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V-Moda VAMP VERZA and METALLO case review

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The V-Moda VAMP VERZA belongs to a small group of mobile accessories, made for only the most committed audiophiles. The gadget combines a universal headphone amplifier, digital to analog converter, and a backup battery pack in a compact, sleek-looking package.

Headphone amplifiers are designed to bring out the best of high-end, usually over-ear headphones, as the built-in audio chips in today’s smartphones cannot bring out their full potential. Mobile headphones amps vary greatly in price and capabilities, with the V-Moda VAMP VERZA being a decidedly high-end offering. Read more »

Facebook agrees to purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion

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Facebook has agreed to purchase WhatsApp. The social networking giant will pay the staggering $19 billion for the massively popular cross-platform messaging client in cash and stock ($4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock, and additional $3 billion in restricted stock which will vest over the four years after the deal’s closing).

As part of the agreement, WhatsApp will continue to operate independently. Read more »

Samsung smartwatch with Tizen OS gets tipped for MWC launch

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According to a report in USA Today, the upcoming refresh of the Samsung Galaxy Gear will boot Tizen OS. The Korean giant is widely expected to launch its next generation smartwatch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5 next week, on February 24.

Reportedly, the upcoming smartwatch will feature new HTML5 version of Tizen. Read more »

Cambridge Audio Minx Go wireless speaker review

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The Cambridge Audio Minx Go is the manufacturer’s most affordable wireless speaker. Unlike many of its competitors which boast eye-grabbing design elements and bright color schemes, the Minx Go is singularly focused on delivering quality sound.

Based in London, England, Cambridge Audio is an established itself manufacturer of premium audio systems and speakers. Read on to find out if the Minx Go is worth your consideration. Read more »

Apple iPad 2 is reportedly on its way to be discontinued

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According to a report in Apple Insider, the non-retina display toting iPad 2 is going to be discontinued soon. Apple has reportedly decided to wind down the tablet’s production as customers are increasingly shifting their attention towards the company’s newer slates.

Announced back in 2011 to replace the original, Apple iPad 2 has proven to be quite a success for the Cupertino giant. Read more »

BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android brings a host of new features

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BlackBerry announced that a major update is coming to BBM for iOS and Android. Version 2.0 of the popular adds a host of new features to the popular messenger, headed by voice calling.

Voice calling works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connection and allows a user to call his/her BBM contacts anywhere in the world. The feature is available free of charge. Read more »

Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft is considering bringing support for Android applications to Windows and Windows Phone. Planning for the radical move is said to be ongoing and in early stages.

If materialized, the shift in strategy will aim to counter the lack of popular apps available on Microsoft’s OS platforms. Despite featuring mainstream titles such as Flipboard and Instagram, Windows Phone still lacks many of the popular iOS and Android apps and games. Read more »

TYLT RUGGD case for iPad Air review

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The TYLT RUGGD case for the Apple iPad Air is the company’s first ever offering in the segment. As its name suggests, the protective cover aims to successfully combine toughness and ergonomics in a lightweight, easy to handle package.

The TYLT RUGGD case for the iPad Air features tough outer shell, combined with inner layer made of tiny energy-absorbing cushions. There is no cover for the screen of the iPad Air, so it is clearly aimed at active users. Read on to find out how it fares as a daily driver! Read more »

Phiaton Chord MS 530 wireless over-ear headphones review

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The Phiaton Chord MS 530 wireless over-ear headphones sit on top of the manufacturer’s product range. The headset totes an overwhelming set of features which include Bluetooth 4.0 and noise cancelling, coupled with premium looks and build.

In my past experiences with Phiaton products, they always successfully combined premium appeal and value for money. Read on to find out if Phiaton’s flagship product delivers the same goods as its siblings! Read more »

HTC exec confirms that a wearable device is on the way

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HTC’s chairwoman Cher Wang told Bloomberg that the company will release a wearable device this year. The gadget will hit the shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.

According to the executive, the company has been looking at the now fashionable category of wearable devices for quite some time. Read more »

Sony considers selling its Vaio PC division

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According to e report by Nikkei, Sony is planning to sell its Vaio division which designs and manufactures personal computers. The move is dictated by the business unit’s poor performance, as well as the Japanese giant’s desire to shift its focus on smartphones.

Sony will reportedly sell its PC business to the investment fund Japan Industrial Partners with the estimated price ranging between ¥40 billion and ¥50 billion ($391 million to $489 million). Read more »

Grand Theft Auto 5 claims the honors for best-selling game of 2013

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is last year’s best-selling video game. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the company who owns the wildly popular gaming franchise announced the achievement during its 2014 fiscal Q3 earnings report.

The news should hardly catch anyone by surprise, as the game racked up more than $1 billion in sales in its first three days of official availability. Read more »

Xperia Z1 Compact kernel source files outed by Sony

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Sony has been on a kernel releasing rampage as of late. When T-Mobile’s Xperia Z1s hit stores last week, its kernel source was made public the same day it went on sale. It looks like the Japanese company is following the same trend with the Xperia Z1 Compact. The device was just outed by Sony, and its kernel source was released shortly after.

So why all the fuss behind releasing the source kernel for a phone? By having access to said kernels, developers are able to create better custom ROMs for smartphones. Read more »

OUYA launches a matte black version of its console with bigger internal storage

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Missed out on the white, limited edition 16GB OUYA a while back? Well, there’s hope for you yet, as the team behind the Android gaming system has announced that they’ll be releasing a standard 16GB version.

This particular OUYA will come with a matte black finish, or “anthracite”, as it’s officially called. Read more »

The maker of gyroscopic OIS for Nokia makes the component available to other manufacturers

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According to a report in The Register, Nokia’s highly-effective gyroscopic OIS tech has become available to other manufacturers on the open market. The tiny part made by ST Microelectronics was previously exclusively available to the Finnish manufacturer.

The dual-axis gyroscope for image stabilization carries the model number L2G2IS. Read more »