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Toshiba unveils 95MB/s EXCERIA SD cards, claims “fastest in the world” title

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Toshiba’s latest EXCERIA SD cards are not just growing in extra capacity. Toshiba just introduced its new lineup of SD cards and is promising to deliver some blazing fast performance. The new EXCERIA cards come in three different flavors – Type 1, Type 2 and Type HD.

The Toshiba EXCERIA Type 1 SD cards will offer a capacity of 8GB, 16GB or 32GB, read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. On paper, that makes them the fastest SD cards we have seen so far, but you’d need an UHS-I supporting host to get them to fulfill their potential. Read more »

Sony Xperia sola official video ad demonstrates the hover touch

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Yesterday Sony unveiled the Xperia sola – one of the most interesting mid-range droids that we have seen for a long time. Featuring the new hover touch technology (we only saw that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, previously) and a cool distinctive design, the Xperia sola has arguably the best potential of all smartphones in the company lineup.

We are now giving you the official Sony promo video for the Xperia sola, which takes a closer look at the hover touch and a few of the other highlights of the smartphone. Read more »

15-inch MacBook Air coming next month?

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Here’s a particularly exciting rumor for the ultrabook fans out there. The MacBook Air, which is where the whole ultra-light laptop revolution started, might be getting a 15″ version next month.

The spicy info comes from an unnamed vendor, who demonstrated his inability to keep a secret at a UK accessories expo held in London on Tuesday. Normally, we wouldn’t advise you to believe such sources, but the rumor aligns nicely with previous mentions of a 15″ MacBook Air from November. Read more »

Tesco website glitch prices the new iPad at just £50

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A trip to the supermarket can be filled with special offers like “buy one get one free” or “two for the price of one”, but how about an iPad for just £50.

Tesco Value iPad, apparently not

What some may see as the sale of the century, supermarket retailer Tesco see as a technical blunder on their part. Due to a glitch on the chain’s website, thousands of customers were fooled into thinking that a new 64GB WiFi/4G iPad was available to purchase for just £49.99. Read more »

HTC shows how the One S unibody is created on video, makes you want the smartphone even more

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Ever since we got our hands on the HTC One S we noticed that its aluminum unibody felt somewhat different and much nicer to touch. That special feel is because of something called Micro Arc Oxidation, which looks about a gazillion times cooler than it sounds.

So HTC decided to give us a sneak peak of how the process works and why is it better than standard aluminum used in most of their old devices. Read more »

Tizen OS gallery demo surfaces, looks impressive

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Tizen – what became of MeeGo after Samsung took Nokia’s place in the project and also Bada’s replacement – kept a very low profile at the MWC, but it was there. A short video demo of the gallery shows that the new OS delivers a lot of eye candy even in this early stage of its development.

Earlier this year we saw some Tizen screenshots, but the traditional grid of thumbnails has given way to a less useful, but definitely prettier 3D arrangement. Read more »

Kindle Fire steals some market share, but iPad is still king of tablets in Q4, IDC reports

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The analysts from IDC just published their report on the global tablet market in the last quarter of last year and it appears that the picture was pretty much what we saw throughout 2011. Android is improving rapidly, but Apple’s iOS is still the king of the hill, accounting for more than half of all sales.

Apple managed to ship 15.4 million units in Q4 of last year, which secured them a market share of 54.7% (down from 61.5% in Q3). The best performer of the quarter was obviously the Amazon Kindle Fire, which got a share of 16.8% even though it was only on sale for a month and a half. Read more »

Mozilla releases Firefox 11, Firefox 12 expected by the time you finish reading this

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Oh, Firefox 10, we hardly knew ye. Also, 9. And 8. And 7, 6, 5 and 4. Thanks to the new rapid release cycle, Mozilla is just flying through the version numbers for Firefox. And so as expected, v11 has just been officially released.

So what’s new in this one? Quite a few things, actually. First of all, Firefox now recognizes Chrome if it is installed on your machine along with Opera and Internet Explorer and will ask you if you want to import bookmarks from it. If Mozilla intends to win back some of its old users from Chrome, this new feature is in the right direction to make the process of jumping over that much easier. Read more »

Electronics of the future could utilize spider silk in their construction

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A team at Iowa State University in the US have discovered that spider silk possesses properties that could see use within the future of electronics. The team have established that spider silk makes for an excellent heat conductor, which could lead to advances in manufacturing down the line.

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The perplexing substance that is spider silk was shown to conduct heat up to 800 times more effectively than any other organic material. Professor Xinwei Wang, who is heading up the university’s research, used eight golden silk orbweaver spiders to test the notion of heat conductivity through spider silk. Read more »

Apple could rack up an $11 billion bill with Samsung before 2012 is out

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With all the market rivalry, patent lawsuits and sly televisual marketing going on between Samsung and Apple, you’d be forgiven for thinking all ties between these two companies would have already been severed at this heavily tumultuous stage in their relationship, but at the end of the day business is business and both these big names know that need to work together to make money.

Apple will owe Samsung a lot of money before the end of 2012

The likes of LG and Sharp were initially entrusted with creating displays for Apple’s newest tablet, set to touch down in a couple of days, but when they were unable to deliver due to manufacturing issues, Apple passed the task to Samsung who will now be producing the new iPad’s QXGA display panels (for the time being at least). Read more »

iPad unboxed early, benchmarked too

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The third generation Apple iPad will officially ship out to customers in three days time but a lucky Vietnamese site has caught an early look at the device and have an unboxing video prepped.

For those wondering if this is a fake Tinhte have also provided pictures of the device and show the LTE on/off toggle in the menu of the iPad and performed a Geekbench benchmark on it, which reveals the processor and RAM information. Read more »

Google Chrome to get a Metro makeover

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Google revealed they are busy at work to create a Metro version of their popular desktop browser Chrome for Windows 8. Microsoft’s new OS is a strange beast with two different environments – Windows 7-style desktop and the new Metro interface – which will run separate apps.

While the current browser will work just fine in desktop mode, it won’t be accessible in Metro, which is the preferred UI for tablets. Google is specifically looking to improve touch support for the Chrome on Metro. Read more »

Japanese isn’t Siri’s strongest language

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Japanese isn’t an easy language to learn and with the latest update to the iOS, Apple has tried to do just that. However, a Japanese iPhone user proves that Siri has needed a wee bit more time to study by pitching it against DoCoMo’s Syabette Concier.

For those of you who are unaware of Syabette Concier, it is what Siri is for Apple – DoCoMo’s developed personal assistant. So, let’s see how they get on when they face some Japanese phrases.

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Sony announces SLT-A57 SLT camera

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After announcing several point-and-shoot cameras in the past few months, Sony has now outed a new single-lens translucent (SLT) camera, the SLT-A57, which comes as a replacement for the original A55.

The list of specifications for this new camera includes a 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO 16,000, which can be boosted up to 25,600 and 1080p video recording at 60 fps. Read more »

Eager Apple fans are already getting in line in Regent Street

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Hoards of tech-heads pushing their faces up against the shop front glass with wide eyes, longing for the doors to open must be a familiar sight for Apple retail staff the world over.

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The act of queuing for a new Apple product has almost become an event in itself, a place for fans to reaffirm their excitement amongst each other. Now, despite there still being a few more days before the new iPad’s arrival, queues have already started forming at major stores such as Apple’s Regent Street store in central London. Read more »