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After quite a bit of will-they-or-won’t-they hemming and hawing, it looks like the main question about China’s 4G future has finally been answered: 4G is coming to China sometime in 2013. China’s State Council issued a new set of guidelines for IT development yesterday, and the document makes it quite clear that China will issue the crucial permits that allow mobile operators to commercially operate 4G networks before the end of this year.

Of course, the telecom company having a permit doesn’t automatically make 4G plans available to consumers, but China’s telecoms have been prepping for this for years and it seems highly likely that at least...
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We reported in June that online infographic creation tool Piktochart hit 300,000 users. Yesterday co-founder, Ai Ching told us that Piktochart now has more than 400,000 users. She declined to reveal a monthly active user count but did say that more than 10,000 users are paying users. That has helped the startup stay in the black, maintaining a 50 percent profit margin.

Besides looking prettier, the new version of Piktochart comes with several add-ons. Moving shapes and blocks is smoother now and comes with a more intuitive design tool...
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eMarketer has just come out with an insightful report on Thailand’s internet penetration and usage. Here’s a quick roundup of some key stats:

Broadband penetration

  • According to Thailand’s National Statistic Office (NSO), internet penetration in 2012 was at 26.5 percent, up from 18.2 percent in 2008.
  • The number of fixed broadband internet subscribers is at 4.5 million as of Q2 2013. That’s a 6.7 percent penetration rate by population and accounts for 22.7 pecent of households, according to NBTC. These numbers have grown modestly...
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Renren’s stock (NYSE:RENN) took quite a jump earlier this week when rumors linked the company’s money-hemorrhaging group buy subsidy Nuomi with a Baidu buyout, but now it’s on its way back down again and the company faces the same issue it has been struggling to resolve all year: where to go from here.

As the mobile market continues to expand and users adopt WeChat and move even further away from traditional SNS like Renren, it’s clear that Renren’s social platform probably isn’t the company’s future....
Aug
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If you’ve seen our review of the Xperia Z ultra, you’ll know it’s a pretty large device, yet somehow manageable. Maybe a touch too big for most, it’s still an impressive feat to pack so much into such a slim device.

The Honami has many who are impressed with the Z Ultra hoping it’s a similar profile, just in a smaller package. The above pic should please those folks, who see the two devices next to one another. While not remarkably smaller, it’s probably just small enough to make most of us interested in a 5-inch device happy.

The pics below also show a closeup of the camera, which is labelled...
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Remember when HTC announced the One back in February? There was a red version of the device listed on their website, but hours later it was taken down, never to be seen again. Now, it seems to have reappeared, only this time Sprint is announcing that they’ll be carrying it exclusively.

The smartphone in “red hot” will go up for sale on Aug. 16 for $199.99 on a new two-year contract with the carrier. Not only that, but Sprint is spicing things up with a buy one, get one free deal. This also begins on Aug. 16, but only lasts until...
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Today, Amazon announces an update to their Silk browser. Available on their Kindle line of tablets, the browser is closely tied into Amazon’s ecosystem, as well as giving users a sleek way to browse the web.

In anticipation of their new lines of Kindle devices, Amazon has tweaked Silk to make it a bit more intuitive and easy to use. While much of the features are available on other browsers, Amazon’s choice to bring some to the forefront is interesting. In many ways, Silk has become a bit more like other browsers, with a redesigned bookmarks bar, and your most recent visited pages on the new tab page.

The new Silk also enhances web readability, bringing the “reading pane” feature to...
Aug
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If you’ve been eyeing Sony’s excellent Xperia Tablet Z since its release in May, there’s yet another reason to consider purchasing one: today, the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), Europe’s largest editorial multimedia organization, recognized Sony with the European Tablet of the Year award for the Xperia Tablet Z.

We reviewed Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z in June, and came away impressed. Though certainly pricy at $499, the 10-inch tablet has a number of unique features that help differentiate it from the rest of the pack: the tablet is water-resistant up to one meter...
Aug
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Galaxy Note 3 concept

The Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled on September 4 during a special Samsung media event scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, a few days ahead of the IFA 2013 show.

As you expect, the web is filled with Galaxy Note 3 rumors and leaks, with more reports appearing day after day – even Samsung has mentioned the product’s name a few times on certain pages of its website. With less than three weeks to go, we’re going to tell you what we think we know...
Aug
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Minecraft Pocket Edition is without a doubt one of the most popular mobile games available for Android, in large part due to just how addictive the game can be. Even better, every new update seems to bring the mobile app a step closer to the deeper level of features found in the PC version. While the latest .0.7.3 update might be a minor one, it is no exception.

So what’s new exactly? For starters, the game brings the sun, moon and stars. This adds to the overall atmosphere and gives us something new to stare at besides the clouds that were added to the game...
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