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New Nexus 7 suffers from multi-touch display issues

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After recently having being diagnosed with GPS connectivity issues, owners of the new Nexus 7 tablet are now complaining about the erratic performance of multi-touch functionality on the display.

According to reports, the display often registers phantom touches on the screen when you try to use more than one finger. This is most easily observed while typing as the device presses wrong keys on the keyboard. Read more »

Robert Downey Jr. revealed in HTC’s latest ad campaign

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We have seen short teasers of HTC’s new ad campaign ‘Here’s To Change’ before. Now HTC, has released the third video in the series and the mysterious man in the first two ads is revealed to be none other than Robert Downey Jr.

We had heard rumors of RDJ being hired by HTC to promote its brand and this is the first in what is clearly a series of videos that will star the Iron Man himself. Read more »

New Nexus 7 facing GPS connectivity issues

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Being an early adopter is not all fun and games. Although you get to use the latest and greatest technology before everybody else, you are also often the first one to face issues that someone who may buy later won’t have to deal with.

A similar situation has arisen for the owners of the new Nexus 7 tablet, which despite its excellent specs and price, isn’t free from glitches. According to the users, the tablet is facing GPS connectivity issues, where often loses connection to the satellite after a few minutes and fails to get a lock on afterwards. Read more »

‘Pivvot’ for iOS game review

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Pivvot is a brand new game for iOS from developer Whitaker Trebella. The game focuses on minimal interaction with dead simple controls and delivers the complications through some seriously challenging gameplay. Add to that minimal visuals and a funky soundtrack and we may have a recipe for success. Let’s see how the game is in practice.

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New Nexus 7 arriving in UK on August 28

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ASUS has announced that the European version of the second generation Nexus 7 tablet will go on sale in the UK on August 28. Although the tablet was announced couple of weeks ago and went on sale in the US last week, the European launch dates weren’t revealed until now.

In terms of pricing, the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model will cost £199.99 and the 32GB variant will be priced at £239.99 and will be available through multiple retailers along with the Play Store. Read more »

LG G2 produces impressive scores in initial benchmark tests

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LG’s latest flagship smartphone – the G2 – wowed us with its unique design and more importantly, the fantastic set of specifications. Naturally, then, it was bound to be put through its paces sooner or later and so it has.

Droid-Life managed to get their hands on a device and run two of the most popular benchmarks on it – AnTuTu and Quadrant. While the jury is out on the reliability of these benchmarks, especially considering how they can easily be gamed, you can still derive some idea about the device’s performance. Read more »

Android Device Manager goes live, you can remotely track your Android device

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Google has finally launched the web interface to their promised new service for Android users called Android Device Manager. The unimaginatively named service works similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone, Samsung’s Find My Mobile or HTC’s HTCSense.com and helps you track down your (lost) Android device.

To use the service you will have to head over to the Android Device Manager website. From there you can select your device from the list of recent devices you used with your account and the site will then try to locate your device (you will see the GPS activate on your device briefly as it reports its location). Once the site gets a lock on the device it will show it on the map in the background with the proper address on the side. Read more »

Instagram 4.1 brings video import and automatic straightening

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Instagram has started rolling out the 4.1 update for its popular social networking app for iOS and Android. One of the key new features in this update is the ability to import videos from your library. 4.0 brought the ability to post videos but the videos had to be shot on the spot before uploading. This new feature lets you import and edit any previously shot video from your phone’s gallery.

Another addition is automatic straightening of shots. What this feature does is analyzes your images and automatically straightens them if it detects a tilt in the horizon. It also lets you manually adjust the image till you think it is perfectly level. This is an excellent tool to level your images after shooting if you think they are slightly tilted. As of now, this feature is only available on iOS. Read more »

Twitter for iOS and Android gets two-step authentication

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Twitter has updated their iOS and Android apps with a new form of two-step authentication. For those not aware, two-step authentication is where other than just using your password you have to approve a login request from another device before someone can log in to your account.

Twitter introduced two-step authentication a few months back for the web service but it is now available on the mobile apps as well. In this method, you no longer have to provide your mobile number for authorizing access to your account but the service instead sends push messages and in-app approval to authenticate a log in. Read more »

WhatsApp prioritizes voice messaging in latest update

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WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update across the various platforms that prioritizes the voice messaging feature of the service. This move probably comes after other messaging services have started incorporating and promoting their voice messaging feature.

To be clear, this is not a new feature even for WhatsApp as the functionality was always available. The only difference is that now it is prominently placed in the UI with the latest update. Now, you’ll see a microphone button instead of the Send button when no message is being typed in the message field. Press and hold this button and your message starts getting recorded. Slide left any time to cancel the recording. Read more »

Nokia compares Lumia 925 camera quality to the iPhone 5 in the latest commercial

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Nokia has released a new commercial for the Lumia 925 that showcases the camera capability of the device and pits it against the iPhone 5.

The video is directed in the same way as the recent iPhone commercial, showing people using the Lumia 925 in almost near identical situations, obviously intended more as a mockery of Apple’s commercial rather than flattery. Nokia shows side by side comparisons of low light shots taken through the Lumia 925 and the iPhone 5 and the former obviously has an edge over the latter due to the presence of optical image stabilization that enables the use of a longer shutter speed. Read more »

Microsoft drops Surface Pro price by $100

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After recently dropping the Surface RT prices by a cool $150, Microsoft has now announced that the Surface Pro will be receiving a $100 price drop, which means prices for the 64GB model now start at $799.

The offer is only for a limited time between August 4 and August 29 and is only available to customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US. Read more »

‘rymdkapsel’ for iOS and Android game review

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rymdkapsel is a strategy game with a tower defense element. The game was originally released on the PlayStation Vita but has now been ported over to iOS and Android.

In rymdkapsel, you build your own world around you. You even create the material required to build your world yourself. All of this is accomplished using the minions at your disposal, which can also be created. And when you are under attack, the game switches over to tower defense mode. Sounds interesting? Let’s find out more. Read more »

Microsoft boosts Xbox One GPU clock speed

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The latest in the series of many changes to the Xbox One since its announcement is an increase in its GPU performance. Although the hardware in the Xbox One is more or less identical to the one in the PS4, due to differences in tuning it is theoretically slower compared to its Japanese rival.

With the update, however, Microsoft has reduced the gap, albeit by a small amount. The GPU in the Xbox One was originally clocked at 800MHz but Microsoft has now confirmed that it has now been increased to 853MHz. This makes it 6.5 percent faster than before in theory but it is still slower than the PS4. Read more »

Facebook brings Cover Feed to Android app, makes Facebook Home seem even more pointless

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Facebook has released a new update for their Android app, which brings one of the key features of the ill-fated Facebook Home app. Now, through an option in the settings menu, you can enable the Cover Feed feature on your Android device, without having to install Facebook Home app.

If you are not aware, Cover Feed takes over the lockscreen on your Android device with a custom lockscreen that plays a slideshow of your friends’ Facebook photos in the background underneath the unlock button. While it sounds great in theory, actually having all your friends’ photos appear on your lockscreen isn’t such a great idea as most of the time the photos aren’t as good as you’d like them to be (not with my friends, at least). Read more »