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Thousands queue in the dark as the iPhone 5 goes on sale

Nokia expands map, driving and transit apps to other Windows Phones

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Getting driving and transit directions on Windows Phone can be an inconsistent experience, at best, but Nokia is making an attempt to improve the situation today by releasing its “Here” location apps to all Windows Phones. The apps — Here Maps, Here Drive, Here Transit and Here City Lens...
Nokia expands map, driving and transit apps to other Windows Phones

Google listing shows Google Play gift cards are UK-bound, will come in £10, £25, £50 denominations

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Google has dropped the clearest hint possible that it is all set to launch gift cards for its Google Play app store in the UK after it posted extensive details of the cards on one of its support pages. Gift cards were launched in the US last August and talk...
Google listing shows Google Play gift cards are UK-bound, will come in £10, £25, £50 denominations

Spotify’s embeddable Play Button: Awesome idea, but not as good as it should’ve been

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In case you missed it, Spotify launched its embeddable Play Button earlier today, letting you embed any Spotify song, album or playlist directly into your website. Just like YouTube, right? Erm, no actually. Now that the initial dust has settled, it’s worth reflecting a little and seeing what’s on offer...
Spotify’s embeddable Play Button: Awesome idea, but not as good as it should’ve been

Microsoft expands Surface RT and Pro market reach, adding Japan and the UK among other countries

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This morning Microsoft announced a number of new markets for the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablet hybrids. The expansions were expected, and fit former leaks. For the Surface RT, the following markets are being added: “Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan.” For the Surface Pro, the following markets are...
Microsoft expands Surface RT and Pro market reach, adding Japan and the UK among other countries

Cloud storage grows, but backup is weak

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More companies are storing their data in the cloud as part of a hybrid onsite and offsite storage solution, but many admit they are not able to back up large chunks of their data at all. Research company Vanson Bourne surveyed 650 IT decision makers across the U.S., the...
Cloud storage grows, but backup is weak

Wow: Google Maps traffic data in 130 new U.S. cities, more coverage in 16 other countries

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Google has rolled out a massive expansion in traffic data today, revealing 130 new cities in the U.S. and 3 new ones in South America. In addition, 13 other countries have gotten expanded support. This is a massive boost in the coverage for its traffic service and demonstrates just how...
Wow: Google Maps traffic data in 130 new U.S. cities, more coverage in 16 other countries

Google Maps adds traffic conditions for 7 new countries, makes improvements for 19 other

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Traffic conditions are a great part of Google Maps, as it gives you real-time information about how quickly you’re going to get to your destination. For example, if you’re trying to drive home to San Mateo from San Francisco during rush-hour? Forget it. That feature hasn’t been available worldwide, but...
Google Maps adds traffic conditions for 7 new countries, makes improvements for 19 other

Microsoft debuts Chinese online store to push Surface preorders

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Microsoft has launched a Chinese version of its online store in order to begin taking preorders of its Surface RT tablet in the world’s most populous nation, WPDang reports. The 32GB Surface without the Touch Cover is selling for RMB 3688 ($590), while the 32GB and 64GB versions with the...
Microsoft debuts Chinese online store to push Surface preorders

UltraViolet to bundle free movies with Smart TVs and Blu-ray players

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The Digital Entertainment Group has announced plans to give away free movies when you buy an UltraViolet compatible device. If you buy a Smart TV from one of the following brands, you'll get ten free movies accessible anywhere UltraViolet titles work; including CinemaNow, Flixster, Nook and VUDU. Blu-ray players...
UltraViolet to bundle free movies with Smart TVs and Blu-ray players

The Rise Of Instagram: Tracking The App’s Spread Worldwide

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The industry just can’t stop analyzing the Instagram success story, and this month, it’s app store analytics firm Distimo’s turn to take a crack at it. The company, which typically releases reports revealing notable mobile app and app marketplace trends, has turned its focus to the rise of Instagram. In...
The Rise Of Instagram: Tracking The App’s Spread Worldwide

Apple iPad Coming to US on April 3

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Apple finally announced the exact date of iPad availability in the US: it’s Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models, while Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in later April.As far as other countries go, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,...
Apple iPad Coming to US on April 3

iPhone 5 shipping times slow to 3-4 weeks

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iPhone 5 shipping times have extended to three to four weeks in the US, Canada, and Australia, checks of the online Apple Store show. More recently Apple was quoting two- to three-week delays. Some countries' storefronts are in fact still showing 2-3 week times, including France, Germany, and the UK.......
iPhone 5 shipping times slow to 3-4 weeks

