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BlackBerry OS 10 tutorials caught on video, cool new gestures demonstrated

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BlackBerry OS 10 faced a few delays, but the waiting might be worth it as the new OS is a far cry from its bland, text-based predecessors. The new OS relies heavily on clever gestures for many of the basic tasks – even going back to the homescreen is done with a gesture rather than a button like on Android or iOS. As such, BB OS 10 brings back memories of the (short-lived) excitement that MeeGo caused.

The best way to teach users the new gestures are quick and simple tutorials played on the phone itself. Here are four of them, that show both gestures we’ve seen before and a few of new ones. Read more »

The metal clad Pantech Flex came by, we put it in front of the camera

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It looks like Pantech is serious about becoming a notable player in the lucrative US smartphone market. Following the footsteps of the well-equipped and affordable Pantech Burst, which we tried out earlier this year, the Korean manufacturer has decided to follow with an even better effort. The LTE sporting, AT&T exclusive Pantech Flex keeps the low price tag of its predecessor, but brings seriously solid specs to the table.

The Pantech Flex packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset whose Krait CPU cores are clocked at 1.5GHz. Read more »

Amazon releases video explaining Kindle’s Paperwhite technology

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The new Kindle Paperwhite was hailed as being the best e-ink display on the market by Amazon during their release event for the latest generation of eBook readers last month.

Amazon have since released a video explaining the technology behind Paperwhite, which was reportedly 8 years in the making. Read more »

Apple adds new section for alternative mapping software in the App Store

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Yesterday, Tim Cook penned a letter to iOS 6 users, apologizing for the sorry state of their new Maps application and promised that they are working hard to make it better. While most would have stopped at that, Cook went on to suggest alternative mapping services that users can use till Apple Maps becomes usable.

Now, Apple has gone one step ahead and created a section in the App Store that can you can find on your iPhone, titled ‘Find Maps for your iPhone’. Clicking on it will show you a bunch of different mapping services, free and paid, that you can download and install on your iOS device. Read more »

Acer Iconia Tab A700 gets Jelly Bean update

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After ASUS started rolling out the Android 4.1 update for its Transformer tablets yesterday, Acer is now following up with a Jelly Bean update of their own for their Iconia Tab A700.

Several users from Germany and US are reporting receiving the update on the xda-developers forum. Most of them are reporting improved performance thanks to Jelly Bean. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 battery test is complete, find the results inside

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The iPhone 5 has been the center of attention here at the GSMArena HQ for a few days now. We’re busy putting it through its paces and it’s time for us to reveal the detailed battery results and see how it does against the current crop of top smartphones.

Apple has implied that the iPhone 5 is bending the laws of physics and it turns out when it comes to the battery, that claim isn’t far from the truth. Read more »

Google Maps updates with higher resolution images and adds 45 degree view as well

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Google has updated their maps platform to include higher-detailed satellite imagery, as well as a new 45° view mode.

It has covered 51 cities initially, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and the State Capitol building in Austin, Texas. Read more »

Camera shootout: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S

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Apple’s latest iPhone boasts an updated 8MP camera over its predecessor, but the question is how much better is it really? You have to take into account that the iPhone 5 is thinner, which always complicates matters on the camera front.

We’ve shot several photos with both the iPhone 5 and the 4S and we’ve picked the ones that have the same shutter speed and ISO to give each phone an equal chance. Read more »

Sony buys 11% stake in Olympus for $644 million

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Sony has bought an 11 percent stake in Olympus for $644 million with the hopes of providing advances in medical imaging and camera lenses.

The partnership aims at expanding on Olympus’ dominance of the medical endoscope market, as well as on both companies’ consumer camera technology. Read more »

New Samsung I9260 Galaxy Nexus 2 photos uploaded to Picasa

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The Samsung I9260 – purportedly the Galaxy Nexus 2 – is such a tease. We’ve already seen a couple of photos that were (perhaps accidentally, perhaps not) uploaded to Picasa and now there’s a new one.

This latest image was shot using newer software – I9260XXALI9 – while the previous two were shot with ALI5 and 6 releases. Read more »

Bad Piggies takes the top spot in the U.S. Apple AppStore in just 3 hours

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Rovio did it again! Just 3 hours after its launch, the company’s latest game Bad Piggies went on top of the U.S. AppStore charts.

The news come from Rovio’s Ville Heijari, who proudly announced the milestone. Still, it isn’t all that surprising, considering the Finns’ track record with mobile games. Read more »

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201 Android 4.1.1, Jelly Bean update starts rolling out

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ASUS announced on its Facebook page yesterday that the original Transformer Prime TF201 and the new Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T will be receiving the Android 4.1, Jelly Bean update shortly.

Now sticking to that statement, the company has started rolling out the update to the TF201, as is being reported by Engadget. As for the TF700T, it is yet to get the update but it shouldn’t be long before it too gets to enjoy some of the Jelly Bean goodness. Read more »

Steam for Linux arriving next month as a private beta

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Valve announced back in July that they are planning on bringing Steam to the Linux platform, starting with Ubuntu. They have now announced the next steps in this initiative and that includes beta testing priviledges for a few luccky users.

Valve has announced that they will begin internal testing next week and a private external beta test consisting of 1,000 users in October. Read more »

Jetpack Joyride arrives on the Google Play Store

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After being exclusive to the Amazon Appstore for a while, the developers of Jetpack Joyride have now released the game on Google’s Play Store. As you’d expect, the game is available free of cost.

In case you’re not aware of this game, Jetpack Joyride is a 2D side-scrolling game where you ride a jetpack and have to go as far as possible, thus getting a higher score. You collect coins during the game, which can be used to upgrade your jetpack and the special vehicles that you get in the game. You also collect spin tokens, which let you spin the slot machine at the end of each game. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G brought five rows of QWERTY goodness to our office, here goes the hands-on

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The already classic Samsung Galaxy S I9000 might be rapidly approaching its third birthday, yet the manufacturer looks far from done extending the family. Meet the T-Mobile US exclusive, epically named Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G – a slide-out hardware QWERTY slider, whose specs are a curious blend of old and new.

The Samsung T699 Galaxy S Relay 4G is features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with two Krait CPU cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. Read more »