Apple iPad mini vs. the Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD: the compact tablet battleground

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Apple just announced their 7.9-inch iPad mini and is now officially ready to enter the fight in the ultra portable tablet market.

iOS is the dominant platform in the large tablet class, but it’s a newbie in the compact segment. So does the Apple iPad mini have what it takes to successfully challenge the already established competition from Google (ASUS) with its Nexus 7 and Amazon with its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Read more »

Apple updates Mac mini and iMacs

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In addition to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple announced the refreshed Mac mini and iMac lineups at its event tonight.

For the Mac mini you can now choose between dual-core i5 and quad-core i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, up to two 1TB hard drives or 256GB SSD. Wi-Fi n connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0 are also on board. Read more »

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is official, prices start from $1699

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Apple has officially announced its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, confirming earlier rumors.

Just as its name suggests, the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a ultra-high resolution 2,560 x 1,600 pixels IPS display (232 ppi pixel density) boasting 300 nits brightness and 75 percent less reflections that its predecessor. Read more »

200 million devices already upgraded to iOS 6

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Over at the Apple event in California Theatre in San Jose Tim Cook announced the number of devices that are currently running on the latest iOS 6.

The magic number is 200 million, which is quite impressive. Read more »

Skyfall movie review – Shaken, not stirred

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After the mediocre and rather dull Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in his third Agent 007 movie called Skyfall.

But don’t think for a moment that 007 has lost his touch. In Skyfall you’re brought to a blood-fizzing action scene from the get-go, reminding you what Bond is capable of. Luckily, this isn’t the only brilliant Casino Royale-like action sequence, the director Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, American Beauty) treats us to in Skyfall.

And that’s exactly what Bond needs in his 23rd movie, celebrating the half-century anniversary of Agent 007. Read more »

Apple to offer live stream for its iPad mini event tonight

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As a welcome break of tradition, Apple is going to offer live streaming of its iPad mini event tonight. The company will let you become a part of the unveiling of its latest product through its web site or, if you happen to own one, through Apple TV.

As you probably know by now, Apple is going to hold an event, which starts tonight at 17:00 GMT and should see the introduction of the first 7.85” iOS tablet, probably called iPad mini. Sporting a more compact design and a more attractive price tag than its larger sibling, the iPad mini should help iOS get an even firmer grasp of the tablet market. Read more »

Amazon server outages bring down Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, and Viber among others

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Last night (in Europe) an outage in Amazon Web Services on the US East Coast caused disruption of some major online services that we all use and love. Websites and apps such as Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, and Viber have all been non-responsive. The outage has been felt the worst by users in Asia and the US, where the downtime was actually running through the day.

A member of the collective hacker group called Anonymous went public on Twitter to claim responsibility. Later on, an Amazon spokesperson stated this is not the case and Amazon servers had not been under attack. Read more »

Dropbox for iOS finally updated to match the iPhone 5 taller screen

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Dropbox pushed a much needed update to their iOS app on Apple’s Appstore. The new version not only makes full use of the iPhone 5 taller screen, but also has done away with the previous photo size limitation when printing pics or saving them to the Camera Roll from the app.

The new update bring the application version to 1.5.6. Read more »

Steve Jobs returns in another epic rap, this time about the iPad mini

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A hotly anticipated Apple event will take place later today and the rumor mill is adamant that the star of the show will be the iPad mini. We’ve seen a long, LONG stream of leaks of just about every component of the iPad mini, so let’s unwind with a bit of lighthearted humor before the big event begins.

First, there’s an animated music video that tells the story of the creation of the iPad mini and features a couple of surprising cameos. Read more »

First Nokia Lumia 510 promo video is out

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The Nokia Lumia 510 aims to be the company’s most affordable Lumia handset, but still bring excellent features like a 4″ screen and a 5MP autofocus wide angle amera. It will run Windows Phone 7.5 at first (complete with Nokia Drive navigation), but it should get the WP7.8 update too.

The first promo video is already out, giving you the lowdown on the newest Lumia member, check it out after the break. Read more »

Watch the new Iron Man 3 trailer here

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After the teaser trailer was released a few days ago, I have been looking forward to the full trailer of the next installment in one of Iron Man, one the greatest superhero movie series ever.

The Iron Man 3 trailer is now out and you will find it below. If you ask me, this movie looks like it is going to be pretty awesome. The only bad thing is we’ll have to wait till April to see it. Read more »

LG shares the story of Optimus G’s QSlide multitasking feature, keeps the promo videos coming

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LG is very proud of the work it has done with the Optimus G. The quad-core powerhouse, as it was earlier confirmed will even be the base for the next Nexus device from Google.

What that device won’t have, however, is LG’s multitasking feature dubbed QSlide. To emphasize the importance of that QSlide, LG has shared the story of its creation in an interesting video. Read more »

Skype for Windows 8 to hit the Microsoft Store on October 26

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Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows 8 this Thursday, October 25. With the premiere just around the corner, Skype has finally announced its plans for the Metro UI/Modern UI/Touch UI or whatever Microsoft wants to call it app.

The new Skype is going to hit the Microsoft Store on October 26 and will come pre-installed on all upcoming (ARM and x86-based) Windows 8 devices. Read more »

Microsoft employees drop Surface tablet on hardwood floor in the name of reliability testing

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Well, it’s good to know that even Microsoft guys aren’t above throwing gadgets just to see what will happen. Okay, officially it was presented as a reliability test for the Surface tablet, but you can see way too many smiling faces for this to be a boring, repetitive durability test.

The Windows 8 RT-powered slate was shooting 1080p video at the time of the test, which consisted of falling 30″ (76cm) on a hardwood floor. Check out the video of the Surface taking a plunge after the break. Read more »

Google to allegedly launch the Nexus 10 and 3G Nexus 7 on October 29

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You may have heard by now about the October 29 event scheduled by Google. While a new Nexus phone is what everyone is expecting, it seems Google might have a couple more tricks up its sleeve.

The first one is something we have already seen, and that is the 32GB Nexus 7 that is actually on sale in several places in the US. What we haven’t seen so far is a 3G version of the Nexus 7, something a lot of people have been waiting for, which is also something that Google is said to unveil during the October 29 event. Read more »