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Google brings Play Movies to four new countries

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Google keeps expanding the reach of its Play Movies video service and today four new countries have joined the supported list. If you live in Belgium, Philippines, Switzerland or Uganda, you can now rent and purchase movies from the repository.

The new wave brings the total number of countries where Play Movies is available to 69. However, you should keep in mind that this number only concerns movies, whereas TV shows are still only available in four countries. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a 5,900mAh battery courtesy of Mugen

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Battery maker Mugen has come up with yet another outrageously large battery replacement for a flagship smartphone. The company has released a 5,900 mAh juice pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which promises to take its already great battery life to unbelievable heights.

The catch is that you will have to give up on the marvelously slim waistline of the smartphone – the extended battery comes with its own replacement cover and it’s obviously way thicker than the stock one. Mugen hasn’t specified exact dimensions, but has confirmed that the replacement cover also enables Qi wireless charging and retains the NFC functionality. Read more »

Watch the Microsoft Surface event live here

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Microsoft is holding a press event today, dedicated to its Surface tablet lineup.

Update: The event is now over, but you can still see the replay if you missed the chance to watch it live. Read more »

UPDATED: Samsung to switch original Galaxy Gear to Tizen

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With Samsung switching from Android to Tizen for its second generation smart wearables, customers and developers alike found themselves with quite a dilemma. With the market for smart watches still quite limited there’s just not enough potential for the two platforms to coexist without getting in each other’s way.

Now however, Samsung will make things a bit easier (if not necessarily better) by making the choice for you. The company has announced that it will be bringing Tizen to the original Galaxy Gear via an Update, granting the platform it codevelops with Intel another boost. Read more »

Motorola Moto G 4G hands-on

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The Moto E might have stolen the spotlight at the Motorola event today, with its impressively low price tag, but the updated Moto G might actually turn out to be the more important announcement of the day. Motorola Moto G 4G might have settled for the silver medal today, but the smartphone is certainly eager to triumph at the end.

A microSD card slot and an LTE radio might seem like a great deal when you consider the six-month period from the launch of the original, but fixing the two main issues on what was already the company’s bestselling smartphone in recent years sounds like a sure recipe for success. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 gets Android 4.4 KitKat

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Samsung may be busy transitioning its tablet lineup to AMOLED screens and expanding it with new sizes, but it hasn’t completely forgotten about the devices it already has. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which once was a premium mid-sized tablet is starting to receive its Android 4.4 KitKat update across the globe.

The Korean version was the first to get the boost, but only a few hours later the international version joined the fun with Poland the first market to receive it. Unless there are unexpected issues with the update, all Galaxy Note 8.0 units should follow suit shortly. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo gain turn-by-turn navigation

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Turn-by-turn navigation is one of the best things to have when exploring a city, but constantly looking at your phone while walking is hardly ideal. Well, now that the guys from Symphony Teleca have brough the feature to your Gear 2-touting wrist, you no longer have to.

In March the same company brought its TurnByTurn app to the original Galaxy Gear and now it has managed to port it to its Tizen-powered successors. And despite the change of platform the app has retained the same core functionality. Read more »

GOkey puts charger, data cable, Bluetooth locator and memory on your key-ring

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Key-rings haven’t been the focal point of much innovation over the years but a new crowd-sourced campaign is aiming to change that. Dubbed GOkey the device brings a Bluetooth-enabled key locator, an external battery, a USB flash drive and a USB cable (or Lightning if that’s how you roll) into one.

The cool looking piece of tech has a battery of its own, which according to the manufacturer will provide enough juice for two hours of talk time for those emergency cases. It has a built-in cable (either microUSB or Lightning depending on the version) so you won’t need to carry that either. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 630 gets a cool video promo full of football trick shots

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In the days between the official announcement and the market release of one of their smartphones, each manufacturer is trying to build up hype about it and promo videos are a commonly used tool for that. In the case of the Lumia 630, Nokia has hired Finnish goalkeeper and trick shot master Lassi Hurskainen to produce what is certainly one of the coolest promo clips we’ve seen in a while.

Using the help of an assistant, Hurskainen makes some pretty sweet shots to knock several people’s handsets out of their hands. It’s unclear if the phones take any damage, but everyone involved gets a free Lumia 630 and they all seem pretty happy about it. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 now available for just 119 quid in the UK

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Looking to strike a great deal on a mid-sized tablet? Well if you live in the UK you probably need to look no further than the LG G Pad 8.3. The slate, which we reviewed and really liked a while ago, can now be had for just £119.

Update: It appears the stock has been depleted rather quickly and the offer is currently unavailable. It’s unclear if there’s new stock on the way or if that was all about the promotion.

For the price you are getting an 8.3″ IPS LCD of 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution, a Snapdragon 600 chipset and a sleek metallic body that only weighs 338g. Even the Nexus 7 (2013) looks rather overpriced in comparison to this offer. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

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We’ve got yet another hot device in our office that is due for a full review. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the contestants for the hottest tablet of the year, combining a great screen, powerful hardware and an ultra sleek design.

Not only is the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet the slimmest and lightest full-size tablet around, but it’s also among the very few to offer water and dust resistance. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930 promo video is out

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The Nokia Lumia 930 just debuted on the stage of the Microsoft BUILD conference and as tradition goes with such high-profile devices the announcement is accompanied by a brief promo video, showing you the key selling points.

On this occasion Nokia has focused on the build and the design of the smartphone, its 20MP PureView camera and the new Windows Phone 8.1 that’s powering the whole thing. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 system dump appears, porting spree to follow

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If you would like to try some of the latest software goodies by Sony, but don’t want to splash on a new Xperia Z2, we have some good news for you. A system dump of the smartphone, complete with all the apps and features has appeared enabling ROM builders to try and extract those and implement them in their own solutions.

Of course, it’s anyone’s guess how long the porting of a certain apps will go – those that are reliant on the Sony Xperia Z2 hardware, like the camera, can need more tweaking before they are able to run on other handsets and support their different sensors. Read more »

Check out our two hands-ons videos of the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Having spent our fair share of time with the Samsung Galaxy S5 we keep bring you all the details on the latest flagship by the Korean company. We already gave you the live photos, the benchmarks and the camera samples and now it’s time for the hands-on videos.

We’ve got two clips showing you various parts of the Samsung Galaxy S4 UI and how the smartphone performs in real life. You get to see the updated TouchWiz as well as some of the key software goodies introduced by the handset. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo kernel source now published

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As mandated by the Android terms of usage, Samsung has followed the market release of its latest Galaxy Note 3 Neo phablet with the publishing of the kernel source code of the device. That’s great news to any developer looking to build more elaborate ROMs or simply custom kernels for the Note 3 Neo.

So if you have some coding skills you can follow the source link to obtain the files and start fiddling with them. And even if you don’t, you’ll just have to wait for the first group to do their magic and then hope they’ll be kind enough to share their creations with the rest of us. Read more »