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HTC might stop bundling Beats headsets with their phones

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HTC bought a controlling share in Beats Electronics a while back and started bundling premium Beats headsets with some of their phones and incorporating audio know-how into the phones themselves. Now HTC might be rethinking the practice and there might not be any more Beats headsets to be found in HTC retail boxes.

An HTC product exec, Martin Fichter, talked to CNET and said that headphones aren’t a deciding factor when choosing a phone. Read more »

Samsung begins manufacturing of 80MB/s-capable microSD cards

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Over the past few years microSD card manufacturers have mostly focused on increasing the capacity, rather than improving the speed, but as mobile chipsets improve, things are obviously starting to change. Samsung just announced that it has begun mass production of its first UHS-I microSD cards, which should deliver a significant increase in performance, compared to their regular counterparts.

The new 16GB memory cards come with a 20nm 64Gb chip with toggle DDR 2.0 support and an advanced Samsung controller, which enables it to achieve a maximum read speed of up to 80MB/s. That’s a quadruple increase compared to its predecessors, but naturally you’d need an UHS-I compatible device to enjoy it. Read more »

Google announces Project Glass, lets you peek into the future

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File it in under unlikely to happen soon, but the Project Glass that Google just unveiled is one of the most exciting pieces of technology we have seen recently. Started by a group of Google employees, the project aims to make organizing your daily routines and sharing stuff with your friends as easier than it has even been.

Forget about using smartphones – all you need is a futuristic looking band on your head, your voice and Internet connectivity. We’ll let the following video do the rest of the talking as we don’t think words can do the promised experience justice. Read more »

Maria Sharapova jumps ship, will promote Samsung from now on

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Sony Ericsson is a pretty big name in tennis – the Sony Ericsson Open just finished and it is a title sponsor of the Women’s Tennis Association. So, it came as a big surprise when it was announced that Maria Sharapova will promote Samsung products from now on (she was a Sony Ericsson ambassador for 4 years).

Currently, her deal covers only Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States and is for three years. A new deal that covers the rest of the world might be signed next year. Read more »

Sony admits Xperia S display issues, promises a resolution

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When we reviewed the Sony Xperia S, we loved its 4.3″ LCD screen with HD resolution. It turns out however, that the display is far from perfect. Apparently, the unit develops a rather uncool yellow tint when the device warms up.

Thankfully, Sony Mobile Communications has admitted about the existence of the issue in a limited number of devices shipped. Read more »

Angry Birds TV series set to air this autumn, will reveal where all that anger comes from

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After the success the Angry Birds game series has achieved, it’s only logical to see Rovio try out and push the franchise onto other mediums.

According to Rovio’s chief of animation, Nick Dorra, the Angry Birds characters will star in 52 episodes, each being two-and-a-half to three minutes long. Read more »

Total Recall (2012) extended trailer released

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The new Total Recall movie just got its full-length trailer, and it looks quite tasty.

The remake stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston. Read more »

Ashton Kutcher rumored to play as Steve Jobs in an upcoming biography movie

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Rumors are starting to surface about a future indie movie covering the early days of Steve Jobs. And if they are to be true, we might see Ashton Kutcher playing the former Apple CEO.

It might seem strange that an actor known primarily for his comedy roles is going to fill in the shoes of Jobs in a biography flick, but you have to admit there’s strong resemblance between young the Steve Jobs and the star from Two and a half men Kutcher. Read more »

AT&T Plus program rewards your loyalty with better support, special offers

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A recent study showed that US carriers are having a hard time keeping their customers, with the average users spending just over two years with one carrier. That’s hardly healthy for their bottom line as the hefty subsidies they pay take time to recoup themselves and the recent financial reports were quite clear about it.

Well, AT&T is obviously trying to do something about it and is launching a new AT&T Plus loyalty program. The exact details are yet to be unveiled, but the eligible customers will be getting a dedicated support line and won’t be charged upgrade and activation fees. They will also be getting a 25% discount from non-Apple accessories. Read more »

Google I/O 2012 registration will be open 7AM PDT today, event starts June 27 [UPDATE: Tickets already sold out]

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Google has put up its website for the 2012 Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Registration for the event will be open starting 7AM PDT in less than too hours, too, with regular tickets costing $900.

Starting June 27, the two-day conference promises to be interesting to say the least. Google is rumored to announce its sub $200 tablet, said to compete with the Kindle Fire. Read more »

The “Bird Man” video is a hoax, the author admits

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If you’ve spent any time on the internet over the past few days, you may have stumbled upon a certain video of a guy who succeeds at flying like a bird with a set of custom-built wings. There were plenty of debates over the authenticity of the viral clip, but now we have an official confirmation that it’s merely a hoax.

The author himself spoke on a Dutch TV show and revealed the truth about the video. It took 8 months to make and was meant to be an experiment about online media. It’s yet another proof you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the internet, even if multiple sources have confirmed it. Read more »

BBC iPlayer goes live for Xbox 360 in the UK

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The BBC’s popular VOD service iPlayer, which brings you popular TV and Radio programs from their site as well as on various mobile devices and and web-enabled TV’s, is now also available on the Xbox 360.

One cool feature that the developers have implemented for this version is the ability to control the application using gestures via the Xbox Kinect controller. Read more »

Apple plans to spend $45 billion on dividend and share buyback programs

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Just before Apple’s conference call on deciding the course of action for its enormous mountain of cash, the company announced its plans to initiate a dividend and share repurchase programs.

In the fourth quarter of the fiscal 2012, starting July 1, Apple will initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share. Not only that, but the guys over at Cupertino will set aside $10 billion for a share repurchasing program, starting September 30. Read more »

Apple will shed light on plans for its $100 billion cash reserve tomorrow

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Apple’s intentions towards its cash reserve of around $100 billion have been been the talk of the business world for quite some time now. Thankfully, we are going to find out more about the company’s “discussions concerning its cash balance” tomorrow, in a conference call hosted by its CEO Tim Cook, and Peter Oppenheimer – the giant’s CFO.

The conference call will be held at 9AM Eastern Time (GMT-4) tomorrow morning – a good half hour before the opening of the stock exchanges in the United States. Read more »

Angry birds fly straight into F1 – check out the new helmet of Heikki Kovalainen

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The Formula 1 season is just about the start and there will be a surprising new presence on the grid this year. We are talking the title that became a synonym for mobile gaming, Angry Birds, which will appear on the helmet of Heikki Kovalainen.

Rovio managed to strike a deal with their compatriot and Caterham driver and his helmet was branded with the immensely popular game. It’s unclear if the deal will only last for a few races or the whole season, as the submitted official image of Kovailainen’s helmet has no Angry birds on it. Read more »