Sony Xperia Kumquat To Launch As Sony Xperia U?

Yesterday we saw a leaked photo and heard some specifications on a new Sony Xperia smartphone, the Sony Xperia ST25i Kumquat, and now it looks like that is the codename for the device and not its actual name, and it will be called the Sony Xperia U when it launches.

The new comes from the Indonesian equivalent of the FCC where the handset is listed as the Sony Ericsson Xperia U, although we suspect that the Ericsson branding will be dropped by launch and it will be called the Xperia U.

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iDesk Concept, Provides A Glimpse Of A Future Workspace

The iDesk concept which has been designed and rendered by Adam Benton and takes a look at what desks may hold for the future. The iDesk concept is an entirely adaptable workspace that doesn’t just contain your computer and documents. But enhances their functionality by allowing them all to interact with each other, in a similar vein to Microsoft’s Surface technology.

By placing objects on to the iDesk surface, devices, images and data can easily be transferred from your smartphone, tablet or camera directly to your desktop computer and vice versa. The desktop would become an additional working space to your monitor screen, and enable you to arrange and view documents as if they were paper placed on a traditional work surface.

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HTC Flyer To Get Android 4.0 ICS Update Before March?

HTC recently released the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for their HTC Flyer tablet, and now it would appear we have some information on when the Flyer will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.

One owner of a HTC Flyer was told by HTC support in France that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will be available for the Flyer before the end of quarter one, so that would mean March at the latest.

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Did Apple Spend $100 Million On First HTC Patent Case?

Apple is engaged in a number of different patent lawsuits with manufacturers of smartphones that run Google’s Android OS, most notable are the various patent cases against HTC and Samsung.

All of these various lawsuits are reported to be costing Apple a large amount of money, and now according to a recent report by Dan Lyons, Apple spent over $100 million on legal fees in their first patent case against HTC.

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Gmail Experimental Options Added In Ice Cream Sandwich

Even though Google has been honing and streamlining its products by shutting down a multitude of experimental services within its portfolio over the last months. It’s been discovered that Google is still looking to experiment and has added a new experimental options section to its Gmail running on its Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The new Gmail experimental options allows aren’t just limited to Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich, but are exclusive to the latest 4.0.3-239410 of the Gmail Android app. Making it still a little tricky for everyone to access.

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SolMate iPhone Solar Charger And Battery Case (video)

iPhone users looking for a well-designed solar charger and battery pack case for their smartphone. Might be interested to learn that a new design is currently looking to make the jump from concept to production over on the Kickstarter website.

The new SolMate iPhone case designed by Adam Benzion & Jamie Wojcik, incorporates both a 1600mAH slimline battery that will double the life of your iPhone. Together with a custom designed solar panel that will even charge your device whilst out of direct sunlight and in the shade. Watch the video after the jump to see the technical specifications explained by one of its designers.

 

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Canon EOS C300 Launches In Japan January 31st

Canon recently announced the Canon Eos C300 digital cinema camera, and now it looks like the device will launch in Japan on the 31st of January 2012, with a US release shortly after that date.

The Canon EOS C300 features a Super 35mm CMOS sensor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, and it will be available with either a Canon EF lens mount of a Cinema standard PL lens mount.

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PS Vita Remote Play Hack Enables PS3 Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City And More (video)

A new Remote Play hack for Sony’s PS Vita portable gaming console and PS3, enables gamers to stream PS3 games not on Sony’s streaming list directly to their PS Vita consoles. The new hack has been shown on a number of YouTube videos that have been posted. Demonstrating how the hack can be used to play titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum, and look very genuine. Watch Battlefield 3 in action streamed from a PS3 to Sony’s PS Vita after the jump.

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Nokia Lumia 900 Hits The UK In June

Nokia recently launched their latest Windows Phone smartphone in the US, the Nokia Lumia 900 which is headed to US mobile carrier AT&T and should be available with the carrier in March.

Now it looks like the Nokia Lumia 900 will also be available in the UK and Europe, and the device will be available in the UK from June 2012, according to UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse.

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YouTube Hits 4 Billion Video Views A Day

Google has released some new figures on just how popular their only video service YouTube is, according to a recent report by Reuters, YouTube is now streaming a massive 4 billion video views every day.

On top of that we also get some information on how many videos are uploaded to the site every day, over 60 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

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Microsoft Points Virtual Currency System Closing?

It has been revealed today by the Inside Mobile Apps website that Microsoft may be looking to phase out its virtual currency system which uses Microsoft Points. The Microsoft Points virtual currency is used within the Xbox Live Marketplace, Games for Windows : Live Marketplace, Windows Live Gallery, and Zune online stores. The points system enables users to purchase new content without the need for a credit card.

Microsoft points where introduced by Microsoft to help reduce the number of credit card transactions, on which it would need to pay the transaction fees. In the United States, roughly 80 points are equal to $1, and an 800 point arcade game would retail for $10 in real-world currency, in comparison.

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