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AMNews: iPhone 5 Rival Samsung Galaxy S II, Microsoft Releases Azure Toolkit, ITU Updates Universal Charger Specifications

The Galaxy S II Android-based Smartphone has hit another major milestone as Samsung announced that it has taken preorders for more than three million units worldwide as of the 30th of April. More than 120,000 of them were sold on the first day in Korea and sales are likely to be even higher once the phone goes on sale in the 120 countries and territories earmarked by Samsung.

Zynga has acquired the team behind the popular game engine cocos2d, which it plans to continue developing. The social gaming giant can now boast 13 new acquisitions in the last 12 months; it's only been a few weeks since Zynga acquired the GodFinger Studio Wonderland, based in UK. Experts are of the view that this latest acquisition of the cocos2d team will increase the company’s stake in the Smartphone and tablet markets significantly.

Software giant Microsoft has released a Microsoft Azure toolkit that allows developers to build iOS applications running on its cloud computing platform. The launch comes on the heels of the launch of Microsoft Azure toolkit for Windows Phone last month. The company also plans to preview the Microsoft Azure toolkit for Android based applications in June 2011.

Talend has updated its product portfolio with an Apache-based enterprise service bus (ESB) unified data services platform. Based on open-source standards, the Talend ESB Standard Edition will provide developers with a single platform for developing, deploying and monitoring tools for data management and application integration.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has updated the specifications for the universal charger to add support for tablet devices and cameras. The universal charger, which originally was meant to charge mobile phones, will now be able to charge MP3 and MP4 players, tablet devices, cameras, wireless headphones, GPS units and other similar devices, ZD Net reports.