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Twitter updates Android and iOS apps, adds support for Kindle Fire and Nook tablets

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The native Twitter apps for Android and iOS have been criticized a lot since they were updated a couple of months ago. The iOS version removed basic things like the ability to swipe on tweets and mark all direct messages as read and the Android version was downright unusable due to its sluggish UI. Thankfully, the latest update fixes all that.

The new update brings a host of changes on both the platforms. On Android the performance has greatly been improved, making the application infinitely more usable now. You can also swipe on tweets now to access commonly used functions such as reply, retweet, etc. The latest update also adds optimization for devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »

Microsoft’s asking you to beware the Googlighting stranger [VIDEO]

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It’s no secret that Microsoft and Google aren’t the best of friends these days. Their most recent spat was prompted by attempts by Google to get around the user privacy settings in Internet Explorer, the same way they did with Safari and both companies took to their blogs to take digs at each other and explain their side of the story. However, that was not enough for Microsoft. So they did what they did last time they had an argument with Google; make a cheesy video.

You probably remember the Gmail Man video made by Microsoft targeting the way Google goes through your emails to deliver your ads. This time they have another new video, with a character they like to call the Googlighting stranger. Read more »

BLU Studio 5.3 in white makes a point out of not being your typical budget smartphone

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Let’s face it: the BLU Studio 5.3, which is on our hands today, looks like anything but a budget minded Android smartphone. It is very big and very white. And yes: it also packs two SIM card slots and two (!) homescreen buttons.

Without a closer look at its hardware and specs, the BLU Studio 5.3 can easily pass for a direct competitor to the mighty Samsung Galaxy Note. But it is not. It costs less than half the Korean royalty, and doesn’t have the ambition to go head to head with it Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is here just hours after being announced – scoop and video after the break

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The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is the heir to a very popular Android device on the cheap.

It had leaked earlier but today it became official and (surprise!) we have it right here in our headquarters. We’ll be bringing you a full coverage in due time but for now we’ve prepared some pictures and a video. Read more »

Barnes & Noble release the Nook Tablet 8GB, priced as the Kindle Fire

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Just as rumored yesterday, Barnes & Noble released today an 8GB version of their Nook Tablet for $199, available in select stores today.

The price shouldn’t come as a surprise as it matches Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. On another note the Nook Color’s price is now down to $169. Read more »

Viber for Android gets Ice Cream Sandwich update

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The popular free call making and message sending Viber for Android has received its eagerly awaited update for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Not only the update allows Viber to properly work on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, but also brings some bug fixes and new features to the table. Read more »

10 inch Huawei tablet spotted in the wild, arriving on the MWC 2012 floor

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A metallic-clad new Huawei tablet has come out of hiding and posed for a couple of shots.

It’s a 10.1-incher with the HD 16:9 aspect ratio. The software inside will reportedly be Android ICS and an 8 MP camera is mounted on it too. Read more »

Mass Effect 3 Take Earth Back extended trailer is out

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BioWare are done with the teasers and finally released the full-length trailer of Mass Effect 3 called Take Earth Back.

First the Canadians gave us a 30s preview, then we saw the premiere of “Take Earth Back” during the last The Walking Dead episode on AMC. Today, as promised, the extended cut of the trailer is out. Read more »

Opera Mobile is now available for the Nokia N9, get it while its hot

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Good news, Nokia N9 users! Opera Mobile is now available for your beloved MeeGo device from your local Ovi Store.

Up until now Opera Mobile was available for the N9, but not from the Ovi Store and required some work. Now, however, it’s as simple as going to the Store app and downloading the browser. Read more »

BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 update is out now

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Surprise, surprise! After numerous rumors of a launch date for the eagerly awaited update, the Playbook 2.0 is finally seeding to users worldwide. We were just greeted with an update notification.

Hello, Android apps, hello Mail client, hello built-in Calendar. The update is downloading as we speak. We will update with live impressions once it’s setup and ready to go. BlackBerry has already come up with a scoop of the new features. Read more below. Read more »

Shots surface of Verizon’s Droid RAZR covered in Ice Cream Sandwich

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User ‘dragon974′ of the droidrazr.com forums had some interesting images to share with his fellow Droid users yesterday as the screens released show what could well be a build of Android 4.0.3 running on his Motorola Droid RAZR.

Leaked screens of Android ICS 4.0.3 running on the Verizon's Droid RAZR

Despite Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich update timetable marking both the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX with a simple ‘further details to follow’, this latest discovery could well mean the impending release of Android’s latest iteration to these devices. Read more »

Intel’s Rosepoint chip: WiFi and CPU squeezed onto one piece of silicone

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Intel’s research teams have been hard at work bringing their latest project to fruition and what you see here is the fruits of their labour. CPU and a more power efficient and faster WiFi radio, both squeezed onto a single chip.

Intel's Rosepoint chip

Intel call the chip Rosepoint and despite it being still strictly in the concept stage right now, there’s definite potential for the technology to make its way to market in the next few years. Read more »

Here is the breakdown of the Samsung Galaxy Note I717 performance in our battery test

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We were really curious to see how will the LTE rocking Samsung Galaxy Note I717 perform in our battery test. As you probably know already, the AT&T exclusive device sports a different, slightly less powerful CPU and chipset than the Exynos of the mighty N7000. With the rest of the hardware being identical in both devices (including the 2500 mAh battery), we are now going to find out which chipset has the upper hand in energy efficiency.

As always, we are going to kick things off with the talk time performance. Read more »

Barnes & Noble to reportedly release a cheaper, 8 GB Nook tablet this week

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According to a snippet of Walmart documentation seized by The Verge team, Barnes & Noble are ready to launch an 8 gig version of their Nook Tablet.

Being available only with 16 GB, it currently sports a higher asking price than that of the Kindle Fire, $249 vs $199, it’s less popular with customers. Read more »

iPad 3 leaks continue: 8 megapixel camera and A5X chipset spotted

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At this point, you’ve probably heard so many rumors about the iPad 3 that you don’t know what to believe anymore. Well here we have a couple of photos, which might be a bit more trustworthy.

The photographs are reportedly depicting the new 8 megapixel camera that the latest Apple slate has and its A5X chipset. Read more »