Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Steam Android App is Now Open For Everyone

Looks like the Steam Android app has already completed its invite-only beta phase and is open to everyone with an active Steam account. If you haven’t already, you can get the app from the market and sign into your Steam account to start chatting with friends or browse game deals without needing an invitation.
One thing thats cool about this app is that you can do most things on your phone that you are used to doing on the PC version. Along with communication and shopping, you will be able

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LG’s new Google TVs look mighty impressive, and they come in up to 84 inch size as well

Google TV didn’t get the popularity that the company envisioned, but that was to be expected and there’s still plenty of time. “Smart TVs” are definitely the future, and it looks like 2012 will mark the beginning of the change or even the revolution. Google TV has gone through several major changes, and the latest version is better than ever.
Aside from rumors about LG possibly working with Google on a Nexus TV, the companies actually do have something to show off already. At CES 2012,

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Selamat Datang di www.Jembrana.Net

Yup, sesuai judul, saya selaku admin ingin mengucapkan selamat datang kepada siapa saja yang membaca artikel ini. Selamat datang di www.Jembrana.net . Sebuah blog dari masyarakat jembrana untuk masyarakat jembrana. Satu hal yang harus diingat, ini bukan blog pesanan pemerintah, pemda atau apalah istilahnya. Blog ini semata-mata akan menunjukkan kebanggaan saya sebagai masyarakat jembrana. Nantinya di blog ini akan berisi informasi tentang jembrana yang dikemas dari sisi berbeda, mudah-mudahan

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Upcoming Qualcomm MSM8960 GPU Benchmark Scores Leaked

Who’s ready for some nice benchmarks? GSM Arena reports it came across some rather interesting benchmarks for the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8960 SoC. Coupled with an Andreno 225 GPU and running on an unidentified device at a resolution of 1024 x 600, the benchmark showed an impressive 54.90 NenaMark 2 benchmark score. To compare it with a more familiar and popular device, GSM Arena ran a test on a Samsung Galaxy S II device, which of course features a Mali-400 GPU at 800 x 480 resolution, the

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Pantech Burst – a very nice smartphone that you can get for free with the Element tablet

Pantech is expanding their product line in the US, and along with the recently announced Element tablet on AT&T’s network, they’ve also demonstrated the Pantech Burst smartphone, which is a pretty good mid-range device, but unfortunately it’s not water proof like its bigger sibling. As a matter of fact, AT&T is offering the Pantech Burst for free if you buy it together with the Element tablet, and while at $300 it’s a pretty good deal, you have to keep in mind that you’ll pay

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

ClockWorkMod Recovery Touch Beta now available for download

A couple of days ago we told you about Koush’s new project, a touch version of ClockWorkMod. We weren’t sure how long it would take for us to get our hands on it, but he just announced it’s now available as a beta for download for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM and CDMA) and the Nexus S (GSM). Download links below. If you want to see a video of it in action, checkout our previous post here.
Download Galaxy Nexus (GSM and CDMA version)
Download Nexus S (GSM version)

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5 things we should be excited about in 2012

2012 is already here, and the tech world is as busy as ever. There were a lot of potentially revolutionary technologies and products announced and demonstrated during 2011, and this year, we’re starting to see them out in the wild. Among all the other good stuff, there are a few products that really stand out. Here’s my selection of things from the tech industry that have a lot of potential and we should expect to become big this year:
Transparent video/HUD glasses.
Transparent HUD glasses

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

SwitchMe For Android Dual-Boots Your Device Using Multiple Profiles, Saves On Battery Life And More

Recall the Boot Manager app we covered a few months ago? Well, similarly, but slightly different, you’re unable to boot into different ROM’s like Boot Manager, however, SwitchMe is much less complicated to navigate. The application allows as seamlessly as allowable and with the touch of a button, to create a new installation of your current ROM minus all of the tweaks and settings. The application is extremely “tweak-able” if you will. The app is scaled down well for battery

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Shadowgun: The Leftover Update

Shadowgun is one our favorite games here at Talk Android so we’re especially excited to bring you news of this latest update. “The Leftover” update is an expansion pack to the original game bringing 4 new levels and a slew of brand new features. If you haven’t already, check your Market app for the update, unless you have the Transformer Prime… The special Tegra 3 version hasn’t yet received the update.
Check the official trailer for “The Leftover”.

