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Microsoft plans to auto-update older versions of IE, hopes to make the web a better place

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Microsoft has announced, that starting January 2012, they will slowly start updating the older version of Internet Explorer browser on Windows to whichever is the latest version the user’s computer supports. The update process will begin from Australia and Brazil and will slowly be taken to the rest of the world.

Microsoft obviously understands that having people stuck on archaic versions of IE, such as IE6 and IE7 harms not only the web browsing experience but also the web in general because the web developers then have to go through the trouble of coding for these older browsers that do not support the newer standards and features of today’s web. Read more »

Meizu MX takes us on a heavily modified Android journey, we can’t shake off the iPhone feeling [VIDEO]

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One of the most unusual smartphones that you have seen just landed in our office – the Meizu MX. At its core, it’s an Android phone, but it takes a lot of design cues from the iPhone. What’s unique about it is that it’s from a Chinese company – a lot of companies have their gadgets assembled in China, but this one was also designed there.

China has all the potential to become a tech powerhouse – and the Meizu MX is probably just the first of many high-end gadgets that have an actual chance of dethroning the current top phones. Read more »

Facebook Timeline now globally available, you get to try it before everyone sees it

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Facebook announced its Timeline feature back in September at the f8 conference and today it’s ready and available for everyone (globally) to enable, try out under cover and, finally, publish to Facebook contacts.

Timeline replaces your profile page with a reworked new one, focused on your entire Facebook activity divided into years starting with your first ever birthday. Read more »

Crypteks USB hides an encrypted thumb drive inside an aluminum cryptex with a customizable password

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Everyone who has read the The Da Vinci Code or has seen the movie knows what a cryptex is – an old-timey way to password protect your documents. Except today’s documents typically come in digital form, say a flash drive, rather than paper so as cool as a cryptex sounds, it’s no good to use today.

Enter the Crypteks USB – you can guess what it does just by its name. It’s not a real product yet, it’s just a concept on Kickstarter. Still, considering it has received $130,000+ in backing (well over the $12,000 goal), it seems a pretty safe bet that it will be a real product soon. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones get their promised 50GB of free Box.net cloud storage

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Sony Ericsson and Box delivered on their promise and have started offering 50GB of cloud storage to the Xperia users for free. The promotion runs from today to the end of next year and all Xperia users have to do to take advantage of it is download the free Box app from the Android market and create an account or simply log in if they happen to have one.

The Box cloud storage allows uploading of all kinds of files, including multimedia content, documents and whatnot. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto 3 hits iOS and Android on schedule, costs $4.99

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Just as promised, Rockstar made Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition available to the two most popular smart platform today. The Jubilee edition of the popular game is now listed in both the Android Market and the iOS App Store and you can get it for $4.99.

The game supports iOS all current iOS devices, but for the iPhone 3GS, whereas on Android you need to have one of the phones or tablets in the following list to get it. Read more »

Google+ Hangouts gets plenty of new features, coming to Android and iOS soon

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After the initial buzz about Google+ dried out, we barely hear any news about the service these days but Google seems determined to make this one a success. They’ve updated Hangouts with some cool new features and bringing it to Google+ Messenger on mobile devices.

With the update, Google aims to make Hangouts the online conferencing tool. The first step is to make it easier to start or join a hangout. Read more »

Microsoft launches SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iOS, ignores Android as usual

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Microsoft is on a roll with all the iOS apps. After Kinectimals and One Note, Microsoft is now following them with an official SkyDrive app for iOS and their own Windows Phone. Android, as usual, has been given the cold shoulder.

Both apps are more or less identical. You have the ability to view all your files and folders saved on your SkyDrive account, create more folders, delete them or upload files from your device to them. Read more »

Android Market 3.4.4 update starts rolling out, brings speed improvement

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Google has started rolling out the latest 3.4.4 update to the Android Market app, which should automatically get downloaded on your Android device, if it hasn’t already.

The big change being reported here is improved user interface speed. This might not be immediately noticeable on faster phones but slower phones are sure to benefit greatly from it. It also renames the ‘Auto-add shortcuts’ option to ‘Auto-add widgets’ (although it still just adds shortcut icons) and adds any videos in the screenshot carousal instead of separately at the bottom. Read more »

We meet with the LG Prada Phone 3.0, it shows us its user interface [VIDEO]

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The Prada Phone by LG 3.0 has just been announced in London, and if you think it looks great on the outside with its slim body, metal accents and the Saffiano leather-looking plastic cover at the back, just wait to see how Prada and LG have pimped the look of the Android OS as well.

Prada are very proud with what they have done design-wise to the look and feel of the Android 2.3 running on the Prada 3.0 and it shows. With its redesigned black and white user interface and special custom widgets this smartphone is one of the most customized fashion-oriented smartphones out there. Read more »

Nokia Live View beta hits Qt, lets Nokia N9 explore the world in 3D

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Nokia has just announced that they have made the beta version of their Live View app available to their MeeGo smartphone, Nokia N9. The augmented reality app was so far only available for Symbian devices, but it obviously gathered enough interest to warrant its porting to Qt.

As you know Qt apps are compatible with both MeeGo and Symbian and allow easy porting of apps between the platforms. One can’t help but wonder, though, why didn’t the Nokia software engineers write the app for Qt from the beginning. Read more »

Google extends free calling with Gmail within the US and Canada through 2012

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Google brought some good news to its Gmail users in the US and Canada. The search giant is extending the availability of the free calling service that Gmail offers by another year.

That means that you will be able to place domestic calls in the US and Canada through the whole 2012 completely free of charge. That’s the second extension of the free calling service as it was initially expected to only last until the end of 2010, which later changed to the end of 2011. Read more »

Vent your Android frustrations on Twitter with #DROIDRAGE and you could win a Windows Phone device

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Frustrated with the malware problem on your Android device? The folks at Microsoft hear ya and so they are willing to offer you a free ‘upgrade’ to a Windows Phone device.

All you have to do is log on to Twitter and share your Android malware story with the hashtag #DROIDRAGE and you could be one of the five lucky winners to get a Windows Phone 7 device. Read more »

22 Trojan apps discovered on Android Market, get removed by Google

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After the desktop version of Windows, Android has quickly become the second best place to party for all the malware and Trojan app creators of the world, undoubtedly aided by the popularity and open nature of the platform. 22 of such Trojan apps were discovered at once by a company called Lookout Mobile Security, who then quickly informed Google about them.

These 22 apps, called RuFraud, disguised themselves as wallpaper apps, horoscopes and games. Once installed, they would send unsolicited SMSes to a certain paid toll number, from where the fraudsters get their money and which will then be charged to the user’s monthly bill. Read more »

Skype for Android gets updated, adds the ability to send pictures, videos and files

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The Skype app for Android has received an update and the big new feature is the ability to send photos, videos and files across to your contacts.

Skype has also made the auto sign-in and sign-out easier, improved the look and feel of the app, added voicemail improvements and improved the video quality on Tegra 2 devices. Read more »