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ICANN to allow custom domain suffixes, .com and friends are old fashioned, company-specific ones to be the new hotness

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Yesterday ICANN decided to allow custom domain suffixes. Right now companies have to settle for .com or .org or one of the 20 others standard suffixes or use country-specific ones. Starting 2012 they can create custom suffixes – if they’re willing to pay for it.

It’s pricy but I’m sure sites ending in .google or .apple are not very far off. It would allow companies to offer very memorable URLs for their important products – think mail.google for Gmail (instead of the current mail.google.com) or iphone.apple (instead of www.apple.com/iphone). Read more »

Huawei announces the 7″ MediaPad – the first slate to feature Android 3.2 Honeycomb

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Another Android tablet was just thrown our way by Huawei. The Chinese company unveiled the 7″ MediaPad, which will be the first slate to run on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which is supposed to be the edition of the Google OS best suited to smaller-screen slates.

On the hardware side of the things the Huawei MediaPad 7″ sounds pretty attractive too with its 7″ IPS LCD capacitive display and 10.5mm slim waistline. The 390 grams of weight actually make the MediaPad a pretty portable device, while the Snapdragon chipset featuring a couple of Scorpion cores running at 1.2GHz should give you all the processing power you need. Read more »

Watch Nokia’s hands-on video of the new N9 and the story behind its design

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Shortly after the announcement of the N9 images and videos of the phone started floating around on the Internet but the one we were looking for has just come out.

We are talking about the hands-on video of the device, where we will get to see how the phone actually performs outside of promotional content. We also have a video from Nokia where they talk about the design story of the N9 and how it is all based on one simple gesture: swipe. So join us after the break in watching both these videos. Read more »

Nokia launches new music accessories for N9, uses NFC sorcery to make life easier

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Nokia just announced the MeeGo-based N9 smartphone and I must say it is the best thing I’ve seen from Nokia so far. But they didn’t stop at just the phone. They also have a few new accessories for the phone, two of which make use of the NFC technology.

Now the NFC tech isn’t something new. Google has been demoing it for some time now. But Nokia has gone ahead and dome something a lot more useful and practical with it Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets a very cute new video ad

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Samsung has just released a new ad, this time about the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s a really sweet commercial with a father, his son and a Galaxy Tab.

It seems Samsung is on a roll these days – it launched two Galaxy S II ads within less than a week. Now is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 turn. Here is the video: Read more »

A racing game created with a printer, projector and some extreme nerdiness

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Some of us like to play a video game when we have some free time. There are others, however, who create video games in their free times. Then there are some, who like to go a step ahead and play their games on paper that is constantly being pushed out by a receipt printer and a projector.

That’s exactly what undef and Joshua Noble did. They had spare time, they had the skills and they had everything they needed for their project. And so they made a game using a receipt printer, a projector, a PlayStation 3 controller and a laptop. Read more »

Crackle app now out for Android, let’s you stream movies and TV shows for free

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Another popular iOS app has found its way on the Android Market. Crackle – Movies & TV is an app that lets you watch Hollywood movies and TV shows for free on your mobile phone over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. The app itself is free as well. All you need is an Android 2.2+ phone with Flash Player support and a solid Internet connection and preferably unlimited data plan and you are good to go.

Here are some of the main features of the app Read more »

Firefox 5 available for download, official release on June 21

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Last month we talked about the Firefox 5 beta and the new faster update cycle that Mozilla has adopted to keep up with the new kid on the block, Google Chrome. Now the final version of Firefox 5 is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

With Firefox 5, you get support for CSS animations and improved performance over Firefox 4. The browser is yet to be launched officially though, which will happen on June 21. However, you can still head to Mozilla’s FTP servers and download the version appropriate for your computer’s operating system. Read more »

How to make sure you don’t get robbed of your phone [VIDEO]

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You might want to make fun of those still sticking to their old Nokia phones but it seems they may be doing the right thing, at least when it comes to being robbed.

This video by BBC Comedy shows how it is better to have an ancient relic as your phone that has no modern features than having one with them and be robbed of it. Watch the video after the break. It’s hilarious. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 goes on sale in the US, experiencing shipping delay

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has finally gone on sale in the US. As was announced before, it will be priced at $499 for the 16GB and $599 for the 32GB models. For now, there is no 3G version of the device. The tablet will ship with the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS that hasn’t been tainted with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI but you can download it later if you wish.

However, there seem to be some shipping delays, which could crush the hopes of those wanting to buy it on day one. Read more »

LG Optimus Pad makes a stop at our office, as usual we shoot a video

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The Optimus Pad is the weapon to help LG battle into the recently started Honeycomb tablet war. Besides its 8.9-inch display, Tegra2 chipset and 32GB internal storage, the Optimus Pad has a secret trump card.

That’s right. We are speaking about that dual 5 megapixel camera at the back capable of recording 720p 3D videos. Later you can watch them with a pair of standard red-cyan glasses. Read more »

HTC ChaCha pays us a visit, we offer you to see our first dance on video

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Compact bar plus QWERTY keyboard plus Android 2.3 Gingerbread plus HTC Sense plus Facebook key equals HTC ChaCha. This is the shortest possible equation to describe one of our new guest today – the socially-oriented HTC ChaCha.

It’s a good looking and quite capable little droid with a great landscape QWERTY keyboard. We have to admit it’s the first HTC smartphone in a long time to break the line of boring designs. Read more »

Galaxy on Fire 2 free for Nvidia Tegra devices, we wonder what Nvidia is up to

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Good news for those with Nvidia Tegra based Android devices. Galaxy on Fire 2 THD is now available for you to download free of cost from the Android Market. This is the special version for Nvidia Tegra devices but there is also a version for other devices which is paid.

Now Galaxy on Fire is a gorgeous looking game and I’m glad for all the Tegra based device owners. But I can see a trend starting here that worries me a bit. Read more »

HTC Flyer brings its artistic skills to our office – we’re already knees deep in digital paint

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The HTC Flyer is the first ever true tablet to come out of the HTC portfolio (those humongous Advantage things don’t count). It looks very cool and sleek in its white-slash-aluminum casing and feels very solid in your hands.

When you unlock this bad boy, you are greeted by the awesome HTC Sense 3.0, popping up on a 7-incher and it really lights up the entire experience compared to the smaller smartphone screens. Some might argue that offering only a phone-optimized Gingerbread instead of the tablet-in-mind Honeycomb OS is a bad thing but this has allowed HTC to bring the proper Sense feel to the Flyer. Read more »

Angry Birds Mine and Dine update rolls out, 15 new cave themed levels and more

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As Rovio promised the next Angry Birds update is already available for download. It’s called Mine and Dine and gives us the beginning of a brand new sixth chapter.

The Mine and Dine update brings the first 15 levels of the new chapter, a new way to battle pigs (you get hanging stalactites in addition to the TNTs) and most probably there is a new golden egg somewhere. Read more »