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Samsung Starts Producing Faster 2GB LPDDR3 Memory for Mobile Devices, 128GB Flash Storage Too

While the scales may be steadily tipping towards mobile in the world of DRAM production, there's still plenty of room for technological enhancements. To prove the point, Samsung has just started mass production of what it claims to be the first 2GB LPDDR3 DRAM chip for mobile, which can shuffle information in and out 1,600 Mbps (compared to its 1,066 Mbps LPDDR2 predecessor), with up to 12.8...

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Motorola Unveils its First Intel-Powered Smartphone: Razr i

The Razr i will sell in Latin America and Europe, and is the Intel version of the Droid Razr M for Verizon Wireless. [Read more]...

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Why Android Has a Reason to be Paranoid

September has been bad news for Android, which now has Apple's iPhone 5 and Nokia's Lumia 920 to contend with. And with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 set for October, next month is looking tougher still.

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Best Android Tablets Shipping with ICS Today

When shopping for an Android tablet, the initial feeling of being overwhelmed by the hundreds of options usually passes quickly. The latest, coolest slates always seem to be weeks away from pre-order while other models drop away one by one due to design flaws, high prices, key missing features, or dated Android builds.

Still, there are finally enough worthy tablets running Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") or Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean") to nicely fill out a top 10 list. This should be your minimum, as Honeycomb now looks prehistoric by comparison.

I ranked the tablets according to their overall mix of features, design, and price, based on reviews and direct experience. Sizes range from 7 to 10.1 inches -- sorry, 5-inch phablets, you still look like phones to me. Pricing is for WiFi-only configurations starting at 16GB, although over half of these now offer a minimum of 32GB. Devices must be shipping by Sept. 14 with ICS or later, rather than simply being available for an upgrade.

The list ranges from some old standbys like the Acer Iconia Tab to two tablets that shipped just last week: the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and Sony Xperia Tablet S. It’s a bit top heavy, with a preponderance of quad-core Tegra 3-based slates, and there's only one sub $150 device. However, with my number-one ranked, quad-core Nexus 7 selling for $200-$250, it hardly makes much sense to go much lower.

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Google Tool Bridges Back-Ends for iOS and Android Apps

The J2ObjC tool converts Android-friendly Java source code to Objective C, which is used to build iPhone and iPad apps. It can't be used as a shortcut to building iOS app user interfaces, though.

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