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Sony’s A7 II lands in the US on December 9, starts at $1,699

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The full-frame mirrorless Sony A7 II was made official last week, and now the Japanese company has shared its release details for the US.

The A7 II will become available on December 9, and it will be priced at $1,699 in body-only form. Sony will also offer a $1,999 kit that will contain a 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens too. Read more »

Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service will remain available worldwide

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A couple of days ago a report surfaced in South Korean media claiming that Samsung was getting ready to shut down its ChatOn messaging service, which has failed to challenge WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger in terms of user base.

Now though, the Korean company has officially stated that the aforementioned information is false, and that ChatOn will live on. Read more »

The more you share the OnePlus Black Friday deal on accessories, the cheaper they get

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Black Friday is fast approaching and OnePlus has decided to make it a collaborative event – the company will be trading Facebook shares for money. Or rather for discounts on its accessories – 5% off goes for 2,000 shares, but the maximum 20% off is a steep 20,000 shares.

This is an interesting type of promotion – the more people that hit the share button, the more people will see the promo, which should lead to an avalanche effect. Read more »

HP Slate 6 Voice Tab II launches in India for $260

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The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab II has just launched in the Indian market from the official HP Online store. It is priced at $260 (INR 15,990) and will soon be officially launched.

The device bears a lot of resemblance to the previous version of the tablet (HP Slate 6 Voice Tab) with the same 6″ 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display and a Marvell PXA1088 chipset with a CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz. Read more »

Windows 10 to include native free FLAC playback support

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This September saw the announcement of Microsoft’s next big version of Windows, Windows 10. It is set to be the biggest redesign of the OS to come along in years and it promises a whole lot more than the just design changes. This next iteration is set to be such a formidable step forward for Microsoft technology, that it actually manages to skip a version number and needless to say drove up a huge hype. What Microsoft 10 is set to accomplish is hopefully unify the OS experience as well as, to a large extent, functionality across different hardware platforms.

Now another exciting piece of inside news has been posted from Gabriel Aul from the Windows development team via his Twitter account. Apparently Windows 10 will feature native free support for FLAC audio playback, a much requested addition. The screenshot clearly shows Windows Media Player with a playlist full of lossless audio. Read more »

Moto Maker stars in Motorola’s latest Moto X ad

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Motorola is quite proud of the Moto Maker, which allows you to customize the Moto X to your liking including back cover type and color, engraving, base color and accent colors. The latest Moto X ad features the Moto Maker and the fun you get from it.

The ad shows the process of customizing the Moto X (2014) in a very funny and engaging way, while also showing the integration with Google. It allows you to sign in with your account and have the Moto X configured with your Google ID to boot. Read more »

Skype for Android updated with picture-in-picture view

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Microsoft has updated Skype for Android with support for picture-in-picture, allowing you to keep a video call going while multitasking.

This means that now you can come out of the Skype window in the middle of a video call, switch over to another app, and continue with the conversation. The feature, which is already available on tablets, should be rolling out to smartphones very soon. Read more »

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is now available to order

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The official Keyboard Folio case for HTC Nexus 9 is now available to order from Google Play n the United States. The search giant’s official online store has the cover in stock, ready to leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days.

As expected, the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio costs $129. Read more »

HTC Re Camera is getting half of its price cut on Black Friday

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HTC’s recently announced Re Camera will get treated to a 50% discount starting on Black Friday. The sale kicks off exactly at 9pm Pacific Time on November 27.

The promo cuts the $199 price tag of the gadget to only $99. Read more »

Twitter Offers launches giving you discounts through tweets

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Moving steadily on with its newfound commerce focus, Twitter has today announced a new service called Twitter Offers. This basically means businesses can embed discount coupons into tweets, but redeeming them is easier than if you were to use actual coupons.

Twitter Offers comes after the Twitter Buy button started appearing for certain users, letting them buy stuff directly from tweets. Read more »

LG’s KizOn wearable for children makes it to Verizon as the GizmoPal

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Today Verizon has announced the LG GizmoPal, a specialized wearable band for children. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically nothing but a rebranded LG KizOn – which was made official in South Korea in July.

Verizon will start selling the GizmoPal online tomorrow, in blue and pink, and it can be yours for $79.99. In stores, it will first be available in select locations in the Midwest, followed by a proper nationwide launch on December 11. Read more »

Dropbox integration with Microsoft Office now live in mobile apps

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Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a broad partnership that would see the two companies’ mobile apps working together – allowing you to edit Office files from the Dropbox app and access your Dropbox from Office. This integration is now live.

The latest version of the Dropbox app for iOS and Android lets you open any Office document, spreadsheet, or presentation. And the new Edit icon (seen in the image above) lets you start editing stuff in the latest Office apps. Read more »

Here’s what Best Buy will offer on Black Friday

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Black Friday deals have spread across the world, but the US still gets the best offers. Like a Samsung Galaxy S5 for $1 from Best Buy – with a 2-year contract, of course, but carrier stores still have it listed at $200. This offer is for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. For $26 total you can get an S-View Flip case too.

Best Buy also has some salivating offers for pre-paid phones on multiple carriers. The cheapest is LG Realm for Boost Mobile for $20, but you can grab an LTE-enabled HTC Desire 510 on Virgin Mobile for $30 (note that the US version of the phone is not 64-bit like the European version). There’s also a 4G-enabled Galaxy S III for Sprint. Read more »

Samsung sued by Milk Studios for name misuse

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Milk Studios, an advertising agency based in New York, has filed a lawsuit against Samsung over the use of their name.

The Korean giant has, according to an official statement “internationally, willingly and knowingly” been using the Milk brand mane in its services. Read more »

Sony Pictures Entertainment under massive hack attack, employees sent home

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Just a few months after Sony’s Playstation network was knocked offline after being hit by a DDoS attack, hackers have compromised Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer network, stealing sensitive data and forcing the company to shut down its systems. According to a Reddit user, who claims to be a former Sony Pictures worker, the following image appeared on all corporate systems:

The hackers claim to be part of a group called #GOP, which refers to Guardians of Peace apparently, although the request referenced in the image isn’t yet known. According to The Next Web, the ZIP files mentioned in the image contain documents pertaining to financial records along with private keys for access to servers. Read more »