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Microsoft Surface release date set for October 26, to launch alongside Windows 8

by: Chris SmithJuly 30, 2012

Back in June, Microsoft held a special media event to unveil its Windows 8-running tablet. The Surface is meant to be the company’s first Windows tablet ready to challenge the iPad and all the Android tablets out there. But in the process, the device will also compete against similar computers made by other Windows PC makers out there.

In a way, the Surface is for Microsoft what the Nexus 7 is for Google, although the Surface is a high-end device compared with the Jelly Bean tablet whose main mission is to fend off the Kindle Fire threat in the Android tablet ecosystem.

While Microsoft showcased the main specs and features of the [...]

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Lenovo outs vanilla Android 4.0 update for IdeaPad K1, casual users may want to steer clear

by: Bams SadewoJuly 30, 2012

Joining the drove of Honeycomb tablets that were released in 2011, Lenovo’s IdeaPad K1 became the company’s first foray in the Android tablet market. A year later, it looks like Lenovo is  ready to drop support for the K1, but not without first giving away some parting gift.

Lenovo is releasing a basic and non-customized Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the IdeaPad K1, which won’t come with the company’s launcher, pre-installed apps, and even Google Play Store. This might sound like music to the ears of developers and tweakers, but casual customers may not find the idea too thrilling.

Installing the provided ICS firwmare on the IdeaPad K1 will also [...]

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Android phone encryption can be bypassed, Defcon hackers say

by: Chris SmithJuly 30, 2012

The personal data that’s stored on your Android device is not as secure as you may think once it gets into the wrong hands. Sure, your lost/stolen smartphone is protected by some sort of unlock code, but that kind of security does not guarantee that your data won’t fall into the wrong hands.

AllThingsD talked to Viaforensics’ director of research and development Thomas Cannon at the Defcon hacker conference, who revealed that the actual passwords that people use to protect their Android devices are the weak link that can be exploited to bypass the device’s encryption.

Apparently hackers won’t try to find a flaw in the “Linux-based [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Beam now selling in the UK, US release still unannounced

by: AdrianJuly 30, 2012

Although it was supposed to start selling in the UK more than three weeks ago, the Samsung Galaxy Beam phone/pico projector is only now up for grabs for the wide public. We don’t know exactly what was the problem with Expansys’ stocks at the beginning of the month, but what we do know is that at least 15 unlucky tech users who didn’t manage to get a Beam then can do so now.

That’s how much units Expansys UK is claiming to have in its stocks, and it might be enough for a day or two. After that, there’s no way to know what will happen, but it’s more than likely that a couple hundred extra Galaxy Beams or so will pop up.

In fact, Samsung has only announced the sale [...]

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Firmware leaks for Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, launch can’t be too far

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 30, 2012

Sam Mobile claims to have got hold of the firmware of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, which means that the long-awaited slate should officially launch in the close future.

The firmware details are:

Android 4.0.4 Build date: July 20 CODE: N8000XWALG7 PHONE: N8000XXLGA CSC: N8000OJVALG4

Although it’s not impossible, it is highly unlikely that Samsung will have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Note 10.1 by the time will launch.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a classic example of how Samsung (or any manufacturer for the matter) should not handle product launches. The Note 10.1 was first revealed at the Mobile World Congress in March, serving as a [...]

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Phones 4U offers the ZTE Grand X for free (with a two-year contract)

by: Bams SadewoJuly 30, 2012

With the quad-core ZTE Era seemingly taking a temporary backseat, ZTE introduced the company’s next best thing last week, the Grand X. At one point, it was hailed as the “world’s most advanced gaming smartphone”, but a quick look at the specs reveals otherwise. The Grand X is more worthy of being named as yesteryear’s flagship phone. Like many of ZTE’s phones, however, the Grand X does have the advantage of being priced aggressively.

UK’s Phones 4U is giving away the ZTE Grand X for free, as long as you’re willing to pay £20.50 a month for the next two years. The monthly plan comes with free 600 minutes and 3000 texts, as well as 100MB of free data allowance. Paying [...]

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Want to turn your swag on? Tokova has two Soulja Boy special tablets for you

by: AdrianJuly 30, 2012

You can’t be a famous rapper without showing off your “bling”, “swag”, “pimp mobiles”, or “bread” in public anytime you get the chance, can you? But when jewelry, clothes, cars and money are not enough to illustrate exactly what kind of rich and successful son of a… gun are you, what’s there left to do?

If we are to take Soulja Boy’s example, when cars and jewelry ain’t enough, Android is the way to go. More exactly, you get an obscure tablet manufacturer to accept a “partnership” and launch two new products with your name and face slapped on their backs. That way, you can be (or at least think of yourself) as cooler than cool, and the company can get out of anonymity, [...]

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Watch the latest Nexus 7 video: Google+ Hangouts

by: LucianJuly 30, 2012

Google has recently started a whole series of videos for their Nexus 7 tablet to show their customers what they can do with the Nexus 7 tablet and how to take advantage of all its apps and services. This latest video is about perhaps the most innovative feature of their Google+ service – Hangouts.

Hangouts is a multi-way video chat tool, which allows up to ten people to talk to each other at the same time. It uses a neat technology that knows when a user is speaking, and enlarges his or her video screen, which makes it easier to keep track of who’s talking at any given time.

Of course, you can still talk to only one person at a time, just like the [...]

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Google Nexus 7 Jelly Bean tablet design includes back camera slot

by: Chris SmithJuly 30, 2012

Image Credit: iFixit

A few days ago we showed the response Asus gave when asked why the Nexus 7 tablet that it created together with Google – apparently the device would have been a little more expensive with a back camera on board.

Therefore, the final Nexus 7 design offers only a front-facing camera with support for video chatting. The lack of a rear shooter has been mildly criticized by some users that for some reason want to take pictures with a tablet, no matter how big such a device is.

 

A recent xda-developers unboxing and teardown of the Nexus 7 reveals various things about the first ever Jelly [...]

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Samsung is working on 350 PPI AMOLED displays that will trump Apple’s Retina

by: LucianJuly 30, 2012

Mockup by GSMArena

The display of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S3, hovers just over the 300+ PPI (pixel per inch) mark, which, according to Steve Jobs himself, is enough for people to not be able to distinguish the individual pixels. Apple later backtracked and started releasing “Retina displays” with only 264 PPI for the new iPad, and only 220 PPI for the new Macbook Pro, claiming that the difference in viewing distance compensates for the smaller pixel density.

But Samsung is planning to make displays that are a lot sharper than the iPhone’s Retina. Thanks to advancements in in the Fine Metal Mask production technique and use of [...]

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