Apple fattening up iPad 3 for January reveal?

The iPad 3 is the next iOS treat we're expecting from the Apple vending machine, and there's a steady stream of rumours already flowing from the global Apple-watching press machine over the next-gen slate.

The latest? That the iPad 3 will be a bit fatter round the waist than the super-skinny iPad 2, bucking the trend we're seeing for ever-thinner mobile gadgets.

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Adobe confirms Flash reprieve for Android ICS

Adobe confirms Flash reprieve for Android ICS

David Robinson  Nov. 21, 2011 at 16:30

Good news, Flash fans: Adobe has confirmed that it will be issuing a version of the Flash Player for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich after all, contrary to earlier reports that the only new versions we'd see from now on would be for BlackBerry.

But while that should still ensure ICS users get that “full web experience” everyone (well, OK, Adobe) keeps banging on about, be warned: there'll be no more Flash after that.

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Shock, horror: BB 7 smartphones missing the mark

Shock, horror: BB 7 smartphones missing the mark

David Robinson  Nov. 21, 2011 at 14:30

RIM's big sink-or-swim moment is coming mid-2012 by all accounts – that's when the company's new BBX platform is set to hit the big time along with some pretty interesting new phones, if the BlackBerry London is anything to go by.

And it's looking more and more like RIM's last chance to turn things around, as early indications are that sales of the latest generation of BlackBerry OS 7 smartphones are already petering out.

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Nokia Lumia 601: should we take it seriously?

Nokia Lumia 601: should we take it seriously?

David Robinson  Nov. 21, 2011 at 12:30

Another week, another new Nokia Windows Phone. This time it's the Nokia Lumia 601, which has been surfaced by PocketNow as the potential next WinPho crusader set to hit the market.

There are even a couple of product pics to help us along, showing both front and back views of the rumoured new handset. Only problem is... they're almost certainly fake.

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Vodafone delays 'buggy' Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Vodafone delays 'buggy' Samsung Galaxy Nexus

David Robinson  Nov. 21, 2011 at 11:15

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus officially went on sale on November 17, and so by now we're all supposed to be falling over ourselves with just how stupendously good both it and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Only it's not working out that way. Early adopters have shown themselves to be less than happy on online forums, while Vodafone has decided not to make the handset available at all until the problems are resolved.

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Apple kit a Christmas hit: kids dreaming of iDevices

Apple kit a Christmas hit: kids dreaming of iDevices

David Robinson  Nov. 19, 2011 at 10:00

Time was when all they wanted for Christmas was their two front teeth, but the 2011 breed of young whippersnapper is far more picky than that.

First choice for today's tech-savvy youngster to be sat under the tree on December 25 is a shiny new iPad, but at a pinch it seems they might be satisfied with an iPod touch or iPhone.

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Steve Jobs wanted Apple to develop its own mobile network

Steve Jobs wanted Apple to develop its own mobile network

David Robinson  Nov. 17, 2011 at 14:00

Part of Apple's reputation for innovation comes from its insistence in developing its own bespoke products and services rather than collaborating with others – a practice that summarises everything that's right or everything that's wrong with the company, depending on who you are.

But even the Apple faithful will surely raise an eyebrow to hear that Steve Jobs initially wanted the iPhone to launch on a hybrid Wi-Fi-linked network that would have sidestepped mobile operators altogether.

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iPad 2 price drop?

David Robinson  Nov. 16, 2011 at 19:30

iPad 2 price drop?

One thing 2011 has taught us is that tablets in general are way overpriced, with high prices the difference between polite interest from the tablet-buying public and actual pound notes in the cash register.

Given its continued market domination that's clearly not a criticism you'd make of the iPad 2, so Apple's rivals should be all the more concerned by rumours that the overachieving slate is on the brink of a price drop.

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Asus Transformer Prime: the best tablet camera ever?

Asus Transformer Prime: the best tablet camera ever?

David Robinson  Nov. 16, 2011 at 16:30

We've already written plenty about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime considering it still has to appear in the flesh, and no surprise – the quad-core slate looks pretty special.

And while we've certainly covered its 8-megapixel f/2.4 camera, pictures are worth a thousand words, they say, and when it comes to some test snaps that have emerged showing the Prime's camera in action, a fair number of those words would have to be “wow”.

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LG to supply Apple with 7.35in iPad mini and 4in iPhone 5 screens

LG to supply Apple with 7.35in iPad mini and 4in iPhone 5 screens

David Robinson  Nov. 15, 2011 at 19:00

Apple is looking to shake up the screen size and form factor of both the iPhone and iPad if the latest reports are to be believed.

According to an industry insider quoted by the Korea Times, the much-rumoured notion of a smaller-screened iPad could soon be far more than just a rumour, while the iPhone 5's screen size hit the 4in mark.

