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Samsung launches Note II and 3G-WiFi camera in Australia
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Samsung launched its Galaxy Note II smartphone and 3G-capable WiFi camera at Sydney’s Moore Park last night.

The Galaxy Note II is an update of the original Note – a very large phone with a 5.5-inch screen and stylus called the S Pen, which can be used for impromptu handwritten messages as well as drawing and design. The screen is 0.2 of an inch larger although the outside frame has not changed.
Available through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone from next week and pre-order from Samsung’s Experience Store. RRP $899.

The new 3G and WiFi capable Galaxy camera was also launched – the first in the Galaxy range. It is a dedicated camera with a 1.4 gig quad-core processor.

The camera is operated with a 4.8-inch LED touchscreen and uses Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. Connecting to WiFi and 3G allows users to download photos and videos as they are shot. Featuring a 21x optical zoom it is 16.3 megapixel and has a 23mm lens with optical image stabilisation.
Available in Australia later this month. RRP $599.

Samsung now has 32.5% of global sales of smartphones and is gradually widening its lead over Apple.

2012 Pantone Colour of the Year
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Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in fashion. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue.

So what colour is predicted for 2013?

Top iPhone accessories
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The ReadyCase has a slim minimalist design. Crafted to be highly functional, yet as slim and simple as possible at less than 3mm thick, your phone will still easily fit in your pocket.  Made of aerospace grade composite materials, it’s durable and slim. Integrated in the case is a headphone clip, USB stick in 8GBor 16GB which will also prop up your phone in landscape or portrait, at different angles plus a multi tool with a standard blade, serrated blade, flat head screw driver, bottle opener and comes in black or silver.
http://www.indiegogo.com/TheReadyCase

DandyCase proudly presents the ultimate waterproof earphones and waterproof case for iPhone allowing you to submerge your device up to 65 feet deep (IPX8 Certified). With a secure “2 Snap Lock System,” your device will be secure all day whether you are swimming, relaxing on the beach, boating, or drinking near water. The case has 2 clear sides so you can still use the picture taking and video recording capabilities. A neck lanyard is included. Made of a durable plastic top with a clear “bag-like pouch” front and crystal clear back, allowing for optimal use of the touchscreen, photos, and videos!
http://www.amazon.com/DandyCase-Waterproof-Underwater-Earphones-iPhone/dp/B007KWMAKY/ref=pd_sim_sg_2

The Bicio GoRide was designed for cyclists who want to have access to their iPhone during rides without sacrificing safety and convenience, and without having some bulky contraption attached to their bike. Stay in touch with the outside world, map your trips on the fly and track your progress with apps. The case removes easily for everyday use. iPhone can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
http://www.bicio.com/GoRide_iphoneBikeMount.php

The Une Bobine is a super bendy flexible phone charging cable and tripod in one. With a two-foot-long cable, it holds its shape when you bend it. You don’t need to worry about your phone’s battery life anymore enabling you to use for really long videos, or shoot great timelapses. Even when it’s not charging anything, it makes stand for a self portrait or group shot anywhere. The Bobine can also be an adjustable extender: use it to take shots in hard-to-reach places and weird angles.
http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/une-bobine/

Apple logo may become illegal in Russia
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Christians within the Russian Orthodox community are demanding that Apple remove the famous half-bitten logo from its products in Russia and replace it with a cross because the apple image is offensive according to their beliefs.

An apple is used to represent the fruit that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge when tempted by the devil, as found in Genesis 3 in the Bible. Although the exact type of fruit is not mentioned in the Scripture the conservative Christians in Russia have insisted that the logo should be removed and replaced with a cross.

Russian conservatives may get their way and force Apple to change its logo due to new laws being proposed in parliament on blasphemy and insults targeting religious, spiritual, or national values. It is expected that President Vladimir Putin will back the laws, especially since the Russian Orthodox Church heavily supported him during his election campaign in 2012. Besides replacing the logo, conservatives may even stop Apple product sales in Russia if they manage to convict the company of committing anti-religious deeds.

 

Image courtesy of WSJ.