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Apple OS X Mavericks is now available as a free upgrade

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Apple announced today that the long-awaited OS X Mavericks will be available today. Even more importantly, Apple’s latest desktop OS will be available as a free download.

Introduced back in June during WWDC 2013, OS X Mavericks is a major update in comparison to its predecessor, which includes refreshed native apps, as well as look and feel which bring it close in line with the iOS 7 aesthetics. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android rollout resumes

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Exactly a month after initially releasing the app, BlackBerry resumed the rollout of the popular BBM app for iOS and Android. In order to avoid the hiccups from last month which caused BlackBerry to pause the rollout, the company has implemented a line-up system to manage the high demand.

The reservation system is based on the user entering his or her email after installing the app on his or her compatible device. Read more »

Braven 850 Bluetooth wireless speaker review

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The Braven 850 is the Utah-based manufacturer’s most capable wireless speaker to date. With a body made of machined aluminum and chock full of extra features, the speaker looks well-equipped to compete for a chunk of today’s ultra-competitive market for wireless portable speakers.

With the market for wireless speakers experiencing massive growth over the past couple of years, we’ve decided to try our best to bring you our take on the more interesting players in the field going forward. After all, most of speakers are destined to be paired with smartphones and tablets, and are being sold alongside them as accessories. Read on to find out how the Braven 850 fares as a go-to audio companion on a daily basis! Read more »

Apple outs its first commercial for the gold iPhone 5s

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Apple released its first dedicated commercial for the gold iPhone 5s. Entitled “Metal Mastered”, the thirty-second clip unsurprisingly features a good deal of bling.

The ad shows liquid gold on the screen, slowly taking the shape of an iPhone 5s. Read more »

Seven-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX shipments kick off today

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Amazon announced that the 7” Kindle Fire HDX tablet is now shipping. The Wi-Fi-only models are the ones available for the time being. LTE-capable slates will be shipping on November 14.

Pricing of the Android tablet starts at $229 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version with ads on the lockscreen, and tops out at $324 for a 64GB device with no ads. Read more »

HTC One max fingerprint collection method gets detailed by the manufacturer

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HTC detailed the fingerprint collection method of the freshly announced One max phablet. In a fashion, similar to Apple’s solution in the iPhone 5s, the Taiwanese manufacturer stores the fingerprint data in the device’s local memory.

When in local memory, the fingerprint data is stored and encrypted in the system partition which cannot be easily accessed or copied. Read more »

BlackBerry sends out an open letter to tell the world it is not done just yet

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In an attempt to fight off the negative coverage surrounding it lately, BlackBerry published an open letter to its customers, business partners, and fans. The troubled manufacturer told its supporters that they can still count on it.

Naturally, BlackBerry begins making its argument by pointing at its cash reserves, as well as its debt-free balance sheet. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ad features a pop-up book and stop-motion animation

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Samsung released yet another catchy ad for its Galaxy Note 3 phablet. A couple of days after outing a commercial with Leo Messi, the Korean giant’s marketing department took a different, craftier approach to showcasing the Android powerhouse.

The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ad is London-themed. Read more »

Updated: Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet dressed in cyan and red leaks out in press images

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The upcoming Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet made yet another unscheduled appearance, thanks to @evleaks. After allowing us to potentially catch a glimpse of its kickstand three days ago, the slate leaked out in a press image, dressed in a cyan outfit.

Update: @evleaks posted another press image of the upcoming tablet, this time dressed in a red outfit. Read more »

Tablet-friendly Twitter app for Android debuts on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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Twitter announced the official availability of a tablet-optimized app for Android. The highly-anticipated app will be exclusively available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) for the time being. It will make it to other tablets by the end of the year.

The tablet-friendly Twitter app is unsurprisingly enjoyed best in landscape view. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 f promo videos are out, check them out

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Unsurprisingly, Sony launched a couple of promo videos alongside the freshly announced Xperia Z1 f smartphone. The compact handset with top-end specs is exclusively available for NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

The first promo video is quite extensive – it features the Sony Xperia Z1 f alongside its bigger brother – the “regular” Z1 with a 5” display. Read more »

Griffin WoodTones over-ear headphones review

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The Griffin WoodTones over-ear headphones as their name suggests, are made from the increasingly popular these days natural wood. The accessories powerhouse has aimed to combine the fashionable look of the headset with top-notch ergonomics, capable sound, and affordable price tag.

I’ve experienced in-ear headphones with wooden construction on a couple of occasions in the past and found them to have pleasantly characterful sound profiles. Read on to find out how the much bigger Griffin WoodTones fare as a daily driver! Read more »

This one of a kind Leica M designed by Jony Ive is as expensive, as it is gorgeous

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In case the regular Leica M camera with its $6,950 price tag is a tad too plain for you, I have some great news. The storied German photo equipment manufacturer has teamed up with Apple’s designer extraordinaire Jony Ive and Marc Newson to produce a one of a kind Leica M, which will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in New York on November 23 this year.

The unique Leica M for (RED) is expected to sell for somewhere in the vicinity of $500,000 and $750,000 at the auction. Read more »

Official Google cases for the 2013 Nexus 7 hit the shelves of the US Play Store

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Google quietly released its own protective cover for the 2013 Nexus 7 in the United States. The Google-branded case is currently available for purchase directly from the Play Store.

The Nexus 7 (2013) Case is the first tablet cover designed by Google specifically for the slate. Read more »

A stripped-down, official YouTube app for Windows Phone is back in the Marketplace

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After getting blocked a couple of months back, the official YouTube app for Windows Phone is now back in the Marketplace as version 3.2. The popular app however, has lost some functionality compared to last time it was available.

YouTube for Windows Phone has returned to simply being a shortcut for a web-player. Read more »