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Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 2

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The first four quarterfinalists in our Smartphone Champions League have already been revealed, and now it’s time to learn the names of the other four. Some really exciting games await as 8 more smartphones will battle it out for the remaining spots.

We’ve got the LG-made Google Nexus 5 in actual today against the Apple iPhone 5s in what should be a thrilling encounter. The other Apple smartphone is also going to see some action today, hoping to put an end to Samsung’s participation in the tournament. We’ve also got an in-house battle and a proper mid-ranger contest – all the ingredients of an exciting matchday. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 1 final scores

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The first four games in the SCL Round of 16 are now complete, the scores have been counted and now know the names of half of the quarterfinalists.

Sony already has two smartphones in the next round, while Nokia and HTC also got their names on the board. Read more »

Canonical releases Ubuntu and Android dual boot developer preview

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Canonical has managed to give Ubuntu enthusiasts a nice Chrimasts present. Developers and advanced users can now download a special preview image of Ubuntu Touch which can dual boot Android.

Yes, you can now have both Ubuntu Touch and Android on a single smartphone with the option to easily switch between the two. Canonical says the image is suitable only for those who are comfortable with flashing custom firmwares on their devices. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 1

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With the Round of 32 part of our Smartphone Champions League now over, it’s time to turn our heads to the Round of 16 where things get more and more interesting by the day. You can check out the results from Matchday 4 to see the which smartphones went through in the opening round and which had to go home after their very first game.

Today we have the first batch of eight handsets who survived the Round of 32. In the Matchday 1 of Round of 16 we’ll see some ferocious battles. There are the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Motorola Moto G, Sony Xperia SP vs Nokia Asha 501 and Sony Xperia Z1 vs Sony Xperia Z. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1, Matchday 3

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Our Smartphone Champions League is in full swing and it’s time for Matchday 3. You can check out the results from Matchday 2, which turned to be was a real nail-biter.

Anyway, let the battles in Matchday 3 commence. Today, we have some equally interesting matches, which are well worthy your attention and participation. Mind you, the draws are only based on popularity in our database, so some strangely matched pair are bound to clash. Now let’s see who’s facing who in the third day of the Champions League. Read more »

Nokia releases new Lumia 2520 ad

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The Nokia Lumia 2520 parade of ads just keeps on coming. A couple of days ago the Finns released a rather unorthodox video ad, which aimed to promo the tablet to be suitable for both work and play, while the previous one mocked the iPad.

Now, the latest Nokia’s latest ad piece of the Lumia 2520 is far more tastefully done in a 3D animation style and has a lot more positive vibe going for it. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 2

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The Matchday 1 of our Smartphones Champions League is now over and it’s time for Matchday 2. We have another batch of four games for you to vote on.

Today the four games of our tournament see the LG G2 vs.HTC One, Nokia Lumia 520 vs. LG Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z vs Sony Xperia L and the Samsung Galaxy S DUOS vs the Nokia Asha 501. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 new advertisement is out

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Nokia UK has posted a new ad for the Lumia 2520 tablet. There’s no running away from the fact that it’s kind of strange and is up for the viewer’s interpretation.

It portrays a man that wants to get a new haircut entering a barbershop and instead of a professional barber, he gets his hair cut by him tapping the Lumia 2520. It’s weird, I know, but check out the ad for yourself below. Read more »

Apple Mac Pro starts selling tomorrow

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Unveiled back in October, the Mac Pro is starting its retail journey from tomorrow, December 19. Apple redesigned the Mac Pro entirely and has packed it with some of the best hardware you can find around.

Packing a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, the new Mac Pro also has dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each. RAM is 12GB, while storage is 256GB of PCIe-based flash memory. This configuration is the cheapest of them all and comes for $2,999. Read more »

Real Racing 3 brings live multiplayer mode on iOS

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Real Racing 3 has been offering a multiplayer mode, which allowed you to race against the time of your friend’s ghost car, but today’s iOS updates adds another, more compelling dimension to the mode. The new multiplayer mode allows for up to four players to race against each other in real-time.

The new multiplayer mode will be available for iOS users only, but the update also brings a couple of new cars. Android and iOS users alike will be treated to the latest McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid and the next-gen Lamborghini Veneno. Read more »

Viber for Windows 8 now available

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The popular free calling and chat service Viber has expanded its availability today and has now hit the Windows 8 Store.

The release comes 7 months after the company released Viber for PC and Mac and the new app is fully optimized for the Windows 8 touch interface. Read more »

LG announces 4K UltraWide monitor line-up

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LG has officially announced its new UltraWide 4K family of monitors, which currently consists of three members – 29″, 31″ and the 34″ flagship.

The 29″ (29UM95) and the 34″ (34UM95) will pack a 3,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG claims they support 99% of the sRGB gamut and will include its True Color calibration software for free. Read more »

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Game Pad hits UK this week

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The Smartphone Galaxy Note 3 is a smartphone of a couple of personalities – it’s great at making your productive and helping you get stuff done, but it’s also quite good as a gaming console. The first role is backed up by the S Pen and now the gaming area is getting its much needed accessory in the form of the official Samsung Game Pad for the Galaxy Note 3.

Featuring one-touch NFC pairing via Bluetooth 4.0, the Galaxy Note 3 Game Pad is great for Android gamers who want to experience their games with a traditional gamepad. Read more »

Download the Linux-based SteamOS and make your own SteamBox now

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Valve has finally launched its Linux-based SteamOS for you to download and install on you own hardware. Despite being in “early stages of development” as the company puts it, enthusiasts are free to try it out and share their opinions on what they’d improve.

SteamOS is based on Debian GNU/Linux distribution version 7.1. The minimum hardware requirements aren’t as high as one would think with Valve’s OS needing an Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and an NVidia GPU – support for AMD GPUs is coming soon. Read more »

Instagram Direct allows you to share your photos and videos with friends

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Instagram announced today a new feature called Direct, which enables you to share your videos and photos to a select friends or a group of friends.

The new feature was announced at a special Instagram event by the company’s CEO Kevin Systrom. He also shared that Instagram now boasts 150 million users, raising from 80 million in the beginning of the year. Read more »