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Samsung may one-up Apple with 11.6-inch tablet sporting 2560×1600 resolution, coming February

Samsung may one-up Apple with 11.6-inch tablet sporting 2560×1600 resolution, coming February

Rumor has it that Samsung has plans to take on Apple's upcoming iPad 3 tablet with its own 11.6-inch tablet, which may sport an incredibly dense, Retina display-shaming resolution. The new tablet will also have Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and will be most likely to debut at this year's Mobile World Congress this February. Though the tablet will have a larger display than Samsung’s current Galaxy Tab 10.1, the tablet will be “barely larger”, since the panel will have a thinner bezel with a stunnning 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, 11.6-inch screen, and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Apple's rumored iPad 3 Retina display should gear up for some competition.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt envisions Google TV on majority of new TVs by summer of 2012

Google’s Eric Schmidt envisions Google TV on majority of new TVs by summer of 2012

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has become the unofficial chief bearer of good news for his company at the LeWeb Conference in France this year, in his onstage interview just today. Known for lofty predictions (such as his anticipations for self-driving cars and semantic search engines) when he speaks at conferences, Schmidt spoke about his big plans for Google TV, which he believes will embedded in the majority of new television sets by the summer of 2012. That's quite a prediction to make, even for the Google Chairman, especially since not much ground has been broken by Google TV, at least at the moment.

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Facebook for Android updated, inherits speedier UI from iOS

Facebook for Android updated, inherits speedier UI from iOS

Facebook just launched their updated Facebook app for Android, which the social networking giant claims is "now quicker and easier to view photos, get messages and navigate around the app". What does this actually mean? Basically put, it's inherited the interface from the recently updated iPad and iPhone versions of the app. The UI has also been redone for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the upper-right drop-down menu instead of the previous hidden menu interface.

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Instagram app for Android confirmed

Instagram app for Android confirmed

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom finally confirmed at the LeWeb conference today that the Android port of the massively popular photo-sharing app on the iPhone was coming soon. Systrom told LeWeb attendees that the photo sharing app had two engineers onboard to accomplish the task. Though currently, there isn't a set release date for when the Android app would be finished, the popularity of Instagram on the iOS platform has spawned a number of photo-sharing app clones on Android, and it'd do Instagram good for them to release as soon as possible.

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Verizon 4G LTE nationwide outage confirmed, limited 3G service

Verizon 4G LTE nationwide outage confirmed, limited 3G service

So it turns out that Verizon's 4G LTE network isn't only down in the Midwest region only, as we originally reported. Verizon has confirmed that 4G LTE is undergoing a nationwide outage at the moment, and that their engineers are working on the outage as we speak. Calls, texts and 3G should be working for the time being for some areas, although 3G is "limited", as some customers have reported their devices operating on either 3G or having no data service at all. It's kind of a bummer for what boasts the fastest network speeds in the nation.

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Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta slated for February 2012 launch

Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta slated for February 2012 launch

Microsoft has just confirmed that the public beta release of Windows 8 will come in February of 2012, a date that was danced around tentatively, and which we covered previously. At this rate, it's looking pretty good for Microsoft in terms of hitting its development milestones for their tablet-ready new operating system. Now they just have to gear up in hopes of reaching their projected sales, whatever that might be, and which probably will be announced in the near future by the technology giant.

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Apple submits updates to campus plans, stunning renderings revealed

Apple submits updates to campus plans, stunning renderings revealed

The City of Cupertino has just posted up today the updated campus plans that Apple submitted to the city last month for its new Campus 2 headquarters, which was announced to much publicity this summer, and was dubbed the Apple spaceship (no explanation needed, hopefully). What a truly amazing place for Apple employees to work on the next iPhone, iPad, or "i" device that comes into conception in the new Apple headquarters soon. They're most likely able to draw inspiration from the very structure that houses them. Pretty amazing, I have to say.

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Google engineer explains why Android UI will never be as fluid as iOS or WP7

Google engineer explains why Android UI will never be as fluid as iOS or WP7

Recent Google engineering intern Andrew Munn has launched into a detailed explanation on Google+ as to why many Android devices are significantly more sluggish and less responsive in terms of user interface and experience than comparable iOS and Windows Phone 7 devices. The root of the problem? Inoptimal priority queuing on Android OS. On one side, iOS has graphics rendering queued as a real-time priority, thereby letting users self-manage which priorities are to be rendered in the background. On the flip side, Android views graphics rendering as a normal priority. As a result, Android devices tend to become more sluggish when they're trying to perform other tasks simultaneously.

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Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Mini Six keyboards ready for pre-order

Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Mini Six keyboards ready for pre-order

We haven't heard much from Art Lebedev's design studio since, well, the update on the Optimus Polaris last summer. But the Russia design company know for its innovative usage of LCDs on high-end keyboards has announced today that they're taking pre-orders for both its Optimus Popularis and Optimus mini six keyboards, the former priced at 31,500P, or approximately $1086 USD, and the latter at 10,900P, or around $376 USD. That's the hefty price you pay for a sleek Art Levedev piece, indeed.

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Intel’s mobile Ivy Bridge lineup details leaked

Intel’s mobile Ivy Bridge lineup details leaked

Just days (three, to be precise) after information pertaining to Intel's upcoming desktop processors was leaked, details of Intel's mobile versions of its Ivy Bridge CPU lineup may have leaked as well. According to some internal product layouts released by VR-Zone, Intel is putting an end to the low-voltage CPU type seen in Sandy Bridge, consolidatiing the product line down to just standard voltage and ULV (ultra-low voltage) versions. Intel now has programmable TDP in its mobile processors, essentially rendering the low-voltage product line redundant.

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