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Prepaid cards for Skype available in the UK

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Skype launched pre-paid cards in Mexico in early August and they are now bringing them to the UK. The cards come in £10 and £20 denominations and will be available for purchase from some of the UK’s biggest retail store chains – Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys’ and WHSmith, 1,400 stores in total.

The cards will be available in the gift card sections of these stores and are a quick and easy gift you can pick up if you or your friends will be traveling abroad. Read more »

Apple sold 3 million iPads (big and small) in opening weekend

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Apple managed to sell a million iPads a day since the iPad 4th generation and iPad mini hit their first wave of stores just three days ago.

Apple didn’t specify how many iPad mini’s and iPad 4′s were sold but the total number is still worth mentioning. Read more »

iPad 4 gets torn apart, so does the Kindle Fire HD

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After the iPad mini and Microsoft Surface teardowns comes the time for iFixit to pry into the innards of the iPad 4 and Kindle Fire HD.

Apple’s latest full-sized tablet got a poor 2/10 repairability score (10 being the easiest to repair) while the Kindle Fire HD got 7/10. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S Duos battery tests are complete, results are inside

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Dual-SIM phones are still relatively rare and usually limited to the low-end, but the Samsung Galaxy S Duos takes after the Galaxy S III mini in terms of looks (though not in terms of specs, unfortunately).

Dual-SIM phones are usually bought when there are no good plans available – ones that offer enough talk time, texts and data. So, how long can the S Duos last if you need the second SIM for even more talking? Read more »

Samsung releases more official Galaxy Note II hands-on videos, shares some tips and tricks

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There are more than 3 million Galaxy Note II owners out there, and to make sure that they get the full potential out of their phablet, Samsung has launched no less than five new videos showcasing the device’s power.

As you know from our in-depth review of the Note II, it comes with the S Pen, on which Samsung emphasizes a lot in the new hands-on videos of the device. Read more »

Apple to add movie ticket booking through Siri in iOS 6.1

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Continuing the integration with important third-party applications, Apple is said to include another new feature in Siri in the upcoming iOS 6.1 update. While currently you can get movie ticket reviews and timings with iOS 6.1, in future you will also be able to purchase tickets through Siri.

This new feature comes courtesy of Fandango. You will see a button to purchase tickets in Siri when you search for show times or movie reviews. Moreover, you can also speak directly to Siri and ask to book the tickets for a particular movie. Read more »

‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ for iOS and Android game review

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After taking the arcade racing genre by storm with the original Need for Speed Most Wanted back in 2005, EA rebooted the series this year and put the steering wheel in the able hands of Criterion Games, makers of the popular Burnout games as well as Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

This time, however, the action won’t be limited to the big screen. A mobile version of the game has been released for iOS and Android and although it’s not exactly the same game as the console version, you will find similar races, cop chases and a great roster of cars in what promises to be one of the best racing games on the mobile platform. We put our seat belts on and decided to take it for a test drive. Read more »

Apple updates its UK homepage with a new statement, admits the first was inacurate

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Just as the UK Court ordered, Apple has now put a proper statement on the bottom of its UK homepage saying (in exactly 11pt font) that the previous statement didn’t comply with the order the court had issued.

There’s also a link which takes you to the new page, where Apple states that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 didn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents. Read more »

New security feature in Android 4.2 checks sideloaded apps for malware

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Google has introduced a new feature on Android 4.2 that aims to reduce the instances of malware running on Android device.

In their previous attempt, the company had added a feature on the Play Store called Bouncer, which checked apps on the Play Store for malicious content. This time, the service will be running on the device itself and will be checking sideloaded apps instead. Read more »

The iPad mini races the Nexus 7 towards a cold, hard surface in drop tests

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We have seen the early reviews of the iPad mini. We have seen the teardowns. Soon we will be seeing a weird guy who would want to blend this thing. Till then we have a couple of drop tests to keep us company.

The latest fad in the world of technology coverage are drop tests that drop new devices from various angles to see how well they hold up (or don’t). While the jury is still out on the accuracy of these tests, they do help paint a picture of how well your future (or present) device will fare after hurtling towards the Earth at 9.81 m/s2. Read more »

HTC Desire X reports for duty, we have the impressions inside

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The HTC Desire X is a midrange offering from the Taiwanese, which brings some dual-core, Sense’d ICS bang for a reasonable buck.

We have a 4-incher at the front of WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, and a 5 MP auto-focus camera around back. A dual-core processor and Beats Audio are among the innards of note. Read more »

Amazon released Cloud Drive Photos app for Android with 5GB of free storage

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Amazon has just launched the Cloud Drive Photos app in the Google Play Store. It’s free and can be installed on any device running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread or higher.

With this app you can easily upload photos from your Android devices and computers to the Amazon cloud. You can also easily share those photos to various social services, via email, etc. Read more »

Mission Highly Possible: Notification center in Windows Phone 8

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Android was first to introduce pull-down notifications, to be later adopted by iOS too, and now Windows Phone is about to follow suit.

Windows Phone 8 now has USB mass storage mode under its belt, along with DirectX graphics support, among other new services and integrations, but it seems a notification center is to land soon too via an upcoming update. Read more »

iPad mini launches today, Apple eyeing 1.5 million units sold over the weekend

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Despite being a couple of weeks behind schedule, the iPad mini sales open today, but only in the US and only in black.

Never mind the delay, Apple is expected to sell around 1.5 million units of its 7.85″ slate. Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray has made the projection and he believes Apple will hit that number before the weekend’s over. Read more »

The iPad mini gets an iFixit teardown

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iFixit is continuing their tradition of tearing down every major new product and the latest product to fall in their hands is the new iPad mini.

As usual the teardown reveals some interesting pieces of information that are otherwise kept away from the general public by manufacturers. So let’s take a look. Read more »