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CyanogenMod 9 reaches RC2, adds international S III support

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CyanogenMod 9 has entered the Release Candidate 2 stage, adding official support for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Galaxy Note on AT&T, among others.

According to the CM team the final release of CM 9 is just around the corner making this RC2 release most likely the last pre-final one. Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported on the Nokia N9

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The latest version of Android – 4.1 Jelly Bean – has been ported, surprisingly enough, on the Nokia N9.

The proof has been posted on Twitter by its developer. Read more »

Tasker gets updated to version 1.3, now comes with “App Factory” for making your own apps

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Tasker, one of the finalists at this year’s Android Developers Challenge 2 (ADC2), has dropped its beta tag and its 1.3 version is now officially available in the Play Store.

The nifty app now lets you integrate JavaScript into your automations, and hosts a plethora of bugfixes and optimizations. Read more »

Fieldrunners 2 now available on iPhone, iPad version coming soon

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One of the best tower defense games I’ve played, Fieldrunners, is getting a sequel. The first game was very popular on iOS and Android and it was also released on PSP, Nintendo DS, Chrome and more.

Fieldrunners 2 has just arrived at the Apple’s App Store and is available for purchase on all compatible iPhones (3GS or later) and iPod Touch (3rd gen or later). Read more »

SwiftKey 3 gets Jelly Bean support with an update

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SwiftKey 3 is one of the popular third party keyboards available on Android and it has just received an update that adds Jelly Bean support, making it available on the updated Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet.

Only the phone app lists Jelly Bean support in the What’s New section, but the tablet version does say it offers bug fixes “including UI and Jelly Bean issues”. Read more »

UK Judge orders Apple to run ads saying Samsung ‘did not copy iPad’

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The Apple vs. Samsung war going on in courts all over the world saw a rather interesting turn of events yesterday.

UK judge Birss ordered Apple to put out advertisements in various newspapers and magazines stating that Samsung “did not copy iPad”. Additionally, Apple has to post a notice on its website for at least six months stating the above. Read more »

Google updates the Play Music app for Android

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The last time the humble music player app in Android got a major update was when Google launched Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest update comes a bit after the Jelly Bean launch and is now available on the Play Store to download.

In the latest update, you will see some noticeable changes throughout the user interface. Read more »

Windows 8 arriving on October 26

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We played with the preview, we learned about the various editions, we found out about the prices, now all that was left to know was when could we get our hands on the retail copy of Microsoft’s latest and greatest desktop operating system.

While October was generally assumed to be the month when the OS will be released to the public, there was no official confirmation yet. That is until now. Read more »

Samsung release Readers Hub 2.0, sans the Kobo support this time

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Samsung has updated its proprietary Reader’s Hub app, which offers popular books, magazines and newspapers to Samsung mobile device users.

The new version does away with the Kobo support, although people who still want to take advantage of the ebook service can download the standalone app from the Play Store. Read more »

It’s the Galaxy S III turn to get a taste of Jelly Bean via CyanogenMod 10

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It’s a good week for Galaxy devices. First, the Galaxy S II got Jelly Bean thanks to CM10, then it was the original Galaxy S and now the latest of the bunch – the international Galaxy S III.

You could take the early build of the Android 4.1-based CM10 for a spin, but keep in mind that some things may not work properly and others at all. Read more »

Oppo Finder is as tough as it is thin, proves it by acting as a hammer

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Replacing a hammer with a smartphone isn’t something we haven’t seen before. However, there’s now a new kid on the block that wants to test its toughness by hammering a few nails, and that’s the Oppo Finder.

Yep, the thinnest smartphone in the world has decided to chime in and demonstrate its hammer-replacing capabilities. Check out in the video below how it did. Read more »

Galaxy S gets an Android 4.1 port, makes Samsung devs stare in disbelief

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Remember when Samsung said that the I9000 Galaxy S simply doesn’t have enough power to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? What if we told you that not only is that untrue, but the smartphone can also handle Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The proof was, as usual, delivered by the omnipotent indie devs over at XDA-developers and came in the form of a Jelly Bean-based ROM, which performs flawlessly but for a couple of minor bugs. Read more »

Panasonic announces six new LUMIX cameras

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Panasonic has unleashed a whole bunch of new camera upon the world, six to be precise, which includes some superzoom cameras, a mirrorless camera and a premium point and shoot.

The first is the LUMIX LZ20 (pictured above), which is a budget superzoom camera. It has a 16 megapixel sensor and a 21x optical zoom on the 25-525mm lens. The LZ20 can also record 720p videos at 30 fps and has a 3-inch, 460k dot display on the back. Read more »

Lara Croft and Guardian of Light hits the Play Store, is exclusive to Xperia devices for now

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Square Enix has finally ported its game – Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – on to Android. We reported that this game is coming to Android way back in September last year, when it was supposed to arrive in November but it took nearly a year to get released. Meanwhile, the iOS version has been selling since last year and even the PlayBook got it in April.

Like we said back then, this version of the game will be exclusive to the Xperia series of devices for a limited time. Also, not all Xperia devices but just the Xperia S, Xperia ion and the Xperia PLAY. Every other device will simply show up as incompatible on the game page. Read more »

Meizu MX 4-core shines in front of our camera, flexes its quad-core muscle on video

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Meizu MX 4-core is company’s second phone we have the pleasure to review. It looks exactly like the dual-core Meizu MX, but adds two additional Cortex-A9 CPU cores and a more powerful GPU to bump the performance.

The Meizu MX 4-core runs on the so-called Flyme OS 1.0 which is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The customizations run a lot deeper than any other UI we’ve seen, but they cut off features instead of adding new. Read more »