Skype Enables Video On 17 More Android Devices

Skype has today rolled out a new version of its Android Skype application to 2.1 which brings with it video call support for an additional 17 of the most popular Android devices.

But even if your Android phone is not listed, if you are using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above, you should still be able to enable video calling in your Skype settings. If you can not see the video call settings on your device then unfortunately at the moment your Android smartphone is not compatible.

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HTC’s Bootloader Unlocking Tool Details Revealed

The last thing we heard about HTC’s bootloader unlocking tool for its Android devices that it would be available some time in August, HTC has now confirmed they are still on track for an August release and have also revealed some details on how the tool will work.

The bootloader unlocking tool for HTC devices will be available as a web tool and you will have to register an account with HTC, then plug your HTC smartphone into your PC with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token, this token can then be entered into the web tool and a unique unlock key will be sent to you via email.

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3 Lego Minifigs Flying To Jupiter On NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

When NASA’a Juno spacecraft is hopefully launched tomorrow on its journey to Jupiter, the spacecraft will be carrying a rather strange cargo of three 1.5 inch tall Lego Minifigs representing Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno.

NASA engineers thought it would be fun to include the three Lego Minifigs on the flight to Jupiter and Lego was pleased to help create the three Minifigs sculpted from solid aluminium at a cost of $15,000.

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Gmail Web App Updated With Retina Icons And Pull Down To Refresh Feature

Google has rolled out a new update to their mobile Gmail web application designed to bring it more inline with a native application you might find on Apple’s iPhone 4. To make the feel of  their Gmail web app a little more polished, Google has now added high resolution icons, providing a smoother and sharper user interface on retina display smartphones.

Other new features included in this update include a new Pull-to-refresh feature, that makes it quicker and easier to check for new messages and download them to your smartphone. As explained in the digram below there is now a bar along the top which if flicked down and released will now start the send and receive process.

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Google Releases Latest Android Platform Distribution Details

Google has released new statistics on its Android platform distribution, and the statistics show that many users are still on Android 2.2 Froyo, with around 55.9 percent of users still on Android 2.2.

Next up is Android 2.3.3 and 2.3.4 Gingerbread with 23.7 percent of all devices using Gingerbread, after that we have Android 2.1 on 15.2 percent, Android 1.6 using just 2 percent and Android 1.5 just 1.3 percent.

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Worlds Smallest Battery Is 60,000 Times Smaller Than A Single AAA Battery

If you take a peak into any of the recent gadgets, tablets, notebooks and smartphone devices that have been dissected by the likes of iFixit and others. Most of the internal space is dedicated to their batteries and providing enough power for them to run at a reasonable level without the need for a recharge.

Well researches at the Rice University have now created a battery which is six times thinner than a bacterium or 60,000 times smaller than a single AAA battery. Opening the doors of innovation on miniature electronic devices.

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Find My Mac Coming In iCloud

Apple’s find my iPhone is a useful applications if you lose your phone or its gets stolen, now Apple are releasing a version for the Mac called Find My Mac, which will let you track the location of your Mac if it has been lost or stolen.

Unlike the iPhone version which uses GPS, Find My Mac will rely on nearby WiFi networks to tell you the location of your Mac, and once located you will be able to send a message to the Mac , or remotely lock the screen or even wipe the hard drive.

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AViiQ Portable Charging Station (video)

If you are like me and end up carrying a number of charging cables when out and about. AViiQ has launched a new portable charging station that might make it a little easier  to organise and carry your cables, allowing you to charge all your devices from one neat pack and using only one wall socket. Perfect for travelling and when space in your bag is at a premium.

The AViiQ Portable USB Charging Station can charge four USB devices simultaneously, including an iPad, watch the promotional video for the AViiQ Portable Charging Station after the jump to see it in action.

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Verbatim Ergo Mouse Designed For Comfort

Verbatim has this week launched their new Ergo Mouse which has been designed with ergonomics in mind, as the name suggests. To make the mouse as comfortable as possible to use.

The Verbatim Ergo Mouse is equipped with thumb support and a rubberised grip to help with control and prevent your hand slipping during extended periods of use. The Ergo mouse is equipped with 5 programmable buttons and uses wireless Bluetooth technology to connect to either your PC or Mac machine.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Hits The UK August 12th?

We have been hearing a lot about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 recently, but what about their new Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet? The last thing we heard was that it had turned up on Amazon Germany, but there were no details on when it would actually launch.

Now the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has turned up on Amazon UK, and Amazon have it listed with a shipping date of the 12th of August, which is next Friday, so that looks like it could be the possible UK launch date.

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HTC To Launch Up To Eight New Smartphones This Quarter

HTC’s smartphones have become incredibly popular over the last few years, mainly thanks to Google’s Android OS, and they also produce Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

Now HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou has announced that the company will launch between six and eight new smartphones this quarter, and whilst he didn’t give details of any models that will be announced, we suspect that we will see some of the rumored devices we have heard about over the last few months.

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Pierre Cardin Launches ‘Designer’ Android Tablet

Pierre Cardin has launched what it is calling the ‘UK’s first designer tablet PC’, and this new tablet features a 7 inch capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo.

Other specifications on the Pierre Cardin tablet include a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM 4GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 16GB cards.

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