“The Leftover” isn’t

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Asus EEE Pad MeMO 171 – an affordable Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

Alongside with the updated Transformer Prime with Full HD display, Asus has also announced a pair of other tablets, which are less powerful but still pretty interesting in their own right. The first one is the EEE Pad MeMO 370T, which is the cheapest quad core to hit the market (it’ll cost under $300 when it comes out) and we’ve talked about it before, and the second one is the MeMO 171 – a 7 inch tablet that comes with a stylus and a housing for it built into the body.
The MeMO 171 has

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thumb App Allows You To Ask Questions & Be Opinionated, Anonymously Of Course

We all have opinions to give or questions waiting to ask. Perhaps you’re afraid your opinion is bold and you’re afraid you may hurt a feeling or two. Or maybe you want to ask a specific question, but you’re afraid of folks thinking you’re stupid. Well the Thumb app aims to let users throw in their 2 cents or ask those million dollar questions, naturally in anonymous fashion of course. Created by developer Opinionaided, the app allows you to:

Vote and comment on questions
Responses

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwich for the GSM Motorola RAZR leaks

We finally get our first taste of Motorola’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich with the leak that droidrzr just released. Motorola has been under a lot of scrutiny with their UI overlays, but since they’ve gotten away from using the “Blur” name, in my opinion, their skin is the most unobtrusive of all the manufacturers. In fact they’ve added some nice touches like MotoCast.
Now we have some early screen shots of their version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which look pretty good. The biggest

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The BlackBerry Porsche Design P-9981 the Luxury Smartphone

The timeless and classic design of the new BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 is the new Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphone. It is known for its many vital aspects to business, such as unparalleled security features, as well as amazing battery life, keyboards that are easy to use with built-in shortcuts, and the highest level email. Only obtainable in the UK and Middle East for now, the P’9981 will be available in the United States this spring time.
Research in Motion and Porsche

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PSA: CyanogenModApps.com is unaffiliated with CyanogenMod

Recently we wrote about the Cyanogen team wanting feedback about creating a root themed market for Android. Since then a certain URL has been discovered and has garnered the attention of Android users around the web. The site in question is CyanogenModApps.com. The site is clearly a work in progress as evidenced by the multiple “Test” placeholders. This led quite a few people to believe they had stumbled upon Cyanogen’s up and coming website, but that’s not the case. Earlier

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iPhone 5 Screen Size Will Not Increased

apple will not increase the screen size of the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone to compete with the next generation of Android devices, an analyst claims.

The company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 5 in October, introducing a self-assembled with new features including a redesigned form, better camera and wireless charging.



However, there are also rumors that Apple will increase the size of the handset screen in response to a new smartphone running the latest version of the

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Ping gets updated with new look, Adds Twitter and Facebook integration [Video]

Seven Networks just released version two of Ping. If you’re not familiar with Ping, it’s a social messaging app that allows you to keep all your conversations in one place. They just added Facebook and Twitter integration which might make this the “ultimate push-based social messaging app” available in the Android Market. With Ping you won’t have to switch between apps like email, IM, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and other messaging apps. Ping automatically organizes all messages from

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Kyobo Mirasol eReader – Qualcomm’s color e-ink display shows a lot of promise

The eReader market has been dominated by e-ink displays for quite some time – in fact, you could even say that it was started by this technology. E-ink displays consume very little power, making it possible for eReaders to last for weeks without a recharge, and more importantly, they look a lot like paper, making them very easy on the eyes when reading, as well as having a perfect visibility in direct sunlight – something that traditional LCD screens have yet to achieve.
But there’s one

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Galaxy Nexus ROM Review: Codename Android v1.1.4

The Background
When I first bought my Galaxy Nexus I was thoroughly impressed. In fact you can read both mine as well as other authors’ 24 hour and 48 hour initial thoughts on the matter. As I used the phone more and more I have found that the one aspect of the phone that really got me down was the battery life. Even with the extended battery I still had to plug the device in about half way through my day just to make it through the rest of my work day and I’m not even in a 4G area.
I

