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Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G unboxing & hands-on

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G, as its name suggests, is the successor of the original Ascend Mate which debuted last year. The 6.1” LTE phablet just went up for pre-order in the United States for $299 unlocked and free of contract commitments.

Visually, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 is no different than its predecessor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active unboxing & hands-on

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Like its predecessor, the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a more rugged version to the already robust SM-G900. The smartphone is exclusively available for AT&T in the United States for the time being.

Visually, the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks worthy of being a Chuck Norris companion, particularly in the camouflage color scheme worn by our review unit. The new color will likely not appeal to everyone, though we found it to be quite the conversation starter. Read more »

Asus PadFone X unboxing and hands-on

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Announced during this year’s CES, the Asus PadFone X for AT&T finally got its pricing and launch date detailed. The high-end Android KitKat phone and its 9” docking station will be available to purchase tomorrow for $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $22.92 per month with AT&T Next 18 plan.

Earlier this week, the gadget got an international version as well – the Asus PadFone S. Just like it, the Asus PadFone X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Panasonic HC800 noise cancelling headphones review

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The Panasonic HC800 sits on top of the Japanese manufacturer’s range of headphones in the United States. At a quick glance, the over-ear, noise cancelling headset is designed primarily with iPhone and iPad-toting road warriors in mind.

In regards to headphones, Panasonic has established a reputation for offering high-quality, keenly-priced headsets. The HC800 appears to fit the same mold as its price tag undercuts some of the heavy hitters in the segment. Read more »

Razer Junglecat is a slide-out gaming controller for iPhone 5s

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The manufacturer of gaming gear Razer released a gaming controller for Apple iPhone 5s. Dubbed Junglecat, the gadget featured a slide-out gaming pad which harks back to the days of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

Razer Junglecat features a standard four-way D-pad, a duo of bumpers, and AXBY quartet of buttons. Read more »

Update to Instagram for iOS and Android brings new editing tools

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Instagram for iOS and Android got treated to a major update. Version 6.0 of the popular app brings new image editing tools which are certain to appeal to the photo sharing crowd.

With the latest version of the app, Instagram users for iOS and Android can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and other aspects of their photos. Read more »

HP SlateBook PC goes official with 14-inch display and Android OS

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HP announced the budget-friendly SlateBook PC. The 14” notebook runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and will ship in sleek-looking black color scheme with yellow accents.

The HP SlateBook PC is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio case for iPad Air review

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As its name suggests, the Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio case for iPad Air is a result of a partnership between the California-based company and the iconic Italian motorcycle manufactuer. At a quick glance, the flip cover aims to offer a motorsports-themed alternative to Apple’s own Smart Case for the iPad Air.

Announced during this year’s CES, the collaboration between the two boutique companies includes accessories for iPad, as well as iPhone 5s. The accessories’ lineup is currently offered in Ducati showrooms alongside the legendary motorcycles. Read more »

Apple officially confirms the acquisition of Beats for $3 billion

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Apple officially announced that it will acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics. The Cupertino giant will pay $3 billion for the purchase ($2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock), not the initially circulated $3.2 billion.

Under the terms of the deal, the co-founders of Beats Audio Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple’s executive ranks. Read more »

Patent filing points at round Samsung smartwatch on the way

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It appears that Samsung has a round smartwatch in the works. The yet to be announced gadget was revealed in US patent filings by the Korean manufacturer from last year.

The patent paperwork reveals that the smartwatch is not a standalone device, but needs a smartphone or a tablet to work. Read more »

HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition mini review

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Announced late last month, the HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition brings enhanced audio abilities to the Taiwanese company’s already excellent smartphone flagship. The latest addition to the M8 lineup is exclusively available for Sprint Wireless in the United States.

In addition to its solid audio credentials, the Harman/Kardon edition M8 also comes with a brand new, exclusive paint job. To top things off, the handset comes bundled with a high-end Harman/Kardon in-ear headset and six months of free Spotify Premium music streaming. Read more »

Motorola contest points at $249 price tag for Moto 360

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It appears that Motorola accidentally revealed the price tag of the Moto 360 smartwatch. The hotly anticipated gadget is pegged to have an average retail value of $249 when available.

The pricing appeared in the rules of a Motorola contest for watchface design. Read more »

Spigen Tough Armor, Slim Armor, and Neo Hybrid cases for Samsung Galaxy S5 review

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In a manner fitting for a high-profile smartphone, Spigen released a full range of cases and screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S5. They range from ultra-slim snap-on cases, all the way to properly rugged offerings.

Over the past couple of weeks, I got to spend time with three members of the Korean accessories manufacturer’s range for Samsung Galaxy S5. Made in Korea like the handset they adorn, the Spigen Tough Armor, Slim Armor, and Neo Hybrid bring different levels protection without breaking the bank. Read more »

Microsoft announces Surface Pro 3 – the 12″ tablet that aims to replace your laptop

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At an event in New York City, Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface Pro 3 tablet. The slate features a 12” display with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio.

Unsurprisingly, the Surface Pro 3 features the same design language as its older siblings. Read more »

Element Case Ronin II Cocobolo for iPhone 5s review

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The Element Case Ronin II collection sits on top of the manufacturer’s range of Apple iPhone 5s accessories. Crated in the United States, cases from the product lineup feature high-end materials like aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, carbon fiber, as well as various exotic woods.

Based in San Carlos, California, not far from Apple’s own Cupertino campus, Element Case has been crafting iPhone cases since the introduction of the original back in 2007. The company is part of the small club of iPhone case makers whose products’ finish matches that of the Apple iPhone. Read more »