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Apple recalls first generation iPod nano due to overheating battery issue

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The first generation iPod nano was immensely popular and set the stage for thin and light music players, none of which, however, came close to matching its popularity. Six years and an identical number of iterations later, Apple is now recalling the device.

The reason being given is a faulty battery, which in certain devices can overheat and pose a safety risk. So far no reports have come in from users regarding this issue but Apple clearly does not want to wait till that happens. Read more »

Google sends out invites to mystery event on November 16, could be about Google’s music service

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Google is holding an event on November 16 and has sent out invites for the same. However, the invites don’t clarify what the event is actually about. All it says is that ‘These go to eleven’.

In case you don’t get the reference, it is from the movie This Is Spinal Tap and the invite is actually marked from the character in the movie: Nigel Tufnel, who says the above mentioned line. Read more »

Motorola DROID Razr already rooted – try it now

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The Motorola DROID Razr is officially out today and the lucky ones that have received their devices have already found a 1-click rooting solution.

All you need to do to root the device is install an app called DooMLord_V2, the USB drivers (or let your OS do that automatically), set the device in debugging mode, connect it to your PC and let the app do the job for you. Read more »

Nokia Suite officially out – sheds the beta and Ovi monikers

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The Nokia Suite application is available for download over at the official Nokia support page. After a one month beta period the application is out dropping the Ovi nametag and adding a few other goodies too.

Here’s the changelog of the application. Read more »

Motorola dead serious with this 11.11.11 thing – prices DROID RAZR for Verizon $111.11

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The Motorola RAZR has already launched for the UK and now it’s USA’s turn, courtesy of Verizon. The DROID RAZR is now available over at Amazon Wireless for Verizon and is priced at $111.11, which is some way off the official $299.99 Verizon price.

Being that today is 11.11.2011 and the price is non-accidentally exactly $111.11 you can see what Moto did there. We suspect though that the promotion is a limited-time offer and we’ll be back to normal tomorrow, so if you have set your sight on the slim Kevlar-coated droid, you might want to hurry up with the order. Read more »

Google’s Matias Duarte talks about the new Roboto font in Ice Cream Sandwich

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Android’s Droid font has been around for a long time now, right from the first version in fact. But when Google introduced Ice Cream Sandwich they also introduced a new font called Roboto, which will now be the default font in future versions of Android.

So why the sudden change of heart? And what’s so good about this new font? That’s exactly what Matias Duarte, Director of Android operating system user experience at Google, talks about in a lengthy Google+ post. To read the post in its entirety click more. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket landed in front of our camera [VIDEO]

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When the Samsung Galaxy S II trio got announced in the United States a couple of months ago, AT&T wireless’s offering came closest to the original I9100. The versions for Sprint Wireless and T-Mobile came with bigger, 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus screens. The aforementioned occurrence left quite a few AT&T customers just a tad disappointed for being stuck with “only” a 4.3″ screen. After all, bigger is always better in America.

Well, it looks like AT&T has decided to take action and fix things with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The Android powerhouse now comes with the same 4.5″ screen as its T-Mobile and Sprint siblings. AT&T has also given it the LTE treatment to make up for the wait.

In case the device looks familiar to you, Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note comes by, will stay for a full review this time [VIDEO]

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Our Samsung Galaxy Note review unit arrived at the office and we’ve already started exploring its secrets. We’ll be doing our best to being out the review as quickly as possible, but before that arrives, here’s something to bring you up to speed.

As usual, we unboxed the new arrival on video and took a brief tour around its interface to give you an idea of what to expect. The Galaxy Note is quite an interesting device, going where very few have gone before him. Read more »

Motorola RAZR advertisement is too epic to not get popcorn whilst watching it [VIDEO]

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Let’s face it – most mobile phone advertisements are pretty mediocre and don’t have much imagination thrown into them. Not the case with Motorola and their ads for the RAZR.

Ever since their first TV spot hinting about the upcoming ‘faster’ product on October 18 was released, they’ve been on a roll with their more recent ads. Read more »

iOS 5 word suggestion pops out of registry hack, no jailbreak required

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iOS 5 has been around for some time now, in beta form, but now that it’s official hackers are hard at work revealing its secrets to the eager public. This time it’s an automatic native word suggesting feature, which displays words above the keyboard while you’re typing. The “Go” has been replaced by “Confirm” so that you can confirm the selected word suggestion and move on with your typing.

The feature can be enabled fairly easy and doesn’t require a jailbreak, which is welcome news for many non-jailbreak enthusiasts. It’s reportedly been tested on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 but should become available to all iOS 5-certified phones. Read more »

ARM announces new Mali-T658 mobile GPU, promises 10x performance boost

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ARM has just unveiled the next gen Mali GPU, dubbed Mali-T658. The GPU is said to deliver desktop-class performance, offering 10 times the processing power of the Mali 400, which is used in the Samsung Galaxy S II.

According to ARM, the Mali-T658, should also offer four times the performance of the Mali-T604, which was previously announced, but is still to enter mass production. That’s the T-604 that is rumored to feature in the next generation Exynos chipsets and we might see in the Galaxy S III. Read more »

Microsoft to release Silverlight 5 soon, will probably be the last Silverlight release

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After Adobe announced their plans to stop developing Flash Player for mobile devices, we’re now hearing that Microsoft plans to do the same with their own proprietary plugin, Silverlight. If you went “Silverwhat?” then I won’t be surprised. Touted as the competitor Adobe’s Flash, Microsoft’s Silverlight never really managed to gain the same amount of popularity among web developers.

But now it seems that won’t be an issue for long. Microsoft is on the verge of announcing the next version of Silverlight, with the beta version already having been released back in September. But according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, this will probably be the last version of Silverlight. Read more »

See how the new Nvidia Tegra 3 works and what it’s capable of

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Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 is the next big thing in the world of mobile processors and has everyone excited. But looking away from its impressive spec sheet, we know little of what it’s really capable of. So to give us a little demo, Nvidia has put up a series of videos on YouTube and we’ll be taking a look at some of them.

First of all, here is a look at the way the five cores function on Tegra 3. Although it is advertised as a quad-core system, there is a fifth companion core designed to handle less intensive tasks. Depending upon the current activity the system automatically switches between the companion core and the performance cores without any special optimization from the software side. Read more »

Apple iPhone 4S battery test is complete, here go the results [TEST]

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We are already done with testing the second smartphone to go through our new battery life test. The Apple iPhone 4S did slightly better than the Nokia N9 becoming the new device to beat.

As the blog regulars among you know, the new test involves three individual challenges (video playback, web browsing and voice calls) and a combined, general usage test. Read more »

Nokia Maps for WP7 hacked to work on all WP7 phones

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“Exclusive” is really a word that the XDA community really can’t stand. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Nokia-developed Maps application that was supposed to bring extra value to the WP smartphones of the Finns is already freed and made available to anyone with an unlocked (as in dev-unlocked not as in SIM-free) WP device.

Some helpful members of the hacking community got their hands on the Nokia Maps XAP file and they were kind enough to share it with everyone. The XAP file is all that you need to install Nokia Maps on your non-Nokia WP smartphone, so the app exclusivity seal is really broken. Read more »