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Apple now holds the patent for rectangular device with rounded corners

As unbelievable as it may seem, the design for a rectangular device with rounded corners is now officially in Apple’s portfolio of intellectual property. Patent number D670,286, which the company filed back in 2010, has been issued by the USPTO on November 6, and within it is described “the ornamental design for a portable display device”, as pictured below. In other words, the majority of tablet manufacturers could potentially get sued by Apple for selling products that look too much like an iPad. But is that really going to happen?

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Nexus 4 review round-up

 Nexus 4 review round up: Yes, it is the phone you want to buyThe first Nexus 4 reviews are in and they have the expected verdict. If I would have to sum up all the Nexus 4 reviews that I have read in last one hour or so – the phone has a great display, great performance, so-so battery life and a decent design. I am not talking about LTE because it does not really matter much outside US right now, yes Europe is getting 4G, Korea has already it and blah blah, but I think you can manage decent browsing and other data experience on HSPA+, which is supported on LG Nexus 4.

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Yes, let’s start with that, as you would have seen in the images, there is nothing extraordinary about design. It is elegant, nice looking and but it is clearly uninspired, personally I have no issues with that. Unless you are looking for a work of art, LG Nexus 4 seems decent enough.

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Android 4.2 is now LIVE . Still called as JellyBean

Android 4.2: A new flavor of Jelly Bean.

Android 4.2 takes the speed and simplicity of Jelly Bean to a different level – a completely new camera experience that’s beyond smart, a new form of typing that helps you power through your messages, and much more.

Simple, Beautiful and Beyond Smart

Amazing Photo Sphere camera

Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen. With Android 4.2, snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive photo spheres that put you right inside the scene. View your photo spheres right on your phone, share them on Google+ with your friends and family, or even add them to Google Maps for the world to see.

Explore incredible photo spheres from photographers around the world.


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LG Nexus 4 hands-on video released prematurely by Three Sweden

The LG Nexus 4 has to be one of the most-leaked phones in recent memory – the latest premature release comes from the official YouTube channel of Sweden’s carrier Three, who posted a quick hands-on with the upcoming Nexus (which was supposed to be announced today, maybe 3 Sweden didn’t get the memo about the cancellation).

The quick UI demo doesn’t really show much, but there are new notification area toggles which look quite interesting. They are not placed above the notifications as usual, but are instead a separate screen you can access by tapping a button.

The top left icon is for the user, which might mean we’re finally getting multi-user support (the makings of which are already in Android) but it could just be a link to your social networking account (like WP7′s Me tile).

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD had ‘biggest day since launch’ after iPad mini announcement

amazon kindle fire hd 1 Amazon Kindle Fire HD had biggest day since launch after iPad mini announcementOne would expect that Apple’s iPad mini launch to have a negative impact on Kindle Fire HD sales, but it turns out that Kindle tablet is now selling more than usual.

The day after iPad mini announcement was actually Kindle Fire HD’s biggest day of sales.

“Wednesday was the $199 Kindle Fire HD’s biggest day of sales since launch and up 3xweek over week,” Amazon told in an emailed statement to AllThingsD.

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LG decides to show how good its IPS LCD screens are, scares people to death in an elevator [Video]

We know there is rarely anything better than a good IPS (in-plane switching) display in the LCD universe, or so says LG. Well, Samsung begs to differ with its PLS (plane-to-line switching) tech, but since the iPhone is using IPS LCDs, it is the most popular mobile screen technology for the flagship phones of Apple and LG itself, and that’s not a small number.


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LGE960 (LG Nexus 4) support page goes live on LG site

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The product support page for the LGE960 has went live this evening, which pretty much tells us nothing we didn’t already know — the LG Nexus 4 is coming. As the folks at Ausdroid have found, the device warranty information points folks both to Google as well your “Telco”, which makes it sound that we’ll eventually see a version sold by carriers. Continue reading