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Sony creates a flexible 9.9-inch OLED screen with WhiteMagic-like matrix

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Sony showcased a flexible 9.9″ OLED screen at SID’s Display Week 2012. The screen is just a prototype for now and wasn’t even physically present at the event – they just showed a video of it.

Sony said “We have just made the panel and did not have time to evaluate its reliability for bringing it out”, but even so “it is a realistic choice for volume production of a flexible OLED panel”. Read more »

Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual make first video appearances

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Sony announced the Xperia tipo and tipo dual this morning (among other things). And here come the first promo videos of the two mini droids.

The Xperia tipo is an entry-level smartphone but it comes with the latest Android ICS out of the box. Inside the Xperia tipo there is a 800Mhz Snapdragon chipset, 2.9GB of built-in memory and a 1500mAh battery. The screen is a smallish 3.2″ HVGA TFT unit and there’s a 3 megapixel snapper on the back. Here’s the promo video, showing the smartphone. Read more »

iPhone 4 and 3GS not getting the Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation features in iOS 6

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Apple may have announced support for iOS 6 on the three year old iPhone 3GS and the two year old iPhone 4 but they won’t be getting the same treatment as the company’s newest iPhone 4S. If you go through Apple’s website and read the fine print you will find out that some of the more important features in iOS 6 that were demoed in the keynote couple of days ago won’t be available at all on the iPhone 4 and 3GS.

One of these features is Flyover, part of the new Maps app in iOS 6. Flyover lets you see an aerial view of the major metro areas around the world in glorious photorealistic 3D. Read more »

Samsung introduces the TecTiles programmable tags for its NFC enabled Android lineup

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This should hardly catch anyone by surprise – after all quite a few Android devices from Samsung sport NFC connectivity. The TecTiles programmable tags however, take the practicality of the aforementioned function to a whole new level.

As you have probably guessed by now, the Samsung TecTiles are programmable tags, which set off a predefined function or setting of your Samsung smartphone. Read more »

Amazon launches its Cloud Player app on the iPhone and iPod Touch

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Amazon has finally released its Cloud Player app to iOS. Right now only the iPhone and iPod Touch units running version 4.3 or later of the platform are supported.

The app provides an alternative to users, who don’t feel happy about iTunes’ DRM policy on songs and makes it possible to play the tracks from the Cloud Drive. Read more »

Facebook Camera app on iOS gets an update, new name

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It appears that we are not done with the Apple-related Facebook news, as the company just released an update for the iOS version of its camera app.

The first change you are going to notice after you apply the version 1.0.2. update is the Facebook Camera app has been given a new screen name – Camera•. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III can connect to anything, demonstrates it on video

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Samsung’s flagship the Galaxy S III is among the most capable Android mobile devices on the market today and its powers aren’t confined to just raw computing power and a great display.

The S III is quite the connectivity beast, as tech blog AndroidNZ was eager to demonstrate in a lengthy video. They put the Galaxy S III through its paces by hooking it up to various devices, flash drives, hard disks and other gadgets to see if it delivers. Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook can emulate iOS as well?

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By now we’re all familiar with the PlayBook’s ability to run Android apps, but a video has surfaced allegedly showing iOS running on the RIM tablet.

Codenamed ‘Brine’, the emulator is shown running a plethora of iOS games, as well as the TomTom navigation system. Read more »

iOS 6 beta download links now available, you can try it if you want

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Links to the iOS 6 beta are going live all over the place and you can now get it through both legitimate and slightly shady ways and experience the new iOS release before its official fall launch.

Maypalo has posted download links to the iOS 6 beta for the iPhone 4, 4S and 3GS, iPad 2 and 3 and the 4th generation iPod Touch. Read more »

Takhti 7 is a 7″ dual-core ICS tablet that costs just $165

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It’s time for another episode of “ultra cheap Android tablet from a little known maker”. This time it’s the Takhti 7, a 7″ Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. It packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage.

So, what can this tablet offer that a Kindle Fire can’t (besides a slightly tweaked Android 4.0)? Well, there’s a microSD card slot, HDMI port and a front-facing camera. Read more »

Android Ice Cream Sandwich gets twice as fast thanks to Linaro, the future looks even brighter

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There’s no arguing that Android could feel a little sluggish at times, especially when faced with less capable hardware. Even in its latest, Ice Cream Sandwich release, Google’s mobile OS feels like it could do with more code optimization. And that’s exactly what the Linaro team has done.

The indie developers created an optimized, faster and streamlined Android 4.0.4 build called Linaro, which performs up to 100 percent faster than the AOSP (stock) version. Read more »

Max Payne Mobile coming to Android on June 14, here’s a list of supported devices

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Although the iOS version of Max Payne Mobile was launched back in April, the Android version got lost in translation and was delayed indefinitely. That is until now.

Rockstar has announced that the game will be available this Thursday, that is June 14 for $2.99 and features HD graphics, high-resolution textures, Social Club connectivity, user-customizable controls and gamepad support for select USB controllers. Read more »

Apple quietly upgrades the Mac Pro, discontinues the 17-inch MacBook Pro

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It seems the company’s flagship product, the Mac Pro, was not worthy of a mention at the WWDC keynote yesterday because the product has received a quiet update after the event was over. Unfortunately, if you have been waiting for a significant update to this product, you are in for a disappointment.

The biggest change here are the new CPU. You now have three models, in quad-core, 12-core and server configurations. Read more »

Apple releases new iPad Smart Case for the iPad 2 and the new iPad

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You may have already seen the Smart Cover for the iPad 2 and the new iPad. While extremely intelligent, it’s biggest flaw was that it only covered the display on the front while leaving the back open for scratches.

Apple has now announced the new iPad Smart Case that not just covers the display but also the back. It behaves similar to the Smart Cover, where the top folds back and forms a stand to place the iPad in various positions. It also has the magnets that make the iPad automatically go to sleep when you place the cover over the display. But the new part is a complete coating for the back that ensures full protection for your iPad 2 or the new iPad. Read more »

Apple’s WWDC keynote is now available for your streaming pleasure

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Traditionally, the video from Apple’s WWDC keynote has been made available to stream directly from its own website – all two hours of it to pe precise. This means that everyone who wasn’t present at the event now has the opportunity to experience it, albeit a few hours later than it happened.

You will be able to hear all the Siri jokes, along with the crowd’s reaction to them. Read more »