Trustpilot takes €10 million to help consumers rate etailers

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Two of the web’s biggest etailers — Amazon and eBay — have in-built merchant review systems. Even high-street businesses have equivalents, like Yelp and Google, and products themselves are well reviewed online. But, as more and more consumer commerce is carried out online through etailers that operate independently, how can...
Trustpilot takes €10 million to help consumers rate etailers
New markets announced for Surface Pro and Surface RT

Apple iPad Available For Pre-Order From March 12, On Sale From April 3

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Apple just announced that its tablet device, the iPad, will be available in the U.S. on April 3. See announcement below. When Apple unveiled the device a few months ago, we were told it would be available by March. Rumors began to swirl recently that shipment of the devices was...
Apple iPad Available For Pre-Order From March 12, On Sale From April 3

Spotify eyes Asia and Americas expansion, adding Traditional Chinese and LatAm Spanish on iOS

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Following the global roll-out of its Follow tab on the desktop, Spotify has released an update to its iOS app, adding support for Latin American Spanish and Traditional Chinese. The addition of these languages obviously grows Spotify’s potential user-base in its existing markets, but given recent rumors that Spotify is planning launches...
Spotify eyes Asia and Americas expansion, adding Traditional Chinese and LatAm Spanish on iOS

Motorola Officially Outs The RAZR i, Its First Intel-Powered Smartphone

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Intel’s mobile chipsets have popped up in a handful of devices over the past few months, but Motorola — arguably the biggest of Intel’s smartphone partners — has been content to keep quiet about the fruits of its efforts longer than others. Well, that wait is finally over. Motorola officially...
Motorola Officially Outs The RAZR i, Its First Intel-Powered Smartphone
All Kindle Fires sold to US customers will have home screen ads
BlackBerry Z10 Selling In "Large Numbers", Says BlackBerry -- Some U.K. Retailers Sold Out Over The Weekend

Forrester: UK Adults Spend More Online Than Other EU5 Countries

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Adults living in the United Kingdom are some of the most connected citizens in Europe and own more devices than any other European Union Five (EU5) country, according to fresh research from Forrester. Eighty-three percent of Brits aged 18 and above access the Internet at least once a month, the highest online...
Forrester: UK Adults Spend More Online Than Other EU5 Countries

Apple revises warranty policies in France, Germany and Belgium in response to EU law

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Apple revised its warranty policy in Italy last year after being hit with a €900,000 fine for not complying with an EU-mandated two-year term, and it looks like those changes are now starting to spread further throughout Europe. The company has today revised the terms of its warranties in...
Apple revises warranty policies in France, Germany and Belgium in response to EU law
Nexus 10 available November 13th starting at $399

LG updates flagship Optimus G smartphone to Android Jelly Bean for upcoming European launch

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After selling more than 1 million units of its Optimus G smartphone, LG has updated the device for its European launch, which will begin later this month. The company has announced that the new Optimus G will arrive first in Sweden before landing in other markets, including France, Germany and...
LG updates flagship Optimus G smartphone to Android Jelly Bean for upcoming European launch

Wave at Your PC: Kinect for Windows Now Available

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As Steve Ballmer promised in January, Microsoft has released version 1.0 of the Kinect for the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). Improvements since the Beta 2 version, which was released in November 2011, include support for up to four Kinect sensors on one computer, improved skeletal tracking and speech...
Wave at Your PC: Kinect for Windows Now Available
iPad Mini, fourth generation iPad doubles first weekend sell-through mark for Apple

WSJ: 2012 iPhone to support global 4G LTE

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Now we're intrigued. It's a common (if unconfirmed) belief that the next iPhone will support LTE-based 4G, but the Wall Street Journal now understands through the ever-present "people familiar with the matter" that Apple is taking 4G worldwide. Where the current iPad only supports two LTE frequencies and drops...
WSJ: 2012 iPhone to support global 4G LTE

New video: Ikea TV comes with slide-out remote control

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Ikea just published a new YouTube video on Thursday that reveals a few more details about the Uppleva TV set it is going to start selling in select European stores next month. The video was shot at the Milan Furniture Fair, where Ikea showed the device to the public for the...
New video: Ikea TV comes with slide-out remote control

Google goes global with Chromebooks in six new markets

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Chromebooks will begin rolling out immediately in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands, the company says. [Read more]...
Google goes global with Chromebooks in six new markets

Facebook App Center goes globetrotting with 7 new countries, blankets all of the English-speaking world

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Facebook's App Center is having its passport stamped quite a lot lately. Just days after the HTML5 app portal set foot in the UK, it's making the leap to seven more countries. Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey will all get a crack at using web apps...
Facebook App Center goes globetrotting with 7 new countries, blankets all of the English-speaking world
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