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Google updates its Calendar app with colors, new time and date picker

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Google updated its Calendar app for devices running Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and above and those of us that are heavy Calendar users can now enjoy a variety of colors for events. There’s also the option to set a default calendar (if you have more than one) as well as a nifty new date and time picker interface.

The most notable improvement are the color options, which have finally arrived to Google Calendar and are probably the best way of organizing events – for instance birthdays purple, work stuff in red, personal errands in green, etc. Read more »

The Nexus 4 White prances into our office, we’ve got the hands-on inside

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The LG Nexus 4 White was officially announced yesterday and we just found one waiting at our doorstep this morning.

The phone is definitely a looker with the all-white back and sides but retains the solid black all-glass front of the black Nexus 4. When compared side by side, the two, although identical, look different. Read more »

The Sony Xperia L pays us a visit, poses for the camera

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The Sony Xperia L is Sony’s latest effort in the lower midrange market, bringing a very decent set of features for under 250 euro – a combo bound to get it quite a lot of attention.

Among its key selling points is Android Jelly Bean 4.1, an 8 MP snapper, dual-core Krait processor, 4.3″ display in a regular-sized body and expandable storage. Read more »

Yahoo considers acquiring Tumblr for $1 billion

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Yahoo is the second most popular search engine on the web (according to Alexa.com) but has had issues in the last couple of years to stay relevant. Among its top problems is its aging demographic, which contributes to the company’s lack of coolness. Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman even admitted this, saying the company has to make itself cool again, something it “got away from for a couple of years”.

Sources, allegedly close to both sides claim that Yahoo has been in “serious” talks with popular blogging service Tumblr on some kind of a collaboration deal or even a complete acquisition. Tumblr has what Yahoo wants – the large user base in the 18-to-24 age group. Read more »

International Samsung Galaxy S4 gets CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500) international version – has received an early nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.1.

The version in question is based on pure Android 4.2 but the ROM, being a nightly, will likely have lots of bugs and may not be suitable for a daily driver. Read more »

CyanogenMod passes 5 million installs, Samsung Galaxy lineup uses it the most

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CyanogenMod’s official statistics page shows that the custom ROM platform has surpassed the 5 million installs mark.

The official installs amount to around 1,884,851 with almost twice as much for unnofficial (read nightly) installs at 3,196,212 million. Read more »

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4′s cameras go head to head after software updates, check out the samples

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HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera didn’t get quite the best reception but the company has issued not one but two updates since, which supposedly improve on the quality of the photos.

Samsung also issued an update for its Galaxy S4 flagship, which tweaks the camera performance as well. Naturally we wanted to see what those are all about and took the two hottest smartphones of the season for another shooting session. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 on its way to the Snapdragon Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile only for now)

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Steve Kondik, creator and leading developer at the most popular custom ROM project – CyanogenMod – went on Facebook with a very important screenshot. It shows a Samsung Galaxy S4 model SGH-M919 (for T-Mobile) sporting CM 10.1.

The Galaxy S4 in question is the one yielding the Snapdragon 600 chipset and despite being an exclusive (and early) port it could mean all Snapdragon-equipped S4s will eventually get the CyanogenMod treatment. Read more »

Google Now on iOS review: a proper Siri competitor let down by lack of system integration

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Google finally delivered its Google Now service to iOS. First there was a leaked video then Erik Schmidt vaguely told people to ask Apple when to expect Google Now on iOS. And yet here we are – using it on iOS already.

Coming from an Android device you’ll immediately recognize Google Now. The design scheme is left unchanged with simplistic UI elements, clean tile-like cards of information, the font, etc. but there is also an unmistakable iOS feel to the app which users might appreciate. Read more »

Microsoft takes a dig at Samsung and Apple users in latest WP ad, lightly promotes the Lumia 920

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Nokia and Microsoft have been targeting Android and iOS in their ads and campaigns, urging users to switch to Lumia while Microsoft is planning on releasing an Android app demonstrating the variety of WP’s apps.

Well the latest ad coming from Redmond is dubbed Don’t fight and sarcastically portrays Samsung and Apple’s fans as bickering fanboys, who just love to promote their favorite brands and bash their opponents. Read more »

Samsung plans on making 2013 the year of the tablet with Galaxy Tab DUOS, Tab 8.0, Tab 11 and Nexus 11

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This is strictly in unconfirmed rumors territory, but we’re hearing a lot about Samsung’s tablet plans in 2013. The company already delivered the Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and seems intent on following up with Galaxy Tab DUOS 7.0, Galaxy Tab 8.0, Galaxy Tab 11, Nexus 11 and finally (maybe) the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

Coming from sources close to SamMobile we now have some preliminary specs for those, but sadly no availability information. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t support older NFC TecTile tags, TecTile 2 coming in weeks

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a few surprises in store for those upgrading from the Galaxy S III. It uses a new NFC chipset, which doesn’t support the company’s older NFC tags, dubbed TecTiles. So if you’ve set up those around your crib keep in mind your new Galaxy S4 won’t be able to communicate with them.

Samsung has issued a statement that its new NFC tags, TecTiles 2, will be available in the coming weeks and will be compatible with older NFC-enabled devices. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZL passes our battery test, doesn’t beat its glass-adorned sibling

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The Sony Xperia ZL went through our battery tests and we’ve got all sorts of interesting numbers to share with you.

The smartphone has a similar battery to its Xperia Z sibling – the 2370mAh capacity of the Xperia ZL unit is just 40 mAh more than the waterproof flagship offers. Yet, Sony has rated the Xperia ZL to last a tad shorter than the Xperia Z for both stand-by and talk time and as we found out there are in fact some differences in real-life performance.. Read more »

Samsung doesn’t think Galaxy S4 can revolutionize the market according to alleged internal test

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An alleged (that being the key word here) internal test on the Samsung Galaxy S4, performed by Samsung, revealed that the company thinks the device is good but not quite the best.

The report acknowledges that the device is good, but doubts that “this model can revolutionize the market”. Still the study concludes that Samsung is conquering the smartphone market and leading among manufacturers of Android devices. Read more »

Google 4 times safer than Bing, a new study shows

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According to a study by German Security firm AV-TEST Institute Google is a safer search engine than Bing. The study spanned across 18 months and included more than 40 million search results (read sites) and pit together Google, Bing and others like the popular Russian search engine Yandex.

Microsoft’s Bing delivered more than four times as many infected with malware websites than Google. The chart above shows the results – from almost 11 million results on Google around 272 were infected, while the same number of search results on Bing contained 1285 potentially dangerous pages. Read more »