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Nexus devices picked by NASA to power ultra-cheap satellites

by: nathanAugust 24, 2012
Here's what we know about PhoneSat, NASA's coolest technological venture into space: it's low-cost and it's sporting none other than the 'droid. It's actually part of the CubeSat Launch Initiative that ties in small consumer electronics with working nanosatellites.
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Samsung opens Apple-like store in Sydney, coincidentally almost next to an Apple retail store

by: Chris SmithAugust 24, 2012

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It doesn’t really help your case against Apple – in which you argue that you don’t just copy/follow the iPhone maker’s lead in whatever it’s doing – if you’re going to open your own Samsung store that looks very much like an Apple store very close to an Apple store.

But that’s what happened in Sydney, where Samsung unveiled its own store in which consumers can walk in and interact with its smart devices, from Smart TVs to computers to tablets and smartphones, with the obvious emphasis on the last two kinds of products.

Then again, if you’re familiar with Steve Jobs and his obsession for opening Apple retail stores – [...]

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Going green with smartphones and tablets

by: Simon HillAugust 24, 2012
Are there any eco-friendly, ethically sound smartphones or tablets on the market? We investigate which manufacturers are making an effort to produce "green" devices.
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South Korean court rules that Samsung did not copy the iPhone

by: Gary SimsAugust 24, 2012

Trying to keep track of who is suing who in the mobile industry is hard enough. But trying to keep track of which countries the suits are being filed in, is enough to make your head hurt. Currently Apple is in a legal battle with most of the major Android OEMs including HTC, Samsung and Motorola (aka Google). The biggest battle is with Samsung where injunctions have been filed in Australia and in Europe (specifically in Germany and the Netherlands) and where Apple has had some measure of success in blocking the sales of a variety of Samsung devices. On top of this, Apple and Samsung are battling it out in South Korea and of course in the [...]

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Jelly Bean update now heading to UK Asus Transformer Pad, possibly other regions too

by: Bams SadewoAugust 24, 2012
While American folks already got their Transformer Pad’s belly filled with some jelly a week ago, the update has finally reached other variants of the tablet, it seems.
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Review: iFixit dissects $99 Google TV-powered Vizio Co-Star

by: Gary SimsAugust 24, 2012

Vizio’s exceptionally priced $99 Google TV set top box started shipping a few days ago and the iFixit team have got their hands on one. In traditional but brilliant iFixit way, the team takes apart the device bit by bit and finds out what makes this little power box tick.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Vizio Co-Star, it is a Google TV smart box which turns your TV into an Android based device and gives you easy access to all your favorite stuff via apps like Chrome and YouTube. It has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, supports 720p, 1080i, and 1080p via its HDMI connector, has full access to Goolgle Play (including games and apps) [...]

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Kindle Fire 2 event scheduled for September 6, is Amazon in a hurry to launch it before the iPad Mini?

by: Chris SmithAugust 24, 2012

With the launch of the original Kindle Fire, it became clear that there’s an obvious market for budge-friendly but content-filled 7-inch tablets. Google soon saw the Amazon threat to its fragile Android ecosystem that was already taking a beating from the iPad, and pulled all the stops to make the Nexus 7, a Kindle Fire killer – which is exactly what the device is, and then some.

But Amazon will not stop making Kindle Fire tablets. In fact, long before the late June Nexus 7 announcement we’ve seen a garden variety of Kindle Fire 2 rumors, with Amazon rumored to release more than one Android-based device – the company is said to consider [...]

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Angry Birds Space joins Curiosity in Mars with 20 brand new levels

by: Bams SadewoAugust 24, 2012
Following the recent success of NASA’s space crawler in Mars, Rovio and the space agency are teaming up once more in bringing the latest episode of Angry Birds Space. This time, the episode is inspired by Curiosity’s adventure on the red planet.
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Hey Verizon, where’s Jelly Bean for my Galaxy Nexus?

by: Simon HillAugust 24, 2012
So what’s the hold up with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming to the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon? Apparently the carrier is dragging its feet, testing, testing, testing, and refusing to fix a date.
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Is T-Mobile killing the Galaxy Note two weeks after its release?

by: Bams SadewoAugust 24, 2012
This might be the end of the road for T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note. The wonder phablet, which was launched on T-Mo just two short weeks ago, is apparently nearing its End-of-Life (EOL) status.
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