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This surely isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S IV, but it would have been pretty darn sweet if it was

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With the Samsung Galaxy S III still selling like hot cakes, it is highly unlikely that we will see its successor break cover in the nearest future. However, speculation about the next generation Samsung flagship is already picking up steam. The latest bit even comes with a hands-on video of a Samsung Galaxy S IV concept.

The device in the render you see above packs specifications, based on the latest rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S IV. Read more »

Samsung will unveil Smart Hub TVs at CES, releases a teaser video for a mystery TV

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Samsung is teasing a new TV that will be unveiled at CES early next year. The video is obscure as can be, but the company’s Flickr account has several images of the revamped Smart TVs, which will be showcased at CES too, and are slightly more generous with the details.

The new Smart Hub promises easier to use interface and it will serve as a content platform – the TVs will handle broadcast television as well as on-demand TV shows and movies, browse photos and support apps too. Read more »

Apple is expected to ship 8 million iPad mini tablets in Q4

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It appears that Apple will ship significantly less iPad mini tablets in Q4 than initially predicted. According to component suppliers in Taiwan, the Cupertino giant will ship an estimated 8 million slates in the last quarter of 2012 – not the projected 10-12 million.

The reason for the occurrence is not lack of interest towards Apple’s creation – it remains quite healthy. Read more »

HTC One VX for AT&T brought a dash of budget-friendly Android goodness to our office, here goes the hands-on

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Launched alongside the One X+, the HTC One VX for AT&T is the Taiwanese company’s budget offering in the carrier’s lineup. However, the LTE smartphone’s solid build and rather generous 4.5″ display surely give it a solid upmarket feel.

The HTC One VX features a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930 chipset with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. Read more »

Google tries to ruin Christmas with sad Santa and Snowman emoticons

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As if it was not enough that Google skipped adding December for people’s anniversaries in Android 4.2 (it was added later with an update), Google is now trying to ruin Christmas with these depressing Santa and Snowman emoticons.

In what is possibly the most amusing issue submitted to Google’s forums, a user has written a post complaining (jokingly, of course) about the depressing emoticons built-into the latest version of Android. Read more »

More details on Nokia’s 10″ Windows RT tablet emerge

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While it is hardly a secret that Nokia is hard at work on a 10″ Windows RT tablet, details on the upcoming slate are still fairly scarce. A fresh report however, has shed some more light on the upcoming Finnish tablet.

Reportedly, Nokia’s Windows RT tablet will sport a similar display to the Microsoft Surface RT. Read more »

Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet and lower-priced Windows 8 slates in 2013

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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet in 2013. The sub-$100 slate will go head to head with the numerous low-cost Chinese tablets which are offered in developing countries under a plethora of different brands.

The budget-friendly Acer Iconia Tab B1 will sport a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (likely a Mediatek unit), a 7″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

Samsung GT-N5100 appears in GLBenchmark, likely a new Galaxy Note member coming our way

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A yet to be revealed Samsung GT-N5100 has made an appearance in GLBenchmark, thus all but confirming that there is a new member of the Galaxy Note family coming our way. As you probably know by now, the N moniker has been used by Galaxy Note products since the launch of the original N7000 last year.

According to the benchmark data, the Samsung GT-N5100 boots Android 4.1.2 and features a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. Read more »

Archos 97 Titanium HD gets outed, packs a lot of pixels on the cheap

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For those of you who think that the likes of the Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus 10 are a tad too pricey, Archos has your back. The company’s latest tablet dubbed 97 Titanium HD is set to offer a 9.7″ IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the cheap.

The rest of the tablet’s specs are far from impressive. Read more »

‘Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour’ for iOS and Android game review

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Gameloft’s Modern Combat series of games have gained a bit of infamy for being heavily based on Call of Duty games. Still, despite that fact, one can’t deny that these have always been some of the best first person shooters on mobile.

The last one, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation was a particularly good game and with the latest one, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Gameloft seems to have turned every dial to eleven to produce, at least on paper, one of the best first person shooters on the mobile platform. But does it actually deliver where it counts? Let’s find out. Read more »

The Google Android team wishes you a Merry Christmas with a cheerful video and holiday cards

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The Christmas cheer is in full swing at the Android HQ in Mountain View, California. So much so, that the Android team has released a series of Android-themed Christmas cards and even a video to celebrate.

Shared through the Nexus Google+ page, the ‘Happy Holiday Cards’, as they are called, are showing a happy Droid with some of its arctic friends. Read more »

‘Pudding Monsters’ for iOS and Android game review

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Pudding Monsters is the latest game from the creators of the hit Cut the Rope series of games. It’s a 2D puzzle solving game that has wonderful little pudding monsters that you have to join together to form one large pudding monster.

The game is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android for a dollar each. We decided to see if it is worth your money. Read more »

Gangnam Style surpasses 1 billion YouTube views, becomes first video to do so

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You’ve heard (or seen) Korean singer-slash-internet-phenomenon PSY and its Gangnam Style hit record.

Today it became the first video in YouTube’s history to surpass 1 billion views, breaking all sorts of other records in the process. Read more »

Dropbox releases new beta for Android, lets you opt in for

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Dropbox has released a new beta version (or Experimental Forum Build as it calls it) of its app for Android, version 2.2.2.8.

The app brings the ability to share multiple photos or add them to albums (which in turn can also be shared), UI improvements and the usual array of bug fixes. Read more »

Aptina announces 8MP camera sensor that shoots 1080p@60fps video and does oversampling

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California-based camera sensor maker Aptina announced a couple of 8MP sensors that promise high-quality, high-speed video recording. The smartphone-bound AR0835 sensor does oversampling (a technique used by the Nokia 808 PureView) to provide what the company claims is broadcast quality video capture.

And it can do it at 60 frames per second, if you’re shooting 1080p video, and 120fps for 720p. Read more »