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Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!

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Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition for Android and iOS priced and dated

GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition for Android and iOS priced and dated

Last we heard about Grand Theft Auto III for the mobile platform, it was back when the action figure special edition was announced, then when the NVIDIA Tegra 3 optimized news came out - now we've got a date and a price for the apps that'll be blowing up your mobile devices soon. What we're dealing with here is the 10th Anniversary Edition of GTA III, and the price for both Android and Apple's iOS devices will be a cool $4.99 with a release date of December 15th - that's next week! Get your guns out and start preparing to mow down some hookers, because it's thieving time again!

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Lenovo LePad K2 Tegra 3 tablet benchmarks look to take on ASUS

Lenovo LePad K2 Tegra 3 tablet benchmarks look to take on ASUS

We're all well aware by now that the first quad-core Android tablet in the world will indeed by the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, complete with NVIDIA Tegra 3 - but here comes the second, a Lenovo device that this week has appeared in benchmark tests showing its upcoming might. What we've got so far for specifications on this yet to be formally announced device is a 10.1-inch display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor, and indeed the code-name LePad K2. While this may end up becoming the real release name of the tablet, we'll just have to wait and see, as believe it or not, ASUS still has the only announced and official device out there thus far with Tegra 3 onboard.

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NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor promotional video leaks

NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor promotional video leaks

It's time to see our first advertisement-based demonstration of the capabilities of what was up until now simply called Project Kal-El, NVIDIA's next-level chip for mobile devices. This promotional video shows off a few key points NVIDIA hopes to put forth in regards to the awesomeness of having FOUR CPU cores in a single chip sitting on a tablet-like device, though the transparent nature of the device in this video might have you scratching your head wondering where all the metal went. Have a bit of fun watching what appears very much to be the first look at get at what NVIDIA has decided to call no simpler a name than NVIDIA Tegra 3.

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Grand Theft Auto III for iOS and Android soon, physical action figure in tow

Grand Theft Auto III for iOS and Android soon, physical action figure in tow

While the Grand Theft Auto game franchise had been around for years before the 2001 release of GTA:III, it was that drive a car and shoot your neighbor installment of the game that really, really made the Rockstar Games-made shooter take off. And now, ten years later, we get to play it on our mobile devices. Grand Theft Auto III has been announced to be coming both to Apple's iOS mobile operating system AND to a handful of Google's Android devices as well, though on both platforms there will be device limits. ALSO there's an action figure in the mix, just incase you want something you can set on your desk while you're crashing into cop cars and punching prostitutes in the face.

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Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype has added video calling support for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the original Google Nexus One and the Motorola Photon 4G, as well as a host of other Android devices. Skype for Android v2.5 adds fourteen new phones and tablets to the compatibility list, bringing the total to 41, as well as adding support for switching between portrait and landscape orientation midway through a video call.

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HTC ThunderBolt Review

HTC ThunderBolt Review

The HTC ThunderBolt is a first but not a first: the only 4G smartphone on Verizon's LTE network, but certainly not the first 4G smartphone we've seen and following a hardware pattern that dates back nine months or so to the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and takes in AT&T's Inspire 4G on the way. With various different interpretations of what exactly 4G is, however, there's more to this than labels and branding. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Why Multi-Cores in Mobility is Important

Why Multi-Cores in Mobility is Important

If we take a look back at the past 30+ years of computing we can honestly say one technological advancement has constantly driven computing forward, that one thing is the microprocessor. Intel has led much of this computing revolution creating the world’s fastest microprocessors for computers. Today, bringing faster and more powerful microprocessors beyond computers and to mobile devices is the central focus of many. This time however Intel is not leading the charge.

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