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iPhone 5 mockups summarize rumors, look real hot

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There’s just so many iPhone rumors these days that it’s hard to keep track. Luckily, here comes this Brazilian tech site to the rescue summarizing them all and creating a hot-looking concept based on them.

So yeah that mockup doesn’t bring much new information (in fact none at all), but it just helped us realize how hot of a device the new iPhone will be. The slimmer body, following the iPhone 4 design lines, carries one less aperture and much more screen on the front and the result is just marvelous to behold. Read more »

Swype beta lands on the iPhone, gives you one more reason to jailbreak

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The ultra-popular Swype text input method has finally landed on iOS. An early beta of the alternative keyboard is already being seeding to iPhones around the globe. So if you want to try some of its predictive magic, now is your chance.

Of course, being still in the beta stages of its development, the Swype app is far from a finished affair. The blue line tracing your swipes isn’t available just yet and it only works with the stock iOS apps. Read more »

Upcoming iPad with retina display to be named iPad 2 Plus, scheduled for late 2011

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It’s usually a good thing when rumors about an upcoming device start to intensify – it means that its official premiere nears. That’s why we are getting increasingly optimistic about seeing another iPad this year, rather than have to wait until 2012.

The latest piece of online gossip has it that the next iPad will appear in late 2011, and will carry the name iPad 2 Plus, rather than iPad 3. Despite the modest naming, the third iOS slate should represent quite a significant upgrade over its predecessor. Read more »

Motorola Xoom base price dropped to $499, 3G model still bit pricey

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Although the Motorola Xoom launched with the bragging rights of being the first ever Honeycomb tablet, it never really tasted the kind of successes that Motorola (or Google) may have been hoping for. Not only was it considerably overshadowed by the iPad, it also got forgotten when newer and more exciting Honeycomb tablets started appearing.

One of the reasons for its lackluster sales could be attributed to its high price. So to address this Motorola has finally slashed the price of the base model by $100, bringing it down to $499. This, coupled with the fact that it has 32GB on-board storage, unlike 16GB on most of its similarly priced rivals, makes it bit better value. Read more »

$250 mount lets you use your Canon and Nikon DSLR lenses with your iPhone 4

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Okay, file this under “accessories no one will ever buy”, but the iPhone 4 DSLR lens mount just looks so cool that we couldn’t help, but share it with you. Here’s the deal – you part with $250 and get a case which lets you attach your expensive DSLR gear to your favorite smartphone.

You then get the ability to do close-up shots and ones with shallower depth of field, which are two particularly problematic areas of cameraphones. Adding a filter is also possible, if you feel like it. Read more »

App Store reaches 15 billion downloads, developers earn $2.5 billion collectively

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The juggernaut that is the iOS App Store has reached yet another landmark. Apple is now reporting that users have downloaded over 15 billion apps till now from range of 425,000 apps out of which 100,000 are native iPad apps. Apple also said that they have collectively paid developers a cool $2.5 billion, while earning about a billion dollars for themselves thanks to the 70:30 policy.

Whichever way you look at them, those are some serious numbers, especially for a store that came into existence only three years ago. I’m sure Apple competitors would kill to have these numbers, apart from Android which is the only one that comes close. Of course, while it may not be so great for the competitors, the developers are laughing all the way to the bank and even the customers couldn’t be happier with the kind of choice they have. Here’s to another 15 billion downloads. Read more »

Games is the most popular category of downloaded apps in the US, iOS users spend most hours playing

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According to a 30-day survey conducted by Nielsen, games is the most popular category of apps downloaded and used in the US on mobile phones. 64% of the users that were asked said they played games on their phones, with 60% using weather apps and 56% using social networking apps. Also, 93% said that they wouldn’t mind spending their money for a game, as compared to 87% for apps in the entertainment category and 84% for productivity.

On an average, users spend 7.8 hours playing games on their phones. iOS users spend the maximum amount of time, clocking at 14.7 hours while Android users come second with 9.3 hours. Those with BlackBerries, Windows Mobile/Phone devices and feature phones spend less than under 5 hours each Read more »

Gameloft to give away 3 free Android games this weekend

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Gameloft, the developer of some of the finest Android games will be giving away some of its works for free this weekend. There will be three titles in the giveaway, one for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To participate you need to follow the Gameloft UK account on Twitter, so you can learn on time when a free game has been made available. Each of the giveaway games will only stay free for a couple of hours so unless you pay close attention you might miss it. Read more »

LG Optimus 3D launches in S. Korea along with a bunch of 3D game titles by Gameloft

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LG has just announced the launch of Optimus 3D in South Korea. This is not actually the news here, but thanks to this press release we learned a few other tasty bits about the device.

We finally get to see the list of the free full games to come pre-installed with the Optimus 3D plus the titles to be available at half price. Read more »

Nokia updates Symbian apps design guidelines, tells developers to keep it nice and minimal

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Nokia has updated the Symbian developers guidelines, which should be used by 3rd party developers when creating new Symbian apps. According to the company the new guidelines “should be seen as a style evolution, not a revolution”, but changes are quite significant nonetheless.

The first thing you can expect from future Symbian apps is to use a smaller status bar. So far quite a lot of space got wasted, but Nokia urges the developers to end this. The tab bars should also be updated so they are now easier to press (they should fill the entire row). Read more »

Nokia promises to continue support for N9, still not going to look back at MeeGo

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Stephen Elop may have said that Nokia will not be looking back at MeeGo even if the N9 becomes a success but that does not mean Nokia will be abandoning it altogether after launch.

This assurance comes from Nokia’s Head of Portfolio Management, Klas Ström, who tweeted that Nokia will continue to support the N9 for years and release several software updates for it. We hope Nokia doesn’t plan on launching a buggy device to be actually needing those updates badly but it is nice to know in case it does have a problem you won’t be left out in the cold. Read more »

Spotify coming to the US, accepting invites at the moment

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Although the Americans weren’t exactly starved of good free online music services (Rdio, Grooveshark, Zune Pass, just to name a few) they were deprived of the fabulous Spotify that the Europeans know and love. But not for long. Spotify has just announced that they will be bringing their musical goodness to the good people of Unites States of America.

No launch dates have been mentioned so far but Spotify has started accepting invites on their website. The service is currently being tested in the US and should be available for use soon. Meanwhile you can continue rocking whatever service you have been using so far. Read more »

iPad grabs 1% of global browser market share, lack of Flash support notwithstanding

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The popular iPad has reached yet another milestone where it has grabbed 1.03% of the global web browser market share as of June, 2011. This includes all the web browser, including desktop ones like Internet Explorer and Firefox. To put these figures into perspective, the eight year-old desktop Safari browser has a market share of 7.15% whereas the fifteen year-old Opera browser has a mere 1.11% market share as of April, 2011.

These figures are even higher in the US, where the iPad accounts for 2.1% whereas the iPhone and Android devices have 2.9% and 2.6% market share respectively. Read more »

Google Maps 5.7 for Android brings public transit navigation to the world [VIDEO]

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Google Maps just keeps getting better, folks. The latest update of the popular service, version 5.7, brings a whole bunch of improvements, along with a shiny new feature for its users – Transit Navigation (Beta).

As the name of the brand new feature suggests, Read more »

Facebook now offers video and voice calling to your Facebook buddies, thanks to Skype

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Now here’s something you may have been expecting for some time. At a dedicated Facebook event today, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announced some new Facebook features that are going to make their way in the already popular online social service (popular as in 750 million user base popular).

Now the powerful Facebook messaging system gets the option for video calls, group chats and some other new things. Read more »