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Opera 12 Beta is out, comes with a lot of new features

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The latest beta of the Opera browser is now available for download. Codenamed “Wahoo”, the new, 12th, version of Opera introduces a plethora of new features, which are intended to make web browsing a lot better than before.

For starters, Opera 12 Beta is slightly faster and more optimized. It even takes a hint from Firefox and Chrome and now comes with themes support. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 800 takes a balloon ride to 32km altitude in the name of science

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Putting a smartphone on a helium balloon and having it fly high up in the sky has proven a popular pastime (there was even an iPad that braved the high altitudes), but it turns out serious scientist do it too as low-cost observation tools. The ASTRA project at South Hampton university has a thing for Windows Phone handsets and the latest was a Nokia Lumia 800.

As part of the ASTRA 10 series of flights, a Lumia 800 soared as high as 32km with nothing to help it face the cold or maintain connectivity. And conditions high up in the atmosphere are pretty rough. Read more »

Reading the fine print on what rights Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have on your files [EDITORIAL]

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Yesterday Google launched its Drive cloud service allowing you to upload virtually anything and have it synced across multiple devices. Sounds great and bringing a bit more competition to the mix has never hurt anyone.

But what happens once you store there that music piece you’ve been working on for so long? Or the concept art for that cool project at work? Do you still remain its owner and what do you allow the cloud storage provider to do with it? Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have different approaches how they handle the legal part of things and it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 comes in our office, offers a two-for-one deal on SIM slots

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The Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is a rare beast – an Android smartphone with two SIM card slots. Dual-SIM is typical feature phone territory and it’s nice to get a break from that – with smartphones continuing to gain popularity, there should be a niche for devices like the Y Duos.

Based on the very popular Galaxy Y, the Y Duos S6102 comes from good stock. It’s actually slightly upgraded over the original Y and it’s not just because of the two SIM cards. Read more »

Gameloft announces N.O.V.A. 3 for iOS and Android

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Gameloft announced the development of N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – the next installment to the highly popular mobile series.

The game will become available later this year for the two leading smartphone platforms – iOS and Android, but unfortunately that’s as specific as the official info gets. Read more »

Angry Birds Space and Cut the Rope updated with new free levels

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Good news for mobile gamers came today as two of the most popular smartphone and tablet titles, Angry Birds Space and Cut the Rope, got updated with new levels.

Angry Birds Space got a new chapter – Fry Me to the Moon. It contains 10 icy levels. The update also brings 20 space eagles for free plus you will get one free space eagle for each day you log into the game starting tomorrow. Read more »

Wazzap is an unofficial Whatsapp client for the Nokia N9 and N950, comes May 1

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The unofficial Whatsapp client for the Nokia N9/N950 that was developed by the strong Maemo community is now nearing its public debut.

Come May 1, an app called Wazzap will be made available for the Maemo-running N9 and N950, giving you the chance to get the Whatsapp experience on the abandoned platform. Read more »

Apple WWDC 2012 dates announced, all that is new on iOS and OS X will be unveiled on June 11

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Today Apple announced the dates for this year’s WWDC event. It will take place at San Francisco’s Moscone West between June 11-15.

Just don’t get your iPhone 5 hopes too high yet. Read more »

Google+ gets its own Share button, makes you wonder what to do with the +1

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Kind of unexpected, but not totally surprising either, Google has announced the launch of a dedicated Google+ Share button.

The new feature is aimed at users who just want to share content with their Google+ buddies, without publicly marking it with +1. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab in Korea gets the Value Pack upgrade

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Samsung’s first ever released tablet – the P1000 Galaxy Tab fell in the list of devices that won’t get Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades. Just like the Galaxy S though, the Galaxy Tab has a Value Pack upgrade on the way as compensation to the loyal users.

Well, the Korean galaxy Tab just got the Value Pack download. Read more »

Firefox 12 brings silent upgrades for Windows users

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In the time it took you to install Firefox 11, Mozilla has released Firefox 12 for Windows, OS X and Linux. As usual, it doesn’t bring a host of new features but there is one that makes the process of upgrading that much more painless, which is good considering how often Mozilla has started releasing new updates.

Firefox 12 brings the ability to silently upgrade in the background. What this means is that when a new update is available, the browser will automatically download it (configurable, of course) and then install the update without you ever knowing about it. You won’t even get the Windows UAC warning message asking for your permission to install it. This is exactly how Chrome has been updating itself all this time and it’s good to see this functionality carried over to Firefox as well. Read more »

Apple announces second quarter financial results

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Apple has announced its financial results for the fiscal second quarter of 2012 that ended in March 31, 2012. Their total revenue for this quarter was $39.2 billion and the quarterly net profit was $11.6 billion. In comparison, the figures were $24.7 billion and $6.0 billion respectively for the same quarter last year.

As usual, the iPhone did very well this quarter, with Apple selling 35.1 million of those, up by 88 percent compared to year-ago quarter. Sales were down compared to the first quarter, however, where Apple managed to sell 37.04 million iPhones, the reason for this being chalked down to the holiday season that boosted the sales in the previous quarter. Read more »

Cloud storage comparison: Google Drive vs. Dropbox vs. SugarSync vs. SkyDrive vs. Box.net

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The cloud storage market is now more crowded than ever and the latest player is no other than the mighty Google. Having just launched its Drive cloud storage service, Google is already aiming at the top spot in the business.

Not so fast, Google – things just don’t work this way. There’s plenty of services to choose from already, so Drive will have to outdo them all to gain victory. And to help you get a better idea of the new service starting position, we have put four of the biggest names in the game side by side in a neat table. Read more »

Google Drive is now official, offers 5GB of free cloud storage to everyone

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After being rumored for the better part of the last year, Google officially just announced its own cloud storage solution – Drive.

Google Drive gives you 5GB of storage the second you sign in to use the service. No questions asked. The interface is based on Google Docs and you can collaborate with other people on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The sharing and collaboration system is enhanced by comments, which you get notified for if they are new. Read more »

This might be the iPhone 5 home button

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TVC-Mall has a history of leaking spare parts for still unannounced Apple devices and today it might have spilled the beans on the next iPhone’s home button.

Until recently we could see two Home buttons (black and white) in the iPhone 5 Replacement Parts section. Unfortunately the listings are now gone. Read more »