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Audi puts Samsung-made 7.7-inch AMOLED display instead of a rear-view mirror in the new R8 e-tron

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Supercars aren’t known with their high usability and the new Audi R8 e-tron is a breathing proof of this. The car doesn’t have a back window and to fix the issue Audi has fitted it with a rear-view camera which works in conjunction with a 7.7-inch AMOLED rear-view mirror.

Naturally, the display will be supplied by Samsung Display and we assume it will be the same unit used in the Galaxy Tab 7.7 slate. Audi says it preferred the AMOLED display for its thinness and power efficiency compared to regular LCDs. Read more »

Stylus lovers in the UK can get a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 starting August 16

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The recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will cross the English Channel and will arrive at Samsung’s Westfield Brand Store in Stratford (which, coincidentally, is where the Galaxy S III debuted in the UK) this Thursday.

The Samsung Mobile UK tweet that announced this didn’t mention anything on the pricing, but there are a few retailers accepting pre-orders for the slate already. Read more »

Samsung redesigns Series 7 Gamer laptop, puts more oomph under the hood

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Samsung’s high performance laptop, the Series 7 Gamer, has just received a design refresh, complete with new paint job.

Set to feature a new yellow finish, a SuperBright 3D LED display and an updated Core i7 processor, the Series 7 looks to make an impression. Read more »

Next version of uTorrent to include “featured torrents” as a form of advertising

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The makers of popular BitTorrent client µTorrent have announced some changes that they will be making in the upcoming version of the application and how they plan on monetizing it.

So far, the free version of µTorrent offered to install toolbars during installation and that was the only source of revenue for the developers from the free version. The next version of µTorrent, however, will include something called “featured torrents”. Read more »

Samsung releases source code for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Tab 10.1 and Tab 7 Plus

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Samsung has often been quick to release the source code for their Android devices after their launch. Keeping with that tradition, they have now released the source code for the Galaxy Note 10.1 on the Samsung Open Source Release Center.

Along with the Note 10.1, you will also be able to get your hands on the source code for the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. Read more »

‘The Act’ for iOS game review

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There are not a lot of games on the App Store that can fall under the ‘interactive comedy’ category. In fact, I’m pretty sure The Act is the only one of its kind right now.

The Act was originally launched as an arcade game back in 2007 but was later cancelled. It was then ported over to iOS and published by Chillingo Ltd. The game has been available on the App Store for a while now for $2.99 but is being sold for a dollar for a limited time, so we thought we should give it a try and see how this new method of gameplay is. Read more »

Sony LT29 Hayabusa may be called Xperia TX, while the Xperia tablet to go as Xperia Tablet S

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Recently a DLNA certification revealed that the Sony Xperia LT30i ‘Mint’ will be called Xperia T. Now, XperiaBlog reports that the Sony Xperia LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ will go by the name Xperia TX. The close naming of the two phones makes sense, considering how similar their specs are. Plus, the Hayabusa has already launched in Japan as the Xperia GX.

An Xperia Tablet is also laying in wait in the rumor mill, though some EXIF info from a photo uploaded to Picasa reveals that won’t be it’s final name either. Read more »

Apple offered Samsung its patents for a licensing fee of $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet

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To say that the currently raging trial between Apple and Samsung has been a revelation would be a massive understatement. As the evidence piles up in the case, we get to find out more and more about the internal dealings in both companies.

The latest bit of juicy information got submitted as evidence yesterday, revealing that Apple offered Samsung the rights to license its patent portfolio for the amount of $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet back in October, 2010. Read more »

Google to downrank websites that receive copyright removal notices

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The days of easily finding pirated content on the Internet are slowly be coming to an end. With the recent SOPA/PIPA and Megaupload fiasco, it’s clear that the powers that be are starting to crack down on the pirated content on the Internet by trying to shut down websites that provide them.

The latest move comes from Google, who have announced that they will now start downranking websites that receive valid copyright removal notices. The more notices a website receives, the lower the rank will be of these sites. Read more »

Here’s how iOS 6 apps look like on a taller display

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We’ve heard a wide variety of sources claim that the upcoming iPhone will feature a larger display, and today we can add one more to the list.

When put through an iOS simulator at a resolution of 1136 x 640 (the rumored resolution of the iPhone 5), many iOS 6 apps scale perfectly to the new size, revealing interfaces which have been tweaked and optimized for the different aspect ratio. Read more »

‘Metro UI’ name dropped in favor of ‘Windows 8 UI’, or is it ‘Modern UI’?

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The term “Metro”, describing Microsoft’s new user interface design gained popularity starting with Windows Phone 7 after its Zune HD beginnings. It really grew into prominence when it became the UI style for Windows 8 and now, not long before its scheduled late October launch date, Microsoft renamed it.

A leaked memo was the first sign that the name “Metro” is on the way out, supposedly due to copyright concerns. “Windows 8 style interface” was suggested as a replacement, but Microsoft may have settled on a simpler name. Read more »

OUYA Android console goes on pre-order, expected to launch in April 2013

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OUYA did it! The Android-based gaming console wrapped its Kickstarter campaign, raising $8,596,475 from 63,416 backers. Missed it? Don’t sweat it, the beautiful looking thing is now available for pre-order.

OUYA didn’t waste any time putting the thing out there for pre-order. However, you’ll have to wait until April 2013 to get your unit. Read more »

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook hits Canadian carriers for $350

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The ill-fated BlackBerry PlayBook recently got a new sibling in the form of the 4G LTE model that, apart from the data connectivity, also brought a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

We reported back then that the tablet was supposed to go on sale in Canada sometime this month, and it has now hit retail. The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook can now be purchased on Bell and Rogers in Canada for $350 and a three year contract. Read more »

This CryEngine 3 tech trailer will make your graphics card weep

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The original Crysis game, which came out back in the distant 2007, is still used as a benchmark for graphics card performance. The graphics in that game were so ahead of their time that you’ll still find it difficult to run the game maxed out at high resolutions and get 60 fps (of course, not the least due to the game’s poor optimization).

Crysis 2 in comparison was nowhere near as taxing as the first one but with the DirectX 11 patch and high resolution texture pack for the PC it would still push your graphics card to its limits while delivering stunning visuals.

From the short trailers we had seen in the past we know the third iteration in the series was going to look even better. But now Crytek has released a new tech trailer for CryEngine 3 that demoes the various new visual effects in all their glory and should send lesser graphics cards running for cover. Read more »

Samsung announces Exynos 5 Dual, world’s first Cortex A15 based SoC

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The wait for the next generation Cortex A15-based processors is coming to an end as Samsung has just announced the world’s first SoC that will include a Cortex A15 CPU. Called the Exynos 5 Dual, this SoC has one laundry list of specifications that goes well beyond what other mobile processors offer currently and sets the stage for the next generation mobile devices.

The Exynos 5 Dual or the 5250 is based on the 32nm HKMG process, same as the current Exynos 4 Quad processor. It includes the new dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 CPU along with a brand new Mali-T604 GPU, which is also produced by ARM. Read more »