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A prank video shows Apple fans reaction to falling boxes full of iPhone 5 units

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We all saw the absurdly long lines in front of the Apple Stores full of people waiting for days (or even weeks) to be among the first ones to get hold of the spanking new iPhone 5. Imagine how those people would feel if they saw the boxes full of iPhone 5 units fall before their eyes, generating the unmistakable sound of shattered glass.

Well, that’s exactly the kind of prank the guys over at AwesomenessTV pulled off in front of a few Apple Stores. The results are absolutely hilarious! Read more »

Play Store reaches 25 billion downloads, Google starts celebrations with app promotions

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Android has reached yet another impressive milestone, as the Google Play Store just passed 25 billion downloaded apps. And to allow you to join in on the celebrations, Google is offering some very tempting app promotions for the next five days.

That’s right, every day for the next five days, Google will sell high quality apps from top developers such as Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more for just 25 cents. Read more »

Motorola DROID RAZR M gets gutted, shows everyone how easy it is

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The recently released Motorola DROID RAZR M has been torn down and it has been confirmed that the smartphone is very easy to take apart.

We all know the phone looks the part thanks to its svelte design and nifty Kevlar back panel, but how good is the build quality underneath? Join us after the break for the full disassembly video. Read more »

Google launches its Indoors Maps service in France, rest of Europe watches enviously

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After its Play Movies service, Google is launching its Indoors Maps service in France.

The addition is now available for the Android version of Google Maps and offers indoors maps for airports, museums and malls in France. Read more »

The hard-reset Galaxy S III exploit is already fixed, says Samsung

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Yesterday we told you about a nasty USSD hack that can hard reset the Galaxy S III. The code could be entered via the dial pad, the stock browser or accepted via an NFC tag, which made it quite dangerous.

According to Samsung the vulnerability has been already eliminated on the Galaxy S III via an earlier OTA update. Read more »

iOS users more likely to use 3rd party browsers than Android users

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The browser war on the desktop is very heated, but in the mobile space things are pretty calm – the overwhelming majority of Android and iOS users use the default browser on their device.

Here’s something you might not have expected though – Chitika, an ad network and data analytics firm, found out that iOS users are more likely to install and use a 3rd party browser than Android users. Read more »

Google launches Maps Ocean, allows you to scuba dive into the Great Barrier Reef from your chair

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Ever wanted to go scuba diving into the Great Barrier Reef, but never seem to have the money or time to undertake it? Don’t worry, Google has got you covered with its latest addition to the Google Maps service: underwater panorama and “Street View” of six of the world’s greatest underwater spots.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? That’s because it is and Google has gone into great depths (get it?) in making this possible. The places Google allows you to visit in its latest Maps feature include the Great Barrier Reef, and places in the Philippines and Hawaii. Read more »

Barnes & Noble officially announces the 9-inch Nook HD+ and 7-inch Nook HD tablets

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Not inclined to stay indifferent to the current fast growing market for affordable tablets, Barnes & Noble has announced its latest soldiers to join the fight – the 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch Nook HD+.

The 7-inch Nook HD is a direct answer to Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s recently unveiled Fire HD and offers a lot of bang for the buck. Read more »

Nokia Asha 306 drops by the office, will stay around for a review

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The Nokia Asha 306 is part of the latest crop of fully touch-operated S40 phones. It is nearly identical to the Asha 305, except that one was a dual-SIM phone and this one has Wi-Fi.

The Nokia Asha 306 relies on a 3″ WQVGA resistive touchscreen – the capacitive units are reserved for the Asha 311 in this family. It’s not as sensitive as we would have liked, but it is multi-touch enabled, which comes in handy in the Gallery. Read more »

Apple head of Marketing comments the iPhone 5 scratches, says they are normal

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It’s known that the aluminum shell of the iPhone 5 has been plagued by chipping issues and that has certainly made a lot of iPhone 5 owners quite unhappy. One of them even wrote an email to Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and much to his surprise, he got a response.

9to5Mac has verified the authenticity of the email, but this is hardly the response the user was hoping to get. Read more »

TouchWiz-specific hack can hard reset Galaxy S III and other Galaxy phones through their web browsers

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Samsung Galaxy smartphones with the TouchWiz UI skin are susceptible to a USSD code hack, which triggers an unstoppable factory reset. The hack itself is easily triggered from malicious websites, QR codes or sent by NFC and wipes users’ phones immediately.

In order to successfully run onto a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the hack must be either dialed in directly in the phones dialer or opened from a website using the stock browser. Read more »

Adobe upgrades Photoshop Elements to version 11, offers new bundles with Premiere Elements

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Adobe today released an update to its Elements and Premiere Elements applications, bringing their version number to 11.

The software is lighter than Photoshop but still pretty powerful. In addition Adobe will offer a discounted bundle of the two services – $150 for new customers and $120 for updating ones. Read more »

Google may actually be enjoying Apple’s Maps mishaps

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As of iOS6, Apple replaced the well-known Google Maps app with one of their own. And ever since its launch, there’s been strong controversy surrounding it. Map data and POIs have frequently been found to be inaccurate by users around the world and satellite imagery has been rather spotty, interchanging between high and low res, different times of day and even seasons all on the territory of one and the same town.

The new Maps app has been rushed to the market and it’s far from ready for prime time. And that got the anger of users, who have been voicing their discontent online quite loudly (and originally, too). Read more »

Android AOKP Build 3 is now live

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The creators of the custom Android Open Kang Project have just released build 3 of their popular custom Android ROM.

This release fixes many of the issues from build 2, which came released last week, and adds a few features from CyanogenMod as well. Read more »

Chrome for iOS update brings iPhone 5 support, squashes Gmail bug

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Apple may be working hard to get rid of preinstalled Google apps on iOS devices iPhone, but Google is pushing the other way with high-quality apps like YouTube and Chrome. GOOG just updated the Chrome for iOS to make it compatible with the new iPhone 5 and it also fixed a Gmail-related issue.

The latest version of Chrome for iOS is 21.0.1180.82 is out and you can update from the App Store (the app itself will also notify you when there’s an update available). Read more »