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Weekend poll results: LG G3 demolishes the competition

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The LG G3 entered the smartphone arena last week, aiming to challenge for the best flagship title. And as it turns out you guys are really liking its chances.

Out last weekend poll pinned the LG G3 against the other high-end droids currently in the market and its results couldn’t be more convincing. The G3 not only won every single battle, it simply trashed every single one of its opponents – the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2, the HTC One (M8) and the Oppo Find 7. Read more »

Oppo lets you win a QHD-packing Find 7 in a contest

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A 5.5″ QHD screen and the fastest Snapdragon chipset currently in the market squeezed into a super neat looking body – who wouldn’t want to give the Oppo Find 7 a try? And the great news is that you can now do it for free as long as you can write the number 7 quickly enough.

The Chinese company is holding a competition open to everyone around the globe, with a Find 7 unit brings its largest prize. There are also 2 units of the Find 7a trimmed down version up for grabs as well as 5 Bluetooth headphones and 5 6,000 mAh power banks. Read more »

Temple run scores 1 billion downloads

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Imangi studios, the developer behind the super popular endless runner series Temple Run, had a cool milestone to share today. Its titles have reached 1 billion downloads across the platforms where they are available.

The company includes both versions of Temple Run in the number, but not the Disney spin-offs Brave and Oz. All games are available on what are currently the top three smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Some of the titles also have BlackBerry 10 and Windows RT versions. Read more »

iOS 8 Safari scores 440 points on the HTML5 test, still lags behind Chrome

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Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.

Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 promo video arrives, focuses on design

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Sony has just brought its Xperia T3 smartphone to life and as the tradition goes on such occasions, we get a promo video highlighting the smartphone’s key selling points. If you don’t feel like reading through all the technical specs this is where you can get a quick overview of the mid-ranger strengths.

The video is mostly about the design – Sony is pretty proud of the Xperia T3′s ultra slim waistline and its steel frame. Other features that get a mention are the 8MP camera that comes complete with a bunch of Sony home-baked apps and the 5.3″ Triluminous display of 720p resolution. Read more »

Original Samsung Galaxy Gear gets updated to Tizen, now simply Gear

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Just as previous announced, Samsung has pushed an update to its original smartwach, the Galaxy Gear that converts it to Tizen and puts it on par with its successors. However, the new operating system (which is simply listed as firmware v2.2 on the Galaxy Gear) introduces little changes to the actual user interface, so you won’t need to get acquainted to it again.

What the update does bring is a standalone music player – so you no longer need your phone when you go out for a run. It will also improve the battery life as Tizen has been found to be easier on the hardware than Android. Read more »

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 »