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This is what Windows 8 on the desktop should have looked like

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I don’t know about you guys but when I saw Metro UI for the first time on a desktop PC, the first word that came to my mind started with ‘W’ and ended with ‘TF’. Sure, Metro is a beautiful user interface but when put on a 22-inch monitor it looks terribly out of place and doesn’t feel right when operated with a mouse. It looks even worse when placed alongside the old Windows 7/Vista UI, which will also be part of Windows 8. I wished Microsoft had come up with a way to make the existing Windows 7/Vista UI look more like Metro instead of having them simultaneously in one OS.

Unfortunately, my wish was left unfulfilled by Windows 8. But there is a designer out there who took almost exactly what I had in mind and made a mockup out of it. This, according to me and that designer, is how Windows 8 should have looked like. Read more »

Updated Chrome Beta for Android adds support for more regions

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Chrome Beta browser for Android has received its first update. The biggest improvement is added support for more regions. The updated list now also includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, India, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. As before, however, the browser is only available on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and it’s going to stay that way.

Other changes include the addition of Android Beam support, which means you can now beam URLs to other NFC-enabled Android devices by simply touching them. Lastly, there are some bug fixes and some performance updates. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes by, we film the whole thing

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Samsung is dead set on filling every niche, whether big or small, in the smartphone market, offering a Galaxy phone as a choice for just about every occasion.

You’ve got low range droids, high end droids, durable waterproof droids, “phoneblets” and lets not forget, yesterday’s flagships that are today’s midrange shooters. Read more »

Proview tries to ban Apple’s iPad sales in the United States

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After it failed to impose a ban on Apple to sell the iPad in China because of its overdue trademark rights on the “IPAD” name, now Proview International has asked a Superior Court in Santa Clara, California to seize Apple from selling them iPads, read this, in the United States.

In December 2009 Proview agreed on selling their “IPAD” name trademark to Apple subsidiary IP Application Development but now claims that Apple made false statements before the agreement. So now, Proview wants justice to be brought to the situation and iPads to be stopped from selling in the U.S. Read more »

Google could launch a 7-inch Nexus tablet this summer

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Google could launch its pure-bred Nexus tablet this summer, ponders analyst for DisplaySearch Richard Shim.

The device will reportedly offer a 7″ display of 1280 x 800 resolution and around 1.5 to the 2 million units will be produced initially. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace gets a MIUI v4 ICS ROM, poses for video

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Bored out of your mind with the stock look of your Galaxy Ace? The kind Android developers over at XDA-Developers got you covered with the release of an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM garnished with the famous MIUI v4.

The ROM entitled “TeamCooper” is still in beta, but it’s got most of the stuff working. Of course you’ll need ClockworkMod v5 to flash it, but once you do it’s good enough for everyday use, according to fellow Ace owners. Read more »

Apple could replace 30 pin dock connector with something more space-efficient

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Apple’s next devices could showcase an alternate USB connector.

The popular 30 pin connector will reportedly be replaced with something that will take up less of the space, needed for things like LTE radio, bigger battery, etc. Read more »

Apple buys mobile app discovery company Chomp for its App Store search revamp

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Apple has acquired Chomp. A small 20 people company focused on app discovery on the iOS and Android. This step from Apple means that the company is hard at work on a future revamp of the App Store and specifically the search and app suggestion part of it.

Chomp launched back in 2009 and since then raised more than $2.5 million in funding. With its acquisition by Apple, the whole Chomp team is transferring over to Cuppertino with all the app finding technology and future plans for development. Read more »

Watch a pair of TI OMAP 5′s A15 cores thrash the Tegra 3 in a lenghty browser test

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Both NVidia and Samsung have been hyping their quad-core system-on-a-chip monsters but the smug on their face is about to get wiped. NVidia’s, at least.

That’s because Texas Instruments, not to be left out of the whole quad-core SoC mash-up, has released a video showcasing its OMAP 5 brute power. More specifically, it’s the OMAP 5430 with two A15 cores helped by two companion M4 cores alongisde a SGX544 MP2 graphics chip. It takes on the ASUS Transformer Prime with its 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A9 (Tegra 3, or 4-PLUS-1) beating in its shell. Read more »

ViewSonic unveils two Android tablets and a Windows 7 one

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Along with the three Android phones, ViewSonic also announced three new tablets, two droids and one Windows 7 slate. The Android tablets come in two sizes – 7″ and 9.7″, while the Atom-powered Windows 7 slate is a 10-incher.

The ViewSonic ViewPad E100 has a 9.7″ IPS screen with 1024×768 resolution and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »

Gevey Ultra S will unlock your iPhone 4S for $55 this March

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All those people that secretly (or not) want to release their subsidized iPhone 4S’s from their respectful carrier’s clutches are in luck.

The popular Gevery SIM solution now covers the GSM 4S variant and can be pre-ordered for the discounted price of $55. Read more »

We take the Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 for a test drive

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RIM have teamed up with Porsche Design Studios to create the BlackBerry P’9981, a mix of hard edges and precise angles unlike any other BlackBerry we’ve seen before.

The PorscheBerry and its box

The P’9981 enters the market as the elite BlackBerry, demanding an exclusive price tag for an exclusive device. We spent some exploring how the Porsche Design treatment changes a product like the P’9981. Read more »

Our BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 review

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The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 was hotly anticipated, so the news about it seeding the other day spread like wildfire. I spent a few hours of quality time with my Playbook on 2.0, so I’m ready to give you all the details on what’s hot and what is, well, not so much.

And before we continue, I want to answer the most frequent question I got since the release came out: No, you can’t simply drop an Android app on it, install it and use it just like that. It’s an important chunk of information that was known ever since the beta 2.0 leaked, but one that many people have missed for one reason or another.

The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 does not allow you to install Android apps directly, but it allows developers to port them really easily into the .BAR format, which would then be able to run on the Playbook. RIM would also prefer it that you do not download apps from sources other than the AppWorld.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let’s see what novelties the Playbook OS 2.0 brings along. Read more »

Google Docs for Android updated with collaborative editing

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Google updated the Docs for Android application and brought interface and formatting improvements, but most importantly the latest version features the cool real-time collaborative editing of the desktop version.

If you haven’t seen collaborative editing in Google Docs, you really should – it’s quite impressive. You’re able to see changes made by other people almost as soon as they make them. Read more »

Opera Mini now comes pre-installed on four Samsung feature phones now

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Opera Mini is still a wildly popular mobile browser no doubt, but there’s always room for growth. The newest territory that the browser has conquered is a group of Samsung feature phones.

The Samsung Star 3, the Star 3 Duos, the Samsung Champ 2 and the Champ Duos come with Opera Mini out of the box and there will be more to come in 2012. Read more »