Archive for Jun 28, 2013

Nokia Trade-Up program offers Lumia discount for swapping in an old cell phone

Nokia Trade-Up program offers Lumia discount for swapping in an old cell phone

Nokia is attempting to earn some new Lumia converts by announcing its new Nokia Trade-Up Program, which is a clever title saying between the lines that, "No matter you turn in, you're trading up." Under the program, current smartphone owners who have grown tired of their old, possibly beat-up handsets can turn them in, buy a Lumia, and receive a up to $300.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung either has an addiction or a compulsion: whatever the reason, the company can't help pumping out Galaxy S 4 variants, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active. A waterproof, dust-proof version of the flagship Android smartphone, the Active model toughens up with a butch new casing and a few tweaked features. Still, though, at its core it's the S 4 we know and love, but is it the best version so far? Read on for our full review.

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Pixels rejoice: native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing arrive on Chrome OS

Pixels rejoice: native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing arrive on Chrome OS

Those paying close attention to Google's pre-final releases of the operating system iteration of Google's Chrome will have noticed the addition of some rather important abilities to Chromium code. Noting the discovery of this addition well before Google made such a thing public was developer François Beaufort. As a Google open-source evangelist himself, Beaufort was more than a little joyous to find the words in code as follows: “Improved Quickoffice editing about:flag.”

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Two sides of BlackBerry plunge: we’re fine and no you’re not

Two sides of BlackBerry plunge: we’re fine and no you’re not

While BlackBerry makes its best effort to find its way back to smartphone positivity, this weeks' response to the company's latest earnings have been rather negative. It's not as if the company doesn't understand what's happening, and how it'll be seen by the public - "[BlackBerry is still in] early stages of its transition" remarked CEO Thorsten Heins via G&M just this afternoon - but a clear path into the future from here, the company certainly does not have.

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Facebook hashtags arrive on mobile web app

Facebook hashtags arrive on mobile web app

After rolling out hashtag support for desktop users, Facebook is giving the honor to mobile users now within the web app. If you log into your Facebook account through the browser of your choice on any smartphone or tablet, you'll be able to tap on hashtags in Facebook posts to search for that specific topic.

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Samsung Jay-Z team-up may only be newest in extended music exclusive series

Samsung Jay-Z team-up may only be newest in extended music exclusive series

This week it's become apparent that Samsung will continue to bring on the musical connections with their tie-up with South Korean pop-stars CN Blue for a Blue Moon concert event. This event will be live broadcast through Galaxy devices and will, therefor, make clear Samsung's intent to bring a long series of Galaxy smartphone and tablet exclusives to the public. Jay-Z's entry into this series is the free release of his album Magna Carta Holy Grail to the first one million users attached to an official app.

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Codemasters has more mobile games in pipeline after Colin McRae Rally release

Codemasters has more mobile games in pipeline after Colin McRae Rally release

The developer behind the popular racing series such as GRID, F1, and DiRT released their second-ever mobile game yesterday, called Colin McRae Rally, which is based on the original title that was released some 15 years ago. Codemasters’ Vice President of digital business Gary Rowe says that gamers should expect a few more games from the developing studio in the future.

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Terminator reboot tipped with The Rock in tow (and Arnie)

Terminator reboot tipped with The Rock in tow (and Arnie)

Viewers of the most current iteration of the professional wrestling organization known as the WWE have been wondering, it would seem, why The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) wasn't slated to meet any contenders at their next big Pay-Per-View engagement. As it turns out - and so it has been tipped - The Rock may instead be taking on Arnold Schwarzenegger - though not in the ring so much as right up on the big screen, complete with robot killing machines to make the mix all the more exciting.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Wireless Charging kit hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Wireless Charging kit hands-on

This week we've gotten the opportunity to have a close-up look at both the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active and their official wireless charging kit for the original Galaxy S 4. The Charging Kit you're seeing here works with the Qi standard for wireless power pushing and has an extremely simple look to it. Should you want to use this kit for the Galaxy S 4 (complete with official backside casing replacement) or for a device like the Google Nexus 4, you're in luck: it's not half bad.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit opening tomorrow at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit opening tomorrow at Kennedy Space Center

Joining Space Shuttles Endeavour, Discovery, and Enterprise, the Atlantis will open up to the public tomorrow at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Atlantis marked the end of an era and was the last Space Shuttle NASA sent up into space, which was launched on July 8, 2011 and returned to Earth almost two weeks later.

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Sony Xperia i1 “Honami” (Z refresh) leaks in hardware photos

Sony Xperia i1 “Honami” (Z refresh) leaks in hardware photos

In the wake of the release of several new hero devices from the mobile sector at Sony comes the re-appearance of the device code-named "Honami". This device is said to be the refresh of the Sony Xperia Z, this the company's current flagship handset. This new smartphone appears to be popping up in a sort of pre-release mode with some textured backing and a similar setup to its predecessor for button and camera placement.

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NASA IRIS satellite sets off on voyage to study sun’s atmosphere

NASA IRIS satellite sets off on voyage to study sun’s atmosphere

Earlier this month, NASA announced that they would be sending a probe into orbit later this month to study the sun's lower atmosphere. As promised, the space agency has launched the satellite into space to begin its two year mission to study the mysteries of the sun and the odd lower atmosphere that has many scientists puzzled.

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