We have already had a good look at some of the new functions as well
as the new apps in Microsoft’s Windows 8, and now it would appear that
there will be another new feature in Windows 8 when it launches.
The guys over at I Started Something
spotted something interesting in Windows 8, as you can see in the photo
below there is something called ‘Missed Calls’, which would indicate
that Windows 8 tablets could have the ability to make and receive calls.
It isn’t clear as yet exactly how the call feature will be build into
Windows 8, whether you will be able to make calls over a mobile
network, or if it will use some sort of Skype integration, considering
Microsoft’s recent purchase of Skype.
We heard earlier that Google is expected to roll out its new Google Wallet
service some time today, this has yet to be confirmed by Google, but
more evidence has appeared which points to the imminent launch of Google
The photo below was taken by Ian Kennedy from GigaOm at a Peet’s
Coffee shop in San Francisco, and you can clearly see that one of the
payment options is Google Wallet.
We can probably expect some sort of official announcement from Google later today as we heard earlier.
Microsoft has announced that its Windows 8 Metro applications will
only be available from their own Windows Store, the official name given
to Microsoft’s apps store.
Following in Apple’s footsteps and taking full control over what will
an won’t be sold in their store. Microsoft director Ted Dworkin
explained that the Windows Store will be used to restrict Metro app
distribution to ensure the software applications are secure and
Microsoft also explained to developers that "We will examine
every application that will be submitted to us [and] we will run a virus
check and a malware check on every application,”.
Which will hopefully stop the Windows Store being plagued by
malicious applications laced with code and viruses which has happened
in the Google Market leading to applica
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The Samsung Galaxy S II
just went on sale in the US with a range of mobile carriers, and now
some reported specifications on the next generation Galaxy S smartphone,
the Samsung Galaxy S III have appeared online.
An anonymous member of 4Chan has reportedly received some information
from a Samsung rep on the new Samsung Galaxy S II and if these
specifications turn out to be correct it is going to be a very
interesting Android smartphone.
According to the report, the Samsung Galaxy S III will come with
Android Ice Cream Sandwich and will be powered by a quad core 2GHz
processor, plsu 1.5GB RAM and 32GB of built in storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is also rumored to feature a 4.65 inch Super
AMOLED III display with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels and a pixel
density of 352-PPI, plus a 10 megapixel camera which will be able to
record Full HD video in 1080p at 60 f
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Samsung officially announced its latest Bada OS smartphone the other week, the Samsung Wave 3, and now it looks like the Samsung Wave 3 will be available from October.
The Samsung Wave 3 comes with Samsung’s Bada OS 2.0 and it features a
4 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, plus
a 1.4GHz processor.
Other specifications on the Samsung Wave 3 include a 5 megapixel rear
facing camera with an LED flash and auto-focus plus a front facing VGA
camera, there is also 3GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot,
Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and WiFi.
If you have been wondering what the graphical difference will be
between the PC version and Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3. You can
now compare the images as Battlefield 3 developers and EA have now
released the first official gameplay trailers of Battlefield 3 on the
Xbox 360 in all their glory.
Battlefield 3 is edging ever closer to its official launch date of
October 25, 2011 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and the new Xbox 360
gameplay trailer showcases one of the many single player missions found
in Battlefield 3 as Blackburn enters the city of Tehran in Operation
The video also reveals that if you
pre-order the limited edition pack you will also get the "Back to
Karkand” extension pack at no extra charge toge
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Google has this week rolled out their new Google Chrome 14 browser to
the stable channel which brings a number of new features including a
new Native Client, Web Audio API enabling rich audio processing in Web
applications and enhancements for Apple’s New OS X Lion.
The new Natice Client (NaCl) framework support will now allow
developers to to securely run C and C++ code inside the web
browser. NaCl has been present in earlier version of Chrome but has been
behind a flag.
The new version now enables it by
default, but currently only works with content loaded from the Chrome
Web Store. But Google have stated that this will be lifted in the future
to allow content from other sources.
New OS X Lion features include brings compatibility with Lion’s full
screen feature togethe
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Google announced their new Google Wallet service back in May, and now
it would appear that Google is getting ready to launch Google Wallet
and the payment service could possibly launch today, the 19th of
Google has apparently been sending out documents, which state that
the Google Wallet will launch on the Sprint Nexus S from the 19th of
September, you can see this in the 2nd photo below.
It looks like the service will be limited at launch to the Google
Nexus S on Sprint, but is expected to be rolled out to other networks
shortly, which would include those which carry the new Google Nexus
Prime smartphone which is expected to launch next month.
Last week we saw a couple of different videos which gave us a good
look at Microsoft’s latest version of Windows, Windows 8, and now
Microsoft has released another video which give us a look at apps
running on Windows 8 with their Metro UI.
The video below gives us a look at apps like photos, mail, calendar,
messaging and lots more, as well as some of the built in social
networking features like Facebook integration.
The apps look pretty cool from the videos, and the more we see of
Windows 8 the more impressive it is, we are looking forward to seeing
the final version of Windows 8, specifically on tablets as we suspect it
is going to be very interesting.
We have heard previously that the Samsung Illusion
is headed to Verizon Wireless, and now Samsung has posted a photo of
the Verizon Samsung Illusion on Flickr, which you can see below.
We don’t have any official specifications on the Samsung Illusion as
yet, although it is rumored to come with either an 800MHz or 1GHz
processor, a HVGA display and either a five or three megapixel camera.
The Samsung Illusion is expected to be a budget Android device which
will probably retail for around $100 when it lands on Verizon, and we
suspect it will be officially announced within the next few weeks.
We have been hearing more and more about the Samsung produced Google
Nexus Prime over the last few weeks, and now it would appear that the
Google Nexus Prime may become available from Verizon Wireless on the 3rd
The Google Nexus Prime will be the first smartphone to come with
Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and it is expected to feature a dual core TI
OMAP 4460 processor plus an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a front
facing 2 megapixel camera.
Google’s Eric Schmidt mentioned recently that Android Ice Cream
Sandwich would launch some time in October or November, so the 3rd of
November launch date for the Nexus Prime on Verizon sounds about right.
Modder and German IT student Qian Qin decided that he wanted to add
some inductive charging to his Galaxy S smartphone, so he got hold of a
Touchstone charging dock for the Palm Pre and also the back cover of the
He then took the inductive charging unit out of the Palm Pre case,
and soldered it inside his Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, the video below
shows the device in action with inductive charging.
The mod cost around $40 and you can fin out more information on how
it was done along with full instructions should you want to do it
yourself over at Qian’s website.
The LG Optimus 3D was one of the first 3D smartphones to become
available, and it comes with a range of impressive specifications, we
have been testing the Optimus 3D out over the last week.
The first thing you will notice about the LG Optimus 3D is the size
of the device, it isn’t exactly the smallest, lightest or thinnest Android device on the market today, and it features a large 4.3 inch 3D display, and it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo.
The LG Optimus 3D features a 4.3 inch glasses free 3D display that
has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, and it is capable of displaying
both 2D and 3D content, including games, photos and movies.
Processing is provided by a dual core TI OMAP 1GHz processor, there
is also 512MB of RAM and 8GB of built in storage, it also comes with a
microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB microSD car
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