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Can the Optimus G be LG's comeback hero?

Can the Optimus G be LG's comeback hero?

Martin James  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:30

LG has been off form for a while now, but with more fancied Korean rival Samsung nursing a billion dollar hangover thanks to Apple, now seems a good time to step up, and LG has just the smartphone for the job.

It's codenamed the Optimus G, and looks to have the specs to take on the best in the mobile business and come out smiling.

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Asus Nexus 7 overclocked to 2GHz

Asus Nexus 7 overclocked to 2GHz

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 27, 2012 at 16:00

The Asus Nexus 7 is fairly nippy out of the box, rocking a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

We’ve recently seen the budget tablet overclocked to 1.7GHz, but now we’re hearing that the Asus Nexus 7 has been pushed further still. Crikey.

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Apple beats Samsung: the quotes

Apple beats Samsung: the quotes

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:00

Jimmy Martinez scribbled up a hunk of Apple/Samsung reportage on Saturday morning, detailing Sammo’s guilty verdict (x7) and the resultant bill for $1,049,343,540. Yeah, that’s roughly how much I get paid per paragraph.

Now we gots quotes from Samsung and Google. The Apple team was reportedly too busy doing shots of tequila in the adjacent bar.

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Build your OwnFone: get a personalised handset for just £55

Build your OwnFone: get a personalised handset for just £55

Martin James  Aug. 27, 2012 at 11:30

We generally focus our attention towards the other end of the mobile scale, but here's something interesting: the OwnFone, a new device looking to add a splash of colour and innovation to your life for just £55.

It's made by Cycell, which already makes a similar device for the Parkinson's community, and takes personalisation to the next level by allowing you to specify your own choice of features before the phone is even built.

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Microsoft Surface street art invades New York

Various pieces of street art have begun, er, surfacing across the Big Apple, depicting the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Surface tablet.

Pictures are coming in from across the city (particularly Brooklyn, it seems) of what appears to be rather professional graffiti-style Microsoft Surface promotion.

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RIM: Everyone just loves BlackBerry 10

Research In Motion has been talking up its BlackBerry 10 OS again, this time boasting that its carrier partners reckon the next-gen platform is “tremendous” - even though it's still months away from being released.

RIM's head of Canadian operations Andrew McLeod said execs from around North America had been “visibly positive and visibly enthusiastic” when demoed the new platform recently.

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Ice Cream Sandwich for European Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx

Ice Cream Sandwich for European Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 25, 2012 at 16:00

Over in the US of A, Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx owners have been rocking Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) since June, leaving their Eurotrash counterparts screaming “What the hey?!”

Fast-forward two months and Ice Cream Sandwich has finally landed for Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx users in Europe. Mmm, delicious.

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64GB BlackBerry PlayBook for £129!

Over at PC World and Dixons, the BlackBerry PlayBook dropped to £129 and £149 for the 16 and 32GB models respectively, however the 64GB unit was – until recently – a wee bit more expensive at £249.

But what’s this? The 64GB BlackBerry PlayBook is now £129. Yes, £129 for a 64GB BlackBerry PlayBook. I’m currently hovering over the “Buy or Reserve” button.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 25, 2012 at 13:00

It’s Review of the week
Super-slick and sleek
Bad times (up **** creek)
Special kind of geek.

My lyrical talents are wasted on you people. Wasted. Now where were we? Ahh yes, mobile phones and stuff.

This week's highlight? Hmm, the UK 4G news was quite interesting, no?

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Apple v Samsung: Apple awarded bn in damages for patent infringements

Apple v Samsung: Apple awarded $1bn in damages for patent infringements

Martin James  Aug. 25, 2012 at 10:00

Well that didn't take long, didn't it? After the case itself seemed to drag on forever, the jury in the Apple v Samsung court case in the US has reached its verdict in double-quick time, and it's a simple one: Samsung, you're guilty.

The jury found Samsung has clearly infringed on seven of Apple's key patents, and ruled that Sammy must now cough up to the tune of a staggering $1bn.

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Over to you, Windows Phone Apollo

Over to you, Windows Phone Apollo

Martin James  Aug. 24, 2012 at 20:00

I still can't quite get on board with the idea that Windows Phone will be the top OS (or even second) any time soon, but from now till the end of the year the stars are aligned to give Microsoft's OS its biggest chance yet to make some serious headway.

