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Sony Xperia E stops by our office, we put it in front of the camera

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The Sony Xperia E is the single-SIM variant and second member of the Xperia E family, after the Xperia E dual.

The Xperia E is virtually identical to the E dual, save for the lacking second SIM slot and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which replaces 4.0 ICS. Read more »

Leaked plastic iPhone casing hints at a budget Apple smartphone

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Chatter about a budget iPhone has increased in past months, and now a photo of a plastic iPhone casing has emerged online pouring even more fuel into that particular rumor fire.

The plastic shell has a glossy white finish and features all the necessary cuttings for the camera, LED flash, volume rocker and silent mode button. The source of the rumor says that the shell measures 0.4-0.6mm thick and is “likely” bigger than the iPhone 4/4S. Read more »

Yahoo! Weather for iOS now available in the App Store, comes with Flickr integration

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Yahoo! Weather, one of the popular weather forecast services is now available on iOS. The app allows you to combine stunning photos with the accurate forecasts and makes the application look very pleasant.

Yahoo! Weather, which is integrated with Flickr comes with beautiful photos that match your location, time of the day and of course, the current weather conditions. The app gives a complete insight on the weather information along with the forecasts. Read more »

AllWinner reveals new chipsets with dual and quad-core Cortex-A7 processors

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Android sticks and ultra-cheap tablets are often powered by an AllWinner chipset, typically one using an old Cortex-A8 CPU design. The Chinese chipmaker has now updated its lineup with three new chipsets based on the new and power-efficient Cortex-A7.

One chip of particular interest, the AllWinner A20, packs a dual-core A7 CPU, which is up to 5 times more power efficient and offers 50% better performance than the A8. It’s fully certified to run Android 4.2.2 as well. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 Project Firefly update detailed on video, cool fullscreen widgets demoed

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Oppo’s latest software update for the Find 5, codenamed Project Firefly, adds some really impressive software enhancements to the user interface of Oppo’s 5-inch 1080p flagship.

The eye candy-rich update includes new fullscreen widgets with nifty effects like a camera stream showing all your latest photos taken and allowing to snap a picture right from your homescreen, as well as weather effects on your icons. Read more »

List of ARM big.LITTLE licensees grows, will we see Cortex-A15 in affordable chipsets?

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New companies have joined ARM’s initiative to build powerful but efficient chipsets using the big.LITTLE architecture. A total of 17 companies have licenses to build chipsets that combine the powerful Cortex-A15 with the efficient Cortex-A7.

ARM didn’t provide a list of the newcomers, but among the companies with a big.LITTLE license are names like MediaTek and HiSilicon. MediaTek are best known for the chipsets in mid-range smartphones from smaller companies and HiSilicon is behind Huawei’s custom chips. Read more »

LG Optimus 4X HD gets the CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly treatment

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The LG Optimus 4X HD is fresh off its Jelly Bean update and has now received CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly builds based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The release is said to be working good enough for a daily driver but as with all Nightly builds you should know that some things won’t be working properly or at all. Read more »

Sony releases Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for its Xperia tablet S

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Sony’s Xperia Tablet S was launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the company has now started rolling its overdue Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

The latest update for the tablet will be pushed to servers today and you should start getting notifications for applying it OTA (over-the-air). The Jelly Bean update will be available in the United States, Canada and Latin America region. Read more »

LinkedIn updates iOS and Android apps with brand new UI

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LinkedIn, the social network for suits, has updated its mobile apps on iOS and Android. Both apps now feature a brand new UI with a simpler and more attractive layout.

The new app features cards for individual posts, similar to the Facebook and Google+ apps. Clicking on the button on the top left opens a drawer on the left with your messages and notifications. There is a permanent search bar at the top and a button to leave a new post. Read more »

Google Play gets updated tablet app guidelines, support for tablet-optimized screenshots

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Google Play has updated its guidelines for tablet applications and the developers can now show off their tablet apps in a more beautiful and specialized tablet layouts.

The latest update allows the tablet app developers to upload screenshots of their applications running on 7-inch and 10-inch tablets to the Google Play developer console and those screenshots are shown to users with the devices of the respective size. Read more »

Microsoft to receive royalties from Foxconn under a new patent licensing agreement with Hon Hai

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Microsoft and Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn have signed a patent licensing agreement, which provides wider access to the patent portfolio of Microsoft for the devices running with Android and Chrome OS. The devices quoted in the patent agreement include smartphones, tablets and televisions.

The terms of the agreement are undisclosed, but Microsoft is said to receive royalties from Hon Hai under the new patent licensing agreement. Read more »

Cut the Rope: Time Travel hits the App Store [Update: Now on Play Store as well]

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The folks at Zeptolab have released the newest installment in the series of Cut the Rope games. Called Cut the Rope: Time Travel, this new game includes the familiar gameplay of the previous two games but includes some new mechanics and characters.

The theme of the game, as you can tell is time travel. The game’s main character Om Nom has gone back in time and has come across its ancestors. The game now features not one but two little monsters with a candy for each and you have to feed both of them. And as before, you have three stars to collect. The game carries over a few mechanics from the previous two games but there are several new ones as well. Read more »

Thermal images of Samsung Galaxy S4 surface, show that the smartphone can keep its cool

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The thermal images of the latest Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S4, have appeared online, confirming that the smartphone will rarely be a problem to handle.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was tested under different stress scenarios, which included gaming, continuous camera usage, 3G internet browsing and HD video playback. Read more »

Jolla to debut its Sailfish OS phone in May, host a “pre-sales” campaign for eager fans

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Jolla Chairman Antti Saarnio revealed today that the company’s first device running the new Sailfish OS is going to debut in May.

Furthermore, the company will set up a “pre-sales” campaign, allowing fans to register and buy the phone before it being officially available. Jolla promises that those who join in on the Kickstarter-like campaign will get something “unique” on their devices. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 gets CyanogenMod CM10.1, still experimental though

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Good news, Oppo Find 5 users. If you were hoping for an official CyanogenMod ROM, you got it.

The CyanogenMod 10.1 based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is now available for the Oppo Find 5, though it’s not without its fair share of bugs. Read more »