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16GB Nexus 7 back on sale on Google Play in Canada, official case goes up for $20

by: Bams SadewoJuly 27, 2012

The Nexus 7 is turning out to be quite the big hit for Google, enough that some Canadian folks are experiencing shipment delays. If you can’t find one yet in your local stores back home, here’s an update on the Jelly Bean tablet’s availability on the Play Store.

After being slapped with the ‘sold out’ tag, the 16GB model of Nexus 7 is now back on sale on Canada Play Store. If you don’t mind the 3-5 days of waiting for Google to send it across border to your porch, better hit that buy button now and get those CAD $259 ready. Those looking for the 8GB Nexus 7 online aren’t as lucky, as the smaller capacity model is now listed as out of stock.

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Apple won’t have to bare the shame of acknowledging that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. For now

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2012

As you might now, Apple suffered a humiliating defeat in court a couple of weeks back, when British judge Colin Birss ruled that Samsung has not infringed on the design of the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tab (apparently, the Tab is “not as cool”). Moreover, it was later revealed that Apple suffered an even more crushing blow, although this one would only affect its vanity.

Apple has been ordered by the court to publicly acknowledge that Samsung did not copy the iPad, by posting a notice on its website (and keeping if for six months) and paying for a similar advertisement in several British publications.

In other words, Apple was forced to admit failure, in a [...]

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Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE to arrive on Sprint soon

by: LucianJuly 27, 2012

We haven’t seen many phones with QWERTY keyboards lately, and I know a lot of people still want them, provided they offer some decent specs and the latest version of Android. Motorola is trying to aim for that here with the Photon Q, a LTE phone with a QWERTY keyboard and Android 4.0, which is not exactly the latest version of Android, but close enough.

The phone comes with a dual core 1.5 Ghz processor (most likely the S4), an 8MP camera, NFC, a 4.3″ “Color Boost” display, which I assume has an HD resolution, although at this 4.3″ size it’s possible Motorola went with qHD. The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is supposed to be a [...]

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Nvidia embraces Miracast standard for wireless displays in Tegra 3

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2012

Yesterday, Nvidia announced that its Tegra 3 architecture is fully compatible with Miracast, the upcoming standard for wireless display connections.

Miracast is a specification developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance that will allow seamless and quick connections between mobile devices and HD TV sets. Based on the current Wi-Fi Direct standard, Miracast promises to make you forget about the hassle of connecting smartphones and tablets to TVs through cables. The Miracast standard will allow simple pairing and transfer of audio and video signal to compatible TVs.

Here’s a presentation video from Nvidia that depicts the main use cases for the new Miracast [...]

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Samsung says Woops!, brings back local search on UK Galaxy S3

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2012

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Now that’s an embarrassing mistake. Samsung has mistakenly pushed the local search removal update to the Galaxy S3 in the United Kingdom. Better known as the dumb search update, the patch removes the possibility to search for local contacts, apps, and other items on the Galaxy S3. Users are left with the basic web search, although a number of workarounds exist.

Yesterday, Samsung acknowledged that it inadvertently pushed the dumb search update to devices in the UK and promised to repair the problem within the next few days. It seems that they were pretty quick about it, because the new firmware, which restores local search, is now available as an OTA and via [...]

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Verizon’s Pantech Star Q 4G LTE leaked, slider phone with Snapdragon S4 and ICS

by: Bams SadewoJuly 27, 2012

Now that summer break is almost over, Verizon is hoping to catch the new school year momentum by unleashing the Pantech Star Q 4G LTE. The Star Q’s main attraction is its 5-row QWERTY keyboard, which should be welcomed by text-obsessed students or other folks who often have to do their word processing on the road.

Slide-out QWERTY keyboard aside, the Pantech Star Q 4G LTE is no slouch in the speed department. The phone is equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor; the same chip used in high-end Android smartphones. It boasts a 4-inch display of 800 x 480 resolution, 3MP rear camera, and a front camera. Another surprise is the inclusion of Android 4.0 Ice [...]

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Rogers offers HTC Desire C for free, goes for $30 on Fido

by: Bams SadewoJuly 27, 2012

As previously hinted, HTC’s latest entry-level phone, the Desire C, has finally landed in Canada on several wireless carriers. The first is Rogers, which will practically give away the phone to willing customers. The second carrier that will sell the fiery-looking phone is Fido.

If you don’t mind being stuck with Rogers for the next three years, you can get the HTC Desire C for as little as $0.01. Considering they’ll also throw in a free Bluetooth headset as a bonus, it’s not at all a bad proposition. Alternatively, you can purchase the phone outright for $200 with no strings attached.

Over at Fido, the phone is being offered for $30 – but you’ll only have to [...]

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Google Fiber plans: 1 Gbps for $70, 5 Mbps Internet for free, and more

by: LucianJuly 27, 2012

One of the most awaited projects from Google in the past few years, Google Fiber, has finally been launched.

The average American consumer should be very excited about this project, because, even if Google doesn’t intend to compete with other ISPs on a national level, the service should still push ISPs to try to match Google’s speed and pricing. Seeing how US has one of the slowest and most expensive internet industry in the world, this move is a very welcome one, indeed.

But why is this important to Google? Google is at a point (and has been for a while) where it can only grow by expanding “the Internet”. They grow by helping people [...]

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Google Handwrite: A new way to Google on your mobile device

by: LucianJuly 27, 2012

Google Handwrite is one feature that Galaxy Note owners will be happy to get. The newly unveiled function will make the Note’s stylus even more useful – users can now search on Google by handwriting the words. And, while this sounds like the perfect application for the stylus of the Galaxy Note, Handwrite seems to work just as well with fingers.

To use the new Handwrite feature, go to your Search Settings at the bottom of the Google.com page and enable it.  A small toolbar will then pop up at the bottom of the page on smartphones running Android 2.3+, tablets running Android 4.0+, and on all iOS 5+ devices.

The Handwrite input method will work [...]

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3 out of 5 first-time smartphone owners in the US choose Android

by: Ankit BanerjeeJuly 27, 2012

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There are many reasons why Android is the most popular operating system around, ranging from its open source nature to its availability to all consumers, regardless of financial capability. Android has been dominating the smartphone market across the world. We know about how Android’s market share in Spain is a whopping 84%, and around 50% in the US. But that number is all set to grow, although slowly, if a new report by Comscore is any indication.

Comscore, an internet marketing research company, has just released a report, which states that 62% of first-time smartphone owners choose Android devices, with 25% picking iOS. Granted, this [...]

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