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Nokia teams up with LOCATEL to deliver NFC-based hotel services

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Nokia teamed up with hospitality IT solutions company LOCATEL and is set to deliver various NFC-based services to various hotels around the globe.

The new NFC-driven solutions could be used for enhancing the hotel stay experience for Nokia customers by using tags in various locations in the hotel for calling a taxi, viewing mobile TV, downloading apps etc. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 devices now able to update offline maps to latest version

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Windows Phone 8 devices have the ability to save maps for offline viewing, but until now when a map has been updated you’d need to delete the stored one and re-download.

Now WP8 smartphones have the functionality to update the maps saved for offline viewing on your device without wasting as much data. The new functionality is available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones, not just Lumias. Read more »

Google turns 15, announces upgrades to its search engine

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Well, Happy birthday Google and Google Search! The search giant (along with its bread and butter) turned 15 this month but showed that it’s not just eating cake and celebrating – there was serious work done before the actual party.

Inside the same garage that spawned it in the far 1998, Google announced its new search algorithm, dubbed Hummingbird, which affects 90% of all searches, says Amit Singhal, senior VP of Google. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s is in the house, the hands-on video shows its Touch ID glory

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This is it – Apple’s flagship device for 2013 – the iPhone 5s. The new phone comes to sweep iFans off their feet with a new Touch ID home button, a 15% larger camera sensor, the spanking new Gold color option and a 64-bit Apple A7 processor.

At first glance the iPhone 5s looks identical to the iPhone 5 but when you look closer, you start seeing the differences. There’s a dual LED flash, the Space Gray version replaces the Black one of old (and looks grayer indeed), while on the front the home button now has a sapphire glass-covered sensor with an aluminum ring around it. Read more »

Oppo announces its new Color OS running on the new Oppo N1

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Oppo, at its Beijing event for the camera-centric N1, showed the latest update to its latest Android OS overlay which it calls Color OS. As before, the proprietary UI follows the basics of Android but has a deeply overhauled look – from icons to its heavily gesture-based functionality.

According to Oppo the OS was developed with lots of research from users and is accompanied by some 43 patents. Read more »

iFixit dissects the iPhone 5s, fingerprint scanner and all

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The iPhone 5s is just fresh out the door but it’s already going commando for the iFixit camera, where the guys are quick to undo its glass and aluminum shell and see what hides underneath.

The team deems the iPhone 5s slightly less fun to open compared to its predecessor, to some extent thanks to the short connection cable for the Touch ID sensor. We also get a look at the phone’s bigger 1560 mAh battery, the latest Apple A7 chip and more. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 could cost as little as $299 according to Chinese sources

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The LG G Pad 8.3 is a FullHD slate by LG with reasonable specs, which we saw and liked at IFA 2013.

We’ve been in the loop of its availability and know it will hit at least 30 countries by the end of the year but we haven’t heard a whisper about its pricing. Well, sources coming from China indicate a price tag of $299, which would position the 8.3″ slate as a serious contender to something like the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 brings its new S Pen and gorgeous 5.7″ Super AMOLED to our office

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finally here and boy are we excited. It’s the best thing to happen digital notepads in recent times and something of an Android icon in the making.

If you’re up to date with your smartphone news the Galaxy Note 3 is a pretty huge deal and currently the very best Samsung can offer. It’s the first smartphone to bring 3 GB of RAM and microUSB 3.0 to the table, rocks the latest and greatest in computing power thanks to the Snapdragon 800 and Exynos 5 Octa chipset selection, and is one hell of a productivity tool. Read more »

Twitter 5.0 Beta hits Play Store beta testers, goes for a more Holo UI with swipeable tabs

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Twitter started its own Google Play beta testing campaign and now the handful of people that registered for the early beta releases on Google+ (now closed) can get to experience the latest version of its Android app.

The latest release – Twitter 5.0 beta for Android brings a significant (and welcome) UI overhaul that changes the fixed clickable tabs for swipeable ones that you can rearrange through the side-accessible menu. Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel asks random street dwellers if they like the new iPhone 5s slash iPad mini

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Jimmy Kimmel’s show likes to humor the ordinary user’s ignorance from time to time and show it for everyone to see. Just like the show did last year when the iPhone 5 was unveiled – asking people on the street if they like the new iPhone when they actually got to try an iPhone 4 (not even a 4S).

This year Jimmy Kimmel’s show decided to step things up and inquired people how they feel about the iPhone 5s while handing them an, wait for it, iPad mini. Read more »

Lenovo updates existing ThinkPad roster with Haswell chips

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Lenovo is still dead set on delivering capable notebooks to market, despite crushing the handheld sales boards recently. After bringing a new range of ThinkPads prior to this year’s IFA and delivering the uber high-res Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook the company has decided to bump its existing lineup with the latest Intel chips from the Haswell series.

The series getting the update are the ThinkPad T, W, L and E. The higher-end of the bunch is the W540, moving down the T440P, T540P and the L440, L540 and E440, E540 laptops. All but the E series laptops will feature 4G connectivity as well. Read more »

PayPal announces Beacon, a Bluetooth USB dongle that will accept your smartphone as a hands-free payment method

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Meet the PayPal Beacon, a USB dongle, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy that will await PayPal customers in participating stores, recognize their PayPal identity by pairing to their smartphone’s PayPal app as they walk in and even let them automatically pay for their goods, no hands required.

The first participating stores are Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, NCR, PayPal Here, Revel, ShopKeep, TouchBistro and Vend, but more are expected to crop up as 100 developers are poised to get the dongle and API early. The PayPal Beacon is expected to become wide-spread starting Q4 of this year. Read more »

Olympus OM-D E-M1 unveiled, brings premium heavy-duty body for $1,399

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Olympus has outed its new Micro Four Thirds camera flagship called E-M1. It brings along a 16.3 MP Live MOS sensor with on-chip phase detection, promising faster focusing. There’s also a new electronic viewfinder, touch-sensitive tilting LCD and rugged body capable of withstanding water, dust and freezing temperatures.

The Olympus E-M1 will become available in October with a body-only price of $1399.99/£1299.99. UK customers that pre-order prior to launch have a chance to get the HLD-7 battery grip for free. Read more »

Oppo releases third N1 trailer, gives us a sneak peak of the unibody precision cutting

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After Oppo teased its upcoming N1 smartphone’s camera in its first trailer and then its aluminum build in the second trailer, it’s now time for the third teaser in the series, which will eventually lead to the announcement on Sept 23.

The video focuses on the precision cut metal body and shows the SIM tray popping out of the production line. It also shows the edges of the phone being chamfered, reminiscing of the iPhone 5 and HTC One. Read more »

The average smartphone user downloads 26.2 apps, only 5.6 of which are paid

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Here’s something interesting – ever wondered how much apps the average global smartphone user downloads? Do you want do dig deeper – how much of that average consists of free and how much of paid apps? Well here’s a statistic that gives us some clue.

According to data, collected by Statista using Google’s Our Mobile Planet initiative the global smartphone user downloads an average of 26.2 apps, of which 20.6 are free (like Facebook, WhatsApp, Google Search, Google Maps, etc.). The information is accurate as of March 2013. Read more »