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Latest iPhone 4S ads feature Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson

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Apple doesn’t usually hire celebrities to endorse their products. In fact, the last time I remember they hired somewhat popular actors was in their Get a Mac series of ads with Justin Long and John Hodgman back in 2009. So it’s curious to see popular actress Zooey Deschanel and all-round badass Samuel L. Jackson in the latest iPhone 4S commercials airing in the US.

Both the ads revolve around Siri, with the actors finding out things and getting things done using only their voice. It’s the usual stuff, like finding out a restaurant nearby, settings or cancelling reminders, and playing music. Stuff that we have seen before in older 4S ads, except this time it’s a bit special because of the actors. Read more »

Microsoft announces names of the Windows 8 editions

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Microsoft has released the list of editions that Windows 8 will be sold in. As of now, there will be four editions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT.

The first three will be available for PCs and tablet users running x86/64 processors and will be on sale whereas Windows RT will be exclusively for PCs and tablets running on the ARM platform and will not be sold but would rather ship built into the devices. According to Microsoft, all editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience, which has sort of become their slogan with Windows 8. Read more »

Nokia’s Asha series by the numbers: an infographic

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Nokia’s Series 40 phones have a long history and have literaly sold billions – 1.5 billion as of earlier this year (to give you a frame of reference, the world’s population is currently at just over 7 billion people). Nokia Conversations have prepared an infographic with some interesting data on the Asha series of S40 phones.

Jump over the break to see the whole infographic. Read more »

Making of the new Panasonic Eluga commercial

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The recently released Panasonic Eluga sports a very slick 7.8mm profile, features a 4.3 inch OLED display running at 540 x 960 pixels, and is waterproof to boot.

It seems that this last part is what the makers of its new tv spot wanted to focus on, and they’ve released a making-of video to show how they pulled it off. Read more »

Android dominates iOS in China

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A recent report by a Beijing analytics company rated Android device penetration in China to a whopping 68.4% by the end of 2011.

By comparison, iOS was only able to snag mere 5.7% of that same pie. Read more »

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle gets pictured

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The GPS dongle that ASUS promised to Transformer Prime owners is set to be officially announced today. But before that there are some pictures of it available for your viewing (dis)pleasure, courtesy of Land of Droid.

The GPS dongle is like a long plastic strip that is designed to latch on to the dock connector on the bottom of the Transformer Prime. This also means that you won’t be able to use the keyboard when you’re using this dongle. Read more »

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T to ship on April 22, unofficially priced at $399

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Another member of the Transformer family is about to hit the shelves in the US – the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T will ship on April 22. The tablet is slightly thicker than the Prime model and uses a non-Super IPS LCD, but packs the same quad-core processor package courtesy of the Tegra 3 chipset.

The TF300T runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is, of course, compatible with the Asus’ keyboard dock, which turns it into an Android-powered netbook and adds 5 extra hours of battery life (on top of the 10 h the tablet does itself). Read more »

Did Steve Wozniak pick up a Nokia Lumia 900?

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Well, people, it looks like that massive marketing budget, backing the AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 900 is starting to pay some serious dividends. No other but Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak might have picked one up, according to his own tweet from earlier today.

While this is not the first time Steve has had a chance to sample the competition (he got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a gift when he visited Google’s HQ a few months back), I can’t recall any reports of him actually waiting for a store to open for anything other than an Apple product. Read more »

Google adds four more countries to the list that can sell apps on the Play Store

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Google has expanded its list of countries and currencies that are allowed to sell applications as well as in-app content on the Google Play Store. The newest additions include Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, and Mexico and the total number of countries in the list now stands at 31.

Developers who are based in Israel or Mexico and were till now publishing apps on the Play Store using AdSense merchant account will now have to migrate their account to a new Google Play Store account in their local currency. An email will be sent to them that provides more information on the migration process. Read more »

Max Payne Mobile now available on the App Store

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The critically acclaimed and award winning title Max Payne is now available on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game has been released on the App Store and costs $2.99.

Max Payne is popular not just because it featured great action but it was also one of the first games to feature a cinematic story that gave the players a feeling of watching an action movie and not just playing a video game. It was also the first game to feature the now famous slow motion gameplay feature dubbed Bullet Time. Read more »

Canon announces the 4K-capable EOS-1D C full-frame DSLR and EOS C500 cinema camera

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Canon has gone on a 4K (4096 x 2160) frenzy unveiling two 4K-shooters – the EOS 1D C DSLR and the Cinema EOS C500 cinema camera.

Granted, 4K resolution monitors aren’t exactly a boom on the market just yet, but Canon is starting to give creatives the means to start creating for the new ultra high-resolution era. Read more »

The US Department of Justice sues Apple over fixing eBook prices

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The DoJ has sued Apple along with five major publishers for allegedly fixing prices for ebooks available through iBooks on various Apple devices.

Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillian, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have all been targeted alongside Apple for entering into pricing agreements over how much to charge for ebooks. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 900 costs $217 to make, thanks its cost-reduced design

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The materials for Nokia’s flagship and blockbuster Lumia 900 cost $209, according to iSuppli’s preliminary teardown assessment.

That, iSuppli reckons, is a result of the Lumia 900′s cost-reduced design and the close cooperation between Microsoft, Qualcomm and Nokia, which mimics Apple’s approach to device development. Read more »

HTC One S battery life testing is complete, here’s how power-efficient the two Krait cores are

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We wanted to publish the HTC One S review as soon as possible so we had to do without the battery test (which takes a lot of time to complete). It’s done now and we’re ready to share it with you – especially since HTC doesn’t quote official numbers for the One S battery life.

We were very curious to see how the new chipset, part of the Snapdragon S4 family, performs compared to the old S3 models. It’s built on a 28nm process, which should offer much better power-efficiency than the 45nm process of the S3 chipsets. Read more »

Nokia goes for shock and awe with the latest Lumia marketing campaign

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For something that is going to decide the future of the company, Nokia is understandably leaving no stone unturned in the marketing of the Lumia series. Even if that requires ambushing people in elevators with singing ninjas, plushy Angry Birds and dancing girls.

Continuing the Amazing Everyday promotional series, Nokia is now hiring people in a Russian mall to enter elevators and… ummm… entertain the people within. What follows below is a series of videos that will eke out a wide variety of emotions from you. One can only imagine what the people in the elevators must have felt. Read more »