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Honda invents a smartphone airbag case

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Car manufacturer Honda knows a thing or two when it comes to airbags. As a result, the company has decided to put an end to the shattered displays and cracked bodies of dropped smartphones with its brand new airbag-stuffed Smartphone Case N.

Quite bulky and virtually impractical at this point, the Honda Smartphone Case N features six airbags that fire off whenever a sensor detects the phone is in a freefall to the ground. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.2 final version is now available for download

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The final and stable version of CyanogenMod 10.2 is ready for prime time. The developer team behind the most popular Android ROM is now shifting its focus primarily on CyanogenMod 11, which will bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the CM masses.

The CyanogenMod team will also continue to provide hot fixes and security patches as they are needed. This is quite an important milestone for them as this stable CM 10.2 release marks the end of Jelly Bean-based development. Read more »

Huawei promo game lets you win a Mercedes-Benz Coupe

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Huawei has launched a new promotional campaign called “Unlock Possibilities”, which gives you the chance to win the grand prize – one of the two Mercedes-Benz Coupes. The promo game is on Huawei’s Facebook page and is free to enter.

Apart from the grand prize, you can also snatch an Ascend P6 smartphone, vouchers, in-game points and E-Points. The latter can be exchanged at Huawei’s website for vouchers at select retail partners. Read more »

A new Nokia Lumia 1320 promo video is out

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Nokia has launched a new promo video for its affordable Lumia 1320 phablet to help build some hype ahead of its launch. Sadly, the phone won’t make it for the Christmas holiday season, but it will become available early next year.

The video is less than a minute long and shows the Lumia 1320 in cool 360-degree shots highlighting some of the main software features of Windows Phone 8. It also shows the different color options for the phablet – black, yellow, orange and white. Read more »

Infographic gives you a list of 60 must-know Google Now commands

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Google Now is ever evolving and with Android 4.4 KitKat it recognizes even more commands than ever before. It’s understandable if you don’t know all of them – we doubt anyone can remember them all. However, many don’t know even the basic things you can ask Google to do for you.

That’s why the folks over at TrendBlog have composed a neat infographic listing the cool tasks, commands and requests you can handle to Google Now. The infographic is broken down into categories each listing a set of commands. Categories include Notes & Reminders, Time & Date, Communication, Weather, Web browsing, Maps & Navigation and there is even an Easter Eggs one. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 525 promo video arrives

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The Nokia Lumia 525 is now official. Being the successor of the most successful Windows Phone 8 device ever it has some big shoes to fill. Understandably Nokia is trying to build some hype around it by releasing its first promo video.

With funky music and great choreography, the video demonstrates some of the Nokia Lumia 525′s main features. The colorful glossy plastic, updated internals as well as advanced music capabilities are just some of the phones key selling points. Read more »

Nokia Chat powered by Yahoo! beta 1.3 is now faster with offline support

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Nokia has launched a beta version 1.3 of its Chat powered by the Yahoo! messaging app. Available for Nokia Lumia smartphones, the messaging app brings a few new features and a boost in performance.

Naturally, the newer version also fixes some glitches of the previous iteration of the app, and improves the startup times. Upon launching the app users will immediately have access to the contacts list and will be able to read old messages. Read more »

Gameloft shows the benefit of MediaTek’s octa-core CPU

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MediaTek announced its latest true octa-core MT6592 chip last week and now the company has teamed up with Gameloft to showcase what the hardware is capable of.

More specifically, Gameloft has enhanced its Modern Combat 5 shooting game to take advantage of MediaTek’s latest octa-core CPU. Because of the additional oomph, the game maker is capable of adding a lot more textures, visual candy and effects to the gaming engine. Read more »

Next-gen Kindle Paperwhite to feature 300ppi display and lighter body

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The next generation of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-Book reader is going to feature a 300ppi screen and a lighter shell, insider sources claim. The higher pixel density display of the next Kindle Paperwhite is also going to be complemented by enhanced typography.

In comparison, the current Paperwhite packs a 212ppi display, so the update should definitely make a difference. Moreover, there will be additional hardware improvements over the current model. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat hits the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung will be releasing an official Android 4.4 KitKat software update for its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to wait until January, today a CyanogenMod 11 ROM based on the latest version of Android has been released for the phone.

The ROM is in currently in Alpha, so it’s only suitable for enthusiasts and people who are willing to help with finding (and fixing) bugs. Read more »

Waze hits Windows Phone as the Store reaches 190,000 apps

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Following the launch of the popular photo sharing app Instagram for Windows Phone, popular traffic and navigation app Waze has gone out of closed beta and is now available for download from the platform’s app store.

Waze, which was acquired by Google, brings crowd-sourced real-time information for road conditions, shortcuts, traffic jams and gas prices. Read more »

Education-focused tablet by Nintendo in the works

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According to several tweets published by Nintendo software engineer Nando Monterazo, the company is hard at work creating an Android tablet with a focus on education. Judging from his writings, the Android slate is going to be used by kids, who will get access to various educational games.

Those games, naturally, will have classic Nintendo characters in them. However, Monterazo points out that old-school Nintendo games won’t be coming to the upcoming tablet. NES, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy games will not be available for the unnamed Nintendo tablet, as “educational games only” will be the focus. Read more »

LG-made Nexus 10 leaks in two images

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A Reddit user claiming to be an employee at carrier Telefonica has leaked out two images of what is allegedly the LG-made Nexus 10 tablet.

The tablet looks pretty similar to the current-gen Nexus 10 that’s made by Samsung. The image suggests the model number of the upcoming Google table is LG-V510. Read more »

Sony sells 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 24 hours

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Sony managed an amazing achievement with its latest PlayStation 4 console topping 1 million sales in the first 24 hours. With the console being available only in the US and Canada for now, the figure sounds even more impressive.

The PlayStation 4 will have its wider rollout on November 29, when it’s going to hit Europe and Australia. Sony expects to sell as many as 3 million units of the console by the end of the year. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets a 6,500mAh battery from Mugen

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the several Android smartphones that completely fulfill the demands of power users, thanks to the convenience of its large 3,200mAh battery. However, Mugen believes that kind of power autonomy isn’t enough and has released a 6,500mAh extended battery for the Note 3.

Since the Mugen extended Note 3 battery is thicker than the stock one, the company also provides a custom back cover to house it. Read more »