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Google announces new Acer Chromebook, available for just $199

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After announcing the aggressively priced $249 Samsung Chromebook last month, Google has now announced an even more aggressively priced Chromebook.

This new model is manufactured by Acer and is sold for just $199 in the US. For that price you get a machine that has a 11.6-inch display, an Intel Core processor, 320GB hard drive with additional 100GB free storage on Google Drive, 3.5 hour battery life and of course, Google’s Chrome OS. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T dropped by wearing a shiny yellow outfit, here is the hands-on

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For the second time this year, we have an AT&T branded Nokia flagship on our hands. The screaming yellow colored, LTE packing Nokia Lumia 920 is the Finnish company’s latest and greatest creation, booting Microsoft Windows Phone 8. The handset is of vital importance for both Nokia and Microsoft – both companies are betting hugely on its commercial success.

Unlike the Windows Phone devices of yesteryear, the Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T can finally be called a properly powered smartphone. Read more »

Aakash 2 ICS tablet now available for as little as $25 in India

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Following the release of the original Aakash tablet more than a year ago, UK-based Datawind hope to continue to make the cheapest tablet around with the Aakash 2.

The new tablet will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of box (a step up from the Froyo-based Aakash), and can be had for as little as $25 thanks to government subsidies which are imposed in India. Read more »

HTC Desire X goes through our battery test, results are inside

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The HTC Desire X is fresh out of our review but there are still things to wrap up. The phone has a 1650mAh battery feeding its dual-core processor and 4″ screen. How does the battery last?

Well, we’ve concluded our full array of battery tests and the results await your inspection after the break. Read more »

UK court orders Apple to pay for Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis

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Apple just suffered another setback in its court war against Samsung in the UK. After the Cupertino-based company was ordered to issue a statement saying Samsung did not infringe the design patents, the company is now forced to pay Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis.

As you might remember, Apple wrote what the court ordered them to say, but added that other courts around the world did not agree with the UK court’s decision. As expected, Apple was ordered to retract this statement and issue a new one. Read more »

Microsoft outs a Meet the new WP promo video, brings back memories

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Microsoft released its “Meet the new Windows Phone: Reinvented Around You” and it gives me a familiar vibe, I’ve watched something like it before.

Almost exactly a year ago Google aired its “Calling All” ad, a Galaxy Nexus-centric promo, which highlighted some of the features of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, whether you’re a pass-it-alonger or page-turner you can spot the similarities for yourself. Read more »

Microsoft releases Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8

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It’s been one and a half year since Microsoft acquired Skype and we are finally starting to see the fruits of the acquisition. After releasing the new Skype client for Windows 8, Microsoft has released a new Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 devices.

This new version brings some much needed features over the Windows Phone 7 version. The biggest feature is that Skype can now run in the background and always stay on, just like the new Windows 8 app. This allows you to get messages like any other instant messaging service and calls come in like regular phone calls. Read more »

Apple pays $21 million for using the new clock face in iOS 6

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Couple of months ago, we heard that Apple got into a minor kerfuffle with the Swiss Federal Railways for pretty much ripping off the iconic clock face that the railways uses on their platforms, designed by watchmaking company Mondaine.

Eventually, the two companies decided to settle the matter and come to an agreement. We have now learned that Apple had to pay the Swiss Federal Railways $21 million for using the clock face within iOS. The two companies have now signed a licensing agreement allowing Apple to continue using the clock face within their application. Read more »

Apple releases two new ads for the iPad mini

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You may have already seen the excellent iPad mini ‘Piano’ ad that was shown during the launch keynote and aired on television after the device launched in the respective countries. Now Apple has released two more ads that follow a similar format called ‘Books’ and ‘Photos’.

As you can expect from their names, the first one shows the new iPad mini going through several books with the bigger iPad and the second one shows how photos look on the iPad mini. With both these ads, Apple’s message seems to be that the iPad mini is every bit as good as doing things as the bigger iPad and other than the screen size you’re not compromising on anything. Read more »

Motorola brags about the DROID RAZR MAXX HD’s battery life at Apple iPhone’s expense

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It seems that taking jabs at Apple’s iPhone is a fashionable way to promote a smartphone these days. Motorola is the latest manufacturer to use the trick in its latest ad, posted on its official Facebook page. It shows an image of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD jump starting an iPhone 4S.

Motorola is proud of the battery performance of the latest DROID RAZR MAXX HD and for a good reason. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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What do you get when you combine two franchises that have been done to death? Why the Angry Birds Star Wars, of course.

Angry Birds Star Wars is, as Rovio likes to call it, Angry Birds’ biggest adventure yet. The game is based on the story of the Star Wars franchise and has birds dressed as the characters from the Rebel Alliance whereas the pigs are dressed as the Galactic Empire. After that it’s your usual bird flinging action but with some new abilities. But will that be enough to bring back gamers who have clearly flung enough birds to last a lifetime? Let’s find out. Read more »

Microsoft Surface users facing audio and Touch Cover issues

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It’s just been a couple of weeks since the Microsoft Surface went on sale and as usual for any new product we have started hearing complaints from the early adopters. The two most prominent issues for now relate to the sound and the optional Touch Cover.

According to The Verge, who experienced these issues first hand, the audio occasionally stutters or mutes when the Surface is in use or in standby. Read more »

Google and ASUS provide money back for 16GB Nexus 7 buyers in the US

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If you bought a 16GB Nexus 7 in the US 15 days after it received a price drop, you are in luck. According to Google’s Price Protection policy, if you purchased the 16GB model 15 days after the price cut was announced, that is on October 14, then Google will refund the price difference to you ($50). Unfortunately, no such offer is available to those who purchased the 8GB model.

Meanwhile, ASUS also has its own scheme going on for buyers in Europe who purchased the tablet before October 29. Read more »

Samsung Smart Dock shows what it’s capable of with a Galaxy Note II in the front seat

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A short while after the launch of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung launched a special dock for the phablet.

Sammy is calling it the Smart Dock and its chock-full of features, which AndroidNZ has shown in a lengthy video. Read more »

Rockstar details GTA V, shapes up to be the studios biggest game

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Rockstar has revealed some details about its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V blockbuster in the latest issue of Gameinformer magazine.

While details aren’t as thorough as some would like, they are enough to get our mouths watered. For starters, there are going to be three main characters in the game for us to play with. Read more »