Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 hands-on (video)

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 hands-on
If you thought the Ace 2's compact design was charming, expect to be bowled over by the similarly-outfitted Mini 2. Stepping even further down the Galaxy food chain, this lilliputian Android handset retains the overall sensibilities of its slightly larger stablemate, but also tones down those already mid-range specs, accordingly. We were able to get some hands-on time with the 3.27-inch handset, so hop on past the break to see how it fared.

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Sniffing Rosemary Makes You Smarter [Science]

There are plenty of strange alternative uses for herbs. Rosemary, for instance, is supposed to soothe the skin and cure dandruff—though I can't promise how well it will do either. Science, however, now tells us it definitely can make you smarter. More »


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Aakash put on notice as BSNL and Pantel pair up to produce T-Pad

The last thing that the Aakash project needed was a more handsome, similarly priced commercial rival swooping in and stealing all of its thunder. Sadly that's what's happened: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), itself currently under investigation for corruption allegations, has announced a similarly low priced tablet in partnership with Pantel International. The T-Pad IS701R costs Rs 3,250 ($66) compared to the Aakash's Rs 2,999 ($60) but this device has a faster 1GHz processor and runs Gingerbread on a 7-inch 800 x 600 resistive display. However it's not all sunshine and roses, unlike the Government-sponsored slate, there is no GPRS modem in this edition. If you want freedom from WiFi, it'll cost you Rs 10,999 (or $223). So how do the two tablets stack up? Head on past the break and we'll show you in a little more detail.

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Google Hiring Augmented-Reality Experts Amid Rumors of HUD Glasses

As rumors swirl around Google's plans to announce head-up display glasses by the end of the year, the company has quietly begun advertising for a designer and engineer responsible for augmented-reality mapping.

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/02/google-hiring-augmented-reality-experts-amid-rumors-of-hud-glasses/

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Facebook launches unified mobile site, announces 250 million mobile users

Facebook has announced that its two mobile sites -- m.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com -- have been unified, bringing a simpler mobile experience to Facebook users. And there are a lot of those -- a quarter billion, according to Facebook.

Smartphone users won't be losing any functionality because of the consolidation. If your phone supported the enhacned features offered by touch.facebook.com, the new site will automatically flip the switch when you visit.

Rolling the sites together helps simplify things for Facebook's developer team. Now changes can be pushed to a single site instead of two separate sites, which makes it easier to ensure that all mobile users receive a nearly identical experience regardless of the device they're using.

The new Facebook mobile can also check to see if your phone supports geolocation. If it doesn't, you won't be seeing much of Facebook Places -- which obviously relies heavily on geolocation. Images can also be optimized on the fly to keep page performance from suffering on less powerful devices. You can see the three different versions of the share button below, courtesy our friends at TechCrunch.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Why You Can?t Dismiss Nokia?s 41-Megapixel Phone

sensorMy first reaction upon hearing about Nokia's 41-megapixel 808 Pureview was that it was an absurdity, a perfect example of the very worst of consumer electronics, and a total miss. But the more I read, the better I understood that this phone isn't just some freak of nature with a ridiculously high number attached to it. It's just the slightly awkward first steps of a serious move by Nokia to differentiate itself. If you've only skimmed the news, there are some things you should probably know about this strange beast of a camera. First, the 41 megapixel figure is really misrepresentative, not to say untrue. It doesn't take 41-megapixel photos in any way, shape, or form. Even in the special high-res creative mode, it "only" produces 38 megapixels. Mostly it will be taking normal-size shots, between 3 and 8 megapixels. So what the hell does this 41 megapixel figure even mean?

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Grace Digital's Eco Terra boombox now available for $149.99, ready to rock the beaches

We're not sure what took Grace Digital this long to release the Eco Terra, but hey, you can now grab one well ahead of the summer season. Priced at $149.99, this IPX7-certified boombox works just fine even when dunked in water -- the two 3-inch speakers will always float upwards to annoy fellow swimmers. There's no iPod dock connector here as the job's done using a 3.5mm jack inside the watertight compartment, but much like many iPhone headsets these days, you can use the buttons at the top to control music playback and volume on supported iPods or iPhones; whereas with other MP3 players you can only change the volume after flipping a switch.

Additionally, the Eco Terra comes with an air pressure release valve to allow easy compartment access across different altitudes. We assume this means someone somewhere has a habit of blasting out music while trekking. Of course, you'll need to install four C Celll batteries to get things started, and that'll keep you partying in the wild for around 25 hours -- long enough to play the Baywatch soundtrack CD about 23 times. And no, there's nothing wrong with that. Hit the source link if you're ready to spend some cash.

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Facebook Ads Turn Unsuspecting Man Into Spokesperson for Giant Tub of Lube [Facebook]

A 55-gallon tub of lube is funny. That's just science. But when you post to Facebook about it being a funny thing that exists in the world, there's a chance that your post might get turned into an ad for that specific lifetime supply of hand love enabler, visible to everyone you know. More »


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