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Samsung Conquer 4G for Sprint droid with 1GHz CPU, goes official then changes its mind

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A new Samsung droid is heading to Sprint – the Samsung Conquer 4G packs a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 4G connectivity (WiMAX). The phone was temporarily available on one the Samsung websites but they’ve pulled it down for some reason.

Fear not, Google cache remembers all you need to know about the Conquer 4G. It packs a 3.5″ HVGA screen and a 3.2MP main camera with LED flash (plus a 1.3MP front-facing camera). There’s a shutter key as well. Read more »

Olympus announces PEN E-P3, PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1 Micro Four Thirds cameras

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Continuing their efforts to popularize their Micro Four Thirds system, Olympus has launched three more cameras, the PEN E-P3, PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1. All three cameras come with a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, built-in image stabilization, TruePic VI image processor, 12,800 ISO limit, 1080i video recording and what Olympus claims to be the world’s fastest auto-focus system.

Olympus PEN E-P3

The PEN EP-3 has a 3.0-inch touchscreen OLED display on the back and comes with a built-in flash unlike the E-P2. It also has a 3D mode which takes a second picture with a slightly different perspective and merges the two images together to create a 3D image. Read more »

Vertu announces Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre, you still can’t afford one

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Vertu has launched yet another phone that most of us can just afford to spend drool on. I’m talking about the new Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre and although it has the name and price tag of four phones it’s still just one, strikingly good looking device.

The pièce de résistance of this phone, as you may have guessed, is the carbon fiber body that takes inspiration from the world of motorsports, aeronautical designs and other expensive stuff. The carbon fiber is used on the back and on the front around the earpiece and the rest of the phone is either polished stainless steel or 18 carat polished gold depending on the model you choose. Read more »

Pic3D film will make your ordinary display go 3D

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So you’ve been listening to all the noise, surrounding all the 3D capable devices coming to the market, and felt a bit jealous? Here is the remedy for you. A film, designed by the Japanese company Global Wave to be placed on you device’s screen, instantly transforms it from ordinary, to 3D.

While we have previously seen software based tweaks that do so Read more »

HP is in talks to licence WebOS

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Under normal circumstances, this statement would have instantly been qualified as a rumor. Not today, folks. According to the CEO of HP, the electronics giant is in talks with “a number of companies” which have expressed interest in obtaining a license to use its WebOS mobile operational system.

To make the matter even more interesting, Read more »

Windows Phone 7 will support custom ringtones, people around the world rejoice

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Microsoft has announced the custom ringtones are coming to Windows Phone 7 with the highly anticipated Mango update. And no you haven’t traveled back in time, it’s just that some modern platforms (like iOS and WP7) have been particularly stubborn to allow custom ringtones.

And not only is Windows Phone the only platform slower tha iOS to get the feature, but it will also have restrictions as puzzling as those on the platform that started the touch-revolution. Even the sync process. Read more »

Opera 11.5 is out now, few novelties but still a great looker. Opera users are now 200 million.

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The Opera browser has received yet another update – version 11.5. Bringing performance updates, widgets for the Speed Dial (like weather), as well as improvements to the Opera Link sync service.

The new “live” Speed Dial means that widgets can be placed where only webpages used to be. So now you can, for example, place a weather widget on a Speed Dial window and it will display weather information for a city of your choice with hourly updates. Read more »

Angry Birds takes its magic to the WP7 train

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Lawrence Hryb (or just Larry as most know him), the Director of programming for the Microsoft gaming network – Xbox Live, has just announced via Twitter that Angry Birds is available for WP7 users over at the Marketplace.

The game will sell for $2.99, which is a bit steep, but users will have the opportunity to test a few levels for free. Read more »

Google+ is GOOG’s latest foray on social networking, is all about social circles and hanging out

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Google has had several attempts at cracking social networking and it’s fair to say that they weren’t terribly successful (there were lawsuits involved). The latest project, called Google+, however looks like it could be a winner.

