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Asus ME301T MemoPad 10, a $365 10-inch Android tablet, could show up at CES

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According to rumors, Asus has plans to introduce two cheap 7″ Android tablets at CES (maybe as cheap as $129). A leak from retailer Icecat.us points to a cheap 10″ tablet that might be joining them at the Asus CES booth.

The tablet is known only as Asus ME301T MemoPad 10, will apparently pack a Tegra 3 chipset (like the one in the Nexus 7) and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Here’s the story of the first Android mascot and how the dessert-based naming scheme came to be

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Android’s mascot, affectionately known as Bugdroid, has become instantly recognizable in the mobile world and it has already gone several transformations to match the dessert a given Android version is named after. But Bugdroid wasn’t the first mascot.

These loopy-looking robots were. They were created by Dan Morrill, who worked in developer relations, when he decided that slides for a presentation to Google’s dev team needed eye candy. Read more »

Corning to showcase Gorilla Glass 3 at CES, says it’s three times tougher

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Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become synonymous with scratch-resistance for mobile devices (both phones and tablets), so we’re excited to see the third iteration of the product. Corning will showcase it at CES and its president will give a talk about the future of specialized glass for the video and gaming industry.

Gorilla Glass 3 promises a 3x increase in scratch resistance and fewer visible scratches. Read more »

Samsung announces NX300, 20 megapixel mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Samsung has announced the NX300, the latest in its range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and successor to the previous NX200.

The NX300 uses a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor that can shoot up to ISO 25,600. The NX300 can take up to 8.6fps in burst mode and record videos in 1080p60 resolution. Read more »

Apple promises to fix Do Not Disturb feature by January 7

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The iOS 6 Do Not Disturb mode stopped working properly at the turn of the year. The same day Apple decided to launch a new iPhone 5 ad focused exactly on the cool DND service.

The jokes are about to stop on January 7 though, when an update will arrive to take care of the bug. Read more »

LG teases its CES 2013 announcements with video trailer

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“Stay tuned for LG’s moment to shine” is what LG has to say about its soon to come appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in a week.

LG released a short trailer, hinting at what’s to come without saying (or showing) much of it. LG’s conference at CES tips off January 7. Read more »

Samsung releases Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 to the UK Galaxy Camera, new Gallery in tow

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Samsung is seeding the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to its digital camera slash Android smartphone starting with the United Kingdom.

The firmware can be installed through Samsung KIES and over the air directly on the device. Read more »

Official Nexus 7 dock should go on sale this Sunday, can be yours for $40

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The official dock for the Google Nexus 7 tablet was first announced in early August last year, but we’ve barely heard from it since (the Asus Japan site has it listed, but it’s currently out of stock). So, here’s some good news – B&H Photo Video has the dock listed on their site as coming soon.

The Nexus 7 dock features a microUSB port used for charging and data connectivity along with a 3.5mm audio jack to plug in external speakers. Read more »

Has the countdown to Xbox 720 just begun?

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Xbox Live’s head Larry Hyrb otherwise known as Major Nelson, posted a countdown on its blog to E3 2013. It counts the days until June 11 this year when the expo kicks off and the text says: And it’s on…

Since the Xbox 360 is nearing the end of its cycle it just make sense we see the next generation announced this year. Read more »

Samsung officially announces refreshed Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra laptops

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Despite Samsung’s pre-CES teaser of the refreshed Series 7 Chronos notebook, we didn’t have to wait all that long to see the company officially announce it.

Samsung has unveiled the notebook alongside the enhanced Series 7 Ultra ultrabook, which is a direct competitor to the likes of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Read more »

Samsung Series 3 Chromebox gets a redesign

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Samsung launched the original Series 3 Chromebox back in May last year along with the Chromebook. The Chromebox was a desktop PC similar to the Mac mini. But perhaps it was a bit too similar, as the design was almost universally slammed for being a clone of the latter.

In the latest version, Samsung has chosen to upgrade just the design, with everything else being exactly the same. It still has the same 1.9GHz Intel Celeron B840 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB flash storage. But the design has now been changed to a very simplified white, monolithic shape that frankly looks like something placed upside down. Read more »

Nova Launcher 2.0 is out for download, adds a bunch of welcome features

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Nova Launcher has been updated to version 2.0 for both the free and paid version of the popular homescreen replacement app.

The list of changes isn’t a short one, staying true to the major version bump. Read more »

You can now play StarCraft and Caesar III on Android

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What if I told you there is a way to play StarCraft and Caesar III classics on your Android device? And that they will run as hassle-free as they would on your computer?

There is no magic involved here. Just Winulator. Read more »

Here are the 10 most popular posts on the GSMArena blog for 2012

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Another year has gone and as we start the new one we thought it might be worth stopping for a second and checking out what were the most popular articles in our Blog in 2012.

The top 10 articles of the past year alone amount to more than 1.5 million views, which makes us really proud. We also take notice of the tendencies to what you, the readers, like to look at so that we can focus on covering it even better. Read more »

Enable Smart Stay and Smart Rotate on any Android with the GMD Smart Rotate app

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Samsung put a number of exclusive features on their high-end Android devices, like Smart Stay and Smart Rotate. Now, using the GMD Smart Rotate app you can replicate both of those features on a non-TouchWiz device (or on a lower-end Samsung).

The free version of the app implements Smart Rotate – it uses the front-facing camera instead of the accelerometer to rotate the screen. The advantage is that there are situations where the accelerometer gets it wrong – e.g. when you’re lying on your side or if the phone/tablet is on a flat surface. Read more »