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Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 battery test concludes, the results are here

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 is part of Samsung’s growing dual-SIM Android lineup. The hardware inside the phone is mostly the same as in the original Ace, save for the second SIM slot, of course.

We don’t have many dual-SIM phones in our battery test database, so we’ll be testing the Ace Duos using only one SIM to make its results comparable. Read more »

Google Maps gets traffic info for over 130 new cities

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Yesterday, Google added live traffic to a host of new locations including some 130 smaller US cities and several South American capitals.

Besides the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, live traffic has been improved and expanded in a host of countries in Europe and America. Read more »

Overclocked 1.6GHz Nexus 7 blasts benchmarks thanks to Trinity Kernel

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As many of you know, the ASUS Nexus 7 is powered by the Tegra 3 chipset and its four main cores are clocked at 1.3GHz. Naturally, the guys over at XDA wanted to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the processor and have managed to make it run at the blazing 1.64GHz.

When put through its paces in the Quadrant benchmark test, the overclocked Nexus 7 scored over 7100 points. Read more »

Windows RT to ship with Preview version of Office 2013 RT, loses some features

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It has been known for a while now that Microsoft will be shipping a version of the new Office 2013 with Windows RT and that it will be the only non-Metro application that can be accessed on this particular version of the operating system.

Now we are learning that Office 2013 RT, which is to be included on Windows RT will be a watered-down version of the full blown Office 2013 that you will experience on standard Windows 8 or 7. Read more »

Conan does a parody video for the Apple – Samsung trial

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I’m sure you are aware of American comedian and TV host Conan O’Brien who now hosts the show ‘Conan’ on TBS. In the past he has done some videos for the show that talked (and mocked) some aspect of the mainstream technology. His parodies of the Apple videos are especially popular among the tech circle.

The current hottest news in the tech world is the Apple vs. Samsung legal war, so it’s not likely that something this big would have escaped the writers of Conan. Read more »

Sony Xperia neo L gets in front of our camera, bets on ICS and a bigger screen

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The Sony Xperia neo L is a blast from the past – it’s the second redesign of the 2011 neo model and brings some improvements as well as some setbacks. For one, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, even though some newer Sony devices are still waiting to get the update.

The other change is the bigger screen – it now spans to 4″ instead of the original 3.7″. Read more »

Facebook launches real-money Bingo gambling app

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‘Bingo Friendzy,’ developed by UK developer Gamesys, has been introduced by Facebook as the social network’s first real-money gambling application.

While the app uses a separate login system from Facebook – one which requires users to enter a physical address – game activity can be published directly on your Facebook timeline. Read more »

LG Optimus 4X HD finally rooted, you can try it right now

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It certainly took longer than usual, but the LG Optimus 4X HD defenses are finally breached and you can now gain root access to its system. A guy called qaz753 from the all-conquering XDA-developers community did the trick and was kind enough to share the magic with the rest of the 4X HD owners.

The method is a bit more complicated than on some other smartphones, but luckily there’s a step-by-step tutorial courtesy of our tipster that should be quite easy to follow. Read more »

Apple’s court documents compare iOS icons with Samsung’s TouchWiz, show the striking similarities

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One of the good things about the Apple vs. Samsung legal kerfuffle is that it has often resulted in a lot of interesting and never before seen information leaking to the public through court document.

The latest document from Monday’s trial does not show something new but asserts what we have already seen before. That Samsung took heavy inspiration from Apple’s iOS for the TouchWiz UI. Read more »

Acer CEO advises Microsoft against making tablets, tells them they’re no good at it

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Acer’s CEO JT Wang has some words of wisdom for Microsoft and they involve telling them not to enter the tablet market, which is exactly what Microsoft plans to do with the Surface.

While everyone assumed that Microsoft’s decision to enter the hardware manufacturing business will not go down well with their OEM partners, these companies were strangely quiet initially. That is until now, when the reality of the situation seems to have slowly dawned upon them and Acer is the first one to take a shot at Microsoft. Read more »

‘Nina’ takes voice assistants a step further

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Nuance, the developer behind Dragon Naturally Speaking and many other voice operated technologies in consumer electronics, has created a voice-activated personal assistant which uses biometrics to uniquely identify a specific user.

This means that you’ll be able to tell your phone to do all sorts of things requiring secure identification by simply talking to your phone. Read more »

Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 source code released

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The source code for the Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been released and is now available for download.

This means that developers can now start developing custom ROMs for the newly announced 10.1″ slate. Read more »

Quad-core Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 finally lands in our office, shows what its capable of

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 got off to a rocky start after its official announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, after which it returned to the company’s R&D drawing board for a specs overhaul.

And several months later, here it is – the brand new Galaxy Note 10.1 with more powerful innards ready to take over the tablet scene. Or so it thinks. Read more »

AT&T will discontinue its 2G service in 2017, you probably won’t notice

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You may have heard already – AT&T is planning on shutting down its 2G network, GSM voice, GPRS/EDGE data and all. It won’t happen for a long, long time so no need to rush to the store if you don’t have a 3G-enabled smartphone – the shut down is planned for January 1, 2017.

What does that mean for regular users? Not too much for sure. AT&T estimates that only 12% of their postpaid customers still use 2G phones. Virtually all new phones (except a few sub $50 SIM-free featurephones) support 3G, but it won’t matter – how likely are you to keep the phone you have now for 4-5 more years? I wonder if it’s even necessary to wait that long. Read more »

This is how you can circumvent the Face Unlock in Android 4.1

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When Google introduced the Face Unlock feature in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, it was quickly proven to be a failure due to the ease with which you could bypass it using a photograph.

With Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, Google added the option to make the user blink so as to avoid being duped by a simple photograph. But as it turns out, even that can be bypassed by using a digital image of the user and a simple trick using an image editor. Read more »