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Google releases Chrome Beta for Android, lets you sample upcoming features in advance

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The Google Chrome browser for Android started life as a beta download from the Play Store, but was shortly promoted to the stable status. However, unlike with the desktop version, there was no separate beta channel that you could download later if you wanted to be on the bleeding edge of the browser’s development.

That is, until now. Google has released the new Chrome Beta for Android, which, just like its desktop counterpart, would let you sample all the upcoming features and improvements before they hit the stable version. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch to start shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23

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You may already be acquainted with the Pebble smartwatch. One of the best and most successful ideas to have come out of Kickstarter, the watch was an instant hit with a lot of smartphone owners for being able to pair with your phone and display important information on its e-paper display.

Now, after some delays, the watch is finally ready and will be shipping out to the Kickstarter backers starting January 23. Read more »

Google Maps accessible once again on Windows Phone browser

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Last week we reported that the mobile web version of Google Maps service was no longer accessible through the Internet Explorer browser on Windows Phone devices. Although the service wasn’t officially supported because Internet Explorer does not run on the WebKit engine that the site is optimized for, it did used to work somehow until Google pulled the plug, citing incompatibility reasons.

Now, one week and lots of outrage later, the Google Maps website is once again accessible through Internet Explorer on Windows Phone. Admittedly, it won’t run as flawlessly as it does on iOS or Android devices because it’s still optimized for WebKit but at least you can use it now. Read more »

Samsung showcases flexible OLED displays

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We have been hearing rumors of these for a while now but Samsung has finally come clean with their YOUM flexible OLED displays at CES this year.

Although no actual product using these displays have been announced so far, Samsung did showcase three applications of it. Read more »

Razer’s ‘Project Fiona’ is now Razer Edge

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Almost exactly a year ago we talked about the Razer Project Fiona, a tablet running Windows 8 with integrated joysticks on the side for gaming.

Now, a year later, the product has gone through several revisions, including a new form factor (or four of them, to be precise), new specs, a launch date and a price. Oh, and it’s now called the Razer Edge. Read more »

Panasonic announces 20-inch, 4K Windows 8 ‘tablet’

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In times when people are slowly starting to migrate from bigger 10-inch tablets to the more convenient 7-inch ones, Panasonic has decided to go the other way. And perhaps a bit too far, if I might add.

What you see above is Panasonic’s latest ‘tablet’, a 20-inch monstrosity that has a mind-boggling 4K resolution display. And on the inside it’s running on the full Windows 8 operating system. Read more »

Sony announces 56-inch 4K OLED TV and 4K video distribution service

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Sony took to the CES floor today to showcase their new 56-inch, 4K OLED TV prototype. You can probably tell from these limited specs (frankly the only ones you need to know) that it is going to look stunning and showgoers have reported that it does indeed.

Unfortunately, it is still a prototype as of now so we don’t have any other information about it, including the price and launch date. Read more »

Samsung showcases world’s largest, 85-inch 4K television

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As promised back in November, Samsung showcased their first 4K television to the world. As it happens, at a monstrous 85-inches, it is also the world’s largest 4K television in the world.

The Samsung UN85S9, as it is called, features a unique floating design. The panel is held up by the sides within a metal frame, which gives the impression of it floating in the center. As you can see, the designers haven’t really been successful in simulating that effect but nonetheless the design is striking. Read more »

NVIDIA showcases Project SHIELD handheld gaming console running Android

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After announcing the Tegra 4 processor, claimed to be the fastest mobile processor in the world right now, NVIDIA went on to showcase their latest creation, Project SHIELD.

So what exactly is this Project SHIELD? It’s a handheld gaming console that lets you play Android games and will also let you stream Steam games from your PC to the device wirelessly. And that’s just the gist of it. Read more »

‘Hundreds’ for iOS game review

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Hundreds is the latest game for iOS made by Semi Secret Software, who have given us the awesome Canabalt, one of my all-time favorite side-scrolling games.

In Hundreds, your goal is to touch the bubbles till they grow and their total becomes hundred. Sounds simple enough, but is it really? Let’s find out. Read more »

Google Maps no longer accessible through Windows Phone 8 browser

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It seems several Windows Phone 8 users trying to use the web version of the Google Maps service through the browser on their phones are being denied access, with the browser now redirecting to Google’s homepage.

Although Google Maps was never technically supported on the Internet Explorer browser on WP8 (because it is optimized for use only on browsers running on the WebKit engine) it used to work to some extent before. Now, however, it doesn’t work at all. Read more »

Samsung announces NX300, 20 megapixel mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Samsung has announced the NX300, the latest in its range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and successor to the previous NX200.

The NX300 uses a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor that can shoot up to ISO 25,600. The NX300 can take up to 8.6fps in burst mode and record videos in 1080p60 resolution. Read more »

Samsung Series 3 Chromebox gets a redesign

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Samsung launched the original Series 3 Chromebox back in May last year along with the Chromebook. The Chromebox was a desktop PC similar to the Mac mini. But perhaps it was a bit too similar, as the design was almost universally slammed for being a clone of the latter.

In the latest version, Samsung has chosen to upgrade just the design, with everything else being exactly the same. It still has the same 1.9GHz Intel Celeron B840 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB flash storage. But the design has now been changed to a very simplified white, monolithic shape that frankly looks like something placed upside down. Read more »

LG 55-inch OLED TV pre-orders begin in South Korea for $10,000

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It’s been a year since we first saw LG’s massive 55-inch OLED TV. The television was then showcased to a wider audience at CES, where it dazzled onlookers with its picture quality and amazingly thin design and even managed to nab the Best of Show at CES 2012 award.

Now, a year later, the design has gone through a bit of a change and more importantly LG is finally ready to start shipping out this TV to eager customers, starting with its home country – South Korea. Read more »

Samsung announces Series 7 touchscreen monitor for Windows 8

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Samsung has announced the Series 7 SC770 touch monitor, the first of its kind by Samsung. The monitor has been designed with Windows 8 in mind and has a multi-touch display that supports up to 10 touch points at a time.

The monitor also has a adjustable stand that allows you to tilt the display up to 60 degrees, making it easier to use the touchscreen. The 24-inch panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a viewing angle of 178 degrees. Read more »