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Top 5 new devices at CES 2012 worthy of attention

The Consumer Electronics Show is usually the place where most companies reveal their newest prototypes and ideas for the new year. This year wasn’t any different, and the 2012 CES in Las Vegas was the largest since its creation – proof that the tech industry is still growing in leaps, even though the economy is supposed to be in a downturn.
There were quite a lot of companies at the show announcing and demonstrating some pretty cool and downright weird devices. Among all the good stuff, the

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Counter-Strike Esque Like Game Comes to Android Devices

Counter-Strike Esque Like Game Comes to Android Devices | TalkAndroid.com











If you were a huge fan of the popular FPS (First Person Shooter) hit PC game, Counter-Strike, we’ve got some good news for you. The hit game has made its way to an Android device near you and takes many of its design ques from the original game. However, this game is a more of a port as it was built from the Unity 3D tool. The game is a near exact replica as far as game play goes. You’re either a

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Pantech Element – AT&T’s affordable 8 inch, 4G LTE waterproof tablet

Pantech is a pretty big company in its home country, South Korea, and it has a large share of the domestic mobile market, but they’re not that well known outside the country. In the US, they’re best known for the cheap smartphones on AT&T, but they’re looking to expand their activity and increase the number of offers for the western markets.
One of the latest products from Pantech that were announced in partnership with AT&T, was the Element – an affordable 8 inch tablet that is

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Image Leaked of LG’s Quad-Core X3 Smartphone

According to the folks at PocketNow, LG has a sexy looking quad-core beast of a smartphone hidden up their sleeve, but lucky for us an image has just been leaked. Everyone meet LG’s X3.
The LG X3 is said to boast a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a large 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP for video chat. The device is also said to have a large 2,000 mAh battery, 16GB of on-board storage with the ability to expand with microSD support, and an NFC transceiver. No word

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Sony Xperia S – all Sony, no Ericsson – new design, HD display and 12 megapixels camera

With Sony finally gaining full control of their brand name, it seems that they’re headed into a new, bright future with their mobile devices. Along with the Xperia ion, the company also announced and demonstrated the Xperia S – a high end smartphone with a HD display and a new design that looks quite different than all the previous models.
The new phone looks… like a brick, but a very stylish brick – even though it has a rectangular shape with sharp corners, the overall look and feel

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Voice Over 4G LTE To Roll Out in 2013 According to Verizon

Verizon is planning on rolling out its Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services nationwide in early 2013. This is according to Light Reading who states that Verizon is starting in two cities. They are demoing the IP MultiMedia Subsystem now and according to Catharine Trebnick, VP of Northland Captial Markets:

“VZW has two cities not trailing VoLTE and plans for national rollouts in early 2013. With this VoLTE service you will be able use Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE data speeds but will also

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S430 – USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and dedicated Nvidia graphics

At CES 2012, along with the business ThinkPad T430u and X1 Hybrid, Lenovo has also shown off the ThinkPad Edge S430 – a pro-consumer oriented laptop that is nowhere near as thin as the X1 (or the T430u, for that matter), but which is pretty attractive with its design, pricing and features.
While the Edge series is still part of the ThinkPad line, they have a slightly different design that still keeps the overall understated and professional feel, yet is less repulsive than the usual black

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quad-Core HTC Edge Gets Name Change

The leaks are beginning to go from a trickle to a pour from HTC as we approach Mobile World Congress. We previously mentioned something about a little quad-core-powered monster called the HTC Edge, but the gang at PocketNow stumbled upon some additional information about the device. In what is an unusual move to say the least, HTC has decided to change the identity of the device, going from codename Edge to Endeavor. While the Endeavor looks to be the official name of the device, HTC will

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Acer Iconia Tab A200 – Tegra 2, 10 inch IPS display and Ice Cream Sandwich for $330

