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Microsoft asks developers to keep the Marketplace tight, tells them how

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Microsoft are striving to keep their Windows Phone Marketplace neat and tidy, and have spoken out to developers about how to make sure their apps are as accurately described as possible.

Doing so, Microsoft hopes the Marketplace will become a better place for finding what you need without getting bombarded by spammy apps. Read more »

Skype for iOS update brings UI changes and improved performance

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The Skype app for iOS got updated and brings with it some useful changes. The list of new features includes the ability to move your own video preview around. You know, the little window that appears at the bottom of the screen during a video call.

Other changes include a new UI design for contacts, messages and log in screen, improved accessibility, improved stability and bug fixes. The iPad version of the app also received these changes except for the UI redesign. Read more »

RIM Australia admits being behind the ‘Wake Up’ protest outside Apple Store

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When the video of the ‘Wake Up’ protest outside the Australian Apple Store hit the Internet, it was generally assumed that Samsung would be behind this, considering their track record of taking jabs at Apple. But later when asked about this, the company denied being behind it.

A few days ago, Mactalk‘s James Croft went through the source code of the Wake Up page and found clues that pointed towards RIM’s Australian website. The date that the website was counting down to was also speculated as the approximate release date for the BlackBerry 10. And lastly, the blogger who just happened to be there to shoot the video of the protest outside the Apple Store has previously worked for RIM. Read more »

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light adds a massive dash of adventure to your BlackBerry PlayBook

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Owning a BlackBerry Playbook just got a lot cooler, people. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – the latest installment of the video game adventure, has made its way to the BlackBerry App World.

The game is bound to offer hours of typical Tomb Raider gameplay – that is action, adventure and puzzle solving, taking place in exotic environments. Read more »

LG just announced the LG Cloud storage service in beta

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LG is stepping up its game with the announcement of a cloud storage service of its own. Unimaginatively called LG Cloud, what else, the new service is now available. The service will offer 50GB of free storage for the first six months.

Best of all, right from launch, LG Cloud comes with a desktop client (for Windows, at least). What’s also interesting is that the file stored in the LG Cloud will be accessible by LG SmartTVs too. Read more »

Open multiple iPad apps simutanelously on-screen as resizable windows with Quasar

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This is probably a dream come true for many iPad users – run apps in resizable windows. Thanks to this feature your iOS starts to look much like a desktop-like OS by finally breaking the one-app-at-a-time paradigm.

Using Quasar you can have multiple apps both running and available on the screen space at the same time (for example Skype and Safari). How about that? Read more »

Latest Gevey SIM recalled after Apple closes loophole, they’ve been merely copying SAM’s unlock method

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Recently we reported a brand new free software unlock method that could free your iPhone from the shackles of its official carrier. Popular SIM unlock solutions provider Gevey revealed their latest SIM insert soon after that – after a long stall in the unlocking development it now offered an unlock solution regardless of baseband version for $50.

Now Apple-N-Berry, the Gevey distributor, is recalling all units sold, the reason being Apple has closed the security loophole that SAM used. Wait, what? Yup, Gevey are not only recalling their stuff, but they admit of blatantly copying the free SAM’s solution in a commercial product (and not a cheap one at that). Read more »

NVIDIA announces their top card in the stack – the GeForce GTX 690

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Nvidia announced its newest flagship graphics card at the NVIDIA Gaming Festival 2012 in Shanghai, the GeForce GTX 690. Combining two GTX 680s on a single card, the 690 is going to be one hell of a performer.

Combining two chips on a board is always tricky business and contrary to what one might expect the performance is not exactly double that of a single GPU card. In fact it’s usually less than the two cards running in SLi mode. But with the GTX 690, NVIDIA is aiming to get performance that will be equivalent to running two GTX 680 in SLi, while maintaining the convenience and lower cost of having a single card in your system. Read more »

Steve Wozniak finds Windows Phone more beautiful than Android

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Despite being the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak is known to use products from competing brands and publicly speak and praise them as he sees fit. So when he was asked about Windows Phone 7 by A New Domain, he did not hesitate to speak his mind.

As anyone would guess, Woz finds Windows Phone to be visually a lot superior to Android, going as far as saying that there is no contest between the two. He seemed to be especially in love with the transition animations and the simplicity of the UI, which makes it immediately apparent to the user what they have to do next. In comparison, he thinks that the Android UI is a lot more complex and requires prior knowledge on part of the user. Read more »

Samsung Australia says it has nothing to do with “Wake up!” campaign

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Samsung’s advertising has been pretty aggressive, especially against rival Apple. They even mocked the infamous long lines of people queuing to grab their next iGadget. Samsung Australia actually pulled a stunt where they offered Galaxy S II phones for $2 right outside of Apple’s store. So, when a video of a flashmob waiving signs and chanting “Wake up!” showed up in front of an Australian Apple store, everyone (including us) jumped to the assumption that it was the South Korean company that organized it.

Except now Samsung Australia is denying that they had anything to do with it. Read more »

HTC Titan II battery test is over, check out how it did

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There is a general consensus by now, that LTE connectivity and long battery life don’t mesh well together. Therefore, we were a bit skeptical when we started testing the endurance of the HTC Titan II. After all, the smartphone has a fairly modest 1730mAh battery, which, not only needs to cover for the LTE radio, but also has a massive 4.7″ screen to light up.

We kicked things off with a look at the talk time of the imposing smartphone. Read more »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gets unofficially confirmed, launches on November 13

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The next iteration of the massively popular first person shooter game Call of Duty has been revealed by game store Target and it has been confirmed to carry the name called Black Ops 2.

Moreover, the Target preorder card of the game shown above, confirms the release date – November 13, 2012. Read more »

Firefox 13 beta gives you quick access to most visted sites in new tab view

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One of the best features of Chrome is the ‘Most visited sites’ view in the new tab, where the browser presents you with a grid of thumbnails of sites you visit most often. This is a derivation of the speed dial function in Opera, that allows the user to manually set any site they want as a speed dial on the new tab page for quick access.

Mozilla has recently taken to borrowing every good feature from Chrome in their new release. The recently released Firefox 12 brought the silent update feature. With the Firefox 13 beta, Mozilla has added the most visited sites to Firefox’ new tab page. Read more »

Google Play Store now offers movies in Australia, Google Music nowhere in sight

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After bringing Movies to the Play Store in France, Google has now started offering the service in Australia as well.

Aussies will be able to watch, rent and buy movies in both HD and standard quality from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, Google Music is not there to keep it company and it retains its US-only availability. Read more »

HTC One X battery test concludes, the results are inside

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So here we are at the end of the HTC One X battery test and we are ready to share the results with you. If you wonder how efficient that Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 architecture is and whether the companion core makes up for the four power-hungry ones, here is the place to find out.

The HTC One X bright 4.7″ HD LCD is certainly hard to feed, but you can’t blame the huge 1800 mAh power pack for lack of trying. Read more »