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IPv6 to finally go live on June 6 2012, countdown begins

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We knew it had to happen eventually, but now we already have an exact date to look forward to. Google has just announced that it will be joining a bunch of other major internet companies in a coordinated launch of the next-generation Internet protocol on June 6 this year.

IPv6 is the replacement for the current version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4, which ran out of addresses quite some time ago. Read more »

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II vs Samsung I9100G Galaxy S II – know the differences [TABLE]

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As you might have heard, Samsung introduced a second Galaxy S II international version, called I9100G in November. Back then the company plans for the device were unclear, but now we are starting to see what it’s all about.

The Samsung I9100G Galaxy S II replaces the original I9100 Galaxy S II smartphone in some markets. Many of our readers contacted us sharing their experience of buying a I9100, only to find out that they got the I9100G version.

The question is, should you really care if you get one or the other. To help you answer that we’ve put together a comparison table, which should highlight the differences between the two international Galaxy S II versions. Read more »

All you need is projection mapping and ideas – an Audi video show

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If you’re not familiar with projection mapping (or video mapping), it’s a way to convey movement and artistic effects to an object that’s standing still.

We’ve seen those done by Samsung and LG on various buildings in various cities, especially 3D projection mapping. It looks awesome and, for me, is an art form all on its own. Read more »

LG announces Optimus Pad LTE with 8.9-inch display and Honeycomb, launching initially in Korea

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LG has announced a new tablet for its homeland called the Optimus Pad LTE. Compared to the regular Optimus Pad, there are quite a few differences, other than the inclusion of LTE.

For starters, the design is new. The Optimus Pad LTE is thinner at just 9.34mm compared to the 12.7mm thickness of the non-LTE version. It’s also lighter at just 497g compared to the 621g of the Optimus Pad. Other changes include a larger 6,800mAh battery, which is up by 400mAh over the standard version despite the reduced thickness and weight, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor that replaces the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor on the non-LTE model and a simpler 8 megapixel camera instead of the dual 5 megapixel 3D camera on the back. Read more »

Rumor has it February will see the launch of the iPad 3 at one of Apple’s special events

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Fire up the rumor mill, another Apple product has appeared on the horizon.

Is the iPad 3 just around the corner?

There are whispers that come February, Tim Cook will be telling us about ‘the greatest iPad yet’, or words to that effect at a special event expected to take place early next month. Read more »

We unbox the Nokia Lumia 710 and share our first impressions [VIDEO]

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The international version of the Nokia Lumia 710 dropped by our office following the US-bound one and we’re ready to share our first impressions of it. The first thing we noticed was the extra large box – bigger than the boxes most other phones come in – but the contents are pretty standard.

As for the phone itself, it was a pleasant surprise. The Lumia 710 sits slightly lower on the ladder than the Lumia 800, but it has the same hardware inside along with a screen with the same size and resolution. Read more »

Google+ adds meme-style photo captioning

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Google+ is going to add a simple edit tool for your future picture uploads, giving you the option to make captions to them.

Those of you familiar with meme captioning of pics should know what we’re talking about. Read more »

HzO protects your device from water on a molecular level

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HzO WaterBlock is a technology that utilizes invisible vapor coating that wraps around your device’s innards.

HzO’s protective nano-sized molecules protect the device’s electronics, like processor, RAM, radio chips and more from moisture. Read more »

Apple’s event on January 19 rumored to be about interactive eBooks, GarageBand-like tools to create them

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You’ve probably heard that there’s an Apple event scheduled for January 19, this Thursday. The invite they sent out promises “an education announcement” and the rumor mill says that Apple will be unveiling new tools and a platform to create and publish eBooks, with a strong focus on interactive content.

According to Steve Jobs’ biography, digital book publishing and its use in education was a pet project of Apple’s former leader and in a couple of days we might see the results. To quote the biography, textbook publishing is a “$8 billion a year industry ripe for digital destruction.” Read more »

English Wikipedia, XDA-Developers and Reddit to protest against S.O.P.A. with site blackouts

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The Wikimedia foundation, which is the company behind Wikipedia, along with XDA-Developers and Reddit have joined the anti-SOPA protests. The three companies will be blacking out their websites tomorrow, 18 January for a whole day in an attempt to spread the word about the Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as S.O.P.A.

This was first announced by Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales and later got officially confirmed on by Wikimedia. An appeal from Wikipedia will be replacing every English page of the website.

According to Wales more than 25 million people will be affected by the Wikipedia blackout and that will be the best way to spread awareness of the mountain of problems for the freedom of the Internet this Act is going to introduce, should it pass. Read more »

Shooting, dancing and taking an arrow in the knee: A look at the best selling games of 2011

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Overused internet memes aside, market analysts NPD have crunched the numbers on US physical copy video games sales during 2011 to bring us the best selling titles of last year.

The top 5 best selling games of 2011 in the US

The results are combined across all platforms (including PC), but can you guess which ones made it into the top 10? Read more »

Steve Jobs action figure canceled

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After all the hype it’s come to this. In Icons’ Tandy Cheung has ceased the production of the Steve Jobs action figure, which was announced just a few weeks ago. The reason? Immense pressure from Apple’s lawyers and Job’s family.

And although the creator of the 12-inch figurine says his actions haven’t violated any laws, as Apple suggested earlier, he chose to respect the wish of Steve Job’s family to stop the production and distribution of the doll. Here is his full statement. Read more »

Apple to announce ebook publishing tools along with digital textbooks on Thursday during their education announcement

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When Apple announced that they will be having an education announcement on Thursday in New York, the general consensus was that they will be announcing digital textbooks for their iOS devices, particularly the iPad, which is becoming increasingly popular in schools and colleges.

However, according to some new information from Ars Technica, that may not be the only thing that they will be announcing on Thursday. According to their sources, Apple will also be releasing tools for creation of ebooks, which Ars dubs it as the “GarageBand for books”. Read more »

Is a CyanogenMod proprietary app store coming our way in the near future?

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With a loyal following numbering north of a million users, there is no doubt that CyanogenMod is among the premier aftermarket Android ROMs out there. One of the latest ideas regarding the future of the project is likely to make it even more attractive as it involves a proprietary store for root apps.

According to the CyanogeMod team member Koush, a proprietary app store would enable the CM team to take a small cut from developers who showcase their apps there, which will be used for paying for server and hardware maintenance. Read more »

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich lands on HP TouchPad with CM9 [VIDEO]

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With a $99 price tag, the HP TouchPad was a hot enough commodity. The latest CyanogenMod update however, is bound to make the slate even more desirable by bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to it, thus making the dreams of many of its owners a reality.

The port is not completely finished yet with the front-facing camera and the video playback not being functional for the time being. Read more »