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Battery test for the Sony Xperia acro S is complete, here are the results

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The Sony Xperia acro S is a rugged dual-core droid with an IP57 certification, but how tough is its battery? It has a capacity of 1910mAh, which is certainly not bad for a phone with a 4.3″ screen.

With the extra durability the acro S offers, you might be tempted to take it outside the safe confines of the city and go hiking in the woods. Will the battery last you long enough to call for help if anything goes wrong? Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 spotted sitting next to a $3,000 metal case

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Apple’s iPhone 5 event is tomorrow, but this doesn’t stop luxurious gadget Gresso from issuing a newsletter advertising its future premium iPhone 5 case today. The iPhone 5 can be seen lying nonchalantly on the photo next to the case.

Dubbed Gresso Revolution, the case is made of solid titanium, which has been selected for its lightness and rigidity. It’s also scratch- and water-resistant thanks to the PVD coating. Read more »

Apple accuses Polish online food store A.pl for trademark infringement, takes the matter to court

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Apple has decided to sue Polish online supermarket A.pl over trademark issues. According to Polish website Telepolis, Apple has issued a request for the cancellation of the online food store’s trademark rights from Poland’s Patent Office.

The reason for Apple’s discontent is that A.pl’s brand and its sister company’s name logo (fresh24.pl) create a likelihood of confusion and may use Apple’s fame to its advantage. Read more »

Google releases new YouTube app for the iPhone, iPad version arriving later

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We reported last month that Apple will be officially dropping the YouTube application out of iOS with the release of iOS 6 due to the expiration of their license. At the same time Google also announced that they will be releasing their own application for iOS to make up for the loss, and they have.

A brand new YouTube application is now available on the App Store and can be downloaded for free on your iPhone and iPod touch. We decided to try it out and see how it fares. Read more »

Latest Google Drive update for iOS lets you create and edit documents

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When Google released the Google Drive application on iOS, it was a mere shadow of the application available on Android. The most you could do in that application is view all your files and documents uploaded on Drive but the lack of editing made the application fairly useless.

Well, that’s taken care of with the latest update, which brings with it several new features, the big one being able to edit all your documents. You can now tap on your documents and enter a view-only mode but with the tap of the Edit button you can start writing and also get basic formatting options. Read more »

Instagram said to be arriving on Windows Phone

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Instagram broke its iOS exclusivity earlier this year when it arrived on Android. Many expected, or at least hoped, that the Windows Phone version would follow shortly but that did not happen.

However, that does not mean that’s never going to happen. In fact, it might happen sooner than you you’d think. The Verge is reporting that according to their sources, Instagram is coming to Windows Phone. Read more »

The latest LG Optimus G video ad dabbles in its camera capabilities

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One of the things that get me excited is camera tech and with high-end smartphones such as the LG Optimus G there’s always something to drool about. This latest video by the LG marketing tells us a bit more about the camera technology behind the 13MP snapper on the LG Optimus G.

In similar fashion to the previous set of LG Optimus G videos, this new spot makes rather bold claims about the the Optimus G capabilities, touting it as having “the world’s best camera module technology”. And if that ain’t something… Read more »

This userland iPhone 5 video is as close to the real deal as we’ll see before Wednesday

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By now even my grandma knows the new iPhone will be announced on Wednesday (and it took me a good half an hour on the phone to explain what’s an iPhone). My point is one of the hottest industry events is just around the corner and the rumor soup has already reached a boiling point. Things get frantic and for the casual reader it gets pretty hard to follow all the rumored leads and suggested features.

It’s exactly cases like this, when there’s nothing better than a nice, fake iPhone 5 ad to get us through the latest rumors in a quick and informative way. And kudos to the author, as this is one nicely done video. Read more »

Nokia City Lens available now for first-gen Lumias, more powerful version for new the Lumias in the works

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Nokia used the City Lens augmented reality app to tease the new Lumia phones before they were announced, but the app is not exclusive to the Lumia 920 and 820. Sure, the duo of Windows Phone 8 handsets will be getting a more powerful version, but older, WP7-running, Nokia phones can grab City Lens right now.

What is City Lens? It’s an augmented reality app – that is, it overlays info on the camera viewfinder – and helps you discover places nearby where you can eat, shop and so on. If you’ve used Layar, then you know what I’m talking about. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III XXDLI5 Jelly Bean ROM appears, squashes all known bugs

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The Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean ROM leaks continue and today we get the latest iteration, version XXDLI5. Early adopters have reported no major bugs so far, so we might be getting near to an official release.

Keep in mind, that while the ROM is Samsung-made it’s not meant for public distribution and installing it will void your warranty. That said, the XXDLI5 Jelly Bean ROM for the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III is the most stable so far and is fully capable of serving as your daily driver. Read more »

Galaxy Note 10.1 and Tab 2 7.0 get a Jelly Bean OTA ROM leak

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Android 4.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is now available via a leak of an pre-release OTA update of the new Jelly Bean build.

Before you jump aboard, however, you need to make sure you have a specific firmware version for either tablet. Read more »

Sony RX1 spotted, allegedly packing a glorious full-frame sensor

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After stuffing in a one-inch sensor inside the point and shoot RX100, it seems Sony is now going to put in a full-frame 35mm sensor inside an upcoming compact camera known as the RX1.

The RX1 looks like something that is barely larger than the RX100 but with a bigger lens to go with that ginormous sensor. The lens in question is a 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens that looks like it’s removable but is fixed to the body. Read more »

HP announces new SpectreONE AiO desktop PC

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HP has announced the new SpectreONE, an All-in-One desktop PC running Windows 8. The company claims it is the thinnest AiO PC in their portfolio, at just 11.5mm.

HP achieves this thickness by removing several key features, most notably a touchscreen display and an optical drive. The SpectreONE instead comes with a standard 23.6-inch 1080p display and a multi-touch trackpad, which looks pretty much identical to the Magic Trackpad that Apple provides with the iMac. Read more »

New photos of Apple’s alleged new 8-pin USB jack compare it to microUSB

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New leaked photos of Apple’s new USB interface jack show it’s about the same size as microUSB jacks. So far we’ve seen a lot of iPhone 5 leaks showing reference designs distributed among Chinese sources, and all of them suggest Apple is switching to a smaller size jack for the next iPhone (reportedly for the iPad mini too).

So hot on the heels of these leaks, come these photos of Apple USB cables, showing in detail the new connector plug Apple would use.

Of course, before we see the thing announced for real next week on September 12, we’ll never know for sure, but these shots seem quite believable on their own. Read more »

‘Horn’ for iOS and Android game review

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After a bunch of casual games for mobile, Zynga has finally released something serious for the hardcore gamers, if at all you can use that term for mobile gamers.

Horn is a third person action adventure game that has you fighting hulking monsters and solving puzzles in beautiful environments. We decided to take a closer look. Read more »