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Google releases Sound Search app for Android

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Google recently incorporated the ability to recognize songs in the latest Google Search update. Now they have released a standalone app that can be installed on Android.

Called Sound Search for Google Play, the app takes the form of a widget that you can keep on your homescreen and tap when you want to find out what song is playing near you. Other than guessing which song it is, the Sound Search app also provides a link to purchase it on Google Play and maintains a list of your searches, that can be synced across your Android devices for future reference. Read more »

Facebook for Android to get a lot faster with an upcoming major update [UPDATE: It's live]

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Well, it looks like the policy of stimulating its employees to adopt Android smartphones has yielded results for Facebook. An update for the social network’s Android app scheduled for later today, is bound to significantly increase its speed and overall performance.

In order to achieve the above result, Facebook’s app developers have done away with HTML 5 coding. Read more »

Google launches Play Magazines in the UK, leaves continental Europe hanging

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Slowly but surely, Google is making its various Play Store departments available in Europe with the latest addition being the Play Magazine landing in the UK.

Now the Brits will be able to subscribe to their favorite magazine publications or buy separate issues cheaper than their print counterparts. Read more »

Drive+ Beta for Windows Phone 8 gets updated

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Nokia’s Drive+, Nokia’s exclusive offline SatNav navigation app on Windows Phone has had its Beta version updated.

The new update enables more efficient battery use when the app runs in the background plus a few other improvements. Read more »

Samsung releases Jelly Bean update for the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 10.1

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Samsung released the Jelly Bean firmware update for the 3G Galaxy Note 10.1 back in November, but owners of the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet (GT-N8010) weren’t invited to the party. This just changed, though as the company has finally started pushing Android 4.1 for the Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Note 10.1.

The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean software update is 441 MB in size and is available only in Germany for now. Delivered in the usual over-the-air manner, the firmware update should hit rest of Europe soon. Read more »

Don’t you just hate accidentally clicking on a mobile ad? Google has your back

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Google has changed the way app ads work on your smartphone.

In an attempt to address accidental clicks the search giant has altered its implementation of mobile ads. Read more »

Is Apple about to acquire TomTom?

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Apple’s now infamous attempt at designing its own maps and navigation application has some analysts predicting they may need outside help to stop the bleeding.

Dutch-based GPS navigation company TomTom is considered the most likely candidate, and as a result TomTom stock has jumped by 5.65% in anticipation of the takeover. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets software update brings support for 128GB SDXC cards

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S recently went back on sale after Sony fixed the issues that caused its IPX-4 certified splash-proof tablet to leak. Now they’re issuing a small software update that adds SDXC support.

The update means that 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards will work. Keep in mind that we’re talking full size SD cards here, not microSD cards like on most other tablets. Read more »

Intel’s lineup of next generation (Haswell) Core i7 and Core i5 processors leaks

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Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs took some time getting here and their replacements are already on the horizon – a leaked spec table details the first round of Haswell processors that are coming in Q2 of 2013. Haswell is a Tock in Intel’s Tick Tock strategy – same manufacturing process as before (22nm), but a new microarchitecture.

The new CPUs are Core i7 and i5 models, both standard and low-power versions. The flagship model is the Core i7 4770K with four cores (eight threads) clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz and 8MB of cache. Read more »

MediaTek announces world’s first commercially available quad-core Cortex A7 SoC

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MediaTek, a Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company, has announced what they call the world’s first quad-core SoC – MT6589 – based on ARM’s new Cortex A7 CPU. Although Qualcomm was actually the first to do this, MediaTek’s chip will be the first to be commercially available in handsets, starting Q1, 2013.

The MT6589 uses four Cortex A7 cores based on 28nm process, which ARM says is their most power efficient processor yet. It combines them with a PowerVR Series5XT GPU and MediaTek’s multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem. Read more »

Google Currents 2.0 brings new UI, loads of other changes

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Google has updated the Google Currents application to v2.0, which brings with it some really nice changes. First of all, the UI has been changed and looks nothing like the previous version. It now has more in common with some of the other recent Google Android apps, such as YouTube and Google+.

The application features a new editions list that can be accessed from swiping from the left side of the screen. You see all your categories and the selected sources within. You can customize this list by adding or removing the sources. Read more »

Google Nexus 4 goes through our battery test, see how it scored

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Being the latest Nexus device, the LG Nexus 4 has been burdened by a lot of expectations. As our review pointed out, it’s not only a handsome device, but also quite powerful. What’s been left unanswered (so far) is how good its battery is at keeping the whole thing running.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched exactly a year ago posted terrible battery results due to an unfortunate combination of a relatively small battery capacity of 1750mAh, large high-res screen and not the terribly efficient TI OMAP 4460 chip. In comparison, the LG Nexus 4 features a 2100mAh battery and a 28nm Qualcomm chip, so let’s see how it did. Read more »

Check out Google’s Zeitgeist 2012, the year in searches

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The internet is everywhere – at home, at work, in our pocket, most of the time under our fingertips. And Google is a big part of the online space.

The search giant has used all of its tremendous knowledge-base to outline the most searched-for things this year and has made a video highlighting what 2012 was all about. Read more »

S Beam shines in Samsung’s latest ad, Santa takes one for the team

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Samsung USA’s latest ad portrays a typical family holiday scenario. In comes “Santa” down the stairs (yeah, chimneys are overrated) to give the kids some presents.

Long story short he falls while trying to impress the kids and the fail gets caught on camera thanks to an Galaxy S III that was lying around. Read more »

Better spec’d Acer C7 Chromebook is now available, gets you bigger battery and 4GB RAM for $300

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In a rather unexpected move, Acer has outed a second version of its C7 Chromebook bringing a decent bump in specs.

Carrying the C710-2605 model name, the new Acer C7 Chromebook sports the same 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B835 processor as its predecessor, but now the RAM is doubled to 4GB and the storage is 500GB instead of 320GB. Read more »