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Dec 18, 2012

Nokia Lumia 620 Receives GCF Approvals

Lumia 620, the latest Windows Phone 8 device from Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, has received the necessary approvals from the Global Certification Forum.

The smartphone features 1900/1800/900/850 MHz (I) / 1900 (II) / 900 (VIII) / 850 (V) MHz, GSM W-CDMA 2100 connectivity options, and should arrive on shelves in January next year. Lumia 620 also received the Bluetooth certification last week, after being officially unveiled to the world in the beginning of the month.

Although a Windows Phone 8 device, the new handset will hit shelves as an entry-level smartphone, destined mainly for budget-conscious users in emerging markets. It sports a 3.8-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 5-megapixel camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, MicroSD memory card slot, and front-facing camera for making video calls.

Nokia Lumia 620
Image credits to Nokia

Lenovo LePhone K860i Official in China with 5’’ HD Screen

Today, mobile phone maker Lenovo made official a new Android-based device in China, namely the LePhone K860i, which comes as an upgraded flavor of the LePhone K860 device, Engadget China reports.

The new smartphone features a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor inside, as well as 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a 2,250 mAh battery inside. The phone packs a 5-inch touchscreen display that can deliver a 720p resolution and a 450 lumen brightness, and 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, with support for full HD video recording, as well as a 2MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The phone also sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, support for 3G networks, and Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform on top. The handset should land in China on December 21.

Lenovo LePhone K860i
Image credits to Engadget China

CyanogenMod 10.1 on Galaxy S III [Video]

Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone is one of the first devices to get a taste of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system in an unofficial manner, courtesy of CyanogenMod 10.1 builds.

Based on the latest flavor of the mobile operating system, these builds bring along some of the features and capabilities of the platform, along with custom enhancements coming from the CM team itself. Since there are no Samsung customizations, the build will not offer the apps and gestures that users might expect from it, but one thing is said to be much faster than before, namely the browser.

The CyanogenMod 10 builds available for the device are only nightly releases for the time being, yet more stable ROMs should emerge soon. To learn more on how the device goes along with the software, have a look at the video above, available courtesy of Pocketnow.

For helpful links & to comment: http://pocketnow.com/2012/12/18/cm10-1-on-samsung-gs3
Watch as we run through the first nightly of CM10.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and see if it's good enough to use as your daily driver.
Video credits to pocketnowvideo

PR1.1 Update Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Available via NaviFirm

We reported yesterday on the next software update for Nokia Lumia 920, but now it looks like the update will be pushed to Lumia 820 devices as well.

The folks over at NokiaPowerUser report the highly-anticipated PR1.1 software update for AT&T Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 has just appeared on NaviFirm. Although the update has yet to be announced by Nokia and Microsoft, we expect it to become available within the next few days. This leak comes in line with the latest details coming from various channels, including Nokia Care, that Nokia Lumia 920 will receive a software update this month.

According to Nokia, the PR1.1 update will fix some of the issues with the Lumia 920's powerful PureView camera, which seems to suffer from fuzziness. It also promises to improve the camera's daylight performance.

PR1.1 update for Lumia 920
Image credits to Engadget

LibreOffice for Raspberry Pi

The LibreOffice free office suite is now available for the credit card sized single-board computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and The Document Foundation have announced that a complete version of LibreOffice is now available for Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer created with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Raspberry PC is a mini PC that is capable of connecting a TV and a keyboard, which can be used for many important tasks, such as spreadsheets, word-processing and games. “The availability of LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, on the Raspberry Pi – the most affordable PC ever, targeted to hardware and software enthusiasts, and schools – is extremely important for The Document Foundation, because it will contribute to the growth of the brand awareness in key market segments,” comments Bjoern Michaelsen, a Canonical developer and a deputy member of the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice is the first complete office that can run on a 40 dollar credit card sized PC, without any compromise on features and performances. The LibreOffice package has been ported to ARM by multiple contributors from Canonical, Debian and RedHat, and was packaged for the Raspberry Pi by Rene Engelhard as a part of his work as the Debian maintainer for LibreOffice. “I’m very impressed that the LibreOffice team didn’t have to make any changes to the code in order for it to compile and smoothly run on Raspberry Pi”, said Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “It’s also great to have a comprehensive office suite available in the Pi Store at launch, making people even more aware of the potential of this device,” he continued.

LibreOffice for Raspbery Pi can be download from the official Pi Store and users can find comprehensive installing instructions there.

LibreOffice installation
Image credits to Libre Office

Mobile Ivy Bridge CPUs Detailed, Launched in Q1 2013

Some may mistakenly believe that Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge architectures only spawn Core series central processing units, but that is incorrect. Pentium and Celeron units have been and are being designed on those technologies as well.

In fact, four mobile Celeron Ivy Bridge CPUs will be released at some point during the first three months of 2013. The strongest of the four is called Celeron 1020M. A 35W dual-core CPU, it runs at 2.1 GHz, has 2 MB cache memory, DDR3-1600 memory support and a GPU of 650/1000 MHz. The Celeron 1000M is the other 35W chip, also a dual-core. It is different from the one above only in terms of clock speed: 1.8 GHz.

The other two CPUs are low-voltage chips with 17W TDPs, 2 MB cache and integrated graphics processors of 350/1000 MHz, plus DDR3-1333 memory controllers. Celeron 1007U will run at 1.5 GHz, while the 1037U will operate at 1.8 GHz.

Intel logo
Image credits to Intel

Patriot Memory Autobahn Flash Drive, Smaller Than a Dime

One would think that a storage device barely larger than a USB port wouldn't have much room for files, but while that was true a few years ago, it obviously is no longer.

Patriot Memory has just provided the latest piece of proof to that effect: the Autobahn. It only support the USB 2.0 interface, so no 5 Gbps transfer speeds (not that USB 3.0 units actually reach that maximum potential), but it is also very small. Smaller than a coin in fact. Even so, it still has a capacity of 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB. All that in a 4-gram package.

In the above order, Patriot expects payment of $11.99 (9.1-11.99 Euro), $16.99 (12.89-16.99 Euro) and $24.99 (18.96-24.99 Euro). All models are compatible with Mac OS9, OS X, Linux 2.4, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows ME.

Patriot Memory Autobahn
Image credits to Patriot Memory

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