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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 »

Xbox One drive defect will get you a free game

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Microsoft has promised to reward new Xbox One device owners suffering from broken disc drive issues with one of four exclusive launch titles.

Xbox One owners who replace their faulty units through Microsoft’s Xbox One advance exchange program will be eligible for free digital copies of Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, Zoo Tycoon or Dead Rising 3. Read more »

New Tegra 4-powered Nook leaked from GFXBench

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Barnes & Noble has had a hard time recently (heck, most manufacturers have had a hard time recently) competing with the runaway success that has become Amazon’s Kindle tablets.

In an attempt to pry away some market share, B&N looks to be working on new versions of its popular Nook tablets line as revealed by the popular GFXBench GPU benchmarking tool. Read more »

Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) gets discounted to $199

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As if the Nexus 7 wasn’t already a desirable enough tablet, the 2nd generation model has been discounted to last year’s prices from several top retailers.

The 16GB WiFi-only model can now be had for $199, while the 32GB variant will run you $239. Read more »

Tablet makers accused of overcharging for internal storage

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Apple, Google, and Amazon have all been accused of marking up costs of additional storage options for their tablet offerings in order to boost their profits.

A report out of popular tech review site Which? indicates that manufacturers like Apple pay roughly £6 to manufacture a tablet variant with an additional 16GB of storage, yet charge £80 to customers – a markup of 1267%. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 battery test

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The Galaxy Ace 3 comes in as the most recent member of Samsung’s budget Ace lineup, bringing dual-SIM connectivity and a 4-inch screen to the entry level.

Our dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Ace 3 features a 1,500 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as its non dual-SIM predecessor, the Galaxy Ace 2. Let’s see if the updated Jelly Bean build is able to compensate for the extra power required by the additional SIM card. Read more »

HTC wants your facial hair

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HTC has launched its own Movember campaign urging people all over the world to submit pictures of themselves donning mustaches.

For everyone who posts a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #HairsToChange, HTC will donate one dollar to the Movember movement aimed at raising awareness for men’s health. Read more »