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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 »

Intel reveals CPU plans, promises rosy future for netbooks, Atom-based Honeycomb tablets and Ultrabooks

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With Computex going at full speed, it is only logical that Intel will make a few announcements, hinting of what it has in store for us. The world’s largest CPU manufacturer demoed Honeycomb tablets that run on its silicone, revealed the chips that will power the next-gen netbooks and promised a whole new class of devices, intriguingly called Ultrabooks.

Those Ultrabooks will be mainstream thin and light mobile computers that ambitiously target a market share of 40% by the end of 2012. Intel says Ultrabooks will achieve a thickness of under 0.8” and prices below $1000 thanks to their new 22nm Ivy Bridge chipsets. Read more »

Even though China-made TransPhone was there first, it still seems like a Padphone knock-off

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It seems that CMIT has beaten Asus to the phone in a tablet dock punch because on 28 May, two days before the Asus Padphone went official (and only five days after the initial teaser).

There’s not much info on the so-called TransPhone but it supposedly runs Android on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU. Read more »

Samsung starts the mass production of 30nm 32GB RAM modules

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You know the deal with RAM, there’s never enough of it. And for those wanting even more RAM, Samsung starts mass producing 32GB RAM modules based on 30nm process.

Earlier in the year the company started manufacturing 30nm-based 4GB DDR3 RAM modules, which are the foundation for the new massive 32GB RAM units. Read more »

The next generation of Snapdragon processors will be sampled next month

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Some really exciting events are taking place in the world of mobile CPUs in the past day or so. Just as NVIDIA showcased a demo of their latest work in progress – the quad core mobile beast named project Kal El, Qualcomm “leaked” a slide which shows their upcoming Snapdragon processors, along with a hint for a possible sample of them next month.

The new Snapdragons will use a brand new Krait CPU architecture which Read more »

Nokia demoes C7′s NFC prowess with an exclusive Angry Birds Magic game

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Nokia is showcasing the NFC capabilities of its C7 Symbian device using an NFC version of the widely popular Angry Birds game, dubbed Magic. This all goes down at the MeeGo conference in San Francisco. The purpose of the game is to find someone with a C7 smartphone and using the NFC chip inside to unlock levels, after you’re done with the previous ones.

You get 5 levels of Angry Birds after which you will need to unlock the next five by pairing two C7 units together. It’s a clever idea, I have to admit. Read more »

HTC Play could be a new online store for games by HTC

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HTC filed a request at the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect the term HTC Play as a trademark. Reportedly this is the name of a future HTC-exclusive app market for games (I’m guessing Android ones), to which every HTC phone will have access.

Now I’m not sure if another app store is what we most need at the moment, as there are, what, 10 of them already? You have the Amazon store you have the Opera store, a couple of obscure ones like SlideMe and, of course, the Android Market . I just don’t see the point. Android started off as a unified OS with its own ecosystem, spanning through manufacturer to manufacturer. Now there are Xperia PLAY-exclusive games, exclusive application stores and this all makes the choice of which droid to grab all the harder for the end user. Read more »

Nvidia 3D Vision wired glasses make personal 3D gaming and movie watching more affordable

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Computex 2011 saw the unveiling of Nvidia’s latest 3D glasses for their 3D Vision range. The complete package gives you the ability to play games and watch BluRay movies in full 1080p HD 3D.

Nvidia Vision wired glasses

3D Vision is probably the most well known consumer based 3D system available and the setup is fairly straight forward too. Read more »