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LG takes a subtle jab at Samsung

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Often, the more subtle jabs are the best ones and LG seems to be doing just that.

LG’s YouTube page has a new header that says ‘There’s life beyond the galaxy’. There’s also an image of a galaxy on the phone’s screen. Surely, not much hint is required to understand where the jab is pointed at. Read more »

HTC Zoe now available for non-HTC phones

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HTC has released its Zoe app for other Android devices. The app was available on the Play Store for a while now but could only be downloaded on HTC devices. This latest (beta) version, however, can be downloaded on select other non-HTC Android devices as well.

Functionality-wise, I expect the app to work just like it does on HTC phones. I say ‘expect’ because it did not work for me. The app asks you to log in to use it, which is pretty annoying as it is. If you manage to get past that, you could use Google or Facebook login, but it did not work for me and the app kept telling me it was unable to connect to HTC’s server. Read more »

Razer announces BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, DeathAdder Chroma and Kraken 7.1 Chroma

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Razer has announced a new series of peripherals called Chroma, which is essentially some of its existing products with a multi-color backlight option.

The first of the lot is the BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, which is basically identical to the standard BlackWidow Ultimate, except for the backlighting. Whereas the BlackWidow Ultimate has a standard green backlight, the Chroma ups the ante with a multi-color backlight that can display the full RGB spectrum of colors, with 16.8 million possible combinations, if Razer is to be believed. Read more »

Sony sells 10 million PlayStation 4

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Sony has had great success with the PlayStation 4 console. It has been reviewed favorably everywhere and it has consistently outsold its closest rival, the Microsoft Xbox One.

Now, the PlayStation 4 has reached a new milestone: 10 million units sold worldwide since it’s launch nine months ago. In comparison, the Xbox One is said to have sold about 5 million units in about the same amount of time, although it is sold in fewer markets. Read more »

Newegg expands to asian and european markets

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E Commerce site Newegg, which specializes in technology products, especially computer hardware, has announced that it will be expanding its reach to certain asian and european markets. The service will now be available in India, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands.

If you live in one of these countries, you will see that the site now goes directly to the designated homepage for your country, with all the prices in the local currency. Unfortunately, as of now, some of these markets don’t have the same range of products that you will find on, say, the US website. But that is to be expected. You can still choose from a decent range of products, including CPU, motherboard, graphics cards, hard drives, RAM, cases, and other things you might need to upgrade or build your PC. Read more »

Apple adds two new stories to ‘Your Verse’

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Apple’s ‘Your Verse’ page showcases people from around the world using their iPad to do creative work in their field using various apps that are only available on iOS. Apple has now added two new videos to the list, Jason Hall’s story and Yaoband.

Jason Hall is a biker from Detroit who started a biking club called Slow Roll, which organizes weekly bike rides to improve Detroit’s image in people’s mind and make them see it differently. In his story, he shows how his iPad helps him organize the events and meetings, along with all the apps he uses. Read more »

Microsoft’s SNIPP3T app lets you keep track of your favorite celebrities

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Microsoft has released a new app for the iPhone called SNIPP3T that lets you keep track of all your favorite celebrities.

SNIPP3T lets you follow your favorite celebrities by clicking on their profiles. There, you can get detailed information about them and read all the latest news involving them. It’s like stalking your favorite celebrities without actually stalking them. Read more »

Huawei giving 40 percent off on Ascend Mate2 accessories

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Huawei is running a promotional offer on their website that lets customers purchase accessories for the Ascend Mate2 at a 40% discount.

To avail the discount, you have to enter the code HW40OFF and you will get a 40% off on your price. The list of accessories include items such as headsets, cases, Bluetooth speakers, car chargers, external power packs, and charger cables. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live getting a software update

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Samsung has started rolling out a software update for Gear Live. The update will change the build number to KMV78Y, which is about the only thing we know it does so far.

The update had started rolling out for the LG G Watch earlier and it fixed the corrosion issue with the charging connectors on the watch. The Gear Live had no such issue, so it’s hard to tell what exactly the update does on the latter, other than bringing the two devices at parity. Read more »

Android YouTube app now supports 1440p resolution

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Google recently introduced the option to select the resolution of the video you are watching in the Android version of the YouTube app. Depending upon the device you are using, the maximum resolution option would differ, although it is known to get confused at times.

So far, the maximum resolution option available in the app was 1080p, even if you have happen to have a smartphone or tablet with higher resolution. But to address that minor inconvenience, the app now goes up to 1440p on select devices. Read more »

VSCO Cam for Android updated to v3.0

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VSCO has updated their VSCO Cam app for Android to version 3.0. The update was released on iOS months ago but it took them quite a while to bring it to Android.

The main feature in this update is the ability to find and follow other users of VSCO Grid. VSCO Grid is a social network where you can upload images from the VSCO app. So far, the only way to view and follow the profiles of other VSCO users was from the website or the iOS app but now you can do it from within the Android app as well. Read more »

LG now selling G Watch charging cradle on the Play Store

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One of the problems with the G Watch (and the Gear Live) is that it comes with a proprietary charging port that necessitates the use of the bundled charging cradle. While that may not seem too bad at first, there was no way to replace the cradle in case you lost it. What made the problem even worse in case of the G Watch is that there is no power button on it and if it switches off the only way to switch it back on is to put it on the charger.

Thankfully, LG has now started selling the charging cradle separately on the Play Store, which should put your mind at ease if you happen to have a G Watch. Read more »

‘Leak’ lets you send email anonymously

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Leak is a new service that lets users send anonymous email to others. You just have to go to the website, enter the person’s email ID, choose if want to be identified as a friend, co worker, family member, friend of a friend or just ‘someone’, type out your mail and send it.

The other person will receive the email from Leak, which does not, in any way, reveal your true identity other than how you chose to be described. This allows you to be open with them without revealing who you really are. Read more »

‘The Inner World’ for iOS and Android game review

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The Inner World is another one of those popular indie games that was released for the PC and then eventually trickled down to the mobile platform. The game released on iOS late last year but the developers recently ported the game over to Android as well.

The Inner World is a point and click 2D game, along the lines of Machinarium. But although the gameplay might seem familiar, the game has its own story to tell. So let us take a look at the insides of The Inner World. Read more »

Google allegedly planning on separating Photos from Google+

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After unlinking Hangouts from Google+ in the recent past, it seems Google is now planning on doing the same with its photos service. Currently available as part of the Google+ social network, the Photos service will soon become independent, according to Bloomberg.

After it becomes an independent service, users can access it separately without needing to have a Google+ account. It would still continue to be available to Google+ users. Read more »