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BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes by, we take it for a spin [VIDEO]

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The first ever released Curve with a touchscreen has made it to our office. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the latest RIM smartphone running on the OS 7. It’s quite similar with the Torch 9860, but comes with a smaller and low-res display.

The Curve 9380 packs a less-capable 800MHz processor, but offers variety of connectivity options – 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and even NFC. The camera is 5 megapixel fixed focus one and is capable of capturing VGA videos. Read more »

JXD S7100 combines 7-inch Android tablet and gaming console into one, sells for $139.99

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Ever wanted a 7-inch Android tablet that also had gaming keys on the side? Then JXD has just the thing for you. Although the company usually spends its time making PSP clones, this time they have gone ahead and made something original. Oh, wait. Never mind.

The device has a 7-inch display with a rather unimpressive 800 x 480 resolution. What is impressive, however, is the processor it runs on. The S7100 has the same dual-core Cortex A9 with Mali-400 GPU found under the hood of Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Read more »

Apple’s Newsstand app helped increase readership, Popular Science sees growth of over 13% in the first week itself

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Some of you iOS users might think that the Newsstand app on your homescreen is absolutely useless but certain publications, particularly Popular Science and all its new readers will want to disagree with you.

According to the chart above, courtesy of Mag+, a division of Popular Science’s publisher Bonnier Corporation, you can see that sales of the magazine suddenly shot up in the second week of October this year, with a growth of over 13% in that week alone and also an increase in the growth of the magazine after that period. Read more »

LG to showcase 55-inch OLED TV at CES 2012, claims it to be the world’s largest

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LG has a special treat in store for CES visitors next year, a massive 55-inch TV that uses an OLED panel, the largest to be used on any TV yet. LG claims that the panel has a contrast ratio of 100,000:1.

Compared to other OLED TVs, the LG TV uses a White OLED or WOLED panel. Unlike AMOLED panels that use RGB subpixels placed next to each other, WOLED panels stack the subpixels one above the other, which results in lower error rate, clearer picture and low color distortion at wider viewing angles. Read more »

We take a look at this year’s creative Christmas trees, suitable for any festive geek

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No doubt, many of you have unwrapped your new toys, eaten yourselves to a standstill and maybe even fallen asleep in an armchair by the fire.

the LEGO Tree at St. Pancras Station

But we thought we’d look at some of those who’ve decided to jazz Christmas up this year with their creative attempts at Christmas trees, ones any geek would be proud of. Read more »

Trick your Nokia N9 into landscape mode with a simple modification [VIDEO]

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In case you were a Nokia N900 owner who upgraded to N9, we have some good news for you. A simple software tweak will enable your Nokia N9‘s homescreens to go into landscape mode, thus bringing you some good ol’ Maemo memories.

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Google pays Mozilla close to a billion dollars to stay the default search engine in Firefox

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There is a good reason why companies like Mozilla can give away their software for free. That’s because they get a lot from search engine providers to include their search engines inside the browser. So far Google has been the default search engine in Firefox and now they have signed another three-year contract with Mozilla to keep their position at the top of the search box.

This time however, they are paying a lot more to Mozilla than they did last time, almost three times as much. Google will be paying around $300 million per year for three years, which is close to a billion dollars. So how did Google suddenly become so generous? The reason is Microsoft. Read more »

Developer roots MOTOACTV, lets you play Angry Birds on it while you run into a lamppost

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There was a time when if something could stand still long enough someone would install Linux on it. The same is true for Android today. And so the latest gadget to get an Android port is the recently announced sports tracker, Motorola’s MOTOACTV.

In its defense the device already runs a highly disguised version of Gingerbread but it still wouldn’t have been easy. Developer Chris Wade, the guy responsible for the useful but woefully misnamed Dingleberry jailbreak for the BlackBerry PlayBook, is the one responsible for achieving this feat. But before he actually installed the new OS, he ripped open the device apart first. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus visits us again, unboxing and UI showcase imminent [VIDEO]

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We are no strangers with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The first time it graced us with its presence was just for too short and we couldn’t fully test it in the usual GSMArena fashion.

Now though, this 7.0-inch Android tablet from Samsung is here to stay and we are ready to get down to business. Read more »

Prize winning app developers get their creations blasted into orbit to kick off 2012

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SSTL, might not have the same notability as the Kennedy Space Center or as catchy an acronym as NASA, but Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in partnership with the Surrey Space Centre in the UK plan to kick 2012 off with a bang.

SSTL's Nexus image

The two organizations have given winning app developers of their recent competition the chance to genuinely launch their applications into orbit. Read more »

Sony promises Ice Cream Sandwich update to Tablet S, fails to mention a release date

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Sony may not have had a lot of success in the tablet market but it is not going to abandon those who decided to spend their money on their Tablet S. And so to show that it will continue to support the device, Sony has just announced its intention to upgrade the tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unfortunately, Sony failed to mention any release date for the update, instead requesting its users to stay tuned. They did not say anything about the Tablet P either, which also runs Android Honeycomb at the moment. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM brings more Ice Cream Sandwiches to our office, we party on video [VIDEO]

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It’s finally here, folks – the droid you have all been looking for has finally arrived at our doorstep. We’ve obviously been very good this year as Santa sent us the most amazing Christmas gift in the face of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (in fact he sent us two of those).

We’ve already rolled up our sleeves and started inspecting the Android Ice Cream Sandwich flagship and we hope to be back with the answers of all your questions sometimes next week. Read more »

Apple make plans for new ‘prototype’ store in Palo Alto, CA

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Apple Stores are pretty recognizable, whether they’re built from scratch, such as the recent Pudong, China store or designed to fit into their existing surrounds, such as the Covent Garden store in London.

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But now we’ve caught word of a new prototype store appearing in Jobs’ hometown of Palo Alto, set to appear downtown at 340 University Avenue, around a block away from one of the earliest Apple retail stores, built a decade ago. Read more »

EA brings Real Racing 2 to the Android Market, lets you try its sweet graphics for free

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Android users have been rightfully jealous of iOS for having exclusivity of one of the hottest racing games for some time now. Fortunately, EA has finally decided to right the wrong and brought Real Racing 2 to the Android market.

One of the most elaborate racing games for mobile platforms landed in the official app repository of the platform the other day and has already gathered a significant amount of downloads. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is next to taste Ice Cream Sandwich unofficially

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The hacking community is on a roll. Over the past days and weeks we saw about a dozen Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for difference smartphones surface and we even got to play with one of them.

Now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 joins the list of devices to get unofficial Android 4.0 support. Samsung promised that this one will get an official ICS update, but thanks to the omnipotent devs at the XDA-developers you don’t have to wait that long to try it out. Read more »