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Samsung releases new Galaxy S III ads in the US

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Samsung has released three new ads for the Galaxy S III in the US. After making fun of iPhone buyers ad nauseam in the previous ads, these new ads actually concentrate on the phone itself and its key features.

There are three ads in total, with each one focusing on the big screen, the Music Hub and the S Beam NFC sharing features respectively. The ads are short, to the point and have a good dose of humor, everything that you expect from a great ad. You can find them all below. Read more »

Letterpress, a new game for iOS from the creator of Tweetie

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If you’ve used the Twitter client Tweetie or the official Twitter apps for iOS, Android and OS X, you have one person to thank for them: Loren Brichter. Brichter rose to fame with his excellent Twitter app, Tweetie, for iOS and Android. These apps were so good that Twitter acquired him and his apps and since then he made the Twitter apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and OS X.

Last year, Brichter left Twitter to continue working for his own company, Atebits. He has been secretly working on his own app since then and yesterday it was finally released on iOS. Say hello to Letterpress. Read more »

The iPad mini software is designed to ignore your thumb resting on the display

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When Apple announced the iPad mini, one of the things I noticed was how thin the bezel is on the side. The iPad has a sizable bezel all around its display and Apple’s reason for that was to be able to hold the device without touching the screen. So why did they make the bezel so thin on the iPad mini?

At first glance it seems like a major design gaffe but turns out, it’s not. Because the bezel on the iPad mini is so thin on the sides, the software has been designed to ignore your thumb even if you rest it directly on the display. Read more »

LG Optimus G battery tests are done, here are the results

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The LG Optimus G is the first phone with the monster Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that we’ve reviewed, so we’re very curios to see how battery efficient it is. Four powerful cores can be a blessing (get the job done quicker, go to sleep quicker) or a curse (burn more energy, even if the job takes less time than on slower cores).

So, which is it? The battery has 2100mAh capacity, which is exactly as much as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+ have, so the Optimus G can’t rely on that to gain advantage. Read more »

Skype 6.0 for Mac or Windows released, brings MS or Facebook login and UI tweaks

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Skype for Mac and Windows has received an update to version 6.0 with an alternative sign in and extended Microsoft-integration in tow.

You can log in without a Skype ID and opt for using a Microsoft Live ID or a Facebook one instead. There’s also Retina support for Mac, visual changes and more. Read more »

Gorilla Glass now protects 1 billion devices from scratches, Corning sets its sight on Willow Glass

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In its quarterly earnings report, Corning announced it’s protective Gorilla Glass screen is now used to protect more than 1 billion devices from scratches worldwide.

Gorilla Glass is used by every company imaginable including the big dogs like Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG, Sony and ASUS. Read more »

Lightning TV-out and Camera Connection Kit cables priced, iPad mini Smart Cover too

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Apple’s event brought things like a refreshed retina iPad, the long expected iPad mini and new Mac computers. There were new accessories too – several new Lightning cables (HDMI, VGA, SD and USB) and a Smart Cover for the iPad mini.

The iPad mini covers are smaller versions of the ones for the full-size iPad and they have the same functionality – automatically waking the tablet when you open them and then serving as stands (in two different positions). Here’s a video that shows it in action: Read more »

Nikon announces the 1 V2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Nikon has announced the newest member of their Nikon 1 series of mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The Nikon 1 V2 has a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a new design, that unlike the previous Nikon 1 series cameras has a proper grip like a DSLR to make it easier to hold.

Other features include a built-in flash, notably missing on the V1, along with a hotshoe for attaching the new optional SB-N7 compact speedlight, a new Command dial, EXPEED 3A image processor, 73 point AF system, 15fps burst mode for up to 45 images or 60fps for up to 40 images, FullHD video recording and a 3.0-inch, 921k dot LCD. Read more »

Certain Apple Stores will replace your third gen iPad with a fourth gen model if bought within last 30 days

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Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad mini but along with that also introduced a fourth generation iPad, just eight months after the third generation model was announced earlier this year. And it’s not a small update, either. The fourth generation model comes with a faster A6X processor that doubles the CPU and GPU power, faster wireless connectivity and the new Lighting port.

Naturally, if you bought the third generation model recently, you’d be feeling a bit jelly. But if you happened to have purchased that model in the past 30 days, you just might be in luck. Read more »

Apple October 2012 Special Event for iPad mini now available for download

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Yesterday, Apple held an event in San Jose, California, where they announced the new iPad mini, fourth generation iPad, new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, new iMac, refreshed Mac mini and a new iBooks application.

The keynote was live streamed but was only available for viewing if you owned a Mac, an iOS device or an Apple TV but now the keynote video is available for download to everyone. Read more »

Microsoft launches four new Windows 8 video ads, warming up for October 26

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Microsoft doesn’t seem to be bothered by Apple’s huge event today and went on releasing four new ads for Windows 8.

The video ads are global and are going to be aired in 42 countries joined by printed ads, outdoor posters as well as their online counterparts to help boost user awareness and quick adoption of Microsoft’s latest computer OS. Read more »

Here are the iPad mini and iPad 4 prices and the first-wave countries

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Apple managed to one-up all expectations today by unveiling not one, but two new iPads – the iPad mini and the 4th gen 10-inch iPad. The new 10-incher succeeds and immediately replaces the 3rd gen iPad, which has been selling for barely seven months now.

Both the new iPads will be available this holiday season in all the countries in this long list.

The Wi-Fi versions of the new iPads will be available for pre-order this Friday (Oct. 26) and will be shipping as early as next week, starting on November 2. Read more »

Watch the Apple iPad mini official promo video

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As per tradition Apple has released a promotion video for its newly announced iPad mini.

The smaller 7.9-inch slate shares its chipset and screen resolution of the iPad 2, but adds a 5MP rear camera and the new Lightning port. The video tells more about those as well as the other cool bits of the compact tablet. Read more »

Apple iPad mini vs. the Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD: the compact tablet battleground

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Apple just announced their 7.9-inch iPad mini and is now officially ready to enter the fight in the ultra portable tablet market.

iOS is the dominant platform in the large tablet class, but it’s a newbie in the compact segment. So does the Apple iPad mini have what it takes to successfully challenge the already established competition from Google (ASUS) with its Nexus 7 and Amazon with its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Read more »

Apple updates Mac mini and iMacs

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In addition to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple announced the refreshed Mac mini and iMac lineups at its event tonight.

For the Mac mini you can now choose between dual-core i5 and quad-core i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, up to two 1TB hard drives or 256GB SSD. Wi-Fi n connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0 are also on board. Read more »