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Chromecast to get screen mirroring, other new features

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The upcoming Android TV seemed to threaten the very existence of Chromecast, but Google seems rather attached to it as it announced cool new features for its highly popular HDMI stick. The most important new feature is screen mirroring, which lets you display any app on your phone or tablet on your Chromecast-enabled TV (is this the end of Miracast?).

Chromecast is also easier to set up for casting from your friends’ devices – they no longer need to be connected to your Wi-Fi network. Read more »

Android apps will soon run on Chromebooks, notifications will be shared too

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Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.

Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »

Opera will be the default browser on the Nokia X phones

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Opera has a long-standing partnership with Nokia to provide a browser for its phones – it used to be Opera Mini on Series 40 nowadays it’s the full-fledged Opera Mobile on the Nokia X platform (Nokia’s premium WP platform is of course serviced by IE).

Opera will be the default browser on Nokia X phones, starting with the new Nokia X2, and it’s available for free download for current X owners. Read more »

DVF-designed Google Glass available now

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The Diane von Furstenberg designed Google Glass shades are here – a bit later than initially expected, but you can grab a pair today from Net-A-Porter (not just yet), Google, and in a week’s time from the DVF stores.

There’s only one style of Google Glass DVF frames, available in five colors – three Shiny (glossy) options (Ink, Lagoon and Elderberry) plus two Matte options (Java and Ice). Read more »

Google expands Play Movies to 21 new countries, Play Books to 11

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Google has announced yet another expansion of its Play services – Play Movies comes to 21 new countries, while Play Books adds 11 new ones. This brings the total for Movies to 90 countries and for Books to 57.

Google Play Movies had a smaller expansion earlier this year and even launched on iOS. Read more »

Sony releases exclusive Live on YouTube livestreaming app

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Sony’s flagships are getting a new exclusive feature – Live on YouTube app. It lets them live stream video on YouTube. So far Sony’s flagships had the unique Social Live feature, which let them livestream video to their Facebook walls, but this time it’s YouTube we are talking about.

The exclusive app should be available for the Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, though note that it’s not available in Germany and in countries where YouTube isn’t available. Read more »

European General Court upholds 1.06 billion euro Intel fine

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Back in 2009 Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion in an antitrust settlement, but the battle wasn’t over – the European commission had a separate case against the leading chip maker. Intel was appealing that decision but five years later the commission has passed its final verdict.

“The Commission found that Intel’s conduct had undermined competition and innovation.” Intel was ordered to stop its practices and was fined €1.06 billion Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 earns top DxOMark score, best in mobile video

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DxOMark has finished the long process of evaluating the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera and has given it the highest score of any smartphone to date, 79/100, though it has to share this spot with the Sony Xperia Z2. That said, the Galaxy S5 records the best video yet beating the Xperia by a comfortable margin.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 got an 80/100 score for still photography. It was commended for very good Exposure, White balance and Color rendering in good light. Read more »

Amazon adds Music to its Prime bundle, music streaming service with no ads

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Amazon just given you another reason to become a Prime member – a streaming music service with no ads that works offline too. The new Amazon Prime Music goes after Apple’s music streaming ambitions with Beats, Nokia’s MixRadio and independent services like Pandora and Spotify.

Prime Music works on anything from phones to desktops and doesn’t require an Internet connection – as long as you cache the songs before going offline you can listen to them all you want. Read more »

PlayStation Vita TV comes to North America and Europe for $99/€99

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The PlayStation Vita TV has been on sale in Japan and Asia since last year but Sony will be bringing it to North America and Europe under the name PlayStation TV. The gadget has the PS Vita hardware inside and can play Vita, PlayStation Portable and PS One games using the bundled DualShock 3 controller.

It can also stream a game running on a PlayStation 4 in a different room thanks to its Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. Read more »

Vertu Signature Touch taken apart, wallets scream in pain

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Vertus are typically all about the exterior – expensive metal, premium leather and gemstones of all kinds – we’ve never really wondered what was inside (usually an S40 Nokia). But the Vertu Signature Touch got us genuinely curious with its 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 chipset and 13MP camera.

Someone was brave enough, or rich enough, to take apart the £6,750 / $11,300 handset so everyone can take a peek inside. Read more »

Sony outsells Nintendo in the console market for the first time since 2005

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The Nintendo Wii proved a resounding success, so much so that Sony hadn’t outsold Nintendo in the console market since 2005. Japanese news outlet Nikkei reports that this changed in 2013 as the PlayStation 4 got off to a stronger start than its predecessor, while the Wii’s successor proved massively disappointing.

Sony moved 4.2 million PlayStation 4s by the end of the year (the console only went on sale in November), that number grew to 7 million by March. Read more »

Notice about our Photo Compare Tool

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We announced our Photo Compare Tool almost four years ago and since we’ve amassed a huge collection of camera samples from all the phones and tablets we’ve tested. Since photos are taken in controlled conditions, it allows direct comparison between devices.

However, we recently discovered that time – and the sun – have taken their toll on one of our charts. Read more »

8-inch Emdoor EM-i8080 tablet runs Windows 8.1, costs just $100

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Windows tablets are aggressively coming down in price, having reached the $100 / €100 mark. The Emdoor EM-i8080 packs surprisingly good specs for one Ben Franklin, but also some disappointing compromises.

The EM-i8080 has an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution and is powered by a quad-core Atom processor (Bay Trail). It even has stereo speakers. Read more »

LG G Watch firmware points to Snapdragon 400 chipset with quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU

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The trickle of information about the LG G Watch continues and not always from official sources – despite having scheduled the smartwatch for a launch next month there are still large parts of its spec sheet that are unclear, including the chipset.

Right from the get go LG unveiled the watch will have 512MB RAM, but a leaked firmware image has offered a wealth of information including a quad-core processor. Read more »