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Native panorama app for Lumia 800 just around the corner

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The Nokia Lumia 800 has one of the most solid cameras in the Windows Phone realm (or at least until the HTC Titan II comes out). However, this doesn’t mean Nokia is done improving it or has already moved on – in fact, the company just confirmed that there’s a cool new feature coming up for it.

The news came from the personal Twitter account of Damian Dinning – the head of the Nokia camera division. Apparently, the native panorama app is already on its way and we can probably count on it coming with the next software update. Read more »

Retina resolution iPad apps start populating the App Store

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It’s been just a week since Apple announced the new iPad and already we are seeing a decent number of apps optimized for the Retina resolution. In fact, Apple has even created a new category within iTunes that highlight these new apps optimized for the new iPad.

Now these aren’t new apps but just ones that have been spruced up to run at a higher resolution. In some cases, such as the Kindle App, it was basically making the text look sharper and in cases of 3D games like Infinity Blade II, the developers would have had to go through a lot more trouble to pour in enough detail to make the game look good enough at that resolution. Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook will get BlackBerry 10 OS eventually

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It is yet to be decided whether there will be a second PlayBook or not, but one thing is certain for the current generation – it will be updated with the BlackBerry 10 OS once the OS is out eventually.

RIM has still to reveal the first BB10-based smartphones this year and eventually release one of them until the end of 2012. Read more »

The Amazon Appstore celebrates its 1st birthday with deals, discounts and free Kindle Fires

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Amazon are today celebrating their Android Appstore’s first birthday and in light of this fact, they’ve come over all generous. As well as a number of discounts on popular paid apps, they’re also giving away eight Kindle Fire’s between now and the end of March.

Amazon celebrate 1 year of the Appstore

As well as the week-long app discounts, the company also revealed a number of stats which they’ve been able to pull over the course of the year. For one, there are now some 31,000+ applications available to download from the Appstore up from 4000 last year, but lets talk more about those deals. Read more »

Archos’ G10 xs series tablets set their sights on Asus’ Transformer family

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To coincide with Archos now shipping Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on their current G9 tablet family, two new models have emerged to join lineup, the Archos 80 G9 Turbo and the Archos 101 G9 Turbo.

a line drawing of the soon to be announced Archos G10 xs

These two new devices come similarly specced with 1.5GHz CPUs and ICS, the 80 utilizes an 8-inch display, whilst the 101 a, you guessed it, 10.1 inch display. Depending on the device and storage capacity you opt for prices range from $310 to $425. These two tablets have little time to bask in the limelight however as Archos’ next tablets under the banner of the G10 xs Series, ready themselves for deployment. Read more »

HTC One S, One X rooted before release

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The HTC One S has joined the One X in the elite ranks of devices which have been rooted before actually being available for purchase on the market!

Both devices can be rooted fairly easily, save for one little caveat: they require an unlocked bootloader to do so. Read more »

Blizzard officially announces the release date for Diablo 3, mark your calendars for May 15

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So that’s that, then. Goodbye social life, goodbye hygiene and hello fizzy drinks, fast food and sleepless nights! For Diablo 3 will soon be in my possession.

After years and years of waiting Blizzard finally announced the release date of the long awaited game. Diablo 3 will become available exactly two months from now, on May 15. Read more »

Mozilla will add h.264 video codec support after all, starting with Boot 2 Gecko and Android

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Initially Mozilla took a firm stance when it came to HTML5′s video tag – only open-source video codecs are welcome, proprietary stuff like h.264 will not be supported. Now however, their position has softened – Firefox will support whatever media codecs the host OS has in addition to Theora (which was there from the start).

The change will first be implemented in their experimental Boot 2 Gecko mobile OS (which we saw in action at the MWC) and later added to the Android version of Firefox. Desktop Firefox might prove a bigger challenge, however. Read more »

Angry birds fly straight into F1 – check out the new helmet of Heikki Kovalainen

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The Formula 1 season is just about the start and there will be a surprising new presence on the grid this year. We are talking the title that became a synonym for mobile gaming, Angry Birds, which will appear on the helmet of Heikki Kovalainen.

Rovio managed to strike a deal with their compatriot and Caterham driver and his helmet was branded with the immensely popular game. It’s unclear if the deal will only last for a few races or the whole season, as the submitted official image of Kovailainen’s helmet has no Angry birds on it. Read more »

Socialites – A look at social networks that have come and gone over the past 50 years

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We may think of the term ‘social network’ as a relatively new creation, but it turns out the legacy of sites like Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest have a history dating as far back as the 1960s.

the start of social

The team at Citizen Brando have traveled through time (sort of) to find which sites and services have tried to become the people’s social network over the years; turns out, there have been quite a few, see how many you remember. Read more »

FaceTime won’t work even on new iPad’s fast LTE connection

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FaceTime caused a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” but there are still problems with it – like needing a Wi-Fi connection for it to work. Even if you have blazing fast LTE connection on your shiny new iPad, you still can’t do a FaceTime call.

It has already been pointed out that using the iPad as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connecting an iPhone 4/4S to it to do a FaceTime is one way to get around this restriction, but that’s hardly an ideal solution and it certainly won’t work for everyone. Read more »

Nokia tablet project confirmed by design chief

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Prepare to act surprised. The Nokia head designer Marko Ahtisaari reportedly confirmed that his company is working on a tablet. What’s more, Mr. Ahtisaari says that he has dedicated no less than a third of his working time to the project in order to make the device stand out in the crowd.

Reuters reports that Nokia still hasn’t joined the tablet party due to the company’s wish to offer a product that’s easy to differentiate. Read more »

Sparrow lands on iOS

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The highly anticipated iOS version of the popular Mac email client Sparrow has finally arrived. Sparrow is now available for download on the App Store and costs $2.99.

The reason everyone was waiting for this app is because anyone who has used the built-in Mail app on iOS can tell you that it is quite mediocre. Although Apple has spruced it up a few times over the years it still lags far behind the official Gmail app on Android or the email app in Windows Phone. Read more »

Samsung could launch digital cameras with Android in future

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According to the folks at Engadget, who recently visited Samsung’s Korean headquarters, Samsung is considering adopting an open operating system for their cameras. And when we hear ‘open’, the first thing that comes to our minds these days is Android.

Now of course, Samsung could use any of the other open OSes out there. Two such examples are Samsung’s own Tizen and Bada. But practically speaking, Android makes the most sense right now. Read more »

Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 hands-on

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As the Droid RAZR quickly became a seriously popular smartphone, it is no surprise that Motorola took its looks and solid build quality to its tablet lineup as well. The LTE packing Droid XYBOARD 8.2 for Verizon Wireless is part of this group. The slate has taken the good looks of the RAZR family to go with its impressive build quality.

The Droid XYBOARD 8.2 packs the same TI OMAP 4430 chipset with two 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 cores, and PowerVR SGX540 GPU as its RAZR relatives. Read more »