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Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean test firmware leaks

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Samsung has been going out of its way to keep its Galaxy S III consumer base satisfied. They delivered the original Jelly Bean update in due time and as it seems, they are already working on an Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update for its third generation Galaxy S smartphone.

The latest I9300XXUFMB3 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean test firmware has been leaked and the official roll out of the final version might just be around the corner. Read more »

Images of next Apple iPad case leaks, suggests slimmer body and thinner bezels

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Apple is already working on its next generation iPad and the design has allegedly already leaked in China. As a result we get these images of a case, which is supposedly a custom fit for the upcoming fifth generation of the iPad. The popular accessory maker MiniSuit claims to have got the specifications and the design from a reliable source.

Judging by the case, the next-generation iPad will have a design, which is very much alike that of the iPad mini.The slate should have a narrower design with thinner bezels on either side of the display. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 spotted at MWC before official announcement

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We are no strangers to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Although the product is yet to be officially announced, we have heard about it and even seen it a few times in the past.

The tablet was rumored to be unveiled officially at the Mobile World Congress this year. The rumors, it seems, were true, as was noticed by one of the show goers, who managed to snag a picture of the tablet at Samsung’s booth prior to official announcement. Read more »

Facebook for iOS updated, now offers free calls to US and Canada

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Facebook has just issued an update to its iOS application. Facebook for iOS, which is one of the prominent applications in the App Store now comes with several new features and enhanced user experience.

Facebook 5.5 for iOS offers improved buttons to like, comment and share posts. The share button also allows you to re-post stories to your news feed and is available in all languages. Read more »

Latest MWC teaser from ASUS focuses on the calling abilities of a tablet

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ASUS had earlier teased an alien-themed video, which promised “metallic miracle” and “ultimate craftsmanship”. Now, a latest teaser from the Taiwanese manufacturer limelight’s the voice calling ability of the tablets.

In a video, which features the statue of Columbus coming to life and taking a phone call. This could very well be a hint at Asus’s upcoming Fonepad, which is rumored to feature cellular network connectivity and the ability to make voice calls. Read more »

Microsoft might unveil the successor of Xbox 360 in April

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The much awaited next generation gaming console from Microsoft is rumored to be showcased in the month of April. According to a report from Computer and Video Games, Redmond is currently planning to hold a press event in the month of April and the successor of the Xbox 360, which is reportedly named Xbox 720, might be unveiled in the event.

Furthermore, users at NeoGAF have noticed a domain named XboxEvent.com, which has been registered by Eventcore. Read more »

We put the Nokia Lumia 620 battery life under inspection, boasts class-leading call times

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We approached the Nokia Lumia 620 battery test with mixed feelings. Windows Phones had hardly topped our charts so far and the meager 1300mAh battery of the Lumia 620 didn’t bode well. Still, we had certain hopes for it as its screen is not that big and the dual-core CPU is clocked only at 1Ghz.

Battery tests are time-consuming affairs and we’ve had several of those piling up. The Lumia 620 review has been published for a while now, but it’s only now that we are able to publish its detailed battery performance test. Jump after the break to get the full account. Read more »

Here goes the Asus Padfone 2 battery score rundown

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The Asus Padfone 2 was announced just prior to the 1080p boom of 2013 but still has qualities everyone loves and yearns for in a smartphone – capacious 720p screen, potent quad-core processor, pixel-rich camera, Android Jelly Bean, etc.

And coupled with a slate it’s a really hard to beat combo, price-wise. But does its battery have the chops to last for more than a day – find out in the breakdown after the break. Read more »

Next-gen Xenon capacitors are the breakthrough cameraphones needed

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Xenon tubes have been powering the camera flashes for ages now, but with phones getting thinner every year, manufacturers have no choice but replace them with LED lights. What’s more, the performance of the few xenon flashes we’ve seen implemented in smartphones recently is underwhelming because the smaller the flash capacitor, the weaker the light output is.

A Singapore invention however has the potential to allow xenon flashes to reclaim some of the lost turf from LEDs. Researchers from the Nanyang Technological University have developed a revolutionary new type of capacitor, which is significantly smaller than the ones currently in use, while being equally powerful and even faster in recharging. Read more »

HTC One will be able to import data from iPhone backups

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HTC confirmed it is working on a new HTC Sync app that will be able to import data from iPhone backups to the upcoming HTC One flagship.

It’s still unclear if this process will work on other (or older) HTC handsets as well. Read more »

Battery tests for Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is one of the few smartphones with IP67 rating – it combines simple durability and advanced functions, so it needs to prove its endurance both when trekking in the wilderness, but also when enjoying modern conveniences like browsing the web.

A 1,700mAh battery is on the low side of what we would have imagined for a phone that’s likely to spend a lot of time away from an electricity socket, but let’s see if the Xcover 2 can counter the limited capacity with efficiency. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Express enters our battery test gauntlet, comes through with flying colors

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Samsung’s just-released LTE-toting midranger, the Samsung Galaxy Express, is the company’s first dual-core Krait offering for the international market.

It not only offers LTE connectivity for emerging LTE markets in Europe and Asia, but also comes with a beefy 2000 mAh battery, which churns out some great performance when combined with the latest Android Jelly Bean. Read more »

Nikon licenses Microsoft patent to use in Android-enabled cameras

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Amidst all the recent patent cases revolving Android and smartphone operating systems in general, Microsoft has been able to get in on the action thanks to a patent it owns dealing with all portable devices running Android.

Nikon has recently come to terms with Microsoft in regards to current and future Android-based cameras which will likely require the renowned photography giant to pay an undisclosed royalty fee for every device sold. Read more »

Google announces Chromebook Pixel, starts at $1,299

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Google has announced the new Chromebook Pixel, confirming the rumors that were circulating in the past month or so. Unlike all the previous Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pixel is made by Google themselves and is a high-end laptop with high-end specs and has a high-end price tag of $1,299 to go with them.

For starters, the Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch, ultra high resolution 2,560 x 1,700 display. Google says it is the highest resolution display ever to be put in a laptop. What they mean, however, is that it has the highest pixel density of 239 ppi. The 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in comparison have a pixel density of 227 and 220 respectively, although the latter has a higher, 2,880 x 1,800 resolution display. Read more »

Nikon unveils 24MP D7100 with no low pass filter

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Nikon has just unveiled the successor to its D7000 midrange DSLR. The Nikon D7100 will hit the stores in March 2013 complete with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens for a suggested price of $1,599/£1,299/€1399 or $1199.95/£1099.99/€1179 for the body only.

The D7100 lacks an optical low pass filter, which should improve resolved detail (though risking moire in certain cases). There’s a new and improved 24.1 MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor over its predecessor’s 16.2 MP one, the new EXPEED 3 processor (the D7000 uses the EXPEED 2) and a new 51-point autofocus system (with 15 cross type sensors) compared to the 39-point one (with 9 cross type sensors) of the D7000. Read more »