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Samsung is now among the Top 10 most valuable brands for 2012, Apple takes second place

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The investment Samsung makes in the marketing of its two latest Android flagships, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has paid off not only in massive sales, but also in boosting the brand’s worth, shooting it among the top 10 most valuable in the world.

According to Interbrand’s 13th annual Best Global Brands report, Samsung, for the first time in its history, finds its place in the Top 10 of the prestigious ranking. In fact, it’s now considered the 9th most valuable brand on the planet and is estimated to be worth $32.8 billion. Read more »

Duo Games and Gameloft announce Duo Gamer wireless controller for iOS devices

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Duo Games, in collaboration with Gameloft, has announced a new wireless controller for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Called the Duo Gamer, the set comes with a wireless controller as well as a dock for your iOS device.

The controller has six buttons on it (four on the front and two on the shoulder), two joysticks and a D-Pad. The dock uses a 30-pin connector and has an HDMI-out for connecting to a larger screen, if required. Read more »

Steam starts selling software through its online store

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Back in August, Steam announced its plan to expand its online store. The plan was to move beyond selling just games and also offer useful software for your computer. Sticking to that plan, Steam has now added a software section with a handful of apps now available for purchase.

The list of software currently includes GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, ArtRage Studio Pro, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11, CameraBag 2 and Source FilmMaker. Other than the first and the last, all other are paid applications and Steam is offering a 10% off discount for the first week. Read more »

New Nokia Lumia 920 ad mocks the monochromatic iPhone 5

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Nokia Germany has released a new ad for the Lumia 920 that follows in the footsteps of the recent Samsung ads and chooses to mock the iPhone as a way of advertising their own phone.

In this particular ad, Nokia chooses to highlight the lack of color options you get on the iPhone 5, compared to the Lumia 920. Read more »

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III Jelly Bean battery life test concludes, see how it did

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The Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update is finally seeding and we already got our office units updated. Our review of the 4.1 Jelly Bean and TouchWiz combo is already available and you can learn all there is to know about the updated Samsung flagship right here.

Meanwhile we finally competed our battery test on the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy S III and we are ready to share the results with you. Read more »

Does the iPhone 5 have issues with battery life? (Updated)

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Here we go again. Another new iPhone generation and another wave of battery life complaints rises again. I can clearly remember similar stuff going on around the times the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS were released. But is that supposed to be a consolation?

There’s little official battery troubleshooting info available from Apple and yet, it’s a real problem for a lots of users, as this thread alone in Apple Forums would tell you. Unfortunately, it’s a self-help thread where users try to help each other instead of getting some meaningful feedback from Apple. Read more »

Next generation Acer touchscreen ultrabooks coming on October 26

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The Acer Aspire S7 series ultrabooks are set to hit shelves on October 26.

All members of the new series contain Intel Ivy Bridge processors, and start at $1,200 for the 11 inch model. Read more »

Opera releases developer-focused Opera 12.10 beta

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The latest beta build of Opera’s browser is now available for download.

Version 12.10 brings a improved API support, SPDY support, touch optimization for the upcoming Windows 8 and Retina, Notification Center and sharing to social networks in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Read more »

The iPad Mini may be announced on Oct. 17, latest rumors say

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As is usual with these things, Apple has so far been mum on all matter related to a possible iPad Mini. A new rumor however claims that the company is gearing up for an iPad Mini announcement event in a but more than a two week’s time.

Invitation to the event are supposed to be emailed on October 10. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note II drop video will make you cringe

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No one likes it when they drop a smartphone, especially one as large and expensive as the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

But lord knows we all have a morbid fascination with seeing it happen to other people. Read more »

Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban gets lifted

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After keeping it in purgatory for a while, Judge Lucy Koh has finally lifted the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. If you remember, the tablet was banned in the US court after it was found that the device was infringing upon the iPad’s design.

Later on, however, during the recent Apple vs. Samsung legal war, the jury decided that although the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was infringing upon several of Apple’s patents, the design patent wasn’t one of them. And since the ban was due to that particular patent, it would have to be lifted. Read more »

Unreleased HTC 8X promo video confirms its support for 4G LTE

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In its latest official, albeit unreleased, promo video, HTC has confirmed that its Windows Phone 8X smartphone will indeed boast 4G LTE connectivity.

As great as this may be, it’s not all that surprising, as the device sports the Snapdragon S4 chipset, which has built in 4G radio and is expected to hit AT&T and Verizon. Read more »

We compare the video stabilization on the Apple iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S

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When unveiling the new iPhone 5 Apple’s Phil Schiller bragged about the improved video stabilization on the smartphone. Given how good the video stabilization on the iPhone 4S was, we were wondering if the latest iPhone 5 will actually be able to deliver.

That’s why we decided to put it the iPhone 5 to a test pinning it against its predecessor. The results await after the break. Read more »

Sharp starts mass production of 5-inch 1080p mobile displays

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Japanese manufacturer Sharp has submitted a press release announcing it has started mass production of the first 5 inch Full HD display for mobiles.

The new displays will achieve an unprecedented pixel density of 443 ppi, which is over 100 ppi higher than highest currently available. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10 gets OTA support, installs the latest nightlies for you

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Great news for Android enthusiasts and fans of CyanogenMod 10, as its developers have added a neat feature allowing you to install the latest nightlies over the air in the latest build of the ROM.

This means flashoholics won’t have to go through the usual procedure of flashing CM10, but rather have the CM Updater take over the hassle. The OTA update feature is called CM Updater and is available only for stock CyanogendMod 10 releases. Sorry, custom ROMs. Read more »