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On top of the slew of recent alleged leaks of the next-generation iPhone, another tidbit has surfaced claiming that the infamous earbuds that come with the iPhone will be redesigned. Many have criticized the existing Apple headphones for being ill-fitted and underperforming, especially considering their standalone price of roughly $30. Clearly aware of the criticisms present, Apple is rumored to be addressing these issues with the release of the new headphones.

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Windows 8 RTM Announced!

By | August 1st, 2012

Windows 8 has just been released to manufacturing, as expected; Microsoft recently revealed that this would happen at the beginning of August. What does this mean? Well, the OS has been finalized, and the final build is being sent out to OEMs/partners as we speak.

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Given all of the rumors surrounding the alleged mini-iPad as of late, on top of the recent leak which shows what the next-generation iPhone may look like if alleged components prove to be true, everyone’s obviously anticipating some exciting news regarding the company’s mobile lineup this fall. iMore is hearing from sources close to Apple that they’re planning to announce the next-generation iPhone – and highly anticipated “iPad Mini” on September 12th, with the iPhone being available for purchase come September 21st. That’s just 9 days from the announcement date of the device (take note, Microsoft.)

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Throughout the constant back and forth legal bickering between Apple and Samsung lately, some interesting, formerly confidential tidbits have leaked out giving us a glimpse at some early internal iPhone prototypes. TheVerge spotted a few of them after scouring through various documents, and they’re actually rather interesting. One interesting concept in particular draws a hefty deal of inspiration from one of Sony’s designs, and Samsung plans to bring it up to basically tell the court that Apple, with all of their accusations, aren’t holy angels in the situation either.

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Seeing that we’ve been able to gather a few years of experience with touchscreen keyboards, they’ve become relatively easy to use for most, especially for simple and short search queries. However, if you want to add a more creative and personal touch to your input, you will be able to take advantage of Handwrite, which Google just announced. It’s a new feature of Google’s mobile search website that’s actually built into the search webpage itself, so you’ll be able to try this out on any touch-enabled smartphone (or tablet, for that matter.)

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Following yesterday’s official debut of Office 2013 (and the Customer Preview, which is now available for download as we reported yesterday), Microsoft has today followed up with a post that shares more information about Office 2013′s role in the cloud as well as its future on the Windows Phone platform.

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Following the news surrounding Apple’s proposed nano-SIM format – which is essentially a mico-SIM stripped of all unnecessary “bevel” plastic – it appears that European mobile carriers are preparing for the launch of the next-generation iPhone by stockpiling on nano-SIMs. Given that the standard was proposed by Apple (while they aren’t named exactly, it’s evident that the approved design is at least heavily based on their proposal) – and subsequently approved by ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) – it’s fairly safe to assume that they will be using it in their next-generation iPhone.

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The smartphone sales war is definitely heating up. While Apple set the tone of the modern smartphone market when they released the iPhone – which was essentially the first “modern” smartphone – back in 2007, Google were quick to release Android, which would eventually overtake the iPhone in market share. Speaking of overtaking, should a Reuters poll prove to be accurate, it would appear that premier Android OEM Samsung may have overtaken Apple in smartphone sales in Q2 of this year.

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Adding on to the already-tall pile of rumors that suggest Apple will be launching a smaller iPad with a roughly 8-inch display, the New York Times has just stated that, according to sources close to the company, the 7.85″ iPad will be “significantly cheaper” than the existing iPad 3, and will make its debut sometime this year.

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The popular cross-platform IM app Nimbuzz is now available on the Windows Phone, for the surprisingly low cost of nothing. It’s been in existence since the Windows Mobile days, and is available on a wide sleuth of platforms: Android, iOS, Symbian, Blackberry, Java, PC, Mac, and of course, Windows Phone. The app allows you to chat with other Nimbuzz users, as well as friends on Facebook, Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger, and WLM for free. Some form of Twitter integration is also baked into the app.

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Three months after the phone’s debut as the device to end the “smartphone beta test”, Nokia has just sliced the price of the Lumia 900 in half on AT&T in the United States. Now, you can pick it up at the low cost of $49.99 when paired with a two year contract with the carrier. The announcement of this pricing change coincides with the announcement of a pink Lumia 900, which joins the existing white, black, and cyan color schemes that the device also comes in.

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About a week ago, we reported on that FCC filing that surfaced which suggested that a new PlayStation 3 model – perhaps the last to be released before the next-generation PlayStation debuts – is in the works. Now, a more revealing leak has surfaced, again from another filing; Tecnoblog discovered several alleged images of the device itself that were included in a filing with the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications (Anatal).

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Seeing that Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last week during its Google I/O conference – where it also announced its home entertainment device, the Nexus Q, among a few other things – Android users are surly antsy to get the latest version of the OS onto their devices. Well, Nexus S and Nexus S 4G owners are in luck; two guys from the XDA forums – DeXmax and CooLoserTech – have ported Jelly Bean 4.1 to the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, respectively.

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While the cool thing to do is typically compare S Voice or Google Now with Apple’s own personal assistant, Siri, Clayton Ljungberg of AndroidAuthority has decided to pit the two brotherly voice assistant services to see which one is the best.

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If you’ve been longing for the immensely cool and “futuristic” ability to charge your iPhone wirelessly, you may be waiting a while for an official solution from Apple. However, a tinkerer who goes by the name of Tanveer took apart a wireless charging case for the iPhone and installed its components into the iPhone 4S chassis itself. If you have a bit of patience, a lot of soldering skills, sufficient knowledge of the iPhone’s internals to disassemble, modify, and reassemble, and you don’t fear breaking your iPhone by mistake, then this would be a fun project of you. The entire process is briefly touched on in a three minute video released by Tanveer.

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Remember the outlandishly awkward Galaxy Note that’s too big to be a phone, but too small to be a tablet? It appears that Samsung is cooking up a successor to the device which it will unveil at the end of August during the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin. On top of this, it is rumored that the Galaxy Note II will come with a 5.5″ display, which is slightly larger than the existing Galaxy Note’s 5.3″ display. It will of course run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is now the latest version of the operating system.

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No, the article title isn’t a typo; I’m not referring to news about the next-generation PlayStation console. Rather, it appears that a revision may be in the works for the existing PS3. Essentially, the FCC filing pertains to a WLAN antenna for the CECH-4001x model of the PS3. While a WLAN antenna certainly sounds boring, the interesting tidbit that we can take away from this is that the current PS3s are in the CECH-2500 through 3000 series. On top of this, a diagram included in the filing to depict where the FCC sticker will be placed appears to vaguely show the chassis of the device. It’s more rectangular than the existing model, with an off-center area that acts as a stand for the console.

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Remember last month’s comparison between mobile OSes, where we compared iOS 6 with the existing Android 4.x ICS and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platforms? Well, in the time that has passed since then, we’ve since learned some newer official information about iOS 6, along with the upcoming versions of the other two mobile OSes. So now, a new chart has been concocted which compares and contrasts iOS 6 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8.

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On the heels of various analysts coming out and stating that Apple is working on a smaller iPad with a 7-8″ (diagonally) screen, Bloomberg has just published its own report claiming that they’re hearing the same from their sources. Rumors about such a device have been plentiful for quite some time now. But, why would Apple want to create a smaller iPad?

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Now that Google has unveiled its proper entry into the living room entertainment space, the Nexus Q, is it worth considering against the already established products in the market from Microsoft and Google? Short answer: Unless you want to pay more for less, no. Here’s the longer answer.

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