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YouTube comments get a complete overhaul, utilize Google+

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YouTube implemented a massive overhaul of its often maligned comments section. In the near future, all comments left in the popular video sharing website will be powered by Google+.

The changes do not end there. Going forward, users will see the most popular comments at the top of the list below each YouTube video. Read more »

Hackers claim to have cracked the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s

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According to a claim by the hackers of the Chaos Computer Club, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s has been successfully cracked. The biometric security system has been broken by “using easy everyday means.”

The Apple fingerprint sensor has a higher resolution compared to the ones used so far. Read more »

Hands-on with the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One

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We managed to spend some time with the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One at a press event in NYC. The smartphone is available in the United States for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.

In the flesh, the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One actually sports a darker shade of the color than the version which broke cover during IFA. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto V sales make it past $1 billion in only three days

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Already the fastest-selling video game in the world, Grand Theft Auto V reached yet another milestone today. The Rockstar Games creation made it past $1 billion in worldwide sales only three days after hitting the retail shelves.

GTA V’s publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. reckons that the video game title is the fastest entertainment property to reach the ten-digit milestone. Read more »

Apple is blocking unauthorized third-party Lightning cables with iOS 7

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It appears that Apple is blocking non-certified Lightning cables from charging iPhones running iOS 7. The move is line with a warning from the Cupertino giant, issued during the launch of an iOS 7 pre-release version.

Certified cables from Apple contain a chip which allows them to get authenticated by the new OS. Read more »

Phiaton Chord MS 530 and Fusion MS 430 on-ear headphones go official

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The designer and manufacturer of premium headphones Phiaton brought two new additions to its already extensive lineup of on-ear headphones. The Phiaton Chord MS 530 and the carbon fiber clad MS 430 aim to deliver premium looks and uncompromising sound experience in one of the most competitive segments of the market.

The Phiaton Chord MS 530 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headset is the more upmarket proposition from the duo. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet platform goes official

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NVIDIA took the wraps off the 7” Tegra Note complete tablet platform. Designed by the chip manufacturer, the Tegra Note will be brought to market by NVIDIA’s partners with a starting suggested retail price of $199.

Unsurprisingly, the NVIDIA Tegra Note is powered by a Tegra 4 SoC with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU. Read more »

Apple will offer the last compatible version of apps to users with older devices

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With most of the Apple community eagerly waiting for the release of iOS 7 tomorrow, the Cupertino giant showed that it has not forgotten the users of older iOS hardware. Users of Apple devices which will not receive iOS 7 will be automatically offered the last compatible version of the iOS apps they are trying to download going forward.

The new feature will activate when users attempt to download an app which is no longer supported by their firmware. Read more »

Here are the new ASUS PadFone Infinity promo videos

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ASUS launched a duo of promo videos alongside the newly announced PadFone Infinity. Unsurprisingly, the pair of video clips is focused on the hardware highlights of the Android powerhouse.

The first video showcases the PadFone Infinity and its tablet docking station. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 for AT&T hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 made its way officially to the United States, so we managed to spend some quality time with the market-specific version of the phablet. The gigantic handset is offered by AT&T for $149.99 with a two-year commitment.

Sold under the model name SGH-I527, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 for AT&T sports the same hardware as its internationally available GT-I9200 sibling. Read more »

Tablet shipments will surpass PC shipments in Q4 this year according to IDC

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Tablet shipments are set to surpass their PC counterparts in the last quarter of this year according to IDC. PC shipments will still be greater than the tablet ones for the year, though the future belongs to the slate army according to International Data Corporation.

According to IDC, tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments on annual basis by the end of 2015 (PC shipments include desktop and portables combined). Read more »

DODOcase Color Block cover for 2013 Nexus 7 hands-on

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Following the successful treatment it gave the original, DODOcase launched its line of locally handcrafted covers for the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7. The San-Francisco based designer and maker of bookbound cases has an entire collection on offer for the second generation of the most popular slate in the Android realm.

I managed to spend some quality time with the DODOcase Color Block for the new Nexus 7. Inspired by the artist journals from the past, the cover offers a fresh take with a classic twist on the tablet case concept. Read more »

Infinity Blade III will be released alongside the iPhone 5s

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At today’s iPhone launch event, Epic Games took the wraps off Infinity Blade III. The third and final installment of the popular iOS gaming franchise will launch alongside the iPhone 5s – it will be available in the App Store on September 18.

Infinity Blade III will make good use of the brand new A7 processor of the iPhone 5s with 64-bit architecture and OpenGL ES 3.0 support. Read more »

Microsoft’s next generation Surface tablet will break cover on September 23

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Microsoft sent out invitations for the launch event of the next generation Surface tablet. The slate will go official on September 23 in New York City.

Recent rumors have pointed that the new Microsoft Surface could launch in three different flavors. Read more »

ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is now available in the US Play Store

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Google quietly began offering the LTE capable 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 in the US Play Store. The 4G ready tablet is priced at $349 for a 32GB slate with a T-Mobile SIM and 2GB of data for one month.

Of course, the LTE capable Nexus 7 will not support only on T-Mobile’s network. Read more »