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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series will be available in the US from May 1

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Samsung officially unveiled its new thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier this month. The lineup consists of three devices – Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and now the company has confirmed that they all will be available in the US on May 1, with the pre-orders starting tomorrow.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series will be up for grabs in black or white versions. The slates will be available for purchase from quite a few major retailers across the United States – the pre-orders are accepted at Samsung’s online store, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears and Tiger Direct. Read more »

Apple launches iPad trade-in program in US and Canada

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Apple’s worldwide environmental campaign doesn’t just end with printed ads as the Cupertino-based giant has announced the expansion of its Reuse and Recycling program. Apple’s new effort will allow users of iPad tablets to recycle their old ones and get their hands on the shiny new models.

For now, iPad (all four generations) are the only eligible devices for the Reuse and Recycling program. The users of the program receive credit for their old Apple devices and the company is now allowing consumers with iPhone or iPad trade-in credit to be used on any other Apple product. Read more »

Samsung looking to get app developers interested in the newest Gear smartwatches

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Samsung is kicking its series of Smart App Challenges with a smartwatch-centric one called the Gear App Challenge.

As the name suggests, Samsung wants developers to create great apps for its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. In return, the company is ready to give away $1.25 million in cash and goodies for the best ideas and developers. Read more »

Lytro unveils second generation Illum light field camera

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Lytro unveiled its proprietary self-titled camera – the first of its kind – back in 2011, and now its decided to follow it up with a new light field camera called Illum.

The Illum sports a more conventional design compared to the original’s box-shaped configuration, as well as a revamped interface running on Android that lets you see your 3D scene while you frame it. Read more »

Viber for iOS gets a flatter design

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Viber’s latest version of iOS brings a new, flatter design that’s inline with the general look of iOS 7. There’s also a bunch of cool new features in addition to the fresh design.

One of them is the addition of a block list allowing you to block any number or contact from calling or writing you. The company now allows you to send longer video messages as well as send multiple photos and videos at the same time. Read more »

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 for AT&T gets FCC approval

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The AT&T version of the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has payed a visit to the FCC, carrying the model number SM-P907A.

The tablet packs 4G LTE connectivity and will operate on the LTE bands 4 and 17. There’s every indication that outside of this, the NotePRO 12.2 for AT&amp:T will feature the same specs as its international sibling. Read more »

Play Store is having a Premium Game Sale

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If you haven’t scratch your “good deal” itch with Steam Sales, Google is holding a Premium Game Sale. The sale features paid games exclusively, ranging for casual to highly advanced. This includes Anomaly 2 (down to just $0.99), The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and so on.

Note that the available games and the list their price varies by region, the image above shows the US lineup. Read more »

OnePlus One first promo video is out

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The OnePlus team is as inspired as it can get for its very first smartphone the One. The phone was just announced and the company has the first promo video out.

The video is very well made and offers a glimpse into the design and manufacturing process that went into the phone.

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Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play

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Google recently acquired Nest Labs, the company behind the successful Nest Learning Thermostat. It was being rumored that Google would soon start selling the thermostat from its own Google Play Store, and that indeed has happened.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is now listed under the Devices section on Google Play in the US and is available for $249, same as everywhere else. As is usual for the Play Store, however, you will have some shipping charges, so you may get it for a bit less elsewhere. Read more »

WhatsApp reaches 500 million users

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Popular IM service WhatsApp has reached the 500 million users milestone. And it’s not just the total number of users the service has but active users who use the service regularly.

This comes shortly after the company was acquired by Facebook, although WhatsApp had a healthy 450 million users at the time of acquisition. The majority of the growth comes from countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, with India alone having 48 million WhatsApp users. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s has its multiple talents showcased in a new ad

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Apple released a new ad for the iPhone 5s. The clip made its debut on major networks in the United States this evening.

The new commercial’s music is a cover of a song by the rock band Pixies which is entitled “Gigantic.” Read more »

Your Pebble can now be an Air Berlin boarding pass

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Fly Air Berlin frequently and happen to own a Pebble smartwatch?

Well you won’t have to carry around a pesky boarding pass anymore, as the Air Berlin iOS app now plays nice with your pebble smartwatch. Read more »

Rip-Curl has a performance-tracking wearable watch for surfers

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So like, you’re totally hitting the waves brah, but like, you wanna know like, how well you’re hitting them, right?

Well Rip Curl’s new SurfGPS surf watch allows you to track your surfing performance as you catch some gnarly waves. Read more »

New tongue-in-cheek Apple ad urges other companies to copy at least some of their ideas

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Here is a nice U-turn for you in the ad wars between mobile phone makers. It’s time for Apple to take a jab at other competitors.

Apple’s latest printed ad in various countries, part of the worldwide Apple environmental campaign devoted to Earth Day, says the Cupertino-based giant wants other companies to copy its ideas. And more specifically, the ones concerning environmental protection Read more »

Nvidia SHIELD successor to feature Tegra K1 chipset and 4 GB of RAM

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The upcoming successor of the Android-based handheld gaming console SHIELD will feature Nvidia’s premium K1 chipset clocked at 2.5 GHz, according to a leaked AnTuTu benchmark result.

Nvidia SHIELD’s sequel is said to come out with 4 GB of RAM and is rumored to sport a Kepler graphics processing unit with 192 CUDA cores. Read more »