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Sharp RW-16G1 is a 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

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Sharp has announced a new tablet running Windows 8.1. The RW-16G1 is a massive 15.6-inch tablet, designed more to be used on your desk than on the move.

The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 3200×1800 and uses an IGZO panel. It also comes with a stylus with 256 step digitizer for pressure sensitivity. Inside, there is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The RW-16G1 claims to have a battery life of up to 9-hours. Read more »

Spotify removes time restrictions on free accounts

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Spotify has removed the time limit restrictions on its free accounts. Before, those who were using the free account were relegated to a few hours a month after the initial six-month trial period expired. Now, you can continue listening to your favorite music on Spotify as long as you want and on any of the platforms the service is available on.

This move comes shortly after Beats announced its plans to launch a music service in the US later this month. Beats, however, does not have a free subscription model like Spotify and outside the initial trial period is a paid service. The free subscription on Spotify does come with ads, as usual, so hopefully you’re fine with that. Read more »

Chrome update brings tab activity indicator, supervised users feature

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Google has released a new version of Chrome (32.0.1700.76) for Windows, OS X and Linux that brings with it some useful new features, such as showing activity of multimedia status on tabs, supervised users and special mode for Windows 8.1.

We often have dozens of tabs open on your browser and then one of them starts playing a sound and we have no idea which one is responsible for it. With the latest update, Chrome will now show a speaker icon on any tab that is currently playing a sound, so you know where to go to mute that annoying sound. It will also show a red dot if a tab is using your webcam and a blue rectangle if a tab is casting to your TV connected to a Chromecast. Read more »

Beats Music streaming service launches on January 21

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Beats Electronics is launching its new Beats Music service in the US. The service will be available starting January 21 and will be available in single and family plans, the latter being exclusive to AT&T.

One of the highlights of the Beats Music service is the curated content tailored for your needs. The service uses algorithm and curation from its staff to suggest music to you based on what you like and listen to. Read more »

Sennheiser CX 275s in-ear headphones review

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The Sennheiser CX 275s are pair of in-ear headphones designed specifically for mobile devices. One of the key features of this product is a universal microphone and call pickup/cancel button that is designed to work with practically every smartphone and tablet out there.

Other than the headset functionality, Sennheiser also promises a ‘bass driven stereo sound’ so you can definitely expect some bass-heavy sound. Let’s see how well it does in that department and in other frequency ranges. Read more »

‘Lost Toys’ for iOS game review

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There is no shortage of well designed puzzle games for iOS. We have seen several ones in the past and today we are taking a look at the newest one, Lost Toys.

Lost Toys has you solving Rubik’s Cube like puzzles where you have to rearrange pieces of toys to fix them. The game has already won awards and accolades for its design. Let’s see what the gameplay is like. Read more »

Motorola is giving away a free Chromecast with the Moto X

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Motorola has made the Moto X even more tempting. After permanently slashing the price from $549 to $399 a couple of weeks ago, the company is now giving away a free Chromecast with every Moto X.

The offer is valid on the unlocked, off-contract version of the phone on both the 16GB and 32GB variants. The offer will be valid until January 14, so if you are were looking to buy the phone, now would be a good time to get one. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1320 and Lumia 525 hands-on

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A couple of days ago, Nokia announced the Lumia 1320 and the Lumia 525 in the Indian market, which is one of the first few markets to receive either of these devices. The Lumia 1320 is mid-range phablet whereas the Lumia 525 is a relatively low-end smartphone.

We got to spend some time with both the devices to bring you this brief hands-on. Read more »

Sony announces PlayStation Now cloud gaming service

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After having acquired Gaikai, a company that specialized in streaming games over the internet to your device, it was obvious that at some point in the future Sony would be adding the feature to its PlayStation line. It would allow users to go beyond the limits of native compatibility and do things like play PS3 games on their PS4 or PSVita.

That dream has now finally coming to reality with the launch of the PlayStation Now service. With this, you will be able to stream PS3 games to your PS4 and PS3 at first and on to the PSVita at a later date. But that’s not all. You will also be able to stream games to compatible 2014 Sony Bravia TVs and smartphones/tablets. Read more »

Sony releases Xperia Z1 Compact official video

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Sony just announced the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES today. From the looks of it, it seems like that compact flagship Android smartphone we have all been waiting for but could never get.

The company has now released a new official video for the phone that details all the important feature, such as the 4.3-inch HD display, waterproof aluminum and glass body and the 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. The phone will be available in four colors: black, white, pink and yellow. Read more »

Lenovo launches new ThinkPad 8 Windows 8.1 tablet

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Lenovo has announced a new 8-inch, Windows 8.1 tablet called the ThinkPad 8. The device is meant to compete with the iPad mini and is targeted at professional users.

The ThinkPad 8 has an 8-inch, 1920×1200 resolution display, although Lenovo does not bundle a stylus with this device. On the back the tablet uses an aluminum body and supports flip cover similar to the iPad’s Smart Cover that magnetically snaps on to the side. Read more »

‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ for iOS and Android game review

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Rockstar has been porting old Grand Theft Auto games over to the mobile platform for the past two years. Back in 2011 they ported over the popular Grand Theft Auto III, which was followed by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2012.

Last year, Rockstar ported over the much awaited Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed games in the series, over to iOS and Android (with a Windows Phone 8 version arriving later). Today we will be taking a closer look at this game. Read more »

Pandora for Android adds Alarm clock functionality

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Users of the popular Pandora service on Android will be glad to know that the latest version adds a much requested feature to the app. You can now set an alarm from within the app and choose to wake up to your favorite music streamed straight to your phone.

The app lets you choose a simple alarm along with a snooze timer if that’s more more your thing. You will a see a timer on the screen when you snooze the alarm showing you how much time is left. Read more »

Microsoft upgrades Surface Pro 2 CPU two months after launch

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Microsoft has started shipping slightly faster version of the Surface Pro 2 last month without any official announcement. The change was noticed by some customers who purchased the device recently.

How big is the change? Not much, it seems. The base model that shipped with an Intel Core i5-4200U clocked at 1.6GHz is now clocked at 1.9GHz. The more expensive 4300U model also gets an unspecified amount of clock speed boost along with Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology. Read more »

LG TV running WebOS gets leaked

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Last year, after doing pretty much nothing with it, HP decided to sell the rights to WebOS to LG, who did something completely unexpected and decided to put it in its TVs instead.

Now, eleven months since that happened, we are finally getting a first glimpse at LG’s first TV running WebOS. Courtesy of evleaks, the image shows a gorgeous looking panel with an integrated stand and nearly nonexistent bezel around the screen. Read more »