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Sony says most of its BRAVIA TVs will launch with Android TV in 2015

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Sony has shared information on its developer blog on how to get started creating HTML5 and Android TV apps for its upcoming TVs and home entertainment systems. In the process, the company also spilled loose details on its upcoming lineup of Android TV products.

Sony TVs running Android TV will start arriving in 2015 with the company waving goodbye to the Google TV platform. Google Cast is also going to be supported on select Bravia models. The company’s Blu-Ray and Home Theater system products will support HTML5 apps, too. Read more »

Asus reveals VivoTab 8 with Intel Bay Trail, expected to cost below $200

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Following the VivoTab 8 Note, Asus also revealed the VivoTab 8 (M81C). The Windows 8.1 tablet features an 8″ IPS display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and an amazingly low under-$200 price tag.

Inside, there’s an Intel Bay Trial Atom Z3745 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM (2GB also available as an option) and 32GB of storage. At the back and front, there are identical 2MP cameras as well as stereo speakers. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge at IFA this year in an attempt to try out something new without sacrificing the enormous success of its Note smartphone series. With both devices now official and users eagerly awaiting their launch, we want to ask you this: which one do you fancy better?

While both smartphones are identical in many areas, they’re totally different beasts. They project a different character from one another. The Galaxy Note Edge is an embodiment of Samsung’s pioneering spirit. At first sight it looks just as crazy as the original Note did back in 2011. Read more »

Motorola Moto Hint hands-on

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Alongside its long anticipate Moto G2, Moto X+1 and Moto 360, the company also revealed its latest Bluetooth headphone accessory called the Moto Hint.

The Moto Hint, however, doesn’t look anything like the traditional in-ear Bluetooth headset we’ve got used to. It’s very small and subtle in-ear piece, which barely sticks out of your earlobe. Naturally, we were eager to see the compact earbud in action. Read more »

InWatch and Meizu team up to offer the $65 InWatch Pi MX edition

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The Meizu MX4 went official hours ago, but that’s not the only piece of tech the company revealed today. The company also announced a smartwatch from InWatch to complement its latest smartphone.

The two companies have teamed up to reveal the InWatch Pi MX4 Edition. It’s a round watch, but it’s not as smart as a Moto 360 is, as it doesn’t have Andoird Wear in board. The (smart)watch is more like a ‘connected watch’ for the lack of any better name for this category of products. Read more »

HTC-made Nexus 9 Magic Cover leaks with a keyboard in tow

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Details regarding the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet from HTC known as Flounder/Volantis have leaked again. The latest one concerns the tablet’s smart cover, which will have some neat tricks up its sleeve.

The information is retrieved by AndroidPolice and has a lot of credibility to it. The Magic Cover, as it’s rumored to be called, sports a Bluetooth keyboard and will be available in leather and TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethan) material options. Read more »

Weekend poll results: IFA 2014 most anticipated device

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In last week’s poll, we reached out to you to find out what’s your most anticipated device that’s soon to be announced at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The feedback was overwhelming and the verdict unambiguous.

The poll results reveal that among all products that’ll see their announcement at IFA 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is our community’s most anticipated one. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4 battery life test

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The Xiaomi Mi 4 is generating a lot of buzz with its affordable price and high-end specs. The company has fitted it with a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. The Chinese have even managed to fit a larger battery than the one found in the Mi 3.

However, the difference in capacity is minor. The Xiaomi Mi 4 features a 3080mAh Li-Ion unit, whereas its predecessor has a 3050mAh one. As you’ll see though, the difference is noticeable. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro hands-on

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Lenovo announced its Vibe Z2 Pro high-end smartphone at the end of July and the device is set to make an appearance at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. Luckily, you won’t have to wait until then to find out our initial impressions of the 6” QHD monster, as we got to spend some quality time with the phablet a little early.

The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro also marks the company’s high-end entrance in Europe and is its first smartphone with a QHD display. Read more »

Asus teases its ZenWatch smartwatch in a video

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In addition to a yet another teaser of its upcoming smartwatch, Asus finally gave it a name and it’s called the ZenWatch. Frankly, we should have seen it coming, considering the company’s recent Zenfone line-up of smartphones.

In any case, subtle details of the watch’s design have been revealed in the video you’re about to see. Sadly, the video doesn’t show the smartwatch with the display turned on. Read more »

Seagate announces the first 8TB 3.5″ HDD for enterprises

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Following the launch of its 6TB hard drive, Seagate today announced its 8TB HDD. Unlike Western Digital, which uses helium for its high-capacity HDDs, Seagate has opted for an alternative method.

Sadly, the company is mum on the method in question. Seagate has been known to use a shingled magnetic recording technology to bump the areal density of its disk platters. Read more »

Microsoft slashes Surface 2 and Surface 3 Pro prices

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Microsoft has slashed the prices of its Surface 2 and Surface 3 tablets. The second-gen Surface 2 is getting ready to celebrate its first birthday and is now selling $100 off across its range for the occasion.

Currently, the 32GB Wi-Fi Surface 2 retails for $349, down from $449. The more versatile LTE model with 64GB storage costs $579. However, you might think twice before getting one when you see the Surface 3 new pricing. Read more »

LastPass for Android gets an update to be more independent from PCs

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The popular password manager LastPass now boasts an updated app for Android, getting it one step closer to be as standalone as its PC counterpart.

One of the major new features is the ability to share credentials between LastPass accounts. It is done in a secure fashion and makes it easy to share passwords with family members and friends. Read more »

Refurbished 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 on sale for $348

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A flash sale of refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 tablets is currently on its way. The sale is for the 32GB variant of the slate and is set to expire in about 3 hours.

The tablet is offered for just $348, over $200 down from its regular price of $650. That’s 46% off, but sadly, the promotion is only available for those living in the US. Read more »

Weekend poll: IFA 2014 most anticipated device

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IFA 2014 is just around the corner and we’re pretty excited about what’s to come. In this week’s poll we’re reaching out to you to find out which devices get you buzzing.

There’s a lot to come at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but we’ve handpicked six smartphones that we think will be the mobile highlight of the show. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 are representing the Windows Phone OS, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Huawei Ascend Mate 7, Sony Xperia Z3 and Asus Zenphone 2 are under the Android flag. Read more »