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Takhti 7 is a 7″ dual-core ICS tablet that costs just $165

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It’s time for another episode of “ultra cheap Android tablet from a little known maker”. This time it’s the Takhti 7, a 7″ Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. It packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage.

So, what can this tablet offer that a Kindle Fire can’t (besides a slightly tweaked Android 4.0)? Well, there’s a microSD card slot, HDMI port and a front-facing camera. Read more »

Android Ice Cream Sandwich gets twice as fast thanks to Linaro, the future looks even brighter

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There’s no arguing that Android could feel a little sluggish at times, especially when faced with less capable hardware. Even in its latest, Ice Cream Sandwich release, Google’s mobile OS feels like it could do with more code optimization. And that’s exactly what the Linaro team has done.

The indie developers created an optimized, faster and streamlined Android 4.0.4 build called Linaro, which performs up to 100 percent faster than the AOSP (stock) version. Read more »

Max Payne Mobile coming to Android on June 14, here’s a list of supported devices

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Although the iOS version of Max Payne Mobile was launched back in April, the Android version got lost in translation and was delayed indefinitely. That is until now.

Rockstar has announced that the game will be available this Thursday, that is June 14 for $2.99 and features HD graphics, high-resolution textures, Social Club connectivity, user-customizable controls and gamepad support for select USB controllers. Read more »

Apple quietly upgrades the Mac Pro, discontinues the 17-inch MacBook Pro

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It seems the company’s flagship product, the Mac Pro, was not worthy of a mention at the WWDC keynote yesterday because the product has received a quiet update after the event was over. Unfortunately, if you have been waiting for a significant update to this product, you are in for a disappointment.

The biggest change here are the new CPU. You now have three models, in quad-core, 12-core and server configurations. Read more »

Apple releases new iPad Smart Case for the iPad 2 and the new iPad

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You may have already seen the Smart Cover for the iPad 2 and the new iPad. While extremely intelligent, it’s biggest flaw was that it only covered the display on the front while leaving the back open for scratches.

Apple has now announced the new iPad Smart Case that not just covers the display but also the back. It behaves similar to the Smart Cover, where the top folds back and forms a stand to place the iPad in various positions. It also has the magnets that make the iPad automatically go to sleep when you place the cover over the display. But the new part is a complete coating for the back that ensures full protection for your iPad 2 or the new iPad. Read more »

Apple’s WWDC keynote is now available for your streaming pleasure

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Traditionally, the video from Apple’s WWDC keynote has been made available to stream directly from its own website – all two hours of it to pe precise. This means that everyone who wasn’t present at the event now has the opportunity to experience it, albeit a few hours later than it happened.

You will be able to hear all the Siri jokes, along with the crowd’s reaction to them. Read more »

Apple announces the next generation Macbook Pro with a Retina Display

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Apple just announced the next generation Macbook Pro. The notebook boasts a 15.4″ Retina Display and cutting edge hardware, tucked in a body, which is 1.8cm thin (0.71 inches) and weighs only 2kg (4.46 pounds).

Naturally, the Retina Display of the newcomer is the biggest attention grabber. The screen sports the mesmerizing resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels, which adds up to a pixel density of 220ppi, and a total of 5,184,000 pixels. Read more »

OS X Mountain Lion to hit the Mac App Store in July for $19.99

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Apple just announced the market availability of the latest version of their OS X computer platform. OS X Mountain Lion was first unveiled in February and is now about to graduate from beta and is heading towards the Mac App Store, where it will be available in July. Apple’s official repository will exclusively offer the new release so don’t bother looking for it elsewhere.

OS X Mountain Lion brings a number of new features and tweaks, most notably iCloud integration, voice dictation as well as several iPad-inspired extras. The upgrade price is the pretty reasonable $19.99 and the same fee applies for both Lion and Snow Leopard users. Read more »

MacBook Air and Pro updated with Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 ports, faster graphics

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Apple WWDC is off to a good start and among the first announcements in the event’s keynote speech is the refresh of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups. Both lineups are getting the latest IvyBridge processors by Intel. And yes, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is getting axed off the production line.

The MacBook Airs now can be rigged with processors up to 2.0Ghz dual-core i7 (with Turbo boost up to 3.2Ghz). The RAM options go as high as 8GB and the SSD options reach the spectacular 500GB. That’s 500GB SSD. The read speeds for the SSD drives has gone up to 500Mbps too, so it’s double the one on the current SSD drives used in the Airs. Read more »

Video stabilization tested: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. HTC One X

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Real-time video stabilization is available on both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. We already did a comprehensive shootout between those two, but we thought you might find it interesting how they fare in this particular challenge.

Both phones have 1080p-capable 8MP cameras and quad-core processors, but their video-recording capabilities are not exactly the same. Read more »

Apple App Store passes 30 billion downloads mark, $5 billion paid to developers

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has just announced the iOS App Store has passed the 30 billion download milestone.

Today the App Store has more than 650 000 apps, 225 000 of them specifically designed for the iPads. There are also 400 million App Store accounts from 120 countries around the world with attached credit cards to them. Read more »

Sony will announce new Xperia smartphone on June 21 or earlier

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Last week Sony put a teaser on its Facebook page about a new Xperia phone announcement. It was supposed to happen today at 11AM GMT, but after almost half an hour of delay Sony unveiled, well, another teaser.

Hopefully when the timer reaches zero a new Xperia smartphone will be announced. If you are impatient, you may even help speed up the coundown. Read more »

ASUS rep confirms upcoming Nexus 7 tablet by end of June

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An ASUS representative at the Computex trade show in Taipei has confirmed that the first Nexus tablet from Google will be produced by ASUS, and will be unveiled before the end of June.

Coincidentally, Google’s popular I/O conference is set for June 27th and 28th, so things are ripe for a tablet-related announcement by the tech giant. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III owners get one month Eurosport Player for free, just in time for the Olympics

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Since the Galaxy S III is the official phone for this year’s Summer Olympics, Samsung and Eurosport have made a sweet deal to celebrate the largest sports event.

European Galaxy S III owners will be offered an exclusive one-month free access to the Eurosport Player, granting them live video streaming of various Olympic events right on their phone. Read more »

AIAIAI announces the TMA-1 Studio headphones

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After launching the extremely stylish and critically acclaimed TMA-1 last year, AIAIAI is back with a studio version. The TMA-1 Studio carry over the same minimalist and attractive design of the TMA-1 but with a few changes.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the TMA-1 Studio have much larger ear cups. Whereas the TMA-1 sat on top of your ears, the TMA-1 Studio surrounds them with larger circumaural earcups. The earcups come with PU cushions as standard but you can also choose to opt for a set of separately sold leather cushions that not just look and feel different but also produce a different sound signature. Read more »