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Kobo announces new e-readers in an effort to one-up Amazon today

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Kobo just went ahead today and announced a lineup of three spanking new readers. The Kobo Mini is a simple e-book reader, the smallest one available, as the company claims. The Kobo Glo is my favorite and it matches what Barnes&Nobles have with their glowing Nook SimpleTouch and what Amazon will soon have with their sidelit e-book Kindle, too. And finally, the Kobo Arc is a reboot of the Kobo Vox, the rather unsuccessful attempt of the company at making an Android tablet for multimedia consumption ala Kindle Fire.

Kobo is the smallest of three major online bookstore/ebook reader providers on the US market. And when you are that small, the best way to cast a shadow on your competitor’s announcement, is to go public with your products right after their announcement, not before it. That’s the way the internet rolls, newer stuff goes on top of older news. But, hey, what do I know, over at Kobo they probably read off their own marketing textbook. But I digress. Read more »

Amazon’s new Kindles teased in a video ad ahead of today’s announcements

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All tech enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for Amazon’s announcement later today, where we should see the next generation of the Kindle ebook readers and the Kindle Fire tablet. It turns out, however, that Amazon already showed these in a video spot, which was aired yesterday.

The commercial obviously shows what I was hoping for – that backlit (or sidelit, whatever) ebook readers are coming strong after Barnes&Noble debuted their illuminated Nook. It also shows that we’ll see a revamp of the Kindle Fire, and quite obviously, a bigger 10-inch version of that too (watch out for this at 0:53). But enough talking, enjoy the video. Read more »

Promo videos for the new Motorola RAZR M pop up, check them out here

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The just-announced Motorola RAZR M will be available in the US from Verizon as early as next week, so you may want to catch up on the this hot new device.

Motorola put up a couple of promo videos on Youtube, one of them showing off their new circle widgets. Read more »

Motorola Droid RAZR HD promo video calls it the ‘all-day phone’

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Motorola unleashed the first wave of promo videos and the one for the Droid RAZR HD describes it as the “all-day phone”. It also focuses on the new 4.7” Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution and fact that the RAZR HD is the most compact phone for its screen size.

Check out the video after the break. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 promo videos demo its PureView camera, PureMotion screen

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The Nokia Lumia 920 hosts a good deal of new tech features. The easiest way to figure out what they are is to watch these videos from Nokia, which do a good job of demonstrating them.

First is the PureView camera – the 920 has an 8MP shooter with bright F/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens, image stabilization and “best in class” low-light performance. In Nokia’s own words: “It’s not about the number megapixels, but about how you use them”. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on video comes up, focuses on the easy customization

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The freshly announced Lumia 820 is Nokia’s take at a budget Windows Phone 8-running smartphone. It offers easy customization in the form of exchangeable back covers, which come in different colors and can support Nokia’s wireless charging.

So, Nokia has decided to demonstrate that and the other unique features of the Lumia 820 in a quick hands-on video. Check it out. Read more »

Here’s how Google plans to get Motorola out of the mud

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Today’s Motorola event was mostly dedicated to the company’s new RAZR lineup, but it also gave a chance to Motorola’s recently appointed CEO, Dennis Woodside (a former Google exec), to give us a glimpse of Motorola’s strategy in the realm of mobile devices now that it’s been acquired by Google. “New Motorola starts today!”

We weren’t treated to any surprises in terms of goals, as obviously Woodside aims a reboot of the company’s smartphone business to a point where it would become a common fact that “the best Android device – it’s a Motorola”. Read more »

Android activations reach 1.3 million per day, total droid count now 480 million

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At the Motorola event held today in New York City, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed some interesting new numbers for the Android platform adoption.

There are some 480 million total Androids in the world as of today. That’s 80 million more than there were on June 27, when we got the latest update. Read more »

JBL and Nokia introduce the PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker, promo videos inside

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Okay, the Nokia Wireless Charging accessories are seriously cool, but what if you want more than just charge your phone? Nokia thought of this as well and has teamed up with JBL to introduce the PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker.

There’s also the PlayUp Wireless Speaker, but it doesn’t offer charging. Both accessories however, come with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. Read more »

Nokia releases a bunch of wireless charging promo videos, convinces us that it’s cool

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Nokia has just announced the next generation Windows Phone smartphones – the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. One of the cool new features shared by the duo is the wireless charging support.

Nokia has already announced four compatible accessories and two partners, who agreed to install charging stations in their respective chains – Virgin Atlantic and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 camera interface to support pinch zooming and third-party addons

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Adding pinch-zooming to the camera interface is nothing to shout home about, but the addition of third-party plugins certainly is. All smartphone users have their favorite photo apps, but imagine having them all inside the main camera interface. That’s what the new camera lenses feature on Windows Phone 8 promises.

As Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demoed today, when you install a new camera-centric app from the Marketplace, it integrates as a sort of a lens, an add-on inside your main camera app. So when you start the camera, you have all the special effects, panoramas and image manipulation tricks, in one place. Read more »

Confirmed: Built-in screenshot capabilities coming with Windows Phone 8

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Today, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, stepped on stage to demo some never before released features of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 in honor of the unveiling of the new generation of Nokia Lumia phones. One of the first features he was to quick to show, was the new built-in screenshot feature that comes with the new iteration of the mobile OS.

Now built-in screenshots are really not a make-or-break feature for any mobile OS, but we guess the presentation stated with that as an ice-breaker. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 is coming in the next month or two, says Steve Ballmer

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The joint Nokia/Microsoft announcement today is over. We saw the unveiling of the Nokia’s new Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. What we didn’t hear however, is when these devices will launch – along with Windows Phone 8 as a whole. Or did we?

Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, dropped by to share his thought on the direction Windows is going in and the role Windows Phone 8 plays in that. And while speaking about this he mentioned the following. Read more »

Nokia has sold 7 million Lumia smartphones, availability extended to 54 countries

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Nokia used the floor of its just finished New York Windows Phone 8 event to reveal some statistics on its Lumia smartphones and their market performance thus far.

In total Nokia has sold about 7 million Windows Phone devices, and remarkably 4 million of those sales came in the last quarter. Read more »

Nokia eats Jellybeans for breakfast, will ride the sugar rush during today’s event

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Nokia is pumping themselves up for the Nokia World event that is about to start in less than an hour. Instead of talking to themselves in the mirror like a movie character would, the Finnish company took to Twitter and posted photos like this one:

There’s comment accompanying the photo – “Breakfast in New York on a big day for us! Today we dine on Jellybeans”. Fighting words from the Finns, considering the enormous lead Android army has on Windows Phone. Read more »