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Samsung launches S Health wellness app for Galaxy S III

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Samsung has launched an app which allows Galaxy S III owners to sync their smartphones with certain medical equipment to effectively measure and monitor vital health statistics.

S Health can connect to various weight, blood pressure or glucose monitors to present a health profile over a period of time that can be viewed or shared via SNS services. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III can now enjoy Jelly Beans with a custom ROM

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After Google pushed the Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean OTA update at I/O and released the Nexus 7 factory image for download, XDA developers have been hard at work porting the new version of Android to their favorite smartphones.

The HTC One X already got it, and now it’s turn for Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III to follow suit. Read more »

Sony announces new XQD S series cards, the speedometer shows 168MB/s

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Sony has freshened up its XQD card lineup – the new S series cards will launch with 64GB capacity and a whopping 168MB/s data transfer rates. The old H series maxed out at 125MB/s.

A Nikon D4 can pipe 108 RAW shots in a non-stop burst, which according to Sony is enough to capture the men’s 100m sprint final from start to finish if you set the framerate at 10fps. Read more »

VLC media player for Android beta is now available for download

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It didn’t take too long after the official announcement for VideoLAN to launch a beta version of the famous VLC media player for Android.

Naturally being in beta, the app might be unstable at times, although most of the early feedback is positive. Mind you, it’ll run only on devices with an ARMv7 processor, which supports the NEON engine. Read more »

VLC media player gets updates to 2.0.2, brings Retina display support on OS X

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The popular VLC media player for Windows and OS X has received another update, which brings it to version 2.0.2. Among the chief changes in this version is support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro. This means that the application interface will be displayed at native resolution instead of being upscaled as before.

Another important change is that VLC will no longer ask users on OS X to wait while updating the font cache. As users of this player will know, you had to wait for a lengthy loading animation as the player built the font cache after every update, but that stops with 2.0.2. Of course it will still build the font cache, just that you won’t have to stare at a dialogue box for ages. Read more »

Apple paid $60 million to Proview to settle dispute regarding iPad trademark

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The battle between Chinese company Proview and Apple regarding the ‘iPad’ trademark is not new but it has now finally come to an end, with both parties deciding to settle and with Apple having paid $60 million to Proview to use the iPad trademark.

This whole thing started two years ago when Proview sued Apple for purchasing the rights for the ‘iPad’ trademark through a subsidiary named IP Application Development Ltd. for £35,000. Read more »

Disney releases ‘Where’s My Perry?’ for iOS and Android

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You may have heard of or played Disney’s excellent ‘Where’s My Water?’ game on iOS and Android by now. The game involves directing water through various obstacles and makes excellent use of fluid physics. Now Disney has released another game called ‘Where’s My Perry?’ that, again, uses water but this time on all of its states.

‘Where’s My Perry?’ stars the Perry the Platypus from the Disney animated TV series ‘Phineas and Ferb’. In ‘Where’s My Perry?’, you have to use various gadgets to turn water into steam, steam into water and water into ice. Read more »

LG Optimus 4X HD fails to impress in battery life test despite power-saving core and large battery

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The LG Optimus 4X HD uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset, featuring a special power-saving CPU core which NVIDIA made a lot of noise about. Couple that with a large 2150mAh battery and the Optimus 4X HD should be more than simply adequate in terms of battery life, right?

The HTC One X has similar specs (Tegra 3, 4.7″ 720p LCD), but a smaller battery (1800mAh), so it didn’t quite top our charts even with the above-mentioned extra core. Read on to find out if the LG will do. Read more »

Rovio’s Amazing Alex coming to iOS and Android this month

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Developer of the obscenely popular Angry Birds series of games Rovio is now set to launch a brand new game for iOS and Android devices. The game is called Amazing Alex and is set to launch this month.

If you are familiar with Rube Goldberg contraptions you already know how to play this game. The game will require you to setup objects into creating a complication contraption in order to achieve a simple goal. Of course, there is no one way to achieve the goal and you can come up with various ways to achieve the same effect. Read more »

Dead Trigger released for iOS, arrives on Android tomorrow

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We have already talked about the zombie shooting game from Madfinger Games called Dead Trigger in the past. Now the game has finally been released and is available on iOS for $0.99. It’s a universal app, which means you will be able to buy it once and play it on your iPhone as well as your iPad.

The Android version of the game is slated to launch on Monday, July 2, which is tomorrow. Read more »

You can now use your Google+ profile name as your YouTube name

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Most of us who created our YouTube accounts all those years ago have some embarrassing words followed by random numbers as our usernames. Unfortunately, as is often the case with usernames, there was no way to change this. That is, until now.

Back in March, Google introduced the option to use your existing Google+ profile name as your YouTube ID to those who created a new YouTube account. But now they are bringing that option to existing users as well. Read more »

Google releases full factory Jelly Bean image for the Nexus 7 tablet

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Google may not be seeding Jelly Bean to users until mid-July, but the company’s Android team has already uploaded the factory image of the Nexus 7 tablet online.

The image should be extremely useful to developers, who might start cooking ROMs based on it and users who need to bring their Google Nexus 7 tablets to stock, in case the hacking goes wrong. Read more »

Sony Xperia ion for AT&T made its way in front of the camera, here’s the hands-on

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The AT&T exclusive Sony Xperia ion was the talk of CES six months ago. Developed specifically with the lucrative US market in mind, the handset one ups its sibling, the Sony Xperia S on a couple of major occasions – it packs a bigger screen and offers expandable memory. Boy, were we itching to get our hands on it when we saw it break cover.

Well, here it is folks. A cool six months later, sans the flagship aura, and with an affordable $99.99 price tag, the Sony Xperia ion made it to our office. Here’s what the handset has to offer. Read more »

Voice Search on Jelly Bean teaches Apple’s Siri a thing or two about web search

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At the announcement of the latest iteration of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google unveiled their updated Voice Search engine. It’s not exactly a virtual personal assistant but we decided to just go with it and see how it stacks up against one of the best ones out there – Apple’s Siri.

Google’s Voice Search in Jelly Bean, as its name suggests, is limited at doing web searches, and setting up the occasional alarm. Siri, on the other hand, is a full-blown virtual assistant – able to open applications (iOS6-only) set up meetings and even crack you up with a joke. We’ll be comparing the two in a series of web search tests and a side task to see how they fare. Read more »

Missed the Android keynote from the Google I/O? Watch the Jelly Bean announcement here

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If you’ve missed the live stream of the Android keynote from Google I/O, it’s now available on YouTube.

It’ll show you all the impressive Android statistics, as well as the Jelly Bean announcement and Google Nexus 7 unveil. Read more »