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Going to play Battlefield 3 on a console? Then you better get the HD texture pack.

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Just one more day is left for the arrival of the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 for PC and consoles. The main reason why the game has drawn so much attention is because of its graphics, which seem to be pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible in games, in a way no game has done since the original Crysis came out four years ago.

From what I can tell, it is going to be the best looking game on the PC. But what if you have a console? Well, EA has an optional HD texture pack for you which will bump up the texture quality to make the game look almost as good as the PC version. But from what I can see from screenshots, this HD texture pack seems more mandatory than optional. Read more »

The iPhone 4 was used to record some scenes in ‘The Avengers’, informs cinematographer Seamus McGarvey [Update: He didn't]

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It’s not uncommon for mobile phones these days to be used for shooting advertisements or music videos. However, it’s not often you hear about a mobile phone camera being used to record a big budget movie.

Now of course, the iPhone 4 here wasn’t used to record the whole of ‘The Avengers‘, which is slated for release next year. But cinematographer Seamus McGarvey has disclosed in an interview that he used an iPhone 4 to record certain parts of the movie. He also said that some of them have been featured in the trailer, which can be found below. Read more »

Figures on Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The team over at Mashable have manage to aggregate a wealth of impressive stats all centered around a little social networking site you might have heard of called Facebook.

With an estimated 800 million users, it’s safe to say that reading this, you might fit under Mark Zuckerberg’s broad umbrella of a user base too. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, confirmed to be coming to Verizon before the end of 2011

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It would appear that newly announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus, with its Ice Cream Sandwich goodness will also be making an appearance in LTE form.

But just the other day, Samsung and Google’s Unpacked Event in Hong Kong brought the next evolutionary step of Android to the fore. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will hit the shelves on November 13

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In case you liked our hands-on of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and wondered when can you get your own, we have an official date for you. The most pocket friendly Android Honeycomb slate from the Samsung family will hit the shelves in the United States on November 13, with prices starting a $399.99.

In case you are extra anxious about getting one, you can pre-order it from Read more »

Android slates had a market share of only 26.9% in Q3, iPad still equals tablet

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The iPad continues to be the undisputed tablet market leader as the Q3, analysts show. During the past three months 16.7 million slates were sold and the mind-blowing 66.6% of those were iPads.

The few dozens Android tablets shipped a total of 4.5 million in the third quarter, giving them a share of 26.9%. Now that may be enough to make Android the only other major player in the tablet game, but it’s actually a step back for the Google OS, compared to Q2. Read more »

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running Nexus One inspires developers and users all around the world [VIDEO]

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With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich couple of day ago every Android device now feels old and outdated. Fortunately, developer with the nickname dr1337md managed to get the tasty Android 4.0 running on the Nexus One.

The successful Ice Cream Sandwich installation is actually an SDK port and while it may not have everything running buttery smooth, it’s a huge step forward towards bringing Android 4.0 to modern Android devices.
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus SuperAMOLED comes with PenTile matrix as well, here’s the proof

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As you probably know, despite the 720p resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t packing a Super AMOLED Plus, but a regular Super AMOLED screen. Those of you that have been paying more attention would even know what the main difference between the two is that the “Plus” AMOLED uses a conventional 3-subpixel-per-pixel RGB matrix, while the regular one goes by with 2-subpixel-per-pixel RGBG PenTile matrix.

So the Samsung Galaxy Nexus should come with one of those PenTile matrices, right? Well, as our macro shots showed – yes. The question remains if that really matters here. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons Ham’o'Ween available for download with a new crew member on board [VIDEO]

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Another pesky group of nasty green pigs irritates our favorite Angry Birds. This time it’s all about the candy with Halloween fast approaching.

Rovio has released a “Ham’o'Ween” update to its Angry Birds Seasons series with new 30 levels for you bash pigs in and a little big surprise. Read more »

Google explains the presence of a barometer in the Galaxy Nexus, hopes you’d stop asking now

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The presence of a barometer inside the Galaxy Nexus raised some eyebrows, even though the Motorola Xoom has had that feature for a while now. People seemed to be having a hard time wrapping their head around the idea of having a barometer in a phone.

So to put this matter to rest and for the people to stop talking about it so much, Google’s Dan Morril posted on his Google+ account the answer to why the Galaxy Nexus has a barometer. Read more »

Nvidia Tegra 3 teaser video leaks, flexes its quad-core muscles on a mythical transparent tablet

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We’re close to the launch of the Nvidia Tegra 3 and as is usually the case, things have started to leak out before the official announcement.

What we have here is a teaser video that shows off all the things you’ll be able to do with the quad-core chipset (with a fifth companion core for menial tasks) on an unreal (figuratively and literally) transparent tablet. Join us after the break to watch the video. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia active comes by, bullies around all the other phones

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The Xperia active has kindly dropped by for a visit here at GSMArena’s headquarters in all of its IP67 certified glory. It’s water-proof up to a meter depth, it’s splash resistant too and can withstand some dirt in its face just in case.

We’ll get started with this bad boy but in the mean time we thought we could put together a UI demo and an unboxing for your viewing pleasure. Read more »

ASUS chairman shows the next Transformer tablet in the flesh

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Well, that didn’t take long. The next version of the Transformer teased us with its video just yesterday and now ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the new Transformer model, called Transformer Prime.

Shih also showcased the Prime’s laptop dock, which looks thinner that last years’ model. Read more »

16GB iPhone 4S costs Apple $196 to make, an iSuppli teardown reveals

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As usual iSuppli have torn the latest iPhone 4S apart and have revealed some pretty interesting things about its inner hardware parts.

The baseline 16GB model of the iPhone 4S costs Apple a total of $188 for materials only (Bill of Materials or BOM) and only $8 for the manufacturing process. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Nexus benchmarked, shows much improved browser performance in Ice Cream Sandwich

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We got our hands on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus yesterday and we fiddled with its camera. Today, we decided to run a few benchmarks to see what would happen. The phone is running a buggy developer version of Ice Cream Sandwich, but managed to show some impressive scores.

We pulled a few numbers from benchmarks we’ve ran before, so we can compare the Galaxy Nexus against some of the high-end droids on the market. Read more »