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Better spec’d Acer C7 Chromebook is now available, gets you bigger battery and 4GB RAM for $300

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In a rather unexpected move, Acer has outed a second version of its C7 Chromebook bringing a decent bump in specs.

Carrying the C710-2605 model name, the new Acer C7 Chromebook sports the same 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B835 processor as its predecessor, but now the RAM is doubled to 4GB and the storage is 500GB instead of 320GB. Read more »

Samsung pokes fun at Apple Maps in Oz

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Samsung is now taking to the streets to mock Apple – this time it’s George Street in Sydney, Australia.

Samsung has put up a poster and a huge 4-by-4 with some camping equipment with a sign reading “Get navigation you can trust”. Read more »

Mozilla releases Firefox OS Simulator into the wild, gives Firefox Nightly individual private tabs

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Mozilla is gearing up towards the launch of its upcoming mobile OS by releasing a Firefox OS Simulator as an extension for Firefox.

The developers have also updated the browser’s Nightly channel with a release needed to allow individual private browsing tabs. Thanks to it, now you won’t have to suspend your entire browsing session just to open a single private browsing tab. Read more »

Burn: Motorola targets the Galaxy S III in its latest RAZR HD ad

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Motorola seems eager to beef with Samsung’s top dog Galaxy S III.

Moto went to its website and Facebook page to promote its DROID RAZR HD and mention in what ways it makes the Galaxy S III seem like a thing from the past. Read more »

VLC Player developers talk about a version for Windows Phone 8

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Recently, the developers of the popular VLC Player started a Kickstarter project to fund the development of their Windows 8/RT application. So far, their progress has been pretty good and they have managed to raise over $20,000.

Now they have announced that they are also working on a version of the app for Windows Phone 8. Thanks to the new common kernel shared by Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, porting the app from one platform to another has become quite easy. Read more »

SkyDrive for iOS update stalled as Microsoft and Apple argue over App Store fees

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If you have the Microsoft SkyDrive app on your iOS device, you may have noticed that it hasn’t been updated since June. It’s not because Microsoft hasn’t been working on an update for the app but because Apple has been holding it back.

The reason for this is due to a major change Microsoft has added to the SkyDrive app in the form of a subscription model that lets users upgrade their storage by purchasing extra storage space. This is where Apple’s in-app purchasing guidelines kick in and where the main point of contention between the two companies is. Read more »

Microsoft releases SkyDrive app for Xbox 360, over 39 other titles to follow

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The official SkyDrive app for the Xbox 360 launches today as part of a 40-app suite specially designed for Microsoft’s gaming console.

The current version of the app does what you’d expect – bridging the gap between your TV and the cloud. SkyDrive for Xbox 360 will allow you to watch photos, videos and slideshows directly from your SkyDrive account on your TV. Read more »

Allwinner announces the quad-core A31 and dual-core A20 chipsets with Cortex-A7 CPUs

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Chinese mobile chip manufacturer Allwinner has announced two new chips – the quad-core A31 and the dual-core A20. The chips are designed to be the heart of upcoming tablets, media PCs and set top boxes.

Both chips are using ARM Cortex-A7 processors and feature a significant boost in performance and graphics muscle, compared to the Cortex-A8 that powered the company’s current bestseller chip – the Allwinner A10. Read more »

Nexus 4 works on LTE in some US cities

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The Nexus 4 does not officially support LTE, at least according to specs provided by Google, but it does include a deactivated LTE antenna that operates on a 1700MHz band.

Sure enough, some of the clever hackers over at xda-developers have figured out how to turn it on and get LTE capabilities on some networks. Read more »

Angry Birds Space and Star Wars coming to Windows Phone 7.5, original Angry Birds gets a birthday update

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Rovio has just announced its latest Angry Birds installments will be released for the older generation Windows Phone devices. Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars will be hitting the WP7 Store any moment now. Meanwhile, the original Angry Birds title will be getting an update to celebrate its third birthday.

Both games will be compatible with all Windows Phone 7.5 or later running smartphones, no matter their specs. Rovio says Nokia helped bring the games to those that only have 256 MB of RAM. Read more »

Android YouTube app updated, brings new UI for 10″ tablets

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Google has released an update to the YouTube app for Android, bringing a refreshed user interface for the 10″ tablets.

The update comes soon after YouTube launched its newly redesigned website, and makes better use of the ample screen estate 10″ tablets provide. Read more »

Lenovo announces ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch with Windows 8

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Lenovo has announced a touchscreen version of their ThinkPad X1 Carbon, called the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch. We reported in the past about it when it had briefly been spotted on Lenovo’s website but it wasn’t officially announced back then.

The 14-inch Ultrabook has been optimized for use with Windows 8 and supports all the basic gestures. The X1 Carbon Touch has a 14.4-inch, ‘HD+’ display, weighs 3.4 pounds and is 20.8mm thick. In fact, Lenovo calls it the world’s thinnest 14-inch touchscreen Ultrabook. Read more »

Adobe updates Photoshop and Illustrator for the Retina display

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You may remember during the keynote when the MacBook Pro with the Retina display was announced, Apple briefly mentioned the Adobe Photoshop application being optimized for the new display. But as it happens, the Retina version of the application wasn’t quite ready back then.

Now, six months after the MacBook Pro was announced, Adobe has finally updated the Photoshop CS6 and the Illustrator CS6 applications for the Retina display. The update should now be available to all the legit users and will take care of all the blurry fonts and icons. Read more »

Twitter and Instagram update apps with new photo filters

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Twitter and Instagram haven’t been the best of pals lately. After the latter was acquired by Facebook, Instagram quietly pulled the ability to display image previews on Twitter, making people view the images on their own new site.

Since then, there have been rumors that Twitter might introduce a newer version of its own official app for iOS and Android, that adds the ability to use image filters for photos taken within the app before uploading them. And the update has now become official. Read more »

Martin Logan Mikros 70 in-ear headphones review

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Honestly, I highly doubt that a Martin Logan product would be on your list if you were on the market for premium earbuds. This is understandable as the Mikros 70 is the company‚Äôs first pair of those to come to the market. However, Martin Logan’s pedigree of manufacturing high-quality speakers whose price tag can top the MSRP of a family sedan was enough to grab my attention.

Logically, the iOS products compatible Martin Logan Mikros 70 are not entry-level earbuds. Priced at $149.99, the headset sits in one of the most competitive segments on the market, with plenty of well-established players facing it. I am now going to find out if the Mikros 70 has what it takes to get its own piece of the action. Read more »