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WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone gets updated

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WhatsApp, the popular messenger for mobiles that recently fell under Facebook’s wing, has received an update to its iOS version.

The latest build includes the ability to share slow-motion videos directly from within the app, add captions added to photos, and archive chat logs and contact groups. Read more »

Mystery 7-inch LG Tegra-powered tablet spotted with Google branding

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An upcoming 7-inch tablet listing has been spotted on the US FCC website that indicates that LG is readying a new Nvidia Tegra-powered tablet in the compact range.

This could very well be the next coming of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, as the Google branding is clearly evident as well. Read more »

Microsoft jumpstarts MSN by rebranding Bing apps

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Microsoft aims to bring new life into its aging MSN portal with a shiny new homepage alongside plan to rebrand several of its Bing-powered applications.

Not only will Windows Phone apps like News, Finance, Travel, Sports and Weather be rebranded to MSN, but Microsoft is also planning to release iOS and Android versions as well. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate7 video hands-on and camera samples

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Huawei has thrown in everything and the kitchen sink into their latest Ascend Mate7 phablet, and we’ve got our hands on one fresh off its IFA 2014 announcement.

We’ll be giving you a full tour of its metal-clad unibody and instant fingerprint sensor tech on video, alongside some samples from its 13MP shooter. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 camera samples fresh off the IFA floor

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The just-announced Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 are the latest Nokia devices to run Windows 8.1 with Microsofts new Lumia Denim update.

We were able to get our hands on them for some quick camera samples fresh off the IFA 2014 showroom floor. Read more »

LG starts mass producing rounded P-OLED displays for its G Watch R smartwatch

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LG Display has announced today that its has started development of the “the first circular Plastic OLED” display to be featured in their G Watch R smartwatch.

The rounded P-OLED display is set to have a diameter of 1.3 inches and a thickness of just 0.6mm. Read more »

Sony announces Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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The just-announced Z3 series from Sony also includes the company’s first compact Xperia tablet, the aptly-named Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

The Z3 Tablet Compact is designed to complement the Xperia Z3 much in the way that the Z3 Compact does – providing largely the same internals except in a different-sized screen. Read more »

Sony updates its wearables with new SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk

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Sony had quite a presence at this year’s IFA in Berlin, and after introducing its new Z3 lineup it’s decided to cap things off with two new wearables.

The SmartWatch 3 will be the company’s first smart device to run on Android Wear, while the SmartBand Talk brings voice communication and telephony to the company’s popular SmartBand fitness tracker. Read more »

New Zenbook and Eeebook laptops official from Asus

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Asus has just outed a pair of tablets – one 13.3″ and one 11.6″ – during its press conference at the IFA 2014 expo in Berlin.

The Zenbook UX305 is marketed as “the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch QHD+ laptop,” while the EeeBook X205 is set to offer quad-core Intel Atom device at under €200. Read more »

Asus announces new ZenWatch wearable

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The latest from ASUS out of IFA 2014 includes its first smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the ZenWatch.

The ZenWatch, produced in partnership with Google, features a curved glass design and a case that designed to follow the contours of your wrist, alongside a premium leather strap. Read more »

HTC Desire 510: benchmarking Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chip

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The HTC Desire 510 has all the making of the latest entry-level HTC smartphone, running Android 4.4 with the company’s in-house Sense 6 overlay. But under the hood hides a smartphone first: Qualcomm’s first chipset capable of 64-bit operations.

The Snapdragon 410 processor is the first of many upcoming 64-bit processors that the company expects to release this year, which it hopes will lead the transition to mobile 64-bit processing. We’ve decided that its performance deserves some special attention, so let’s see if it brings something special to the table against the other entry-level competition. Read more »

New Microsoft ad pits Cortana against Apple’s Siri

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In an effort to garner some interest for the as-yet underwhelming release of the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone, Microsoft has released a new ad on YouTube, highlighting their recently released Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone.

Cortana is touted by Microsoft as being a complete virtual assistant, bringing the company’s Bing search capabilities and full-fledged organizational capabilities into a voice-activated package. Read more »

AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi joins Apple

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The founder of one of the most in-depth mobile and computer tech sites, Anand Shimpi, is hanging up the tech journalism gloves as he joins Apple.

Founded in 1997, AnandTech is widely renowned for its technical analysis of personal computers and, more recently, mobile phones. Read more »

HTC Desire 510 hands-on

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The HTC Desire 510 is the company’s latest price conscious smartphone entry that sits somewhere between entry-level and midrange in HTCs lineup.

It features a 4.7-inch display of a paltry 580 x 854px resolution, but is one of the first smartphones to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor, featuring integrated 64-bit processing alongside 4G LTE technology. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android Wear exits beta

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The latest version of the popular messaging application WhatsApp now officially supports Google’s Android Wear wearable platform.

The latest updates allows for full message viewing on wearable devices, nested message navigation, and voice reply capabilities. Read more »