Acer hasn’t been very active at CES 2012, but they did manage to announce two tablets – one is the Iconia Tab A700, which may or may not come to the market in the following months, and the other is the confirmed Iconia Tab A200 – a budget tablet that has some pretty good specs and runs the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The A200 looks more attractive than the A700, even though the latter has a Tegra 3 processor inside, and the reason is that it is supposed to cost only $330 – for

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ASUS UK Offers An Extension On The Transformer Prime and Says Their New 700 Series Device Is Arriving In June

The Transformer Prime news is still quite a buzz around the interwebs even though there are quite a number of buggy issues still going on with the device. For instance, we’ve seen a number of issues on several devices regarding WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. However, the newly Tegra 3 empowered monster recently received the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and for the most part it’s gone smooth. In addition to the Transformer Prime, CES 2012 revealed the addition of a

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD – the Skyrocket just got an upgrade on AT&T

AT&T seems to be set on messing with their customers by releasing newer smartphones that are just slightly improved versions of previous models and not offering a way to easily and cheaply upgrade, instead selling them side by side. The latest in the line is the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, which has been on the market for a whole two months, and now it’s already getting an update in the form of the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD.
The upcoming smartphone has the same overall design as its

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Monday, January 16, 2012

My favorite tech from CES 2012 is Liquipel

Water, the precursor for all life on Earth and yet, incidentally, looming doom for the gadgets we can’t live without.
It really doesn’t even make sense when you figure Earth is 70% covered by water. So why aren’t are gadgets water proof already, or at the very least safe from sweat and rain. Alright so there are a few of those devices, but realistically every electronic device should be impervious to water. Up until recently the best way to accomplish this feat has been to take

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HTC Titan II – bringing 4G LTE and a 16 Megapixels camera to WP7

Of all the Windows Phone 7 smartphones that were released during 2011, the HTC Titan stood out the most thanks to its huge 4.7 inch touch screen, which is the biggest there is on any phone running Microsoft’s operating system. But while the display was certainly impressive, the internal hardware specs leave a lot to be desired, with the Titan using a pretty mediocre (when compared to the other flagships on the market) single core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM and pretty much all

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iPhone 5 Screen Size Will Not Increased

apple will not increase the screen size of the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone to compete with the next generation of Android devices, an analyst claims.

The company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 5 in October, introducing a self-assembled with new features including a redesigned form, better camera and wireless charging.



However, there are also rumors that Apple will increase the size of the handset screen in response to a new smartphone running the latest version of the

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iPhone 5 Screen Size Will Not Increased

apple will not increase the screen size of the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone to compete with the next generation of Android devices, an analyst claims.

The company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 5 in October, introducing a self-assembled with new features including a redesigned form, better camera and wireless charging.



However, there are also rumors that Apple will increase the size of the handset screen in response to a new smartphone running the latest version of the

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iPhone 5 Screen Size Will Not Increased

apple will not increase the screen size of the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone to compete with the next generation of Android devices, an analyst claims.

The company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 5 in October, introducing a self-assembled with new features including a redesigned form, better camera and wireless charging.



However, there are also rumors that Apple will increase the size of the handset screen in response to a new smartphone running the latest version of the

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Like Fast Paced Puzzle Games? Check Out Speedx 3D For Android (Video)

If you’re into fast paced arcade & action games and you want to make the best out of your CPU, GPU and accelerometer, then boy do we have the game for you. While Speedx 3D for Android isn’t new, it has received some hefty updates to be optimized for running optimally on your Android device. The game offers stunning 3D graphics as you use the accelerometer driven controls to tunnel race your way through various objects in an attempt to whiz by unscathed.

“Challenging and

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Past week’s top gadget news

The mobile industry never sleeps, and thanks to the beginning of a new year and CES 2012, there are quite a lot of things going on at the moment. You don’t have to know about all of them, but it would be a good idea to have some information about the most important stuff. With that in mind, here is the top news that happened during the past week:
ITC says the Motorola Droid series does not violate any Apple patents
The patent war that Apple has been waging is quite ridiculous, but the after

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Google and LG teaming up for a Nexus TV?

