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Firefox 12 brings silent upgrades for Windows users

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In the time it took you to install Firefox 11, Mozilla has released Firefox 12 for Windows, OS X and Linux. As usual, it doesn’t bring a host of new features but there is one that makes the process of upgrading that much more painless, which is good considering how often Mozilla has started releasing new updates.

Firefox 12 brings the ability to silently upgrade in the background. What this means is that when a new update is available, the browser will automatically download it (configurable, of course) and then install the update without you ever knowing about it. You won’t even get the Windows UAC warning message asking for your permission to install it. This is exactly how Chrome has been updating itself all this time and it’s good to see this functionality carried over to Firefox as well. Read more »

Apple announces second quarter financial results

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Apple has announced its financial results for the fiscal second quarter of 2012 that ended in March 31, 2012. Their total revenue for this quarter was $39.2 billion and the quarterly net profit was $11.6 billion. In comparison, the figures were $24.7 billion and $6.0 billion respectively for the same quarter last year.

As usual, the iPhone did very well this quarter, with Apple selling 35.1 million of those, up by 88 percent compared to year-ago quarter. Sales were down compared to the first quarter, however, where Apple managed to sell 37.04 million iPhones, the reason for this being chalked down to the holiday season that boosted the sales in the previous quarter. Read more »

Cloud storage comparison: Google Drive vs. Dropbox vs. SugarSync vs. SkyDrive vs. Box.net

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The cloud storage market is now more crowded than ever and the latest player is no other than the mighty Google. Having just launched its Drive cloud storage service, Google is already aiming at the top spot in the business.

Not so fast, Google – things just don’t work this way. There’s plenty of services to choose from already, so Drive will have to outdo them all to gain victory. And to help you get a better idea of the new service starting position, we have put four of the biggest names in the game side by side in a neat table. Read more »

Google Drive is now official, offers 5GB of free cloud storage to everyone

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After being rumored for the better part of the last year, Google officially just announced its own cloud storage solution – Drive.

Google Drive gives you 5GB of storage the second you sign in to use the service. No questions asked. The interface is based on Google Docs and you can collaborate with other people on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The sharing and collaboration system is enhanced by comments, which you get notified for if they are new. Read more »

This might be the iPhone 5 home button

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TVC-Mall has a history of leaking spare parts for still unannounced Apple devices and today it might have spilled the beans on the next iPhone’s home button.

Until recently we could see two Home buttons (black and white) in the iPhone 5 Replacement Parts section. Unfortunately the listings are now gone. Read more »

Skype app will run even on lower-end Nokia 610 after all

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Just two days ago the Skype version for Windows Phone went gold, but early information had it that it won’t run on the lower-end WP devices, which only feature 256MB of RAM.

It turns out they were untrue though, and today Nokia officially confirmed Skype runs just fine on the Nokia 610. Read more »

Skype for PS Vita now available

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Skype is finally available on PS Vita. As promised earlier, Sony and Skype managed to seed the app to the PlayStation Store before the end of the month.

Skype for Vita is capable of everything a Skype app is supposed to do – IM, voice and video calling (over 3G or Wi-Fi), background mode, using Skype credit to call landlines and mobiles, etc. Read more »

Meizu M9, MX and MX quad-core getting Ice Cream Sandwich (Flyme OS 1.0) in June

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Good news for all Meizu users – the M9, MX and MX quad-core smartphones will be updated with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based Flyme OS 1.0 this June.

If you are familiar with the Meizu smartphones you should probably know the Flyme OS is the heavily skinned Android ticking inside the phones. So the Flyme OS 1.0 is just a heavily skinned Android ICS. You can check out our Meizu MX review for more information. Read more »

Google’s latest interactive Doodle celebrates zipper creator’s birthday

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We all know what zippers are – or at least we should anyway.

But I bet most of you don’t know who was the inventor of the awesome thing and the fact that he was born on this day, 132 years ago. Read more »

Google Drive rumored to offer up to 100GB of storage, Google Docs gets updated to 5GB

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Couple of interesting cloud based storage news from Mountain View. Reuters is reporting that according to its sources, Google Drive service will allow the user to have up to 100GB of storage space. This will of course be a paid extra, with 5GB being made available by default.

Reuters is also saying that the service could be officially launched as soon as Tuesday, that is today. For those who are not aware, Google Drive is said to be Google’s answer to Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud service. Users will be able to upload their pictures, videos, documents, etc. all in one place, which will then be synced across different devices. Read more »

Windows 8 Release Preview arriving in the first week of June

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The countdown to the Windows 8 launch is slowly ticking (although we are not sure which date it is ticking down to) but while we wait for the final version to go on sale Microsoft is going to keep us busy with another beta version of the desktop OS.

Microsoft announced at the Windows 8 Developer Days conference that the Windows 8 Release Preview (previously known as Release Candidate) will be released in the first week of June. There was no further mention about the exact date or what changes this new version might bring. Read more »

SkyDrive mobile app updated, Windows and Mac OS desktop apps make first appearance

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Microsoft has just updated its SkyDrive app on iOS and Windows Phone to version 2.0. The application now supports the iPad, including the Retina screen on the latest one, and there are other new tidbits meant to make the life of the users of both platforms a lot easier.

To start with, you can now choose multiple images or videos to upload from your device. The full lists follows below.

Update: Microsoft has also released desktop apps for Windows and MacOS allowing you a local access to your files in lieu of what Dropbox does. These aps are just preview versions, but they are a clear sign of what’s coming. Now it’s Google’s turn to come up with a stronger card. Read more »

Nokia releases a new version of the S40 web browser

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Good news for all S40 fans – you haven’t been forgotten. Nokia has just released a new 2.0 version of the S40 Nokia Browser.

The major update brings faster web browsing, new user interface, easier sharing, better media handling, etc. Read more »

Dropbox update lets you share anything with direct links

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Dropbox has updated the desktop version of its app, introducing the option to get direct links to any of your files.

Previously, you could only give public link to files put from your Public folder, but now the Dropbox boffins have put an end to this, making the cloud sharing service a whole lot easier to use. Read more »

Samsung I9800 just got Wi-Fi certification – wait, what?!

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As if the rumor mill wasn’t full with bits and pieces about the next Galaxy flagship smartphone already, here comes another addition.

A yet unannounced Samsung device, carrying the product number I9800 just got Wi-Fi certification. Read more »