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Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of CES 2014

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This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.

While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »

Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU benchmarked, found to be a real beast

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The recently announced Tegra K1 chipset relies on a potent 192 core graphics processing unit which, in Nvidia’s words, is more powerful than the GPUs inside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles of old and three times that of the iPhone 5s GPU.

And now that we have our first benchmarking scores the claims seem realistic, and possibly even conservative. Appearing on GFXBench’s T-Rex 1080p off-screen benchmark the K1 GPU, running on a reference tablet, achieved 60 frames per second, besting the Tegra 4′s 16 fps, the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Note 3′s 24 fps and the iPad Air’s 27 fps by a significant margin. Read more »

Updated Google Play Services bring turn-based multiplayer and more

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Google has updated its Play Services to version 4.1 bringing new features and improving on others. First off the update brings support for turn-based multiplayer – now developers can create games with turn-based gameplay and Google Play Services will distribute turns among players.

There’s also a preliminary Google Drive API, improved battery life with Google Location Reporting, Google+ sharing and Mobile Ad SDK improvements. Read more »

Kickstarter saw 3 million pledging users from all continents in 2013

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2013 was a good year for Kickstarter and that means it was good for thousands of entrepreneurs and people with good ideas needing financing.

To run the numbers, throughout 2013 Kickstarter gathered $480 million in pledges from 3 million users translating into almost 19 thousand successful projects. Read more »

Xbox Music gains offline playlists on iOS

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Microsoft’s Xbox Music service launched on Android and iOS last year, but lacked one feature many users were longing for.

Saving playlists for offline playback has been something rivals have since their inception and finally, as of its latest update Xbox Music features it on Apple devices. The offline support is listed as coming soon for the Android version as well. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 to come with a PenTile display

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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab Pro line of slates in 12.2″, 10.1″ and 8.4″ flavor at CES 2014 – all sporting the impressive 2560 x 1600 screen resolution and all having LCD displays.

However the middle child in the bunch – the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 may have a PenTile screen matrix meaning not your typical RGB variety pixel arrangement. Read further for the scoop. Read more »

Stable CyanogenModded Android 4.3 available on the Oppo N1

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Recently launched, the Oppo N1 flaunts its Color OS atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean but as Oppo has a collaboration partnership with the CyanogenMod team, the device also has ready access to their beefed-up Android builds. Starting today, owners of the N1 can enjoy a stable CM10.2 ROM, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Running on a great variety of hardware, Google’s Android allows a variety of looks and features across the board. CyanogenMod has the most popular lineup of customized Android ROMs for devices by various manufacturers. Oppo made sure to work closely with the CyanogenMod group when making its Oppo N1 and as a result their smartphone allows one of the easiest ways of installing the custom CM ROMs. Many times installing CyanogenMod would require you to either root your device and/or lose some functionality, but in this case the functionality of the Oppo N1 remains all intact. Read more »

ASUS launches a video trailer for its CES event

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CES is just two weeks away now it’s the time of the year when ASUS starts building up the hype for its upcoming devices. After launching the invite dubbed In Search Of Incredible a few days ago the company is now airing the first video trailer on YouTube.

This one has the US symbol, the Statue of Liberty, as the main character. Instead of holding up its torch it holds up two fingers in the V formation and then splits the tabula ansata (meaning tablet with handles) in two. What we can gather from this is that we may be in for a new transformer slate from ASUS showcased on the CES floor. Read more »

Cut the Rope 2 video shows gameplay, new characters

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We already know that Cut the Rope 2 will debut on December 19 as an iOS exclusive with an Android version following suit early next year.

But now Zeptolab has launched a trailer for the upcoming title which shows some new characters, gameplay and is quite entertaining to watch. We can’t wait for the game to hit – it will cost $0.99 for iPhone and we’re guessing will be either free with ads or the same price on Android smartphones when it drops. Read more »

You can now upload eBooks to Play Books from your smartphone

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In its latest update to Play Books, Google added some enhancements to speed and smoothness but by far the most important gain is the option to upload from your Android device.

Now instead of using the Play website to add books to your account you can do it straight from your smartphone. Play Books supports ePub and PDF files and you can upload to Google Play books from any Android file manager. Read more »

Nokia Tablet with 8.3″ 1080p display coming up

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After waiting what seemed like decades before producing its first Windows tablet Nokia went with the 10.1″ Lumia 2520, but that still left a compact tablet-sized hole to fill.

Turns out that Nokia is working on just such a device and, according to import documents from India, a device codenamed RX-115 has an 8.3″ FullHD IPS touchscreen, nanoSIM slot and is already undergoing testing. Read more »

Google and Facebook are leaders in the US smartphone usage game

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Yesterday we brought you comScore’s breakdown of the smartphone OS distribution in the US and today we’re bringing you the mobile app and mobile browsing usage.

According to the firm’s research users in the US are mostly accessing on Google and Facebook through their smartphones. Google takes the top spot with a huge 88.0%, while Facebook is close in second with 84.4%. Read more »

Design your life easily with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Gear and Robin Thicke

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“The busier you are the smarter you have to be” – that’s what Robert Thicke believes in. And Samsung would like you to believe that utilizing its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch is all it takes for you to become smart enough to have no trouble handling your busy life.

#Design Your Life is the headline of two Samsung ads starring Robin Thicke – the first one featuring him rocking the Samsung gear on a motorcycle and this new one, #Design Your Life Easily shows him using ChatOn to connect with a whole bunch of hotties on their Galaxy Note 3s. Read more »

KitKat-kitted CyanogenMod 11 lands on Nexuses, nightlies for others

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The latest version of CyanogenMod – 11 – is based on Android KitKat (or 4.4) and has now been released for the Nexus family of devices (sans the Galaxy Nexus) in its M1 form.

The M (milestone) releases in CM are the ones before the Release Candidate ROMs and are considered stable for daily drivers. That means that all variations of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are a flash (read ROM flash) away from enjoying beefed up stock Android. Read more »

Beats Music streaming service now live, lets you to claim a name

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“Beats Music is real. We’re in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music…” What those words by Ian Rogers, chief executive, mean is that Beats Music is coming to the US (for starters, we hope) in January next year to drop a music-streaming service to the masses.

A product of Beats Electronics (by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine), Beats Music now allows you to claim your name so that when the service becomes a reality your desired username will be there and waiting for activation. Read more »