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Speaktoit Assistant launches on iOS to challenge Siri

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The Speaktoit Assistant is an app that started off on Android and has now crossed over into iOS, bringing Siri-like functionality to iPhone owners outside of the 4S.

Speaktoit can do practically everything Siri does – it can call your contacts, send messages, search for places – even outside of the US and more. Read more »

Behold the magnitude of the Universe with this awesome Flash app

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Ready to see something fun? What I have for you is an interactive animation that lets you see how different things compare in size. It may not sound like much, but this one goes from the tiniest bits that compose our universe all the way to the solar systems and galaxies.

If you ever wondered how the Giza Pyramids compare in size to the Statue of Liberty, now is your chance to find out. Just be careful – zooming too far out might make you feel really insignificant. Read more »

Kodak bows out of camera business

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The Eastman Kodak Company, better known simply as Kodak, has announced that they will not be making cameras anymore, bringing an era that lasted a 124 years to an end. The company responsible for the invention for the roll film, which played an instrumental role in movie making, is having a hard time financially and this latest decision is the result of that.

Kodak will now be expanding its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees for cameras. It will also continue with its online and retail-based photo printing, as well as desktop inkjet printing. Kodak also said that it will be honoring all the warranties as well as provide technical support and service to the cameras sold so far. Read more »

Microsoft showcases upcoming Office 15 for Windows 8 on ARM

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While demonstrating Windows on ARM (WOA), Microsoft also showcased the next version of its office suite, Office 15. This new version of Office will be fully compatible with WOA and come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

As you can see from the video below, Office 15 has a new flattened look, which is tune with the look of Windows 8. Office 15 will run in desktop mode on Windows 8, which is why the UI resembles apps like the new Explorer instead of the Metro apps. Read more »

Nokia releases Maps Suite 2.0 for Belle

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Nokia Beta Labs, Nokia’s developer portal which allows users to test out beta versions of upcoming apps for Nokia phones for free, put out the latest version of its Maps Suite software for Belle—the most recent version of the Nokia OS.

While still technically in development, the new version provides some pretty cool functionality to the apps which come with Map Suite (Drive, Maps, My Location, Places, Public Transportation, Weather), specifically geared to take advantage of new Belle features. Read more »

Apple iOS 5.1 coming on March 9?

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Recently published operator profiles by Apple refer to iOS 5.1 and a release date of March 9, 2012. The profiles are intended for various operators in Japan, France, Finland, Greece and Sweden and will make sure the iPhones will connect to the specific network after an update.

The iOS 5.1 update has been in the works for quite some time, its third beta has already been seeded to the developers but there is nothing official on the launch date yet. Read more »

White out: A look at the Nokia Lumia 800′s bright and shiny new outfit [HANDS ON]

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We took a trip into London this morning to pay a visit to Nokia who have been itching to show off the latest edition to the Lumia 800 family.

The Lumia 800 family

The white Lumia 800 joins the existing lineup of black, cyan and magenta handsets and we expect it to hit UK stores in March this year. Read more »

Google preparing its own Cloud Storage service, says WSJ

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Google is close to launching its very own Cloud Storage service, at least according to the Wall Street Journal. The file-storing service in question would be in direct rivalry against Dropbox, one of the hottest cloud-storage providers out there.

The main purpose of Google’s cloud service, called “Drive”, will be to meet users needs for storing files when using mobile devices like smartphone, tablets and laptops and to eliminate the need to manually sync them across desktops and vice versa, according to people, who are close to the development of Drive. Read more »

Latest Amazon Kindle Fire ad openly mocks the iPad for its price, sunlight legibility [VIDEO]

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Amazon has been picking up on the iPad ever since the first version of the Apple slate launched, but the latest effort of the online retailer is pretty good even for its own high standards.

Amazon points out that if you happen to have $500 to spare you might want to purchase a hard-to-see-in-the-sun iPad or the best way to read a.k.a. Amazon Kindle eReader and a couple of Kindle Fire slates. Read more »

Purported images of iPad 3 shell surface, said to contain a bigger battery, different display and different cameras

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The next generation iPad is nearing its launch and so the rumor mills are now in full force. What we have today, though, is not a rumor but a purported photograph of the aluminum shell of the next generation iPad (which I will refer to as the iPad 3 for now).

What you see above is the aforementioned photograph, with the iPad 3 shell on the right. The photograph was uncovered by RepairLabs, who noticed that the new shell has different mounts for the logic board, which suggests a redesigned logic board, most probably to accommodate a larger battery. They also said that the shell did not look noticeably thicker than the iPad 2′s, which is contrary to current rumors that suggested that the iPad 3 will be slightly thicker. Read more »

Chrome 17 prerenders the pages as you type, screens your files before downloading

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Following the launch of Chrome Beta for Android, Google has updated its desktop browser to v17 (17.0.963.46, to be precise). Among the new features over the previous stable version include the ability to prerender pages to speed up your browsing. Now, when you type a URL in the Omnibox, Chrome will automatically start prerendering the website it thinks you are mostly likely to open, which means when you hit Enter, chances are the page will open instantaneously.

Another new feature is the ability to check files to see if they’re malicious. When you download an executable file, such as .exe or .msi, Chrome will try to match the file with its online database to see if it is genuine. Read more »

Microsoft to release Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29 during Mobile World Congress

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Microsoft has announced that they will be launching the beta version of Windows 8, called the Consumer Preview on Wednesday, February 29 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The fact that Windows 8 has been designed from the grounds up for tablets suggests why Microsoft would want to announce its next operating system at a mobile event.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s application store for the Windows 8 is also expected to go live on the same day. As you may know, the Windows Marketplace will be the only place to download Metro-style apps on Windows 8. Read more »

OTA update hits US owners of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

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Owners of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which its fair to say has one of the longest names in tablet history, should expect a pleasant surprise during the next few days.

Prime update screenshot

Reports are already coming in that US owners of this quad-core beauty are receiving notifications for a new OTA update. The update to improve the Prime’s connectivity. Read more »

Google Chrome beta for Android review [HANDS-ON]

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Google Chrome. Google’s web browser didn’t waste any time in becoming a hit on desktop PCs and in a matter of just a few years placed second in the browser rankings. That’s crazy even for Google, but they pulled it off.

With the release of Google Chrome beta for Android, the search engine giant will attempt to redo the browser’s success but this time on mobile.

But as you know – mobile isn’t the same as desktop. And now we are going to take a deeper look at Google Chrome beta for Android and see if the Chrome team has pushed the right buttons to shoot the browser in the right direction. The path to Android’s new default browser that is. Read more »

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review

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The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX looks so familiar, you can easily mistake it for its slimmer brother from certain angles. Aside its massive built-in battery and a change in the internal memory capacity, the newcomer in Verizon’s LTE lineup is identical to the DROID RAZR, which broke cover in November last year.

Quite frankly, I never thought that battery capacity will be the star feature in a high end Android smartphone, but, given my experience with a number of top notch devices from the past year, it makes perfect sense. After all, I witnessed several Android top dogs with massive spec sheets display battery performance, which puts their daily usability in question, thus forcing me to walk around with a charger in my pocket. The DROID RAZR MAXX is clearly aimed at this painful issue. Read more »