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Google tries to ruin Christmas with sad Santa and Snowman emoticons

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As if it was not enough that Google skipped adding December for people’s anniversaries in Android 4.2 (it was added later with an update), Google is now trying to ruin Christmas with these depressing Santa and Snowman emoticons.

In what is possibly the most amusing issue submitted to Google’s forums, a user has written a post complaining (jokingly, of course) about the depressing emoticons built-into the latest version of Android. Read more »

More details on Nokia’s 10″ Windows RT tablet emerge

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While it is hardly a secret that Nokia is hard at work on a 10″ Windows RT tablet, details on the upcoming slate are still fairly scarce. A fresh report however, has shed some more light on the upcoming Finnish tablet.

Reportedly, Nokia’s Windows RT tablet will sport a similar display to the Microsoft Surface RT. Read more »

Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet and lower-priced Windows 8 slates in 2013

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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet in 2013. The sub-$100 slate will go head to head with the numerous low-cost Chinese tablets which are offered in developing countries under a plethora of different brands.

The budget-friendly Acer Iconia Tab B1 will sport a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (likely a Mediatek unit), a 7″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

Samsung GT-N5100 appears in GLBenchmark, likely a new Galaxy Note member coming our way

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A yet to be revealed Samsung GT-N5100 has made an appearance in GLBenchmark, thus all but confirming that there is a new member of the Galaxy Note family coming our way. As you probably know by now, the N moniker has been used by Galaxy Note products since the launch of the original N7000 last year.

According to the benchmark data, the Samsung GT-N5100 boots Android 4.1.2 and features a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. Read more »

Archos 97 Titanium HD gets outed, packs a lot of pixels on the cheap

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For those of you who think that the likes of the Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus 10 are a tad too pricey, Archos has your back. The company’s latest tablet dubbed 97 Titanium HD is set to offer a 9.7″ IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the cheap.

The rest of the tablet’s specs are far from impressive. Read more »

‘Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour’ for iOS and Android game review

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Gameloft’s Modern Combat series of games have gained a bit of infamy for being heavily based on Call of Duty games. Still, despite that fact, one can’t deny that these have always been some of the best first person shooters on mobile.

The last one, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation was a particularly good game and with the latest one, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Gameloft seems to have turned every dial to eleven to produce, at least on paper, one of the best first person shooters on the mobile platform. But does it actually deliver where it counts? Let’s find out. Read more »

The Google Android team wishes you a Merry Christmas with a cheerful video and holiday cards

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The Christmas cheer is in full swing at the Android HQ in Mountain View, California. So much so, that the Android team has released a series of Android-themed Christmas cards and even a video to celebrate.

Shared through the Nexus Google+ page, the ‘Happy Holiday Cards’, as they are called, are showing a happy Droid with some of its arctic friends. Read more »

‘Pudding Monsters’ for iOS and Android game review

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Pudding Monsters is the latest game from the creators of the hit Cut the Rope series of games. It’s a 2D puzzle solving game that has wonderful little pudding monsters that you have to join together to form one large pudding monster.

The game is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android for a dollar each. We decided to see if it is worth your money. Read more »

Gangnam Style surpasses 1 billion YouTube views, becomes first video to do so

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You’ve heard (or seen) Korean singer-slash-internet-phenomenon PSY and its Gangnam Style hit record.

Today it became the first video in YouTube’s history to surpass 1 billion views, breaking all sorts of other records in the process. Read more »

Dropbox releases new beta for Android, lets you opt in for

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Dropbox has released a new beta version (or Experimental Forum Build as it calls it) of its app for Android, version 2.2.2.8.

The app brings the ability to share multiple photos or add them to albums (which in turn can also be shared), UI improvements and the usual array of bug fixes. Read more »

Aptina announces 8MP camera sensor that shoots 1080p@60fps video and does oversampling

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California-based camera sensor maker Aptina announced a couple of 8MP sensors that promise high-quality, high-speed video recording. The smartphone-bound AR0835 sensor does oversampling (a technique used by the Nokia 808 PureView) to provide what the company claims is broadcast quality video capture.

And it can do it at 60 frames per second, if you’re shooting 1080p video, and 120fps for 720p. Read more »

Maps for WP 8 gets updated, Bluetooth Share for WP7.8 released

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Good news for loyal Windows Phone users, as both versions of the platform have received updates today.

The Windows Phone 8 default Maps app got an update, while Nokia has just released Bluetooth Share app for Windows Phone 7.8. Read more »

Specs of two 7″ Jelly Bean tablets by Asus leak, announcement might come at CES

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Asus seems to have two low-cost Android tablets in the works, carrying the model codes ME371MG and ME172V. Their specs were dug up by an Italian website and promise two 7″ tablets with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at a low price. The duo should make an appearance at CES.

The lower-end tablet, the Asus ME172V, will have a 7″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, built with TN tech rather than IPS (so viewing angles probably won’t be great). Read more »

HTC said to be working on Windows RT tablets

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Earlier this year we heard that Microsoft allegedly denied HTC early access to Windows RT, the reason being that HTC does not have enough expertise in the matter and does not sell enough devices.

Now, Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is in fact working on Windows RT tablets, two of them to be precise. One of them is said to have a 12(!)-inch display and the other one will have a 7-inch display, along with the ability to make calls like several small Android tablets out there. Read more »

Get these EA and Gameloft titles for a dollar each

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‘Tis the season for discounts and EA and Gameloft have already rolled out theirs on the App Store as well as Google Play (but mostly on the App Store).

What follows below are some of the hottest titles from both publishers that you can get for just a dollar, which is several times lower than what they usually cost. Download away! Read more »