Apple retains position as world’s top brand

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The annual BrandZ study by market research agency Millward Brown has named Apple the top global brand for a second straight year.

The BrandZ report lists Apple’s brand value for 2012 at just under $183 billion, representing a 19% year-over-year increase. Read more »

VIA announces its $49 Android PC, poses a real threat to the Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi, be very, very careful! You are not the only ultra cheap PC out there any more, as VIA launches its own fully functional computer, which costs next to nothing.

Dubbed “APC”, this cheap PC runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and carries a $49 price tag. This is slightly more expensive than the $25/$35 Raspberr Pi, but you also get better specs. Read more »

Mass Effect Infiltrator arrives on Android

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EA has released the Android version of the Mass Effect Infiltrator, introduced first on iOS back in February. The game is based on Mass Effect 3 but follows a different story line.

Even though the games are different, they are still connected. In fact it is recommended that you play this game before you start playing Mass Effect 3 because of the way this game affects your gameplay in ME3. As you play Infiltrator, your progress is logged and uploaded to Galaxy at War. If you complete this game you will get additional abilities while playing ME3 and it will also affect your story line and the ending of ME3. Read more »

HTC Evo 4G LTE battery test is over, the results are impressive

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In our review of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, we noted that the Sprint Wireless exclusive smartphone one ups its AT&T relative – the HTC One X, on a couple of instances. The bigger, 2000 mAh battery is one of the Evo features, which is certain to make the owners of its polycarbonate bodied relative jealous.

We already put the HTC One X for AT&T through its paces in our battery test, and came quite impressed with what we saw. Naturally, the expectations towards the Evo ran even higher, given its larger battery. Hit the break to find out how it did. Read more »

Control a computer with the wave of your hand, Minority Report style

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Ten years ago sci-fi movie Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, showed a mesmerizing new way of controlling software interfaces – by waving your hands and making gestures in the air in front of the monitor (a giant monitor wall in the case of the movie). Well, we’ve all seen Kinect and what it has done to home gaming but we are yet to witness the next revolution – commanding your run-of-the mill Windows or Mac OS computer with similar hand gestures in the air.

Well, meet this tiny USB gizmo, made by a company called Leap Motion, that promises to enable just that – and it’s just $70. They’ve got a great video to prove their point. Let’s hope that the real product delivers on the promises. Read more »

ST-Ericsson, Samsung confirm that I8530 Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Ace 2 use NovaThor chipsets

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ST-Ericsson and Samsung officially unveiled what many already suspected – Samsung is using NovaThor chipsets for more than the Galaxy S Advance. The other two phones that make use of the platform are the pico-projector packing I8530 Galaxy Beam and the mid-range dual-core droid, the Galaxy Ace 2 (which just went on sale in the UK and Germany, by the way).

The Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam packs a NovaThor U8500 with its two Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1GHz and a Mali-400 GPU. Read more »

HTC One S gets gutted

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If you’ve been eyeing the recently released HTC One series, then you might be interested to see how they look on the inside.

This HTC One S teardown video lets you take a peak at whats behind that gorgeous 4.3″ Super AMOLED. Read more »

Samsung signs David Beckham to promote the Galaxy Note

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Samsung, the official partner for the 2012 Summer Olympics, has gotten famous football player David Beckham to promote their Galaxy Note.

In the new video that they released, we see Beckham kicking footballs at drums to the tune of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’. Read more »

Nokia talks about the 808 PureView camera in detail on a video shot entirely on it

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We have seen Nokia talk about the 808 PureView camera before. We have also seen a sample video shot on the 808 PureView. Now we have a video shot entirely on the 808 PureView, where Nokia’s team of engineers who worked on the phone talk about their experience.

While most of what we see in the video is something we have already read before, the important thing here is that video has been shot on the phone itself. As you can expect, the video quality is really good for a phone. So good, in fact, that after a certain point you completely forget that the video has been shot on a phone and only pay attention to what the people in the video are saying. Read more »

HTC One X for AT&T battery test is over, see if it outperforms its quad-core sibling

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As most of you probably know by now, the HTC One X for AT&T packs a different chipset than its NVIDIA Tegra 3 rocking, global sibling. A Qualcomm made, Snapdragon S4 chipset with two CPU cores is the reason for the US available HTC One X’s LTE connectivity.

This means that testing out the battery life of the two HTC One X versions is the perfect showdown of the battery efficiency, which the latest and greatest Qualcomm and NVIDIA chipsets offer. Read on to find out which one came on top. Read more »

First footage of Infinity Blade: Dungeons surfaces

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Infinity Blade, the all-conquering iOS title, has shifted direction, which is evident in the new gameplay video of the Infinity Blade: Dungeons.

The game now looks much more like Dungeon Hunter with the main character battling against all sorts of enemies in a maze-type arena complete with an overhead gaming view. Read more »

Chrome is the new king of browsers, finally beats Internet Explorer

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Google Chrome has done it again and is now the most used web browser on the planet, taking the crown from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The news comes from StatCounter, whose measurements for May reveal that Chrome finally managed to pull ahead of its rival. Read more »

Samsung selling Galaxy Note Olympic Edition in UK [UPDATED]

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You must be aware by now that Samsung is the official sponsor of the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held later this year in July in London. Now we have come across a picture of this rather attractive special edition Galaxy Note being sold in the UK.

Called the Galaxy Note Olympic Edition, the phone comes with a special back cover. The one pictured here is the Great Britain version that comes with a glossy black cover with the Union Flag on it. Read more »

Samsung S Voice leaks alongside some widgets, apps and ringtones from the Galaxy S III

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First Flipboard lost its Galaxy S III exclusivity and is currently available for all Androids, now S Voice and various apps and widgets from the Galaxy S III followed suit.

The credit for leaking the highly anticipated S Voice goes to XDA member PlaYOuT, who extracted it and made it available for everyone’s downloading pleasure. Soon before him, however, ithehappy went a step further and made available a couple of widgets, apps and ringtones from Samsung’s new flagship. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 900 display takes hits with a hammer and a nail, lives to tell the story

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After the Nokia Lumia 800 survived a mini ice age, we get to see if the Lumia 900 is going to pass the nail-to-the screen test.

Granted, this is not an industry standard test, but the guys over at TechCraver decided to give it a whirl anyways to see how much the Lumia 900′s screen can handle. And by the looks of it, it can take a lot of punishment. Read more »