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Lenovo launches Android 3.1 powered IdeaPad K1 tablet and Windows 7 powered IdeaPad P1 tablet

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Lenovo has entered the budding tablet segment with not one but two tablets, running on different platforms. First is an Android Honeycomb based IdeaPad K1 and the second (and admittedly less exciting) is the Windows 7 based IdeaPad P1.

The IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution. It runs on a dual-core Tegra2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space that can be expanded further using microSD cards. Read more »

Viber now official on Android – brings cross-platform calls and messages free of charge

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Viber, the app that lets you call and text your contacts for free, is now available in the Android Market. It utilizes either your data plan or Wi-Fi connection to place calls and send messages, so instead of using your call minutes it uses your data plan megabytes. And now that the iOS-only restrction no longer applies it can unleash its full potential.

The app is absolutely free and automatically recognizes which users in your phonebook have the app installed, so you can call them free of charge. On Android it’s even supposed to be integrated in the phonebook so you can call without even opening the Viber app, but having tried it on a few handsets we didn’t get that integration. Read more »

BlackBerry Playbook v1.0.7 update brings new multimedia features

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The BlackBerry Tablet OS (that’s the PlayBook platform) just got an update to version 1.0.7. It brings an updated BlackBerry Bridge app, portrait mode in pictures app, pinch zooming in videos and extended language support.

The BlackBerry Bridge app is used to connect your BlackBerry smartphone to your PlayBook tablet wirelessly. What’s new with the app is that now you can save email attachments to either a removable SD card or the internal storage of the smartphone. Also you can also download .ZIP attachments to your smartphone for editing or viewing. Read more »

BlackBerry Touch 9860 prototype goes for sale in Dubai, raises a few questions about RIM’s security policy

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Not only is the BlackBerry Touch 9860 not officially available yet, it hasn’t even been properly announced. However this didn’t stop a prototype unit from getting listed on the Dubai ad site of Dubizzle.com.

Apparently, someone got hold of a prototype well ahead of its release and decided to earn some cash from it. The asking price is 5,500 United Arab Emirates dirhams, which equals about €1,050 or $1500. For that price you are only getting the handset and a battery and no accessories. Read more »

Google+ app for iOS finally released, lacks Hangouts and iPod touch/iPad support

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The Google+ app for iOS has finally been approved by Apple. The app brings most of the features found in the Android version, such as the ability to choose your Circles while posting a message, multiple streams so you can see posts from people you follow as well as those you don’t by swiping horizontally on the screen and Huddle for sending group messages.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of caveats to this app. For starters, there is no Hangouts in the iOS version of the app, so you cannot do video conferencing. Read more »

Mac OS X Lion hitting the App Store on July 20, hopes you have finished backing up by now

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We finally have a proper date from Apple regarding the launch of their latest and greatest operating system for the Mac. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said during today’s earnings call that the Mac OS X Lion will be available for download starting July 20, which is only a couple of hours from now.

Just to refresh your memory, Lion will be available for download from the Mac App Store for $29.99 and will weigh in at around 4GB. For $50, you will be able to turn Lion into Lion Server. Mac OS X Lion brings 250+ new features, including stuff like advanced multi-touch gestures, full-screen apps, Read more »

Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman drops by – flaunts music skills

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The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman is a small feature phone with music-centric features and a thing for flashy colors. It also brings a fun, teenish design and touch of simplicity to the table which coupled with a good price tag could prove a winning formula.

It is, however, a sheep in wolf’s clothing in the aspect that it looks like the Android powered W8 but it is in fact a prettier Yendo – a dumb phone with no multitasking, a limited number of optimized apps and no flashy OS to flaunt in front of others. Still, it brings some notable improvements over the Yendo (the better looks aside) – it has a bigger 3″ display with a superior resolution of 240×400 pixels (over the 240×320 of the Yendo). Connectivity-wise it features Wi-Fi and finally in the multimedia department has e 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera instead of just a 2 MP one. Read more »

Center-of-weight-shifting phone looks cool, probably won’t change our future [VIDEO]

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Now here’s an interesting concept for you – a smartphone that is able to change its weight-balance on command, giving you another way to interact with it and thus enriching the user-experience.

