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Android 4.0 is now on 10.9% of Android devices

The latest data on how many devices running each version of Google’s Android mobile operating system has just been released, and depending on how you look at it it can be perceived as both good and bad. Starting with the good news, 10.9% of devices are now running the latest …

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Apple Siri gets ‘D’ rating for accuracy

Apple’s Siri voice assistant was one of their key release features when the last iPhone was released, however it would appear that independent analysis has proven that it is not yet a reliable enough search engine tool to replace text input with Google. Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray conducted the …

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HTC and Samsung speak on Android 4.1 updates

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was only announced last week but owners of Android devices are already anxious to hear when their devices will be updated to the latest dessert treat from Google. In order to keep customers are kept informed HTC and Samsung have released statements regarding updates for current …

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Apple fork out $60 million to use iPad trademark

Apple have paid out $60 million for ownership of the iPad trademark in China. This is part of a settlement with a Chinese firm called Proview who have tried to ban sales of the tablet. The Guangdong Province Higher People’s Court have announced the settlement today, saying that the legal …

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Samsung appeals Galaxy Nexus injunction

Late last week Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and as we expected, Samsung has appealed the judge’s decision. Samsung are also asking for the sales injunction to be withheld until the appeal is heard. The appeal from the Korean electronics giant contains arguments …

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Google adds new features to Play Store website

Yesterday Google announced that TV shows, movie purchases and magazines were coming to the Play Store but this wasn’t the end of it. The Play Store website has been overhauled and while it still looks familiar some useful features have been added. The My Android Apps part of the website …

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Google Chrome and Drive arrive on iOS

Following yesterday’s news that Chrome had left behind the beta tag on Android it is now available on iOS. Alongside this, Google’s cloud storage system now has its own application for iOS. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.3 or newer you will be able to …

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Google Chrome for Android leaves beta

We discovered this morning during the first of two main Google I/O keynotes that Google Chrome would become the standard browser in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Today also marks the release of the first stable update for Chrome for Android, leaving behind the beta tag in the process. The update …

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now official

The next iteration of Google’s mobile operating system has just been made official at Google I/O and will be known as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It appears to be focussed on the user interface and Project Butter has been introduced. Project Butter combines vsync, triple buffering to offer much smoother …

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Images of the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q leak

We knew it had to happen and it has. Thanks to a leak from Google’s Play Store we now have images and some information on the Nexus 7 tablet and a funnily-shaped object called the Nexus Q. The Nexus Q is apparently some sort of “social streaming media device” and …

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Specifications leak for three HTC Windows Phone 8 devices

While the Microsoft storm has subdued following the announcement of the Surface tablets and Windows Phone 8 last week, leaked information about some Windows Phone 8 devices from HTC reveal some powerful hardware. Specifications for three phones have been leaked that are currently referenced to as the Rio, Accord and Zenith. …

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Judge stops U.S. sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab

A U.S. judge yesterday backed Apple’s request to stop Samsung Electronics selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States. This could have ramifications worldwide for Samsung as Apple chalk up a victory in the patent wars. Apple have had little challenge in the tablet sector since they announced …

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Google releasing $199 tablet to target iPad

Google are releasing a cheap $199 tablet, co branded with Asustek Computer Inc. They will showcase the new tablet at their developers conference this week and it is aimed at taking market share from Apple. Bloomberg spoke to sources close to the matter. The new Google tablet will be 7 …

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BBM for Blackberry 10 OS images leak online

Images of what is purported to be the upcoming Messenger for Blackberry 10 operating system have leaked online. These images were posted online at N4BB, which highlight a darker theme said to improve battery life. The annotations to the images posted online hint that the darker colours and optimisation for …

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HTC halts operations in Brazil, poor sales to blame

Recent reports have revealed that HTC is cancelling its planned One Series launch in the Brazilian market and ending all phone sales in the nation, effectively immediately. As such, dozens of employees have already been released while a small presence will remain to offer support for current devices. “After careful analysis of …

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Are Apple losing their edge after death of Steve Jobs?

Apple’s sales figures may still be staggering, but ValueWalk published an article yesterday claiming that Apple may be losing their cutting edge after the death of Steve Jobs. Author Brian says that pundits are already wondering if Apple are losing their edge, due to a lack of ground breaking products …

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Macintosh users spend 30 percent more on hotel bookings

An interesting story broke today based around the myth that Apple users have a higher disposable level of income. Orbitz Worldwide have said that people who use Apple Macintosh computers spend up to 30 percent more each night on hotel accommodation. Therefore the online travel agency is starting to show …

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