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Instagram to add video support on June 20?

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An upcoming mysterious Facebook event has several sources speculating that the social network might be adding video support to its Instagram platform.

Instagram, which was bought by Facebook for a cool $1 billion in cash and stock in April of 2012, has been slowly losing ground on Twitter to Vine, a popular iOS and Android app which lets you share short 6 second video clips. Read more »

Google updates its Gesture Search to identify more than 40 languages

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Google’s Gesture Search – the nifty Android capability which lets you quickly access contacts, settings, applications and more through the use of on-screen gestures – has received an update which extends its character recognition to cover over 40 new languages.

New native character support also supports pinyin for Chinese language gestures. Read more »

Apple ditches Google for Siri, replaces it with Bing

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Add another one to the list of changes we can expect in iOS 7 – Microsoft’s Bing Search will be the brain behind Apple’s Siri virtual assistant on the iPhone.

The new search engine is accompanied by Siri’s new look, voice templates, and extended capabilities in iOS 7. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S4 destruction tests are a pain to watch

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We’ve seen all sorts of comparisons between the top dogs of the smartphone world, Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in the past couple of months, but nothing quite like this.

This destruction test aims to show how sturdy the hardware of the two devices is – even going as far as getting run over by a car! Lets just say things didn’t go well for either contestant. Read more »

Call-blocking to finally make its way to the iPhone with iOS 7

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A feature that’s been missing in iOS for quite some time is set to finally make its way to Apple’s mobile platform with its most recent version.

Call-blocking in iOS 7 will not only block calls, but also prevents messages and even FaceTime calls from numbers you add to the list. Read more »

Over 80% of Windows Phone devices made by Nokia

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The latest report from Adduplex reveals that as of May 2013, some 80.2% of global Windows Phone devices are made by Nokia.

The bulk of the shares come at the expense of Samsung, who has largely moved away from Windows Phone in the past several quarters. Read more »

Colorware now lets you customize your Samsung Galaxy S4 paintjob

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Colorware, a US-based company which specializes in creating custom paintjobs for a wide range of consumer electronics, has added the Samsung Galaxy S4 to its list of supported devices.

Unfortunately, getting yourself a custom-colored Samsung Galaxy S4 will set you back a cool $1000. Read more »

Gigabyte outs Intel Haswell-powered gaming laptops

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Gigabyte outed a pair of gaming laptops today, each featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.

The P27K and P25W are aimed at performance enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their mobile systems, and the latter can support up to 24GB of RAM! Read more »

iOS 7 appears in GFXBench database ahead of release

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The anticipated iOS 7 release has been long in the making, and back in April it was reportedly even behind schedule, with some Apple engineers being moved from work on OSX 10.9 to work on Apple’s mobile platform.

It seems that things are one step closer to becoming a reality, as a supposed iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0 has appeared in the results database of the popular GLBenchmark benchmarking utility. Read more »

The new Asus 4K monitor priced at $4000, too bad little can support it

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The recently-announced Asus PQ321 4K monitor raised a few eyebrows at the Computex 2013 showroom last week, being one of the first consumer available panels which support 4K resolution.

Now, the panel gets its priced revealed at a hefty $4000. Yet, the fact that even a Retina display MacBook Pro can barely support its output should be an even bigger concern than the price. Read more »

First Sony Xperia M promo videos surface

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Sony has claimed yet another letter from the alphabet with its latest device, the Sony Xperia M.

The Sony Xperia M will be a lower-midrange smartphonerunning on a dual-core 1 GHz CPU alongside a 4 inch display of 854 x 480 pixels. Read more »

Upcoming tablet teased by Acer at Computex 2013

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In a brief video, taken “behind the scenes” of the Acer Aspire R7 product film, Acer is hinting not one but several new devices to be revealed.

The Acer Global Press Conference will be held on June 3rd at the Computex event in Taipei, during which we should behold several new tablets from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Read more »

Google Maps extends bike directions to cover more of Europe

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Google Maps has extended the coverage of its directions for cyclists to cover several more European countries, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

If you live in any of those areas, you can now get Google Maps to give you directions for bicycle friendly roads, trails, and streets with bike lanes. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series gets priced online

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series, including 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch variants, has been priced by online retailer Adorama in the US.

All three models come with various color combinations and internal memory sizes, the cheapest being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (pictured above) which starts at $199. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 lands in our office, we give it the hands-on treatment

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The little brother in Samsung’s latest big-screen duo, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, has made it to our office, and we’re giving you a quick look at it before getting our review under way.

As you may have guessed, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 contains a 5.8-inch screen, which ventures well into phablet territory, although not as much as the even larger display located on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Either way, join us as we take a look at this massive smartphone from Samsung. Read more »