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Opera Mobile 12.1 for Android is out, SPDY is in, new security and web standards features also on board

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Hot on the heels of the desktop Opera 12.1 beta browser comes the Opera Mobile for Android 12.1 (and this one isn’t beta). Just like its PC counterpart, Opera Mobile 12.1 brings support for SPDY plus some extra features.

SPDY is a networking protocol proposed by Google that is similar to HTTP but faster (with special attention paid to mobile internet) and is already supported by Android’s native browser, Chrome and Firefox for Android, so you can expect to see increasing support on the server side. Read more »

More evidence of 32GB Nexus 7 emerges, pricing leaks suggest it’s replacing the 16GB model

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The 32GB version of the Google Nexus 7 was first hinted in a listing of a major retailer, but now we have a solid evidence of the device’s existence.

Upon booting up his brand new Nexus 7 16GB model, a Japanese customer found out from the Settings menu that his model actually has 27GB of available storage. Read more »

LG Optimus G for AT&T hands-on

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Fresh off our in-depth preview of its Korean relative, we enjoyed some quality time with the AT&T-bound LG Optimus G at an event in New York City. The recently unveiled LTE smartphone is set to hit the carrier’s shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.

There’s no difference between the specifications of the LG Optimus G for AT&T and the Korean version we’ve encountered, save for the camera unit on the back. The AT&T version of the smartphone has dropped the 13MP unit for an 8MP one. Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars coming on November 8 to devices near you

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The last few days Rovio released a couple of teasers about a Star Wars-themed Angry Birds title. There was even an event in New York and, long story short – a new Angry Birds is coming, along with board games and dedicated merchandise (plush toys, etc.).

The center of all those things, of course, is the Angry Birds Star Wars game coming one month from now, on November 8. Read more »

New version of Nokia Transport for Windows Phone 7 enters beta

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The Nokia Transport app for Windows Phone 7 dropped its beta tag back in July, but now it’s time for another beta – this time of a new version of the app -2.3. The new release brings easier searching, simpler to understand directions and constant updates of the changes in public transport.

The number of cities that Transport supports has grown since July. It will give you directions for 100 new cities (550 in total) and there are live timetables for 9 new cities (109 total). Here’s what else has changed in version 2.3: Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy Note II kernel source code

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Samsung has just released the source code of the Jelly Bean kernel of its Galaxy Note II phablet. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the device will now start appearing at a rapid rate.

All the open-source bits of the Samsung Galaxy Note II code are now available for download from the company’s website and if you happen to be a developer interested in the device you might get them right now. Read more »

Sony Xperia SL drops by the office, shows its speedier CPU to our camera

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The Sony Xperia SL is finally in our office and is ready to join our review queue.

The Xperia SL is to the Xperia S, what the Arc S was to the Arc last year – it adds a speedier CPU (1.7 GHz instead of 1.5 GHz) and comes with Android 4.0.4 out of the box. Read more »

‘The Room’ for iPad game review

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The Room is a puzzle solving game exclusively for the iPad and is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The game has received several accolades already and is on top of several App Store lists around the world.

We decided to give it a try and see for ourselves just how good the game really is. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Express, Galaxy Rugby Pro, and Galaxy Note II for AT&T hands-on

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We encountered AT&T’s freshly announced LTE trio of Samsung Android smartphones at an event in New York City. Headed by the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the bunch also includes the brand new Galaxy Express mid-ranger, and the rugged Galaxy Rugby Pro.

We’ll begin with the Android 4.0 ICS booting Samsung Galaxy Express. The smartphone sports a 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display, which is taken directly from the US crop of Galaxy S II devices. Read more »

Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory workers go on strike due to new iPhone 5 quality standards?

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Around three to four thousand workers have gone on a strike at Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou. The reason? Apple’s new and stricter demands over the iPhone 5 quality.

Apparently, Apple isn’t happy with how the iPhone 5 scratches and chips off, so it has asked Foxconn to improve the smartphone’s manufacturing process. Read more »

‘Rayman Jungle Run’ for iOS and Android game review

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After launching the superb Rayman Origins on consoles and desktop last year, Ubisoft has brought our favorite disjointed character to the mobile platform. Rayman Jungle Run is the latest installment in the long running series of 2D platforming games and is the first game in the series to make an appearance on iOS and Android.

Rayman Jungle Run is not the same game as Rayman Origins, even though it uses similar artwork, but is a completely new game made from the grounds up for the mobile devices with a new control mechanism. Let’s see how it stacks up against the previous games in the series. Read more »

HTC One X+ and HTC One VX for AT&T hands-on

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We managed to spend some quality time with the freshly announced HTC One X+ and One VX for AT&T at an event in New York City. The LTE duo is bound to hit the carrier’s shelves in the nearest future.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean booting HTC One X+ is bound to be the company’s flagship when it becomes available. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note II battery life test is complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most impressive droids out there and judging by our mailbox everyone was interested to know more about its its battery performance. Well, we are finally done with the tests, and we are now ready to share the results with you. The tests took a while to complete, for reasons you’ll see shortly.

The Galaxy Note II has a beefy 3100mAh battery – 1000mAh more than the battery in the Galaxy S III, but 200mAh less than Motorola’s RAZR MAXX battery. And there’s a large AMOLED screen and a quad-core processor to feed. Read more »

Apple pays tribute to Steve Jobs at the anniversary of his death

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It’s now been a year since Apple co-founder and the person whom we associate the most with Cupertino – Steve Jobs – has passed away.

Apple has posted a short video, commemorating his most highlighted speeches and announcements on its homepage. Read more »

Firefox Metro for Windows 8 breaks cover, old-school Desktop version here to stay

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The launch of Windows 8 is fast approaching and Mozilla has been working hard on releasing the Metro version of Firefox.

Currently available for download in a preview release form, Firefox Metro, as Mozilla is calling it, packs the essential features of its desktop counterpart. Read more »