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Microsoft Surface announcement event is now online, watch it here

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Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Surface and Surface Pro tablets at its event in Los Angeles and now the full keynote has been uploaded online for your viewing pleasure.

The event goes on for about 48 minutes and demonstrates the cool Touch Cover and Type Cover and how they function on the Surface and Surface Pro. Read more »

Meizu App Center reaches 200 million downloads milestone

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Meizu has just announced their own App Center has passed the 200 million downloads mark. This happens only three months after the 100 million milestone was reached.

The Meizu App Center is available on all the latest Meizu smartphones including the MX and MX quad-core. Read more »

Survive in the wilderness by dismantling your mobile phone

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If you’re ever lost in the wilderness and your cellphone is busted or has no signal, you’re not as totally screwed as you may think.

It turns out that you can make yourself a handful of nifty survival tools if you crack open your cellphone. And these just may save your life Read more »

VLC Media Player is officially heading to Android

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VideoLAN today announced via its Twitter account that it’ll be officially launching the VLC Media Player on Android.

Don’t get too excited however, as the tweet didn’t give any specifics whatsoever. There’s no release date, no requirements or even a feature list we might be looking forward to. Read more »

Microsoft Surface announced – the company’s own Windows 8 tablet

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Microsoft just announced its own tablet, named Surface, which blurs the line between tablets and ultrabooks. The 10.6″ slate features simplistic design and compact measures, while offering a full-blown Windows 8 experience.

Microsoft’s latest creation will be offered in two flavors. The entry level one will run Windows RT for ARM based chips, while the fully tricked out version will be running Windows 8 Pro. The screen size on both versions will be 10.6″, but the Windows 8 Pro units will offer full HD resolution. Read more »

Nokia 808 PureView vs Olympus E-PL2 vs Canon 5D Mark III vs Apple iPhone 4S: 38MP shootout

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After seeing the Nokia 808 PureView ace our blind test and comfortably beat even a Micro Four Thirds camera, many of you wanted to see how its 41MP sensor does against higher res cameras. We now suggest you take a comfortable seat and get ready to find the answer.

This time we used the full resolution mode on Nokia 808 PureView, which is the only one that shows the true capabilities of the monster sensor. We shot the same image with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is our workhorse DSLR, the Olympus E-PL2 large-sensor interchangeable lens camera, which was soundly trashed in the blind test and the Apple iPhone 4S, which should serve as a reference for the improvement the Nokia 808 brings to the smartphone world. Read more »

Facebook confirms rumors, acquires Face.com

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Today Facebook officially announced that it has sealed the deal for acquiring the face-recognition software company Face.com for an undisclosed sum. A move that’s hardly surprising as we’ve been hearing about it for a while now.

The deal is expected to go through in the coming weeks. There’s no telling what Facebook’s plans about Face.com are, but the company’s services are already widely used around the world’s largest social network. Read more »

Asus Nexus 7 tablet snaps some pics, Picasa leaks them

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A user, reportedly affiliated with Google, snapped a couple of pictures with a device, recognized as Asus Nexus 7 tablet. The pictures were uploaded to Picasa Web Albums by the user Somit Bh.

The pictures were removed from the user’s profile and Picasa Web Albums shortly after they were spotted, which only adds credibility to the leak. Read more »

Xbox Surface specs leak, detail a 7-inch tablet and powerful “stationary computing device”

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Unlike most of the Microsoft-designed hardware (Zune, Kin, etc.), the Xbox is a strong seller, so this is potentially huge news – Xbox Surface, a 7″ tablet.

Is this the Microsoft-branded tablet that the rumor mill has been chatting about? Well, if it is, it sounds like a pretty odd design – besides the tablet, there’s also a “stationary computing device”, which is quite the powerhouse. Read more »

Mozilla Junior prototype re-imagines the browser interface on the iPad

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Mozilla are always toying with new designs for a web browser – their latest effort is called ‘Junior’ and is a browser prototype for the iPad with a design that’s a clean break from the standard Safari browser.

Mozilla created Junior because even though, according to them, the iPad offers the best browsing experience on a tablet, it’s still “miserable”. Read more »

Steve Wozniak doesn’t like Siri since Apple bought it, still thinks the virtual assistant has bright future

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Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak has shared his honest opinion on Siri while on a visit to a farm dedicated to saving neglected horses.

As it turns out, Woz isn’t very fond of Siri after Apple acquired it in 2010. “A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo. I was using it to make reservations long before Apple bought it,”. said Wozniak. Read more »

Sony Tablet P gets Andriod 4.0.3 update

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Back in March, Sony had announced that its two tablets, the Tablet S and the Tablet P, will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update by April. Sony stuck to its schedule for the Tablet S but the smaller Tablet P was left out in the cold, until now.

If you are one of the few people who bought the Tablet P, you will be glad to know that Sony has now started rolling out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Read more »

Next generation iPhone gets rendered in amazingly lifelike 3D

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We have seen some 3D renders of the next generation iPhone (quite often and wrongly referred to as the iPhone 5) before but these are some of the best we have seen so far. One Gizmodo reader Martin Hajek made these after looking at some of the leaked images that have come out so far and has done a terrific job with them.

You’ll notice things like the vertically stretched display and an aluminum back, along with a new connectivity port that we have seen and heard about in the past. Hajek also took the time to put some fake fingerprints on them to make the renders look even more realistic. Read more »

Modern personal SatNav solutions could be much better [EDITORIAL]

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Imagine yourself walking into a McDonald’s and ordering a burger. The person, taking your order, would probably ask you whether you’d like fries or a drink with that. Predicting your client’s needs is one of the mainstays of great customer service. SatNav manufacturers can learn from this little gesture and perhaps, give it a nice thought to how it may relate to their business.

The past month or so I’ve traveled thousands of kilometers across Western Europe in various directions as part of my plan to get to know the place better. I’m still nowhere close to finishing my optimistic travel agenda, but as I go, I’m getting increasingly frustrated with SatNav devices and their unimaginative interfaces and designs. They are nowhere nearly as versatile as they are supposed to. And today’s tech has the means to enable much better functionality with just a bit more of creative thinking. Read more »

Microsoft’s Kinectimals video game is now available for Android

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To be honest with you, I did expect a more epic title for the first game available for Android from Microsoft Studios. A fact is a fact though – the software giant’s own Kinectmals will be the title to mark this historical event.

The popular title enters the Android realm roughly six months after it became available for iOS. Read more »