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Besides actually manufacturing the absolute best smartphones, Samsung has one more thing going for it that helps the company remain the undisputed Android king. The Koreans sure know how to build up the hype surrounding new products, ensuring therefore that the interest of potential customers reaches unbelievable heights way before a device is seeing the light of day. Case(s) in point the Galaxy S3, which has kept us on our toes for months before its official unveiling, and now the Galaxy Note 2. The second-generation “phablet” has been in the spotlight for a while already, but, even with leaks and…

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Though everyone expected it to be officially unveiled on August 15 in yet another grand event, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10.1 arrived a bit earlier, undercutting our predictions by more than a week. The 10-incher’s full spec sheet was revealed, along with some rather vague details about availability, but one key piece of information was left out from the official announcement. Samsung mentioned nothing about the Note 10.1’s pricing, leaving us guessing and wondering “what if…”. However, the pricing details are already beginning to unravel, starting with the German and French markets. Le Journal du Geek, a pretty popular online…

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When the Crysis FPS game came out on the PC in 2007, it pushed the boundaries of what gaming graphics should look like. The “Can it run Crysis?” catchphrase became an Internet meme, a question asked whenever a new CPU or GPU is announced. ARM hardware has been evolving at an amazing pace, with the performance of mobile GPUs doubling every 12 months. Low-power ARM chips are very close to surpassing the current gen consoles, in terms of performance and gaming visuals. Crytek, the company behind Crysis, seems to agree that, if the next-gen PS4 and Xbox720 won’t come soon,…

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As childish as they might seem to most of us, the legal quarrels between Apple and Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft, HTC and Apple and so on and so forth do have one thing going for them. In their attempt to avoid injunctions, bans, or financial penalties, the involved parties need to pull out all stops, meaning we get access to all kinds of exclusive or novel information, which might have never become public otherwise. Less than a couple of weeks ago, we heard that Apple was preparing a heavy blow against Samsung to prove the design similarities between the iPad…

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It seems the Nexus 7 is such a hot product that Google and Asus can barely keep making it before it sells out. Soon after it launched, the 16GB version sold out, and was unavailable for two weeks. That was surprising considering it was the more expensive and not-so-promoted version, compared to the $199 8GB Nexus 7 model. But maybe people wanted to be cautious in regard to the available storage they would have and that’s how the 16GB version sold out first. Now it seems the 8GB is the one that sold out. The 8GB Nexus 7 is now…

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While U.S. users happily settle into Jelly Bean on their WIFI versions of the Motorola Xoom, the UK is just now finally getting its hands on an Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update brings the UK Motorola Xoom up to speed with Android 4.0.4, which is a big upgrade from Honeycomb, but still not nearly as satisfying as a jump to Jelly Bean would have been. So why the different release frames between the UK and the U.S.? In the States, the Motorola Xoom WIFI is sold as a Google Experience Device, meaning it gets similar ‘early dibs’ rights that…

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For music lovers, owning a Kindle Fire just became a whole lot sweeter with the addition of support for the vastly popular music-streaming service, Spotify. The service has graced iOS and Android for a while now, but has quickly started to show its virtual face in a wider range of devices including televisions and media players. Previously, those with a bit of technical skills managed to still get their musical groove on by side-loading the app onto their beloved Amazon tablets, but it’s great to finally have an official way to enjoy all that Spotify has to offer. With the…

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While the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T has been out in the US for about three weeks now, the Infinity has just now finally made its way to Australia, with sales starting tomorrow. The news about the Infinity’s arrival came by way of a special media event in Sydney, earlier this morning, which we have been expecting for a while now. The one catch to the launch is that Asus has decided to only sell the unit paired with the keyboard dock, and at the relatively high price of $999, which is bad news for those that like the freedom to…

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It shouldn’t really have been a surprise when Google announced that Asus would be manufacturing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. Google has shown a willingness to work with various partners in the past, choosing HTC to make the original Nexus One and then switching to Samsung for the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. You might expect them to announce a partnership with Motorola at some point, considering the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but for now Asus is the manufacturer of choice. The resulting tablet offers unbeatable specs for the price. The Nexus 7 may not be an iPad killer…

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3

Ever since the first iPad came out in 2010, tech companies around the world have tried to match its success, in about the same manner that many tech companies have tried to match the success of the iPhone ever since the first version came out in 2007. But, unlike the iPhone situation, and despite the abundance of Android tablets that have hit the shelves since 2010, Apple has managed to stay ahead of everyone else in the tablet market. But, as was the case with the iPhone, Apple is now starting to feel the heat from Android manufacturers. With that…