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Windows Phone already feeling the heat of software piracy, Microsoft fights back by remotely deleting apps

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Due to its relatively low popularity Windows Phone was having far less trouble with piracy until recently. Now though, Nokia joined the party and changed a couple of things. The interest towards the platform spiked and that drew the attention of the hacking community.

One of the hackers even went as far as submitting the XAP file of a normally paid navigation app to the Windows Market place as theirs offering it for free. What’s even more, the app was approved and was available for download for a short time. Read more »

Androidland launches in Melbourne courtesy Google and Telstra, lets you get your droid on

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Google and Australian telecommunications company Telstra have joined forces to launch the world’s first store dedicated to Android. Called the Androidland, it’s not just a place to buy Android devices but also where you can experience all the different features in the OS and just enjoy yourself.

There is a lot to do in this Android-themed store, decked in the traditional Android green color. You can play Angry Birds on a giant touchscreen display, Androidify yourself or check out the world on a massive display using Google Earth. They have even gone as far as to have a gingerbread scent in the store and a grass scent where there is grass. And then of course, you have handsets from all the major manufacturers, which you can try out for yourself. Read more »

Verizon Galaxy Nexus to come with bloatware, will let you disable them

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The mythical creature known as the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has been spotted in the wild and much to the surprise of its spotters was found running some Verizon apps. As you may know, the Nexus phones have been known to come with a stock ROM from Google with nothing but Google’s own applications installed. The Galaxy Nexus will be the first to break this tradition and have some bloatware courtesy of Verizon, tarnishing the name of the Nexus brand forever.

It’s not all bad news, however. If you may recall, Ice Cream Sandwich comes with the ability to disable unwanted applications from the Settings menu. Read more »

Google employees taste Ice Cream Sandwich on their Nexus S, mere mortals not far from getting it on theirs

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Ever since Google announced the Galaxy Nexus and along with it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, those of us with a Nexus S have been salivating at the chance of getting it on our own devices. Unfortunately, Google did not give any official date as to when the update will be made available for download.

It seems now, however, that it won’t be too long now. A Google employee posted on Google+ that he got the Ice Cream Sandwich on his Nexus S and that ‘it’s looking great’. The update was later on deleted from the site but you can see a screenshot below. Read more »

Apple loses legal battle against Samsung in the US, could still win the war

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Apple had filed for a preliminary injunction against Samsung in the US court to block the sales of the Galaxy devices. Unfortunately for Apple, the court has declined to grant the said injunction, which means Samsung can continue to sell their devices in the US. However, the legal war between the two companies is far from over and Apple could still swing this to their advantage.

As it happens, the reason Apple failed to get an injunction against Samsung is that Apple could not prove to the court that Samsung infringing on their patents could cost them irreparable damages. Read more »

Philips launches W920 Android smartphone, packs a 4.3-inch display and a 5 megapixel camera

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Philips has not had much of a success in the mobile phone segment. Many people don’t even know that they exist in this segment and you can’t really blame them for that. Philips mobile phones so far have been mediocre at best and if you see one you wouldn’t even remember its name in T-minus 1 minute.

Now, however, they have launched a new Android smartphone that is likely to stay in your memory for a bit longer. Say hello to the Philips W920. Read more »

Nokia updates Live View app, includes performance enhancements and a new List View

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You may have heard or seen Nokia’s Live View app, an augmented reality software that shows you names and location of objects around you using the phone’s camera, GPS, compass and accelerometer. It’s similar to the Layar app found on iOS and Android.

The app has now been updated and brings performance enhancements, along with some bug fixes. Also in the list of changes is a new list view mode (seen below) other than the camera viewfinder mode and a tutorial to guide you through the Live View usage and feature set. Read more »

LG Nitro HD blasts into our office, right in front of the camera [VIDEO]

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It’s been a while since we got a taste of an LG flagship, so we were more than curious to spend some quality time with the company’s freshly launched Nitro HD for AT&T Wireless. As the highlight of its top of the line spec sheet, the LTE rocking smartphone boasts an award winning, 4.5″ AH-IPS LCD screen with HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution – more than enough to spark our interest.

Now on with the specs. Along with its state of the art display, the LG Nitro HD packs a Read more »

Samsung S8600 Wave 3 storms our land, we hold it captive for the camera [VIDEO]

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Samsung S8600 Wave 3 is the first device to come with the latest 2.0 version of the Bada OS. It’s a worthy successor of the first ever released Wave – the S8500. The third generation comes with a bigger SuperAMOLED screen, a faster processor, a nice aluminium shell and a familiar design.

The key feature of the new Wave 3 is the Bada 2.0 ticking inside, which is quite different from the previous versions of the still young Samsung’s smart OS. But let’s take a look at the Wave 3 first. Read more »

PlayBook accumulates $458 million loss for RIM in Q3

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RIM is going to take a massive hit because of its Playbook tablet. The Canadian-based company is going to lose around $458 million in its fiscal quarter due to lots and lots of unsold Playbook units just lying around in the company’s inventory.

The charge the company is taking is mostly non-cash, but nevertheless its projection for earnings and revenue until the end of the year have lowered. Read more »

Windows 8 public beta set to arrive February 2012, allegedly

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Citing sources close to Microsoft, TheNextWeb, claims that the Windows 8 public beta is set for release in February 2012.

There’s nothing set in stone so, you know, don’t hold your breath until we hear something official. Still it doesn’t seem that unlikely as Windows 8 is expected in 2012 anyway and the MWC 2012 is a big event, a fitting place for presenting a converged desktop/mobile OS. The next iteration of Microsoft’s OS will be the first to be designed to work on both desktops and mobile devices like tablets. Read more »

Napster dies all over again, unlikely to rise from the ashes a third and final time

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In case you feel like you’ve been here before, you’re not wrong. Audiophiles who like to share audio files will remember Napster making a name for itself in 1999 and the early 2000′s and subsequently bowing out again by 2002, only to come back from the dead in 2003.

Napster take two

It now looks as though the music service won’t be cheating death a second time around however. Read more »

iPhone, Blackberry and Gmail users are all “screwed” privacy-wise, says Julian Assange [VIDEO]

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It looks like our privacy doesn’t really exist in today’s world of modern technology with the recent Carrier IQ logging scandal and the one with the iPhone 4 tracking every movement you make a while back.

Scary, indeed. And to make matters worse, in a recent press conference Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made a statement about iPhone, Blackberry and Gmail users saying they are simply “screwed”. Read more »

YouTube gets a complete design overhaul

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YouTube received a more polished design yesterday that focuses the user’s attention on the channels he/she follows and adds a video feed that reminds slightly of a twitter feed. The new homepage consists of a predominating gray background, bigger video thumbnails and a cleaner video watch page.

The redesign comes with a fresh homepage that has a dedicated channel bar on the left, displaying the ones you’re subscribed to, trending, popular, music-oriented and entertainment ones, and ones that YouTube suggests to you based on your viewing activity. Read more »

Samsung strikes again at the heart of Apple fans mocking the lacking 4G LTE capability of the iPhone [VIDEO]

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After the releasing its controversial video on the web mocking Apple’s iPhone 4S and its fans waiting for its launch alike, Samsung has now stick its finger deeper in the wound and has decided to continue pouring salt in it by launching yet another clip.

This time the Korean manufacturer targets more at the missing 4G LTE feature of the iPhone 4S rather than its size or brand-obsessed fans. This doesn’t mean Apple fans are going to like it though. Read more »