Archive for Jan 31, 2013

LG Optimus L7 II Dual leaks, brings dual-SIM along for the ride

LG Optimus L7 II Dual leaks, brings dual-SIM along for the ride

LG's original Optimus L7 was released over the spring last year, but it was quickly succeeded by the Optimus L9. However, it seems that LG is bringing the mid-range device back onto the market with a few improvements coming with it. A Russian website has leaked what is supposedly the Optimus L7 II Dual, with a dual-SIM slot.

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Evernote’s Penultimate 4 goes free: Adds cloud sync & handwriting search

Evernote’s Penultimate 4 goes free: Adds cloud sync & handwriting search

Evernote-acquired iPad digital handwriting app Penultimate has been updated, with v4 adding smoother inking while stripping away the price tag: what once was a $0.99 download is now free. Finally getting Evernote integration and sync fully baked in, Penultimate 4 now benefits from Evernote's handwriting search feature, using server-side crunching to hunt down any digital ink notes based on regular text search queries.

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Google Maps Street View ads panoramic imagery from Grand Canyon

Google Maps Street View ads panoramic imagery from Grand Canyon

Back in October, we reported that the Google Maps Street View team took to the Grand Canyon to capture imagery from the beautiful landmark with their new Trekker camera backpacks. Today, Google has released the Street View imagery in all of its panoramic glory. Over 9,500 images of Grand Canyon were taken by the Google Maps team.

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Turns out Earth isn’t so habitable after all

Turns out Earth isn’t so habitable after all

Scientists have been rethinking the so-called Goldilocks zone commonly used to roughly estimated if a planet is habitable. The Goldilocks zone is the area around the solar system where the temperature would be just right for liquid water on the planet's surface. The problem is a refreshing of the Goldilocks zone definition has pushed some planets previously believed to be in the habitable zone outside that range.

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Fujifilm X100S and X20 hands-on

Fujifilm X100S and X20 hands-on

They're the compact cameras point-and-shooters have been waiting for, wrapped up in deliciously retro shells, and so forgive us if we drool a little over Fujifilm's new X20 and X100S cameras. Officially unveiled at CES and brought out for some shutterbug time at CP+ in Japan, the pair of cameras follow on from the already cult-status X10 and X100, with boosted autofocus, better sensors - 16-megapixels in the X100S and 12-megapixels in the X20 - and more.

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Fossilized shark poo hides 270 million-year-old tapeworm eggs

Fossilized shark poo hides 270 million-year-old tapeworm eggs

Check out this beautiful, red and black, 270 million-year-old fossil. It's a shark turd. No, seriously, it's fossilized shark poop. I wonder how you go about finding fossilized shark fecal matter. Even though the fossil is 270 million years old, do you need use hand sanitizer after touching it?

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Dyson teases new product trio with fancy new motor

Dyson teases new product trio with fancy new motor

British brand Dyson has sucked in the home and blown in public bathrooms, but now the design darling is teasing a mysterious new trio of products for launch in February. Official info on the new products is in very short supply, but according to a launch invite sent to Australian site Current, they'll be the culmination of seven years of development on a new digital motor.

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Is Google’s new Chrome Android a tease for Android apps in the browser?

Is Google’s new Chrome Android a tease for Android apps in the browser?

The new appearance of a chrome Android statue at Google's Mountain View campus has prompted speculation that the company is nearing release of Android app support in the Chrome browser, perhaps for launch at Google IO this May. The shiny statue - snapped here by Googler Paul Wilcox - is interesting because it's not huddling up with the usual Android models, representing each iteration of the smartphone and tablet OS, but in Building 45 across the road.

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Tumblr makes iPhone app 17+ over porn potential

Tumblr makes iPhone app 17+ over porn potential

Microblogging service and teen-favorite Tumblr has quietly scaled up its iOS app age warning, giving the latest version a 17+ recommendation in what appears to be a preemptive defense against Apple's latest porn witch hunt. Tumblr for iOS was updated overnight to version 3.2.4 [iTunes link], but in addition to "small bug fixes" the refreshed app also demanded users confirm they are 17 or over.

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Bonzart Ampel hands-on: The twin-lens retro camera Instagram wishes it was

Bonzart Ampel hands-on: The twin-lens retro camera Instagram wishes it was

When smartphone cameras are increasingly the go-to snapper of choice, you have to do something unusual to stand out, and Bonzart's oddly retro Ampel certainly does that. Styled - and in fact named - after German traffic signals, the odd twin-lensed camera looks like it should be a toy, but does something for its $199 price tag that most cameras would demand specialist lenses for: native tilt-shift photos and video.

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Next Apple TV isn’t smaller but has a few hardware changes

Next Apple TV isn’t smaller but has a few hardware changes

A couple days ago, we mentioned that some scuttlebutt suggested that a new and smaller version of the Apple TV had crossed the FCC. More details on the new version of the Apple TV have surfaced that show no size change is planned for the new version of the device. While dimensions are remaining the same, there are reportedly some internal changes being made.

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Microsoft to hold midnight Surface Pro launch event at Best Buy in New York

Microsoft to hold midnight Surface Pro launch event at Best Buy in New York

Microsoft hasn't seen the huge success it had hoped to see from its Surface RT tablet in the consumer market. The company, and analysts, are expecting better things from the Surface Pro tablet aimed at business users. Microsoft will be launching the Surface Pro tablet on February 9.

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