This idea was introduced by Fabian Hemmert, who used a moving battery on an axis to change not only the center of gravity, but also the shape of the gadget. Read more »

The Samsung SCH-i405 slider for Verizon leaks, brings Gingerbread and Super AMOLED Plus

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A few leaked blurry pictures revealed a still unannounced slider heading to Verizon. They are all about the Samsung SCH-i405, supposed to expand the Galaxy S II lineup later this year.

The SCH-i405 is an LTE-capable droid with a WVGA Super AMOLED Plus (possibly) display, a sliding-out hardware QWERTY keyboard, a 5 megapixel rear and a 1.3 megapixel front cameras and 2GB ROM. Read more »

Smart cover copycats for Galaxy Tab 10.1 causes a stir, Samsung claims it didn’t approve them and had them taken down

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Have a look at the picture below – what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Yep, everyone else thought “smart cover”, too. Except for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets. I can’t imagine this will help the lawsuit.

Now, the smart covers (called “Smart Case”) aren’t manufactured by Samsung (they’re made by another Korean company, Anymode), but they apparently have a close connection. Read more »

New MacBook Air could be arriving very soon, and by ‘soon’ we mean tomorrow

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We already reported that Apple is all set to refresh the current range of MacBook Air notebooks. But now AppleInsider is reporting that this could be happening very soon, as soon as tomorrow. According to one of their sources, Apple will be launching the new range on Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The new MacBook Airs are supposed to run on the new generation Intel Sandy Bridge processors and will have 4GB of RAM. Apple will also be doing away with the 64GB capacity model and the new range will have 128GB as the minimum. Read more »

Motorola Droid 3 visits iFixit, gets publicly stripped

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The people at iFixit have gotten their hands on a Motorola Droid 3 and they have done to it what they do best; tear it down to pieces. Of course they are not savages and they have meticulously removed each component as they usually do.

The teardown reveals a SIM card, unusual for a CDMA phone, the 8 megapixel camera sensor capable of recording in 1080p, the TI OMAP 4430 SoC with 512MB of RAM, the SanDisk 16GB memory module and the 4.0-inch 960 x 540 display, among other things. Read more »

Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets prices revealed – start at $300 and $360

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Archos has just reveled the pricing of its ninth generation of tablets. The bad news is that the two Android 3.1 Honeycomb running slates are a bit more expensive than the French company estimated at launch.

Now at $300 for the 8″ Archos 80 G9 and $370 for the 10.1″ Archos 101 G9 still remain among the most affordable devices in their respective classes. What you should keep in mind, though, is that these are prices for 8GB worth of storage, whereas most competitors start at 16GB. Read more »

Now you too can grab the leaked Bada 2.0.1 firmware for the Samsung Wave II [VIDEO]

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We’ve already seen Bada 2.0.1 in screenshots and on video, but now you can try it too – if you have a Samsung S8530 Wave II and you’re willing to install an unfinished firmware on it, that is.

There are quite a few people already who have given it a spin and they’ve shot quite a few videos showing the new version of Bada. If you decide to join them, you should know that the firmware is old (April) and has its bugs. Read more »

More details on the Galaxy S II for AT&T surface, Attain name to be dropped

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We just got a portion of Galaxy S II news for our American droid-loving friends. One of our readers managed to squeeze a few details about the arrival of the coveted smartphone to the AT&T network from a representative of the carrier.

Apparently, the handset will keep its Galaxy S II name, instead of being called Attain as previously rumored. It should appear on the carrier shelves in late Summer or early Fall, with the date 1 September repeatedly mentioned in the conversation. That would put the AT&T Galaxy S II in direct competition against the next iPhone, which is supposed to appear at about the same time. Read more »