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Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: Keep track of your life

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Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 is what you’d call a life logger, a fashionable band, a music/camera remote, and vibrates on notifications. It collects motion data and logs everything within a dedicated app on your Android smartphone.

Sony Smartband SWR10

Despite what the product name may have you believe, the Sony SmartBand is not meant to be a smart personal assistant. It’s an unobtrusive device with exchangeable wrist bands to match your style and blend seamlessly with any other accessories you might have.

And no, it doesn’t have a display, but the lack of one doesn’t get in the way. There are three small status LEDs and it communicates with you with vibrations. Read more »

Samsung releases new Galaxy Tab S ads, taunts the iPad

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Samsung has published two new videos advertising the recently released Galaxy Tab S flagship slates. The first one demonstrates the Tab S multi-tasking capabilities and compares them to…an iPad, of course.

The second video focuses on the Super AMOLED’s great contrast against an unnamed Android slate. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to get a connectivity fix on July 16

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Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 3 slate has been plagued by some serious Wi-Fi connectivity issues since its release a few weeks ago. The early adopters hoped Microsoft will resolve their issues with an upcoming update, and as it turns out they’ll only have to wait a few more days.

There is already an update rolling out for the Surface Pro 3 focusing on “Wireless network controller and Bluetooth”, but unfortunately it doesn’t fix the Wi-Fi connectivity problems. Read more »

South Korea’s FTC forces Apple and Google to allow refunds for paid apps

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South Korean’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to establish proper and user-friendly refund policies for the AppStore and the Play Store. This decision will probably impact many other regions as well.

The only way to get your money back from an AppStore purchase was through contacting Apple directly and opening a case. Google on the other hand allows you a full refund for an app within 15 minutes of purchase, but after that contacting Google through the proper channels is the only way. Read more »

Android L is coming to OnePlus One via CM

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OnePlus One will be updated with a CyanogenMod ROM based on Android L. This will happen in three months after Google launches the final Android L build in the Fall.

OnePlus One has it tough lately with its shipments being delayed yet again. Fortunately ours OnePlus One is already in our office and we are working hard to bring you an in-depth review. Read more »

Android Wear gets an update, now available on Gear Live and G Watch

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Google is seeding the first firmware update for the Android Wear-powered smartwatches. Naturally, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are now getting it over-the-air.

The update contains critical bug fixes, including to the issues with inverted colors and dimming displays. Read more »

Moto 360 to cost twice as much as the Gear Live

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Motorola’s upcoming and highly anticipated smartwatch may cost twice as much as its Android Wear-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear competitor.

A Chinese retailer has already listed the Moto 360 for pre-order. It costs CNY 2,800 or about €330, which is almost twice the Samsung Gear Live price in the country of CNY 1,500 or €175. Read more »

HTC One Max and Oppo Find 7 get CyanogenMod support

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The HTC One Max phablet and the newly released Oppo Find 7 with QHD display are the latest devices to get official CyanogenMod support. Their proper CM11 builds are already available for download.

Oppo Find 7a and Oppo Find 7 are both supported in the find7 builds dated July 1 or later. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live availability expanded, teardown reveals Snapdragon 400 chip

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Samsung Gear Live is the company’s first smartwatch based on Android Wear OS. It is available via the Google Play Store and will ship on July 11.

Google has expanded the Gear Live availability into three more countries today. The full list of markets to get the Gear Live includes Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States. Australia, Japan and South Korea are the newcomers. Read more »

LG outs four hilarious ads focusing on G3′s Knock Code

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LG G3 launched four commercials advertising the company’s proprietary Knock Code. They tell about a family squabble that started after a woman succeeds unlocking the secure-locked Galaxy S5 of her significant other.

You bet all of the awkward situations could have been avoided if the man was using an LG G3 with Knock Code security. Or, you know, if he told the truth. Read more »

Gionee Elife S5.5 battery life test

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The in-depth review of the Gionee Elife S5.5 is live on our home page, and as usual we are now going to share the battery life breakdown with you.

The Gionee Elife S5.5 is running on a MediaTek’s MT6592 octa-core chipset with eight Cortex-A7 cores, aging Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The phone uses the same 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy S4 last year. We didn’t know what to expect as we haven’t tested this particular combo yet. Read more »

Nokia Glance Background beta is now over, app remains available

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Nokia Beta Labs released the Glance Background app last October. It spices up the Lumia-exclusive Glance screen with a background.

The Glance Background was in beta phase since the official release and its trial is now over. Read more »

Cortana will be available in Canada upon Windows Phone 8.1 launch

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Janet Kennedy, Microsoft Canada President, has detailed the Cortana availability. As it turns out Canada will be among the first wave of countries to get the virtual assistant upon the update rollout.

Microsoft has previously announced the first market where Cortana will be available is USA. The UK and China will be getting the same treatment and now it turns out Cortana will be localized for Canada in time too. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablets get the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment

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Some time ago Lenovo previously announced it will roll out official Android KitKat updates for its 8″ and 10″ Yoga Tablets in June. Well, it is June already and the updates have indeed began seeding to the Yoga slates out there.

You can now get Android 4.4 KitKat for the Yoga Tablet 8 over the air. It is about 450MB big and will bring new dialer, messaging, clock apps plus refreshed notification area. Some of the Lenovo’s exclusive apps will are also getting an UI overhaul. Read more »

Samsung details the Galaxy Tab S exclusive accessories

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A few hours ago Samsung unveiled its flagship tablet series – the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5. They feature high resolution Super AMOLED displays, top-notch chipsets, fingerprint sensors, Galaxy S5-inspired design and super thin and light shells.

We saw a few accessories showcased at the event, but Samsung gave few specifics about those, other than their magnet attachment. Luckily, now we get the press release detailing everything. Read more »