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Here’s what an Apple digicam might look like

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If the Apple Quicktake still existed, here’s what a version of it might look like if it were released today.

The concept, by designer Joseph Dumary, provides a glimpse of how current mobile technologies by Apple might translate into the digital camera market. Read more »

Braving the cold: which phone will work at -40 degrees Celsius?

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Designed in sunny California, the iPhone isn’t too good at handling the cold – in fact, Apple only guarantees it will work between 0°C and 35°C. Finns however encounter cold winters often, so a group of them started wondering – which phone will last the most in freezing cold?

They took the 15 of the most popular phones in Finland and decided to do a test – all the way down to -40°C. They plotted when phones first started exhibiting problems and when they stopped working completely. Read more »

Samsung turns ‘The Next Big Thing’ ad series into a Super Bowl ad for the Galaxy Note [VIDEO]

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Continuing its ongoing ‘The Next Big Thing’ series of ads designed to ruthlessly mock the iPhone-line-waiters comes what seems to be the final chapter. But this is no ordinary ad, it is the Super Bowl ad, which is a pretty big deal in the US as millions of people watch these games.

So is the ad any good? Well, I’ll leave that for you to decide. This time, however, Samsung is using it to advertise the Galaxy Note instead of the Galaxy S II. I’m using the term ‘advertise’ loosely here because you barely see what the phone is capable of in it. Then again, that hardly seemed to be the point of these ads to begin with. You can check out the ad for yourself after the break. Read more »

iPhone 4 & 4S case CellHelmet promises to replace your phone if it breaks [VIDEO]

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There are an indeterminate number of iPhone cases out there, aiming to either enhance the aesthetics of Apple’s ‘glass sandwich’ or offer protection from the shunts and bumps of daily life with varying levels of armor.

CellHelmet iPhone case

CellHelmet manufacturer, CellPig are so sure that their tough case will protect your iPhone better than any case before it, they’re willing to pay for repairs or even replace the thing, should anything go awry. Read more »

Shots of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 four thirds DSLR leak

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We’ve been keeping our ear close to the ground on this one, but now it would seem that the beans have well and truly been spilled (still unofficially you understand).

the front and back of the E-M5 courtesy of 43Rumors

Following the initial publication and subsequent removal of product images on Amazon Japan, we got our first real glimpse of Olympus’ next four thirds retro looker, the OM-D E-M5. Read more »

Microsoft to remove Start button from Windows 8

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A screenshot from the upcoming build of Windows 8 has been leaked and although it seems similar to the developer preview available right now, conspicuous by its absence is our long time friend, the Windows Start button.

The Windows Start button, which took the form of an orb since Vista, has been around since the days of Windows 95, so it would feel a bit strange for any long time Windows user to not find it in its usual place in the corner of your display when he or she upgrades to Windows 8. However, even if Microsoft may have done away with the actual button, some of its functionality will still be available to the user. Read more »

Corning take us back to the future as they expand on their glass-laden vision of tomorrow

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Nearly one year ago, glass masters Corning brought us ‘A Day Made of Glass‘, which showed how they felt glass could be used to shape the future of our daily life.

Medical science made possible by the future technology of Corning

Now they’re back with its successor, the aptly named ‘A Day Made of Glass 2′ and it takes us through just how possible and impossible some of their futuristic concepts are right now. Visions of Minority Report aside, there looks to be a lot of potential in smart-glass products, a trend that we’re already seeing as phones and tablets evolve today. Read more »

Motorola sold several refurbished Xooms with previous owner’s data intact

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In a rather embarrassing blunder, Motorola has admitted to selling refurbished Xooms to new owners without wiping the data off of them, left there by their previous owners. The ‘affected’ devices include those that were resold through Woot.com between October and December 2011. This includes about a 100 devices out of the total 6200 devices resold by Motorola so far.

To make up for this gaffe, Motorola will give previous owners of the affected tablets a complimentary two-year membership of Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert to mitigate any risks. This applies to those who returned their Xooms between March and October 2011. Those who bought these refurbished devices will be getting a $100 American Express gift card. All you have to do is ship the device back to Motorola (they’ll pay for it) and then they will wipe it clean for you and send it back. Read more »

Dropbox for Android beta lands, lets you win 5 GB of extra storage (Update: works on Windows and Mac too)

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Dropbox just released a beta version of its next Android app and is offering lucrative prizes for everyone who takes part in the testing. Dropbox 2.0.9 introduces a cool new feature called camera upload – it lets your phone automatically upload whatever photos and videos you capture to your Dropbox account.

The best part is that you can earn up to 5 GB of extra storage for your Dropbox account just by downloading and using the beta app. All you have to do is set up your account, and enable the camera upload feature. Read more »

New Android 4.0 ICS ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S II leaks, looks ready for daily duties

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The developer community managed to acquire yet another Samsung-created beta ICS ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The release is named I9100XXLPB, has a build date of January 29 and, as we managed to see ourselves, is quite a major step forward, compared to previous ones.

This new release comes with a slightly more polished UI, which offers more eye-candy and, according to the guy who brought us the leaked ROM – much better battery endurance. Read more »

Latest Skype for Windows features 1080p video

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Windows users can now enjoy the benefits of high quality video, granted they have a webcam capable of recording HD video, as well as a fast enough internet connection.

This update also finally sees the integration of group screen share, which enables sharing your screen in conference calls, rather than with just one person at a time. Read more »

Android devs can win a free BlackBerry PlayBook if they submit an app to App World

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RIM has decided to speed up the rate at which Android apps are submitted to the BlackBerry PlayBook section of App World – from now on, every Android app developer who submits an app by February 13 has a chance of getting a free PlayBook tablet.

We’re talking a free 16GB PlayBook, which retails for $199. Sounds like a great freebie, and there’s not a lot of work involved if you already own an app. Read more »

Watch this amazing aerial video shot in the snow

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Snow is an awful thing, right? It slows down traffic, makes a mess of the sidewalks and makes the very idea of going out seem like a nightmare.

Except that it doesn’t always have to be like that. If you have lots of free time, a spark of creativity, warm boots and a multirotor RC helicopter at hand you might turn all that snow into art. Read more »

Google announces Bouncer service to keep Android malware in check

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The malware situation on Android has been discussed to death, to the point where there are now more articles written on it than the actual malware. Having said that it is still a very serious issue and Google understands this better than anyone. So they have announced a new service called Bouncer.

Bouncer is basically a program that automatically check newly submitted apps. However, there is no App Store or Windows Marketplace like vetting or approval process. Developers submit their apps as usual, which then appear on the Market and Bouncer then checks these applications to see if they are malicious. Read more »

Skype makes its way to Nokia Belle, sans video calling for now

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Skype has finally made its way as an app to Nokia Belle, folks – a good deal of time after Nokia’s latest Symbian OS saw the world.

The popular messenger app sports an improved performance as well as improved look and feel compared to older Symbian versions – right in line with the Nokia Belle UI. Read more »