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Did Steve Wozniak pick up a Nokia Lumia 900?

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Well, people, it looks like that massive marketing budget, backing the AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 900 is starting to pay some serious dividends. No other but Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak might have picked one up, according to his own tweet from earlier today.

While this is not the first time Steve has had a chance to sample the competition (he got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a gift when he visited Google’s HQ a few months back), I can’t recall any reports of him actually waiting for a store to open for anything other than an Apple product. Read more »

Google adds four more countries to the list that can sell apps on the Play Store

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Google has expanded its list of countries and currencies that are allowed to sell applications as well as in-app content on the Google Play Store. The newest additions include Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, and Mexico and the total number of countries in the list now stands at 31.

Developers who are based in Israel or Mexico and were till now publishing apps on the Play Store using AdSense merchant account will now have to migrate their account to a new Google Play Store account in their local currency. An email will be sent to them that provides more information on the migration process. Read more »

Max Payne Mobile now available on the App Store

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The critically acclaimed and award winning title Max Payne is now available on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game has been released on the App Store and costs $2.99.

Max Payne is popular not just because it featured great action but it was also one of the first games to feature a cinematic story that gave the players a feeling of watching an action movie and not just playing a video game. It was also the first game to feature the now famous slow motion gameplay feature dubbed Bullet Time. Read more »

Canon announces the 4K-capable EOS-1D C full-frame DSLR and EOS C500 cinema camera

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Canon has gone on a 4K (4096 x 2160) frenzy unveiling two 4K-shooters – the EOS 1D C DSLR and the Cinema EOS C500 cinema camera.

Granted, 4K resolution monitors aren’t exactly a boom on the market just yet, but Canon is starting to give creatives the means to start creating for the new ultra high-resolution era. Read more »

The US Department of Justice sues Apple over fixing eBook prices

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The DoJ has sued Apple along with five major publishers for allegedly fixing prices for ebooks available through iBooks on various Apple devices.

Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillian, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have all been targeted alongside Apple for entering into pricing agreements over how much to charge for ebooks. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 900 costs $217 to make, thanks its cost-reduced design

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The materials for Nokia’s flagship and blockbuster Lumia 900 cost $209, according to iSuppli’s preliminary teardown assessment.

That, iSuppli reckons, is a result of the Lumia 900′s cost-reduced design and the close cooperation between Microsoft, Qualcomm and Nokia, which mimics Apple’s approach to device development. Read more »

HTC One S battery life testing is complete, here’s how power-efficient the two Krait cores are

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We wanted to publish the HTC One S review as soon as possible so we had to do without the battery test (which takes a lot of time to complete). It’s done now and we’re ready to share it with you – especially since HTC doesn’t quote official numbers for the One S battery life.

We were very curious to see how the new chipset, part of the Snapdragon S4 family, performs compared to the old S3 models. It’s built on a 28nm process, which should offer much better power-efficiency than the 45nm process of the S3 chipsets. Read more »

Nokia goes for shock and awe with the latest Lumia marketing campaign

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For something that is going to decide the future of the company, Nokia is understandably leaving no stone unturned in the marketing of the Lumia series. Even if that requires ambushing people in elevators with singing ninjas, plushy Angry Birds and dancing girls.

Continuing the Amazing Everyday promotional series, Nokia is now hiring people in a Russian mall to enter elevators and… ummm… entertain the people within. What follows below is a series of videos that will eke out a wide variety of emotions from you. One can only imagine what the people in the elevators must have felt. Read more »

Watch how an iPad gets made

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A lot of hullabaloo has been made in recent times about Foxconn and the working condition of the people who work in its factories. Unfortunately, we never really got a good look at how these people work and how they make the products, such as the iPad. That is until now.

Marketplace correspondent Rob Schmitz was recently granted access to one of Foxconn’s factories that manufactures Apple products, where he made a multi-part documentary about the working conditions of the people there, of which the first video shows how the iPad gets made. Read more »

New $399 iPad 2 and Apple TV found to be running on 32nm A5 processors

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Thanks to some poking around by Chipworks and AnandTech, we have learned that the new $399 iPad 2 as well as the new Apple TV are running on a newer version of the A5 SoC (APL2498) that is using the 32nm HKMG fabrication process compared to the previous one (APL0498) that used 45nm process.

Both these processors were found to be identical, which means that the processor in the Apple TV is actually a dual-core CPU but with one core disabled. Considering the simple tasks that the Apple TV has to handle, even with a single-core the A5 processor has more than enough power, although it’s unclear whether the second core being disabled is due to Apple choosing to go with a single core or due to binning. Read more »

EA accidentally leaked Crysis 3 in Origin Store

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Electronic Arts spilled the beans on Crysis 3 right in their digital store Origin. Apparently the third part of the popular series is in the works and will be ready soon.

There were two options of the Crysis 3 Limited Edition game mentioned – for Xbox 360 and PC, so it’s still unclear if there will be a PlayStation 3 version as well. Read more »

Here is an awesome TNT promo video

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TNT has shot a really amazing promo video to promote the launch of their Belgium channel. Sticking to their We Know Drama slogan the TV network crew put an “Add drama” button to a small town’s square.

Words hardly do justice to the happens when someone presses that button, so we’ll just let you watch and enjoy the clip. Read more »

Amazon Appstore now supports in-app purchases for Android devices

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A feature that has been in Google Play’s Store for a while now is making its way to the Amazon Appstore, as developers now have the ability to integrate in-app purchases into their apps.

In-app payments can be in the form of additional features or subscriptions, as well as bonuses and upgrades for games. Read more »

LG Optimus 3D Max gets early benchmark results

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The greek tech site PostPC has managed to get its hands on the Optimus 3D Max and put it under some benchmark tests to see how it performs.

Don’t, however, expect many surprises, as the Optimus 3D Max uses the same system-on-a-chip as the Optimus 3D it replaces. The only difference is the slightly overclocked processor, which now runs at 1.2GHz, instead of 1GHz. Read more »

Google+ gets a fresh new look

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Google+ has received a revamp that completely changes the way it looks. Assuming you have received the design update, the first thing you’ll notice on the left is a new ribbon that houses all the key features of Google+. You can hover over them to access additional functions, move them around or put them into ‘More’ if you don’t use them very often.

Next you will notice that your conversation stream has changed a bit. The photos and videos appear a lot bigger than before and there is also a new album viewer. On the right side is a trending list, à la Twitter, to keep a tab of the topics being discussed on Google+. There is a separate Explore section on the side for you to check out all the popular and trending posts on Google+. Read more »