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LG’s G Watch spotted on Google Play Germany

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The LG G Watch is still flying under the radar but it’s continuing to pop up here and there, making sure we don’t forget it before it gets official. The latest public stunt saw it appear on Google Play’s devices website in Germany for a bit, before getting removed.

While we can take this to mean the watch is real, we already know that, so we’re just going to take as confirmation that Google will be selling it, probably alongside the Moto 360 smartwatch, on its Play website, much like with the Nexuses and Google Play Edition devices. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 gets Blocking Mode via software update

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Samsung has issued a new major update to its Gear 2 that will bring it up to speed with the Gear Fit. The update brings improvements to S Health and various bug fixes but more importantly adds Blocking Mode (already present on the Fit).

Blocking Mode is Samsung’s Do Not Disturb feature which we’ve seen on Galaxy smartphones and blocks all incoming notifications from getting to your Gear 2. Blocking Mode can be set to either always on or during sleep only, which is very convenient. Read more »

The Earin headset has the the first truly cordless earbuds in the world, but needs your help to take off

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A small company made out of former Sony Ericsson and Nokia engineers are working on the world’s smallest wireless earbuds and they’re calling them Earin. The company has decided to fund the manufacturing of the Earin with a Kickstarter campaign.

Unlike those other earbuds, which are merely posing as wireless, but still have a wire between them (I am looking at you JayBird BlueBuds X), Earin are true to their name. Read more »

Microsoft Mobile now owns PureView, Lumia and ClearBlack brand names

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Over the years Nokia has done alright for itself and established some well-known trademarks in the tech world. PureView is now synonymous with great camera performance, ClearBlack denotes great display hardware and Asha was Nokia’s dumb phone name while Lumia is the name of the best-selling Windows Phones by Nokia.

After Microsoft bought Nokia and transformed it into Microsoft Mobile, there were questions whether Microsoft will gain those famous Nokia trademarks or not. To blow away the mist of the unknown PureView, Lumia, Asha, ClearBlack, Surge and Mural brand names are now all owned by Microsoft Mobile. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 trade blows

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Last week we asked you which you like best – the Sony Xperia Z2 or the Samsung Galaxy S5. The poll featured several categories – design, screen, user interface and still and video quality and now we have the results ready.

It turns out that the Xperia Z2 has a bigger fan base and you guys picked it as winner on more categories than its rival. Let’s see the breakdown. Read more »

Official Samsung Galaxy Tab S hands-on and promo videos are here

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Samsung unleashed the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4 last night and has now uploaded the promo videos for both on YouTube.

In addition there’s also a brief hands-on video of the slates in action from New York city that touches on a lot of common ground with the promo video, bragging about the superior Super AMOLED technology behind those gorgeous displays, the many new software features like Multi Window with drag and drop, Samsung’s Paper Garden (debuting on the Galaxy Tab S), the fingerprint scanner (first on a tablet), IR blaster and more. Read more »

Smartwatches infographic tells about the ten-fold growth in the market

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Smartwatches seem to be all the rage at the moment – in hype if not in market value. But the latter is expanding and people seem to be considering them more and more as they progress in features and in style.

When Samsung got into the game with its Galaxy Gear to match and surpassed the Sony SmartWatch series and various fitness-oriented manufacturers like Nike and FitBit we all thought it was a nice but non-polished effort. Now that there are Pebbles and Gear 2 and Gear Fit are out there, the market seems ripe and ready. Motorola’s Moto 360 seems the tech junkie’s dream and all eyes are on Apple’s coming iWatch. But what do the numbers say? Read more »

#GALAXY11 – the match for the future of our planet finally begins

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Samsung has released the latest video in its #GALAXY11 series where the fate of the world and mankind will be decided in a football match between the Hurakan aliens and Franz Beckenbauer’s Galaxy 11 team.

After numerous ads where we saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being drafted to fight for humanity alongside Mario Gotze, Oscar dos Santos, Iker Casillas, Wayne Rooney, it’s now time for the match to finally begin. Read more »

Viber updates desktop app, reaches 100 million users

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Viber has released a new version of its desktop app for Windows, OS X and Linux that puts a lot of effort and focus into stickers. The messaging company has also announced an important milestone – more than 100 million users are now using its service.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Viber stickers these are basically emoticons on steroids that are downloaded in sets – some of which are free and others cost a few bucks. Now that the new Viber for desktop is released users can dock a sticker menu alongside their conversations and even search for stickers within the app. Read more »

Weekend Poll: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

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The epic battle between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 took over our home page and now it carries on to our blog.

We’ve analyzed both smartphones every way we could think of, but we now want to hear what you, our readers, think of our two contenders. As usual we have a few categories and we want to see your votes cast on which one has the best design, screen, software and camera. Read more »

Get’em while they’re hot – iPad mini for just $199 at Target

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A leaked ad, reportedly belonging to US retailer Target the iPad mini first generation will likely drop 33% to just $199 for a day – this coming Sunday, June 8.

The ad says that stock is limited so you might need to hurry up if you want to get a portable iOS slate for the good price. Other retailers like Walmart and BesBuy have the slate either out of stock or going for a higher price. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 and Compact get 4K and timeshift video recording

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While the Sony Xperia Z2 solidified its position as in-house top dog with a more powerful Snapdragon 801 chip and 3 GB of RAM many an Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact owner wished to get some of its features like 4K video recording and Timeshift 720p@120 fps slow motion recording.

Seeing as how both smartphones feature a Snapdragon 800 chip one would guess they could handle it hardware-wise. And now thanks to some savvy folks over at the XDA devs forum the two features have been successfully ported. Read more »

Google’s Hangouts now lets you choose custom message sounds and ringtones

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There’s a new update pushed to Android devices that adds some very useful features to the Hangouts messaging app.

The latest version of the app, 2.1.223, allows you to choose custom message and ringtone sounds for specific hangouts or people so that you can finally distinguish messages from one friend to another. Read more »

Pebble update allows you to rearrange launcher menu

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Pebble has issued a new firmware update (version 2.2) for its smartwatch that introduces some important new features like rearranging the apps in your Launcher Menu. You also get volume control in the Music app, which has also been redesigned with a better layout, alarm vibrations that go for more than 60 seconds and the usual bug fixes and stability improvements.

The update is seeding as we speak. You can check for it through your Pebble smartphone app but keep in mind that it may take time to get to your device – one of more than 400 thousand units. Read more »

Google will flag faulty search results on mobile

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It’s happened to all of us – searching on Google on our mobile devices, tapping an article result and getting redirected to the website’s mobile homepage instead of the article we wanted. Well Google’s noticed and will start flagging such faulty links in its English results in the US so that we know before we tap.

But aside from leaving a comment – “May open the site’s homepage” – Google will still give you a Try anyway button if you’re eager to tread into the unknown. We hope the new feature makes its way outside of the US soon. Read more »