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Amazon Kindle Fire owns more than half of the Android tablet market, comScore says

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Since its release, the Kindle Fire has skyrocketed to the top of the Android tablet market, now holding a whopping 54.4%.

By comparison, the entire Samsung Galaxy Tab family is in the second spot with 15.4%. Read more »

Max Payne for Android gets delayed, comes next week instead

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In a tweet yesterday, Rockstar Games announced that they’ll delay the Android version of the highly anticipated Max Payne game.

The game was originally planned to come out on April 26, but apparently some last-minute bugs popped up and the release date had to be pushed back. Don’t fret too much, however, because the game will be available in the Play Store some time next week. Read more »

Samsung claims its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 nukes the Kindle Fire and Nook tablets, has tables to prove it

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Samsung has a thing for comparison tables as it first showed this with the iPad 3 vs Galaxy Note 10.1 table.

Now, the company is aiming to prove that its budget-minded Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 slate nukes the highly popular Kindle Fire and Nook tablets in every way imaginable. As you probably guessed the data that is supposed to convince you is neatly ordered in several tables. Read more »

Dropbox updated, lets you extend free storage by 3GB

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Obviously feeling the heat of Google Drive, Dropbox has brought an update for its service, featuring a new Photos page for its web interface.

And that’s not all, if you update now and use the auto upload feature for pictures and videos you can get up to 3 GB of free storage. Read more »

IKEA unveils the cardboard camera

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Furniture giant IKEA is apparently out to improve the disposable camera concept. The company has unveiled a digital camera housed in a cardboard body, which it plans to sell in its stores around the globe.

The cardboard IKEA digicam can store up to 40 pics and has a USB port for transferring them to your computer. Read more »

New Google Easter egg has you defending search results against invading ‘zerglings’

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Google is well-known for its doodles, but the search Easter eggs are where the real fun starts (e.g. tilt, do a barrel roll). The latest of those shows up when you Google “zerg rush”, which leads to your search results being attacked by a swarm of angry O-s.

It’s up to you to defend the search results – it’s not quite Starcraft but the APM counter surely woke up some forgotten old habits and I started clicking on the O-s like mad. Read more »

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’ released

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It’s that time of the year when we get a new version of the popular Linux distro, Ubuntu. The newest version, 12.04, dubbed as ‘Precise Pangolin’ in their usual alliterative theme comes with some new features but mostly just refinements to those added in the previous version.

There is now a new HUD that allows the user to simply type what they want to do and then the OS suggests them applications based on the text they enter. So if you were to type “browse the Internet” the OS would display the browser among the results. The HUD can be evoked with a click of the Alt key on your keyboard. Read more »

Meizu EP-40 headphones ears-on

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We recently got a set of Meizu EP-40 headphones in the office, and we decided to give them a whirl.

The headphones are designed to have a High Speed Response technology, which ideally minimizes the resistive impact they have on audio signals coming from devices. Read more »

Sony Tablet S gets an Android 4.0 update and a price drop

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The Sony Tablet S is currently receiving its due serving of ICS.

The Android 4.0 update is available over the air and includes an enhanced lockscreen, direct SD card access, folder support, web browser improvements, screenshot capture and more. Read more »

Google Maps for Android updated with scale bar, elevation data

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The Google Maps Android App has been updated with several new features, including a scale bar ala the desktop version, as well as plus/minus buttons, which you can be visible on-screen.

There’s also a nifty new Labs tool, which allows you to see the elevation difference between two points. Read more »

Motorola RAZR MAXX does 4 hours of GPS navigation, has 40% battery charge to spare

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The Motorola RAZR MAXX topped our battery test charts, but Moto is keen to remind people that the MAXX is a champ in even more battery endurance disciplines – like GPS navigation, for example.

The RAZR MAXX went head to head with the iPhone 4S and the LG Spectrum. All three phones are on Verizon’s network (the MAXX and Spectrum are using LTE, while the 4S is on 3G) and are using VZ Navigator for the test. Read more »

Opera 12 Beta is out, comes with a lot of new features

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The latest beta of the Opera browser is now available for download. Codenamed “Wahoo”, the new, 12th, version of Opera introduces a plethora of new features, which are intended to make web browsing a lot better than before.

For starters, Opera 12 Beta is slightly faster and more optimized. It even takes a hint from Firefox and Chrome and now comes with themes support. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 800 takes a balloon ride to 32km altitude in the name of science

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Putting a smartphone on a helium balloon and having it fly high up in the sky has proven a popular pastime (there was even an iPad that braved the high altitudes), but it turns out serious scientist do it too as low-cost observation tools. The ASTRA project at South Hampton university has a thing for Windows Phone handsets and the latest was a Nokia Lumia 800.

As part of the ASTRA 10 series of flights, a Lumia 800 soared as high as 32km with nothing to help it face the cold or maintain connectivity. And conditions high up in the atmosphere are pretty rough. Read more »

Reading the fine print on what rights Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have on your files [EDITORIAL]

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Yesterday Google launched its Drive cloud service allowing you to upload virtually anything and have it synced across multiple devices. Sounds great and bringing a bit more competition to the mix has never hurt anyone.

But what happens once you store there that music piece you’ve been working on for so long? Or the concept art for that cool project at work? Do you still remain its owner and what do you allow the cloud storage provider to do with it? Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have different approaches how they handle the legal part of things and it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 comes in our office, offers a two-for-one deal on SIM slots

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The Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is a rare beast – an Android smartphone with two SIM card slots. Dual-SIM is typical feature phone territory and it’s nice to get a break from that – with smartphones continuing to gain popularity, there should be a niche for devices like the Y Duos.

Based on the very popular Galaxy Y, the Y Duos S6102 comes from good stock. It’s actually slightly upgraded over the original Y and it’s not just because of the two SIM cards. Read more »