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32GB Nintendo Wii U Premium Pack gets a price cut to £179.99

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The Nintendo Wii U got its price significantly cut on Amazon UK and Argos following the company’s financial report, which revealed catastrophic sale figures.

The 32GB Wii U Premium Pack now costs &pound,180 slashed from £300. The significant price cut means that Nintendo is selling the console on a thinner margin and perhaps even at loss, hoping to make some money back from increased game sales. Read more »

Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra leaks in live photos

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Live photos of the Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra have surfaced after the device made an appearance in AnTuTu benchmark listings and the FCC. Carrying the model number SGP412, the Xperia Z Ultra Wi-Fi has also got its manual leaked, which confirms its identity.

The exterior of the Wi-Fi only version of the phone remains unchanged. It still sports an all-around glass design and looks exactly as beautiful as its LTE-enabled counterpart. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 pre-orders start in Russia

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Samsung made the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 slate official last week with Poland being the first to have the tablet on sale. Now, Russia is joining in on the fun and there the tablet is up for pre-order.

The Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 sales for RUB6,990 (approximately $205), while the 3G model comes at RUB9,900 ($295). The latter is $20 more expensive than what the slate costs in Poland, but Russia has always been notorious for having the tech a bit more pricey than other places in Europe. Read more »

VLC for iOS reaches version 2.2, gains iOS 7-matching UI

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The VLC player for iOS has been updated to version 2.2 and has gained a new UI with a more iOS 7-friendly look. The new UI adds a few neat tricks such as two-finger tap for video pause and swipe controls for brightness, playback position and volume. A vertical swipe in the right half of the video will adjust the volume, while the same on the left part adjusts screen brightness.

In addition to the fresh look, the latest iteration of VLC player adds support for Dropbox and HTTP live streaming as well as download from Google Drive. Read more »

Sony Smart Tenis Sensor starts selling in Japan in May

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Sony’s Smart Tennis Sensor is going on sale this May, with Japan being the very first market to experience the new racquet tech. Unveiled at CES 2014, the company’s latest sports gadget is priced at £105 (JPY18,000).

Just like the Babolat Play Pure Drive tennis racquet, the sensor sits on the bottom of the racquet and transmits various information via Bluetooth. Read more »

CyanogenMod Oppo N1 battery life test

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This is something new even for us. We have had cases of testing the same device with different Android version, but the Oppo N1 is the first smartphone that we’re going to test with two completely different Android ROMs. The phone sells with either Oppo’s own ColorOS or with CyanogenMod 10.2 out of the box and you are free to change between the two later on, too.

Originally, we tested the Oppo N1 with ColorUI based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The 5.9″ smartphone did excellently, posting a 79 hours endurance rating. Now, it’s CyanogenMod’s turn with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate what its capable of when it comes to battery management. Read more »

Motorola launches Moto G Grip Shell cases

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Motorola has launched five Grip Shell cases for the affordable Moto G. Available in royal blue, lemon lime, chalk, black and cherry, the cases are certainly going to get the phone noticed.

The accessory costs $19.99 and is sold directly from Motorola via their website. It’s ruggedized and snaps directly on the back of the Moto G as a replacement for the phone back cover. Read more »

Huawei makes the MediaPad 7 Youth2 official

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Today Huawei announced the successor to the affordable MediaPad 7 Youth tablet it launched last year. Predictably called the MediaPad 7 Youth2 (the lack of space is not a typo), the slate sports a metallic frame surrounding its 7″ display of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Under the nice looking aluminum gold back, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHzCPU and 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Thankfully, there’s a microSD card slot on board. Read more »

Microsoft Suface US sales pick up in December

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Research and analyst agency Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has outed a part of its yearly analysis of the tablet markets. According a tweet by the company, Microsoft Surface sales have gone up in the month of December.

For now, there’s no specific data to show just how of a brisk turn the Surface sales have taken. However, the research company says Microsoft is still “far behind” the market leaders. Read more »

LG G Flex screen plagued by bumps

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LG G Flex owners have started reporting a bizarre defect that is plaguing the screen of the curved smartphone. Bumps have reportedly began to appear on the surface of some of the 6″ curved OLED displays.

According to a salesclerk at Yongsan Electronics Market in Seoul, who has spoken with KoreaTimes in a telephone interview, all LG G Flex smartphones he has encountered come with small bumps on the screen. LG has acknowledged the problem, which boils down to the elastic features of various components. Read more »

Latest Chrome Canary update introduces Google Now cards

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Google Now has finally made its way onto Chrome Canary, which is Chrome’s beta channel. The feature has been in the works since March last year and now its ready to be widely tested by Canary users.

The feature is available in version 34.0.1788.0 of Canary for Windows and Mac. After enabling it, you’ll see a Chrome notification icon in the status bar – clicking it pops up your Google Now cards. Naturally, you’ll have to be logged in your Google account in order to get it to work. Read more »

CyanogenMod Installer now available for Mac OS X

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It seems Apple’s desktop operating system gets a lot of attention from Android developers these days. Just after the JOdin 3 flash tool got its Mac OS release, Cyanogen has also made its CyanogenMod Installer available for the Apple desktop OS.

CM Installer, as its often referred to, allows for easy flashing of the CyanogenMod ROM on Android phones and tablets, without having to do a lot of tiresome hacking. There is a bunch of devices that the CM Installer works well with – they’re mainly from the Nexus family as well as most Samsung Galaxy S and Note members. The HTC One is also supported. Read more »

Intel’s Arizona factory launch gets delayed due to slowdown in the PC market

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Intel has revealed that it’s going to delay the opening of its completed chip facility in Chandler, Arizona. Called simply Fab 42, the facility lacks the robots and infrastructure to actually produce processors.

Instead of investing in Fab 42 right now, Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy has shared the company’s plans to upgrade three of is other factories. The reason behind the decision is that Intel will be able to use the existing equipment that is already present. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear overclocked to 1.6GHz

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Being a mere smartwatch doesn’t save the Samsung Galaxy Gear from the developers’ desire at getting deep into the gadget’s core. And now, courtesy of XDA Developers, comes the first custom kernel for the Gear.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear has already got its first custom ROM, showing that developers aren’t afraid to get creative, but the new kernel finally shows that they are also now ready to go one level deeper. The first custom kernel allows for the Gear to run at the maximum frequency of its dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which is 1.6GHz. Read more »

Samsung demos 5.68″ foldable AMOLED display at CES 2014

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Samsung has already put its flexible display technology into production with the Galaxy Round, but the company is going one step further as it has showcased its first foldable screen. The demo has been conducted at CES to VIPs in the Encore, Las Vegas, where, according to the ETnews sources, the company has shown a 5.68″ prototype.

Interestingly, the display of the AMOLED variety, but unlike the flexible display of the Round, the new method used in the foldable display allows it to bend in two. Read more »