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Google Calendar gets cozy with Maps, new features too

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Google has updated its Calendar service with a couple of new features that can really help you get more organized. First off Google Maps lends a helping hand and you will now receive auto-complete location results when filling the location of events.

Once the event has been created the users you’ve invited will have a click on the map option, which will show them exactly where the event will be held instead of wondering where to go. Read more »

Amazon record-breaking Kindle sales go beyond numbers

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In the hottest-selling weekend of the year (between Black Friday and Cyber Monday) Amazon has, once again, sold a record number of Kindle talbets.

What’s the number – well, Amazon doesn’t say. Can we compare it with last year’s record number – no, Amazon didn’t say then either. All we know is the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and Fire HD were the best-sellers in the Kindle family. Read more »

Riding the cash wave, Google moves into robotics

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We all remember when the man behind Android stepped down to focus on other duties inside the company. His Android duties were then taken over by Sundar Pichai who is now the face of the OS.

We’re naturally talking about ex-Apple employee and current Google one – Andy Rubin. What was then disclosed by Larry Page, Google co-founder, is that Rubin will be starting “a new chapter at Google” but up until now the name of said chapter wasn’t disclosed. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 to get a built-in File Manager

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Windows Phone is growing fast, but still lacks some features users might want. That’s why Microsoft has set up a feature suggestion program in which anyone is free to participate.

One such reader has submitted a request for a native file manager in Windows Phone 8.1 and got a reply from the Windows Phone team that the request has been completed, meaning we might see the feature in the next update to the OS. Read more »

Amazon slashes Kindle Fire HD and HDX prices for Cyber Monday

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If Black Friday has been too much of a hassle for you but you still need a good deal on a tablet, Amazon’s got you covered. It’s now selling its 7″ Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD slates at a discounted prices until quantities last.

Both slates have seen a $50 discount – the Fire HD’s 16 GB version is now $119, while the Fire HDX has $50 on all its storage options, the cheapest being $179 for the 16 gig. Read more »

Oppo N1 battery life test

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The N1 proved to be a worthy phablet in Oppo’s premium market segment’s lineup and it’s now time to dig into the battery life breakdown.

The Oppo N1 opts for a big, bright and high-res 5.9″ screen but also brings a monstrous 3610 mAh battery to compensate. That, to put it in perspective, is more than the 3200 mAh of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One Max’s 3300 mAh, the Nokia Lumia 1520′s 3400 mAh and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s 3050 mAh. Let’s see how it did. Read more »

Google Play store update brings Designed for Tablets to default

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Android is the undisputed leader in smartphones but has seen criticism when it comes to tablets as many of the apps for those are nothing more than a blown up phone versions.

With its new update to the Play store Google tries to remedy that somewhat by making the Designed for Tablets view the default one – it lists apps that should be tablet-optimized. Read more »

Toshiba squeezes 22 hour battery life out of Haswell-powered Kirabook

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Toshiba’s latest Dynabook KIRA V654 has, at a glance, good but not spectacular specs. It rocks a 13-inch display of the generic 1366 x 768 resolution, no touch included, Haswell chip and a very low 1.12 kg weight. The battery life expectancy of 22 hours warrants a WOW, though.

If 14 hours will do it for you then you can opt for the V654 version with a 2560 x 1440 display, 8 gigs of RAM, 128 GB SSD and Haswell chip. Finally there’s the V834 model with a touch-enabled 2560 x 1440 screen and otherwise the same innards. Read more »

Verizon’s Black Friday deals let you have HTC One or Galaxy S4 for just $100

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Verizon is preparing for Black Friday, which is just in 10 days, on November 29, Friday. The biggest US carrier has a number of deals in line. For starters the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 have been slashed on that day from $149.99 to $99.99 on a two-year deal.

Tablets and Motorola DROIDs are also on the menu but as you might expect Verizon is requiring a contract with almost everything. Check inside for the full list. Read more »

Chrome for Android gets advanced autofill and printing for KitKat devices

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Google has released updates to its stable and beta Chrome browsers for Android. To begin with the stable release of the app gets the functionality to print pages directly on KitKat devices.

Another feature which will slowly make its way to the browser is advanced autofill. It will, in essence, allow easier checkouts on sites that support autocomplete. The saved names, addresses, etc. from your desktop Chrome will sync with the mobile version of the app and, as websites begin to incorporate the feature you get auto form filling. Read more »

Samsung goes on a bragging spree, relases an infographic

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Samsung obviously likes to give itself a pat on the back from time to time, but when you dish out millions of top tier hardware that pushes technological advancement forward we can’t really say it’s not deserved.

The biggest manufacturer of mobile phones – smart or otherwise – has gone to its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts to show off a neat infographic on the company’s progress during this year. Read more »

Street View goes on a gondola ride in Venice

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Google’s Street View in Maps is a great way to explore the world around us. It has 360-degree coverage of a large part of the world and let’s you talking viral strolls without leaving your desk.

As part of its Street View Trekker tech, which allowed Google to bring Street View to the Galapagos Islands, Mounts Fuji and Everest, the Eiffel Tower, and even underwater in the Great Barrier Reef, we now have the chance to trek through the Venetian channels Read more »

LG Nexus 5 battery life test

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The LG Nexus 5 comes with a battery that many were afraid wasn’t up to scratch with the 5″ 1080p screen and quad-core Snapdragon 800 and that Google and LG did some corner cutting by placing a mere 2300 mAh unit inside.

Quoted at 17 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of stand-by the Nexus 5 should do alright, but we decided to give the device a full test just to make sure. Read more »

The first Motorola Moto G video is clean, colorful and informative

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The Moto G, which the Google-owned Motorola launched moments ago has already got its own promo video on YouTube.

The video focuses on the device’s diversity and ability – from the variety of color options, to its access to Google apps, the Android 4.3 with a 4.4 KitKat upgrade coming in January, all-day battery life, processor and screen. Read more »

Nokia Refocus comes to revolutionize mobile photography

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Nokia has released its Refocus app in the Windows Phone app store. The app captures a series of images (2-8 to be precise) with different focus points and then allows you to create the coveted selective focus effect of large-sensor cameras.

In order to get the app you’ll need to own a PureView Lumia (920, 925, 928 or 1020 quality) with the Amber software update installed. The Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will be joining the list, too, once it hits the shelves. Read more »