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Google releases a new version of Chrome Beta for Android, squashes a ton of bugs

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Google recently launched a special Beta version of its Chrome web browser for Android, giving you the chance to test out the latest features before making them available to the general public.

And now thanks to the hard work of the Chrome devs it has been updated and has been freed from many of the bugs that plagued it. Read more »

More Sony Xperia Z camera samples arrive, look pretty impressive

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The Sony Xperia Z flagship surely spend its sweet time in the spotlight at CES 2013 last week and it’s not even going to give up on it soon. We learned quite a lot about the smartphone, and we even got to see the first samples from its 13MP camera.

Now however, we got another bunch of photos delivered to us courtesy of Clove UK, who took the flagship smartphone for a walk in the countryside. Read more »

Sony Home Entertainment VP teases PlayStation 4 launch in May or June

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The next-gen Xbox countdown already started and Sony must be feeling the heat coming from its competitor.

The vice president of Sony Home Entertainment just couldn’t help himself, but tease the masses of PlayStation gamers with the upcoming fourth version of the console.

Hiroshi Sakamoto has hinted of a “big announcement” coming either earlier in May or at the E3 2013 in June. Read more »

Alleged first Tegra 4 benchmarks show promising graphics power, but not as good as A6X

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It seems that someone with access to a Dalmore Tegra 4 evaluation board decided to see how it does on the GLBenchmark GPU benchmark for Android.

The results, if they turn out to be legitimate, show Nvidia’s latest mobile SoC offering as capable of some promising graphics performance, but ultimately falls short of taking the top spot away from Apple’s A6X chip. Read more »

Nibbio Full-HD runs Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 in FullHD glory

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Coming from Italy, courtesy of DaVinci Mobile Technology, is the Nibbio (meaning Kite) Full-HD, which can run Android ICS 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 for €373.

The Nibbio Full-HD has a WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) screen, a quad-core Exynos 4412 chipset complete with 2 gigs of RAM (making it Note II-worthy), 32 GB of internal storage and two cameras on each side (2 MP on the back and a VGA front-facing one). Read more »

Pulse app adds support for Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube

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Popular news aggregator application Pulse got updated yesterday, which brings with it the addition of some new services.

Now, users will be able to view their Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr as well as YouTube feeds within the app, along with all the other feeds they have subscribed to. Read more »

Apple launches cellular versions of iPad mini and iPad with Retina display in China

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Apple today announced that they have started selling the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad mini and the iPad with Retina display in China.

The Wi-Fi models of both devices have been available since last month but the cellular versions have only just been released. The new models will be on sale starting Friday, January 18. Read more »

Phiaton PS 210 BTNC wireless in-ear headphones review

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As an offspring of the Korean manufacturer Cresyn, Phiaton Corporation comes with an extensive heritage in the field of audio headphones. Phiaton products combine premium build quality, modern design, and affordable prices and the PS 210 BTNC in-ear headphones are no exception. The Bluetooth 3.0 headset offers true noise-cancelling capability, which, given its price tag, sounds almost too good to be true.

Frankly, I have shied away from Bluetooth headphones for quite some time now. The last time I sported a pair was back in 2007, when I paired my trusty Sony Ericsson W950 with a Walkman headset. The experience was horrific as the headphones combined high price, poor audio output, and unbearable battery life – enough to keep me away from wireless sound for a good while. With the Phiaton offering looking this good on paper, I decided to give it a try. Read on to find out if the headset is as good as its specs suggest. Read more »

Apple shares drop amidst rumors of low iPhone 5 demand

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Apple shares have slipped today during premarket and early market trading by nearly $17, bringing the overall value of Apple stock close to $500.

There are reports surfacing that Apple may have cut iPhone 5 component orders by half, in light of lower-than-expected demand. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z dropped in the name of science, shot on video

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The Sony Xperia Z is one of the hottest smartphones of the season and for a good reason – it’s got a 5″ 1080p screen, quad-core Krait processor, good looking all-glass body and last but not least it is IP57 certified, meaning it’s not afraid of a little dust and water.

Polish blog Komorkomania decided to test out the Xperia Z’s mechanical impact resistance and later dip into water for the sake of being thorough – check it out after the break. Read more »

Gartner estimates drop in PC sales for Q4 2012, points finger at tablets

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Gartner has posted its estimated PC shipment results for 2012 and things aren’t bright for the good ol’ personal computer.

The company estimates that PC vendors have shipped more than 90 million PCs in Q4, 2012 which is 4.9% lower than what they managed in the same period in 2011. According to Gartner, the tablets are to blame. Read more »

ASUS announces 7-inch MeMo Pad Android tablet for $149

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ASUS has announced a the new MeMo Pad, which is their new 7-inch low cost Android tablet and will be going on sale in the US for just $149 for the base model.

For that money, you get a tablet with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, VIA WM8950 SoC with 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU and Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB internal memory with microSD card slot. Read more »

Flipboard for Android updated with support for Daydream

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Some of you may already know about the new Daydream feature in Android 4.2. For those who don’t, Daydream allows the application to display information on the screen when the device is is idle or docked. Think of it as being the equivalent of the screensaver that we still see on desktop computers. Developers can use this functionality to display relevant information on the screen in an easy to see manner.

The developers of Flipboard have decided to take advantage of this functionality in the latest update to their app. Once enabled, Flipboard will show new items full screen from the feeds you have subscribed to. Read more »

An official Jelly Bean ROM for the Motorola Atrix 2 leaks

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A surprise leak on the XDA forums gave the Motorola Atrix 2 users access to an official Jelly Bean ROM for their smartphones. Under its new management, Motorola announced certain phones won’t be updated anymore. Still, for most of the handsets released in 2011 or later the update was to be guaranteed.

The Motorola Atrix 2 was released in October 2011 but it was never on the white list of the devices lucky enough to get an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update starts rolling out to Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 in the US

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After pushing the update to the European version of the Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung has now begun rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the US version as well.

According to Android Police, both the 10.1-inch as well as the 7.0-inch models are now receiving the 4.1.1 update, over the air as well as through the Samsung Kies application. Read more »