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Bang & Olufsen announces BeoPlay V1 LCD TV and BeoPlay A3 iPad speaker dock

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Bang & Olufsen, more commonly known as B&O, has launched a new LCD TV called the BeoPlay V1. The best part about this set is the flexibility of its design that allows you to position it in multiple ways.

The TV has a unique mount for the stand that allows four different positions. One allows you to wall mount the TV, the other can be used to place it on the floor at a sufficient height so that it is approximately the same height as your seating position, the other places it at floor level with a tilt to point it towards you and the last one lets you hang the TV from the ceiling so it looks like it is suspended in mid-air. Read more »

Google Play Store can now charge your movie, music and book downloads to your phone bill

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The Play Store has had the ability to charge your app downloads to your phone bill in certain markets and on certain carriers.

Now Google has expanded that to include movies, music and ebooks, basically everything that can be bought off the Play Store, as well. Read more »

Microsoft to allegedly launch subsidized $99 Xbox 360 with Kinect next week

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The Verge has managed to get their hands on some rather exciting news for gamers in the US who cannot afford to pay the full price for an Xbox-Kinect bundle but would still want to get their hands on one.

According to their sources, Microsoft is set to launch a subsidized version of the Xbox-Kinect bundle only for $99 and it could be released as early as next week. Read more »

Gmail gets a couple of hot new features – translation and mute

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Gmail Labs released two new features to the popular mail client – Automatic Message Translation and Smart Mute. It also tweaked the Gmail titles to highlight the number of unread messages.

The most important addition is Auto Translate – it basically incorporates Google’s translate feature into your email, which is something many have demanded for a long time now. Read more »

HTC releases 1.29.401.7 OTA update for the One X

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HTC released the first OTA update for the One X last week, but the Taiwanese are already ready with update number 2. The new firmware release is 1.29.401.7 and is supposed to improve several aspects of the handset’s UI and performance.

The update is 35MB in size and provides minor bug fixes as well as various system improvements and optimization. HTC hasn’t released an official changelog as of yet, but users over at the XDA forums report that power management has been improved resulting in better battery life. Read more »

HTC One X for AT&T is faster than the international version

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The recently released HTC One X for AT&T is surprisingly doing better in most of the popular benchmark tests as compared to its international sibling.

The reason for the sometimes noticeable differences is quite simple: despite the similar look and name, they actually have completely different insides. Read more »

CyanogenMod 9 now available for Galaxy Note international version

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For all you owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note who want some sweet custom ROM action, CyanogenMod now has a release based on its latest Android ICS build, Cyanogenmod 9, available for download.

If you’re willing to risk voiding your warranty, and you can get along with the few known issues, the CyanogenMod ROM is a great way to get some added functionality out of your device. Read more »

Sony VAIO launches T11 and T13, their first Ultrabooks

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Sony has officially announced their first Ultrabooks, the VAIO T11 and T13. As you can guess, the former has a 11-inch display and the latter a 13-inch display.

Both Ultrabooks will feature a sleek magnesium and aluminum body that will be 17.8mm thick. You get a full set of ports, including Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 and also an SD card slot. It has the traditional VAIO chicklet keyboard and a MacBook style trackpad that will hopefully will be similarly good. Read more »

Apple rejecting apps that use the Dropbox SDK and allow purchases outside the app

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Apple is under fire once again due to its App Store policies, this time for rejecting apps that use the Dropbox SDK. It goes like this: some developers were found complaining on Dropbox forums that their apps made using the Dropbox SDK are being rejected by Apple.

The reason given by Apple for these rejections is that these apps do not use in-app purchasing and instead open Safari and take the user to the Dropbox site and lets them purchase additional storage from there. Apple has had this rule for some time now that any app-related purchase should always take place within the app itself using in-app purchasing and not outside the app. Any app found in violation of this rule will be rejected or removed. Read more »

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ announced, here is the official trailer

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Treyarch has officially announced the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, the Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The official site for the game went live yesterday on May 1 and now we also have the official trailer for the game.

The new game takes place in the year 2025 during the second Cold War. You play as David Mason, the son of Alex Mason from the previous game, although there are flashback portions that take place in 1980 where you will also get to play as Alex Mason. Your main objective in the game will be to hunt down someone called Raul Menendez. Read more »

Android 4.0 ICS for Huawei MediaPad is now available

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Great news for all you MediaPad early adopters – Huawei has released the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.

The new ROM should make your MediaPad faster thanks to the ICS optimizations, and will also bring a few new features. Read more »

Angry Birds Land adventure park opens in Finland, offers fun outside the games

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Hungry for some real life Angry Birds action the games just can’t provide? You are in luck, as today marks the opening day for Angry Birds Land.

The unique adventure park is situated at the Särkänniemi Theme Park in Finland and is designed to provide fun for kids and adults alike. Read more »

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 »