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iPhone 4S packaging label, iPhone 5 prototype video? Probably not…

This probably isn’t real, but we’re posting it for discussion. Found on a Chinese forum, source is unknown but we gave it to someone who is running it by some higher ups for clarification.  Video of iPhone 5 prototype with double GPU rainbows below:



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September 28th

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Deadly Progression of ALS Reversed in an Amazing Stem Cell First [Science]

Last May, 39-year-old Ted Harada was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It's one of the worst diagnoses anyone could get. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

September 28th

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Google And Samsung Announce October 11 Event: Nexus Prime Imminent

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It looks like the wait for the elusive Nexus Prime may soon be over. Samsung has just started sending out invites for a special Samsung/Google event that’s being held on October 11 at 11:30 AM in San Diego. The topic isn’t listed, but the invitation says we’ll see “what’s new from Android”.

The Prime, which has been rumored for months but is still unconfirmed, is expected to be the first device running Ice Cream Sandwich — the next major Android update, which will unify for ‘mobile’ Gingerbread OS with ‘Tablet’ Honeycomb.

It’s also expected to be a beast specs-wise, with a dual-core processor, 4.5″ or 4.65″ screen, and 4G. Oh, and my favorite rumor: it’s supposed to be running on Verizon’s top-notch 4G network.

Google’s Nexus line of phones, which have included the Nexus One and Nexus S before now, are unique in that they come with ‘Vanilla’ Android, without any carrier or OEM modifications. They’re also typically the very first devices to get updates as they’re released by the Android team.

I’ve been using a Nexus One as my primary phone for nearly two years now and have also used the Nexus S extensively — both of them have been excellent, and I’m not expecting the Prime to disappoint (though I am a bit concerned by the rumored huge screen size).

Aside from the Nexus Prime, the event may well feature other Samsung-made Android devices — perhaps we’ll see a Nexus tablet as well.


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Jason Kincaid

September 28th

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Which Kindle Should You Buy? [Kindle]

Holy crap, we're covered in Kindles. As of today there are six different Kindles you can choose from at 11 different price-points. How ever will you decide? Here's a quick look at all of 'em, and our pre-release pick. More »


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brent rose

September 28th

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Official Flickr App Arrives For Android

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Being an Android user as well as a Flickr user has been dangerous territory for quite a long time now. There’s been no official app, and the third-party ones haven’t been too hot. Luckily for us, Yahoo has finally dropped a Flickr app that not only has their official blessing, but doesn’t suck at all.

It’s quite full-featured, not just a photostream browser. You can, of course, look at your own pictures or those of others, and the experience is pleasant and Flickr-y. You can even directly download the full-size images to email or use as wallpaper. The app starts up in your activity stream, though, where your recent favorites and so on are shown. Naturally nobody likes my photos, but I assume more accomplished photographers will welcome the easy access to recent comments and favorites.

There’s a nice little camera app in there, too. You can choose different aspect ratios, apply filters (named after places and imperfectly represented in the menu), add details, and send directly to social networks or email addresses. And naturally they go right into your Flickr account as well. Here’s one I took for demonstration purposes. It has the “Java” filter applied.

Not an Instagram-killer by any means, but again, Flickr lovers will like it. Unfortunately you can’t add to sets, which would be handy for keeping your mobile shots separate from your “real” pictures.

It’s a solid little app if you’ve got the bandwidth for it (you might want to use the wi-fi) and don’t need any of the more advanced features like groups and collections. Hopefully they’ll expand the community portion a little more in the next release. More screenshots and info can be found in the Android Market. The app is just called “Flickr” and is published by Yahoo Inc, in case it doesn’t show up for your search right away.



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Devin Coldewey

September 28th

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Apple’s Thunderbolt Display Has a Ton of Chips and a Freaking Subwoofer [Apple]

We already knew the guts in a Thunderbolt cable were pretty impressive, but iFixit's teardown of Apple's 27-inch Thunderbolt display shows just how much circuitry goes into making Intel's new transfer technology work, even in a monitor. More »


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Kyle Wagner

September 28th

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Like HTC, Samsung Now Pays Microsoft to Put Android On Its Phones [Patents]

Samsung now pays Microsoft for the privilege of selling Android phones. Of course, it's being called a "partnership." And yes, we've seen this before: Microsoft also strong armed HTC into giving them a cut of the profits for every Android device sold. More »


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Adrian Covert

September 28th

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Google: Microsoft extorts profits, hinders innovation and is failing in smartphone market

Google issued an irate response to Microsoft’s cross-licensing agreement with Samsung, announced early Wednesday, in which Samsung will pay royalties to Microsoft for each Android smartphone sold. “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft,” Google said in a statement to TechCrunch. “Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.” Microsoft has similar agreements in place with ViewSonic, HTC and Acer and analysts estimate Android pulls in three to five times the revenue that Windows Phone does for Microsoft. Read on for more.

The Redmond-based company issued a public response to Google on its blog on Wednesday afternoon. “We recognize that some businesses and commentators – Google chief among them – have complained about the potential impact of patents on Android and software innovation,” Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez wrote in the post. “To them, we say this: look at today’s announcement. If industry leaders such as Samsung and HTC can enter into these agreements, doesn’t this provide a clear path forward?”

Microsoft also explained that HTC and Samsung were responsible for more than half of all Android phones sold in 2011 in the United States and Microsoft admitted that, while there will be more drama, perhaps this is “the end of the beginning” for an “industry-wide assortment” of legal issues.

[Via TechCrunch]

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Todd Haselton

September 28th

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A Woman with a Toy Gun Tried to Rob a Store But Got Arrested By a Fake Cop [Wtf]

Wilnelia Rivera Caraballo, a 19-year-old girl, got a little tipsy and felt empowered to rob a store. So she armed herself with a toy "Uzi-type" gun, a clear plastic mask and went to work. Too bad there was a keen worker who outwitted the dimwitted half of Bonnie and Clyde. More »


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Casey Chan

September 28th

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Left Behind: Another iPhone 5 Rumor, A Wireless iPad Dock, and other Stories We Didn’t Post [Left Behind]

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. More »


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Mario Aguilar

September 28th

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