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NVIDIA Shield up for pre-order, ships by the end of June

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NVIDIA announced its project Shield handheld gaming console and the company released the full specifications and the pricing details just a few days ago. Now, the console is up for pre-order on NVIDIA’s website and you can also adopt the gadget from Gamestop, Newegg and Canada Computer.

NVIDIA Shield sports a 5-inch 720p touchscreen and is powered by a Tegra 4 chipset that packs four Cortex-A15 cores, a power saving core and a mobile GeForce GPU. Read more »

Apple reduces iPad Mini’s display orders, hints at decline in shipments

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Apple has reduced its orders for display panels from AU Optronics, the company that supplies the panels for the iPad Mini. The firm will now ship only 2.5 million to 2.8 million units in the second quarter, which is down from 4 million shipped in the first quarter.

According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple is cutting its orders due to a slowdown in iPad Mini shipments for the rest of the second quarter. Read more »

Specs and a photo of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 leak online

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 lineup has been established recently with the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 announcement. Since then we saw quite a few leaks about the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

Today’s leak is quite spicy, as it brings all keys specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and even gives us a glimpse of the slate’s design. Read more »

Yahoo considers acquiring Tumblr for $1 billion

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Yahoo is the second most popular search engine on the web (according to Alexa.com) but has had issues in the last couple of years to stay relevant. Among its top problems is its aging demographic, which contributes to the company’s lack of coolness. Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman even admitted this, saying the company has to make itself cool again, something it “got away from for a couple of years”.

Sources, allegedly close to both sides claim that Yahoo has been in “serious” talks with popular blogging service Tumblr on some kind of a collaboration deal or even a complete acquisition. Tumblr has what Yahoo wants – the large user base in the 18-to-24 age group. Read more »

Nokia introduces Xpress Now app, an enhanced version of the Xpress Browser

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Nokia has introduced its Nokia Xpress Now app, which is an enhanced version of its Xpress Browser that offers efficient ways to browse the internet on a mobile phone.

Nokia Xpress Now is designed exclusively for Nokia Asha devices and the app delivers a real-time, personalized content based on your preference and those who use the browser. Read more »

Angry Birds Rio hits the Windows Phone Store

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Angry Birds Rio, one of the popular titles from the Angry Birds franchise is now available for all the Windows Phone users. The Windows Phone Store now hosts a collection of Angry Birds titles, which include Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Space.

Angry Birds Rio for Windows Phone comes with 210 levels and 40 bonus stages. Read more »

Samsung looks to free up more memory on Galaxy S4

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Fresh of its record-setting sales start of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung is promising to address complaints regarding the low user-available memory of its flagship.

Currently, the 16GB model has just over half of that available to the user – the rest being taken up by preinstalled apps and Samsung’s custom Android launcher, TouchWiz. Read more »

Archos announces the 80 xenon, a quad-core 3G tablet for $200

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Archos announced its ChefPad a few days ago and now, the company has unveiled the 80 xenon, a slate designed with built-in 3G and Wi-Fi.

Archos 80 xenon sports an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The tablet features a quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 2 megapixel rear camera and microSD card slot for memory expansion. Read more »

Video stabilization test shows OIS is best, Galaxy S4 improves over S III

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With the megapixel race fizzling out, Optical Image Stabilization seems to be the “next big thing” in mobile phone cameras. But it’s very rare – only two phones currently on sale have it, while the rest rely on digital processing to stabilize the image. CNET did a test to see how some of the most popular phones on the market cope with a user’s shaky hands.

The Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One naturally were involved in the test (the two phones that do have OIS), then there are the Samsung Galaxy S III and S4, the Sony Xperia Z and the Apple iPhone 5. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 925 comes into our office, flaunts its new design, display and software

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The Nokia Lumia 925 recently took over the reins from the 920 as the new WP8 flagship. The Lumia 928 is similar but it’s a Verizon exclusive. Anyway, the 925 brings a much needed redesign of the body, a new AMOLED screen and several software improvements.

Just to be clear, the Lumia 920 didn’t need a redesign in terms of looks – it’s the thickness and especially weight that needed work. It weighed 185g, 2g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has a screen that’s a full inch bigger. Dropping to 8.5mm thickness from 10.7mm is a welcome change as well. Read more »

Google I/O 2013 keynote now available on YouTube

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I’m sure most of you have already watched the Google I/O keynote as it was live streamed on the day of the event. However, if for some reason you couldn’t or if you want to watch it again, you can now do it on YouTube.

Google has uploaded the entire three and half hour long I/O keynote on YouTube, which includes all the announcement and the rather long Q&A session with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page at the end. Read more »

Apple updates iTunes 11 with new mini player

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Apple has released a new version of iTunes for OS X and Windows. Among the chief new features is an updated mini player. The mini player got a refresh in v11 but 11.0.3 makes it a bit more usable. There is now a progress bar so you don’t have to switch to the full mode to scroll through the track. Also, clicking on the album art thumbnail expands it.

Other changes include improved Songs view, where you can now view the album art even in the Songs view and multi-disc albums now show as one album in the Album view. There is also a new Update tab for the Apps section where you can view updates for your downloaded iOS apps. Lastly, there are some performance improvements while searching and sorting large libraries. Read more »

Microsoft’s second generation Surface RT tablets to be unveiled in June, estimated to be priced around $249-$299

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We already know that Microsoft is working on the second generation Surface RT tablets. The slates are rumored to be announced in the month of June, according to a report from DigiTimes.

The upcoming Surface RT tablet is reportedly manufactured by Pengatron Technology, using an Nvidia Tegra processor. Furthermore, the second generation Surface Tablets are estimated to be priced around $249-$299. Read more »

eBay for iOS updated, gets an improved user interface and other performance tweaks

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eBay has updated its iOS app and the latest version comes with few significant changes which enhance the user experience.

The user interface of the app has been tweaked and the application now has a much simpler and smoother UI. The update also brings an improved last minute bidding process, larger photo views and the ability to checkout multiple items at a time with the new eBay shopping cart in the United States and United Kingdom. Read more »

BLU Life One hands-on impressions

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With a 5” IPS LCD display, the BLU Life One sits above the entry-level Life Play, and below the phablet-proportioned Life View in the freshly launched smartphone series from the Miami based manufacturer. Given the increasing popularity which the 5” Android smartphones enjoy lately, the dual-SIM BLU Life One is likely to generate the most interest from potential users.

Save for the smaller display, the BLU Life One packs the same spec sheet as its bigger brother which we previewed a couple of days back. Read more »