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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 »

Apple could rack up an $11 billion bill with Samsung before 2012 is out

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With all the market rivalry, patent lawsuits and sly televisual marketing going on between Samsung and Apple, you’d be forgiven for thinking all ties between these two companies would have already been severed at this heavily tumultuous stage in their relationship, but at the end of the day business is business and both these big names know that need to work together to make money.

Apple will owe Samsung a lot of money before the end of 2012

The likes of LG and Sharp were initially entrusted with creating displays for Apple’s newest tablet, set to touch down in a couple of days, but when they were unable to deliver due to manufacturing issues, Apple passed the task to Samsung who will now be producing the new iPad’s QXGA display panels (for the time being at least). Read more »

iPad unboxed early, benchmarked too

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The third generation Apple iPad will officially ship out to customers in three days time but a lucky Vietnamese site has caught an early look at the device and have an unboxing video prepped.

For those wondering if this is a fake Tinhte have also provided pictures of the device and show the LTE on/off toggle in the menu of the iPad and performed a Geekbench benchmark on it, which reveals the processor and RAM information. Read more »

Google Chrome to get a Metro makeover

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Google revealed they are busy at work to create a Metro version of their popular desktop browser Chrome for Windows 8. Microsoft’s new OS is a strange beast with two different environments – Windows 7-style desktop and the new Metro interface – which will run separate apps.

While the current browser will work just fine in desktop mode, it won’t be accessible in Metro, which is the preferred UI for tablets. Google is specifically looking to improve touch support for the Chrome on Metro. Read more »

Japanese isn’t Siri’s strongest language

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Japanese isn’t an easy language to learn and with the latest update to the iOS, Apple has tried to do just that. However, a Japanese iPhone user proves that Siri has needed a wee bit more time to study by pitching it against DoCoMo’s Syabette Concier.

For those of you who are unaware of Syabette Concier, it is what Siri is for Apple – DoCoMo’s developed personal assistant. So, let’s see how they get on when they face some Japanese phrases.

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Sony announces SLT-A57 SLT camera

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After announcing several point-and-shoot cameras in the past few months, Sony has now outed a new single-lens translucent (SLT) camera, the SLT-A57, which comes as a replacement for the original A55.

The list of specifications for this new camera includes a 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO 16,000, which can be boosted up to 25,600 and 1080p video recording at 60 fps. Read more »

Eager Apple fans are already getting in line in Regent Street

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Hoards of tech-heads pushing their faces up against the shop front glass with wide eyes, longing for the doors to open must be a familiar sight for Apple retail staff the world over.

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The act of queuing for a new Apple product has almost become an event in itself, a place for fans to reaffirm their excitement amongst each other. Now, despite there still being a few more days before the new iPad’s arrival, queues have already started forming at major stores such as Apple’s Regent Street store in central London. Read more »

Asus announces two new Zenbooks powered by Ivy Bridge, FullHD screens in tow

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Asus announced two new ultrabooks powered by Intel’s oft-delayed Ivy Bridge processor. There are 11.6″ and a 13.3″ versions – Asus Zenbook UX21A and UX31A respectively. Either size will have a FullHD IPS screen – yep, that’s 1920×1080 resolution on a 11.6″ screen.

The IPS screens will offer 350 nits of brightness, but if they are too pricy for you, you can switch to a vanilla LCD screen instead. That drops the brightness to 300 nits and the resolution is downgraded to 1600×900 for the 13.3″ model and 1366×768 for the 11.6″ one. Read more »

iPad Mini rumors refuse to go away, promise smaller bezel and lower price this time

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This rumor is proving harder to kill than most fictional characters – I’m talking about the iPad Mini rumor. It reappeared again, just days after Apple’s official announcement of the new iPad when Apple’s exec made no mentions of any such thing.

The diminutive iPad is said to have a small bezel so that it can be about the same size as 7″ Android tablets (Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, etc.), while having a slightly larger screen diagonal – 7.85″ according to chitchat. Read more »

Super High Aperture: the technology that made the iPad retina display possible

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Addicted to that ultra-high res screen of the new iPad, aren’t you? Well here’s a bit more information about the underlying technology that enabled Apple to quadruple the resolution of its slate.

You see the main problem with high pixel densities is that when things get cramped up, signals can get crossed, which leads to degradation in image quality – most notably in terms of color accuracy and sharpness. So you actually turn out with a poorer screen. So how did Apple went about solving this engineering challenge? Read more »

Nokia to release a Snapdragon-powered 10″ Windows 8 tablet in Q4

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We’ve heard so many rumors of Nokia jumping on the tablet bandwagon that we are not sure what to believe anymore, but this latest bit sound rather plausible. The Finns are reportedly working on a 10″ slate running Windows 8, which should arrive to the market by the end of the year.

The Nokia tablet will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, featuring a couple of Krait CPU cores. The production of the device itself will be outsourced to the Taiwanese company Compal Electronics and initial volumes are said to be the rather modest 200,000 units. Read more »

Overwhelming demand depletes new iPad stock, shipment date for new buyers slides back

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The new iPad was announced last week with a planned launch date this Friday. Overwhelming demand has already pushed that date back, so if you haven’t pre-ordered already, the soonest you can hope to get the newest Apple tablet is March 19 (and there’s a two iPads per customer limit).

You could, of course, line up at a brick and mortar store, where you should be able to find the new iPad in stock on launch day (March 16). But that means joining an extraordinary long queue and being mocked by your Samsung-wielding buddies. Read more »

Here’s a music video that lets you choose the story and ending as you watch it

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American band Chairlift have released a new music video for their song ‘Met Before’. But unlike other music videos, this one actually lets you choose the events that occur in the video, which affects the story and the ending, like an RPG game.

The video starts with the main character (who is also the singer of the song, Caroline Polachek) as she follows two other characters in a class room. Right at the start you get the option to choose which one of the two you will pursue and then the video changes according. Later on, you are offered more choices that affect the way the video progresses and eventually ends. Read more »

Instagram coming to Android “very soon”

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Speaking at the SXSW today, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger said that the Android version of the popular Instagram app is coming very soon. In fact, Systrom even said that in some ways the Android version of the app is even better than their iOS app and that it will be the most amazing Android app we’ll ever see.

Now we have been hearing about this Android version of Instagram for quite a while now when Instagram itself mentioned it on their blog a few months ago but we did not have any concrete date for the launch. Unfortunately, we still don’t have that yet but it’s nice to know that it will be coming shortly. Read more »