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Android 5.1 Lollipop is now seeding to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet is now getting Android 5.1 Lollipop over-the-air. The new firmware is seeding to both the Wi-Fi and the LTE variants of the video game-centric tablet.

As part of Software Upgrade 3.0 for the Shield Tablet, Android 5.1 brings improved performance and overall responsiveness to NVIDIA’s slate, as well as enhanced security. Read more »

LG G Watch R will only get Wi-Fi support in Q3 through a special update

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A few days ago the latest version of Android Wear, 5.1.1, started rolling out to all smartwatches running Google’s platform. This release has many new features, chief among them being Wi-Fi support. What that means is that if a particular watch has the necessary hardware, it can connect to Wi-Fi networks directly, thus not being dependent on a Bluetooth connection to a phone.

The LG Watch Urbane launched running the latest Android Wear iteration, but the G Watch R is only now in the process of getting it. Intriguingly though, even if the G Watch R does have the required internals for Wi-Fi support, this will not be enabled after applying the Android Wear 5.1.1 update. Read more »

Sony Mobile teams up with UEFA to promote its Xperia devices in the Champions League

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Sony Mobile and and UEFA announced a three-year global partnership. Under its terms, Sony will promote its Xperia smartphones and tablets during Champions League games.

Sony Mobile will also support the UEFA Super Cup, as well as the Women’s Champions League Final and UEFA Youth League Finals. Read more »

LG is giving away a second battery and a 32GB SD card with the purchase of a new G4

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The LG G4 was last in line in this year’s set of major flagship announcements, but, even though it arrived a little late to the show, the Korean tech giant intends to hit hard with the intriguing device and one such effort is this latest promotion. Even though, the smartphone is still available only as a preorder in the US, LG has already promised that if you purchase it, you can receive a pretty good gift bundle, for no extra charge.

In consists of a second 3,000 mAh battery and a 32GB microSD card. This definitely sound like a pretty good deal and we can’t help but notice the subtle undertone of the gift set. LG could have easily gone with a case, protector, headphones or any other accessory, but the selected items are surely meant to bring extra attention to the fact that LG’s flagship has use for both items, which is more than some of its competition can boast. Read more »

Analyst: Apple Watch sold great on launch day, then demand vanished

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Over 1 million Apple Watches were sold on launch day, Slice Intelligence analysts put the number at almost 1.5 million. A solid start, but then something strange happened – demand all but disappeared.

These projections are for the US and are based on info from over 14,000 online shoppers and cover the period from April 10 to May 18. Most of the action happened on the first day, since then the total has sauntered to just 2.5 million. Read more »

Nokia CEO: company in no hurry to unload HERE mapping division, might even keep it

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Over a month after there were reports that Nokia is contemplating a sale of its HERE maps business, CEO Rajeev Suri has said that the company is in no hurry to unload the division. He made the comment in an interview with trade magazine European Communications.

“Let’s give it more time…We may not end up selling it if we don’t get the right value. It has to be a good competitive deal for Nokia and our shareholders,” Suri said, while revealing that the division has managed to attract significant interest as the Finnish company is receiving high quality bids from potential buyers. Read more »

Google updates Hangouts for Chrome

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Google axed its Talk messenger about three months ago and focused its push on Hangouts instead.

Now the search giant has updated the Hangouts app for Chrome browser with the Android’s Material Design language. The new design slices the page in two columns – right one shows current conversation and left side shows a stack of recent conversations. Read more »

Razer launches Firefly gaming mat with customizable LED lights

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Gamers have a fascination for matte black products and glowing LED lights. The present breed of Razer’s gaming mice and keyboards are the living proof of that. Now the company has stepped ahead to bring a gaming mouse mat with LED lighting called Firefly.

Razer Firefly has a textured finish and a reflective coating to optimize the mouse tracking. This gaming mouse mat is hard and has LED lights smartly placed around the left, right and bottom edges. Those LED lights can be controlled and customized to emit specified colors as well as effects. Read more »

‘Need for Speed’ teaser trailer surfaces

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It’s been almost two years since the last NFS game out and just in case you thought EA has given up on the series, a new one is coming this year.

So far called only Need for Speed without any other fancy suffix, the new game will feature “deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.” Read more »

First batch of Pebble Time watches should start shipping on May 27

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Pebble has managed to earn a formidable reputation on the smartwatch market. The company’s battery life-first approach tends to stand out among the competition and this definitely has its appeal. So much so, that you might recall the manufacturer’s latest creation – the Pebble Time, shattered Kickstarter funding records earlier this year.

Everybody was keeping an eye on the impressive crowd-finding campaign, but now, after it has raised well over $20 million, it is time to get production moving and deliver on some promises. Today, we got an update with an estimated shipping date for the initial batch of units. The units will begin their journey to customers on May 27, but it will take some time for every box to hit the mail. Read more »

Russia to Google, Twitter, and Facebook: Comply with local laws or face sanctions

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US-based technology companies, including Google, Twitter, and Facebook have been warned by Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor against violating the country’s Internet laws.

The agency has sent out letters to the firms asking them to comply with the rules. “In our letters we regularly remind (companies) of the consequences of violating the legislation,” said the agency’s spokesperson Vadim Ampelonsky. He also said that the Russian government could block access to the services being offered by the companies if they do not fall in line. Read more »

Apple rumored to showcase split-screen multitasking for iPad during WWDC next month

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According to a report in 9to5Mac, Apple will showcase the long-awaited split-screen multitasking for iPad tablets during WWDC next month. The functionality was initially expected to debut alongside iOS 8 last year.

The Cupertino giant will showcase the new feature using its currently available iPad models. Read more »

HTC releases official Mail app for Lollipop devices on Google Play Store

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HTC released the official Sense Mail app in the Google Play store. The application functions like any other modern email app – one can read and compose emails, create folders, and manage multiple email accounts using it.

Designed using its own Sense UI language, the HTC Mail app offers useful customizations such as changing the font and its color, highlighting text, and more. Read more »

Apple Maps rumored to finally get transit directions in iOS 9

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The lack of public transit directions in Apple Maps may be baffling, but it looks like the company is finally going to take care of this glaring omission soon. According to a new rumor, transit directions will be added to the Apple Maps app that will be part of iOS 9.

Apple’s next version of its mobile operating system should be demoed in June at the company’s annual developer-focused conference (WWDC). As in previous years, we expect iOS 9 to be released around the time the new iPhones ship, so probably in the fall. Read more »

AT&T announces the LG G Pad F 8.0, available on May 29

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Today AT&T took the wraps off a new Android tablet made by LG. It’s called G Pad F 8.0 and will be up for grabs at the carrier starting on May 29, which is next Friday. It bears some resemblance to the G Pad 8.0 from last year, both in terms of looks as well as specs.

The G Pad F 8.0 however comes with a built-in stylus and a full-size USB port. Those seem to be its main differentiating features. The screen is quoted as being an “HD+” IPS panel, which we assume means it has a resolution of 1,280×800. Read more »