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Could Nikon be lifting the lid on their 36MP-endowed D800 DSLR next month?

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The team over at Nikon Rumors think that they know something we all don’t. According to their sources Nikon’s impressive DSLR the D800 will be breaking cover in early February.

The Nikon D800, expected to come early/mid February

Not only that, the expected kick behind the D800′s power is a 36MP sensor rather than a 24MP sensor as previously thought. Read more »

Qualcomm starts their own game studio, you can expect at least a game title a year from them

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Qualcomm recently launched GameCommand to showcase games that leverage on the capabilities of the their Adreno GPUs. GameCommand features games from various dev companies, but apparently, Qualcomm are upping the ante with a game studio of their own.

They are also working on a much improved version of GameCommand, which is expected to launch at the upcoming MWC. Read more »

Google Earth updated to v6.2, brings seamless stitching, better search and Google+ integration

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Google Earth has reached version 6.2 and with it come several improvements, the best of which is the improved rendering. It does away with the poor stitching that spoiled the viewing experience in previous versions.

The new version also adds a quick way to share a screenshot on Google+, improves searching and adds waling, biking and transit directions. The updates are coming to both the desktop and the Android version. Read more »

Meet ACTA, your worst Internet censorship nightmare since SOPA and PIPA

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Yesterday, 22 European countries ratified a little something called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Japan. The list includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

They joined Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and, of course, the United States, all of which had signed it October 1, last year.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA, as it’s more commonly called, doesn’t sound like much at first glance, but when you start reading into it and it won’t be long before you realize that it’s actually worse than the infamous US-only SOPA and PIPA put together.

Hidden behind the “Trade Agreement” part of its name, this international treaty has the potential to change the way we use the Internet forever. What it does is turn the attention from the suppliers of counterfeit and pirated products to the end consumers of those. You snatched your favorite TV show’s last episode of the torrents, did you? Well, you’re busted! It is that scary. Let’s break it down. Read more »

85 million people use Apple’s iCloud

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In a little over 3 months, more than one person in a hundred now uses Apple’s cloud-sync service.

That’s more people on iCloud than the total sales of iPhones, iPads, iPods or iMacs combined, during that same period. Read more »

Angry Birds hitting Facebook on February 14

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This Valentine’s day may be quite lonely for a lot of people, whose significant others are into Angry Birds. Rovio just confirmed that their immensely popular title is hitting the world’s largest social network on February 14.

Rovio plans to hold a huge launch event in Jakarta, which according to the company is the “global capital of Facebook”. The Facebook version will brings some nice new twists to the gameplay, so it’s definitely one worth checking out. Read more »

Google urges developers to remove the menu button from Android apps, suggests using the action bar instead

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When Google launched the Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich, they removed the ubiquitous menu button that was found on all the previous Android devices. Instead, they incorporated the functionality of the menu button inside an action bar that appeared on top of the screen. If there were additional options that need not be immediately shown to the user, they were hidden inside a drop down menu signified by a Windows Phone-style vertical ellipsis.

However, this change was only visible inside the native apps in Ice Cream Sandwich whereas the third party apps continued to use a standard menu button functionality, which was replicated on the Galaxy Nexus by displaying the vertical ellipsis in the bar at the bottom of the screen.

It’s obvious that this is not a very elegant solution so now Google is urging everyone to ditch the menu button and incorporate the action bar in their application interface, which as it demonstrated on its site, is not difficult at all. Read more »

Samsung reports quarterly earnings, earns a record $42 billion in revenue and $4.7 billion in profits

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Samsung has releasing report of its Q4, 2011 earnings and the numbers are very impressive. For starters, the company earned 47.3 trillion Korean won (US$42 billion) in revenue and 5.3 trillion Korean won (US$ 4.7 billion) in profits.

Samsung’s mobile division saw a strong growth of 54 percent compared to last year, helped no doubt by the popular Galaxy S II, with 17.8 trillion Korean won (US$15.2 billion) coming from it. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t released sales figures so we have no idea about, say, the number of smartphones sold in the last quarter. Read more »

Steam releases new companion app for iOS and Android, restricts access to invited users only

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Steam has released a new companion application for the iOS and Android platforms. This app lets you browse all the Steam games, see if there are new offers and chat with your Steam friends. Unfortunately, it seems you can’t buy any games through the app for now but you can add it to your cart so you can purchase it through the desktop client.

But what’s worse is that the app will only let you use it if you’re part of the beta program. Steam has restricted access to a few accounts and you have to sign in to request an invite. After that you wait for the invite to arrive so you can use the app, which let’s face it, doesn’t let you do much. Read more »

Nvidia: 3D graphics could lead to angrier birds

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Recently, an Nvidia representative went on record, saying that Angry Birds looks could use a visual makeover for its next iteration.

Rovio’s breakout hit may be on the way to receiving a 3D graphics engine upgrade. Read more »

Microsoft working on Xbox Live games for Android and iOS?

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Xbox Live is one of Microsoft’s fastest growing divisions; could a full-fledged Xbox Live Marketplace app be in the works for 2012?

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When asked about mobile OS gaming, a Microsoft spokesman stated that they would be working on bringing Xbox Live games to other mobile platforms besides Windows Phone. Read more »

Microsoft shows off Windows 8′s advanced sensor support [VIDEO]

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Windows has been a mostly desktop/laptop OS with only the occasional slate. But with slates being one of the primary targets of Windows 8, devs had to tackle an interesting problem – what to do with all those sensors that smartphones and tablets have?

Windows 8 will feature support for ambient light sensors and also an accelerometer, compass and gyroscope, which will be mashed together into something Microsoft calls “Sensor fusion” to improve the sensor’s performance. Read more »

iPad still dominates the tablet realm, but Android is getting close, analysis shows [UPDATED]

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We just got the report on the tablet market in 2011 from Strategy Analytics and it tells some interesting stories. The iPad managed to just over double its sales compared to 2010 and is still the dominant force, holding a market share of 57.6%.

However, the iPad is no longer able to keep up with the overall market growth, which is fueled by the strengthening Android sales. The green robot tablets shipments grew over three times year-over-year and that helped them reduce the gap to their iOS counterparts. Read more »

Open webOS 1.0 to arrive by September, Enyo 2.0 framework released today

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Last month, HP announced its intentions to make webOS open source, however, they provided little in terms of details as to when this will actually happen. Today, they have announced the schedule, which details how the process will take place over the course of the year and then finally, in September, the OS source code, now named Open webOS, will be released.

Starting today, HP is releasing the Enyo 2.0 framework that will allow the developers to create applications for the platform. Unlike the previous version, 2.0 supports browsers other than those using the WebKit engine for creating apps. HP will also be using a standard Linux kernel, like on Android, that should allow the OS to run on a wider range of hardware. Read more »

Facebook contribute £2.2bn, along with over 35,000 jobs to the UK economy

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It’s no secret that the Euro zone’s economy isn’t on the whole, riding high right now. Not only that, the UK managed to hit the £1 trillion debt mark, just the other day.

The UK have Facebook to thank for a sizeable contribution to their economy right now

So with the shadow of a double-dip recession looming back into view, who are the UK turning to in order to stimulate their economy? Facebook, apparently. Read more »