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iPad 3? Is that You? [VIDEO]

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The iPad 3 puzzle that irritates some as much as tickles the interests of others is starting to finally come to an end.

The folks over at M.I.C Gadget claim they’ve obtained some of the structural parts of the iPad 3. Namely, most of the exterior like the front glass panel, the aluminum back cover and cables for the dock connector and volume rocker. Read more »

Samsung releases the dual-core Galaxy Player 70 Plus for the South Korean market

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Following the announcement of the Galaxy WiFi 4.2 at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung is now starting to roll out the a dual-core version of it, dubbed the Galaxy Player 70. And no, it’s not a 7-incher.

For now, the device is only available for Samsung’s domestic market in South Korea, with a wider release highly probable . Read more »

This is how you eliminate headphone cable tangling

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If you’re fed up with tangled headphone cables and such (and really, who isn’t?), a new concept found over at Quirky takes some of the annoyance out of lugging your cables around.

The headphone cable comes with a varying thickness at certain increments, creating several fold points along its length. Read more »

Android 4.0.4: Update Not Found

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Android 4.0 was launched on November 17, 2011 along with the Galaxy Nexus. It was a major step ahead of Gingerbread, the OS it replaced, but like every new software, had its fair share of issues. Due to this, Google had to release the first update in the form of 4.0.2 on November 28, less than two weeks after the first version came out. This version can still be found on the Galaxy Nexus.

When the time came to release the update for the Nexus S in December, however, Google directly released Android 4.0.3. Google also announced that this will be the new base version of Android 4.0 and OEM’s should start with this version when putting ICS on their devices. However, like the two versions that came before it, 4.0.3 too had several issues. So many, in fact, that Google never released it for the Galaxy Nexus and also pulled down the update that was being sent out to all the Nexus S users. Read more »

Quad-cores head-to-head: Huawei Ascend D quad vs. HTC One X vs. Optimus 4X HD

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One of the trends to mark this year’s Mobile World Congress was definitely the rise of the Android quad-core powerhouses with massive HD displays. We took enormous amounts of teasing both from NVidia and Qualcomm showing us the theoretical and practical benefits of having four (or five, you know who you are) physical cores waiting to unleash their processing power under your fingertips.

The multi-core beasts I am talking about are the Huawei Ascend D quad, HTC One X and LG Optimus 4X HD. All of them were announced at the MWC, have four processing cores (or more), pack HD resolution displays and run Android 4.0 Ice Scream Sandwich. So, let’s bring them all together for a thorough comparison to see which will win the enthusiast Android users’ hearts. Read more »

iPad 3 previewed, Retina display, Siri and Gorilla Glass demoed in a magical way

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Apple’s iPad 3 event is just around the corner, but something extraordinary has happened. Magician Simon Pierro has got his hands on an iPad 3 ahead of its announcement and reviews its magical features.

As rumored, chief among the features is the Retina display, which Simon discovers can do a lot more than you expect it to. Next comes Siri for iPad, which, well, I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s pretty magical what Siri can become in its iPad 3 version.

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Camera Awesome for iPhone brings premium features for free

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There are over 10 thousand camera apps in the App Store today. Okay, that may be a bit exaggerating but there are lots of camera-centric apps in the Apple App Store giving you a variety of options at different price points.

Trust me, I’ve used most of them, Camera+, Camera Plus, TimeLapse, the expensive HDR ones, Panorama 360, Panoramatic, SlowShutter, etc. and I know my way around paid apps for the iPhone. SmugMug’s Camera Awesome may not be the best there is, but it brings the iPhone usually paid-for camera features for the perfect price of naught. Read more »

Nokia Drive update enables offline route planning, Transport app enters beta

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Nokia revamped their mapping apps for their Windows Phone handsets and added one more app to the list of Lumia-exclusive apps. Nokia Drive has gained full offline functionality and is joined by the new app, Nokia Transport, so you can navigate a city with public transport instead of a car.

Nokia Drive for Windows Phone had one big problem at launch – it couldn’t plot a route in offline mode (even if you have downloaded the map for the region). The latest update fixes that and adds other improvements. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 710 eligible for free Xpress-on covers from Nokia

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Nokia is offering a free Xpress-on color cover for Nokia Lumia for customers who purchased a Lumia 710 between 1/11/12 and 3/31/12.

You’ll notice that the end date for this offer hasn’t arrived yet, so if you purchase a phone before the end of the month, you too can get a free cover. Read more »

Canon announces the EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon has announced the highly anticipated successor to the popular EOS 5D Mark II camera, the 5D Mark III. Among the list of improvements include a brand new 22.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, 1080p video recording, 61-point auto-focus system, 63-zone metering system, 6-fps shooting mode and the new DIGIC 5+ processor.

When Canon launched the 5D Mark II back in 2008, it became an instant hit due to the presence of the 1080p video recording mode, something that was very new in the world of DSLRs. Finally, people could not only capture professional quality stills but also professional quality videos without spending a lot. Eventually, the 1080p video mode trickled down to other cameras and is now a common feature but the 5D Mark II still remains popular for being the first one to introduce it. With the 5D Mark III, Canon has taken the existing 5D Mark II and turned everything up by several notches. Read more »

Samsung Rugby Smart threw itself in front of the camera, here’s the hands-on

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Quite frankly, the last missing piece in Samsung’s impressive Android lineup in the United States was probably a rugged device, and the Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T has arrived to fix that wrong. The handset has been built up to the MIL-STD-810f military spec standards. It is dust proof, shock resistant, and can be be submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. Extreme temperatures are also welcome as long as the Samsung Gravity Smart is concerned.

The smartphone is also a curious example of the enormous parts bin, which the Korean company has on tap. Read more »

Android Design releases stencils

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Android Design, Google’s official portal for, you guessed it, Android design, has released image stencils for creating professional Android applications. Ehm…professional looking, anyway.

If you’re keen on designing great looking Android applications, or simply looking for a place to start from, Google’s Android Design team has made the process even easier. Read more »

Marvel releases digital graphic novels on the iBookstore

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Popular comic book company Marvel Comics has released 80 of its classic graphic novels on the iBookstore. Although, Marvel has had a dedicated app for the platform for a while now, you could only purchase single comics through it.

The first batch consist of a wide variety of graphic novels from over the years encompassing several genres such as action (X-Men: Messiah Complex), suspense (Secret Invasion), mysteries (Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm), literary adaptations (Pride & Prejudice) and children’s tales (Wonderful Wizard of Oz). As a bonus, Marvel is also giving away the first full issue of ‘New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout’ for a limited time. Read more »

Mozilla Boot2Gecko platform hands-on

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As the smartphone world matures, revolutionary ideas get harder and harder to come by. Yet, this’s exactly what the Mozilla Foundation brought to the MWC 2012 with its Boot2Gecko platform – a cloud based open-source mobile OS, which looks cool and should perform great on even very modest hardware.

Boot2Gecko is using the latest open web standards for its apps, which means that apps written for it will be compatible with just about any smartphone running the OS, or even every device with an HTML5-enabled browser. And don’t worry – even though the OS itself is cloud-based, you might still use your phone offline and even run apps and games on it – offline caching is a technology already supported by the web standards. Read more »

Windows 8 Consumer Preview highlights

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Microsoft concluded its Windows 8 Consumer Preview demonstration at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and now it’s time to get to the essentials of what the Consumer Preview brings to the table.

While there are many new things surrounding it, like its flawless work on various SoCs, eight second boot-up time and more, we are going to concentrate on the new sides of the software. Let’s dig in.

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