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Cortana might be included in the final release of Windows 9

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The Siri-dominating Cortana might be included in the final release of Windows 9. Microsoft’s virtual assistant has so far received a good deal of praise for its performance on Windows Phone 8.1.

According to a report from Neowin, Cortana has been upgraded from an engineering build to a more stable release cycle in the early builds of Windows 9. Read more »

Sony Underwater Apps for Xperia smartphones go live

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Sony Mobile released six apps that showcase the water resistance of its flagship Xperia smartphones. Sony Underwater Apps is currently available in the United States for Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z.

The apps, which look undeniably fun and goofy, utilize a great deal of clever engineering to work. Read more »

Security-heavy Blackphone gets rooted in five minutes

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This must be really awkward for the party involved. The security-heavy, Android KitKat-toting Blackphone handset got rooted in five minutes at the BlackHat security conference.

To make matters even more interesting, the abovementioned feat was achieved without the need to unlock the Blackphone’s bootloader. Read more »

Oppo outs ColorOS V2.0.0i Beta for Find 5

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The Chinese designer and manufacturer of high-end smartphones Oppo released a new ColorOS Beta for the Find 5. Version V2.0.0i brings a host of improvements to the company’s 2012 flagship, though there’s no official word on which Android version it is based on.

Color V2.0.0i Beta brings a revamped, more minimalistic UI redesign. Read more »

Google updates Android L factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

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Google updated the Android L factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. The new builds carry the version number LPV81C and replace the previously available version LPV79.

The new Android L factory images bring few novelties to the table. Read more »

Android L smartphones may support multiple user accounts

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Google might bring support for multiple users to smartphones with Android L. The feature was somewhat confirmed by a Google project member in an official developer forum.

In a discussion thread regarding multiuser functionality in Android handsets, the Google employee posted the following reply to forum members: Read more »

Mugen Power battery case adds microSD card slot to the Moto X

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Mugen Power took the wraps off a 2,800mAh battery case for the Motorola Moto X with built-in microSD card slot. The useful accessory is available to order immediately with a price tag of $89.50.

The freshly announced battery cover addresses arguably the most glaring omission in Moto X’s spec sheet – the lack of memory card slot. Read more »

Full port of BioShock is coming soon to iOS

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A full port of the legendary video game BioShock is coming soon to iOS. The word arrived on Twitter from the developers of the original 2007 title – 2K Games.

The team from 2K China has created the port of the game. Read more »

Samsung trademarked the Gear S name in the United States

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Samsung trademarked the Gear S name. The Korean giant filed the paperwork for the moniker in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) earlier this month, on July 22.

There is no word on what product will Samsung use the patented name. Read more »

Tylt Energi 2K travel charger flash review

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The Tylt Energi 2K travel charger is a product of a successful Kickstarter campaign by the young company. The gadget brings together a typical USB charger and 2,200mAh battery in one bright-colored package.

Founded in 2011, Tylt quickly established itself as designer and manufacturer of quality products with characterful design and quality ergonomics. Read on to find out about the company’s latest creation! Read more »

Seidio Ledger flip case for HTC One (M8) flash review

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The Seidio Ledger flip case for HTC One (M8) is an alternative to the smartphone manufacturer’s popular Dot View cover. The Ledger case aims to entice people away from HTC’s own case by offering a built-in kickstand and a credit card/ID slot.

Based in Houston, Texas, Seidio designs and manufactures cases and covers for smartphones and tablets. The company has a reputation of offering products that combine quality and ergonomics with reasonable pricing. Read more »

Grovemade Walnut iPad Air case flash review

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The Grovemade Walnut case for iPad Air is designed to be a more distinctive alternative to Apple’s own Smart Case for the slate. As its name suggests, the high-end accessory is handcrafted in the United States from natural walnut.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Grovemade designs and creates accessories exclusively for Apple devices. The small company’s products use locally sourced materials (there’s plenty of timber in Oregon) and combine eye-grabbing design and high ergonomics. Read more »

Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

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Recently, we got a chance to spend a tiny bit of quality time with the Amazon Fire Phone at an AT&T press event in New York City. The retail giant’s first ever smartphone is now available in the United States for $199 with a two-year contract or $649 outright.

The Amazon Fire Phone’s specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of non-expandable memory, and 4.7” 720p LCD display. Read more »

Official image of the upcoming NVIDIA Shield tablet leaks out

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An alleged press image of NVIDIA’s Shield tablet made the rounds online. The photo appeared on the web thanks to @evleaks.

The leaked image reveals the front of the upcoming Android slate. Read more »

Steelseries Stratus iOS gaming controller flash review

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The Steelseries Stratus is the company’s first dedicated iOS gaming controller. The pocket-friendly Bluetooth 2.1 gadget utilizes the external gamepad support which debuted with Apple iOS 7 last year.

Headquartered in the Valby district of Copenhagen, Steelseries is currently among the premier designers and manufacturers of gaming gear and peripherals. Read on to find out all about its iOS-friendly offering! Read more »