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Windows Phone already has an unofficial Periscope app

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Just yesterday Twitter launched its entrant into the rapidly growing live video streaming app space. It’s called Periscope, and for now it’s only available for iOS. Twitter did promise an Android version, but remained absolutely mum when it comes to Windows Phone.

Not to worry, though, for there is already an unofficial alternative for Microsoft’s mobile platform. Telescope for Periscope has been created by a developer who was eager to use Twitter’s new service on Windows Phone. Read more »

HTC’s first TV ad for the One M9 in the UK reveals that you only have one life

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Now that the One M9 is up for order in the US, HTC decided it would be fit for it to start its marketing campaign for the handset in the UK. Hence, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has released its first TV ad for the One M9 in the UK.

You can see it in its entirety after the break, but let’s just say it focuses on a pretty easy play on the phone’s name. You only have “One” life, get it? Read more »

Vine ups video quality to 720p HD

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Better late than never, as they say – Twitter’s Vine has finally entered the HD age. The service, which lets you create six-second videos that run in a loop, has just announced plans to upgrade the quality of its recordings. Believe it or not, Vine videos have so far been 480p.

Not anymore, though. Expect to see 720p HD videos on Vine (both through the service’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as embeds on websites) “over the coming days”. Above you can see an image that should apparently give you an idea about the quality differences, since it shows the same Vine in 480p on the left and 720p on the right. Read more »

Pebble Time crosses $20 million raised with just a few hours left

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Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign for its Time smartwatch with color e-paper screen quickly became the most funded in history at the beginning of this month. And now, the company has already crossed the $20 million mark of raised funds, with just a few hours to go.

At the time of writing, exactly $20,235,088 has been pledged for the Pebble Time by more than 78,000 eager backers on the crowdfunding site. This comes after the $14 million mark was reached in only one week. Read more »

A free wireless charger with a preorder of Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from BestBuy

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As most of our US reader are surely aware, the eagerly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are finally up for preorder today. The devices can be picked-up from a wide variety of vendors, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon, which carry both devices, as well as Boost, Cricket and MetroPSC, which only have the basic S6 model.

As it turns of, BestBuy is also offering preorders for both smartphones and to make the deal even sweeter, it will throw in a free wireless charger with the purchase. There is one condition,though – preorders must be made between today and April 11 to be eligible for the gift. Read more »

YouTube now lets you watch 4K videos at 60fps

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YouTube has enabled playback of 4K videos at 60 frames per second. For the time being, the feature is available on just six videos, which are hand picked by YouTube staff.

Mind you, to take full pleasure of the quality and smoothness of the video, you’ll have to sport a pretty capable machine and a 4K monitor to go with it. Also, currently the option to play 4K @ 60fps works only on Chrome. Read more »

Microsoft rolling out Skype for Web beta invites to some users

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If you have been using WhatsApp for Web lately, then you would know how convenient it is to access the messages, send voice notes and more via web interface. That freedom is being missed by the loyal Skype users but Microsoft plans to fix that soon.

Microsoft has started pushing a new ‘Skype for Web’ beta invites to select users. Skype for Web will let you chat as well as perform video and voice calls using the web browser. Read more »

A 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 has 23GB user available

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Samsung removed the microSD card slot from its latest Galaxy S6 flagship, but it did upgrade the base storage to 32GB. How much storage do you get on a 32GB phone, anyway?

Well, we have plenty of photos and videos on ours, but before we started shooting camera samples there were 23GB available. Read more »

Google to adopt Pointer Events API in Chrome to reduce scrolling lag on Android

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Google revealed on its developer forum that the company intends to switch to Pointer Events API from the current Touch Events across the board on all versions of Chrome. This has the benefit of increasing compatibility with multiple input devices and reduce the scrolling lag on Android.

The Pointer Events specification was first introduced by Microsoft back in 2012 for Internet Explorer and was quickly adopted by W3C as a web standard due to its superiority over the Touch Events specification. Pointer Events allows the use of multiple input tools other than a mouse, such as a stylus or a finger, common on modern devices. Read more »

WhatsApp for iOS to get voice calling feature in a matter of weeks, co-founder says

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Less than a couple of weeks after there were reports of the voice calling feature being tested on WhatsApp for iPhone, co-founder Brian Acton has revealed that the feature will be made available to iOS users soon.

Although Acton, who made the revelation at Facebook’s F8 developer conference yesterday, first said that the feature would roll out in a couple of weeks, he later backtracked from the statement, saying that it will take “several weeks”. Read more »

OnePlus to launch the new DR-1 drone next month

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Carl Pei shared an exclusive information with us about introducing a new product in April, at the Mobile World Congress 2015. Pei clarified that it will not be a smartwatch or tablet and we estimated it would be a totally different category.

The latest teaser showing a product covered with red cloth made use think if it was RC version of Batman’s Tumbler. In the latest Reddit AMA, OnePlus made it official that the company will introduce a drone named DR-1 and will start selling next month. Read more »

First batch of Apple Watch apps start rolling out

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Apple may have announced the Apple watch (twice) but the watch is still to go on sale. But even though there are still a month left for the watch to start shipping, developers have already started rolling out updates for their apps to make them work with the Apple Watch.

The list of apps available for the Apple Watch now includes Target, American Airlines, Nike+, Instagram, Twitter, OpenTable, Evernote, TripAdvisor, CNN, eBay, Shazam, NYTimes, Fandango, Citi Mobile Lite, Expedia, Runtastic, ESPN, and many more. Read more »

Jide’s Android-powered Remix tablet to begin shipping in May

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The Jide Remix tablet, which was announced back in January this year and is already available in China, is set to be available globally in the coming months. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign that allows people in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and most European countries to order the tablet, which is priced at $349 and begins shipping in May.

Specs-wise, the Remix ultra-tablet features an 11.6-inch, 1920×1080 screen, a 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage space. The device sports 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, packs in a 8100 mAh battery, and runs a modified version of Android 4.4.2 called Remix OS. Also, it looks similar to the Surface, with a kickstand at the back and a detachable keyboard. Read more »

Pong Sleek Case for iPhone 6 review

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The Pong Sleek Case is a thin snap-on protective cover for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The case is designed for users who worry about the radiation which their smartphone emits.

Based in Encinitas, California, Pong debuted its first radiation-absorbing case alongside iPhone 4 in 2010. The company’s innovative tech has been developed by a team of PhD scientists from Harvard, MIT, and University of Manchester among others. Read more »

Twitter launches Periscope live video streaming app for iOS

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Today Twitter has officially outed its competitor for media darling Meerkat, a live video streaming app that’s gotten a lot of coverage recently. Twitter’s version of this is called Periscope, and is now available for iOS. An Android app is reportedly in the works, but no launch timeline has been given.

Like Meerkat, Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s easy to use. When you start broadcasting, your followers will immediately be notified, and they can comment and send you ‘hearts’ in real-time (these seem to be Periscope’s version of Facebook’s Likes). Read more »