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Sony Xperia Z continues to get abused on video, this time sand gets involved

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Ah, the poor Xperia Z. It’s not even launched yet, and it has already gone through a considerable amount of abuse. Still, Sony reckons it’s not enough to get users convinced, so now it has added a new variable to the torture equation – sand.

In the video you’re about to see a Sony representative not only rubs sand all over the Xperia Z to showcase its scratch-resistance, but also submerges it in water and hits a sharp edge with it. Read more »

Intel posts $2.5 billion of profit for Q4 of 2012

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Intel has posted its latest quarterly figures, showing a revenue of $13.5 billion, and a profit of $2.5 billion.

While both quarterly and annual figures are down compared to 2011, Intel has seen good growth in some key areas, particularly data center operations. Read more »

Wireless charging orb for Nexus 4 goes on pre-order in Norway

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Remember the Charging orb accessory for the Nexus 4, which was supposed to let you charge your Google phone in wireless style? It was announced and then it all but disappeared. It might finally make it to market though – Norwegian site DustinHome.no has it on pre-order.

It’s listed as “LG Wireless Charging Pad” but the image shows the Nexus logo. Read more »

Download Angry Birds Rio for iPhone and iPad for free

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Angry Birds Rio is now free on iOS both in its regular (iPhone, iPod Touch) and HD (iPad) flavors.

The promotion will last just one week, so you might want to act quickly. Read more »

A red-clad HTC One SV landed in our office, here goes the hands-on

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Announced late last year, the entry-level HTC One SV made its way to our office. The 4G LTE smartphone will be offered in a number of European countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom. In the US, the handset will be available for Cricket Wireless.

The specifications of the HTC One SV are a rather curious mix of old and new. Read more »

Lenovo announces its first Chromebook – the ThinkPad X131e

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Lenovo has announced its first ever Chrome OS running notebook. Meet the 11.6-inch ThinkPad X131e.

Lenovo’s first Chromebook is targeted at students and shares its body with the company’s 131e, which means it’s tough and solidly built. Read more »

See the Sony Xperia Z getting assembled in under 5 minutes [VIDEO]

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Sony has posted a video of three guys assembling a Cyber-shot RX1 point and shoot, Handycam camcorder and the Xperia Z flagship smartphone in about 5 minutes time.

The video isn’t in fast-motion and looks to be completely credible. If you always wondered how hard it is to put those devices together, just take a comfortable place and enjoy the show. Read more »

Amazon lets iOS users buy MP3s directly from Safari

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Apple is notorious for not letting competing ecosystems expand their services on its turf by demanding 30% of in-app sales and generally making those services jump through hoops to even get to be on iOS.

But Amazon found a loop hole in Cupertino’s tight defences and has now brought its MP3 store to iOS users via the Safari browser. Read more »

Download Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry on Windows Phone 8 for free just for today

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The wildly popular Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry games are free on the Windows Phone Store today in a single day promo offer.

Usually, the two WP8 games (WP7 smartphones need no apply) cost $0.99, but today only they are available to download for free. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 confirmed, benchmarks results leak as well

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The arrival of the upcoming stylus-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been confirmed, and is set to rival the iPad mini in terms of size and specifications. The info comes courtesy of the usually very reliable Sammobile and its undisclosed internal sources.

While Samsung has many offerings in the 7-8″ tablet range, this will be the first Note device to fall within the mini-tablet category, and is set to run Android 4.2 out of box. Read more »

Facebook introduces VoIP calling for iPhone users in the US

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After announcing the new Graph Search feature yesterday, Facebook has rolled out yet another important feature, the ability to make voice calls from the mobile app to any of your friends.

Currently, this feature only works on the iOS version of Facebook’s mobile app and only within the US. There is no need to update the app to get this feature. Read more »

Viber 2.3 for BlackBerry brings stickers and emoticons, VoIP calling coming this April

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Viber is among the most popular apps for connecting with your contacts over a data connection and allowing you to offload a few bucks off your mobile bill.

The app’s latest update (v 2.3) for BlackBerry might be a little behind the curve (iOS and Android have been enjoying it for a while now) but in it users get stickers and emoticons as well as a revamped UI. Read more »

Get more involved in the Find 5 development with the Oppo Ambassador program

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Oppo, the up and coming Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has announced a new program designed to spread the word about its new Find 5 smartphone.

The Ambassador program is envisioned to help Oppo locate volunteers for help with product testing, translations, and spreading the word about Oppo products. Read more »

Temple Run 2 goes live for iOS, New Zealand gets it first

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Imangi Studios and Fuzzycube Software have released the sequel to their popular Temple Run game.

The app is only released on iOS for now and is available for New Zealand users first with the rest of the world to follow later tonight. Read more »

Sony rumored to work on the Xperia Tablet Z, purported specs leak UPDATED

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Rumors are suggesting that Sony is working on a replacement for the not-so-successful Xperia Tablet S that it going to be called Xperia Tablet Z with a codename C690X Pollux.

The Tablet Z would be the second addition to the Xperia Tablet line-up and is expected to make an appearance at the MWC 2013 in Barcelona. Read more »