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BlackBerry 10 now has a native torrent client app, BitTorque available for $2.99

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BlackBerry recently launched the BlackBerry 10 OS and it may have had more apps than any other OS at launch, but it’s still has some big names missing from its catalog.

The good news for all the folks with BB10 is that the OS now has one of those covered, as the first native torrent client called BitTorque has hit the BlackBerry World. Read more »

Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code released, here are some screenshots

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Samsung has released version 2.0 the Software Development Kit (SDK) and the source code for their Tizen operating system.

SamMobile got their hands on the SDK and have some release notes and screenshots for us. Read more »

Apple releases two new iPad ads, ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’

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After the lulzy Microsoft Surface Pro ad, Apple has now released two new ads for its own tablets, the iPad and iPad mini.

Called ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’, the two ads once again concentrate on people using their iPads to get things done, with the focus primarily being on the incredible range of third party tablet apps that the iPad has. Read more »

Vic Gundotra says the next Nexus will sport an “insanely great” camera

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The camera of the Nexus 4 isn’t very good and we’ve confirmed this in our detailed review of the smartphone. However, Vic Gundotra has posted today that the company is “committed to making Nexus phones [with] insanely great cameras.

This came out as a response to a discussion about the camera capabilities of the Nexus 4. Google’s Senior VP of Engineering even slipped out a little teaser saying, “just you wait and see.” Read more »

Sony promotes the Xperia Z with Make Magic video ads in Japan

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The latest flagship smartphone from Sony has been the star of the season so far with its amazing feature set. Sony Xperia Z is setting up for a globally release and the company has kicked off its marketing campaign.

Sony has launched its Make Magic video promos for its Sony Xperia Z smartphones in its homeland. The promo videos lasts for about 30 seconds each and focus on the emotions when using the Xperia Z smartphone. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 rumored to launch in March, priced to compete with iPad mini

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has leaked so frequently in the past couple of months (heck, even Samsung’s head of Mobile Communications confirmed it), that the device may as well be out already.

The latest news about the compact tablet is that it’s set to hit retail in Europe at the end of March for around €359 for the WiFi only version (€449 if you throw 3G into the mix). Compare this to €329 for the iPad mini (€429 with 3G), and you can see that Samsung aim to directly compete with the smaller iPad with their upcoming product. Read more »

Lifetime collection of vintage cameras up for grabs on eBay for $50,000

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A Californian photographic enthusiast is selling his vintage collection of cameras, which he has been accumulating for the last 50 years. The entire collections accounts to 1000+ units and comprises of brands including Canon, Nikon, Polaroid, Yashica and Mamiya.

The lifetime collection contains the widest range of SLR’s, RF, TLR, medium format and twin-lens reflex models you are likely to see in one place. According to PetaPixel, who has uncovered the entire collection, most of the models are in working condition, but the listing specifies that few units are partially working. Read more »

Google said to be working on opening retail stores by end of the year

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According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.

This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs. Read more »

Sony PS4 to reportedly support PS3 games streamed over the internet

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According to the latest report by The Wall Street Journal, Sony will be adding support for playing games streamed over the internet in the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, said to be unveiled during the February 20 event.

This shouldn’t come across as a big surprise as Sony recently acquired Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service specializing in streaming games over the internet. However, it seems the streaming feature for the PS4 will be limited to streaming previous generation PS3 titles, at least initially. Read more »

Kernel source code for the Jelly Bean update of the Samsung Galaxy S II released

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Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II to give it the same Nature UX experience as its successor. Now, the Koreans have open sourced the kernel used for the update, which will help developers of custom ROMs.

Samsung has steadily been releasing source codes for the kernels used on its phones (the Galaxy S II ICS kernel was released in March), trying to play nice with the developer community. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 confirmed by, MWC announcement seems likely

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which was confirmed by the Samsung head, is very likely to be launched at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, as the tablet has been officially listed on the website.

The listing confirms the model number to be SHW-M500W, though that is only the South Korean version. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z used as an underwater cam, makes a cool 3 minute video

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Most smartphones don’t usually fancy dipping their toes in swimming pools, but not the Sony Xperia Z. The flagship smartphone was taken for some underwater action by an early adopter.

With its IP57 certification, the Xperia Z doesn’t even break a sweat shooting the 3-minute underwater video. Read more »

Archos officially announces 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 11.6-inch Platinum tablets

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Archos made its new line up of Platinum tablets official. And yes, the name does sound familiar as one of them was even showcased at CES last month, but obviously the French manufacturer consider that unofficial. Anyway, all the latest tablets in the Platinum range have high-end hardware and mid-range pricing so they might turn out to be quite interesting offerings.

As expected, all the tablets will be powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 8-core GPU along with 2GB of RAM. They will all offer rear and front cameras, HDMI and microSD support. Read more »

Dropbox 2.1 for iOS released, has a PDF viewer on board

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Dropbox has updated its app for the iOS platform to version 2.1, adding some cool new features to it.

The most notable improvement is the ability to view PDF files through the app’s very own PDF viewer. This mean you don’t have to use the smartphone’s preinstalled PDF viewer anymore. Read more »

Opera acquires Skyfire Labs for $155 million

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Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.

Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »