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Oppo Find 7a hands-on

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Announced last month, the Oppo Find 7a is the lesser spec’d brother of the Find 7. The two models are identical, but for the screen, which only has 1080p resolution on the Find7a as opposed to QuadHD.

We are happy to have the Find 7a here in our office and before we set off writing the proper review, we are happy to give you a quick glimpse of the device. Oppo’s Color OS is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but comes with lots of custom features. The top-of-the-line Snapdragon 801 chipset takes care of running everything smoothly. Read more »

Watch Samsung’s own Galaxy S5 hands-on video

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Hot on the heels of the fifth installment of its Unpacked event, Samsung came up with their own quick hands-on video with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The video shows the key design features of the new smartphone, as well as the main features, such as the 5.1-inch screen, the water resistance, the fingerprint scanner, hybrid auto focus system, MIMO Wi-Fi antennas and much more.

The video also shows us the Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear fit smart wristbands. Read more »

Where is Nokia going with this Android thing? [Editorial]

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Today at the Mobile World Congress 2014, Nokia has come up with its first foray into the Android world by announcing not one, but three Android devices, the X, X+ and XL.

The three smartphones run a heavily customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). AOSP is all Android but without Google’s service baked in. Instead, Nokia has added its own services and Microsoft’s, too.

A promise of a full-featured 4-inch budget Android phone for 89 euro should be enough to show you Nokia is dead set on undercutting pretty much all smartphone competition out there. That would have been all fine and dandy if Nokia’s Devices division was not on its way to a full acquisition by Microsoft – one of Google’s biggest adversaries in the mobile space.

So we can’t help but ask ourselves, where is Nokia going with all this? Read more »

Samsung Gear Fit wristband is official with a 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED display

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After yesterday Samsung unveiled the new duo of Gear smartwatches, today the Koreans announced a new addition to the Gear family called Fit.

As its name suggests, the Fit is aimed towards fitness enthusiasts and is a wristband with a 1.84” curved Super AMOLED display. It packs a resolution of 432 x 128 pixels and alerts you of incoming notifications. Read more »

Sony announces the mirrorless a6000 and claims the world’s fastest auto focus

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Sony has announced the replacement of its popular NEX-6 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The new a6000 has got a 24MP APS-C sized sensor (up from 16MP on the NEX-6) and brand new Hybrid AF system, which combines the best of the both worlds of phase-detection and contrast-detection auto focus systems. The faster phase-detect points now cover 92% of the frame and provide for what Sony calls “the world’s fastest autofocus”.

But that’s not all, as the Sony a6000 can shoot up to 11fps – and that’s with tracking continuous autofocus turned on. Read more »

IDC: Tablet market in 2013 was doing great, but growth is slowing down

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Tablet shipments have been on the rise in 2013, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody. IDC analysts tell us that a total of 217.1 million units were shipped in 2013, which represents a 50.6% YoY growth rate.

Unfortunately, though, the mature markets are already pretty saturated and there is lots of competition so the rate of growth is slowing down. The growth in 2012 over 2011 was a good 87.1%.

Manufacturers are turning their attention to developing markets however high-margin products such as Apple iPads are not doing that well in these regions. Read more »

The Sony Xperia E1 and E1 Dual promo videos are out

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Sony has just announced the Xperia E1 plus its E1 Dual sibling, which adds Dual SIM support to the feature mix. The company has already posted the first promo videos of the two smartphones online.

The promo videos make a point about the incredibly loud loudspeaker, the instant music player access via a dedicated Walkman button, music shake control and claim the Xperia E1/E1 Dual are the best smartphones in their class (that is, smartphones with a launch price of less than 175 euro).
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iOS 7.1 beta 3 still hasn’t patched evasi0n7 jailbreak exploit, brings along other changes

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Apple is now seeding iOS beta 3 to developers. The good news is that the latest update still doesn’t patch the exploit used by the recent evasi0n7 jailbreak.

Apple has been pretty strict about jailbreaking and even though it’s legal (in the US at least), it’s frowned upon by the company and they use every opportunity they get to close any exploits that the jailbreakers find as soon as possible. Read more »

Sony introduces the A5000, dubbed the world’s lightest interchangeable lens APS-C camera

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The highly popular NEX lineup of cameras just got a new member. Oh, and they are no longer called NEX cameras, alright? Despite the naming convention change, the Sony A5000 is the pinnacle of what we came to know and love as Sony’s NEX lineup of interchangeable lens cameras.

The new Sony A5000 has a 20MP APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, a flippable 3″ 460K-dot LCD, a built-in pop-up flash as opposed to a pop-on accessory, and a zoom control built into the body to control power zoom lenses. It also weighs merely 269g for the body with a battery, adding for a surprisingly compact and powerful camera package. Read more »

Nikon announces the D3300 DSLR and teases the unannounced D4S

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Nikon had a slew of announcements at the CES 2014 – first and foremost, it’s the brand new D3300 DSLR, but also the company revealed it would show their yet unannounced D4S DSLR in Las Vegas.

Along with the D3300, Nikon also announced its new collapsible 18-55 VR kit lens and the full-frame version (FX) of the 35mm 1.8G lens, which has so far been available only for APS-C Nikon cameras. Read more »

Samsung announces the 2014 editions of the Samsung Ativ One 7 and the Ativ Book 9

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The Ativ One 7 2014 Edition is a sleek All-in-One PC with a 24-inch FullHD screen. The Book 9 2014 Edition is a spectacular ultrabook, which has a 15.6-inch FullHD screen and which yet weighs only 1.85 kg.

The Ativ One 7 2014 Edition can act as a secure personal cloud server, allowing owners of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets to store on the computer hard drive photos, movies, music and documents via Samsung Link mobile app. These users also have the option of wirelessly streaming music to the Ativ One 7′s Dolby Home Theater certified stereo 7W speakers via Bluetooth even when the computer is off. Read more »

Google Search update for Android brings some KitKat goodness to older smartphones

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Another thing that came along the Motorola Moto G announcement yesterday is the update to the Google Search app for Android. The latest version of Google Search is now available on the Google Play Store. The update brings to Android smartphones all the latest developments of Google Search, including prettier search results and a smarter Google Now. Of course, Google Now, as before, is only available to devices running Android 4.1 and above.

The new version of Google Search will allow you to have short dialogues with Google Now when you are conducting searches. In these dialogues, Google Now should be able to understand when you referring to your search term by an indirect pronoun instead of using the full name. It will also answer back when there are several options for action. Read more »

Watch Apple’s October 2013 keynote here

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Today’s Apple keynote marked the announcement of the release of the free Mac OS X Maverics, the release of the updated and now free iWorks and iLife application packages, the announcement of the hardware updates to the MacBook Pro lineup and the availability and specs info about the Mac Pro. Last but not least, we saw the announcement of the iPad Air and the Retina update to the iPad mini.

All this fit into less than an hour and a half so you can be sure the pace was hectic. But you don’t have to take my word for it. If you missed the live streaming of the event, now is your chance to watch a replay. Read more »

Apple iPad Air video ad is up online

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Apple has just announced their latest iPad and as rumored, it comes with a new chassis with smaller bezels and slimmer and lighter overall design. To go with the new design, Apple also announced a new name – it’s none other than the iPad Air. Sadly, despite heated rumors, the iPad Air doesn’t have the TouchID fingerprint sensor or board.

As you can imagine, Apple’s got a nice and long 3-minute video ad for the new iPad Air and it’s worth watching. Read more »

Nokia’s Refocus camera app would professionally defocus any of your Lumia shots

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Today at the Nokia World 2013 held in Abu Dhabi, Nokia announced their new Refocus camera app for the Lumia 1520. Refocus promises users the freedom to selectively change the area of the photo, which is in focus.

The Nokia Refocus is a separate camera app for Lumia phones (unlike what we first heard). The camera app aims to reproduce the shallow depth of field that pro cameras have and it does that in a really high-quality way. Details about how it works are scarce at the moment so we are not quite sure whether it snaps a series of images and stacks them into an image, where you can dynamically manipulate the active focus point or if it maps out the depth of the image and subsequently creates the lens blur purely artificially but in a nice looking way. Read more »