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  • Windows Phone 8 Portico update begins OTA roll out to HTC 8X

    The rumoured Windows Phone 8 update has begun rolling out to select HTC 8X users according to WP Central. The update which we initially thought to be named Apollo Plus, is now dubbed "Portico", keeping in line with the Windows Phone OS trend of names ending in "O". This update was also believed to be rolling out in early 2013, but it appears 8X users will experience the love before others. The new features seem to extend exclusively to text messaging with SMS Drafts, SMS Call Reject and Mass SMS Deletion. None of these additions are ground breaking, but...

  • Samsung to reveal ’Something Big’ at CES 2013

    A promotional video that is possibly teasing the Galaxy S IV, Galaxy Tab III, a rocket-powered NFC fridge or anything else for that matter, was posted on Sammy’s official blog, Samsung Tomorrow. The video bombards viewers with a lot of marketing jargon, but offers little in terms of substance for a definitive product release. The video ends with Samsung telling users to ready themselves for "something new" to be shown January 8 −11, or CES 2013. There's a pretty broad spectrum in terms of new products that Samsung could unveil but given the nature of the CES, one product keeps springing to...

  • Windows RT app ‘GBWG’ breaks no records with £52

    Great Big War Game (GBWG) has been a popular game on iOS and Android. With the release of the Windows 8 OS and its Windows RT mobile system, the GBWG developers saw it fit to release it on this platform as well, and was ecstatic in a different way when they realised that it made... wait for it... £52 in one week. Rubicon Development's Paul Johnson was clearly not impressed, blaming Microsoft on his blog, ranting that "if other developers get this treatment, that store is going to look mighty bleak for a long time to come". The post...

  • Dropbox app coming to Windows 8, competition for SkyDrive?

    Dropbox will soon be making its way to Windows 8. The announcement made by VP of Engineering, Aditya Agarwal, at Le Web 2012 sees the client app waiting certification before it's released to the Windows 8 app store. The app is said to feature all new touch-centric user interfaces, fully integrating into the Windows 8 experience. The app is also available for all Windows 8 tablet devices, hopefully adding to the apps cross-platform appeal. It should be interesting to see how it fares against SkyDrive, Microsoft's dedicated cloud storage client. Both apps are available across the Windows OS lineup...

  • HTC 8S’ always-on Wi-Fi points to new feature in Apollo Plus update

    HTC's second Windows Phone 8 specific device, the 8S, currently runs an always-on Wi-Fi connection, non-existent in other WP8 smartphones. This always-on Wi-Fi feature essentially means users Wi-Fi connection will remain active even in lock screen mode. Windows Phone Program Manager Joe Belfiore, who we're all familiar with from the WP8 event 29 October, said an always-on Wi-Fi setting would be a part of the first update for Windows Phone 8. We initially reported that the first update, dubbed Apollo Plus, for Windows Phone 8 would be rolling out to users January 2013. However full details on the updates contents...

  • Leaked ‘iPhone 5S’ images show possible internal redesign

    The iPhone 5 was first announced September 2012, since then the flagship device from the Cupertino manufacturer has become a polarising smartphone among consumers. Just a couple of months later, leaked images from French site, Nowhere Else, seem to suggest a new iteration may be in the works. This may be great news for potential users as the 4S still holds more sway than the latest iPhone 5. For those who've been frustrated by the build quality of the 5, the "5S" may be a welcome addition. The image shown detail the back cover of the iPhone 5 and what is referred...

  • ‘World’s largest’ SSD from Mushkin is 480GB, costs $500

    It may look big in the image, but don’t be fooled For owners of ultra-thin and super-fast laptops, the news of a close to 500GB SSD is something of a coup. Mushkin has announced the “world's largest capacity mSATA Solid-State Drive”, a 480GB SSD for US$500. The info provided by Mushkin offers much to chew on, but we’ll break down the most important features for you. Cause you know, we think you’re special like that. The drive has unthrottled IOPS, which delivers the maximum allowable input/output speed. Next up, we have SATA III with a 6Gbit/s transfer rate. Mushkin’s 480GB...

  • iPhone 5 gets full-screen update to Xbox SmartGlass app

    Microsoft’s SmartGlass app, a cross-platform Xbox 360 controller that works through a smartphone, has been updated to take full advantage of the iPhone 5’s ultra-sexy 16:9 screen format. The older version of SmartGlass had those niggling black bars on the top and bottom of the app, at it is with most apps that aren’t optimized for this stretched display. But that’s not all. iTunes also states that version 2.1 also contains “bug fixes”. The biggest bug we had is that app used to hang and disconnect intermittently on our iPhone 4S. Download the update from iTunes if you’re hankering for...

  • Xbox LIVE launches new apps in US, UK and Europe

    Yesterday, Xbox LIVE Director of Programming Larry Hryb, announced via his pseudo blog Major Nelson that the company had launched new entertainment apps in the US, UK and parts of Europe. This latest batch comes part of Microsoft's concerted effort to make Xbox the go-to device for users in terms of media streaming and viewing. Full details on Major Nelson's blog post reveal the US will receive Rhapsody and Blip.TV. Rhapsody is a music database app that allows users to compile personalised playlists and share content with one another. Blip.TV is an app that gives users access to a...

  • Meet the Lumia 620: Nokia’s $249 WP8 powered smartphone

    Nokia unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 offering at Le Web in Paris earlier today. The Finnish manufacturer says this newest addition to its smartphone lineup is designed to appeal to younger consumers. Key aspects in the 620's design has seen Nokia "softening the roundness and radius of the product" in an attempt to create a more tactile and organic feel, according to the company's Executive Vice President of Design, Marko Ahtisaari. Specs for the Lumia 620 include a 3.8-inch WVGA display supported by a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1Ghz and 512MB RAM. Other features see the Lumia 620 fitted...