           XKCD describes Google+ in a nutshell

After having a quick look at it, it’s a lot like Facebook (as XKCD so eloquently put it) but it also differs from Facebook in some respects. Read more »

Nvidia announces GeForce GTX 580M and 570M GPU, claims it to be the fastest notebook GPU ever

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Nvidia has just updated their range of high-end notebook GPUs with the launch of the new GTX 580M and 570M, which are claimed to be the fastest notebook GPU ever. The 580M is said to offer six times the tessellation performance of any other notebook GPU (read Radeon HD 6970M) and 20% better performance than the previous generation GPUs. It will be available soon on the Alienware M18x and M17x gaming notebooks.

The M18x will give you the option of configuring it with two GTX 580M so you can burn through you battery faster than you can spell “Alienware”. Meanwhile, the M17x will offer the GTX 580M with Nvidia’s Optimus technology, that lets you switch between discrete and onboard graphics automatically depending upon your usage. Read more »

Android crosses 500,000 daily activations, poised to reach 1 million by October

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You may remember back in December Andy Rubin, Senior VP of Mobile at Google, tweeted that over 300,000 Android phones are getting activated everyday. That was over six months ago and over two years from the launch of Android. But in those six months, the figures have almost doubled and according to his latest tweet, over 500,000 Android phones are getting activated everyday.

That’s not all. The activations are growing at a rate of 4.4% per week, which means by the end of October Read more »

Apple to look elsewhere for ARM SoC production in 2012, much to Samsung’s dismay

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It seems that rivalry in a key market with Apple may have cost Samsung a valuable customer. Thus far Apple has been sourcing their A4 and A5 chips that they use in their products from Samsung but it seems due to increasing tension between the two companies Apple may be moving to someone else to make their next generation ARM SoC.

The company that is said to be most likely to take over from Samsung is Taiwan Semiconductor Marketing Company. Apple’s next generation processor, dubbed the A6, will most likely use the foundry’s 28nm process Read more »

Sony VAIO Z series puts Core i7 in feather-weight 1.2kg package, has fancy Power Media Dock

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Sony announced a new 13″ VAIO Z laptop, which makes even the S Series model look chubby. Long story short, the new Z Series puts an Intel Core i7 processor in a body that weighs less than 1.2kg and is thinner than 17mm.

There’s also a clever dock that houses a discreet video card and a Blu-ray drive (which is great as neither of those two have a place on a portable device if you ask me). And typically for the Z Series, the laptop weighs less than its price in gold. Read more »

Here’s the winner of the Nokia Shorts 2011 video contest, it’s so cool

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You may have never heard of Nokia Shorts, and no it’s not some dirty euphemism for underwear. It’s actually a creative contest for film-making for artists, armed with the world’s current camera-phone top dog the Nokia N8.

The winner is a chap, named James W Griffiths, who made a split-screen video showing us two different points of view of two people, living in different cities. He’s called it “Splitscreen: A love story”. The video is brilliantly thought out and you can tell the creator spent many hours, if not days waiting for the right shot Read more »

Nokia talks about the N9 browser, shares some scores too

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The N9 continues to top the worldwide charts for most interesting handset of the month and that’s the way Nokia made it. We waited for the first MeeGo device for nearly two years and now that it’s finally official we can’t keep off it. It’s made to blend in top notch design and innovative build quality with a “fresh out the oven” OS with Nokia’s knowhow of craftsmanship and technology all into one device. A powerful combo indeed.

Now the official Nokia blog – Conversations, is dedicating an article to the new browser of the N9, detailing how it works, how it feels, how it scores and what were the ideas behind it. Nokia-appointed “browser guru” Christian Sejersen shares that the N9′s Meego browser was designed with the idea not to annoy its users and keep out of the way while they are browsing. So the UI is quite minimalistic – much like on an Android powered smartphone. Read more »