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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 »

IDC: Apple tablet share in Q2 falls to 32% as Android sales explode

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Market analysts IDC has released its report on tablet shipment numbers for the second quarter of this year. Although Apple retains top tablet spot and shipped more tablets than Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo and Acer combined it controls only 32% market share of the entire quarter.

Compared to Q2 of 2012 when Apple saw 60.3% market share of tablet shipments it saw a 14.1% drop in shipments year over year. Samsung saw an increase of 277%, Lenovo had its sales explode by 313.9% and ASUS extended its shipments by 120.3% with Apple the only one seeing a negative trend. Read more »

UPDATED: HTC teases One Max in a six-second video

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With the hashtag #HTChange comes a video with the title Big things ahead, which HTC posted on its Facebook page. The video originally comes from Instagram and it’s only 6 seconds long.

The video doesn’t really say much but it does give a brief glimpse of a device that we’re guessing is the centerpiece of an upcoming HTC announcement. The device looks very much like the HTC One and One mini so it’s almost certainly the upcoming 5.9″ HTC One Max. That would also explain the “Big things” tagline of the video. Read more »

Promo video of LG’s Quick Window leaks, no G2 to claim it yet

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Joining in a pile of promo videos for the yet unannounced LG G2 comes a video showing off the LG Quick Window features.

Quick Window is LG’s take on Samsung’s S Cover View, which is a specially designed cover with an opening at the front and a UI modification to go with it. The video shows off LG’s Quick Window giving you weather, calls, music player controls, a number of clocks and the flip cover accessory in many colors. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, refreshed UI

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z SGP321, which is the European LTE version, has started receiving its Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update from Sony. The update brings centered soft buttons, a notification area on top instead of at the bottom and with quick settings in it.

The status bar is semi-transparent in the lockscreen and there are a number of optimizations and improvements under the hood. Read more »

Samsung distances itself from astroturfing scandal, blames the PR agency

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Following this morning’s reportsby a developer who said that a PR firm was trying to pay him to promote a Samsung app contest on Stack Overflow, Samsung has issued a statement, meant to clarify the situation.

In a statement issued to The Verge Samsung says that the incident is “clearly against Samsung Electronics corporate policy”. Samsung denied being aware of the situation initially and said that it cancelled the plans as soon as it found out, and as soon as it found out that a PR firm was offering cash for content, it cancelled the plans The PR agency Fllu’s COO James Yoo, has admitted that prior reports about his firm not working with Samsung has been misleading. Read more »

Is this the camera module of the cheaper Apple iPhone 5C?

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From China comes a camera module pictured in the wild, which is said to belong to the Rumorland-inhabiting “cheaper” iPhone 5C (C for color).

While the image doesn’t come with specifics it is believed to be the same 8 MP unit as the one on the current iPhone 5 and has blue glass up front. Read more »

We benchmark Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s Snapdragon 800, charts inside

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is not only an enormous 6.4″ beast of a phablet but it also belongs to a very exclusive group of devices that have the Snapdragon 800 chipset up and running. We got our hands on the device once again and this time we even managed to run a few synthetic benchmarks and see how much of a performance update you are actually getting.

The device should be very zippy courtesy of four Krait 400 cores clocked way up at 2.2 GHz and 2 gigs of RAM. The graphics are dealt with by the latest Adreno 330 GPU, which we’ve heard does a pretty good job. Read more »

Nokia gives us 10 reasons to get excited about the Lumia 1020, all but one photographical

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a lot of camera for a smartphone and Nokia likes to remind of that. It its latest piece the Nokia Conversations Blog has detailed 10 reasons why the Lumia 1020 is the most exciting name of the season.

The first seven reasons revolve around the brilliant 41 MP PureView sensor and its software. They detail the Pro Camera suite that captures photos “like a pro”, the next-generation optical image stabilization, the versatile shutter speed, which is great for quick shots and bulb photography with long exposure. Read more »

Turn your Lumia 1020 into a fully-functional surveillance drone for 4,990 Euro with the Lehmann LA300

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This one is for straight-up supergeeks with way too much cash to burn so if you don’t fit into the category you may want to skip it. Only a day old, the PureView-driven Nokia Lumia 1020 has got itself the most expensive accessory it could have asked for.

Built by Lehmann Aviation the LA300 is a drone, to which the Lumia 1020 attaches, that can fly as high as 15 kilometers (that’s about 9.3 miles for you Imperial users), for as long as 30 minutes, at speeds of 20-80 km/h (12/49 MPH) and will withstand temperatures between -25 °C up to +60 °C (-13 °F to 140 °F). The only bad thing is the price tag – you’ll need to shell out a whole €4,990, and no that does not include the Lumia 1020. Read more »

Nokia releases Lumia 1020 promo videos, understandably focuses on the impressive camera

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 just went live with a 41 MP PureView sensor and 6-element ZEISS lens with optical image stabilization. There’s also a slew of improvements to the Windows Phone camera package to go along with the impressive hardware.

And as you could expect, Nokia wasn’t shy bragging about its new flagship and released no less than four promo videos for the Lumia 1020. But, being the good guys we are, to spare you the need to go all the way to YouTube and we’re ready to share them with you right now. Read more »