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24K gold BlackBerry Q10 is what oil barons use to send email

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Sad that it’s been a while since Vertu put out a phone? Well, you can try a 24K gold BlackBerry Q10 instead. It comes from Goldgenie, which has a history of turning BlackBerrys into gold (Apple products too).

Anyway, the BlackBerry Q10 has a 24K gold-plated bezel and a 24K gold panel below the QWERTY keyboard. All other specs of the phone remain the same, except that the packaging has been upgraded to a snazzy wooden box. And it’s heavier, but Goldgenie gives no concrete numbers about that. Read more »

Asus posts Q1 financial report, profits boosted by 3 million tablet sales

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Asus has posted its quarterly financial report, covering the three months ending in March. The manufacturer has made $3.5 billion in revenue and $202 million net profit. The numbers compare favorably to both the previous quarter and the same period of last year.

The detailed breakdown reveals that the PC sales of the company have been affected by the overall market slowdown, but the strong performance of the Asus tablets has done well to compensate for it. Asus managed to ship 3 million tablets over the past three months, securing a sizeable chunk of the growing market. Read more »

Updated Google+ API allows you to embed Photo Sphere images on the web

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Undoubtedly, one of the coolest camera features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean brought was the Photo Sphere. Shooting a full 360-degree panorama both horizontally and vertically allows you to capture everything surrounding you, Street View style.

Sadly, so far you could only view the Photo Sphere images on either Google+ or on another droid running Android 4.2. Not anymore though, as the Google+ Platform API has been updated to allow web developers include Photo Spheres they’ve taken or from around the web on their own website. Read more »

Microsoft takes a dig at Samsung and Apple users in latest WP ad, lightly promotes the Lumia 920

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Nokia and Microsoft have been targeting Android and iOS in their ads and campaigns, urging users to switch to Lumia while Microsoft is planning on releasing an Android app demonstrating the variety of WP’s apps.

Well the latest ad coming from Redmond is dubbed Don’t fight and sarcastically portrays Samsung and Apple’s fans as bickering fanboys, who just love to promote their favorite brands and bash their opponents. Read more »

Google celebrates Earth Day 2013 with a cool animated doodle

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Google has always celebrated important dates in its own cool way – with an animated doodle related to the event. This year, Google has a brilliant environment-themed doodle for Earth Day.

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States in the year 1970 and a whopping 20 million Americans took part and demonstrated in a movement for a healthy, sustainable environment for all the people across their country. Read more »

Iron Man iPhone 5 case is sure to make every comic book fan drool

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We’ve seen both expensive and flashy iPhone cases in our time, but few as cool as this Iron Man themed one. Modeled after Tony Stark’s suit, the iPhone 5 exclusive case is certainly going to make your geeky friends lose their mind.

Yes, it’s bulky and goes against the precise engineering policy that went into designing the aluminum-clad phone, but it definitely tops our coolness chart. Read more »

Google gets €145,000 fine for collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars in Germany

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Google got into some hot water when it was discovered its Street View cars are collecting Wi-Fi data (including things like email, passwords and more) and while there was no criminal prosecution, there’s a fine.

Almost the maximum too, for what Johannes Caspar, Hamburg data regulator, calls “one of the biggest data protection rules violations known”. Read more »

Funny or Die’s iSteve movie debuts online, Justin Long plays Steve Jobs

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The first ever Steve Jobs movie has debuted online and its called simply “iSteve”. Its produced by humor website Funny or Die and starrs Justin Long playing Steve Jobs and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak.

Running 80 minutes long, the movie takes us on a journey of Steve Jobs’ life, the ups, downs and how he envisioned Apple’s products. Read more »

Google sets up Inactive Account Manager to help you manage your digital footprint after you die

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Google has set up an Inactive Account Manager giving you the option to choose what happens with your digital footprint after you’ve passed away or have been inactive for a specific amount of time.

After you set your timeout period (ranging from 3 months to 1 year) you’ll then be prompted to point up to 10 trusted friends or family members to be notified of your inactivity. Read more »

Samsung Experience Shops will be installed in more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across US

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Samsung has officially announced its partnership with Best Buy, which is one of the most popular retail stores across US. The South Korean giant is all set to install more than 1,400 Experience shops in the Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the US, starting from this month.

Samsung Experience shops will allow the consumers to experience a range of smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras and accessories before purchasing them. The shops will also let you know all about the devices from dedicated Samsung experts. Read more »

Mozilla Foundation turns 15, shares 15 interesting facts about itself

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One of the most influential companies when it comes to web browsers – the Mozilla Foundation – is celebrating its 15th birthday. The foundation is best known for its Firefox browser (which is going to turn 9 this November and just hit version 20), but has branched out into other areas.

It all started before Firefox was born – back then the Mozilla Project launched Netscape on March 31 1998. It was an open source version of the older Netscape browser and it served as basis for Firefox. Read more »

Sony’s MWC video wall of 196 Xperia ZL phones is officially a Guinness world record

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Sony had an interesting video wall at the MWC earlier this year – it was made out of 196 Sony Xperia ZL phones in a 14 x 14 grid and their 1080p screens were synchronized to display one 1.9m x 1m image (6 ft 2 in by 3 ft 4 in). The team behind it said that it’s a record-breaking wall and today the Guinness book of records concurred.

The previous record was held by a setup of only 72 phones, less than half of the Xperia ZL phones used in Sony’s wall. Read more »

A special screen protector can turn your phone’s (or tablet’s) screen into a 3D display

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3D phones fizzled out pretty quickly but some people won’t give up on the dream. Temasek Polytechnic and IMRE from Singapore offer a special type of screen protector that turns a regular mobile phone or tablet screen into a 3D display, regardless of its platform.

It’s based on the old lenticular glasses-free tech, but modernized with nanotechnology. The team behind the 3D screen protector is also developing tools for making 3D games and making 2D images 3D (your regular 2D camera won’t magically grow a third dimension). Read more »

S Voice, wallpapers and ringtones ripped from Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One ringtones also go public

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SamMobile received a system dump of the Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware and ripped out some interesting bits –the APK of the new S Voice, the high-res wallpapers and the ringtones.

Meanwhile, a member of XDA-Developers has ripped the ringtones from the HTC One and shared them with the world. Read more »

Apple to have negative income growth for the first time since 2003, analysts say

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For the first time since 2003 Apple might report negative income growth, according to an analyst survey conducted by CNN Fortune.

Every single analyst that took part in the survey believes Apple will report a lower income for Q2, 2013 (ending in March – the company has a shifted fiscal year) compared to the same period last year. Analyst company Thomson Financial estimates Apple’s earnings per share (EPS) for the fiscal second quarter will stand at $10.18, compared to $12.30 in Q2 2012. Read more »