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Android TV launcher now available on Google Play

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The Android TV Launcher is now available for download on Google Play. Google has decided to make it a standalone app from Android TV, similarly to the Google Experience Launcher.

The launcher gives you access to your media like movies, songs and Android TV apps like Netflix, TED and YouTube. To install it, you’ll need an Android TV device, like the Nexus Player and ADT-1. Read more »

Huawei infographic gives you the recipe for perfect groufies

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Who wants to know more about group selfies, a.k.a groufies? Okay, for all the three of you, Huawei created a very nice infographic detailing their significance in today’s online world.

Here are some hard groufie facts – in the period between August 1 and October 31, 15,200 groufies were posted on Instagram. They received more than 67,600 likes and 20,000 comments. We don’t envy the person who had to count them, but this data is enough to convince Huawei that front-facing cameras need to more oomph. Read more »

Barnes & Noble slashes the Nook Glowlight to £69 for a week

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Barnes & Noble has discounted the Nook Glowlight eBook reader by £20 for one week only during the Christmas holidays. Starting tomorrow, December 19, you’ll be able to purchase the Nook Glowlight for £69.

At this price, the Glowlight makes for an even more tempting Christmas present for friends and family. In addition to its online availability, the e-reader will also retail in John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Blackwells and Foyles stores. Read more »

Weekend poll results: LG G Watch R gets some fan love

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The smartwatch craze is in full swing and competition has never been more fierce, at least in the Android Wear world with a dash of Tizen and iOS for extra flavor. Precisely 7 days ago, we asked you which smartwatch currently available is your favorite having just released our LG G Watch R review.

Now, the results are in and the LG G Watch R is in for a sweet victory almost across the board. This is pretty encouraging news for the Korean company, since this is its first attempt at a completely round smartwatch running Android Wear. Read more »

You can get the Sony Xperia E3 for just £80 today

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Amazon UK is holding a pretty sweet deal for the Sony Xperia E3 today, selling it for £79.90. That’s £100 less than the phone’s regular price, but if you want to get it, you have to be quick. The deal ends in less than 14 hours, provided that Amazon UK has enough units of the phone in stock.

The Xperia E3 packs LTE connectivity as well as a 4.5″ IPS display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution and is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1GB of RAM. At the back, there’s a 5MP camera, which records 1080p video. Read more »

Weekend Poll: the LG G Watch R faces the smartwatch competition

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The LG G Watch R review is now up and it’s time to put it through the gauntlet of our community’s opinion about it. Watches are quite personal items and are seen as a reflection of your personality, so we think this week’s poll is going to be something interesting to check out.

Especially in this day and age when almost every major tech company offers a smartwatch. There are plastic and metal ones, square and round, well almost round. We’re looking at you Moto 360. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe X2 hands-on

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Making a dent in the mid-range smartphone market is a tough job for anyone to pull off, but Lenovo might be just on to something with the Vibe X2. The multi-layered smartphones, as the company touts it, boasts a very cool and colorful design without coming off as tacky.

Of course, there will be people that don’t like the design, but trust me, it’s looking even cooler in person. Now that the company officially owns Motorola, it is competing outside China as well and has the ambitions to conquer the likes of Apple, Samsung and LG. And what better way to grab consumer’s attention than a flashy look? Read more »

Firefox 34 for Android fixes MP4 playback, adds Chromecast support

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Mozilla Firefox for Android was updated today to version 34 sporting a wide array of bug fixes and new features. The coolest feature of all is the ability to mirror to Chromecast directly from the web browser.

HTML5 support is enhanced with the introduction of Device Storage API, ECMAScript 6 WeakSet and CSS3 Font variants and features control. Moreover, MP4 video playback is now working on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are still some pending issues. Read more »

IDC: Google Chromebooks preferred over Apple iPads in schools

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According to the latest IDC Q3 report regarding bulk tech purchases for education needs, Google Chromebooks are now preferred by the majority of schools than Apple iPads. While the lead of Chromebooks in the education sphere isn’t jaw dropping, it’s a sign that many schools prefer the cheaper, yet functional Chromebook alternative.

Chromebooks lead the way with 715,500 units, whereas the iPads have slipped to 702,000. The laptops running Chrome OS sell as low as $199 and are made by a range of manufacturers including Samsung, HP, Dell and Acer. Read more »

Moto Maker stars in Motorola’s latest Moto X ad

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Motorola is quite proud of the Moto Maker, which allows you to customize the Moto X to your liking including back cover type and color, engraving, base color and accent colors. The latest Moto X ad features the Moto Maker and the fun you get from it.

The ad shows the process of customizing the Moto X (2014) in a very funny and engaging way, while also showing the integration with Google. It allows you to sign in with your account and have the Moto X configured with your Google ID to boot. Read more »

Apple App Store boasts record app downloads in October

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Mobile marketing company Fiksu is traditionally reporting on Apple’s App Store Competitive Index, which also shows the number of free app downloads. For October, that number is a record high 7.8 million per day. The data is measured based on the top 200 free iOS apps.

Fiksu points out October’s result is 42% higher than the one from September, when the App Store saw just over 5.5 million free app downloads per day. Read more »

Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service to get shut down in some markets

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The third quarter of the year is one of the worst in recent Samsung history, but the bad news isn’t over. New data emerged that its ChatOn service is losing ground. According to Korea media citing Samsung officials, the company plans to restructure unprofitable businesses and ChatOn is one of them.

As a result, the chat service will be shut down in certain markets, where it isn’t profitable. Exactly which these regions are and how much ChatOn is costing Samsung isn’t revealed. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro battery life test

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The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is the company’s 2014 flagship and it sports a sizable 6″ display with a QHD resolution in a very sleek and compact body. A phone this large also makes room for a large battery, and the Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh juice pack.

In theory, this should give it serious power autonomy but a big battery can only get you so far. The phone’s internals include a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU and 3GB of RAM, which is no longer the latest, but still pretty good in terms of efficiency. Read more »

The Motorola Nexus 6 sports an LED notification light, enabled via rooting

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The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.

The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »

Customize your Adidas sneakers with the miZX FLUX app for iOS and Android

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The Adidas MiZX FLUX service allows you to create custom sneaker design and having it shipped to you. Now, the company has made it even easier to do so with its dedicated MiZX FLUX app for Android and iOS.

You just snap a photo of whatever you like to get printed, after selecting your gender, country and shoe size and then scale and adjust the photo to the shoe template. Then, you place an order, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read more »