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Lumia 920 supply shortages means Microsoft employees aren’t getting their promised free smartphones for now

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A couple of months back at the Build conference, Microsoft told its employees that each and every one of them would receive a free Lumia 920 smartphone, a Surface tablet and a Windows 8 PC. According to a spicy rumor, however, the Lumia 920 part of the giveaway might not happen just yet, as Nokia is struggling to keep up with the consumer demand for the device.

As a result, Microsoft Germany has halted the employee-intended Lumia 920s and returned them back to Nokia to help fulfill customers’ orders. Read more »

Samsung to invest $3.9 billion in semiconductor plant in Texas

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Last summer, Samsung announced it would be looking to expand its semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas.

Talks with local authorities have since wrapped up, giving Samsung the green light to go forward with the expansion. Read more »

The LG Nexus 4 video ad makes you rethink the Christmas family photo

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Google is airing a cool new Christmas-themed ad promoting the new Photo Sphere feature of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

The ad shows тхе LG-made Google Nexus 4 taking a Photo Sphere of the entire family, gathered around a Christmas tree. Read more »

Ouya announces ten upcoming titles for the console

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Earlier this month, we talked about the Ouya console being ready to start shipping out to developers and Kickstarter backers. Now it’s time to talk about some of the games.

Ouya had planned a giveaway for ten developers, who would be getting the developer console for free, along with the software development kit. The ten developer names were announced on their Twitter account, along with the games that each of them are developing for OUYA. Read more »

‘Pudding Monsters’ is an adorable new game from the creators of ‘Cut the Rope’

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ZeptoLab, creators of the popular Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiments games, have now released a brand new game for iOS and Android, called Pudding Monsters.

The objective of the game is to combine the adorable little Pudding Monsters by sliding them around and sticking them together and forming a Mega Monster to complete the level. The game uses the same lovable animation style with cutesy but beautiful graphics that we saw with the Cut the Rope games. Read more »

Tumblr releases iPad version of its iOS app

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Tumblr has finally released an iPad version of its iOS application. Although the iPhone version has been available for a while now and was recently given a major facelift, the iPad version was nowhere to be found.

Among the new features is a UI optimized for the iPad’s bigger display. You get a navigation bar on the side that stays there permanently unlike on the iPhone version. Read more »

Nokia to unveil a 10″ Windows RT tablet at MWC

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According to DigiTime’s often reliable undisclosed Taiwan supply chain sources Nokia could be close to release a 10″ slate running on Qualcomm hardware and Windows RT software.

Nokia allegedly has had talks with chip-maker Qualcomm and manufacturer Compal Electronics to start production of the said tablet and could announce it in late February at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »

Nokia updates the Cinemagraph app on Lumia 920 an Lumia 820, makes sharing easy

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Nokia’s cinemagraph camera feature in its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones has been updated with new sharing options.

The new release of the Cinemagraph app is version 2.5.0.21 and includes a new Share menu option, which offers sharing via Facebook and Twitter, email or messaging. Read more »

LG takes jabs at Apple with an Optimus G ad published all over the Korean press

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LG has been taking a leaf of the Samsung’s marketing team book and has published an ad for its latest Optimus G, which is clearly taking a jab at Apple.

The ad, which you can see above, shows an LG Optimus G flying through a bitten apple (wink, wink) splitting it in half. Read more »

Gradiente unveils Android-powered iphone in Brazil, Apple lawyers grin

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The Brazilian company Gradiente is offering an Android-based smartphone called iphone Neo One. The gadget has nothing to do with Apple, iOS and the genuine iPhone lineup.

Gradiente’s iphone features a 3.7-inch HVGA display, a 700MHz processor, a 5MP snapper, dual-SIM capabilities, 3G, Wi-Fi and a microSD card slot. The phone runs on the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Read more »

LG makes an ad for the Nexus 4, shows all the awesome Jelly Bean features

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While the Nexus 4 hardly needs introduction, it’s still nice to see LG take a swing at promoting the new Google phone. The two minute ad is set to some light music and goes over all the features that the Nexus 4 can be proud of.

You can check out the ad after the jump – for some this is the closest they can get to a Nexus 4, considering just how quickly (and often) it goes out of stock. Read more »

Instagram responds to outcry over the new Privacy Policy and ToS

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Couple of days ago, popular social network Instagram announced their new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, which would be effective starting January 16, 2013.

Unfortunately for them, the new documents resulted in a major outcry from the users because they made it sound like Instagram would be using your photos to sell them to advertisers, which resulted in a lot of people deleting their accounts. Now Instagram has published a blog post that talk about these changes to assure users that their intentions have been misinterpreted. Read more »

Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 update to fix Wi-Fi issue

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Apple has released the iOS 6.0.2 update for the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini. The only major change in this update is that it fixes the Wi-Fi bug that a lot of users were experiencing.

Since the iOS 6 update, several users reported unable to connect to their local Wi-Fi. The next update, iOS 6.0.1, was supposed to solve this issue and while it did for some users others continued to face it. Read more »

Google brings music matching to Google Play in the US

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After the European launch last month, Google is now bringing the music match feature for the folks in the US. If you don’t know how this works, the service scans your local library and then adds those track to your online Google Play library so you can stream them later from anywhere.

This feature was already available on both iTunes and Amazon’s music service. Both these services are paid. Apple and Amazon charge $24.99 per year, which is not a bad deal when you consider what you’re getting but Google is offering an even better deal, where it’s free of cost, at least for the first 20,000 songs. Read more »

Polaroid is rumored to have an interchangeable lens sporting, Android booting camera in the works

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It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Camera and the Nikon Coolpix S800c are about to face some seriously stiff competition in the immediate future. Polaroid is reportedly working on an Android based, mirrorless camera, whose interchangeable lenses are likely to seriously up the image quality bar in the realm of dedicated shooters, booting Google’s OS.

The Polaroid IM1836 is rumored to pack an 18.1 megapixel sensor, 3.5″ touchscreen, and Android 4.0 (or higher) when it gets unveiled. Read more »