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Opera releases beta version of new WebKit based browser for Android, we go hands-on

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.

Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »

Nikon announces Coolpix A, compact DX-format camera and Coolpix P330

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Nikon has announced two new compact cameras, the Coolpix A and the Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A is the company’s first compact camera with a DX-format sensor. DX-format is essentially Nikon’s name for APS-C sensors that they usually reserve for their DSLR cameras and having it in a compact camera is quite impressive.

The DX-format CMOS sensor has a resolution of 16.2 megapixel and a 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The Coolpix A is capable of shooting at 4 frames per second. Other specs include a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD, 1080p30 video recording, built-in flash, hotshoe and RAW shooting mode. Read more »

Here is how the displays of the global Sony Xperia Z and its sibling for NTT DoCoMo in Japan fare side by side

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It looks like the Sony Xperia Z SO-02E for the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is using a display unit with noticeably better quality than its globally available C6603 counterpart. A photo shoot, comparing the screens of the two devices side by side reveals the difference.

As you can see in the image above, the Sony Xperia Z SO-02E sports a display visibly punchier colors and arguably better viewing angles. Read more »

Apple’s market cap drops below $400 billion for the first time in ages

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Apple’s stock has a taken a hit and the company’s market cap have dropped below $400 billion for the first time since January 2012. The Cupertino’s stock has been wobbling ever since the launch of the fifth-generation iPhone and according to few reports, the investors are concerned about the company’s contracting profit margins.

Apple’s upcoming products and innovations along with the superabundance of the assets have all raised a cause of concern among the investors, resulting in the drop of company’s share price and overall market cap. Read more »

A cool infographic shows the rise of Samsung to the top of smartphone food chain

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Over the past several years, Samsung has gradually risen to become one of the top ten most valuable brands, and one of the top dogs in the mobile realm.

To get a taste of how exactly they accomplished this, dutch site typhone.nl has created a nifty new infographic of Samsung’s evolution. Read more »

Evasi0n jailbreak now powers more than 14 million iOS 6.x devices

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Evasi0n’s jailbreak has been one of the most popular tools to jailbreak any Apple device. The recently launched jailbreak tool for iOS 6.x had been used to hack more than 7 million iOS devices in just about four days and the tool now runs on over 14 million Apple devices.

According to a tweet from pod2g, one of the team members of Evad3rs, who are responsible for the jailbreak, has revealed the latest stats of the tool. The tweet also disclosed that the Evasi0n jailbreak (all versions) is now running on more than 23 million unique iDevices. Read more »

HTC One promo video shows off Zoe’s capabilities

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HTC’s Zoe is one of the defining new features of Sense 5.0, which will debut as the company’s One flagship hits stores.

Тhe Taiwanese are quite proud of it and have made a special promo video using exclusively the powers of Zoe. Read more »

A glitch found on Samsung Galaxy devices, allows you to bypass the lock screen for a brief moment

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A newly discovered vulnerability on Samsung Galaxy devices, allows you to bypass the lock screen. The security breach lets you have a sneak peak at the home screen of the smartphone and the flaw does not expose any sensitive data on the device.

The latest security breach was found on the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III smartphones, but the glitch might be present in other smartphones running on Android 4.1.2 OS. Read more »

ASUS begins rolling out Android 4.2 for the Transformer Pad TF300T in the US

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ASUS has been remarkably quick in the past year or so in rolling out Android updates for its devices. Now the Taiwanese company has become the first to roll out the elusive Android 4.2 update for its Transformer Pad TF300T tablet.

The update is currently available only in the US but is expected to roll out in other regions in March. The update is said to bring performance improvements and features such as multi-user accounts. Read more »

Opera Turbo-like functionality spotted in Chrome for Android

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You may be familiar with the Opera Turbo functionality, first seen in the Opera Mobile web browser, that compressed some of the data on a web page, such as images using proxy servers and then sent that to your client, thereby reducing the data consumption on your device. This functionality was later adopted in the desktop version of Opera as well.

Turns out, Google is working on incorporating something similar on the Android version of the Chrome browser. In fact, they already have; it’s just not enabled yet. Read more »

The trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag premieres a little earlier than expected

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It looks like the world premiere trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV which Ubisoft promised to take place tomorrow, took place slightly earlier than expected. The clip made it to YouTube prematurely, thus introducing us to the main character in the upcoming game.

Users will play the latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise as Captain Edward Kenway – an infamous pirate whose killing abilities allow him to “clear the deck of a Spanish galleon” practically by himself. Read more »

Here is why Apple’s Lightning AV adapters are expensive

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Apple’s Lightning Digital AV adapter is often criticized for carrying an expensive price tag, but the potential these adapters carry is very little known. The folks at Panic have torn down the adapter and were able to unveil its hidden capabilities.

The Lightning Digital AV adapters is designed to support full 1080p HD display but the tests revealed that the device’s maximum and optimum resolution was only 1600×900 pixles. So, the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, which claims to support video outputs up to 1080p is not possible and you get 1600×900 instead. Read more »

Logitech announces layoffs and realigns strategy to focus on the mobile business

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Logitech, the global computer accessories provider, has had a tough time in the market and company is looking to turn the tables around and have its glory days back. The company was reported to take some decisive action to turn its fortunes around and we are seeing the first steps in a new direction.

Logitech will lay off about five percent of its non-direct workforce – the first part of an organizational shuffle that is aimed at helping the firm in shifting markets. Read more »

Evernote loses usernames, emails and passwords in security breach, resets passwords as a precaution

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Popular cloud-based note taking service Evernote experienced a security breach, where the company confirms it lost information such as usernames, associated email addresses and passwords to the hackers. No data, however, was said to be lost or changed and no payment information was accessed.

Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company is not taking any chances and is requiring users to reset their password before logging in again to their accounts. The company will also be releasing updates to its apps over the next few hours to make the password change process easier. Read more »

Rovio and DreamWorks team up to lauch The Croods mobile game on March 14

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There’s another non-Angry Birds title headed to Rovio’s gaming portfolio, folks. The Finnish developer has teamed up to release a mobile game, based on the film studio’s upcoming animated movie The Croods.

The Croods mobile game will be available for both iOS and Android on March 14 – a week before the movie’s premiere. Read more »