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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.

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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 »

Toshiba unveils 95MB/s EXCERIA SD cards, claims “fastest in the world” title

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Toshiba’s latest EXCERIA SD cards are not just growing in extra capacity. Toshiba just introduced its new lineup of SD cards and is promising to deliver some blazing fast performance. The new EXCERIA cards come in three different flavors – Type 1, Type 2 and Type HD.

The Toshiba EXCERIA Type 1 SD cards will offer a capacity of 8GB, 16GB or 32GB, read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. On paper, that makes them the fastest SD cards we have seen so far, but you’d need an UHS-I supporting host to get them to fulfill their potential. Read more »

Sony Xperia sola official video ad demonstrates the hover touch

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Yesterday Sony unveiled the Xperia sola – one of the most interesting mid-range droids that we have seen for a long time. Featuring the new hover touch technology (we only saw that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, previously) and a cool distinctive design, the Xperia sola has arguably the best potential of all smartphones in the company lineup.

We are now giving you the official Sony promo video for the Xperia sola, which takes a closer look at the hover touch and a few of the other highlights of the smartphone. Read more »

15-inch MacBook Air coming next month?

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Here’s a particularly exciting rumor for the ultrabook fans out there. The MacBook Air, which is where the whole ultra-light laptop revolution started, might be getting a 15″ version next month.

The spicy info comes from an unnamed vendor, who demonstrated his inability to keep a secret at a UK accessories expo held in London on Tuesday. Normally, we wouldn’t advise you to believe such sources, but the rumor aligns nicely with previous mentions of a 15″ MacBook Air from November. Read more »

Tesco website glitch prices the new iPad at just £50

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A trip to the supermarket can be filled with special offers like “buy one get one free” or “two for the price of one”, but how about an iPad for just £50.

Tesco Value iPad, apparently not

What some may see as the sale of the century, supermarket retailer Tesco see as a technical blunder on their part. Due to a glitch on the chain’s website, thousands of customers were fooled into thinking that a new 64GB WiFi/4G iPad was available to purchase for just £49.99. Read more »

HTC shows how the One S unibody is created on video, makes you want the smartphone even more

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Ever since we got our hands on the HTC One S we noticed that its aluminum unibody felt somewhat different and much nicer to touch. That special feel is because of something called Micro Arc Oxidation, which looks about a gazillion times cooler than it sounds.

So HTC decided to give us a sneak peak of how the process works and why is it better than standard aluminum used in most of their old devices. Read more »

Tizen OS gallery demo surfaces, looks impressive

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Tizen – what became of MeeGo after Samsung took Nokia’s place in the project and also Bada’s replacement – kept a very low profile at the MWC, but it was there. A short video demo of the gallery shows that the new OS delivers a lot of eye candy even in this early stage of its development.

Earlier this year we saw some Tizen screenshots, but the traditional grid of thumbnails has given way to a less useful, but definitely prettier 3D arrangement. Read more »

Kindle Fire steals some market share, but iPad is still king of tablets in Q4, IDC reports

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The analysts from IDC just published their report on the global tablet market in the last quarter of last year and it appears that the picture was pretty much what we saw throughout 2011. Android is improving rapidly, but Apple’s iOS is still the king of the hill, accounting for more than half of all sales.

Apple managed to ship 15.4 million units in Q4 of last year, which secured them a market share of 54.7% (down from 61.5% in Q3). The best performer of the quarter was obviously the Amazon Kindle Fire, which got a share of 16.8% even though it was only on sale for a month and a half. Read more »

Mozilla releases Firefox 11, Firefox 12 expected by the time you finish reading this

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Oh, Firefox 10, we hardly knew ye. Also, 9. And 8. And 7, 6, 5 and 4. Thanks to the new rapid release cycle, Mozilla is just flying through the version numbers for Firefox. And so as expected, v11 has just been officially released.

So what’s new in this one? Quite a few things, actually. First of all, Firefox now recognizes Chrome if it is installed on your machine along with Opera and Internet Explorer and will ask you if you want to import bookmarks from it. If Mozilla intends to win back some of its old users from Chrome, this new feature is in the right direction to make the process of jumping over that much easier. Read more »

Electronics of the future could utilize spider silk in their construction

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A team at Iowa State University in the US have discovered that spider silk possesses properties that could see use within the future of electronics. The team have established that spider silk makes for an excellent heat conductor, which could lead to advances in manufacturing down the line.

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The perplexing substance that is spider silk was shown to conduct heat up to 800 times more effectively than any other organic material. Professor Xinwei Wang, who is heading up the university’s research, used eight golden silk orbweaver spiders to test the notion of heat conductivity through spider silk. Read more »