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Microsoft outs a duo of new Xbox One promo videos, check them out

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Microsoft released a duo of new Xbox one promo videos on YouTube. The clips are focused on the gaming prowess of the console, as well as the accolades it received from both users and the press.

The first clip is entitled “Immersive Gaming” and highlights the realistic gameplay which the Xbox One provides. Read more »

Google acquires Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash

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Google acquired the designer and manufacturer of home products Nest Labs. The search engine giant paid $3.2 billion in cash for the Palo Alto-based company.

Founded in 2010, Nest brings modern design and functionality to ubiquitous home products. Read more »

ASUS PadFone mini hands-on

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Alongside the trio of Zenfone devices, ASUS released a new PadFone mini. Unlike the dual-SIM, Qualcomm-powered device with the same name which broke cover in December last year, the newcomer features Intel Atom SoC.

The new ASUS PadFone mini consists of a compact smartphone with 4” WVGA IPS+ display and a docking station with a 7” screen of the same type. Read more »

Sol Republic Master Tracks over-ear headphones review

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The Sol Republic Master Tracks sit on top of the young company’s product range. The over-ear headphones are designed and equipped to go head to head with the likes of Beats Audio’s new Studio headset, while being priced a good deal less than Dr. Dre’s offering.

Founded in 2011, Sol Republic’s popularity exploded during the 2012 London Olympics, when swimming legend Michael Phelps appeared wearing the company’s Tracks HD headphones in an American flag color scheme before going for a medal. Currently, in addition to a constantly growing number of celebrity endorsers, Sol Republic boasts a partnership with Motorola which sees its products offered in alongside the customizable Moto X. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 specs and benchmarks make the rounds

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Details on the specs and the benchmark performance of the yet to be announced Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 have emerged. The top-end tablet is tipped for a MWC 2014 release in Wi-Fi-only and LTE flavors.

The Wi-Fi version of the upcoming tablet will sport the model number SM-P900, while the LTE variant will be known as SM-P905. Read more »

Best Buy offers the Nexus 7 with $25 Google Play Store credit for $199

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Best Buy treated the ASUS Nexus 7 to a hefty price reduction. Pricing of the stock Android 4.4 KitKat slate now starts at $199.99 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version.

To sweeten up the deal even further, the electronics retail giant also throws in a $25 Google Play Store coupon code to get you started with your app collection. Read more »

LG Lifeband Touch leaks out in a press image

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A press image of a yet to be announced LG wearable device made the rounds on Twitter, unsurprisingly thanks to @evleaks. Dubbed LG Lifeband Touch, the gadget is likely to break cover during CES 2014 next week.

The leaked press shot of the LG Lifeband Touch appears less than a week after a word arrived about the Korean manufacturer’s alleged plans to release wearable devices called G-Arch and G-Health. Read more »

This Samsung Galaxy S5 concept sports drool-worthy functionality

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After treating us to a mighty good Samsung Galaxy S4 concept last year, the folks from Rozetked repeated the exercise with the yet to be announced Galaxy S5. A hands-on video showcasing a concept of Samsung’s next generation smartphone flagship made the rounds on YouTube.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 concept is based on rumors which have been circulating around the web. Read more »

Samsung reportedly sold 40 million tablets in 2013

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According to a report in Korean media, Samsung has sold 40 million tablets in 2013. The number falls right in line with the manufacturer’s expectations which were revealed during an analyst day in November.

Samsung has reportedly sold 12 million tablets over the past three months alone. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi gets treated to an Android 4.3 update

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Hot on the heels of its Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra siblings, the Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Tablet Z got treated to an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Carrying the model number 10.4.B.0.577, the new OS version is now seeding to devices around the world.

With a size of 792MB, the update for the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is quite substantial. Read more »

LG will bring the Knock feature to the L Series II smartphones

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LG announced that it will bring the Knock feature to the L Series II family of smartphones. Formerly known as KnockON, the useful gesture allows users to turn their smartphone on by tapping on its display twice.

The second generation LG L Series devices will get treated to the feature via a global maintenance release update. Read more »

BBM will come preinstalled on LG smartphones

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BlackBerry’s popular BBM instant messaging app will come preinstalled on LG smartphones. The Canadian company announced a bundling agreement with LG which will include standard and virtual preloading of the app.

The LG G Pro Lite will be the first smartphone to have BBM out of the box. Read more »

Pebble announces a dedicated app store for its smartwatch

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Pebble announced a dedicated app store for its popular smartwatch. The Pebble app store will be available in early 2014, and will integrate seamlessly into the dedicated Pebble app for iOS and Android devices, thus becoming the one-stop shop for installing applications on your smartwatch.

The Pebble app store will feature seven different categories. Read more »

LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop goes official with 21 inch display and Chrome OS

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LG unveiled the Chromebase – an all-in-one 21” desktop running Google’s feather-light Chrome OS. The device will be showcased next month, during CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

The LG Chromebase is powered by Intel’s fourth generation Celeron CPU. Read more »

The original Tomb Raider is now available for iOS

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The original Tomb Raider is now available for iOS devices. The legendary video game title is offered in the App Store for the highly acceptable 99 cents.

The developer behind the release, Square Enix, promises the full Lara Croft experience which took the gaming world by storm in 1996. Read more »