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Android 4.0 ICS demo: Facial Recognition, Battery Life, GPU Rendering, and more

Android 4.0 ICS demo: Facial Recognition, Battery Life, GPU Rendering, and more

Our demo series continues with the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in this episode taking a look at Facial Recognition, Notifications, battery life, camera speed, GPU Rendering, and Recent Apps. In this post you'll find a video featuring Vincent Nguyen who will also end up doing the full review of both the hardware and the software here on SlashGear. When you check this post out, keep in mind that this is one of the first wave of devices otherwise known as the international edition able to work on T-Mobile and AT&T bands. We have yet to see the Verizon version of this device, but everything you see in this video series should essentially be the same situation as that release.

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Apple may release iOS 5.0.2 for battery fix and iOS 5.1 for new Siri features

Apple may release iOS 5.0.2 for battery fix and iOS 5.1 for new Siri features

A new rumor claims that Apple will be releasing an iOS 5.0.2 update next week to fix the still lingering iPhone 4S battery issues. The report comes from German site Macerkopf.de citing an alleged Apple software engineer, who also claims that Apple will be releasing a major update to iOS 5.1 by year-end that will bring many new changes related to the Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant app.

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Smartphone, laptop battery life to see 10X increase

Smartphone, laptop battery life to see 10X increase

Smartphone and laptop batteries could soon see a ten-fold increase in both the charging speed as well as battery life. Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a lithium-ion electrode that enables conventional lithium-ion batteries to get ten times more capacity and would still run five times as efficient as current batteries after 150 charging cycles or about a year of use.

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iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 battery fix falls short

iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 battery fix falls short

Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update looks to have been a smooth first test of the company's new OTA distribution system, but feedback on whether it has addressed widespread battery problems is less positive. Apple Support Forums are awash with owners complaining that the issue - where an iPhone running iOS 5 sees faster than expected battery drain - remains or, in some cases, has apparently been made worse with the new patch.

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Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to select users

Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to select users

Apple is seeding the iOS 5.0.1 update early to select users through the AppleSeed program. Two beta versions of the update have already been released to developers and now the company is sending out an email to certain customers based on referrals from AppleCare, inviting them to participate in a pre-release update program.

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iPhone 4S battery issue points to Setting Time Zone switch

iPhone 4S battery issue points to Setting Time Zone switch

If you're one of the masses of iPhone users that've upgraded to the iPhone 4S in the past few weeks, you may well have been experiencing some battery issues - today we may well have the answer as to why. As we've seen this past week, quite a few people have had what they've described as less than stellar battery life with their iPhone 4S, and this weekend we've not only been handed a possible solution, we've tested it for ourselves, and what do you know, it appears very much to work: just switch your Setting Time Zone switch to off!

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Apple contacting customers regarding iPhone 4S battery issues

Apple contacting customers regarding iPhone 4S battery issues

Apple engineers have been contacting customers directly in an attempt to diagnose and resolve the battery issues that have been plaguing many new iPhone 4S owners. Apple Support Communities forum has a growing thread of users experiencing shorter battery life than expected on the iPhone 4S. The thread has now reached over 100,000 views and more than 1,300 replies all recounting similar experiences with the new Apple device.

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Galaxy S II NFC capabilities inside, dormant for now

Galaxy S II NFC capabilities inside, dormant for now

If you've got either an AT&T or a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II and were hoping to work with Google Wallet in the near future, you might well be in luck. Have a look under your battery cover and you'll find the three sweetest words a mobile payments seeker can ever read: Near Field Communication. It's not been highly publicized yet because plans aren't publicly solid, but take a closer look in at least one public press release and you'll see it, clear as day: NFC enabled.

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