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Rumor has it Apple is looking to introduce a 12.9″ iPad Maxi in the first half of next year

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Apple higher-ups always say “We’re never going to do X” and later they go and do X anyway – the company was claiming that 9.7″ is the perfect screen size for a tablet and then went and released a smaller, 7.9″ tablet. Can the same happen in the other direction, a tablet with a bigger screen?

Korean site ETNews thinks yes and claims Apple plans to launch an iPad Maxi (no, it’s not going to be called that) in the first half of next year. The publication also suggests that Apple is already talking to parts suppliers that will make the screens. Read more »

Google Maps extends bike directions to cover more of Europe

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Google Maps has extended the coverage of its directions for cyclists to cover several more European countries, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

If you live in any of those areas, you can now get Google Maps to give you directions for bicycle friendly roads, trails, and streets with bike lanes. Read more »

A Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone combusts out of the blue and burns off while owner is asleep

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Yet another incident with an exploding Galaxy S3 has occurred last night, but this time it hasn’t been provoked by microwaves. Reddit user vizionx1208 was last night woken to a loud sign and a ton of smoke coming out of his beloved Galaxy S3.

Alerted by the really bad smell, he jumped out of his bed just to witness his own phone beginning to catch fire. Here’s what he saw after pouring a glass of water over the phone. Read more »

Watch the Xbox One announcement highlights in a short, hilarious video

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Last week, Microsoft finally took the wraps off the highly anticipated next generation Xbox console, oddly named Xbox One. Most of you may have already watched the hour long keynote by now but if you haven’t, someone has made a video featuring just the highlights.

Even if you have watched the full keynote, I’m sure you are going to enjoy watching this. Read more »

Opera Next 15 based on WebKit engine now available for download

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Opera has released the beta version of the next major iteration of their desktop browser, Opera Next 15. By far the biggest change in this update is a switch from Opera’s longstanding rendering engine Presto to the more ubiquitous WebKit based rendering engine.

Other major changes in this version include a completely revamped interface. You’ll notice that the address bar and the search bar have finally been combined into one. The speed dial screen has a new look with support for folders and there are two more tabs for Stash and Discover. Read more »

Samsung challenges people to stare at the Galaxy S4′s eye tracking technology for an hour to win one

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Samsung and Swisscom promoted the fourth generation Galaxy S smartphone in the Zurich Main Station in an interesting manner. Samsung challenged the audience to stare at the Galaxy S4 for 60 minutes straight without looking away – and it wasn’t an easy task due to lots of available distractions.

Samsung promised a free Galaxy S4 smartphone to anyone who managed to stare at the device for 60 minutes non-stop with distractions like police dogs barking, hot dog vendors on fire, musicians, motorcycles driving past your side and crashing and other such attention killers. Read more »

Ferrari by Logic3 S100i in-ear headphones review

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The Ferrari by Logic3 S100i in-ear headphones are part of the manufacturer’s Scuderia Ferrari collection. Inspired by Ferrari’s long and illustrious racing heritage, the headphones aim to combine eye-catching looks, superb craftsmanship, and screaming performance into one package.

As an official Ferrari licensed product, the S100i headphones are sold alongside Ferrari’s supercars in the Italian carmaker’s showrooms. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series gets priced online

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series, including 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch variants, has been priced by online retailer Adorama in the US.

All three models come with various color combinations and internal memory sizes, the cheapest being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (pictured above) which starts at $199. Read more »

Battery tests for Exynos 5 Octa powered Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a split personality – it’s either powered by a Snapdragon 600 chipset (the I9505) or by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa (the I9500). It took a while before it became clear which model goes to which country, but now it’s time to find out the answer to a more important question – does it matter?

Typically, Samsung uses Qualcomm chipsets for its US models (due to the chipsets built-in LTE support) and sold their Exynos smartphones elsewhere. Now, the situation is different and the Snapdragon-based model is more common, perhaps due to low manufacturing capacity for the new eight core Exynos chipset. Read more »

Samsung sets up a dedicated patent company in the US under the ownership of its Display division

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Samsung has decided to invest further in defending itself against patent infringement cases as well as protecting its already existing patents by establishing a dedicated patent firm in the US.

More specifically, Samsung Display has created a company called Intellectual Keystone Technology (IKT), which specializes in intellectual property and is based in Washington D.C., USA. Read more »

An official photo of a brown Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 leaks, no specific release date yet

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With the Galaxy S4 having already leaked in a brown suit, it’s time for the Galaxy Note 8.0 to do the same thing. Renowned leakster evleaks has brought up to light an official Samsung photo of the compact slate in a brown color.

As you can see from the photo above, the S Pen is also going to sport the same color as the tablet, making for one very stylish accessory. Read more »

Real Racing 3 set to receive a Dubai-themed update soon, will let you race at the Dubai Autodrome

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The popular racing game Real Racing 3 is about to get a major update dubbed simply The Dubai Update. As you’ve already guessed by now, racing will take place in Dubai, and more specifically at the Dubai Audorome.

EA, who is behind the game, is keeping its cards close to its chest at the moment and not much information is available. What is known however, is that there’ll be a new batch of cars. Read more »

Lenovo getting ready to enter the US and EU smartphone markets within a year

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Lenovo slowly but surely shows its potential of becoming a respectable smartphone maker (the K900 being its latest and greatest Android smartphone), but outside of China, its smartphones are only available in India, Indonesia and Russia.

The company’s CEO Yang Yanqing however, has expressed in an interview that his company is looking into expanding its reach to Europe and the United States. Read more »

Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a $149 tablet with Nexus 7 topping specs, we go hands-on

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The Hisense Sero 7 Pro Android tablet, together with the entry-level Sero 7 LT slate, is the Chinese manufacturer’s first effort designed with the lucrative US market in mind. Priced at the highly acceptable $149.99, the Jelly Bean slate offers a better spec sheet than a Google Nexus 7 for noticeably less cash.

Like the Nexus 7, the Hisense Sero 7 Pro packs a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC and a gig of RAM. Read more »

Microsoft pits the Lumia 920 camera against the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III

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If you ever stumbled upon the recently created Windows Phone tumblr blog, you’d have notice a smattering of amusing GIFs comparing the quality of the Lumia 920′s low light images against those of the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III.

Now, they have released a video that shows the three phones placed side by side, shooting the same bizarre scene all at the same time and then the results are provided for you to see. As you can guess, the Lumia 920 comes out on top with a significantly brighter image, with the iPhone 5 a distant second and the Galaxy S III in the last. Read more »