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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 »

A WiMAX sporting Samsung Galaxy S II is bound for Japan’s KDDI

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Samsung Galaxy S III is right around the corner, but the new versions of its predecessor just won’t stop coming, folks. A WiMAX flavored variation of the Android smartphone is about to hit the shelves of Japan’s wireless carrier KDDI in a few days time.

Specs wise, the smartphone is closely related to Read more »

Dress up your iPhone 4S with a self-healing Scratch Shield case by Nissan

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Yes, you read right. Nissan, the car maker corporation, has created a protection case for the iPhone 4S, called the Scratch Shield.

But, you see, Scratch Shield isn’t your ordinary protective case, because not only does it protect your iPhone from possible injuries — it also heals itself afterwards from any mild scratches. Read more »

Android-running INFOBAR CO1 is a colorful Japan-oriented candybar

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The INFOBAR CO1 is part of a 5 smartphones lineup announced yesterday by Japanese carrier KDDI au.

It is the most interesting in the lineup and offers a heavily overhauled UI based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (iida UI), colorful looks and hardware numpad to go with its touchscreen display. Read more »

iPhone 4S untethered jailbreak possible on iOS 5.0.1, won’t be in 5.1

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The ChronicDevTeam courtesy of member @DHowett, iOS developer, has a video showcasing an untethered jailbreak on an iPhone 4S, running on iOS 5.0.1.

This sort of a jailbreak solution has been available on A4-powered iDevices but, up until now, it had its ups and downs on the A5-powered iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Read more »

Sony announces Android-powered SmartWatch, pairs with your phone to show your tweets, texts and emails

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Smart watches that pair with your phone and let you view and access select functions of your phone seem to be the coolest thing in the world of mobile accessories at the moment. Motorola recently launched the Android-powered MOTOACTV that works as your music player and also logs your workout sessions.

Now Sony too has joined the fray with their smart watch called, well, SmartWatch. It has a 1.3-inch multi-touch OLED display that lets you access your phone functions such as calls, messages, music as well as social networking applications such as Twitter and Facebook. Read more »

AMD showcases low cost alternative to Intel’s Thunderbolt, calls it Lightning Bolt

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After a slow start Intel’s Thunderbolt (also known as Light Peak) technology is starting to gain popularity among the OEMs, with Apple being the first and biggest proponent of the technology so far. Now it seems AMD wants a piece of this action as well, so they have come up with their own variant of the technology, called Lightning Bolt.

Yes, Lightning Bolt. Like the technology itself the name takes heavy inspiration from Intel’s Thunderbolt. But AMD is not aiming at simply merging various outputs into one port. Their main goal with Lightning Bolt is to reduce the cost of the whole set up. Read more »

Nokia launches new commercials for the Lumia 900 and Lumia 710, along with a ton of other new videos

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The Nokia Lumia 900 was officially announced at CES this year among those who attended the event but now it’s time for Nokia to reach out to a wider audience, which means making some new ads for the phone, which they have. Also being advertised is the Lumia 710 which has gone on sale in the US on T-Mobile’s network for $49.99.

The ads, especially for the Lumia 900, aren’t particularly new and are similar to the ones for the Lumia 800 but there will be a lot of people in North America who haven’t seen these and it makes little sense to create a completely different ad when the products themselves aren’t all that different. Read more »

A breakdown of Facebook’s expected $100 billion worth once it goes public [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Facebook is pretty popular, ‘pretty’ possibly being the understatement of the century, but did you know that in fact 1 in 10 people use Facebook and that combined, that makes 800 million users worldwide?

Facebook IPO Infogrpahic

With that much activity, Facebook Inc. have made themselves a pretty sizable audience for advertisers to address, but with talks of the company going public, just how much did you expect it was actually worth? Read more »

Angry Birds video teases Year of the Dragon update

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A new video teaser draws attention to the upcoming Angry Birds Seasons update. It has a Chinese new year theme and is touted for January 23.

The video doesn’t exactly show anything new but nonetheless confirms that we’re in for a new Seasons title. Check out the video after the break. Read more »