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Android Ice Cream Sandwich review

Android Ice Cream Sandwich review

Android has come of age. Google's smartphone platform may have already taken the top spot for handset market share, but it arguable did that despite, not because, of the underlying Android user experience. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however, promises to change all that: a comprehensive refresh bringing both smartphones and tablets under the same umbrella, and demonstrating that Google can deliver software just as cohesive and compelling as Apple can. Laudable goals, but can the search giant deliver? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus hardware is only half of the Android excitement today: the other part is arguably more significant, the first deployment of Ice Cream Sandwich. The most significant refresh to Android in several generations, Android 4.0 brings tablet and smartphone strands in-line with a new, Honeycomb-inspired UI and a brace of new features. We've had our hands on the Galaxy Nexus for the past few days, and while it's too soon for the full SlashGear review, join us after the cut for some first-impressions and demo videos.

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Facebook for iPad review [Video]

Facebook for iPad review [Video]

Today the world finally got its first taste of Facebook on the iPad, officially, that is, as the Facebook developers finally granted us an audience with their own vision for the perfect way to view the social network on an iPad. Notice how I didn't say tablet there? This is because Facebook on the iPad specifically is such a big deal that it caused a ruckus at an official Facebook event last year when, after being asked if Facebook was coming to the iPad, Zuckerberg spat "it's not mobile" - that event being based around mobile, it was simply expected. Now nearly a year later, we've got it!

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review [Video]

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review [Video]

It's time for the second coming of Windows Phone 7, a mobile OS that by all means deserves a fair shot at the global market share, but hasn't quite risen to the ranks of iPhone or Android glory - at least not yet. What we're going to do in this post is give the first really big refresh of Microsoft's current mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, a good rundown and review. Because the vast majority of our readers are not yet Windows Phone users, I'll be padding the review with some features that've already been in place for some time - but the focus will, indeed, be on the new list of upgrades as presented in this newest, tastiest flavoring of Windows Phone.

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iPad 2 Griffin DJ Cable and djay app by algoriddim Review [Video]

iPad 2 Griffin DJ Cable and djay app by algoriddim Review [Video]

You've heard the rumors, seen the videos, you may have even messed around with a DJ sort of app on an iPad before, but here it is - this is the real deal - here you go. What we're looking at here is two bits of awesomeness, together combined to create one "it just works" sort of digital DJ situation. First there's the djay app developed by algoriddim. This is an app that displays for you two tracks of music (or any sort of audio) that you can control with what everyone knows to be modern DJ controls. Equalize, mix, record, and play. And you can do it all with the hardware bit of this equation: the Griffin DJ Cable. Plug the cable into your iPad 2, start up the djay app, and you'll be on your way to not just blasting out audio, but previewing it as you connect one of your two new ports into your pair of headphones, the other connected to your fabulous gigantic speakers.

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Samsung TouchWiz UX Review with Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung TouchWiz UX Review with Galaxy Tab 10.1

Welcome to our look at Samsung's newest work with Android, this being made specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and called Samsung TouchWiz UX. What TouchWiz amounts to is a custom user interface that sits on top of and beside Android 3.1 Honeycomb, working to improve the way you work with Android and your tablet in general as well as opening your pathway to Samsung's new movie collection interface and ability to work with Mini Apps on top of your everyday full-screen apps and home screens. The big question many users are having at the moment is: "should I update?" and we aim to answer that question here.

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Mac OS X Lion Review

Mac OS X Lion Review

What you're about to experience is a trip down the rabbit hole with Mac OS X Lion, Apple's newest desktop operating system. With yours truly you'll be both exploring and judging the way this nearly radical new system is set up and what it means to you, the consumer and me, the tech news publisher. What you're going to find is Apple's most innovative release since the original Mac OS X, the first big departure from the known paradigm inside the Mac world. In one gesture, (literally one gesture, as seen in section 2 of this exploration,) Apple has both bridged a gap between what's been called mobile OS, (or in their case, iOS), and desktop OS, further turning what it means to own a computer into what owning a computer will or does mean to you.

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SwiftKey Tablet X Review

SwiftKey Tablet X Review

Today we're privileged to get to take a peek at the newest offering from the 3rd party on-screen keyboard developers SwiftKey in an app made specifically for Android tablets, that being SwiftKey Tablet X. This is the first time SwiftKey has offered a tablet-specific keyboard in such a form as this, excitement abound as the handset version is, without a doubt, one of the more amazing non-stock keyboards on the market. This is a keyboard that predicts your text, gives you all the options a pro user like you could want, and is out in the Android Market right this second. Let's take a look and see what we're rolling with here.

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Swiftkey X Review for Android Handsets

Swiftkey X Review for Android Handsets

We had a vision, a great vision of the future, a future where everyone, great and small, had one keyboard on their mobile device to rule them all. Or, on the other hand, to have you rule it. This is a keyboard with predictive text, the ability to change the way it looks, and the ability to take in gestures to affect the text. Sounds fun already? Let's have a look for all you not using it already (shouldn't be too many, right? Right!) This is SwiftKey X, one half of the two-app review sent out today by the makers of the original SwiftKey keyboard!

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Spotify Premium Mobile App and Service Review [USA]

Spotify Premium Mobile App and Service Review [USA]

What we've got right here today is the PREMIUM version of the BETA release of Spotify for Android as it exists right now, here, today, in the United States of America, and we've gotta show it to you. Spotify is a music streaming service that's been active for right around 2 years in the UK and is now blasting forth in the USA with a BETA trial. They'll have their full service live SOON and what you're going to find here is the sweetness you'll be experiencing if you grab the $10 a month Premium service, that is, working on Mobile. Spotify has an app for Apple's iOS and for Android and they're very similar - the one you're seeing here is on an Android.

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