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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 »

Jolla will showcase MeeGo-based Sailfish demo on November 21

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Jolla, the Finnish startup composed of former Nokia employees working on the MeeGo mobile platform, will showcase its Sailfish OS in the third week of November.

Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola also announced that we will know what the first Sailfish-running device will be – and when to expect it – by Christmas of this year. Read more »

Facebook hits 1 billion active monthly users, celebrates with a video ad

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Facebook celebrates 1 billion active monthly users today. The announcement came from the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s company blog. He also used the occasion to post some more impressive stats.

Since the launch of the Likes feature on Facebook in 2009, there have been more than 1.13 trillion likes. Over 140.3 billion friend connections in total were made and 219 billion photos uploaded. Read more »

Google Drive for Android gets a massive update, bug fixes for Wallet and Play Music

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Google has released updates for three of its Android apps today – Drive, Wallet and Play Music. And while Wallet and Music got nothing but bug fixes, Google Drive was treated to a really big update with tons of new features.

Drive for Andoird now sports some folder management tools, allowing you to filter folder contents by file type, create folders as well as upload and move files around them. Read more »

Microsoft event on October 25 will launch Windows 8 and Surface tablet

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Microsoft will be holding a special event in New York on October 25, where it’ll officially introduce Windows 8 and the Windows Surface tablets.

After the event, which starts at 10:00AM, the guys from Redmond will announce the launch of the highly anticipated Surface tablet. The actual availability is said to start right at midnight on October 26 through the company’s special pop-up stores. Read more »

TomTom launches navigation app for Android, forgets HD resolution support

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TomTom has launched its popular offline navigation app for Android today. Packing most of the features of its iOS counterparts, the TomTom Android app features spoken turn-by-turn directions in multiple languages as well as speed camera alerts and Traffic info.

On top of that, TomTom promises it’ll provide lifetime map updates, with at least four releases per year. It all sounds great, but there’s a catch – the app doesn’t have the greatest device compatibility. Read more »

More iPhones are sold through carriers than in Apple’s own stores

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In the U.S., Apple stores have achieved a type of mythical status by being able to generate more revenue per square foot than any other retail outlet, particularly because there are only 250 locations nationwide.

However, it seems that carriers, namely AT&T and Verizon, are shouldering the heavy load when it comes to iPhone sales. Read more »

Google enables Street view on mobile Google Maps site for iOS

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The Maps issue on iOS is still a hot topic for some people and after Tim Cook himself suggested people try third-party solutions, there has been a lot of chest beating from established map makers. Now Google is putting its features where its mouth is and has enabled Street View in the mobile Google Maps site for iOS.

It’s a stopgap feature as a dedicated Google Maps app is still some way out, but it works well enough. Read more »

Sony PlayStation Mobile store now available on PS Vita and PlayStation Certified devices

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Sony has launched the new PlayStation Mobile store for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Certified devices, which will let you purchase a game once and play across multiple supported devices.

The list of PlayStation Certified devices currently includes Xperia PLAY, Xperia arc, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia SX, Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia V, Xperia ion, Xperia acro, Xperia acro S, Xperia acro HD, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Xperia Tablet S, HTC One X, One X+, One S and One V. You currently have a choice of 20 games available and once purchased, you can play on up to three different devices with the same ID. Read more »

Digital Photography Review sheds light on the iPhone 5 purple haze issue

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The Apple iPhone 5 launch hasn’t been the smoothest of rides. The phone has faced criticism for various reasons, including build quality, battery life and, most recently, camera performance.

In case you’ve missed it, we are talking about was the purple haze seen in some of the iPhone 5 camera photos with a bright light source just entering the frame. In their review of the iPhone 5 camera, Digital Photography Review talked about this phenomenon, what could be causing it and how big a deal it really is. Read more »

Nokia releases Xpress for Lumia browser, compresses data by up to 90 percent

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Nokia has released the beta version of a new browser called Xpress for Lumia that is based on the same principle as the browser on their Asha phones, which itself was based on the Opera Mini.

The Nokia Xpress for Lumia browser is designed exclusively for Nokia Lumia phones and claims to compress data by up to 90 percent, saving your data, time and money. Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook gets an update to version 2.1, some handy new features

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RIM has launched an update for the BlackBerry PlayBook bringing it OS to version 2.1. Owners of the tablet now have a reason to celebrate, as it brings some pretty cool new features.

One of them is sending SMS messages right from the tablet via the updated BlackBerry Bridge. It’s been optimized and as a result runs faster than before. Another neat, and rather overdue addition is that the email, contacts and calendar apps got portrait mode support. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 510 shaky hands-on video surfaces

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The Nokia Lumia 510 has obviously overcome its camera shyness, and after posing for a live photo earlier today, is now featuring in a hands-on video.

Unfortunately, the author obviously didn’t have the best camera at hand, so the video doesn’t reveal too much, but is at least yet another proof that the Lumia 510 is on the way. Read more »

iOS 6 now active on over 60% of iPhones

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Apple’s latest operating system version, iOS 6, has already made its way to over 60% of iPhones.

The new update has also made its way to roughly 45% of iPads and just below 40% of iPods since its release on September 19th. Read more »

Samsung is now among the Top 10 most valuable brands for 2012, Apple takes second place

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The investment Samsung makes in the marketing of its two latest Android flagships, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has paid off not only in massive sales, but also in boosting the brand’s worth, shooting it among the top 10 most valuable in the world.

According to Interbrand’s 13th annual Best Global Brands report, Samsung, for the first time in its history, finds its place in the Top 10 of the prestigious ranking. In fact, it’s now considered the 9th most valuable brand on the planet and is estimated to be worth $32.8 billion. Read more »