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Apple seeds iOS 5.1 Beta to developers, hints at two iPads and iPhone 5

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Apple has just released the first beta version of the latest edition of their iOS mobile platform to all registered developers. Available for the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, the iPad and iPad 2 as well as the third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices, this is hardly the most major of updates.

iOS 5.1 focuses mostly on giving developers more APIs to work with and bugfixes. What might be more interesting to you than the update itself is the code of the new iOS release, which references three new iDevices. Read more »

Nokia’s Lumia Live event coverage featuring DJ Deadmau5 is out [VIDEO]

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We made ourselves comfortable yesterday on the balcony of a hotel overlooking the crowds, the Thames and Millbank Tower in London to watch Nokia’s Lumia Live event, featuring famed DJ Deadmau5.

DJ Deadmau5 wearing some Swiss cheese headgear

Nokia certainly did promote the Lumia 800 in style last night and it’s purely a case now of seeing whether its sales figures reflect the hype. Deadmau5 played an excellent set and despite his rise to international DJ fame, he remains very humble when he’s away from the DJ booth. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia users in the UK get 50GB of free cloud storage from Box.net

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Now isn’t competition just the best thing ever? Just couple of weeks since the deal between HTC and Dropbox came into effect, now Sony Ericsson is pulling the same trick, but on a different scale.

The company has teamed up with cloud storage provider Box.net and as a result offers not 5GB, but 50GB of free cloud space for every Xperia phone owner. Read more »

Google I/O 2012 extended to three days, pushed back to June

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Google has just announced the dates for the next year I/O conference. The search giant’s largest developer-oriented event will be held from June 27 to June 29 in San Francisco. This is a departure from the norm – all previous I/O conferences took place in May.

To make up for that Google will add an extra day to the event. Many of the attendees last year complained that the two-day conference didn’t allow enough time to attend all the sessions and meet all the people they wanted, but that shouldn’t be an issue in 2012. Read more »

BestBuy closing their UK stores by January 15, a closing down sale coming

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BestBuy has officially announced that it will be closing its retail stores in the UK and its UK website by January 15. The US retailer, which came to UK just two years ago never really managed to get its business off the ground and at the start of this month decided to give up trying. Now, we also have a time frame for its market exit.

Over the past two years Best Buy UK opened 11 stores in the UK in cooperation with Carphone Warehouse and was planning to expand that number rapidly over the following years. However, the disappointing results forced the company to rethink and it’s now going to focus on its business in its homeland. Read more »

Acer makes a video for the upcoming Iconia Tab A200, shows it doing stuff that people actually do on a tablet

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Among all the non-sense product videos that come out these days, the new video for the upcoming Acer Iconia Tab A200 comes as a breath of fresh air.

Instead of shooting it through a cake, taking a dig at the competition or doing some other weird stuff, the video shows people doing things with the tablet that they usually do. Such as watching videos or images on the device or by connecting it to a display, reading ebooks, video calling, etc. Read more »

Reporting from Nokia’s Lumia Live event on the bank of the Thames in London [LIVESTREAM]

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We’ve just witnessed the first taste of DJ Deadmau5 kicking off what should be an absolute spectacle as a visual extravaganza is set to take place on the south side of Millbank Tower, London for Nokia’s Lumia Live event.

The Lumia 800 in the fore and Millbank Tower behind

As you’ll see from the photos, the crowds are already five rows thick lining the edge of the river and mysterious projections have already started to appear on the side of the adjacent tower. Read more »

Samsung Captivate Glide takes the rounds of our battery test, here are the results [TEST]

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We have another Android device with a slide-out QWERTY complete our battery test. Unlike the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro however, the Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T packs an extra CPU core and an energy efficient, 4″ Super AMOLED screen.

The Captivate Glide is powered by the same 1650mAh battery as the Galaxy S II which we recently tested. With a screen from an older generation and a different CPU (the Captivate Glide packs an NVIDIA Tegra II), we were quite curious to put the droid through its paces. Read more »

Android Market website now supports devices with unofficial market app

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Google has brought a key update to the Android Market website, making it compatible with all devices that have the app installed. That means that from now on you can push apps to your Nook Color, Kindle Fire or whatever other smartphone and tablet with side-loaded Android Market you have.

The move falls nicely in line with the Android open nature and, in fact, one can’t help but wonder what took them so long. But anyway, the support is all there now and it looks like a win-win move for Google. Read more »

15-inch MacBook Air coming in Q1 2012, a 17-inch version to follow

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Some juicy rumors from the realm of Mac just surfaced online. According to the often reliable DigiTimes, Apple will be launching a 15″ MacBook Air at the start of 2012.

The 15″ MacBook Air will come to support the 11.6″ and 13″ versions in their fight against the Ultrabook army, which is quickly growing in numbers. Read more »

ICS update will hit the Xperia lineup in March 2012, Sony Ericsson confirms

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We already knew that all 2011 Xperia phones will be getting an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, but until today there was no time frame for its release. Now, Sony Ericsson Italy came forward and shed some light on the matter.

If you are an owner of some of the 11 Xperia phones eligible for an ICS update, you should be getting an update notification around March 2012. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets a volume bug fix, unofficially for now

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Now, that was quick. A cure for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus volume control issues was found just one week after we first heard of them. However, it’s a MoDaCo forum member, rather than Samsung we have to thank for it.

The fix is pretty easy to apply – if you want to try it, you should follow the source link for the quick tutorial and the necessary files. As usual with such 3rd-party fixes this is a proceed-at-your-own-risk kind of deal. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II and the original Galaxy S to get Gingerbread 2.3.6 update

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The Samsung Galaxy S II is getting updated to Android Gingerbread 2.3.6. Three UK have also confirmed 2.3.6 for the original Galaxy S but it won’t come before January.

We’ve received a report that the Galaxy S II has already received the 2.3.6 update via Kies software. The first reported country to receive the update is Mexico but users elsewhere around the globe should receive it soon I guess. Read more »

Samsung releases the S Pen SDK to mobile developers

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With the release of the Galaxy Note a month ago, Samsung has now put the S Pen software development kit for download to Android developers.

The SDK will help mobile app developers to include the functionality of the S Pen in their future or existing apps by allowing them to add canvases, popup windows and some other interesting additions. Read more »

Scuba diver finds Canon DSLR with a working SD card in the Pacific Ocean, locates the owner using Google+

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Photographer Markus Thompson came across a Canon EOS 1000D off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while he was scuba diving. Apparently, the camera was lying there for over a year now, since August 2010 to be precise. However, upon closer inspection, Thompson discovered that the SD card inside was still in working condition.

The SD card in question had pictures of a family vacation of some fire fighter in British Columbia and so Thompson decided to put social networking to test and find the owner to return him his images. For this he turned to Google+. Read more »