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Cellhelmet promises to repair/replace any iPhone you break inside its case

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Currently, there are a gazillion different cases for the iPhone 5, but the makers of this particular case for Apple’s flagship offers something we haven’t seen before. The deal is this – you get a case and if your iPhone breaks while inside it, you get free repair or replacement unit.

The iPhone 5 case in question is called Cellhelmet and comes in different color variations including blue, red, orange, green, purple, pink and black. Read more »

Bootloader for LG Optimus G (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon versions) gets unlocked

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The LG Optimus G is a good phone as it is, but being the first Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered phone to hit the market, it draws the attention of a lot of power users and those guys are used to customizing their phones. The locked bootloader poses a problem, but one that has now been solved by Project FreeGee.

FreeGee is a tool that will unlock the bootloader of your Optimus G and it comes courtesy of XDA-Developers member thecubed. Read more »

Spiceworks infographic shows what gadgets IT Pros want for Christmas

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Spiceworks is a go-to place for ITs to find information, ideas and problem solutions on the web.

The guys over there decided to put together an infographic about what hot tech toys ITs want to get for Christmas this year, based on the opinions of “over 800 IT pros”. Follow on to see it. Read more »

More than 5 million Nexus 7 will be shipped by the end of the year, say Taiwan suppliers

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According to Taiwanese suppliers Asus will have shipped over 5 million Nexus 7 units by the end of the year.

At its current low prices and with the addition of the 32 GB model and the Cellular version it’s no surprise that come the holiday season the Nexus 7 will continue to fly off the shelves. Read more »

Here are the latest iPhone 5 ads, just in time for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow and Apple is readying two iPhone 5 ads to air on Turkey Day.

The first ad, called Orchestra, oddly focuses on the iPhone 5′s built in noise suppression during calls – it’s not like every smartphone nowadays has that. Oh wait… Read more »

HTC Droid DNA battery life tested, here’s how the smartphone beast scored

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The HTC Droid DNA leads the charge of phones with super-sharp screens into the west – it has 5″ 1080p display with an amazing pixel density of 440ppi (the screen looked great when we handled the phone).

The demanding resolution is taken care by the powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a quad-core Krait processor and the new Adreno 320, which is the best an Android phone can get at the moment. But is the 2,020mAh battery too small? Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 gets an 4.2 Jelly Bean Preview ROM

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The Samsung Galaxy S I9000 can now get to taste Android 4.2 Jelly Bean thanks to the work of an XDA developer pawitp.

What he released is an AOSP-based preview ROM, which lets you experience the goodies brought by the latest release of the Google OS. Read more »

Upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch spotted on Lenovo’s website

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The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, an ultrabook with a touchscreen display optimized for Windows 8, was spotted on Lenovo’s website ahead of official launch. The page since then has been pulled but not before a few details about the machine were obtained.

The X1 Carbon Touch will have a 14-inch HD+ multi-touch display that can support up to 10 fingers. The display is said to be 1600 x 900 in resolution as that is often what fits Lenovo’s definition of ‘HD+’. Read more »

Skype updates its Android app, introduces new UI for tablets and Microsoft account login

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Skype has just launched version 3.0 of its Android app for both tablets and smartphones.

The app comes with a redesigned user interface for tablets, which enhances the overall user experience. However, the interface is locked to landscape mode, which might come as a disappointment to some. Read more »

Final Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac and Linux is out today

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Firefox for Android update, today we see the proper desktop version of Firefox get updated to ver. 17. The version spent about a month at beta stage, available to everyone interested for testing, so today’s release is a final, stable thing.

The new version of Firefox doesn’t have that many new end-user features. One change is the way it handles older versions of plugins such as Flash, Silverlight, or Adobe Reader. If you have an older version of these (perhaps because you don’t have enough user rights to update them), they will be temporarily disabled until you explicitly allow them to run for particular elements on the page via the so-called Click-to-play interface. But there’s even more. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 gets gutted, reveals Samsung-made internals

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The new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has just been taken apart, revealing plenty of Samsung-made parts in the process.

The teardown also reveals that the device is fairly easy to take apart, which should make eventual repairs relatively painless. Read more »

The Amazon Android AppStore gets updated

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Even though for most Android users the Google’s Play Store is the go-to place for downloading new apps, the Amazon Appstore has its share of steady followers too. There may be many reasons for this, but among the most important ones (besides owning a Kindle Fire), is its daily paid-app-for-free promo.

Anyway, if you are already using it, you’d be happy to know that Amazon has just updated their app, fixing a bug under Android 4.2 and bringing a handful of other noteworthy changes. Read more »

Nokia HERE Maps land on iOS, brings voice guidance and maps caching

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Nokia have released its HERE Maps on iOS. The app is free and brings along voice guided navigation (English) and the option to save maps for offline use.

You can also get traffic information, where it’s available. Read more »

Opera adds resumable downloads for J2ME and BlackBerry phones with Opera Mini 7.1

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The Opera team has a long history of trying to improve the experience on less capable phones and its latest target was the poor file downloading experience on J2ME and BlackBerry phones.

The developers updated Opera Mini to version 7.1, which has a brand new download manager. Read more »

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins spotted at NBA game with upcoming BB10 devices

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We are still quite a way from the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices but recently RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was spotted with one of them in public.

At a Lakers game a few days ago, both Thorsten Heins and RIM Senior Vice President, Software Product Management Andrew Bocking were spotted using BB10 phones and taking pictures with them. You can see that the phone Heins is using has the usual BlackBerry sticker on the back that they reserve for test devices but it’s strange seeing the CEO of the company in public using devices that are yet to be announced publicly. Read more »