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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 »

Samsung releases two exclusive new Windows Phone apps

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When you talk about Windows Phone devices these days, you can only think of Nokia, with others such as Samsung and HTC having nearly been wiped from our memory. But turns out Samsung still cares about the handful of Windows Phone devices it made (or perhaps this is the reason).

Samsung has launched two new apps that are exclusive to its own Windows Phone 8 devices. The first one is called Share Box, which works over DLNA and lets you share multimedia content with other DLNA compatible device. The second app is called Samsung Link, which will allow you to play content stored on other registered devices remotely over an internet connection. Read more »

4.6 million North American Snapchat usernames and phone numbers leaked

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Snapchat users primarily in North America have some bad news coming their way right on the first day of the new year. The usernames and phone numbers of over 4.6 million users have been obtained and leaked online by a site called SnapchatDB.

SnapChatDB managed to acquire this information through a security exploit in Snapchat that the latter was warned about but took too long to fix. This private information is now available on this website and available for download to anyone as an SQL dump or a CSV text file. Read more »

Sony launches special Xperia Z Ultra case to attach the QX10/100 camera

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Sony recently launched the QX10 and QX100 camera accessories that snap on to the back of your Android phone or iPhone and allow you take much higher quality images with optical zoom than is otherwise possible with the built-in camera. But while these devices are meant to fit a wide variety of phones, they don’t actually fit Sony’s own Xperia Z Ultra due to its enormity.

To solve this problem, Sony has now released new cases for the Xperia Z Ultra, that has a provision on the back to attach these accessories. You just snap them on the back without the attachment tool used for other phones and then use the phone like a point and shoot camera. Read more »

LG announces new Tab-Book 2, Ultra PC and AIO PC

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LG has announced new models of Tab-Book 2, Ultra PC and All-in-One (AIO) PC. The devices will be officially unveiled at CES 2014 next year.

The Tab-Book 2 is 11.6-inch tablet with a sliding keyboard underneath the FullHD display. The device runs Windows 8.1 on Intel Core i5 processor. Read more »

Samsung announces 110-inch UHDTV

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After showcasing the massive 85-inch 4K or UHDTV earlier this year, Samsung is upping the ante with a positively gargantuan 110-inch version. Featuring the same framed floating panel design, the new 110-inch model goes on sale today in China, Middle East and a few European countries.

The 110-inch behemoth is the largest of its kind and at 2.6m width and 1.8m height, it’s bigger than a king-size bed. The 110-inch model will have all the features of the (comparatively) smaller 85-inch model. Read more »

NSA reportedly intercepting new devices to bug them before being delivered

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The NSA fiasco in the US continues and has now reached a whole new level. According to the latest report on NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit by Spiegel, the NSA has been intercepting new devices such as computers and hard drives and planting them with tracking devices before they are delivered to customers.

Devices that were intercepted were modified with special software or hardware the provided a backdoor for NSA and allowed them to spy on the user of the device. The list of hardware companies whose products were compromised included storage companies such as Seagate and Western Digital, networking companies like Cisco and Juniper Networks and hardware OEMs like Dell, Samsung and Huawei. Read more »