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Instagram coming to Android “very soon”

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Speaking at the SXSW today, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger said that the Android version of the popular Instagram app is coming very soon. In fact, Systrom even said that in some ways the Android version of the app is even better than their iOS app and that it will be the most amazing Android app we’ll ever see.

Now we have been hearing about this Android version of Instagram for quite a while now when Instagram itself mentioned it on their blog a few months ago but we did not have any concrete date for the launch. Unfortunately, we still don’t have that yet but it’s nice to know that it will be coming shortly. Read more »

Nokia releases even more camera samples from the 808 PureView

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Ever since the big announcement at the MWC last month Nokia has steadily (and sneakily) released additional camera samples from the Nokia 808 PureView than what they showed at the event. We have covered some of those before but today we have some more to share with you.

For these bunch of photos, Nokia has moved from the rocky mountains to a sandy beach. As before these images are in bright sunlight so you cannot assess low light performance but it does give you a look at some of the other abilities of the camera. Read more »

Siine Keyboard helps you save time and energy with smart shortcuts

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Although there is no dearth of third-party keyboards for Android, this one in particular stands out from the rest due to the inclusion of some nifty shortcut keys that you can use to enter commonly typed phrases with just a single tap. The keyboard presents you with a bunch of icons, each of which has a handful of commonly used phrases assigned to it. You just press the relevant buttons and the phrases are automatically entered into the text box. With just a couple of clicks you can have an entire message ready to send. You get a whole bunch of icons with several phrases that you can customize and you can also download additional sets from within the app.

Another cool feature is the way it lets you enter time. Instead of typing out the entire time or date into a message you just click on the clock icon and select the time on the clock or the date you want on the calendar and the keyboard enters it for you in the text box. Read more »

Apple will make less money per unit on the new iPad, will still rake it in though

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Based on some educated estimations made by analysts at UBM TechInsights, a 16GB 4G LTE variant of Apple’s newest iPad should work out to about $310 in components.

a table of the costs of the iPad family

This makes it the most expensive iPad Apple have had to manufacture to date, with the equivalent iPad 2 costing $276.27 and the original iPad costing $270.86 in parts. Read more »

New HTML5 version of iTether lets you tether to your phone using just the browser

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Last year, Tether submitted their iTether app to the App Store, which would let users tether to their iPhones even if the functionality was not available by default from the carrier. Although Apple initially allowed the app, it was later on removed, saying that the app burdens the network.

Now, however, Tether has come up with a new HTML5 version of iTether, which lets you tether to your iPhone using the Safari browser instead of a dedicated app. Read more »

Epic new Unreal Engine on Nvidia’s Next-Gen Kepler GPU, will blow your mind

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Epic are known for their Unreal Engine and the cool graphics it produces and at this years’ Game Developer Conference, the company made gamers drool once again. Why, you ask? The reason is a demo called “Samartian”, which isn’t terribly new, but this year looks especially stunning because it runs on a next-generation Nvidia’s Kepler GPU. And the graphics are just phenomenal.

At last years’ GDC, Epic used three GTX 580s just to run the demo, but now they are utilizing the power of just a single next-gen Nvidia Kepler graphics card and the results are mind-blowing. Read more »

Asus Padfone to cost 700 pounds in the UK, keyboard dock and tablet included

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Back at CES, Asus unveiled its $250 quad-core Memo tablet and got everyone quite excited by the possibility to have a powerful tablet with a proper OS on the cheap. Then came the cold shower and the news that the Memo won’t be available in the UK, as Asus believes the Padfone will be better suited to that market.

Those led some of us to believe that the Asus Padfone price will be at least close to what the Memo will be going for, but here comes another disappointment. According to reports, based on insider information, the Padfone will hit British stores costing £699.98. Read more »

Want a piece of history? Buy this Sony Ericsson Julie Windows Phone!

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A Sony Ericsson codenamed Julie Windows Phone device is now for sale on eBay. If you want a piece of the mobile history, this is a great specimen for sure.

We already met this QWERTY WP7 device twice – back in January this year and then again, in March 2011. Read more »

LG Rumor Reflex featurephone with QWERTY keyboard for Sprint and Boost Mobile unveiled

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We were almost convinced that the featurephone messenger class of devices is now gone for good, but here comes LG to prove us wrong. The company just announced its Rumor Reflex side-slider for Sprint and Boost Mobile, carrying the modest price tag of $79.99 off contract.

The LG Rumor Reflex is built around a 3″ WQVGA LCD and packs GPS connectivity, a 2 megapixel camera and a microSD card slot for expanding the (unknown) internal memory. It will go on sale in two days in the titanium grey color you see in the picture above. Read more »

Google updates Search app for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

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The default Bing search on Windows Phone has always been awful (at least in my experience) but there was some respite in the form of the Google Search app. However, compared to the Search app on Android, the Windows Phone app was noticeably bare bones.

Now, however, Google has updated the Search app for Windows Phone 7.5 devices, which brings some much needed features. Read more »

Samsung Rugby Smart finished our battery test, here go the results

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As a proper rugged device, the battery life of the AT&T exclusive Samsung Rugby Smart is among its most important features. After all, finding a charging spot when outdoors is not necessarily the easiest thing to do, right?

The smartphone features a 1650mAh battery, which is the same as the unit found in the Samsung Galaxy S II. In the case of the Rugby Smart however, the spec sheet is significantly more modest, so we did expect a commendable performance. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 with a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen coming tomorrow?

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There’s a particularly juicy rumor for you – we might see the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 slate tomorrow. The tablet, which is said to feature an 11.6″ LCD with the insanely sounding resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels might be unveiled at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas.

The rumor is based on an unnamed source close to the matter, who confirmed to Pocket-lint that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 will be announced at an even in Texas. The Korean company mentioned earlier that it will be making a “special announcement” at the event tomorrow and the rest is simply a matter of connecting the dots. Read more »

Rovio showcases Angry Birds Space gameplay, looks hot

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March 22 approaches quickly and Rovio are warming up for their biggest game launch since the original Angry Birds.

The company knows its fans are hungry for new Angry Birds action and they are giving us just what we want – a new gameplay teaser of the new Angry Birds Space. Read more »

Apple changes and/or ditches Google Maps in iPhoto?

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During the just iPad announcement yesterday we saw iPhoto migrate from a OS X-only to an iOS-capable app.

And while that on its own doesn’t deserve too much attention, the iPhoto maps integration is curious in that it no longer features Google’s Maps. Read more »

iOS 5.1 jailbreak already available, only non-A5 iDevices supported for now

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We’ve got some good news for those of your packing an iDevice with a non-A5 chipset. The iPhone Dev Team has updated redsn0w tool to support the newly released iOS 5.1, so you can update your iPhone 4, iPad (original one), iPhone 3GS without losing the full access to your system fails.

Sadly, that’s a tethered jailbreak, so you will need a computer every time you restart your iOS 5.1 iDevice, but we guess that’s just the price you have to pay for enjoying the latest and greatest from the Cupertino software developers right away. Read more »