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Motorola Moto X takes knife, key and hammer in abusive test, here’s how it did

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This one isn’t for the faint of heart, people. You are about get to witness the Motorola Moto X being keyed, knifed and hammered on its front, back and sides in order to test out the durability of that plastic body, tapered edges and Gorilla Glass display.

The guy performing the abusive tests isn’t holding back on the Moto X and the phone could have easily turned into a nonfunctional mush. Wander what happened – check out the video after the break. Read more »

Get Motorola Moto X’s touchless voice control for your droid now with the Open Mic+ app

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Part of Motorola’s Moto X X8 chipset is the always-listening core that activates the phone and Google Now with the magic words “Okay Google Now”. That little neat trick made geeky smartphone-loving hearts everywhere skip a beat and many wanted to get the feature for their not-Moto X Android smartphone.

Thanks to Open Mic+ that feature is available to all, ad-free and for the price of none over at the Google Play store (links after the break). Read more »

Twitter rolls out conversation-focused update to Android, iOS and website

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Twitter is a buzzing social network of which conversations have always been an integral part but up until now were rather hard to follow – you’d need to dig through people’s profiles in order to see what’s going on.

However now Twitter is rolling out an update on its website as well as on Android and iOS clients, which puts conversations into focus. You’ll get up to three replies to a tweet displayed and there’s a new tap to see all replies thread link. Read more »

Latest Nokia Lumia ad mocks iPhone users in a chilling way

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Have you ever got stuck under your garage cupboard and need to cut off your hand because you can’t unlock your iPhone with rubber gloves? Yeah, me too!

Nokia’s latest Lumia ad pokes fun at Apple’s iPhone because its screen isn’t usable with rubber (or any other type) gloves on and in the case of the main character in the new video the Finns published that will cost him his arm. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core battery life test concludes, numbers are inside

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We’ve had the Samsung Galaxy Core for enough time now that we got see how good the battery of the affordable smartphone is.

The Samsung Galaxy Core we have here on campus is of the dual-SIM variety which, in theory, should do worse than the single-SIM edition, having to power a second radio all the time. But is it really that bad? Find out after the break. Read more »

Chrome Beta update adds universal image search, new gestures

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Aside from the regular Chrome web browser Google supplies a Beta for eager users, wishing to check out the latest developments before they come to the battle-tested app.

Said Chrome Beta app, has received an update, which brings along new gestures, which work more intuitively than before, aiming to reduce accidental tab switching while panning and scrolling around pages. There’s also a universal image search option, allowing you to search an image through Google, like you can on the desktop version of the browser. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core is here for review, we start with a video hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Core is currently headlining Samsung’s midrange lineup along with the Galaxy Win and Galaxy S4 mini. It brings a fair set of features for a price hovering around the $200 mark, which makes it ideal for emerging markets and money-conscious buyers.

Our unit has the optional dual-SIM support with dual stand-by so you can hit a two birds with one stone purchase, bringing a holster for both your SIM cards and getting solid smartphone experience with the backing of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Nokia Pro Camera on the Lumia 920 produces images with a yellow hue?

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After Nokia rolled out the Amber update, adding the Pro Camera app on the higher-end Lumias (920, 925 and 928) some Lumia 920 owners are reporting on Reddit that their phones have an unusual yellow hue on their images.

The reportedly hue appears when taking pictures with the Nokia Pro Camera and not the regular one. Read more »

Nokia unleashes a number of Pro Camera promo videos

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The Nokia Amber update is now seeding globally and brings lots of improvements, including the Nokia Pro Camera app to the Lumia 920, 925 and 928.

Pro Camera debuted on the 41 MP beast cameraphone, the Lumia 1020 and we’ve already seen the impressive amount of control it gives you over the camera settings. Read more »

Yahoo! Weather for Android gets a major update

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If you’ve used Yahoo! Weather on iOS 7 you know that it’s loads better than its Android counterpart. But all of this is now good and past as the Android app just got a visuals-focused update, which brings high-res, fullscreen Flickr photos of the cities you are checking.

The photos come from Flickr’s Project Weather and are relevant to your location. The weather information itself is still well detailed and neatly displayed so you don’t lose any of the app’s actual features. There are revamped widgets in the notification area too. Read more »

Samsung second battery for Galaxy S4 with dedicated charger hits US for $50

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Samsung is selling a replacement second battery for $50 on its website and includes a dedicated battery charger in the bundle.

If you opt to get just the original 2600 mAh battery from Samsung it will cost you $39.99 so for another 10 bucks on top it seems like a good idea to also get the separate charger. The battery will ship to customers in up to 10 business days if you order it now. Read more »

Amazon overhauls its Silk browser

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Amazon pre-installs the Silk browser on its Kindle tablets but hasn’t really improved on it in a while. Now it brings an update to the browser, which revamps the UI, brings new features and gives some old ones a fresh new look and feel.

Among the novelties are redesigned tabs, an upper left-placed menu panel and a new start page featuring your most visited pages. The address bar brings up the keyboard by default, there’s improved easier access to the Reading View (which compiles the article without ads or banners) and more. Read more »

Windows 8.1 to hit OEMs in August, go on sale in mid-October

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According to sources close to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update will be released to end users by mid-October.

The RTM version will start seeding in the beginning of August and after manufacturers have fiddled and optimized it for their varying hardware it’s expected to be available to the general public by mid-October. Read more »

Nokia shows you what happens behind the Lumia 1020 lens in an amazing video

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is in a league of its own when it comes to mobile imaging – it trumps the competition in low-light conditions, heck it doesn’t do half bad against full-fledged shooters like the Canon 60D DSLR. It could only be challenged on a handheld phone by its brother in imaging technology the Nokia 808 PureView, although it still has the upper hand thanks to its optical image stabilization.

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when you click the Lumia 1020 shutter key? Well now you have a chance to see as Nokia has posted an incredibly well designed video, showing the whole process. The video is so cool that it’s worth checking out even if you aren’t particularly interested in the Lumia 1020. Read more »

Canonical lowers Ubuntu Edge price to $695 on Indiegogo

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Canonical’s crowd-funding project, aiming to raise $32 million in order to make its Ubuntu Edge device a reality was off to a fast start, making $2 million in the first 8 hours, but it slowed down shortly after and it seems it stands little chance it will achieve its goal by August 21.

Now with the clear mindset of making the next 14 days count Canonical is slashing the price of the Ubuntu Edge (once as high as $775) to $695, citing cut manufacturing costs as the reason. The price will remain like that for the rest of the campaign and there won’t be any more price hikes. Read more »