerry Tag uses the NFC radios in the recently launched BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones to allow you to share date between them with a simple tap. Read more »

Nexus Prime boot animation caught on a Droid Bionic [VIDEO]

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OK, so this may not make up for the delay to the Samsung/Google ‘Unpacked’ event that we had been expecting, but chief of staff at, P3Droid has another piece of Nexus Prime/Ice Cream Sandwich goodness to add to the pile.

tweaked image of ics boot animation on droid bionic

The above screenshot and the video to follow show the very cool looking boot animation taken from P3Droid’s Motorola Droid Bionic, which he has running a leaked ROM of ICS destined for the Nexus Prime. Take a look.

Update, October 10: Samsung Galaxy S II does the boot animation too.
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Google Music 4 and Google+ app from Ice Cream Sandwich leaked

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Android Police has come across the Music Player and Google+ app from a build of Ice Cream Sandwich discovered by one of their readers, nicknamed Geek Vundotra, who also happens to be a Verizon employee.

Moving on to the actual apps, as you can see the Music app has received a facelift and looks a lot better. Read more »

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 »