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Samsung Australia says it has nothing to do with “Wake up!” campaign

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Samsung’s advertising has been pretty aggressive, especially against rival Apple. They even mocked the infamous long lines of people queuing to grab their next iGadget. Samsung Australia actually pulled a stunt where they offered Galaxy S II phones for $2 right outside of Apple’s store. So, when a video of a flashmob waiving signs and chanting “Wake up!” showed up in front of an Australian Apple store, everyone (including us) jumped to the assumption that it was the South Korean company that organized it.

Except now Samsung Australia is denying that they had anything to do with it. Read more »

HTC Titan II battery test is over, check out how it did

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There is a general consensus by now, that LTE connectivity and long battery life don’t mesh well together. Therefore, we were a bit skeptical when we started testing the endurance of the HTC Titan II. After all, the smartphone has a fairly modest 1730mAh battery, which, not only needs to cover for the LTE radio, but also has a massive 4.7″ screen to light up.

We kicked things off with a look at the talk time of the imposing smartphone. Read more »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gets unofficially confirmed, launches on November 13

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The next iteration of the massively popular first person shooter game Call of Duty has been revealed by game store Target and it has been confirmed to carry the name called Black Ops 2.

Moreover, the Target preorder card of the game shown above, confirms the release date – November 13, 2012. Read more »

Firefox 13 beta gives you quick access to most visted sites in new tab view

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One of the best features of Chrome is the ‘Most visited sites’ view in the new tab, where the browser presents you with a grid of thumbnails of sites you visit most often. This is a derivation of the speed dial function in Opera, that allows the user to manually set any site they want as a speed dial on the new tab page for quick access.

Mozilla has recently taken to borrowing every good feature from Chrome in their new release. The recently released Firefox 12 brought the silent update feature. With the Firefox 13 beta, Mozilla has added the most visited sites to Firefox’ new tab page. Read more »

Google Play Store now offers movies in Australia, Google Music nowhere in sight

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After bringing Movies to the Play Store in France, Google has now started offering the service in Australia as well.

Aussies will be able to watch, rent and buy movies in both HD and standard quality from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, Google Music is not there to keep it company and it retains its US-only availability. Read more »

HTC One X battery test concludes, the results are inside

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So here we are at the end of the HTC One X battery test and we are ready to share the results with you. If you wonder how efficient that Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 architecture is and whether the companion core makes up for the four power-hungry ones, here is the place to find out.

The HTC One X bright 4.7″ HD LCD is certainly hard to feed, but you can’t blame the huge 1800 mAh power pack for lack of trying. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire owns more than half of the Android tablet market, comScore says

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Since its release, the Kindle Fire has skyrocketed to the top of the Android tablet market, now holding a whopping 54.4%.

By comparison, the entire Samsung Galaxy Tab family is in the second spot with 15.4%. Read more »

Max Payne for Android gets delayed, comes next week instead

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In a tweet yesterday, Rockstar Games announced that they’ll delay the Android version of the highly anticipated Max Payne game.

The game was originally planned to come out on April 26, but apparently some last-minute bugs popped up and the release date had to be pushed back. Don’t fret too much, however, because the game will be available in the Play Store some time next week. Read more »

Samsung claims its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 nukes the Kindle Fire and Nook tablets, has tables to prove it

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Samsung has a thing for comparison tables as it first showed this with the iPad 3 vs Galaxy Note 10.1 table.

Now, the company is aiming to prove that its budget-minded Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 slate nukes the highly popular Kindle Fire and Nook tablets in every way imaginable. As you probably guessed the data that is supposed to convince you is neatly ordered in several tables. Read more »

Dropbox updated, lets you extend free storage by 3GB

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Obviously feeling the heat of Google Drive, Dropbox has brought an update for its service, featuring a new Photos page for its web interface.

And that’s not all, if you update now and use the auto upload feature for pictures and videos you can get up to 3 GB of free storage. Read more »

IKEA unveils the cardboard camera

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Furniture giant IKEA is apparently out to improve the disposable camera concept. The company has unveiled a digital camera housed in a cardboard body, which it plans to sell in its stores around the globe.

The cardboard IKEA digicam can store up to 40 pics and has a USB port for transferring them to your computer. Read more »

New Google Easter egg has you defending search results against invading ‘zerglings’

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Google is well-known for its doodles, but the search Easter eggs are where the real fun starts (e.g. tilt, do a barrel roll). The latest of those shows up when you Google “zerg rush”, which leads to your search results being attacked by a swarm of angry O-s.

It’s up to you to defend the search results – it’s not quite Starcraft but the APM counter surely woke up some forgotten old habits and I started clicking on the O-s like mad. Read more »

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’ released

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It’s that time of the year when we get a new version of the popular Linux distro, Ubuntu. The newest version, 12.04, dubbed as ‘Precise Pangolin’ in their usual alliterative theme comes with some new features but mostly just refinements to those added in the previous version.

There is now a new HUD that allows the user to simply type what they want to do and then the OS suggests them applications based on the text they enter. So if you were to type “browse the Internet” the OS would display the browser among the results. The HUD can be evoked with a click of the Alt key on your keyboard. Read more »

Meizu EP-40 headphones ears-on

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We recently got a set of Meizu EP-40 headphones in the office, and we decided to give them a whirl.

The headphones are designed to have a High Speed Response technology, which ideally minimizes the resistive impact they have on audio signals coming from devices. Read more »

Sony Tablet S gets an Android 4.0 update and a price drop

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The Sony Tablet S is currently receiving its due serving of ICS.

The Android 4.0 update is available over the air and includes an enhanced lockscreen, direct SD card access, folder support, web browser improvements, screenshot capture and more. Read more »