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Nokia City Lens available now for first-gen Lumias, more powerful version for new the Lumias in the works

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Nokia used the City Lens augmented reality app to tease the new Lumia phones before they were announced, but the app is not exclusive to the Lumia 920 and 820. Sure, the duo of Windows Phone 8 handsets will be getting a more powerful version, but older, WP7-running, Nokia phones can grab City Lens right now.

What is City Lens? It’s an augmented reality app – that is, it overlays info on the camera viewfinder – and helps you discover places nearby where you can eat, shop and so on. If you’ve used Layar, then you know what I’m talking about. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III XXDLI5 Jelly Bean ROM appears, squashes all known bugs

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The Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean ROM leaks continue and today we get the latest iteration, version XXDLI5. Early adopters have reported no major bugs so far, so we might be getting near to an official release.

Keep in mind, that while the ROM is Samsung-made it’s not meant for public distribution and installing it will void your warranty. That said, the XXDLI5 Jelly Bean ROM for the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III is the most stable so far and is fully capable of serving as your daily driver. Read more »

Galaxy Note 10.1 and Tab 2 7.0 get a Jelly Bean OTA ROM leak

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Android 4.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is now available via a leak of an pre-release OTA update of the new Jelly Bean build.

Before you jump aboard, however, you need to make sure you have a specific firmware version for either tablet. Read more »

Sony RX1 spotted, allegedly packing a glorious full-frame sensor

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After stuffing in a one-inch sensor inside the point and shoot RX100, it seems Sony is now going to put in a full-frame 35mm sensor inside an upcoming compact camera known as the RX1.

The RX1 looks like something that is barely larger than the RX100 but with a bigger lens to go with that ginormous sensor. The lens in question is a 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens that looks like it’s removable but is fixed to the body. Read more »

HP announces new SpectreONE AiO desktop PC

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HP has announced the new SpectreONE, an All-in-One desktop PC running Windows 8. The company claims it is the thinnest AiO PC in their portfolio, at just 11.5mm.

HP achieves this thickness by removing several key features, most notably a touchscreen display and an optical drive. The SpectreONE instead comes with a standard 23.6-inch 1080p display and a multi-touch trackpad, which looks pretty much identical to the Magic Trackpad that Apple provides with the iMac. Read more »

New photos of Apple’s alleged new 8-pin USB jack compare it to microUSB

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New leaked photos of Apple’s new USB interface jack show it’s about the same size as microUSB jacks. So far we’ve seen a lot of iPhone 5 leaks showing reference designs distributed among Chinese sources, and all of them suggest Apple is switching to a smaller size jack for the next iPhone (reportedly for the iPad mini too).

So hot on the heels of these leaks, come these photos of Apple USB cables, showing in detail the new connector plug Apple would use.

Of course, before we see the thing announced for real next week on September 12, we’ll never know for sure, but these shots seem quite believable on their own. Read more »

‘Horn’ for iOS and Android game review

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After a bunch of casual games for mobile, Zynga has finally released something serious for the hardcore gamers, if at all you can use that term for mobile gamers.

Horn is a third person action adventure game that has you fighting hulking monsters and solving puzzles in beautiful environments. We decided to take a closer look. Read more »

LG flaunts its headlining Optimus G in a series of short videos

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The LG Optimus G will be LG’s top smartphone this holiday season and as we’re getting closer to its market launch (reportedly, later this month), the company is eager to keep its device in the headlines.

The company has published a nice set of short video ads this week, meant to show you more about the phone. As a quick specs recap, the LG Optimus G runs on the latest quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor with a top-of-the-line Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

Other important features include a 4.7-inch, 720p True HD IPS display, a 13 megapixel camera, a 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »

‘Super Hexagon’ for iOS game review

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Super Hexagon started life as a Flash game on a website. Created by Terry Cavanagh, known for making sadistic games such as VVVVVV, Super Hexagon has you pushing just two buttons but pulling out many, many hair.

The game has now made the transition to iOS and is available on the iPhone and iPad for just a dollar. We decided to find out how it fares on the small screen. Read more »

A Sony engineer takes apart Xperia Tablet S on video, puts it back together again

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Teardowns of various tech is a popular thing on the Internet and Sony has decided to try their hands at it. The victim is the new Sony Xperia Tablet S. There’s a timelapse video, which shows Sony engineer Takuya Inaba take apart the Tablet S and then put it back together again, but the accompanying blog post is more interesting.

Things in the video zoom by all too quickly, but the blog post has photos and details of the various components that make up Sony’s latest Android tablet. Read more »

Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies breaks the Xperia PLAY exclusivity, hits the Play Store

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The Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies game finally broke free from the Xperia PLAY chains and is available in the Play Store to all compatible devices.

The game costs $7, but it is huge, comes with all possible extras and you won’t have to pay for anything within the game ever (unlike other Glu Mobile games). Read more »

Europe finally gets the Kindle Fire (and Fire HD too), pre-orders now live

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The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the refreshed Kindle Fire slates announced just yesterday in the USA, are already heading to Europe (for the first time).

All EU Amazon stores are already taking pre-orders for the Kindles and will launch them in the end of October. Read more »

The new Kindle Fire HD trio is ad-supported on the lockscreen in the US and Europe

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If you have wondered how the new Kindle Fire HD prices are possible, the answer is simple – they all have ads on the lockscreen.

Whether you like it or not, you won’t be able to remove the ads, no extra payment options are available for now. Read more »

Shadowgun: The Leftover, Modern Combat 3 and Asphalt 7 now free on Galaxy S III

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Good news, Galaxy S III users! Samsung is giving you three hot titles for free – Shadowgun: The Leftover, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation and Asphalt 7: Heat.

The offer is for a limited time so hurry up! Read more »

Watch the full yesterday’s Amazon Kindle announcement here

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In case you’ve missed Amazon’s press event yesterday, the new Kindle lineup presentations is now on YouTube.

Amazon has uploaded the full-length video in 1080p. You can watch it right now! Read more »