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Nokia XL hands-on

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Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.

The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »

Customized gold iPhones are the fanciest wedding favors we’ve seen

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The President of Nigeria had his daughter’s wedding a few days ago and each guest received a customized gold iPhone. Those were specially designed by Malivelihood, who specialized in gold-plating all things tech.

The back of the phone is enhanced by precious stones and gold inserts. The names of the groom and bride are also engraved in addition to the date of the wedding. Read more »

Toshiba outs the world’s fastest microSD card

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The latest microSD card slot to come out of Toshiba is the fastest in the world. The 32GB version of the Toshiba UHS-II microSD card boasts speeds of up to 260MB/s read and 240MB/s write.

There’s also a 64GB version available, but it’s not as fast with a maximum of 145MB/s read and 130MB/s write speeds. Read more »

1Gbps Internet speeds over fiber to light up UK in 2015

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Usually, when there is talk of 1Gbps broadband connection, most of us instantly think of Google Fiber, but that’s not the case this time. In the UK Sky, TalkTalk, CityFibre and Fujitsu are currently planning to launch 1Gbps Internet over fiber in 2015.

As early as 2015, parts of Great Britain may boast blazing-fast Internet speeds around as Sky and TalkTalk are in talks to team up and build a 1Gbps network. The two companies are investing £5 million each, while CityFibre and Fujitsu are going to come together to build the infrastructure behind it. Read more »

Samsung Gear Fit flexes silicon muscles in a tear down

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The iFixit team has been all over Samsung’s latest offerings in both the smartphone and wearable departments. The latest gadget to pay their tool shop a visit is the Gear Fit.

The Gear Fit is easily removable from its wristband with a simple push and this enables wristband makers to offer a wide variety of options. As you’d expect in a device that’s so small, everything is soldered on the main chip with only the display, battery and shell being stand alone parts. Read more »

Google makes Glass available to anyone in the US for a day, asks $1500

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Google has announced it will put Glass Explorer edition on sale for one day only. That day is Tuesday, April 15 and the pricetag remains the same old $1500.

Only those living in the US are eligible to get a pair and Google says you can pick your favorite shade or frame. Sadly, for everyone outside the US, Google Glass is still not freely available. Read more »

Facebook app to lose chat funcionality, Messenger to take its place

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According to a report by Mashable Facebook will soon disable the Chat function from its main app and push that functionality solely to its Messenger app.

A Facebook spokesperson has allegedly confirmed that the chat function of the Facebook app will soon be taken out from the iOS and Android app. Even now, some users in Europe are receiving a notification of the upcoming change. Read more »

Nokia X gets first vanilla Android ROM

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Nokia X owners can now enjoy its first custom ROM based on the Android Open Source Project. Up until now, you could only root and sideload Google apps, including the Play Store, but now you can run a vanilla Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean altogether.

The build packs Qualcomm specific optimizations and is based on Code Aurora branch jb_rel_2.0.3. It comes from the XDA senior member dhacker29, who previously ported AOSP to the Moto G. Read more »

Samsung Gear Fit to support vertical screen rotation with an upcoming update

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Samsung might soon release an update for the Gear Fit giving it the option to flip the display vertically. This would enable better use of the fitness tracker for certain scenarios – such as checking out the time.

The photo above is taken in an official Samsung store in South Korea. Currently, the Gear Fit’s display works only horizontally, but the evidence above is pretty suggestive this would soon change. Read more »

Sony Xperia E1 hands-on

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Sony’s latest budget offering, the Xperia E1 has come to our office for a full review treatment. Before that though, we’re giving you a glimpse of what’s the phone like through one of our usual hands-on videos.

The Xperia E1 sports similar design traits as the Xperia Z1 Compact, but it’s not quite in the same beauty category. That’s not to say the Xperia E1 isn’t good looking on its own, but it’s made entirely out of hardened plastic, which isn’t as pleasing to look at. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview launches on April 10

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With Windows Phone 8.1 now official, everyone is eager to try it out. Microsoft plans to make the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview available for registered developers on April 10 – eight days from today.

Everybody can register as a developer in the Developer Preview Program by downloading a special app on the Windows Phone Store and sign up for a free App Studio account. This will give you access to install Windows Phone 8.1 weeks before carriers and manufacturers start pushing it to Windows Phone 8 devices. Read more »

Spanish CaixaBank to deploy 30,000 Nokia Lumia 925 units to its employees

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Nokia announced earlier today its partnership with Spanish CaixaBank to deploy 30,000 Lumia smartphones to its employees. The deal includes the Lumia 925, after it was put under various testing programs.

CaixaBank employees will have the option to upgrade their Lumia 925 to newer Nokia devices in the future. The company also says its employees will be given the opportunity to acquire Nokia phones for their personal usage as well as for family and friends. Read more »

Dropbox automatically scans if the files you’re sharing are copyrighted

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Dropbox has done a lot of work to keep its service safe from copyrighted material, and subsequently having to deal with the authorities. One of the ways Dropbox has to avoid trouble is by automatically scanning the files you’re sharing for copyright infringement.

This little known feature of Dropbox has been brought to light on Twitter when one of Dropbox’s users got a DMCA takedown notice in one of his personal folders. Read more »

PlayStation 4 hits 7 million global sales, outsells the Xbox One by 7:1 in Europe

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Just at the beginning of March Sony boasted its PlayStation 4 consoles had reached the 6 million sales mark and now less than a month later that number is 7 million.

Sony’s sales don’t look like they will slow down any time soon. 24 hours after its announcement, Sony’s gaming console sold 1 million units. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 10.1 official images hit the web

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Following the official photo leak of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, evleaks has revealed an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. Just like its smaller brother, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is rumored to have its announcement on April 24.

According to a recently outed specs sheet, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 won’t be a substantial upgrade over the last generation Tab 3. Read more »