Plans are supposedly on the table for LG to get first access to Google TV software. The partnership is expected to be similar to that which Google struck with Samsung and HTC for creating Nexus phones. At this time both parties have declined to comment but neither have debunked the claims either. I personally own Sony’s NSX32-GT1, the 32″ television. Since purchasing the device, Google TV has certainly matured and it seems manufacturers agree if the number of new Google TV partners are

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Gadgetmania recommends – top Android tablets for people on a budget

There are quite a lot of new tablets on the market nowadays, and with more than enough of them in the high, mid and low price and performance range, it’s getting quite difficult to make a choice. Below you’ll find a short list of tablets that you should consider getting if you’re on a budget, but still want a device that looks great and performs decently, as well:
Acer Iconia Tab A500. The Iconia A500 was released half a year ago and quickly became the most popular tablet for budget

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Friday, January 13, 2012

The DROID X2 Finally Sees CyanogenMod 7

Honestly, whenI heard about the Droid X2 I was pretty excited because the original was a great phone, that is until the Gingerbread update that was installed but that’s neither here nor there. Well it seemed that the X2 came and went with little luster from what I remember, even though Verizon is still selling them. I believe that this was in part due to the fact that it was really difficult to customize in the beginning and partly due to the fact that Motorola over did it on new handsets

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Asus EEE Pad MeMO ME370T – Tegra 3, Ice Cream Sandwich and an IPS display for $249

Tablets are evolving pretty fast these days, with every new generation being almost exponentially better than the previous one. The performance has been practically doubling every year, and 2012 looks like it will be the year of the quad core for tablets, with NVidia’s Tegra 3 already in production and the Asus Transformer Prime, the first quad core tablet, already on sale.
Obviously, with technologies being established and mass produced so quickly, budget tablets have also gotten an increase

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Get Your Hands on the Purple RAZR on January 23rd

Photo Courtesy of Droid-Life
In a slew of 4G LTE device announcements this past week at CES by Verizon release dates were nada short of “in a few weeks” or “coming soon.” Well for those you folk who are wanting the Purple RAZR that was announced along side the RAZR MAXX will be happy to know that the folks over at Droid-Life were able to get their mitts on a release date. You can get your RAZR in purple on January 23rd. We still have yet to see a release date for the DROID 4 or the

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Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX – drops the ultra-thinness, maxxes out battery life

The Motorola Droid RAZR was released not long ago to great acclaim from pretty much all of the popular magazines and reviewers, and it looks like users love it, too. It has also marked the start of a new design trend for Motorola’s mobile devices, with the same overall shape and style seen in the new Xyboard tablets and the Droid 4 smartphone.
While the RAZR has pretty much all the features you’d expect a smartphone to have, including a fast dual core processor, big 4.3 inch qHD resolution

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

No NFC Chip? No Problem Thanks to Moneto

So you’re one of those folk that didn’t get a phone with the fancy NFC chip preinstalled on your phone and you’re envious of the folks that do. Well now you won’t have to worry about such things as the folks over at Device Fidelity and Spring Card have come up with moneto. Moneto is a micro SD card that will have an NFC chip installed bringing a mobile payment system (touch-to-pay) to phones that don’t have it.
Set up is simple from what we read. First install the microSD card.

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Dell Precision M4600 vs HP Elitebook 8560w – choosing the best mobile workstation

The laptop market is pretty much overfilled with offers on all fronts – you can find anything from cheap Web surfing machines to powerful desktop replacements that weigh as much as your old tower (OK, maybe a little less .
One particularly interesting niche product is the mobile workstation – these machines are most often oriented at businesses and individuals that need a very powerful laptop (the most powerful there is) that is still portable enough to be taken anywhere with ease. While

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Sony Introduces Walkman Z Portable Media Player

CES is still alive and kicking on a blockbuster first day and Sony aims to close out the day with a bang. We already knew that the Walkman Z was possibly on its way, but we didn’t know how soon we’d see the device. Sony finally unveiled its sleek and sexy new portable media player and announced it is on its way to American soil. Sony plans to unleash 3 variations too: the 32G model at $329.99, the 16G model at $279.99 and the 8G at $249.99. Here’s some specifics of the Walkman Z series

