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Don’t you just hate accidentally clicking on a mobile ad? Google has your back

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Google has changed the way app ads work on your smartphone.

In an attempt to address accidental clicks the search giant has altered its implementation of mobile ads. Read more »

Is Apple about to acquire TomTom?

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Apple’s now infamous attempt at designing its own maps and navigation application has some analysts predicting they may need outside help to stop the bleeding.

Dutch-based GPS navigation company TomTom is considered the most likely candidate, and as a result TomTom stock has jumped by 5.65% in anticipation of the takeover. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets software update brings support for 128GB SDXC cards

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S recently went back on sale after Sony fixed the issues that caused its IPX-4 certified splash-proof tablet to leak. Now they’re issuing a small software update that adds SDXC support.

The update means that 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards will work. Keep in mind that we’re talking full size SD cards here, not microSD cards like on most other tablets. Read more »

Intel’s lineup of next generation (Haswell) Core i7 and Core i5 processors leaks

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Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs took some time getting here and their replacements are already on the horizon – a leaked spec table details the first round of Haswell processors that are coming in Q2 of 2013. Haswell is a Tock in Intel’s Tick Tock strategy – same manufacturing process as before (22nm), but a new microarchitecture.

The new CPUs are Core i7 and i5 models, both standard and low-power versions. The flagship model is the Core i7 4770K with four cores (eight threads) clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz and 8MB of cache. Read more »

MediaTek announces world’s first commercially available quad-core Cortex A7 SoC

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MediaTek, a Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company, has announced what they call the world’s first quad-core SoC – MT6589 – based on ARM’s new Cortex A7 CPU. Although Qualcomm was actually the first to do this, MediaTek’s chip will be the first to be commercially available in handsets, starting Q1, 2013.

The MT6589 uses four Cortex A7 cores based on 28nm process, which ARM says is their most power efficient processor yet. It combines them with a PowerVR Series5XT GPU and MediaTek’s multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem. Read more »

Google Currents 2.0 brings new UI, loads of other changes

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Google has updated the Google Currents application to v2.0, which brings with it some really nice changes. First of all, the UI has been changed and looks nothing like the previous version. It now has more in common with some of the other recent Google Android apps, such as YouTube and Google+.

The application features a new editions list that can be accessed from swiping from the left side of the screen. You see all your categories and the selected sources within. You can customize this list by adding or removing the sources. Read more »

Google Nexus 4 goes through our battery test, see how it scored

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Being the latest Nexus device, the LG Nexus 4 has been burdened by a lot of expectations. As our review pointed out, it’s not only a handsome device, but also quite powerful. What’s been left unanswered (so far) is how good its battery is at keeping the whole thing running.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched exactly a year ago posted terrible battery results due to an unfortunate combination of a relatively small battery capacity of 1750mAh, large high-res screen and not the terribly efficient TI OMAP 4460 chip. In comparison, the LG Nexus 4 features a 2100mAh battery and a 28nm Qualcomm chip, so let’s see how it did. Read more »

Check out Google’s Zeitgeist 2012, the year in searches

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The internet is everywhere – at home, at work, in our pocket, most of the time under our fingertips. And Google is a big part of the online space.

The search giant has used all of its tremendous knowledge-base to outline the most searched-for things this year and has made a video highlighting what 2012 was all about. Read more »

S Beam shines in Samsung’s latest ad, Santa takes one for the team

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Samsung USA’s latest ad portrays a typical family holiday scenario. In comes “Santa” down the stairs (yeah, chimneys are overrated) to give the kids some presents.

Long story short he falls while trying to impress the kids and the fail gets caught on camera thanks to an Galaxy S III that was lying around. Read more »

Better spec’d Acer C7 Chromebook is now available, gets you bigger battery and 4GB RAM for $300

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In a rather unexpected move, Acer has outed a second version of its C7 Chromebook bringing a decent bump in specs.

Carrying the C710-2605 model name, the new Acer C7 Chromebook sports the same 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B835 processor as its predecessor, but now the RAM is doubled to 4GB and the storage is 500GB instead of 320GB. Read more »

Samsung pokes fun at Apple Maps in Oz

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Samsung is now taking to the streets to mock Apple – this time it’s George Street in Sydney, Australia.

Samsung has put up a poster and a huge 4-by-4 with some camping equipment with a sign reading “Get navigation you can trust”. Read more »

Mozilla releases Firefox OS Simulator into the wild, gives Firefox Nightly individual private tabs

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Mozilla is gearing up towards the launch of its upcoming mobile OS by releasing a Firefox OS Simulator as an extension for Firefox.

The developers have also updated the browser’s Nightly channel with a release needed to allow individual private browsing tabs. Thanks to it, now you won’t have to suspend your entire browsing session just to open a single private browsing tab. Read more »

Burn: Motorola targets the Galaxy S III in its latest RAZR HD ad

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Motorola seems eager to beef with Samsung’s top dog Galaxy S III.

Moto went to its website and Facebook page to promote its DROID RAZR HD and mention in what ways it makes the Galaxy S III seem like a thing from the past. Read more »

VLC Player developers talk about a version for Windows Phone 8

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Recently, the developers of the popular VLC Player started a Kickstarter project to fund the development of their Windows 8/RT application. So far, their progress has been pretty good and they have managed to raise over $20,000.

Now they have announced that they are also working on a version of the app for Windows Phone 8. Thanks to the new common kernel shared by Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, porting the app from one platform to another has become quite easy. Read more »

SkyDrive for iOS update stalled as Microsoft and Apple argue over App Store fees

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If you have the Microsoft SkyDrive app on your iOS device, you may have noticed that it hasn’t been updated since June. It’s not because Microsoft hasn’t been working on an update for the app but because Apple has been holding it back.

The reason for this is due to a major change Microsoft has added to the SkyDrive app in the form of a subscription model that lets users upgrade their storage by purchasing extra storage space. This is where Apple’s in-app purchasing guidelines kick in and where the main point of contention between the two companies is. Read more »