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Microsoft outs a Meet the new WP promo video, brings back memories

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Microsoft released its “Meet the new Windows Phone: Reinvented Around You” and it gives me a familiar vibe, I’ve watched something like it before.

Almost exactly a year ago Google aired its “Calling All” ad, a Galaxy Nexus-centric promo, which highlighted some of the features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, whether you’re a pass-it-alonger or page-turner you can spot the similarities for yourself. Read more »

Microsoft releases Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8

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It’s been one and a half year since Microsoft acquired Skype and we are finally starting to see the fruits of the acquisition. After releasing the new Skype client for Windows 8, Microsoft has released a new Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 devices.

This new version brings some much needed features over the Windows Phone 7 version. The biggest feature is that Skype can now run in the background and always stay on, just like the new Windows 8 app. This allows you to get messages like any other instant messaging service and calls come in like regular phone calls. Read more »

Apple pays $21 million for using the new clock face in iOS 6

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Couple of months ago, we heard that Apple got into a minor kerfuffle with the Swiss Federal Railways for pretty much ripping off the iconic clock face that the railways uses on their platforms, designed by watchmaking company Mondaine.

Eventually, the two companies decided to settle the matter and come to an agreement. We have now learned that Apple had to pay the Swiss Federal Railways $21 million for using the clock face within iOS. The two companies have now signed a licensing agreement allowing Apple to continue using the clock face within their application. Read more »

Apple releases two new ads for the iPad mini

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You may have already seen the excellent iPad mini ‘Piano’ ad that was shown during the launch keynote and aired on television after the device launched in the respective countries. Now Apple has released two more ads that follow a similar format called ‘Books’ and ‘Photos’.

As you can expect from their names, the first one shows the new iPad mini going through several books with the bigger iPad and the second one shows how photos look on the iPad mini. With both these ads, Apple’s message seems to be that the iPad mini is every bit as good as doing things as the bigger iPad and other than the screen size you’re not compromising on anything. Read more »

Motorola brags about the DROID RAZR MAXX HD’s battery life at Apple iPhone’s expense

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It seems that taking jabs at Appleā€™s iPhone is a fashionable way to promote a smartphone these days. Motorola is the latest manufacturer to use the trick in its latest ad, posted on its official Facebook page. It shows an image of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD jump starting an iPhone 4S.

Motorola is proud of the battery performance of the latest DROID RAZR MAXX HD and for a good reason. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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What do you get when you combine two franchises that have been done to death? Why the Angry Birds Star Wars, of course.

Angry Birds Star Wars is, as Rovio likes to call it, Angry Birds’ biggest adventure yet. The game is based on the story of the Star Wars franchise and has birds dressed as the characters from the Rebel Alliance whereas the pigs are dressed as the Galactic Empire. After that it’s your usual bird flinging action but with some new abilities. But will that be enough to bring back gamers who have clearly flung enough birds to last a lifetime? Let’s find out. Read more »

Microsoft Surface users facing audio and Touch Cover issues

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It’s just been a couple of weeks since the Microsoft Surface went on sale and as usual for any new product we have started hearing complaints from the early adopters. The two most prominent issues for now relate to the sound and the optional Touch Cover.

According to The Verge, who experienced these issues first hand, the audio occasionally stutters or mutes when the Surface is in use or in standby. Read more »

Google and ASUS provide money back for 16GB Nexus 7 buyers in the US

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If you bought a 16GB Nexus 7 in the US 15 days after it received a price drop, you are in luck. According to Google’s Price Protection policy, if you purchased the 16GB model 15 days after the price cut was announced, that is on October 14, then Google will refund the price difference to you ($50). Unfortunately, no such offer is available to those who purchased the 8GB model.

Meanwhile, ASUS also has its own scheme going on for buyers in Europe who purchased the tablet before October 29. Read more »

Samsung Smart Dock shows what it’s capable of with a Galaxy Note II in the front seat

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A short while after the launch of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung launched a special dock for the phablet.

Sammy is calling it the Smart Dock and its chock-full of features, which AndroidNZ has shown in a lengthy video. Read more »

Rockstar details GTA V, shapes up to be the studios biggest game

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Rockstar has revealed some details about its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V blockbuster in the latest issue of Gameinformer magazine.

While details aren’t as thorough as some would like, they are enough to get our mouths watered. For starters, there are going to be three main characters in the game for us to play with. Read more »

NenaMark 2 scores for Sony Xperia C360X appear, promise Xperia T-level specs

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We’ve been seeing a steady stream of leaks about the next crop of Sony Xperia Androids but this one is about a new model – the C3602 (since the last digit indicates the region, let’s just call it the C360X).

We’ve already seen the low-end C1 series (Xperia E and E Dual) and the high-end C6 series (Odin and Yuga with their 5″ 1080p screens), so this C360X should be our first look at the mid-range offerings. Read more »

Humble Bundle 4 for Android released

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The Humble Bundle is back on Android and brings with it some great new games never before seen on the platform. If you don’t know what Humble Bundle is, it’s a collection of games where you get to decide what the final price should be. Once you pay, one part of the money goes to the developers, one part to charity and the remaining to the people at Humble Bundle. Along with being able to choose the price, you can also select who gets how much share of the money.

In the latest Humble Bundle 4 for Android, you get a collection of five great games, including Splice, Eufloria, Waking Mars, Crayon Physics Deluxe and Superbrothers: Swords and Sworcery EP. Moreover, if you pay over the average amount of $5.96, you also get Machinarium. Read more »

HTC Windows Phone 8X battery life test concludes, results are inside

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Microsoft’s latest mobile OS is getting ready for prime time and the ailing HTC is marketing its Windows Phone 8X as the “signature” Windows Phone 8 handset. We already reviewed the 8X, now it’s time to see how long it lasts in our battery test.

The HTC 8X has an 1800mAh Li-Ion battery and a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset – virtually the same specs as AT&T’s One X, expect for the smaller screen (4.3″ vs. 4.7″). Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars now available for download [Update]

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After teasing it for over a month, Rovio has finally released Angry Birds Star Wars. The game is available for download on iOS, Android and OS X and although a Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions are promised neither are currently available for download. [Update: Now available for Windows Phone 8]

The game is priced at $0.99 on iOS for the iPhone version and $2.99 for the iPad version. Meanwhile, Android has two versions, one that is free but comes with ads and another ‘HD’ version, which despite the name looks identical to the standard version but costs $2.99 and does not include ads. The OS X version costs $4.99. Read more »

Apple loses patent case related to FaceTime, asked to pay $368 million

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Apple has lost a patent related case to VirnetX, a patent holding firm in the US, for infringing on four of the latter’s patents related to FaceTime. The four patents in the case deal with establishing VPSs and domain names.

Apple argued that it did not infringe upon any patents, that FaceTime was a free service with no revenue and that VirnetX does not have any products that use those patents but apparently it was not enough to please the judge and now Apple has been ordered to pay $368 million. Read more »