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Top highlights in the tech world in 2011

The first week of 2012 has already ended, and while it is useful and interesting to know the stuff that happened during these past 7 days, I’d like to make a quick recap of what happened during 2011 – and there’s a lot of good stuff, too. Here are the top highlights of 2011, and let’s hope that 2012 will be just as good or even better:
Windows 8 Developer Preview was released
Microsoft’s next version of the popular OS, Windows 8, was officially announced at the end of the year, and

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lenovo Announces Two New Android Devices: IdeaPad S2 10 Tablet, and S2 Smartphone

It’s shaping up the be one heck of a week as Lenovo announced today a new duo of Android devices. They are the IdeaPad S2 10 Tablet and the S2 smartphone. The tablet will weigh in at less than 1.5 pounds and boast the following specs:
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
Lenovo’s Mondrian (custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich)
10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS Display
1GB RAM
16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
Wifi and 3G Connectivity
micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
5MP rear

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Samsung Galaxy Note vs Dell Streak 5 – how things have changed for the hybrids

The 5 inch Dell Streak may not have been a success (it was pretty much a failure, actually), but it certainly started something in the industry, with many other manufacturers planning or already having a big screened device on the line. While smartphone displays have been getting progressively larger for the past several years, anything over 4.5 inches is almost guaranteed to be too big for most pockets (with the exception of the newer 16:9 format displays, like the 4.65 inch unit on the Galaxy

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Samsung SCH-R930 Makes Its Way Through The FCC Sporting LTE Bands, US Cellular Bound

Well, US Cellular wasn’t lying when they said they would be kicking off an LTE enabled smartphone this April. The proof is in the pudding as they say and it looks like Samsung will be the device’s manufacturer. Dubbed the SCH-R930, it’s been revealed via an FCC filing that LTE is indeed on board. Pocketnow scooped the news on the device back in Sept and it appears that we could be looking at a Samsung Galaxy Indulge-esque device. Here’s to hoping however, that Sammy brings

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The iPhone 5 – what we know about it so far?

While there are over two dozen great smartphones on the market, the iPhone still remains the most popular overall in sales and the number of users. The nice design, powerful hardware and great interface of the operating system make the iPhone 4 and 4S a great choice for pretty much anyone. The marketplace also has the largest selection of apps for any kind of purpose – the Android market is half as big, and itself is about 5 times bigger than Windows Phone 7, the next competitor down the

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Pantech Pocket – an affordable phone for field work with a 4:3 format display

The smartphones market sure has grown a lot since the iPhone single handedly revolutionized and breathed a new life into it at the end of 2007. Among the dozens of different handsets that you can find on sale nowadays, there are quite a few unique models that catch your attention with some different design or feature.
One thing that has remained practically the same among smartphones is the screen format – the iPhone uses a slightly wide 3:2 format, while most Android phones use either a

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Review

Introduction:
Some say you can have a smartphone or you can have a rugged device, but never can you have both. The folks over at Sony Ericsson are looking to tap into the market where other devices may have tried before. Remember Motorola’s i1? How about T-Mobile’s Defy? Which I still think is a great device by the way. Well, SE is joining the party with their very own rugged smartphone joining the Xperia lineup dubbed the “Xperia Active”. While the use case is plain as day,

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Galaxy Nexus vs Nokia Lumia 800 – Does Windows Phone 7 have anything on Ice Cream Sandwich?

Android is currently the most popular OS for mobile devices, and when it comes to specific handsets, I’d say that the Nexus series by Google is definitely the flagship. The first Nexus One was manufactured by HTC, but for the next two models Google switched to Samsung, which lead to an improvement in the quality of the design, mostly. The Galaxy Nexus is the third in line, and is one heck of a smartphone – it looks great, has a lot of hardware features and performance and it runs Android

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sony Xperia Active Gets Run Over by Jeep After Surviving Other Durability Tests

