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Hawaiian Airlines introduces iPad minis as an in-flight entertainment

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Hawaiian Airlines will start using iPad minis as an alternative to (and eventual replacement of) its existing in-flight entertainment system on all of the company’s Boeing 767-300 planes.

The company plans to roll the portable Apple tablets starting September 1 and plans to deploy 1,500 iPad minis to 14 airplanes, which serve 14 routes between the US and Hawaii. This makes Hawaiian Airlines the first US airline company to deploy Apple tablets on board. Read more »

Qualcomm mocks MediaTek eight-core CPU, brags about Snapdragon superiority on video

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Qualcomm has released a promo video for its latest generation processors in which the chipmaker openly mocks one of its main rivals, MediaTek. MediaTek recently announced that it’s working on the world’s first true octa-core CPU and Qualcomm is keen to prove that this is a wrong move.

The San Diego based chip manufacturer manages to show the difference between its Snapdragon line of processors against the competition in a pretty amusing Guitar Hero styled way. Read more »

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue battery life test complets, here come the results

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The budget nature of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue calls for much corner cutting but when it comes to the battery backup, the Chinese have done pretty well. The 7 incher is packing a potent 4100mAh Li-Po battery that promises to go great distances.

However, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs a rather outdated quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which isn’t exactly known for its power-efficiency. We were quite interested to find out how those two balance out. Read more »

Nokia launches new Lumia 1020 ad, hilariously mocks iOS and Android phones

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Nokia Lumia 1020′s early success is great news for the troubled Finnish company, which is trying to generate even more hype around the cameraphone flagship, releasing quite a few promo videos. This latest one takes place at a school performance and reminds us of the wedding-themed video of the Lumia 920.

There, the kids’ parents are fighting for the top spot to take the best photo. And thus hilarity at the expense of the iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy smartphones ensues. Read more »

Oppo N1 to feature a rear touch panel, new teasers reveal

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We already got a couple of teasers for the Oppo N1 upcoming smartphone, and today the company posted yet another one revealing a unique feature of the handset – a rear touch panel.

The teaser in itself is quite unorthodox, if slightly cheesy, and compares the N1 smartphone to a woman’s body. Oppo promises a “brand new user experience” suggesting the back of the phone features a touch panel. However, said touch panel isn’t evident from the previous leaks of the N1. Read more »

Blizzard details Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion

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Enough teasing. Blizzard has officially announced the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion. Along with it the company also launched the game’s opening cinematic trailer. Needless to say, it’s a pure Blizzard masterpiece.

The game takes place after the epic fall of Diablo and his capture into the black soulstone. Now, there’s a new, greater evil on the block – Malthael, the angel of death. Read more »

Asphalt 8 and 14 more Gameloft games to hit Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Gameloft has announced its plans to launch a total of 15 games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by the end of this year and throughout 2014. Headlining the list is Asphalt 8: Airborne, which hits Android and iOS tomorrow.

Four of the games will be new for the Windows Phone 8 platform, while all 15 will be hitting Windows 8. Read more »

Google Maps now supports real time Waze reports on Android and iOS

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Just two months after Google acquired the community-based traffic and navigation app Waze, the company’s Maps app now supports real time incident reports. The information will come directly from reports submitted by the Waze community, but the feature won’t be available everywhere.

At first users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US will benefit from real time accident, construction, road closure and other reports submitted from Waze users. However, Google Maps isn’t the only app that benefits from the collaboration of the two companies. The Waze app has been updated as well. Read more »

Nokia Transit for Series 40 leaves its beta tag behind

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Nokia has released the final version of its popular public transport information app dubbed Nokia Transit for the Series 40 platform. The app, which was previously beta and exclusive to Lumia phones has now been made available to the Asha platform and Series 40 users can enjoy it as well.

The Transit app is very useful and is great for finding nearby stations. You can search for them by address and once you find the one you’re interested in, the app displays departure times allowing you to plan a route to your destination. Read more »

Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge raises $10 million, sets a new record

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The Ubuntu Edge jumped past the $10 million mark today and as of the time of writing has gathered $10,386,000 in its (doomed) crowd-sourced funding campaign.

The first couple of days of Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge crowd-funded campaign went pretty well. The company raised a bit over $2 million in the first 24 hours, but since then, the whole project has slowed down too much for it to become successful. Read more »

Motorola launches NFC accessory and a pair of docks for the Moto X

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With the Moto X already announced and preparing for US launch, Motorola has started revealing some of the accessories that customers can get. The coolest of them all is the Skip, an NFC accessory for automatically unlocking your Moto X.

The Skip is listed as a “wearable accessory” and is simply a fancy NFC tag that unlocks the Moto X with a single tap. It also features a little clip allowing you to snap it onto a piece of clothing. Read more »

Taiwanese music and movie star shows up with the alleged Apple iPhone 5C

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Rumors, leaks and photos of the Apple iPhone 5C, a more budget-oriented variation of the next iPhone 5, just keep on coming. The latest one comes from Taiwan, where a local singer and actor Jimmy Lin posed for the camera holding the phone.

If you don’t know who Mr. Lin is, he’s a very famous musician, actor and even a former race car driver from Taiwan. This gives the photo of him holding the iPhone 5C and then placing it next to an iPhone 5 a lot of credibility. Read more »

LG G2 for Verizon to feature exclusive wireless charging

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At the LG G2 announcement event, the company didn’t mention that its flagship will sport wireless charging, but as it turns out the CDMA edition available for Verizon customers will get to enjoy that.

On the promo page for the LG G2, the US carrier has pointed out that the smartphone will come with exclusive wireless charging functionality. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear to come at IFA, carry the SM-V700 model name

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real and is going to be officially announced at the company’s Unpacked 2 event in Berlin, according to unnamed SamMobile sources.

The company’s next attempt at a smartwatch device is going to carry the model name SM-V700 and will act as a companion to the Galaxy lineup of high-end smartphones, the website claims. Read more »

See the Ubuntu Edge in flesh, this might be your only chance

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge smartphone project is losing steam and at the time of writing have raised close to $10 million. Sadly, with the pace the campaign goes, it’s impossible to reach the 32 million target by August 22, when it ends.

Good thing then that a prototype of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has been showcased at the XDA DevCon 2013 in Miami. As a result, you can now see the phone in the flesh. This might as well be the only time you’ll be able to do so. Read more »