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T3 awards shortlist announced, Apple and Samsung get the most nominees

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T3 has officially announced its nominations for its seventh annual T3 gadget awards, which recognize and honors the gadgets, software and personalities who inspire the tech world over the past one year.

As one can expect, Apple and Samsung have bagged the most nominees with each brand presented in nine categories, including four where the two meet face to face. Read more »

Nokia refreshes its iconic Nokia tune, check it out

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The Nokia Tune (a.k.a. Grande Valse) is perhaps one of the most recognized ringtones around and every so often the Finnish company modernizes it. Now it’s time for a new update, the eighth in the 20 year history of the ringtone.

Along with the ringtone, Nokia has updated sounds for other notifications too – SMS, email, calendar, alarm and even the startup tone. Read more »

Apple to look into iPhone 5 electric shock death in China

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We have been hearing reports about a woman’s death in China caused by an electric shock while answering a phone call on her iPhone 5. Now Apple has chipped in, saying it will be fully investigating the issue and will be co-operating with the authorities, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The 23-year old flight attendant had purchased her brand new Apple iPhone 5 in the month of December 2012 and the phone with all the in-box accessories has been already handed over to the police by her family. Read more »

Turn your Lumia 1020 into a fully-functional surveillance drone for 4,990 Euro with the Lehmann LA300

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This one is for straight-up supergeeks with way too much cash to burn so if you don’t fit into the category you may want to skip it. Only a day old, the PureView-driven Nokia Lumia 1020 has got itself the most expensive accessory it could have asked for.

Built by Lehmann Aviation the LA300 is a drone, to which the Lumia 1020 attaches, that can fly as high as 15 kilometers (that’s about 9.3 miles for you Imperial users), for as long as 30 minutes, at speeds of 20-80 km/h (12/49 MPH) and will withstand temperatures between -25 °C up to +60 °C (-13 °F to 140 °F). The only bad thing is the price tag – you’ll need to shell out a whole €4,990, and no that does not include the Lumia 1020. Read more »

Foxconn posts 2Q 2013 revenue of $30 billion, up 0.6 % YoY

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Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer has posted its financial report for the second quarter of the year and surprisingly, the revenues have surpassed the estimates and the company has managed to generate $30 billion.

The second-quarter revenue of Foxconn is up by 0.6% over the same period a year ago. Foxconn saw its revenue decline by 19.2% decline in its revenue for the first quarter of 2013 due to the decline in the iPhone orders from Apple. Read more »

Google to retire Latitude on August 9

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Google Latitude will be officially retiring on August 9. Related products in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website will no longer be available in a month.

The retirement of Google Latitude means that you will no longer be able to share your location using the latitude and Google hasn’t included latitude as a feature in its latest version of Google Maps for Android. The search giant will also be removing Latitude for iPhone from the App Store. Read more »

Nokia puts its phones through grueling tests, brags about it on video

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Over time Nokia phones have built up a reputation of being indestructible and Nokia reminds us of this with a cool video with pleasant music that describes the decidedly unpleasant process a phone has to go though.

“If testing shows a phone can be better, it’s back to the drawing board,” says the video. Here’s what testing includes. Read more »

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4 commercial bashes Apple with the help of dancing ninjas and a goat

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Samsung Iceland released an odd, yet hilarious ad for the Galaxy S4, which takes a jab at the Apple iPhone in a never before seen fashion. The ad metaphorically highlights the advantages of the Korean flagship by employing a team of dancing ninjas and (get ready for this) a goat.

The plot of the ad is quite simple. In the beginning, a guy tries to interact with an apple as if it is an actual smartphone with “predictable” results. Read more »

Galaxy S4 consumer guide has the answers for the 140 most common questions

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Have an issue with your Samsung Galaxy S4? Samsung’s Consumer consultant guide is here to help with answers to 140 common questions.

The guide is split into two parts – the first troubleshoots issues with some of the advanced features of the Galaxy S4 (like teaching you to use Smart scroll properly), the second handles issues like Wi-Fi connection problems, failed updates and so on. Read more »

Nokia buys Siemens shares of Nokia Siemens Networks for €1.7 billion

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Nokia has bought its partner’s 50% share of the Nokia Siemens Networks joint-venture for €1.7 billion ($2.2B) and now controls the business by itself.

This was announced today by Nokia itself and the deal is expected to come through by Q3 of 2013. Read more »

Nokia puts 200 Lumia 820 units together to make an impressive video wall

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Nokia may have just snatched a Guinness record away from Sony – for the video wall made up of most smartphones. Using 200 Nokia Lumia 820 phones, Nokia Developer Champion Rudy Huyn created the installation and showcased it at the Microsoft BUILD conference. Sony’s wall was made up of 196 Xperia ZL phones.

The phones were arranged in 8 rows of 25 phones and were all controlled from a single Lumia phone. Together, they showed an animated display of live tiles for a selection of Windows Phone apps and also an interactive map with Bing Maps. Read more »

Motorola Mobility introduces a new logo, calls itself a Google company

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While hard at work at the upcoming Moto X, Motorola Mobility introduced a brand new logo. The new branding includes the company’s name, executed in thinner font, with all-low typeface.

The iconic “M” has remained unchanged. It is however, surrounded by a colorful circle. Read more »

Highest-ever Skype video call made from Mount Everest using an HTC One, for charity

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Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, gets great reception. No really, it saw its first 3G video call in 2010, the first tweet in 2011 and now the first Skype video call in 2013. The feat was achieved by brit Daniel Hughes who is raising £1 million for the Comic Relief anti-poverty charity.

He wanted one million people to donate a single pound and decided to climb Everest to promote this charity. Read more »

Nokia continues its sophomoric meme mockery of Android smartphones

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It was kind of amusing when Nokia first started poking fun at other smartphone manufacturers with its specially created internet memes, but now, when the Finns have produced yet another batch of them, their charm is kind of lost.

Today, we’ve got five more memes that take a jab at Samsung and other smartphone makers and their products. Read more »

HTC may have just hired Robert Downey Jr. to promote its phones

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HTC has broken its bad streak with the HTC One and are looking to continue improving by stepping up marketing. How? By hiring Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to promote HTC’s phones.

Bloomberg reports that RDJ won’t be playing any of his famous characters, he will be himself, which is just as awesome (though admittedly Iron Man and the metal-clad HTC One would have gone well together). Read more »