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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

Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google is buying travel brand Frommer's, according to The Wall Street Journal. The search engine is reportedly purchasing the brand from John Wiley & Sons in order to bolster its search results regarding local places and attractions. In case you’re not familiar with Frommer's, it provides a detailed database of places to visit in various cities across the world, as well as hotel, restaurant, and store listings.

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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE: August 19th for $199.99

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE: August 19th for $199.99

Motorola announced that the PHOTON Q 4G LTE would be coming sooner rather than later, and now the company has confirmed that the handset will be available to pre-order starting from today, with the phone expected to hit retail shelves this Sunday on August 19th. The phone commands the typical $200 price tag on a new two-year contract, and packs a five row horizontal QWERTY keyboard in conjunction with the latest internals.

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President Obama set to congratulate Curiosity team

President Obama set to congratulate Curiosity team

NASA captured the world’s imagination with the successful deployment of the Curiosity lander on Mars, and now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will call the space agency to congratulate the members of mission control. According to Space.com, the President will call the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California at 11am EST. Numerous scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed and built the Curiosity, striving to keep it active for its two-year mission on the surface of Mars.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 due in the UK on August 16th

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 due in the UK on August 16th

Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would go on sale worldwide in August, and it looks like those in the UK will be able to get their hands on the tablet in the next few days. According to a tweet from Samsung UK, the tablet will go on sale at Samsung’s retail store at Westfield Stratford on August 16th. The company hasn’t confirmed what the tablet will cost, but Expansys currently has the tablet on pre-order for £479.99 (~$754).

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Lenovo’s Windows RT tablet will be ARM-based IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo’s Windows RT tablet will be ARM-based IdeaPad Yoga

Last week it was reported that Lenovo was working on a convertible tablet that would run Windows RT, Microsoft’s ARM-based version of Windows 8. The concept was the same as the IdeaPad Yoga first shown off at CES 2012, but instead of running full-blown Windows 8 and using Intel’s Core i5 chip, the tablet would be utilizing one of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processors and running Windows RT. ABC News corroborates the report, saying that the tablet will carry the IdeaPad Yoga branding.

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Upcoming uTorrent update will feature adverts

Upcoming uTorrent update will feature adverts

uTorrent is one of the world’s most popular BitTorrent clients, with most users preferring it over other solutions due to its lightweight operation and low memory footprint. BitTorrent Inc has slowly been adding new features into the client, upsetting some users in the process, but the latest change will no doubt be controversial. TorrentFreak reports that adverts will soon be integrated into the client that will should generate significant amounts of additional revenue for the company.

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Social network App.net reaches $500k funding goal

Social network App.net reaches $500k funding goal

Dalton Caldwell, the mastermind behind App.net, took to his blog yesterday to announce that the team had reached its funding goal for the project. The App.net alpha project managed to hit its $500,000 goal with two days left to go, and has amassed over $644,000 from around 9,700 backers as of the time of writing. Payment tiers include a $50 option that allows regular users to either reserve a custom username or register their existing Twitter handles, while the $100 option is aimed at developers, providing access to various API tools as well as documentation.

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Sony LT25 “Tsubasa” tipped for Snapdragon S4, 720p display

Sony LT25 “Tsubasa” tipped for Snapdragon S4, 720p display

It’s been a whole five months since Sony released its last flagship Android smartphone, so clearly it’s time for another. Benchmarks have emerged of the Sony LT25 “Tsubasa”, with soruces speaking to Xperia Blog indicating that it will be a smartphone heading to multiple carriers across the world. Both LTE and HSPA+ models of the phone will be offered, with specs said to include a 720p screen, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and LTE connectivity.

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