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Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 rollout

As we expected it to, Windows Phone 7.8 is now rolling out to existing Windows Phone 7.x users. Nokia has announced that the update will start to rollout today to the Lumia 510, Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. The updates are dependent on carriers and given …

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NVIDIA may launch their own Android devices

NVIDIA could be preparing to debut their own range of Android devices in the near future in other to give their mobile chipsets greater exposure. Tegra 3 devices were largely out-shined by those powered by Samsung’s Exynos or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. The only real exception was the ASUS Nexus 7 that undoubtedly …

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Apple claim 300million devices running iOS6

Apple have said there are nearly 300 million iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones running iOS6, which was released in September last year. The iOS6 launch was marred by the replacement of Google Maps with Apple’s seriously flawed mapping software. To address this, Google have released their own MAPS app for …

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Blackberry 10 launches, to save RIM

Today is launch of Research In Motion’s Blackberry 10 operating system. As we have reported in the past this is a much needed overhaul to get RIM back in the game with a market dominated by iOS and Android devices. The Blackberry 10 hype has been positive for the company, …

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HP Pavilion Chromebook leaks ahead of release

After Lenovo announced their education-focussed Chromebook last week, another major manufacturer looks to be gearing up to launch a Chromebook of their own. After Acer and Samsung introducing new and revised offerings late last year, HP is set to join the growing Chrome OS contingent in the coming weeks. A …

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BB10 launches tomorrow: a return to form for RIM?

For many people Blackberry smartphones have dropped off the radar. Research In Motion are hoping that their launch of Blackberry 10 tomorrow will change everything. They are promising a faster series of devices which will offer a great typing experience and the ability to keep personal and work identities separate …

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Apple rumoured to be releasing 128GB iPad

According to 9to5Mac Apple may be releasing a new super high capacity iPad with 128GB of onboard flash memory. My sources in Taipei were unable to confirm the rumor, although they had heard it. Increasing the memory to 128GB would double the current capacity. We can only guesstimate a pricing …

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HTC announces a small phone for a big phone

There is no doubt that as we enter the year where smartphones with 5 inch, 1080p displays will dominate the marketplace; the point where devices are just too large is about to be tested even further. With the Butterfly, HTC will sell the HTC Mini alongside it in China. The …

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Samsung announces Galaxy Xcover 2

Samsung has today announced the successor to the rugged Galaxy xCover Android smartphone that we reviewed last year. The Xcover 2 is better in just about every area over its predecessor and given our impressions of the original this can only be a good thing. The Xcover 2’s primary appeal is to those …

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Nokia confirms the death of Symbian

The end of Symbian has been coming for a while now and in Nokia’s Q4 2012 earnings report that Finnish company has finally confirmed it. Nokia says that the 808 PureView, which was announced nearly a year ago, will be the last Symbian device from them. “During our transition to …

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Samsung winning the battle of smartphones

While many other companies are struggling, Samsung are experiencing huge profit increases of 76%, thanks to the Galaxy smartphone range. Their net income rose to a record 7.04tn won (£4.2 billion), up from 4.01tn won in the same period a year previously. Analyst expectations have been beaten. The Korean organisation …

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Google’s ‘X Phone’ could debut at Google I/O in May

Ever since Google took over Motorola in May 2012 rumours have circulated about the possibility of a smartphone collaboration between the now-merged companies. Better known as the ‘X Phone’, the device would be a fully in-house smartphone offering from Google. Since 2010 Google has contacted various Android device manufacturers including HTC, Samsung, …

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The first Firefox OS phones have been revealed

Mozilla’s Firefox OS was announced last year in an attempt to introduce a new major operating system to the ever-growing smartphone market. Retail hardware is on the horizon and today the first two developer orientated devices have been announced to go on sale next month. The low-end Keon device has …

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Steve Jobs threatened Palm if they employed Apple staff

Steve Jobs had apparently threatened Palm with a patent suit if they didn’t agree to not hire Apple employees. The report came from Reuters which was made public yesterday. The court filing is part of a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, Pixar, Lucasfilm and others over an agreement those …

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Apple pull photo sharing apps: too many nude pictures

500px are a Toronto photo sharing startup and they reported that both of their applications 500px for iOS and ISO500 have been pulled from the Apple Application store due to concerns over nude photos. Both of the applications are popular, and have acquired over 1 million downloads, according to a …

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Samsung launch Galaxy Grand phablet

Samsung India have launched their Galaxy Grand which features dual sim functionality. This phablet has been released just a day after Micromax announced their Canvas HD with 5 inch screen. The Times Of India reported on the new product which has been announced at RS 25,000. The Galaxy Note and …

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Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out to commence January 31

In mid-November last year we heard that Microsoft will commence the Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out for first and second generation handsets by the end of the year. For reasons unknown this schedule was pushed back and the latest date appears to be January 31st. Windows Phone Colombia has informed users …

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Apple want writer to improve Siri dialogue

Apple have posted a job on LinkedIn which shows that the company are wanting to enhance the SIRI software, which has its roots in a Pentagon-funded artificial intelligence research project. Apple want SIRI to be ‘smarter’. The ad read “[S]omeone who combines a love for language, wordplay, and conversation with …

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O2 dropping phone chargers

Chargers

UK mobile phone provider O2 has announced that by 2015 it will no longer offer phone chargers with its handsets, as part of a new initiative called “Charger out of the Box,” which suggests that since most people have a compatible charger anyway, they don’t need another. According to the …

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Lenovo introduces education focussed Chromebook ThinkPad X131e

Days after rumours starting to circulate around Lenovo’s involvement with Chrome OS, the first such device has been revealed. Lenovo has introduced the ThinkPad X131e, an 11.6 inch Chromebook aimed exclusively at K-12 (kindergarten through to the end of high-school) education segment. Availability will commence from February 26th via special bid volume pricing …

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