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Pegman returns to Google Maps with new update

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You may have noticed that after the latest major Google Maps update for desktop browsers, an important figure suddenly went missing: Pegman. This move made many users frustrated by their inability to quickly access Street View and nearby images by dragging the icon onto the map, and more than a few people opted to continue using Google Maps’ classic view.

Now, the latest update brings back Pegman, and makes viewing images, panoramas, and even indoor areas even easier by having all of them appear on the map whenever you grab hold of Pegman. Read more »

Pebble gets huge update, including iOS 7 notifications and SDK v2.0

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The Pebble smartwatch has been gaining in popularity since its release, and the promising Kickstarter project has led to a full-fledged company now with some 190,000 Pebbles sold worldwide. With this latest update, Pebble has announced full support for iOS 7 notifications.

Alongside extended notifications support for, Pebble has also announced the release of version 2.0 of its SDK. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 review

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The recent trend smartwatches has been popularized in part by Sony, who have already seen enough time go by since their first iteration to see a SmartWatch 2 device to market.

The SmartWatch 2 features a stylish Xperia-inspired design complete with color touchscreen, and aims to compete directly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch review

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Smartwatches have been all the rage lately, and no conversation on the topic would be complete without mentioning Kickstarter’s darling, the Pebble.

Although it doesn’t have the touchscreen and flashy design of some of its competitors, the Pebble brings a great feature set at a price significantly below competing offerings from Sony and Samsung. After the break, we take a close look at the Pebble and how it works. Read more »

Facebook’s mobile ads boost Q3 results

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Facebook’s latest third quarter earnings report shows things are looking up for the social media giant after a rough entrance into public trading following its IPO last year.

The company’s heavy investment into mobile is beginning to pay off as mobile ad revenue has jumped to $656 million – a 76% increase over last quarter. Read more »

Samsung takes a large bite out of Apple’s tablet market share in Q3

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According to the latest report by IDC, Samsung has been able to achieve a year-over-year growth of some 123%, and has increased its tablet market share by some 8 points.

This comes at a cost to Apple, who has gone without a new tablet launches during the second and third quarters to drive sales. Read more »

Stolen truck containing $14 million worth of LG G2′s recovered

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Over the weekend a truck containing a shipment of LG G2 smartphones valued at some $14 million was stolen from a truck stop in Gary, Indiana.

Today, Kentucky State Police has recovered the truck full of lost goods intact, and has apprehended a suspect after he allegedly crashed a tractor trailer carrying the stolen cargo into a utility pole. Read more »

Samsung Note 3′s camera app ported to Galaxy S4

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The new camera app Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Note 3 has its fair share of nifty features, and now you can enjoy them on the Galaxy S4 as well.

Galaxy S4 owners who want the latest and greatest from Samsung’s camera department can get just that, thanks to the folks over at xda-developers. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 800 works after being lost underwater for 3.5 months

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Quite an amazing story coming out of Sweden today. A Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone was found after spending three and a half months in a lake and it was still working!

The news comes by way of Facebook user Roger Nilsson who even captured some pictures of the device in question. Read more »

Does the animation toggle in iOS 7.0.3 make a difference?

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Apple changed around many things with the iOS 7 update, one of which was introducing a whole new set of animations for unlocking the phone and closing apps and folders .

But many users have complained that about the speed of the new animations is just too slow, and once the iOS 7.0.3. update allowed them, disabled them outright. When you do that the transitions are replaced by a fade in effect that many hoped will be much faster. But are they really? Armed with a high-speed camera and our iPhone 5S, we’re ready to find out! Read more »

Apple can’t shake supply shortage rumors for the new iPad mini

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After the first rumors of a Retina-packing iPad mini surfaced earlier this year, several sources close to Apple’s supply chain indicated that panel shortages might limit availability.

Even after yesterday’s launch during which Apple indicated that both the new iPad mini and the iPad Air will be available in a wide range of markets next month, hints of “severely constrained” supply continue to linger. Read more »

Create bullet time scenes with the HTC One…sort of

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Happen to have 130 HTC One units laying around? If yes, then you can create your very own Matrix-style bullet time effect. At least that’s what Qualcomm did to demonstrate its latest Snapdragon SoC.

Dubbed the Snapdragon Booth, some 130 HTC One handsets were set up on a rail to provide a virtual 540-degree bullet time video effect. Read more »

Nokia flashes its new Ashas on YouTube

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The just-announced Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 have made their way to YouTube, with the latest video ads showing up by the boatload.

The new phones were unveiled at Nokia World today in Abu Dhabi, and unlike their Asha 501 predecessor, feature new “ice shell” exteriors that complement the characteristic flashy Nokia colors. Take a look! Read more »

Tablets expected to eclipse PCs in four years

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The latest Gartner report has global tablet shipments up some 42.7% compared to last year, while PC sales are predicted to be down 11.2%.

It’s predicted that by 2017, PCs – which include desktop computers, laptops, and ultramobiles – will become outshipped by tablets running primarily Android and iOS. Read more »

CyanogenMod-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3 teased

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Steve Kondik, Mr. Cyanogen himself, has posted a screenshot of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running the popular third party ROM CyanogenMod.

While he did not provide an estimated time of when we’ll expect to see a test build ready for the public, seeing the ROM up and running on the device undoubtedly indicates that it will be sooner rather than later. Read more »