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Google I/O coming back next year on May 15 in San Francisco

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We are still in December but Google has already announced the dates for the next year’s Google I/O event, which will be taking place in the Moscone Center West in San Francisco from May 15 to 17, 2013.

If you’re not aware of Google I/O, it’s Google’s developer event where developers from around the world come together to check out the new stuff Google has in store for them, attend all the training sessions and interact with other developers. Read more »

Google releases completely revamped v2.0 of Gmail app for iOS

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The previous Gmail app for iOS is the most famous Google-made app for iOS, but for all the wrong reasons. Although a lot of people did use it because it included support for push mail that the native iOS client lacks for Gmail, it was nothing more than a wrapper for the mobile web version of the service, which rubbed people the wrong way.

Enter v2.0. Google has revamped the Gmail client for iOS, which has reportedly been in works since the past six months. The new client looks nothing like the old one and is more in line with other recent iOS apps released by Google, such as Google+, Google Search, Google Drive and YouTube. Gone is the web-UI like design of the previous version, replaced by a clean, minimalist and spacious design. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 goes through our battery tests, here’s how it did

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The Nokia Lumia 920 brings big innovations in mobile tech with its PureMotion HD+ display and optically stabilized Carl Zeiss camera lens, but what about the battery? It’s a 2000mAh unit – more or less on the same level as the Android flagships and the biggest Nokia has put in a smartphone.

But is it enough? How does it compare with the Lumia 820? Armed with a watch, a calculator and patience we set off to find out. Read more »

Rockstar shares Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — Anniversary in-game screenshots

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Rockstar is launching the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — Anniversary the day after tomorrow and to keep up the hype levels, the company has released some screenshots, showing the title’s gameplay.

And it’s exactly what you’d expect. The game looks identical to its version from 10 years ago when it launched for PCs. Read more »

Chrome’s popularity on Android grows, iOS users show it no love

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Google has such a huge presence on the web that it was only logical for it to make its own browser – and Chrome was born. Recently, Chrome has been expanding its reach to mobile territory but growth has been slowed by its requirements – unlike the stock Android browser, Chrome runs only on Android 4.0 and above (and 2.3 Gingerbread still holds over half the market).

According to Net Marketshare‘s numbers, Chrome is the browser of choice on 4.03% of Android devices. Those Nexus devices that come with Chrome only probably helped push the numbers up. Read more »

Toshiba unveils Excite 10 SE Jelly Bean tablet with Tegra 3

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Toshiba has unveiled a new 10 inch tablet, called the Excite 10 SE, aimed at the mid-range tablet market.

In terms of size and weight, the Excite 10 SE is almost identical to the Google Nexus 10 – and runs Android 4.1 to boot. Read more »

Facebook Messenger finds its true calling, wants to be the all-in-one messenger hub

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Facebook brought a major update for its Messenger client, which helped expand its reach. Until today the app had only one use – chats between online Facebook friends. Now it no longer requires you to have a Facebook account.

Basically the new Messenger wants a piece from the WhatsApp and the native SMS clients’ share. It allows users to send messages to whoever is in their phonebooks and does not require any social log-in. Read more »

Apple iTunes store comes to India and 55 other countries

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Apple has launched an iTunes store specifically for the Indian market

This launch coincides with the launches of the store in 55 other countries, including Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. Read more »

Gmail for Android 4.0 and 4.1 gets a major update, finally lets messages fit your device’s screen

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Android’s previously leaked, long overdue Gmail update has landed on devices, running Android 4.0 and up. Users of such devices can freshen up their native email clients from the Google Play store.

The most important new feature of the update is the long-requested ability to fit messages to the device’s screen. Read more »

CyanogenMod teases Android 4.2.1 ROM for Galaxy S III

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The team behind the popular Android ROM has hinted that the release of their next build (based on Android 4.2.1) is imminent.

Steve Kondik, the man behind CyanogenMod, posted a screenshot showing the new version number running on a Galaxy S III. Read more »

Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S III and Note 2 phones for free with this simple hack

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A new method of circumventing the carrier SIM restriction on Samsung Galaxy S III’s and Galaxy Note II’s has been uncovered.

All you have to do is enter a code from your devices’ menu; there’s no need to send information to a website, pay anything or wait for an unlock code. Read more »

A Google employee confirms Android Key Lime Pie name

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The Google employee Manu Cornet confirmed the name of the next Android (5.0) version – Key Lime Pie. He did this in a pretty funny way – drawing a comic showing the evolution of Android.

As you can see the last Android mascot in the picture holds Key Lime Pie. Read more »

Samsung Mobile Beam Projector is a pocketable pico projector for phones and laptops

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Samsung has made a couple of attempts to integrate a pico projector into a phone, but if you those are not to your liking, the company has started making a separate projector accessory too. The Mobile Beam Projector is about the same size as a Galaxy S III and can be hooked up to a smartphone, laptop, media player – anything with MHL or HDMI out really.

The projector measures 116 x 60.4 x 12.2mm and weighs 108g, making it reasonably pocketable. It projects an image with nHD (640 x 360) resolution at up to 20 lumen brightness (15 lumen in normal operation). That’s comparable to what the Galaxy Beam has. Read more »

SMS celebrates its 20 year anniversary today

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SMS messages turn 20 years old today and while the cell network technologies have changed, the usefulness of those 160 character texts hasn’t diminished. If anything it has increased – there are 8 trillion (yes, with a t) texts being sent each year.

Twenty years ago on this date, the first SMS message was sent – the message read ‘Merry Christmas’, typed on a computer by Neil Papworth and sent over the Vodafone network to one of its employees, Richard Jarvis, who received it on an Orbitel 901 phone. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5: stabilization shootout – UPDATED

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Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.

Naturally, we were very curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far). Read more »