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App Store hits 40 billion downloads, has 775,000 apps already

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Apple might not be attending CES, but it still had an important announcement to make today. The official iOS app repository has crossed the 40 billion downloads mark. Having more than half a billion user accounts, the App Store has delivered almost half of those apps in the last year alone, showing impressive exponential growth.

Currently there are 775,000 apps available at the App Store, including 300,000 apps optimized for the iPad’s larger screen. There was no exact information on the number of apps, which make full use of the taller iPhone 5 screen and the high-res iPads with Retina screens, though. Read more »

Oppo lets you win a free Find 5 unit for participating in the beta testing

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Oppo has announced an interesting Facebook contest in search for 5 lucky beta testers, who will receive a free Find 5 smartphone.

The contest is open to everybody around the world and starts today and ends on January 13. Read more »

Vizio announces 7″ Tegra 3 and 10″ Tegra 4 Android 4.2 tablets

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CES 2013 tablet announcements continue to pour in, and the latest pair comes courtesy of Vizio, which unveiled pretty exciting 7″ and 10″ slates .

Both tablets are running stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with very slight UI modifications from Vizio. Most interestingly, though, the Vizio 10″ tablet is running the just announced Tegra 4 SoC. Read more »

Alcatel announces affordable One Touch Tab and Evo 7 family of tablets, prices them as aggressively as possible

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Alcatel has decided to step into the affordable Android tablets market with two lineup of slates – the One Touch Tab and Evo 7.

The Evo 7 lineup consists of two 7-inch tablets which feature the rather unique add-on modules, one of which allows you to add support for mobile data connection. Read more »

7″ Acer Iconia B1-A71 unveiled – lets you taste Jelly Bean on the cheap

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Acer has just introduced the latest addition to its lineup of Android-running tablets. The new slate is called the rather peculiar B1-A71 and will cost about €119 after taxes. This will make it the most affordable Android 4.1 Jelly Bean slate from a big manufacturer.

That kind of money buys you a 7″ display of WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600 pixels), a 1.2GHz dual-core Mediatek processor and 8GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity are also available as well as a front-facing camera and a standard microUSB port. Read more »

The official Dropbox app for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT is now available for download

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Just before the announcement storm from CES 2013 to hit, Dropbox has quietly launched a dedicated Modern UI app for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.

Designed in the familiar Windows 8 manner, the app displays tiles of files and folders from your account. It’s nicely optimized for touch-operation too. Read more »

LG Optimus L9 battery test concludes, find out the detailed results inside

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Placed comfortably as the company’s top mid-range model, the LG Optimus L9 is a droid that should be on your check list when shopping for a stylish smartphone offering great bang for your buck. It’s now time to check how it does in our traditional battery test and how it stacks up against its direct rivals.

Naturally we put the LG Optimus L9′s battery through its paces in our traditional battery test to see how far it can take you in everyday situations. Read more »

NVIDIA showcases Project SHIELD handheld gaming console running Android

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After announcing the Tegra 4 processor, claimed to be the fastest mobile processor in the world right now, NVIDIA went on to showcase their latest creation, Project SHIELD.

So what exactly is this Project SHIELD? It’s a handheld gaming console that lets you play Android games and will also let you stream Steam games from your PC to the device wirelessly. And that’s just the gist of it. Read more »

‘Hundreds’ for iOS game review

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Hundreds is the latest game for iOS made by Semi Secret Software, who have given us the awesome Canabalt, one of my all-time favorite side-scrolling games.

In Hundreds, your goal is to touch the bubbles till they grow and their total becomes hundred. Sounds simple enough, but is it really? Let’s find out. Read more »

Google Maps no longer accessible through Windows Phone 8 browser

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It seems several Windows Phone 8 users trying to use the web version of the Google Maps service through the browser on their phones are being denied access, with the browser now redirecting to Google’s homepage.

Although Google Maps was never technically supported on the Internet Explorer browser on WP8 (because it is optimized for use only on browsers running on the WebKit engine) it used to work to some extent before. Now, however, it doesn’t work at all. Read more »

Skype 2.1 for Windows Phone 8 brings more stability, available for download right now

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Skype has launched a modest update for its Windows Phone 8 app bringing its version number to 2.1.0.241.

The update is more about improving stability and bringing the performance up a notch, than adding new features, but there’s still a lot to cheer about. Read more »

The AL13 is a high quality aluminum bumper for the iPhone 5 that’s getting Kickstarter funding

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With iPhone 5′s aluminum body and redesigned antenna layout, Apple didn’t see the need to make a new bumper for its latest flagship smartphone. However, a small company called Designed by m took it upon itself to fill the void and created the AL13.

The bumper is made of ultra-thin aerospace aluminum and manufactured with chamfered edges; the same sort that the iPhone 5 boasts. It weighs just 16 grams, so it won’t be turning your slim and light iPhone into something hard to carry around. Read more »

Asus ME301T MemoPad 10, a $365 10-inch Android tablet, could show up at CES

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According to rumors, Asus has plans to introduce two cheap 7″ Android tablets at CES (maybe as cheap as $129). A leak from retailer Icecat.us points to a cheap 10″ tablet that might be joining them at the Asus CES booth.

The tablet is known only as Asus ME301T MemoPad 10, will apparently pack a Tegra 3 chipset (like the one in the Nexus 7) and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Here’s the story of the first Android mascot and how the dessert-based naming scheme came to be

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Android’s mascot, affectionately known as Bugdroid, has become instantly recognizable in the mobile world and it has already gone several transformations to match the dessert a given Android version is named after. But Bugdroid wasn’t the first mascot.

These loopy-looking robots were. They were created by Dan Morrill, who worked in developer relations, when he decided that slides for a presentation to Google’s dev team needed eye candy. Read more »

Corning to showcase Gorilla Glass 3 at CES, says it’s three times tougher

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Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become synonymous with scratch-resistance for mobile devices (both phones and tablets), so we’re excited to see the third iteration of the product. Corning will showcase it at CES and its president will give a talk about the future of specialized glass for the video and gaming industry.

Gorilla Glass 3 promises a 3x increase in scratch resistance and fewer visible scratches. Read more »