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HTC lining up quad-core tablet for MWC 2012 reveal?

HTC lining up quad-core tablet for MWC 2012 reveal?

David Robinson  Nov. 14, 2011 at 19:00

News flash: HTC has a bunch of smartphones and tablets in the works. OK, so that's hardly a surprise – hardly a day goes by that we're not chewing the fat over some or other new product our Taiwanese friends have lined up.

But we'll give this one special mention, as it's a pretty juicy rumour it must be said: according to DigiTimes HTC is lining up a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3-based tablet for unveiling at Mobile World Congress in February.

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Acer Allegro Windows Phone incoming on December 1?

Acer Allegro Windows Phone incoming on December 1?

David Robinson  Nov. 13, 2011 at 11:00

Heard of the Acer Allegro? Nope, us neither. Turns out that it's the Windows Phone Mango-flavoured Acer W4 that was spotted on display at Computex back in June.

And if retailer Expansys is to be believed, the Allegro will be touching down in the UK next month for the SIM-free price of £259.99.

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Philips unveils Fidelio speaker docks just for Android

Philips unveils Fidelio speaker docks just for Android

David Robinson  Nov. 12, 2011 at 11:00

Fancy some high-end audio goodness to go with your Android smartphone or tablet? Then step this way, as Philips has just announced the first ever dedicated Android speaker docks.

The range comprises a trio of options, all of which feature a Flexidock micro-USB-based connection for charging and docking your Android gizmo.

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Nokia Champagne uncorked for the first time, ready to Tango

Nokia Champagne uncorked for the first time, ready to Tango

David Robinson  Nov. 11, 2011 at 14:30

There's nothing quite like getting our first ever sniff of a new phone: could this be the genesis of the Next Big Thing, the giant game-changer everyone will be talking about six months or a year from now?

Well, we don't know – that's just the point. But what we do know is we've just had the first mention of the Nokia Champagne, and it's set to run Tango, the next version of Windows Phone. Champagne and Tango – quite the high-society affair, if we say so ourselves.

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Samsung Galaxy S II in pink: the phone you never knew you wanted

Samsung Galaxy S II in pink: the phone you never knew you wanted

David Robinson  Nov. 10, 2011 at 16:30

The world is finally complete: Samsung has revealed the Galaxy S II smartphone in pink, providing a third alternative for those who just can't get on with the more mundane black or white.

Quite why Samsung has chosen to bring out the third colour option is beyond us, but we'll have to admire it from a distance for now, as it's only destined for Samsung's home turf of Korea at this stage.

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BlackBerry is anything but green, says Greenpeace

We all love our gadgets, but the reality is the mass production of electronics takes a toll on our planet's resources, and we're all for efforts that aim to lessen that impact.

And one of the best known is the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, an annual snapshot of the good and bad of the electronics world when it comes to a pre-agreed set of eco credentials.

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Farewell to Flash: Adobe kills off mobile player

Farewell to Flash: Adobe kills off mobile player

David Robinson  Nov. 9, 2011 at 16:00

Steve Jobs saw it coming, and he wasn't alone either. Turns out HTML5 really is the future for browser content on mobile devices, and Flash is, well, flushed.

And it's not us saying it, it's Adobe. The long-time defender of Flash has officially announced that it will no longer develop its Flash Player for mobile devices, and will shift its focus to HTML5 instead.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime touches down: are you ready to go quad-core?

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime touches down: are you ready to go quad-core?

David Robinson  Nov. 9, 2011 at 14:30

Just this morning we were speculating about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and its potential release date.

Little did we know that Asus was just moments away from getting all kinds of official with its Tegra 3 tablet, giving us surely the best Android slate so far in the process. Galaxy Tab? Yawn...

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No preferred status for Motorola claims Google's Schmidt

No preferred status for Motorola claims Google's Schmidt

David Robinson  Nov. 8, 2011 at 16:15

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt insists Android will remain “open” and other device manufacturers have no reason to be concerned by Google's proposed takeover of Motorola.

The software giant agreed to slap down upwards of $12bn for Motorola Motorola back in August, leading to speculation that Moto will be given a leg-up against rivals like HTC and Samsung. Schmidt, however, insists they have nothing to fear.

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Panasonic gets tough with the Toughpad A1 tablet

Panasonic gets tough with the Toughpad A1 tablet

David Robinson  Nov. 8, 2011 at 15:30

The iPad's stellar success in the tablet game has attracted just about all the big players in the electronics game, but there are still a couple of notable names who still haven't come out with a slate of their own as yet.

One of them is Panasonic, but that's now set to change with the introduction of the Toughpad family of Android tablets, which come with the same hard-as-nails credentials that make the Toughbook laptop range so, well, tough.

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