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Google and Acer debut the $199 C7 Chromebook

In October when Google announced the ARM based Samsung Series 3 Chromebook we were left wondering how cheap the cloud-based netbooks could get. Well, Acer has tried to somewhat answer that question today by announcing the C7 Chromebook that will set you back a mere $199. In order to achieve …

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Samsung is now charging Apple 20% more for processors

As strange as it sounds, the two biggest mobile players Apple and Samsung are actually very closely tied. Many of the components inside Apple’s iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices are sourced from Samsung. This is despite all of their legal battles around the world over “your device looks like …

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Microsoft Office coming to iOS, Android early 2013

Microsoft Office for mobile devices other than its own has long been rumoured and The Verge has now heard from sources that it will be making its way to iOS and Android in early 2013. “Office Mobile” as it is being touted will allow iOS and Android users to view …

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Microsoft confirms that Skype is to replace Windows Live Messenger

Just yesterday we heard reports that Microsoft was to retire Windows Live Messenger in favour of Skype and today that move has been confirmed today. Microsoft has said that the Windows Live Messenger instant messaging service will start to be discontinued from early 2013. “We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the …

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Windows Live Messenger to be retired by year’s end

For about as long as I can remember Windows Live Messenger has been my instant messaging service of choice but it looks like I will soon have to change. After more than a decade Microsoft’s long-existing service is set to be retired, but the technology behind it is set to …

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Samsung planning major re-branding operation

Samsung’s blue and white logo could soon be a thing of the past if recent reports are to believed. ChannelNews is reporting that at the Consumer Electronics Show this coming January the Korean electronics giant will unveil “a more vibrant, international brand image.” The brand developer who has worked on …

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Android claims 75% of smartphone shipments in Q3

Android’s dominance of the smartphone does not look as if that fact will change any time soon. Three out of four devices shipped during the third quarter of 2012 ran Google’s mobile platform according to data collated by IDC. In total, 136 million Android devices were shipped during this time frame, up …

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Windows Phone 7.8 update still on the horizon

When Windows Phone 8 was first teased earlier in the year it was revealed that existing Windows Phone devices will not be updated to WP8, but instead Windows Phone 7.8. We have not heard much about the watered down Windows Phone 8 experience of late. Matter of fact, it was …

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Official video runs through what’s new in Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 was formally unveiled yesterday and a video featuring Joe Belfiore, the manager of the Windows Phone group at Microsoft shows off many of the new features found in the new platform. [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQZEkXCE_fY’] Capabilities covered in the video include new Live Tile abilities, Live Apps, Data Sense, …

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Microsoft joins Apple as critics of 7 inch tablets

Steve Jobs is well known for completely disregarding the 7 inch tablet form factor in the past. Jobs was quote as saying that “7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad. 7-Inch tablets are dead on arrival.” Now, it appears that Microsoft …

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Samsung’s Nexus 10 tablet gets leaked

Obviously new mobile devices are becoming forever harder to prevent leaks of. We’ve seen it recently with the Nexus 4 and iPad mini and now Samsung and Google’s  Nexus 10 tablet has been leaked. The tablet itself has been rumoured for a long time but this is the first time we’ve …

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Android to be more common than Windows by 2016

On the same day as Windows 8 official launch, a research study by Gartner reveals that Google’s mobile platform Android will be seen on more computer systems than Microsoft’s Windows by 2016. As the world slowly shifts to mobile platforms Android will undoubtedly become ever popular. The study expects that …

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