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Toshiba’s newly announced 10.1 Android tab is hitting the US, but is it going to ‘Thrive’? [UPDATED]

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We caught wind of a pretty beefy looking tablet coming up over the horizon from Toshiba at CES 2011 and it reared its head again a couple of weeks back. Twitter even gave us a name courtesy of some chatty actors starring in what was expected to be its TV ad debut, the ‘Thrive’ and now said mysterious tab is officially here, almost.

Toshiba Thrive USB and HDMI ports

The Thrive is now the confirmed name for Toshiba’s big tablet and pre-sales kick off as soon as next week! Read more »

LG strikes again with another amusing ad starring the Optimus Black [VIDEO]

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You know that LG is really the master when it comes to funny comparative advertisements. Just like they did in the ad of the LG Optimus Pad fighting an Apple iPad, now they released an even better one, this time focusing on the LG Optimus Black.

In the ad, the LG Optimus Black is in a race against some interestingly named phones. On the starting grid are Waffle’s Ivan (iPhone 4), Samson’s Gary S Jr. (Samsung Galaxy S II), Sonic’s Archie (Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play), Hightech’s Dwayne (HTC HD2). Read more »

Sony Pictures gets hacked, 1 million accounts compromised, 50,000 released into the torrent wilderness

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Someone did it again. The LulzSec hacker group has compromised more than 1 million Sony Pictures accounts and had the opportunity to steal EVERYTHING. But the guys didn’t.

Due to the lack of resources, the hackers copied only a few thousand accounts and released them on various torrent trackers as a proof. Read more »

TI announces OMAP 4470 chipset with 1.8GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, DirectX support

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Mobile CPU manufacturers are rushing to show off their upcoming mobile chipsets. The latest is the Texas Instruments boasting the OMAP 4470 System-on-a-chip with dual-core CPU running at up to 1.8GHz.

The powerful PowerVR SGX544 GPU supports DirectX-enabled games – with the upcoming Windows 8 supporting ARM processors that’s quite an important feature. Read more »

Verizon announces an LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, pre-orders begin next week

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What a coincidence! In the same day when Samsung announced the US availability of their hottest new tablet – the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Verizon Wireless told the world that it will offer an LTE incarnation of it.

The operator is still mum on the exact release date of the dual-core, Android Honeycomb device. Read more »

Google +1 button now available for use on websites, Facebook’s Like should tremble with fear

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Google has decided to dip its toe in the water and now the +1 button is available for publishers, bloggers and basically everyone to put on their websites.

The button, as you may remember, was found only on Google’s search results page, but as it turns out the search giant is taking it one step further. Rather than waiting for you to search a page, figure it’s useful and then “+1″ it, Google lets publishers take the initiative and allow people to recommend their website right on it. Read more »

Pink Nokia N8 makes a reappearance, this time in a disturbing video with dolls

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You must remember the picture of the pink Nokia N8 that came out a few days back. You must because it’s difficult to get something that gaudy out of your mind in such short time. But Nokia isn’t relying on just the color to shock you. They have gone ahead and made a video complete with tattooed dolls with necks that turn 360-degree, an N8 that shoot lazers and dismembered dolls limbs. And you thought Sony’s ads are weird.

As you can see below, the video is pretty, uh, interesting. You don’t see much of the phone itself as you’d want to meaning this is all just viral marketing and Nokia’s attempt at keeping interest in the N8 going. But we think they should spend more time focusing on showcasing the upcoming Anna update for the N8 instead of dolls doing unspeakable things with it while the Sugarbabes play in the background (admittedly that’s the least offensive part of the video). Read more »

Microsoft demos Windows 8 on video – Start menu gives way to tile-based Start screen [VIDEO]

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Microsoft showed off its progress with Windows 8 at the D9 Conference as promised. A 4 minute video demonstrates how they’ve broken away from the interface that has been slowly evolving since Windows 1.0 and they’ve gone for something that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7.

The major change here is the Start screen – that’s right, gone is the iconic Start menu, replaced with a tile-based screen, much like the WP7 one. Instead of shortcuts, apps get a tile, which they can use to display various relevant info. Read more »

Atom turns 3 and passes the 100 million mark, doesn’t intend to stop there

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Intel’s Atom line of mobile processors, usually found in netbooks, celebrates their third birthday, which accidentally coincides with the company shipping over 100 million Atoms overall.

It’s quite an achievement indeed but the company doesn’t really intend to stop with the Atom roaring about in every other netbook on the market. Read more »

Apple’s iWork finally comes to iPhone & iPod Touch

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Apple’s own productivity suite has been available for the iPad since its launch. Now, the company has finally made the app available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The iWork for iPhone and iPad will consist of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. Read more »

Sprint confirms that the HTC EVO 3D will ship with 3D movies and games, no dates though

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Sprint USA has confirmed that the HTC EVO 3D will be shipping with 3D content preinstalled. There were no dates given as to when exactly customers can expect the device, though.

The EVO 3D will have preloaded a 3D version of the movie Green Hornet and will come with the HTC Watch and Blockbuster services for movie buying and rentals with special 3D content available via those services too. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 pays us a visit, we roll up our sleeves [VIDEO]

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It appears to be make or break time for Android tablets as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 nears market release. With the XOOM failing to convince and the availability of the Transformer too limited to make any kind of impact this should be the one to show if the Google Team will make it in the Apple league this year.

After all if a device this slim and functional and with such powerful hardware can’t leave a customer satisfied then there could only be one conclusion – the OS is not ready yet. Read more »

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer adds support for gaming controllers with Android 3.1 update

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The multifaceted ASUS Eee Pad Transformer now has another feather in its cap. Thanks to the new Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, the Transformer now has full support for gaming controllers.

As you can see in the picture above, the person is gaming on the Transformer using what seems to be a PS3 controller Read more »

Sony Ericsson launches Android 2.1 update for AT&T Xperia X10 owners, fails to keep up with the times

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While most of the Android users are running Froyo on their devices, some running Gingerbread and some others getting ready for Ice Cream Sandwich that Google recently announced at their I/O event, there are few unlucky souls who are still stuck on Android 1.6 Do… Do… what was it again? Oh yes, Donut. Some of these unlucky souls include owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in US on the AT&T network.

But Sony Ericsson has a heart. It heard the pleas of all these people who were crying for the latest version of Android on their device. And so they decided to take action. What have they done? Well, they released Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10. Read more »

Plants vs Zombies for Android is here, free for a day in the Amazon Appstore – nom, nom, nom

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Of all the Android app markets the world has to offer, the Amazon one is the best to visit today. It offers the popular Plants vs Zombies game exclusively and it’s free for today only.

The game is quite a fun and offers a unique defense style of gameplay. You plant all sorts of battle-ready vegetation in front of your house so the upcoming crafty zombies don’t eat your brains. Read more »