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Ballmer's crew already working on Microsoft Surface 2?

Ballmer's crew already working on Microsoft Surface 2?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 8, 2012 at 11:00

The ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT is set to land on October 26 as a Windows 8 launch device, however, word on the street is that Team Ballmer is already forging ahead with plans for a Microsoft Surface 2.

That’s exactly what the technology world has inferred from a bunch of ads on the Microsoft Careers site.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos arrives in UK

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos arrives in UK

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 7, 2012 at 20:00

What's this? More Samsung Galaxy handsets hitting the shelves? Yup - indeed. This one's aimed at those on a budget who clearly have some form of double life.

It's the Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos - originally announced back in May and now on general sale in the UK. Yours for the handsome price of around £200, depending on where you source it from.

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HTC: things looking even bleaker after July blowout

HTC: things looking even bleaker after July blowout

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 7, 2012 at 19:00

Unfortunately, we can't say we're surprised massively by this - or surprised at all, really - and we're sure you won't be either. HTC has seen its latest monthly sales tumble by a whopping 45%.

That's a year-over-year figure and is based on the fact that, sadly, its pretty good One series handsets are not selling as well as HTC devices once were.

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Acer's advice to Microsoft over the Surface tablet: don't do it!

Acer's advice to Microsoft over the Surface tablet: don't do it!

Martin James  Aug. 7, 2012 at 18:00

The tablet market isn't the most forgiving of places – it certainly doesn't have much respect for reputations, as both HP and RIM will attest to name just two examples.

So why would Microsoft, with next to zero hardware experience beyond peripherals, decide now's the time to get involved with the Windows 8-powered Surface? Acer boss JT Wang for one certainly doesn't know.

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The bubble isn't bursting but Apple won't sell 250 million iPhone 5s

Whatever your thoughts are on the Apple v Samsung legal slugfest, it's giving us a rare look at the inner workings of two of the most successful companies on the planet as they force each other to shed light on how they go about doing what they do.

The past few days have been particularly interesting, with some seriously heavy hitters on the Apple side weighing into proceedings as the case unfolds in the San Jose courts.

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ARM unveils next-gen GPU goodness

ARM unveils next-gen GPU goodness

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 7, 2012 at 16:00

ARM’s current GPU flagship is the quad-core Mali 450-MP. It proudly powers Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III, but this time next year it’ll be a laughing stock (not really).

See, ARM has unveiled its next generation of Mali GPUs, and they’re every bit as efficient and multi-cored as one would expect. Huzzah!

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In-app purchasing for Windows Phone 8 only

In-app purchasing for Windows Phone 8 only

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 7, 2012 at 14:00

In-app purchasing has proved ludicrously lucrative for developers of late. More and more Android and iOS apps are in fact initially free, with money instead being made through irresistible in-app content and that.

Now we’re hearing that in-app purchasing is coming to Windows Phone 8, but not Windows Phone 7.8.

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iOS 6 loses YouTube, Apple Rickrolls

iOS 6 loses YouTube, Apple Rickrolls

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 7, 2012 at 12:00

You all remember the ancient art of Rickrolling, right? The digital bait-and-switch essentially saw users tricked into watching the video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

You’ll never guess who’s caught on just as we thought Rickrolling had been consigned to the history eBooks. Yep, only bloomin’ Apple.

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Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2

Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 7, 2012 at 11:00

Er, if should probably elaborate on that slightly ambiguous headline. I mean we have an update on the Jelly Bean updates; Android 4.1 isn’t available for those handsets just yet.

Yeah, so, wanna know when you can expect Jelly Bean for your Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Note 2? Read on, James.

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Statement of the obvious: Nokia will announce Windows Phone 8 devices at Nokia World

There's been a fair bit of Nokia-related silliness around the web lately – even more than usual, believe it or not.

First came news that the company is supposedly looking at some non-standard form factor ideas going forward, and now comes the supposedly huge surprise that the company will use its own event to announce some new products.

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Is HTC about to break through the 1080p barrier for smartphones?

Is HTC about to break through the 1080p barrier for smartphones?