If you saw our initial hands-on video regarding the Sony Xperia Active then you’ll know that this phone is for the active at heart. Some have even gone on to test its ability to work while/after being submerged. Well thanks to crimi8787 there is a slew of YouTube videos putting the the phone through a whole bunch of other tests that show it’s for the extremely active at heart. He tested water-resistance by throwing it into a puddle, bludgeoning and stabbing the smartphone with hammers,

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What you’ll need for an affordable, yet nice in-car navigation setup

Driving a car may be as natural nowadays as walking, but getting around isn’t that easy. While most people drive a car, it’s not often that they do it outside of their hometown, mostly driving to work and back and to grocery stores. When it’s time to go visit your parents in another city or even state, or go for a trip camping or to a lake/the ocean and whatnot, a lot of people get lost pretty quickly, even though they may believe it’s simple to find your way based on previous trips

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Asus Responds to Transformer Prime’s Locked Bootloader, Battery & GPS Issues

After all the availability issues faced by the Transformer Prime in North America, the tablet has now received a series of new complaints regarding battery life, GPS problems and the locked bootloader which were recently addressed in a statement made by Asus officials.

The first complaints about battery life made their appearance a short while ago, when reviewers have found out that in some tests the Transformer Prime lags behind the original Transformer tablet in this regard.Soon after this

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Add Extra Quick Controls and Load Desktop Sites Without Root Thanks to Browser Plus

One of the cool things about Ice Cream Sandwich is the fact that you can maximize your screen real estate while browsing the internet and still have functionality thanks to the quick controls. A quick check of the feature in the labs tab under settings and you are good to go. However if you are using it, what you see is what you get. You still have a browser that loads mobile sites with controls that cannot be customized. Don’t get me wrong I still think that the browser found in Android

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Samsung Galaxy Note vs Acer Iconia Smart S300 – which one’s the best smartphone-tablet hybrid

After the Dell Streak started the trend, other manufacturers followed through with their own smartphone/tablet hybrids, and among the most successful designs, Samsung and Acer stand out with their Galaxy Note and Iconia Smart S300 handsets. While both of them look pretty good, it’s interesting to see which one’s actually better and which company learned more from Dell’s mistakes. So here’s a short comparison.
Exterior design and the display
Both the Iconia Smart and the Galaxy Note have

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Monday, January 2, 2012

4G LTE Toggle Switch Coming To CM9 And The Galaxy Nexus?

Remember when the original Evo 4G on Sprint came with toggling capabilities to save on the constant drain of searching for WiMax? I thought to myself “why don’t all devices have that feature?” Well, here’s to hoping we trend in that direction. Java coder, Android lover and avid beer drinker, @gsarrica, shows us the first signs of this capability making it into CyanogenMod9 and on the Galaxy Nexus. Check out the video below of the toggling feature and be sure to stay tuned as

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Prada Phone by LG 3.0 vs Motorola Droid RAZR – not much difference in style, a wide gap in price

Just a few days ago, Prada and LG announced another result of their partnership – the Prada Phone by LG 3.0 smartphone (yes, I know it’s a mouthful). You may remember their first two phones, the first of which had a capacitive display before the iPhone (but no smart OS to speak of). Well, the third one is a full-fledged smartphone, packing power and running Android inside a beautiful housing. But is it worth the premium cost?
The question is especially worth asking since other high end

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pink Samsung Galaxy S II Now On Sale In Taiwan Today

Happy New Year folks!!! What better way to ring in the new year than by seeing the Samsung Galaxy S II receive a pink facelift for the Taiwanese markets today? Samsung has decided to aim this pink variation of the popular phone for the female demographic. Yes, that same 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP and delectable Android 2.3 goodness is now available in pink skin for your sister, girlfriend, wife, etc.
Exciting news indeed. The pink Galaxy S II is in stores now and will sell for

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Kobo Vox – can the underdog company’s eReader tablet actually succeed?

Kobo is the company you’ve never heard of, but which has been on the market for quite some time. They have successfully played the underdog role and sold quite a lot of their eReader Touch units, which match the Kindle and All New Nook feature for feature almost completely.
Now, they’re at it again, this time on the color tablet/eReader combo market, which is currently dominated by the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (you could also count Nook Color in this category). However, the cheap E-ink

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