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Intel announces next-generation Silvermont mobile CPU microarchitecture

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Intel has announced the next generation of its CPU architecture designed primarily for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, called Silvermont. Silvermont will be replacing the Saltwell CPUs that have been used in the recent Medfield, Clovertrail and Clovertrail+ SoC.

With Silvermont, Intel will be starting the same tick-tock cadence they use for their desktop processors. Silvermont is based on a 22nm architecture and will be succeeded by Airmont next year, which will be based on 14nm. Devices running Silvermont CPUs are expected this year, with tablets running the new Atom processors by the end of 2013. Read more »

Adobe renames Creative Suite apps to Creative Cloud, switches to subscription model

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Adobe announced a major change to its range of Creative Suite of applications, which consists of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premier Pro. Starting with the next update for these applications, which will be released on June 17, these applications will be classified under the Creative Cloud brand.

But that’s not all. Adobe is also shifting to a subscription model for its apps, which means instead of paying full price for them upfront, you will now have to pay either a yearly or monthly fee for using them. Read more »

Klipsch Image S4A (II) in-ear headphones review

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The Klipsch Image S4A (II) headset, as its name kindly suggests is the second generation of the manufacturer’s in-ear headphones, designed specifically for use with Android devices. Part of the company’s award-winning Image Series, the headphones aim to deliver good balance between sound quality, ergonomics, and price.

Klipsch products have been among the benchmarks in their field for a good reason – the company is one of the first in the United States to manufacture premium audio speakers. With a product range covering everything from in-ear headphones to professional cinema speakers, and heritage going back to the 1940s, there was plenty to look forward to when I opened the Klipsch Image S4A (II) box. Read more »

Asus posts Q1 financial report, profits boosted by 3 million tablet sales

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Asus has posted its quarterly financial report, covering the three months ending in March. The manufacturer has made $3.5 billion in revenue and $202 million net profit. The numbers compare favorably to both the previous quarter and the same period of last year.

The detailed breakdown reveals that the PC sales of the company have been affected by the overall market slowdown, but the strong performance of the Asus tablets has done well to compensate for it. Asus managed to ship 3 million tablets over the past three months, securing a sizeable chunk of the growing market. Read more »

Amazon Appstore hits China, offers paid apps before Google Play

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Amazon continues to expand the availability of its own Android Appstore. The company announced the launch of the service in the Chinese market today, offering a large variety of both free and paid apps.

Interestingly enough, the Google Play store in China still doesn’t offer paid apps, making Amazon the first major player to offer those in the Far Eastern country. Rumors have it that the announcement will be followed by the release of the Kindle tablet lineup in the Chinese market, but we are yet to hear a timeframe for that. Read more »

Amazon lists 8-inch Acer W3-810 Windows tablet ahead of launch

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about an upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Acer in the 8-inch form factor, which is a first for this platform. The tablet in question is an Acer W3-810, which has now reached a semi-official status after a listing on Amazon ahead of the official announcement.

The listing, which has since been pulled, priced the tablet at $379.99. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly available for Samsung Galaxy S4 for T-Mobile

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Lead CyanogenMod developer and creator Steve Kondik has made an important announcement that will make Galaxy S4 owners leap with joy. The custom ROM project is currently available in an experimental, nightly build for the T-Mobile version of the Samsung flagship smartphone.

Kondik also unveiled that CM10.1 is coming for the international GT-i9500 model in the near future. Its development has been postponed for a little while since the team doesn’t have an actual unit to fiddle with. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 simulator allows you to test drive the smartphone before purchasing it

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Samsung has provided an online simulator for those interested in its latest flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S4 simulator has an updated user interface, making it easier to navigate the options menus, and helpful tips.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 simulator gives an idea of what to expect from the phone and also helps you learn more about the device. Read more »

Samsung releases two new graduation-themed Galaxy S4 ads

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Samsung continues its promo campaign for the Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, adding two new graduation-themed videos to its arsenal.

The first ad promotes the Easy Mode on the Galaxy S4, which helps you discover the smartphone at your own pace. Read more »

‘Badland’ for iOS game review

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Badland is a 2D action adventure platformer where you control one of the game’s unnamed creatures through a maze of deadly traps.

The game has already won several accolades, along with Apple’s Editor’s Choice award on the App Store. We decided to find out for ourselves how good the game really is. Read more »

Updated Google+ API allows you to embed Photo Sphere images on the web

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Undoubtedly, one of the coolest camera features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean brought was the Photo Sphere. Shooting a full 360-degree panorama both horizontally and vertically allows you to capture everything surrounding you, Street View style.

Sadly, so far you could only view the Photo Sphere images on either Google+ or on another droid running Android 4.2. Not anymore though, as the Google+ Platform API has been updated to allow web developers include Photo Spheres they’ve taken or from around the web on their own website. Read more »

Samsung shows off Galaxy S4 features in a new commercial

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Samsung has released a new commercial for their latest Galaxy S4 smartphone. Unlike the previous one where you could barely see the phone, the new one actually takes you through some of the key features of the device.

The video goes through a select few features of the phone, with Air Gesture getting the most importance. You see the characters picking up calls with a wave of their hand and the call automatically going into speakerphone mode. Read more »

Google Keep gets its own Chrome app

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After announcing the service last month and releasing an app for Android, Google has now released a web app for Google Chrome.

The Chrome Google Keep app can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and works like any other Chrome app. Once installed you will see the icon on your homepage and clicking it will launch the Keep pop up window. From here you can create new notes and manage existing ones. Read more »

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4′s cameras go head to head after software updates, check out the samples

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HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera didn’t get quite the best reception but the company has issued not one but two updates since, which supposedly improve on the quality of the photos.

Samsung also issued an update for its Galaxy S4 flagship, which tweaks the camera performance as well. Naturally we wanted to see what those are all about and took the two hottest smartphones of the season for another shooting session. Read more »

Acer Iconia A1 tablet goes official with 7.9″ display, quad-core CPU, and low price tag

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Acer took the wraps off the Iconia A1 Android Jelly Bean slate. The 7.9″ tablet sports a quad-core CPU and a starting price tag of $169.99 which is bound to stir things up in the market for entry-level tablets.

The Acer Iconia A1 is powered by a quad-core CPU whose type is yet to be known. Read more »