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Android 4.3 leaks for Sony Xperia Z and ZL

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The latest Android Jelly Bean build has surfaced for the former Sony flagship, Xperia Z, and its softshell variant, the Xperia ZL.

The 4.3 build has recently leaked through xda-developers as a version which was destined for commercial outlets and members of the press. Read more »

Sailfish OS ported to Nokia N9, demoed on video

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Jolla’s upcoming mobile OS Sailfish debuted on the company’s first smartphone earlier last month in Finland, and has yet to see a global rollout.

Meanwhile, the Sailfish community has been hard at work on improving the OS, and some clever developers have been able to get it to work on the Nokia N9. Read more »

Viber puts the heat on Skype with new global calling option

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Everyone’s favorite cross-platform calling and VOIP service, Viber, has announced Viber Out, its latest service that lets users place calls to any phone number.

More importantly, Viber is directly targeting Skype’s similarly-named Skype Out service by offering significantly cheaper rates. Read more »

Motorola Moto G hands-on

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The Motorola Moto G has been all the rage recently being hyped as the best-spec’d entry-level offering in the market right now.

It’s made its way into our offices, and we’re stealing it away for a quick peek before our review team takes it away. Read more »

ZeroLemon brings 10000mAh to Galaxy Note 3 for just $60

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For those of us who find the 3,200mAh battery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 insufficient, a new extended battery case from ZeroLemon adds a huge 10,000mAh power juice.

While you may also need to buy a new belt due to the added weight, the 10,000mAh case also offers NFC connectivity, as well as a belt clip holster that also doubles as a kickstand. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 gets a major update

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Today Sony’s latest smartwatch offering, the SmartWatch 2, received a major firmware update.

The new update brings with it a few new features as well as some stability improvements. Many of the SmartWatch 2′s app “Smart extensions”, like the Camera smart extension, have also received updates. Read more »

Assassin’s Creed Pirates raids Android and iOS

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Hot off the heels of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has announced the release of Assassin’s Creed Pirates for Android and iOS.

Having dropped the open world stealth element the series is best known for, Assassin’s Creed Pirates is built entirely around the highly entertaining naval combat introduced in Assassin’s Creed III. Read more »

Huawei CEO: “We have decided to exit the US market”

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In a rare interview with international journalists, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei claims that the world’s largest telecom equipment maker will exit the US market amidst allegations of cyberspying.

US government officials have long accused Huawei of having ties with the Chinese government, and have often tried to pass legislature or block the spread of the company’s equipment through federal regulations. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5S price map shows the smartphone is most expensive in India

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It’s common knowledge that Apple’s iPhone is a bit on the expensive side when compared to most smartphones. But just how much of a markup is it getting in international markets?

Mobile Unlocked reveals that some nations are not only paying more for iPhones, but that the difference is vast when factoring in the countries “purchasing power parity” (PPP) – how much disposable income the average person has to spend on an iPhone, based on GDP. Read more »

HP outs a quartet of competitive Android tablets

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Hewlett-Packard has quietly released a new trio of Tegra-powered compact tablets that aim to lure more than a few shoppers this holiday season, as well as ultra-cheap dual-core 10-incher.

All four tablets are set to come with Android 4.2, with the cheapest starting at $149.99. Read more »

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch sells out on its first day

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The Qualcomm Toq, the chipset makers first piece of wearable tech, went on sale yesterday.

Despite the rather steep $350 price tag, the device has already sold out. You can still get you hands on one, though, as Qualcomm is currently accepting pre-orders for a second batch of Toqs, expected to ship in 1-2 weeks. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons gets its latest Christmas expansion pack

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December is officially upon us, and that means another Angry Birds Seasons expansion pack.

The latest Christmas expansion, called Arctic Eggspedition, adds 25 new levels, one for each day until Christmas. Read more »

Retina Apple iPad mini gets blasted for having outdated display tech

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DisplayMate, the website which specializes in rating and comparing display tech of mobile devices and laptops, has sharply criticized Apple’s iPad mini 2 in its latest shootout, pitting it against the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Google Nexus 7.

The biggest criticisms come in regards to the color gamut and accuracy. The Retina screen of the new mini is way off what the iPad 3, 4 and Air have been offering so far in this respect. Read more »

Samsung Music service now available in South Korea

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Samsung has officially outed its own proprietary music service in its home market of South Korea.

Samsung Music will let you choose from a selection of 3.2 million sound sources, which you can download or stream to a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Read more »

PowerUp brings smartphone-powered amateur aviation to the masses

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A nifty new Kickstarter campaign looks to take the paper airplane a step further with the help of a new smartphone-controlled module called PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module is an ultra-lightweight attachment that works with any regular paper airplane and allows tilt, throttle and steering remote control through a paired smartphone and app. Read more »