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Windows Phone Mango Visual Search hands-on [Video]

Windows Phone Mango Visual Search hands-on [Video]

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango bakes plenty of functionality directly into the OS rather than relying on third-party apps, and one such example is the visual search. Users will be able to trigger Bing searches and pull up other details on items with regular or 2D barcodes, or Microsoft's own Tags glyph system. Check out our hands-on demo after the cut.

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Windows Phone 7.1 Mango multitasking explained [Video]

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango multitasking explained [Video]

Microsoft has detailed the new multitasking system for Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango", and it seems the company has been looking long and hard at both iOS and webOS for its inspiration. Like iOS, Mango will make use of frozen app states to conserve memory and prevent a background app from running away with all the CPU cycles; like webOS, however, it will have a system of card-like app previews which can be paged through to jump between software.

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Nokia: Our first Windows Phone will run Mango

Nokia: Our first Windows Phone will run Mango

Nokia has confirmed that its first Windows Phone device will run with the new "Mango" build Microsoft has officially demonstrated today. "This is the software that will be used on the first Nokia with Windows Phone device," the company's official blog comments, "and so should be of keen interest to Nokia-watchers everywhere."

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Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

When your car has 5-inch thick military grade armor, is biochemically sealed, has its own oxygen supply, and can fire tear gas and infrared smoke grenades, it's easy to assume you're driving the perfect urban tank. Unfortunately, as US president Barack Obama - and his presumably red-faced driver - discovered in Dublin, Ireland today, all of that clever kit makes your car surprisingly heavy, too, and simple speed bumps become a whole lot more treacherous.

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Sony SmartAR offers augmented reality without marker glyphs [Video]

Sony SmartAR offers augmented reality without marker glyphs [Video]

Sony has demonstrated a so-called SmartAR system that offers marker-free augmented reality using object recognition. Rather than relying on 2D barcodes to identify and track movement in 3D space, Sony SmartAR can intelligently spot unique elements - such as posters, magazines or more complex forms, like body outlines - and then overlay computer graphics on top of them, such as when viewed on a smartphone.

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HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II [Video]

HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II [Video]

Are you ready for a fight? The HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II: two smartphones overflowing with superlatives, high-end specs and consumer appeal. We've already given the Galaxy S II a thorough going-over and come away mightily impressed, but how does it stand up next to the Sensation, with its extra pixels and polished Sense interface? Read on for round one of what's likely to be an extended war.

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Foxconn iPad 2 plant explosion [Video] [Updated]

Foxconn iPad 2 plant explosion [Video] [Updated]

An explosion at the Foxconn Chengdu production facility in China has been reported, the facility where Apple produces much of its iPad 2 supply. According to MIC Gadget, the explosion happened at 19:10 local time; numbers of injured are unknown, though one report suggests that 6-7 people have already been seen by doctors at the scene, and more are expected imminently.

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HTC Sensation unboxing & first-impressions [Video]

HTC Sensation unboxing & first-impressions [Video]

We had high expectations for HTC's first dual-core smartphone, and the company delivered with the HTC Sensation. A mixture of evolution and revolution, the family resemblance is clear: a 4.3-inch display like the Desire HD, only now running at qHD 960 x 540 resolution; a Snapdragon processor like the Desire S, only now Qualcomm's new 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8260 processor; and HTC Sense, only v3.0 with a new intelligent lock-screen and HTC Watch for video rentals and downloads. All in all, the HTC Sensation is shaping up to be one of the smartphones to beat in 2011; check out our full unboxing and first-impressions after the cut.

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Napster mobile streaming hits UK iPhones and Androids [Video]

Napster mobile streaming hits UK iPhones and Androids [Video]

Napster's mobile streaming access has finally crossed the Atlantic and turned up on Android and iOS devices in the UK, promising unlimited on-demand playback of the company's 15m+ catalog for £10 ($16) per month. The new app also offers automatic offline playback of the last 100 tracks played, in addition to saved playlists, albums and artists.

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Invent With Nokia offers cash for bright ideas [Video]

Invent With Nokia offers cash for bright ideas [Video]

Nokia isn't relying solely on its partnership with Microsoft for its future; the company is also asking armchair pundits to put their inventions where their mouths are. Invent With Nokia is a new initiative inviting suggestions for devices, features and services from the general public. If Nokia can patent it, they'll pay the inventor.

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Nintendo “Project Café” Wii 2 caught on video?

Nintendo “Project Café” Wii 2 caught on video?

A video apparently showing a sneak preview of Nintendo's "Project Café" Wii 2 prototype has emerged, supposedly shot during a closed developer meeting. The clip, spotted by VG247, shows developers watching a presentation on the next-gen console's hardware, with what looks to be a real prototype on the desk in front of them.

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Nokia N9 teaser leaks: 12MP camera confirmed [Video]

Nokia N9 teaser leaks: 12MP camera confirmed [Video]

Nokia's MeeGo-powered N9 smartphone apparently hit the FCC last week, and now it seems a promotional video from the company has also found its way out early. Pocketnow scored the footage, which shows the N9 with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and capacious touchscreen, as per previous leaks.

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