Martin James  Aug. 6, 2012 at 16:30

Once the leader in the Android stakes, HTC is very much the follower these days. And it would appear rumours that it is about to release a big-boned 5in handset along the lines of Samsung's Galaxy Note and LG's Optimus Vu simply prove the point.

But what the Korean pair don't have – and HTC's new slugger does, say the rumours – is a 1080p resolution screen.

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Purported iPad mini case leaks online

Dearie me. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or tip an entire shaker of salt down my throat. Maybe a touch of all three.

A purported iPad mini case has leaked online, and it looks laughable, quite frankly; like a cheap Chinese iPad mini knockoff.

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BLU Products Vivo 4.3: world’s first dual-SIM Super AMOLED smartphone

BLU Products Vivo 4.3: world’s first dual-SIM Super AMOLED smartphone

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 6, 2012 at 12:00

‘Who or what the hell is BLU Products?’ was the question on my lips as soon as this one hit my virtual desk. Some sort of US manufacturer, apparently; founded in 2009 and headquartered in Miami.

In any case, it’s laying claim to a “world’s first”, by launching a smartphone with both dual-SIM capabilities and a Super AMOLED display. Just what we’ve been crying out for.

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Sharp in trouble, Foxconn stroking its chin

Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sharp is in a spot of bother, having recently announced quarterly losses of ¥138.4 billion (£1.1 billion).

Resultantly, the iPhone display provider (and occasional Android dabbler)’s stock price fell to its lowest point in 38 years. Cripes.

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HTC bringing back Menu button to One devices

HTC bringing back Menu button to One devices

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:30

Now, this is something we really welcome.

Regular viewers of my ramblings will know I love the Samsung Galaxy S3 (again) but also have a real soft spot for the HTC One X. It's a cracking handset. But you know when there's one thing that just lets the experience down for you?

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Nokia bringing back N-Gage, says tipster

Nokia bringing back N-Gage, says tipster

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:00

Nokia's made a few bold design moves over the year. Some have paid off. Some have been marked 'who the fudge signed that off'? (remember the Nokia 3650?!)

Well, times have changed, management's moved on, Symbian's been ditched and Samsung's overtaken the Fins in terms of share - but there's obviously a little bit of nostalgia for the past with the news that, apparently, the ill-fated N-Gage is making a return!

Yup. Us too.

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Apple: Jobs was receptive to 7-inch tablets

Apple: Jobs was receptive to 7-inch tablets

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 6, 2012 at 09:00

It's always difficult to tell what's going on in One Infinite Loop and what goes into the decision-making process.

And for so long, we've been told that Apple hates the idea of 7-inch tablets: late boss Steve Jobs said they were pointless, describing them as "dead on arrival" which is why we've never seen them from Apple.

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Beats Audio-loving Olympic athletes forced to change their tune

Beats Audio-loving Olympic athletes forced to change their tune

Martin James  Aug. 5, 2012 at 14:00

Talk about adding insult to injury. Beats Audio has already had to deal with its big love-in with HTC going fairly badly wrong – which based on most of the comments on our coverage of the subject has a lot to do with the headphones themselves being a bit... well, not brilliant, let's say.

But for a real kick in the pants, how about the British Olympic Association stepping in and forcing Beats-loving Team GB members to give up their preferred headgear in favour of products from official partner Panasonic?

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HTC Proto: a slightly better One V?

HTC Proto: a slightly better One V?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 4, 2012 at 18:00

Yesterday we were hearing that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC had followed up its disappointing Q2 results by reducing its Q3 forecast. Oh dear; maybe “less is more” wasn’t the right strategy after all.

But wait. HTC has a plan up its sleeve, in the form of the HTC Proto. Far from being a spanking new flagship, it is in fact a slightly enhanced… One V? What the f…?

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Samsung’s ‘major’ August 15 announcement almost certainly Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung’s ‘major’ August 15 announcement almost certainly Galaxy Note 10.1

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 4, 2012 at 16:30

Samsung recently fired out save-the-dates for a supposedly ‘major’ announcement, and immediately everyone thought Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

However, it’s now sounding like IFA at the end of August for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launch, which makes the larger Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 front-runner for an August 15 unveiling.

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