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Samsung Life Times app and redesigned S Voice surface

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SamMobile has been able to gain access to a new app that Samsung intends to launch with the Galaxy S5. Dubbed Life Times, it’s sort of a personal diary app, which collects information from a list of apps in order to create a comprehensive log.

Life Times automatically gathers information from the list of apps (Camera, Email, Location, Memo, Messages, Music, phone and S Health as well as a list of social networks), which makes it similar to Samsung’s Story Album app. This begs the question if Life Times is destined to replace it or not. Read more »

Latest Viber update for WP8 brings Sticker Market

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Viber has brought the Sticker Market feature to the Windows Phone 8 version of its instant messenger. Available in the latest update of the app, this is Viber’s first attempt at generating revenue with its services.

On top of that, the update brings enhanced notifications, which the company says are now smarter. Viber users also have more options to customize their statuses. Read more »

Nintendo said to work on Android games, release them by year’s end

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Nintendo is certainly not in the most favorable of positions right now. Following the price cut of its unsuccessful Wii U gaming console, a report by Japanese news outlet Nikkei suggests the company may be looking to expand its business to Android games.

Currently, Nintendo’s strategy is to release self-made games only for its consoles, but not for anyone else’s. The report cites a source that’s previously been accurate about Nintendo’s plans, who claims that in 2014 the Japanese company will release “minigames” for Android phones. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 to come with new design, flexible display

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch has been rumored to come out in tandem with the Galaxy S5. Now a new publication in a Korean media, which claims to be in touch with Samsung insiders, the new generation smartwatch will be announced in March or April.

The announcement is likely to happen in London, probably at an Unpacked event. The insider also claims that Samsung has felt the need to radically change the design of the upcoming Gear. The overhaul will include a new, flexible OLED display. Read more »

Amazon lists GTA V for PC, forgets it’s not official yet

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Rockstar Games is irritatingly quiet on the subject of a PC version of its Grand Theft Auto V game, but as an Amazon listing indicates, the wait of PC enthusiasts may soon be over.

Amazon Germany has posted a listing for the game, which hints that an official announcement may soon be upon us. Released in September last year for the PS3 and Xbox 360, the game has become a major hit with more than 11.21 million copies. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on

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The Nokia Lumia 1320 is considered the cheap man’s Lumia 1520, but that doesn’t make it less important than its high-end sibling. In fact, recently it was exactly Nokia’s more affordable devices that have been moving its business forward. Okay, technically, it’s now Microsoft’s business, but let’s stay on topic.

At the front, the Lumia 1320 boasts a 720p 6″ IPS ClearBlack display. It’s bright and boasts great colors, but you can notice that it’s not as sharp as the Lumia 1520′s equally-sized, but higher resolution screen. The cutback is understandable though, Nokia needs a mid-range runner who can quickly catch up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Read more »

Nokia HERE Transit for select Asha phones now available on the Nokia Store

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Last year, Nokia unveiled the HERE Transit Beta app available for select touch-based Ashas, specifically the ones of the Asha 50x range, and now the time has come the app to graduate to final form and hit the Nokia Store.

Currently, only the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503 have access to download the HERE Transit app. Read more »

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 »