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Ben Kersey is a writer and contributor to SlashGear and Android Community, currently based in London, UK. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, and can be found on Twtter: @ben_kersey

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update tipped for August 29th

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update tipped for August 29th

Information emerged a few weeks ago about Samsung’s Jelly Bean update plans for its current range of smartphones, indicating that the Galaxy S III was undergoing testing and that an update would be released early in the third quarter. Now an anonymous source speaking to GSMArena suggests that the Jelly Bean update is ready to go, and will be released on August 29th alongside the announcement of the Galaxy Note II.

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Thief steals $60k worth of valuables from Steve Jobs’ home

Thief steals $60k worth of valuables from Steve Jobs’ home

The residence where Steve Jobs lived in Palo Alto, California, was burgled late last month, according to the Associated Press. Around $60,000 worth of computer equipment and valuables were taken from the home. Police have already arrested and charged a suspect, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin. McFarlin is currently in jail with his bail set at $500,000, and is due to attend a court hearing for his case on August 20th.

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Google releases native YouTube app for PlayStation 3

Google releases native YouTube app for PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3 owners have been able to access YouTube on their consoles for some time, but the experience was a little messy, to say the least. Google has rolled out a new app for the PlayStation 3 today, bringing with it a much needed graphical makeover along with improved search capabilities. Users will be able to download the native app for free from the PlayStation Store right this minute.

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Microsoft’s next Windows update codenamed “Blue”

Microsoft’s next Windows update codenamed “Blue”

Microsoft will be ready to launch Windows 8 on October 26th, but already details are emerging of the company's next iteration of the OS. ZDNet reports that there are several references to Windows 9 already doing the rounds, but that the next version of the operating system won’t carry that name. Instead, sources indicate that the next version is codenamed “Blue”. The update is due to land sometime next year, but it most likely won't include a major overhaul.

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD expected in October

Motorola DROID RAZR HD expected in October

Motorola disappointed some fans when it didn’t reveal a new smartphone last week, initially teasing onlookers via its Facebook page with a mystery LTE enabled Motorola phone. Still, leaks and reports have suggested that the DROID RAZR HD is coming, and now a source speaking to Hot Hardware has indicated that the handset should finally arrive in time for October. Not only that, but it will be joined by the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, offering substantially better battery life.

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Apple vs Samsung: International Galaxy S, S II, and Ace cut from case

Apple vs Samsung: International Galaxy S, S II, and Ace cut from case

Yesterday, Apple concluded its arguments in the trial against Samsung, but the South Korean company immediately shot back, arguing that the Cupertino-based company failed to make its arguments and that the case should be dropped. AllThingsD reports that the judge presiding over the case, Lucy Koh, listened to an hour’s worth of arguments from both company’s lawyers, ultimately deciding that Apple’s case still had merit but that several smartphone should be cut from the lawsuit.

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Half-Life 3 tipped for Gamescom reveal (UPDATE: Valve denies announcement)

Half-Life 3 tipped for Gamescom reveal (UPDATE: Valve denies announcement)

Gamescom is due to kick off in Germany tomorrow, bringing together games publishers from across to the world to highlight the latest and greatest titles coming out across various platforms. T3 has managed to spot an exciting reference in the list of games that will be announced at the conference. According to the PDF, Valve will officially announce Half-Life 3 at the gaming event.

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Gartner: Worldwide phone sales shrink 2.3%

Gartner: Worldwide phone sales shrink 2.3%

According to research and analyst firm Gartner, the worldwide mobile phone market shrank by 2.3% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Gartner cites the worldwide economy as the reason for the decline, and also points to current smartphone owners holding off on upgrading their handsets as the release of the next iPhone looms large.

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Google rolls out limited Google+ vanity URLs

Google rolls out limited Google+ vanity URLs

One of the biggest problems with Google+ is the inability to easily type in a URL to get to a specific person’s profile page. Profiles right now are accessed via string of random numbers, so either you’ll need to have someone in your feed or you’ll have to search for via Google before stumbling across their profile page and feed. The search company has made moves to correct the problem, according to TechCrunch, with the introduction of new vanity URLs.

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Samsung SGH-T899 Windows Phone heading to T-Mobile

Samsung SGH-T899 Windows Phone heading to T-Mobile

We already know that Windows Phone 8 will bring high-definition screens to the platform, and LTE has been available for a while, but which company will be the first to bring the two technologies together? TmoNews has managed to spot some references to one of Samsung’s upcoming Windows Phone handsets, the SGH-T899, which will be reportedly be running a 4.65-inch screen with a 1280x720 resolution along with support for LTE.

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