The double-barrel release of Windows Phone 8 Apollo and Windows 8 should finally build some momentum for MS, especially since both Android and iOS have largely now flattened out.

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In-Location Alliance aims to improve indoor location-based stuff

In-Location Alliance aims to improve indoor location-based stuff

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 24, 2012 at 16:00

Google Maps moved indoors in the US and Japan back in November, and more recently the United Kingdoms got in on the action.

However, an angry mob calling itself the In-Location Alliance has decided to crank things up a notch.

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Amazon announces mysterious September 6 press conference

It’s been almost a year since Jeff Bezos & Co lifted the lid on the original Amazon Kindle Fire, and there’s been muchos speculation as to what comes next for the Amazonians.

Well, we mightn’t have long to wait, as Amazon has been firing out invites for a press conference taking place on September 6. That’s… two weeks yesterday.

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Half of US consumers: we don’t need no 4G

Half of US consumers: we don’t need no 4G

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:00

UK networks seem to think that the rollout of 4G is, like, The Most Important Thing Ever, with Everything Everywhere’s head start heralding The End of The World. But do consumers really understand – or care about – 4G?

The answer, according to a recent survey of 3,000 individuals in the United States of Americanos, is a resounding no.

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iPhone 5 and iPad mini to have separate launch events?

iPhone 5 and iPad mini to have separate launch events?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:00

Apple still hasn’t announced an official iPhone 5 launch date, but the cyberweb has kinda decided, on Team Cupertino’s behalf, that it’ll happen on September 12, with sales starting on September 21. So there.

As for the iPad mini, well, rumourmongers have been touting that same September 12 launch date, but one chap in particular has a different theory.

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Hello Proto: new HTC budget-buster shows its face

Hello Proto: new HTC budget-buster shows its face

Martin James  Aug. 24, 2012 at 10:00

To be honest, we're still a bit unsure where to slot the HTC Proto we heard about earlier in the month into our sense of the smartphone state of the nation.

Is it the first of a new wave, an incremental update to the One V, or something else altogether? Time will tell, but in the meantime here's what it will look like.

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Sony Mobile moving its HQ to Tokyo and cutting 1,000 staff

Sony Mobile moving its HQ to Tokyo and cutting 1,000 staff

Martin James  Aug. 23, 2012 at 18:30

Can't say this comes as much of a surprise: Sony Mobile has announced plans to “restructure” its operations, moving the whole shebang under a single roof in Tokyo and streamlining a wide range of its operations.

It's partly a continuation of the consolidation process following Sony's buyout of the Ericsson half of Sony Ericsson, but it's also a result of some fairly lean times for the Xperia maker.

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Nokia Phi, Atlas and Arrow: Nokia's trio of WP Apollo Lumia phones?

Rumours about just what Nokia has up its sleeve for Nokia World are gathering pace, and to go with repeated references to the Nokia Phi we now have another pair of Windows Phone 8 names to conjure with: the Arrow and the Atlas.

Russia's Nokia-obsessed blogger Eldar Murtazin has dished up new info on the Phi, while leading US tech site The Verge reckons both the Phi and the Arrow will be announced at the Nokia World companion event in the US on September 5, with the Atlas to follow not long after.

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iPhone 5 tipped for supply shortages

iPhone 5 tipped for supply shortages

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 23, 2012 at 16:00

It’s tradition for the latest iDevice to be tipped for supply shortages in the run up to launch. Back in March, we were told that the iPad 3 would be in short supply till Q2 2012. Nonsense? Pretty much.

It'll come as no surprise, then, that the imminent iPhone 5 is being tipped for short supply action. Pass the salt.

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Everything Everywhere sells 4G spectrum to Three, awaits Ofcom approval

Everything Everywhere sells 4G spectrum to Three, awaits Ofcom approval

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:00

Everything Everywhere is grabbing all the headlines this week. A couple of days ago, I was yelling that the tag-team has been cleared to start rolling out 4G in September, much to the chagrin of the UK’s other networks. And how about those branding rumours?

Now Everything Everywhere says it’s completed the sale of a couple of chunks of 1800MHz spectrum to Three, pending Ofcom’s approval.

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