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Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update might be just around the corner, as Samsung publishes manual

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The hotly anticipated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade for the original Galaxy Note might just be around the corner. Samsung UK has already posted the Jelly Bean manual for Galaxy Note smartphones, which suggests the rollout should start any moment now.

The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update will bring a lot of new features including some niceties from the company’s latest flagships, Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Read more »

RIM slashes minimum app price in BlackBerry World, tries to attract more developers ahead of BB 10 launch

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The minimum app price in the BlackBerry World store has been slashed from £1.00 to £0.75 in UK and from €0.99 to €0.89 in the rest of Europe.

The up-to 25% reduction of the minimum price comes after RIM added multimedia and revamped the interface of its app store a week ago. Read more »

Google+ overtakes Twitter to become the world’s second most popular social network

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Google+, one of the latest additions to the social network club has overtaken Twitter to become the second most popular social networking website after Facebook.

According to Global Web Index report Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are the most used social platforms. Read more »

Nokia unveils Music+ – unlimited listening with a monthly subscription

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Nokia unveiled its Music+ service, which builds on the free Nokia Music by adding an optional monthly subscription of around €3.99/$3.99. Nokia Music+ will roll out over the next couple of weeks.

Nokia Music+ adds unlimited skips, downloads, lyrics and the option to listen to your music on a PC via a web-app. Read more »

Humorous Samsung ad touts the enterprise security of its SAFE branded Galaxy S III and Note II

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As clunky as current BlackBerry smartphones have become, they still have one thing going for them – corporate clients swear by their security. Which is why Samsung is pushing its SAFE (“Samsung Approved For Enterprise”) program with ads like “The Leak”.

Check out the video after the jump. Read more »

Samsung Music Hub arriving shortly to other, non-Samsung devices

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The Music Hub is Samsung’s online music streaming service, which is currently only available on the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II in a select few regions. Now, the company’s SVP for Samsung Media Services – TJ Kang – has announced that this feature will shortly be available on other, non-Samsung devices as well.

But before that happens, Samsung plans on making the service available across its own range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, etc. Read more »

ITU approves H.265 codec, paves the way for smaller video file downloads

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H.265, the successor to the highly popular H.264 video codec, used for over 80 percent of all the online video, has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to be used for the creation of video content that is significantly smaller in size than what we have today.

Known also as High Efficiency Video Coded, H.265 allows file sizes that can be around half as much as the current H.264 encoded videos while maintaining the video quality. This allows content providers to supply much smaller files with the same quality, thus reducing the time required to download or stream the video. Read more »

iOS 6.1 Beta 5 hints at 128GB iOS devices, 128GB iPad reference spotted elsewhere

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Apple started seeding out iOS 6.1 Beta 5 to registered iOS developers over the weekend. The update comes over a month after the last update was released to developers.

Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, this new version of iOS also includes an interesting tidbit of information that a lot of people have been looking forward to; a mention of a 128GB version of an iOS device. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 cases go up on pre-order

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We have been seeing a lot of leaked images of the BlackBerry Z10 over the past month, including some official looking press images. Now we have some new cases for the yet-to-be-announced device, already up for pre-order by a British online retailer.

Above you can see the leather swivel holster, leather pocket case and a transform hard shell case cover. There is also a flip shell case cover (not pictured here). The prices range from £14.99 for the pocket case to £18.99 for the swivel holster. Read more »

Gameloft releases trailer for Blitz Brigade, coming soon to iOS and Android

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Looks like someone at Gameloft left their scanner on again and out comes another clone of a popular game. Called the Blitz Brigade, Gameloft has now turned to Valve’s highly popular Team Fortress 2 as a source of inspiration for their next game.

The company has released a trailer for this game, which, although does not show any in-game footage, does show two teams of red and blue color battling it out over a large open map. It also shows just how similar the game looks to Team Fortress 2, including the game characters. Read more »

Apple no longer Wall Street’s most valuable company

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Apple’s stock continued to take hits even after the company posted a record breaking financial result for Q1, 2013. The drop in the stock’s price was so severe that it resulted in Exxon Mobil surpassing Apple’s market cap value, to become the most valuable Wall street company once again.

Apple’s market cap is currently at 413.06B against that of Exxon’s 418.23B. Apple, held the leader position since August 2011, but now it had to give it back to the petrol giant. Read more »

Get $200 off current-gen MacBook Airs over at Best Buy this weekend [Update: And on Amazon as well]

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Starting today, BestBuy has a great deal on the current-gen MacBook Airs. You can buy them for $200 off Apple’s regular retail price.

I’ve never seen Apple products get such a deep discount – the prices are lower than those of Apple’s refurbished stock of MacBook Airs. I don’t know about you, but I had to double check that it’s not Black Friday all over again. Read more »

YouTube Capture for iOS gets 1080p video uploads and social sharing options

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Google’s YouTube Capture for iOS got an update today, which brings the oft-requested 1080p video uploads. Until now YouTube Capture was limiting the uploads to 720p resolution.

The new version of YouTube Capture for iOS also allows you to share videos straight to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ with a single tap. Read more »

BitTorrent Sync joins the cloud storage race, hopes to use the BitTorrent network to beat Dropbox

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Creators of the BitTorrent open source protocol have launched their own cloud storage service called BitTorrent Sync and it is rather unsurprisingly, based on the same protocol.

The service comes with its own application allowing users to store and sync folders to multiple devices. Interestingly, the service offers unlimited amount of storage making it a match made in heaven for large teams who collaborate on large files. Read more »

Nokia updates its maps – supports more countries and roads

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Nokia has updated the map data, which is used on its navigation apps – such as Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive for Windows Phone, as well as the here.com web service.

The update includes three new regions, more detailed coverage in some of the previously supported areas as well as new or amended roads in various countries worldwide. Read more »