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Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S long-term durabilty test

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Apple has received its fair share of criticism for its latest iPhone 5 flagship, ranging from lack of innovation to poor software support, and even inferior hardware quality when compared to the iPhone 4S.

But how do things stack up really? Join us as we take a look at how the iPhone 5 looks after several months of everyday use, as well as how it stacks up to its glass-clad predecessor. Read more »

Microsoft enables full-res photo and video backups to SkyDrive in all markets

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Microsoft has commenced a global rollout of full resolution video and photo uploads to its SkyDrive cloud storage service.

This feature was until now available only in some areas, with Microsoft stressing that the global rollout took so long due to the large bandwidth requirements. Read more »

Sony Xperia SP battery life test completes, impressive numbers are inside

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The Sony Xperia SP recently underwent our rigorous review process, and now we’ve got some battery result numbers to show you as well.

In many ways the “younger brother” of the new Xperia Z and ZL flagship duo, the Sony Xperia SP features the same Adreno 320 GPU as its older siblings, but without a 1080p screen to suck up extra battery life. Let’s see how it does. Read more »

Nvidia’s SHIELD benchmark spotted, blows away the competition

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One of the few exciting things we saw at CES this past January was the announcement of Nvidia’s new Android-running handheld gaming console codenamed SHIELD, powered by its new Tegra 4 chipset.

While not much has been heard of SHIELD or Tegra 4 since, a recently-spotted benchmark in AnTuTu reveals that the SoC is not only still alive and kicking, but has the potential to be a real contender when it comes to next generation mobile performance. Read more »

Viber for desktop surfaces, available for Windows and Mac

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Viber has just been outed for Windows and Mac PC’s, bringing the popular cross-platform VoIP service to desktops.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Skype, Viber now gives users the ability to place calls not only to other mobile users, but also to desktops. Read more »

Microsoft releases extended IllumiRoom demo video

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Microsoft’s has released an extended demo of its IllumiRoom project, giving as a glimpse as to what we could expect from the upcoming projector-based device.

IllumiRoom aims to provide a “next-generation gaming console” experience, and may very well be one of the features introduced in Microsoft’s next console. Read more »

Asus Eeepad ME302C spotted in benchmark, complete with Intel Clover Trail+ processor

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An as of yet unknown tablet from Asus, the Eeepad ME302C has surfaced on the GLBenchmark website, revealing yet another variant of Asus’ successful Android based tablet.

The Android version in question will be the latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but more importantly, the tablet will be powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ dual-core processor clocked in at 1.6 GHz. Read more »

Google to provide rival search results to placate antitrust whispers

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Google is proposing an agreement to the European Commission which will have it provide search results from rivals like Bing and Yahoo! more prominently.

This is in light of a preliminary conclusion made by the Commission that several of Google’s business practices could be in violation of the EU’s antitrust rules. Read more »

The Sony Xperia SP takes a seat in front of our camera

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The Sony Xperia SP, which we got for a quick hands-on last month, has finally arrived in our office.

We’ve decided to take some quick snaps of it before our review monkeys take it away. Take a look! Read more »

Navifirm+ workaround lets users download using caches despite closure

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Yesterday, Nokia finally went through with its long-coming plan to disallow unauthorized users to download from their online repository for firmware updates, Navifirm+.

It has since been revealed that users who retained their Navifirm+ caches are still able to download updates from the repository. Read more »

The Sony Xperia E battery life test is complete, check out the scores

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Having finalized our review of the Sony Xperia E, we’re ready to show you are battery test results from the single-SIM member of the Sony Xperia E family.

The Xperia E features virtually the same hardware as its dual-SIM counterpart – a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 1 GHz single-core CPU, and a 1530 mAh battery. It does, however, run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and doesn’t have the extra SIM card to drain it. Read more »

LG Display records weak Q1 profits, analysts attribute it to lower orders from Apple

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LG Display is estimated to receive some 30% of its business from tech giant Apple, and has recorded its weakest profit since Q2 of last year.

That’s why when the division posted its rather poor Q1 results, analysts suspected that the lower orders from the Cupertino giant it to blame. Many saw the slowing demand for Apple’s iPhone’s and iPad’s as the main reason for the shrinking profits. Read more »

Google introduces Facebook-like Google+ comments integration into Blogger

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Google has recently enabled Google+ integration into their popular blog-publishing service, Blogger.

This means that all comments made about your blog posts on Google+ will show up in your blog’s comment threads, allowing you to see activity from your visitors. Read more »

Sony Xperia E stops by our office, we put it in front of the camera

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The Sony Xperia E is the single-SIM variant and second member of the Xperia E family, after the Xperia E dual.

The Xperia E is virtually identical to the E dual, save for the lacking second SIM slot and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which replaces 4.0 ICS. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 Project Firefly update detailed on video, cool fullscreen widgets demoed

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Oppo’s latest software update for the Find 5, codenamed Project Firefly, adds some really impressive software enhancements to the user interface of Oppo’s 5-inch 1080p flagship.

The eye candy-rich update includes new fullscreen widgets with nifty effects like a camera stream showing all your latest photos taken and allowing to snap a picture right from your homescreen, as well as weather effects on your icons. Read more »