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iOS Smartphone Market Share Breaks 50% in US

Despite Microsoft’s efforts with Windows Phone, the two biggest players in the smartphone game continue to be Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Just when we thought that Android was on the rise, it appears that the iOS smartphone market share is actually growing, breaking the 50% mark in the United States.

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Foxconn to Build the Microsoft Surface phone?

With Nokia Lumia 920 selling rather strong so far, it seems that Windows Phone 8 is already starting to look like an early success story. Of course it hasn’t all been perfect. There have also been reports of rebooting issues, battery life and heating problems. It isn’t just the Lumia 920, almost every Windows Phone 8 handset has had a few problems.

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Microsoft SmartGlass App now Arrives on iOS as well

Looking to make the most out of your Xbox multimedia experience? With Xbox SmartGlass you can control your Xbox through the tablet for many functions, including selecting movies, rewinding and a whole lot more. Best of all, the control app is now out for iOS devices as well.

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Samsung Nexus 10 versus Apple iPad: Which is right for you?

When it comes to 10-inch tablets, most consumers certainly think of iPad as the most powerful option out there. Sure, there are other high-end 10-inch tablets that are running on Android or Windows 8/RT, but they don’t have the display power of the Retina and probably aren’t as cutting-edge in processing and graphics as the newest 4th generation Apple iPad. This dynamic is now crashing down thanks to the newly announced Samsung Nexus 10.

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Microsoft SmartGlass app comes to Android

Xbox Smartglass is a way to bring a tablet screen into the Xbox living room media center experience. Basically the app works by connecting your tablet or smartphone up to the screen for pausing, rewinding and even possibly some games going forward. Think of this as a Wii U-type of experience, although not nearly as widely adapted or supported by games– instead its focus is clearly on movies and other multimedia playback between the two devices.

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Comparing the iPad Mini vs. New iPad 4

Pre-orders for both the iPad Mini and the 4th-generation Apple iPad started on Friday, but what if you still haven’t decided which iPad is for you? Let’s have a look at some of the most important specs so you can choose the right one for you.

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iPad Mini plans to beat the Surface to the Punch?

The Microsoft Surface preorders are already starting to go pretty well. If you were Apple, how would you possibly slow the Surface down? Announce the iPad Mini, that’s how. Apparently rumors now suggest that Apple will release its new smaller tablet on October 23rd. For those who don’t know, that’s three days before the Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface release event.

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Microsoft Surface RT Pricing is Official, Starts at $499

Ahead of their October 26th launch event, Microsoft has now released its Surface RT tablet for pre-ordering. This means we finally have pricing information. Those who were crossing their fingers about the rumors of a $200 starting price for the Surface might be more than a little disappointed.

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Microsoft Surface Hits FCC, Launches On Oct. 26th

Microsoft’s Surface is preparing for a special release event on Oct. 25th, with a midnight launch at select Microsoft Stores on the 26th. With that in mind, it has hit the FCC. We now know everything there is to know about the Surface– except for the price tag.

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To Good to be True? Microsoft Surface RT may be priced at just $199

Microsoft Surface is getting a fair amount of attention this week. First we had rumors of 8-13 hour battery life and lighter-than-iPad designs. Now we have a rumor that suggests the base RT model will launch at just $199, in stark contrast to the earlier suggestions that the cheapest Surface RT tablet might be as expensive as $1000.

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Rumor: Microsoft Surface RT will be lighter than iPad, with 13hrs battery life

When the Microsoft Surface tablet was first announced, there was a heck of a lot of hype generated, despite the fact that a lot of the details weren’t actually revealed. Now it seems that we are finally learning a bit more about Microsoft’s upcoming tablet. According to the unofficial information about the tablet, it seems that the ARM-based version, called the Surface RT, is aiming to be lighter than the iPad and will have the ability to play HD video for 13 hours consecutively.

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Asus Taichi Laptop Has Dual Screens

Do you want more than a glowing piece of produce on the back of your laptop? Asus sure thinks so and it has just introduced the Asus Taichi to the world. It has a second display that covers the entire back cover.

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Rumored iPad Mini May Feature G/F2 Thin-Film Technology

It seems that rumors regarding the 7.85-inch iPad continue to persist, with a new one claiming that it will use “G/F2” Thin-film touch technology when it releases in the 4th quarter of this year. The rumor comes from industry sources, according to DigiTimes.

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Some of the Best and Worst of April Fools 2012

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day, i’m sure most of you didn’t realize it. So what else do large companies with over the top budgets on attempting to create viral videos do? They attempt to make us laugh by revealing fake products with fake announcements. Some of these are quite stupid, actually, most of them are, but you can decide for yourself, have a gander after the jump.

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Apple Introduces OSX Mountain Lion

Apple has just announced its latest version of OSX for Macs, and like all the versions before it, 10.8 is named after a member of the cat family. What is different with OSX Mountain Lion, however, is that it no longer bears the “Mac” part of the branding.

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Android Market Hits 400,000 Apps

Google’s Android Market reportedly raised past the 400,000 app mark this past weekend. It was just last April when Android Market got 200,000 apps. Then, next 100,000 apps were registered in last August, according to Distimo, an app store tracking service.

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ASUS Transformer Prime: Locked Bootloader Causes Uproar

The fine folks at XDA-Developers report that ASUS has chosen to lock a bootloader on its flagship tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. This is extremely sad news for all the tinkerers who were hoping to get Ice Cream Sandwich on this powerful tablet currently running a lightly customized stock ASUS Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).

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Study Claims Android Is For Apps, iOS For Games

Android has its positive features (more open, more freeware oriented) and negative (malware and security issues), while iOS has its positives (better games, better security) and negatives (not as open, not as much freeware). It really boils down to what you are looking for in an OS, not which is better than the other.