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MadCatz puts Tegra 4-powered M.O.J.O Android game console on pre-order for $250

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Android-powered consoles are a growing niche – the Ouya made a huge splash with its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, but MadCatz is looking to dethrone it as the best Android console with its new M.O.J.O. console.

The M.O.J.O. runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by Tegra 4 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A15 @ 1.8GHz, 72-core GeForce GPU), has 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of built-in storage (expandable with microSD cards). On the connectivity side there’s Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and 4.0 LE, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, wired Ethernet and HDMI out. Read more »

Twitter updates Windows Phone app, Vine app spotted in screenshot

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Twitter updated its Windows Phone app and along with some useful new features is a hidden surprise – a Vine app. The new Twitter app makes reading tweets easier – you can set it to show tweets on the lockscreen and also pin keyword searches to the homescreen.

The app can also notify you when your favorite accounts tweet. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet to have a kickstand and 1080p screen?

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A new photo of the Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet indicates that the rumored tablet will follow in the footsteps of the Microsoft Surface tablet and have a kickstand on its back. The image is low quality and doesn’t even show the whole tablet, so trust it at your own risk.

The Lumia 2520 has leaked before – an alleged photo of the Verizon-branded version didn’t show any trace of a kickstand, while the FCC diagrams revealed almost nothing but the beveled edges. Read more »

Shootout teaser: 6 best smartphone cameras go head to head

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The moons have aligned in our favor – or rather in favor of a massive shootout between the six best mobile phone cameras on the market. We have the resolution champs – Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1, the 13MP shooters – LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Apple iPhone 5s and the HTC One.

We spent a good part of the day snapping photos with all six and we’re already examining the image quality. Read more »

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star game brings Darth Vader to Tiny Tower

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Tiny Tower – a popular block stacking game with a city building theme – is following in the footsteps of Angry Birds and getting a Star Wars edition of its own. Where the birds joined to good guys, the Tower is on the side of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

As you probably know, those two made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to construct the Death Star so now they need your help to do it right. Read more »

Photos of Nokia-branded wristband hint at smartwatch

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Have you heard the rumors? Everyone is making a smartwatch – Sony and Samsung already have theirs out, but Apple, Google and now Nokia are in the mix too. The first evidence of a Nokia watch are two photos of a Nokia-branded wristband.

Here’s something funny – a group of ex-Nokia employees put a smartwatch project on Kickstarter, while a former Nokia exec (VP, Entry Business Line) of is chairman at another smartwatch company. Read more »

Watch this amazing video of Red Bull’s freerunning competition shot entirely on Nokia Lumia 1020

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Red Bull held a freerunning competition called Art of Motion in the picturesque Santorini island. That was in mid-September but if you missed it you can watch Claudiu Voicu’s video called free runtastic! that captured the highlights of the event and was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.

Claudiu is no stranger to using a Lumia to shoot freerunners – he did it before with a Lumia 900. Read more »

Almost all Android makers cheat on benchmarks

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Cheating on benchmarks – everyone is doing it as it turns out, not just Samsung. AnandTech has done some extensive digging and it turns out that virtually all Android vendors cheat on at least a couple of tests, save for Motorola.

Samsung’s list of benchmarks seems longer than the rest and the company does it across three chipsets – Snapdragon, Exynos and Atom. Read more »

MIUI launcher now available for all Android 2.3+ phones

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MIUI and Xiaomi prefer to offer something unique than to offer the regular Android experience, but until now you needed a Xiaomi phone to experience it. Well, no more – you can install the MiHome launcher on any Android phone running 2.3 Gingerbread and above.

I know MIUI isn’t to everyone’s tastes (least of all Holo purists), but the launcher comes with a ton of fun, quality themes, which is great for people who don’t have the talent to make their own (like yours truly). Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 artificially boosts chipsets for select benchmarks by 20-50%

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 was caught ramping up its GPU clock speed when running a benchmark, so naturally the Galaxy Note 3 was under suspicion too. Thanks to some excellent detective work by Ars Technica, now we have a confirmation.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 (the Snapdragon 800) version was tested against the LG G2 (same chipset) and it came out well ahead, even though the internals are identical. Read more »

GoPro unveils Hero3+ Black and Silver editions: smaller, better, same price

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It’s been nearly a year since the Hero3 was announced and now GoPro has a refinement – the GoPro Hero3+. It’s available in both Silver and Black editions (the White wasn’t updated) and promises 15-20% smaller camera (when put in the waterproof housing), improved lens and 30% longer battery life plus new features.

The better spec’d model, dubbed Hero3+ Black is 20% smaller than the non-plus version, but it also has a better lens – 33% sharper and promises to cut the imaging artifacts in half – along with upgrading the microphones. Read more »

Drop test: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hits the pavement on video

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Why would you drop a brand new expensive gadget? Well, curiosity but also entertainment for people on the Internet. You just have to pick an interesting victim, say a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

How does its faux leather back survive a collision with the pavement? Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 (RX-114) Windows 8 tablet passes FCC certification

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The Nokia tablet just got a little closer to reality as the FCC posted a SAR report for the RX-114 made by Nokia. RX-114 is the a name we’ve heard before – a Windows RT tablet powered by Snapdragon 800 – but the device seems to prefer being called Lumia 2520 these days.

The FCC documents are pretty scarce in terms of imagery (the interesting bit is the image above) but they do give out cell connectivity info. Read more »

iPad 5 aluminum chassis measured and weighed on video

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Remember the days when Apple could keep its products secret? Here’s a video comparing a space grey iPad 5 to the iPad 4 to help you forget. The video shows measurements of the size and weight of the new iPad.

The video clearly shows that the iPad 5 design is based on the iPad mini (current version). Being a 9.7″ tablet, it’s a bit too big to hold in one hand, but is a good deal narrower than the old model. Read more »

Sony disassembles QX100 lens-style camera on video

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The Sony QX100 and QX10 lens are some of the most innovative products to come out of IFA this year and they’re going on sale. The QX10 is available right now, while the QX100 seems to be out of stock in the US and the UK but it’s available in Germany and France (that we checked).

The QX100 packs a large 1″ Exmor R sensor borrowed from the RX100M II camera and will set you back $500 / €430 / £360. Well, while you might not be able to get one right now, you can watch a QX100 disassembled to see what’s inside out of pure geek curiosity. Read more »