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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 »

Oppo N1 hands-on

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Back in September at the Oppo N1 launch event we managed to get some quality time with the smartphone, but now we are finally able to welcome it to our office. As tradition dictates we’ve prepared a hands-on video to whet your appetite before the review comes.

The Oppo N1 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. There are two versions in terms of storage, 16GB and 32GB, but there’s no microSD card. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat factory images available for a trio of Nexus devices

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Google has released the Android 4.4 KitKat binaries and factory images for the LG Nexus 4, the original Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Nexus 10.

In the KitKat announcement bulletin, Google said the factory images will come after the OTA updates have started rolling out for all devices, but it has jumped the gun and now users eager to have a taste of the latest version of Android can do flash those themselves. Read more »

Jolla smartphones to feature Nokia HERE maps

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Jolla announced today it has successfully integrated Nokia HERE maps as the default navigation app of Sailfish OS. The Finnish company also says its OS will get access to thousands of Android apps thanks to the Yandex.Store marketplace

Just yesterday, the Tizen Association got the word out that the Samsung and Intel co-developed Tizen OS will also incorporate Nokia HERE maps as the navigation of choice. The Jolla agreement to license the Nokia HERE business will provide map data as well as local information from over 190 countries. Read more »

Tizen OS gets 36 new partners

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The Tizen Association announced today it is has started partnering with 36 major companies, which will bring a broader support for the Tizen OS at launch. The list includes notable tech companies, game publishers, electronic giants and mobile carriers.

This is great news for the Tizen platform and gives it a lot of potential for when it finally becomes commercially available. Yesterday, news broke that Tizen 3.0 will be available in the third quarter of 2014, so there’s quite some time remaining until it gets adoption beyond developers. Read more »

Windows Store boasts 1.7 million daily downloads in October

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Microsoft has released the latest Windows Store marketplace statistics, which show the number of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 app downloaded daily has averaged 1.7 million.

This includes both free and paid apps and show a 38.5% increase over June. The result is a total of 51.2 million apps downloaded in October alone – 15 million more than recorded in June. Read more »

Samsung NX-300M mirrorless camera runs Tizen, new OS features revealed

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At the Tizen OS Developer Summit in Seoul, Samsung’s executive vice president Jong-Deok Choi revealed that the company’s NX-300M mirrorless camera actually runs Tizen. The camera has been on sale for a month now, but Samsung is just now breaking the news.

Moreover, at the summit Samsung also announced some of the major new features that’ll be coming with Tizen 3.0. Read more »

Google Nexus 5 hands-on

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Behold! The Google Nexus 5 is here. Due to its insane popularity, it’s a bit hard to come by, but now that it’s here, let’s get down to our hands-on.

Made by LG but designed entirely by Google’s finest, the Nexus 5 is what the tech-giant thinks is the best vessel to showcase the true power of pure Android. Just like the Nexus 4 was built using the LG Optimus G framework, the Nexus 5 uses the groundwork laid out by the LG G2. Read more »

BlackBerry Z30 battery life test

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Being the latest BlackBerry smartphone amidst the company’s troublesome times is a daunting task and the Canadians are placing high bets on Z30. We already did our review of the business 5-incher and concluded that it packs a strong feature set, but now we’ll find out if the phone’s battery life will follow suit.

Packing a display of 5 inches brings some a number of benefits to the smartphone, one of them being the ability to carry a larger 2880 mAh battery. Read more »