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Facebook app for Windows Phone updated with performance improvement

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Microsoft has released a new version of Facebook app specifically for Windows Phone 8. In case you’re not aware, the Facebook app for Windows Phone is actually made by Microsoft, unlike the apps on iOS and Android, which are made by Facebook itself.

The new app mostly concentrates on the performance improvement, which is evident as soon as you launch the app, as everything from scrolling to opening pages is faster now. Other changes include support for multiple resolutions possible on Windows Phone 8 and multiple tile sizes. Read more »

Nexus 4 is sold out again in Germany and UK, Google UK exec issues an “unreserved apology” for the situation

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Isn’t that a peculiar deja vu? The Nexus 4 went back on sale in the UK and Germany, only for its stock to be depleted in a blink of an eye. As a result of the unprecedented Nexus 4 availability shortages and the general user frustration it caused, Google’s UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley has issued an apology.

Apparently, Cobley became aware of the Nexus 4′s case after a lot of customers complained on his Google+ page. Read more »

Samsung does a teardown of the Galaxy Note II, tells us all about its internals

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most feature-packed devices on the market right now, but have you ever wondered what components are used to make all of those features work? Well, Samsung has torn the device down, giving us an idea of what things do and it’s coincidentally a good opportunity for it to remind you how awesome the Note II is.

First there’s the beautifully arranged collage of all the components, followed by detailed description of each of them. For example, you can see what the digitizer that detects the S Pen at a distance looks like. Read more »

Want Siri to use Google Maps for navigation? Just use this simple trick

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Google Maps is finally available on the iOS and many users are surely wondering if it is possible to make Siri use Google Maps for routes and directions instead of Apple’s infamous Maps app.

As it turns out that’s not only possible, but quite easy too. It’s perfectly convenient, but it doesn’t require any hacking, so anyone can use it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tabs 2 7.0, 2 10.1 and Note 10.1 to launch in Garnet Red

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Samsung seems to be preparing new colors for its latest slates – the Tabs 2 7.0 and 10.1 as well as for the Note 10.1.

The new colors is called Garnet Red – if it sounds familiar it’s because the Galaxy S III is already available in it. Read more »

‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ for iOS and Android game review

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the sixth game in the infamous Grand Theft Auto series of open world action games. The game was originally released on the PC and the consoles back in 2002.

Now, ten years later, Rockstar has ported the game over to iOS and Android. The Android version had a few hiccups out of the gate but since then things have been sorted. We decided to take a trip down the Vice City streets to see how the game holds up after ten years. Read more »

Here goes the full breakdown of the Nokia Lumia 810′s battery performance

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Like we already concluded in our detailed review, the T-Mobile exclusive Nokia Lumia 810 has identical internals to the Lumia 820, save for its larger 1800mAh battery. Naturally, our battery test was the best way to determine how much further the extra 150mAh of juice which the Lumia 810 packs can take you.

As always, we take a look at the talk time performance first. Read more »

Dropbox for iOS version 2.0 adds new design, timeline’d Photos tab

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The latest Dropbox update for iOS devices brings along a simpler new design and an updated Photos tab with a Timeline view.

The app seems to work smoother now and looks less cluttered with the new, clean UI refresh. Read more »

Check out some of the upcoming features of the BlackBerry 10 keyboard

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Touchscreen keyboards have come a long way, but RIM are working hard to make the keyboard on BlackBerry 10 stand out from the pack. To showcase just how much thought and effort went into the process, the company’s Vivek Bhardwaj gives us a short walkthrough of the new BB10 keyboard.

He shares some of the new features the keyboard sports, one of the most prominent being the automatic addition of spaces between words. Read more »

Google+ for Android and iOS gets a ton of new features, now supports communities and Photo Sphere

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Google has updated the Google+ application for both iOS and Android, giving the latter slightly more features.

Now, Android users can take advantage of the full-size photo upload option in the Google+ app, allowing them to share images of up to 5GB. Read more »

WhatsApp arrives on Windows Phone 8

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Last week we told you that popular instant messaging service WhatsApp will soon be making an appearance on the new Windows Phone 8 platform, and it has.

WhatsApp is now available on devices running Windows Phone 8. As before, it’s free for the first year and then it’s $0.99 per year. The application is similar to the one on Windows Phone 7.5 in every way, which has also been updated to v2.8.10. Read more »

Dell abandons its smartphone business, waves goodbye to Android and Windows Phone

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In a rather unexpected move, Dell announced it is quitting the smartphone market altogether as of next year.

The news was delivered by Jeff Clarke, Dell’s head of consumer business at the Dell World Conference. The reason behind the decision is that “It needs a lot of investments to really be successful”. Read more »

Sony’s Xperia launcher is now available for any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich

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If you’ve been craving to give the launcher Sony has been using in its Xperia line-up of devices, now you can. Thanks to XDA member ra3al, you can now install the Xperia Launcher on any Android device running ICS or Jelly Bean.

Both tablets and smartphones are supported, so as long as you have the version requirement covered, there’s nothing to stop you from giving the launcher a try. Read more »

Google shows no interest in developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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The Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 app ecosystems are slowly starting to build steam, although you may have noticed a lack of participation from one of the biggest developers out there: Google.

If, however, you were in the hopes that Google may in fact be working on addressing this, then you are mistaken, because Google has chosen not to develop for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for the time being. Read more »

Microsoft adds ability to install apps from microSD cards in Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has just added a useful new feature to the Windows Phone Store that lets you install apps from the microSD card, if your device supports one. This is convenient for those who don’t have a data connection on their phones.

Now, when you go to an app page on the Windows Phone Store web page, you will see an option to download and install the app manually. Click on that and the app starts downloading automatically to your computer. Once done, you can then transfer the XAP file to a microSD card and then install it on your phone. Read more »