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Analyst: Apple Watch sold great on launch day, then demand vanished

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Over 1 million Apple Watches were sold on launch day, Slice Intelligence analysts put the number at almost 1.5 million. A solid start, but then something strange happened – demand all but disappeared.

These projections are for the US and are based on info from over 14,000 online shoppers and cover the period from April 10 to May 18. Most of the action happened on the first day, since then the total has sauntered to just 2.5 million. Read more »

YouTube now supports 60fps livestreaming through its new HTML5 player

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YouTube recently launched 60fps playback and now it’s enabling the smoother framerate for livestreaming videos too. This update comes thanks to the new HTML5 player for livestreams, the old one used Flash.

The YouTube team has also worked with the developers of screen capturing tools that support livestreaming. Read more »

Samsung’s multi-device sync Flow app now available on latest Galaxy flagships

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Remember Samsung Flow? It has been half a year since it was announced, but it’s finally available, at least in limited form. Flow has three major features – Transfer (move content between Samsung devices), Defer (syncing tasks) and Notify (share notification between devices, this one isn’t working yet).

Basically, it’s Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Continuity. Read more »

Mana Skull iPhone 6 reminds you of your own mortality in the most decant way

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Vanitas was a 16th and 17th century art style that served to remind people of the meaninglessness of earthly life and commonly depicted skulls. Art historians will be surprised to find the style reinterpreted as a luxury aftermarket customization of the iPhone 6, but here it is – the Mana Skull.

Only 50 will be made and use several thousand diamonds to depict a skull (with a police hat) and a yellow police line. Read more »

MediaTek introduces Pump Express Plus fast charging to duel with Qualcomm

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MediaTek continues its push to become the Qualcomm of the East, the latest step in that direction is fast battery charging for mobiles. The tech is called Pump Express Plus and is found in the MT6732 and MT6595 chipsets, along with newer chips that come out.

There are current devices that use those chipsets (like the Sony Xperia E4g and Meizu MX4), but it seems they are not Pump-enabled. Read more »

Microsoft Hyperlapse video app released for Windows Phone, Android and desktops

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There are a few time lapse video apps available and now Microsoft Research is throwing its hat in the ring with Hyperlapse. The app speeds up handheld videos and stabilizes them so that you don’t bore your audience or make them seasick.

It’s available for phones (Windows and Android) and computers (Windows). Read more »

New Amazon bundle is offering $110 worth of apps and games for free

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The recent Game of Thrones episode broke pirating records, but now you can legally get the GoT – A Telltale Games Series for Android completely free.

That’s just one of many free games – indeed free apps – Amazon is offering through its app store, their total sum (if you had to pay for them) is $110. Read more »

Woot! selling reconditioned Moto 360 for $130 today

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The Moto 360 may be getting replaced soon, but it’s still one of the better smartwatches around. Woot! is selling factory reconditioned units at $130 for the next 18 hours or so.

The Moto 360 gets constant price cuts – it has been as low as $165 new, the most recent dip was $180 at the Play Store. Actually, you can still find it at $170 at Amazon.com. Read more »

LG G Pad X may arrive at Verizon by the end of the month

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Verizon is readying a replacement for the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, which may be dubbed the LG G Pad X.

Little is known about the tablet, but there’s an image to look at – everything’s better with pictures. Read more »

Happy 150th birthday, Nokia!

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You may know Nokia for its phones, but the company is much older than many realize – today it’s celebrating its 150th birthday! And while it no longer makes phones, Nokia has done many things over the years, and “change is a part of its nature”.

This six minute video says “Happy birthday, Nokia” with a quick look at the company’s past and a glance towards the future. Read more »

YuFit smartband counts your steps, tracks your sleep on an INR 999 budget

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Yu is growing its business with a new phone and an entry into the health gadget field. The YuFit smartband aims for availability with an INR 999 price tag ($16/€14) and pays special attention to the Indian market with the first calorie counter for Indian food.

The company is adding a human touch with real life personal trainers, the first 1,000 users get access to the service for free. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on

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Windows Phone has found its niche in the lower end of the market, so now it’s Microsoft’s job to translate that into demand for the more advanced offerings. The Microsoft Lumia 640 tries to coax users with its modest model number, but behind that is a capable mid-ranger.

The early 6-series led their similarly-priced Android counterparts with better screens, cameras and chipsets. Market pressure has brought Androids up to par, but now the Lumia 640 makes a bid to regain the lead. Read more »

TAG Heuer smartwatch to launch in October/November at $1,400

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TAG Heuer has been promising a smartwatch for months now, but the watchmaker’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver, said that the watch will launch in October and November and will offer 40 hours of battery life, compared to the Apple Watch’s 18 hours.

Biver is not bitter about competition from Cupertino, in fact he welcomes it: “I hope they sell millions and millions and millions of them,” he says. “The more they sell the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer.” Read more »

Tencent announces OS for smartwatches, VR headsets, game consoles and TVs

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A fashionable trend among multi-billion tech companies is to launch their own OS. The latest to join the fray is Tencent, the company best known for QQ and WeChat, which updated its TencentOS with a version to run on smartwatches, TV sets, VR headsets, game consoles and other Internet-connected devices.

Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Qualcomm have partnered with Tencent to work on TOS+ devices. Read more »

Oculus Rift retail launch may slip into 2016

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The launch of the retail version of the Oculus Rift has always been a nebulous “soon” and it may be undergoing another revision. Until recently the target was by the end of 2015, but the launch may slip into next year.

HTC and Valve are hoping to bring their Vive VR headset for the holidays this year and may be cheering at the delay. Read more »