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LG has announced that it will not release new Windows Phone devices in the near future as “the total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure”.

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Samsung Overtakes Nokia to Become the Top Mobile Manufacturer

After remaining at the top for 14 years, Nokia has slipped by 24% to fall behind Samsung in global handset shipments. Apple, which only sells premium smartphones, is a distant third.

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Opera 12 Beta introduces a number of new features including hardware acceleration, light-weight themes, redesigned security badges, out-of-process plugins, 64 bit builds, and enhanced HTML5 and CSS3 support. It also dumps a few old features such as voice technologies, widgets, and Unite.

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Sophos Security Threat Report 2012 Identifies Decline in Fake Antivirus Threats, but Increase in Infected Websites

Sophos has published its annual report which includes an in-depth analysis of the security threats we witnessed in 2011, as well as prediction of trends for 2012.

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Google is shutting down a bunch of more services and products including Patent Search, Picasa for Linux, Google Talk web app, and One Pass.

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Gmelius extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera tweaks several aspects of the new Gmail interface to offer a cleaner and smarter inbox.

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According to a new antivirus shootout, G-Data, Avira, and Kaspersky are the strongest performers with detection rates over 99%, while ESET, AVG, Trend Micro, and Microsoft among the weakest.

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India’s Lava Mobiles has launched XOLO X900, which is the world’s first Intel Atom (Medfield) powered Android smartphone.

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The latest beta of Chrome features an “Other devices” option in the “New Tab” page that provides access to open tabs from any system (desktop as well as mobile).

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Facebook will be acquiring popular photosharing app Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock options. The Instagram team will join Facebook, but will remain largely independent.

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Google Announces its New Augmented Reality Glasses

Google has officially announced its futuristic goggles with a heads up display. Armed with voice recognition, GPS, and a camera, Google Glass looks and feels like a gadget straight out of a Hollywood sci-fi flick.

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The wait is finally over. Instagram, which was named by Apple as the “App of the Year” for 2011, is now available in the Android Market. In less than two afters since its release, the free photo sharing app has managed to pull in over 30 million users who have already uploaded more than a billion photos.

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Opera Mini 7 for Android introduces OpenGLES hardware acceleration, unlimited speed dials, and Android Beam support.

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New Opera 12 snapshot introduces support for HTML5 drag and drop, CSS animations, out of process plugins, and 64 bit builds.

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Facebook is attempting to discourage organizations from forcing interviewees to share their passwords by changing policies and threatening legal actions.

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