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Samsung announces Level series of audio products

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Samsung has announced a new series of audio products, called Level, which comprises of three headphones and one portable speaker. The three headphones include the Level Over, Level On and Level In, and Level Box is the portable speaker.

The Level Over are a pair of wireless Bluetooth circumaural headphones. They have 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets and use active noise cancellation using dual microphones with support for the aptX codec. Read more »

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ for iOS and Android game review

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Another superhero movie, another superhero movie tie-in game. We see these kind of games pop up quite frequently and rarely do they ever do justice to the movie, let alone to gaming. But people keep making them because, well, who doesn’t like money?

The previous The Amazing Spider-Man game for mobile was mediocre at best (to be honest, the movie wasn’t significantly better). This year, we have a sequel for the movie that promises to be bigger and better than the last one and like clockwork, there is a game that goes along with it. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is now out on iOS and Android and we decided to take a look at it, expectations set firmly to ‘Low’. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android update adds new group mute settings

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WhatsApp has released an update for Android (v2.11.230) that brings with it the highly requested group muting settings.

Anyone who has used WhatsApp groups would know how annoying some of them can get over time and there was no way to permanently mute them. The latest update, however, adds some new options that lets you mute a group beyond one week, all the way up to a century. Read more »

Microsoft ships 1.2 million Xbox One in the first quarter

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Microsoft has confirmed that it has shipped 2 million consoles in the first quarter of 2014, with 1.2 million of them being the new Xbox One and the rest being the previous generation Xbox 360 consoles.

The 2 million figure is the number of consoles Microsoft sold to retailers and not actual consoles sold to customers. Recently, we saw both Sony and Microsoft announcing their console sales figure since launch, with Microsoft boasting 5 million sales for the Xbox One and Sony counting 7 million actual customers. Read more »

Leica T mirrorless interchangeable lens camera announced

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Leica has announced a new T-System of cameras, with the first one being called the Leica T. The Leica T is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, milled out of a solid block of aluminum in a way only Leica can.

Inside, the gorgeous body is a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor with 1080p30 video recording ability. On the back is a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. You can also get an optional viewfinder, that also comes with GPS built-in. Read more »

Vic Gundotra leaves Google

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Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President at Google and the father of Google+, has left the company. Gundotra announced his departure from the company in a post on Google+.

Gundotra has been working for Google for close to eight years, and has worked on many projects, the biggest ones being Google+ and Google I/O. He was frequently seen at the latter, giving keynotes at the company’s launch events. Read more »

Facebook reports first quarter 2014 financial results

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Facebook has reported the financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company reported revenue of $2.5 billion, up by 72% over the same period last year. Revenue from advertising was $2.27 billion, up by 82% from the same period last year.

Facebook also reported the numbers for the active users using the service. Currently, Facebook is clocking in at 1.28 billion monthly active users, a 15% growth compared to last year, along with 1.01 billion monthly active users from mobile devices, a solid 34% increase over last year. Read more »

Start menu allegedly returning to Windows 8.1 in August

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After releasing the first Windows 8.1 update earlier this month, Microsoft is now working on the second update that is expected to arrive in August with some much requested features.

One of the key features is actually an old feature of Windows that will be making a comeback: the Start menu. Read more »

Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play

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Google recently acquired Nest Labs, the company behind the successful Nest Learning Thermostat. It was being rumored that Google would soon start selling the thermostat from its own Google Play Store, and that indeed has happened.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is now listed under the Devices section on Google Play in the US and is available for $249, same as everywhere else. As is usual for the Play Store, however, you will have some shipping charges, so you may get it for a bit less elsewhere. Read more »

WhatsApp reaches 500 million users

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Popular IM service WhatsApp has reached the 500 million users milestone. And it’s not just the total number of users the service has but active users who use the service regularly.

This comes shortly after the company was acquired by Facebook, although WhatsApp had a healthy 450 million users at the time of acquisition. The majority of the growth comes from countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, with India alone having 48 million WhatsApp users. Read more »

Latest Galaxy S5 TVC shows off its water-resistant body

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The water and dust resistant body of the Galaxy S5 has been one of its biggest assets since launch. In in the latest TV commercial, Samsung has decided to show off this ability to full effect.

The commercial shows kids spraying water on the phone, as kids are ought to do. One shot even shows the phone covered in flour. But thanks to the sealed design, neither of these are a problem as you can just wash or wipe the phone and it’ll be good as new. Read more »

Google gives refund and $5 store credit to customers of fake “Virus Shield” app

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Couple of weeks back, a fake app called Virus Shield came to light when Android Police did an exposé, revealing that the app did nothing in reality other than swindle you out of your $4. The story quickly gained momentum and it wasn’t long before Google pulled the app from the Play Store.

But what about those who purchased the app? Turns out, Google is now giving a refund to all those who purchased the app. On top of that, it is also offering a $5 store credit as an apology.

If you purchased the app, you will get a mail informing you of your refund, along with a redemption code for the $5 store credit.

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‘Hitman GO’ for iOS game review

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Hitman GO is a brand new game for the iOS platform that shares almost nothing with the other Hitman games. Whereas the Hitman games have traditionally been third person action games with a focus on stealth but with this latest mobile release, developer Square Enix has decided to go with a whole new style of gameplay with turn based puzzles in a scale-model style visuals.

Let’s see what that is like. Read more »

Beats Music iOS update brings in-app subscription option

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Beats Music has released an update to its iPhone app that brings with it a very important feature: in-app subscription. Previously, the service required you to subscribe elsewhere before you could use the app but now you can sign up for it from within the app itself.

The reason some people choose to get their payments done externally is because Apple takes 30% cut of all in-app purchases. Unfortunately, that is not the best way to do things and people often don’t end up subscribing to the service if they are asked to leave the app and subscribe from somewhere else. Read more »

Nike lays off hardware division, abandons FuelBand

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Some gloomy news coming out of Nike today as reportedly the company has laid off its hardware division, responsible for wearable devices such as the FuelBand. For those not aware, the FuelBand was a popular fitness device worn around your wrist that tracked your daily activities with Nike’s mobile and desktop software.

According to CNET who broke the news, about 55 of the 70 people hardware team were laid off. Along with the FuelBand, the hardware division was also responsible for products such as the Nike+ SportWatch. Read more »