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Microsoft gives us the first official video of the new Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has uploaded a 4-minute video giving you a first look of the upcoming update for Windows 8 dubbed Windows 8.1

The video demonstrates just a handful of the new features and customization options and the issues Microsoft has fixed. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS on June 27

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When BlackBeery announced that its Messenger service (BBM) was coming to iOS and Android many people, including me, got very excited, but unfortunately, the company wasn’t ready to announce a release date back then.

Now, almost a month after the Blackberry Live 2013 conference, the company has announced that its BBM service will hit Android and iOS as a standalone app on June 27. Read more »

Samsung releases a new Galaxy S4 ad aimed at new dads

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is chock full of features so various and different that many people were wondering how they might use them in their everyday life. Happily, Samsung is here to help with yet another ad of its Android flagship, which thankfully isn’t outright weird.

The latest one is titled Swaddle master and features a dad who has to wrap his son in blankets without the help of the mom, who is running errands. Read more »

Samsung Tizen 2.1 screenshots appear, show how far the OS has gone

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It’s been a while since we last heard any novelties surrounding Samsung and Intel’s joint work on the HTML5-based Tizen OS. Couple of months ago there were even rumors that both companies might announce the first Tizen device to run the latest version of the OS, which is currently 2.1, but alas.

That’s why for now we’ll have to do with the batch of screenshots of the OS that Tizen Indonesia has posted. They gives us a glimpse of what the camera interface looks like, as well as the email client and the web browser. The latter promises to be extremely good, and it’s as it was and currently leading the charts in HTML5 Mobile compatibility test. Read more »

Apple’s official WWDC 2013 app for iOS is out now

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With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference just a week away, the company has released its official app for the developer-oriented event.

There, Apple developers can watch videos of the sessions directly on their iPhones and iPads. Read more »

iSupply: Samsung is the second biggest chip maker in Q1, 2013, Intel sits on top

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According to a report filed by market information provider iSupply, Samsung is breathing down Intel’s neck in the semiconductor market race in the first quarter of 2013 with 10.5% market share. Intel controls 15.1% if the chip market.

For the January-March period, Samsung’s recorded $7.77 billion in sales, while Intel sales totalled $11.16 billion. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 goes through our battery test hoops, promises long texting sessions

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The BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 duo have the tough job of making the company relevant again. As we found out in our BlackBerry Z10 review, it’s very good phone overall, but merely mediocre as far as its battery performance is concerned.

We’ll see how the BlackBerry Q10 matches its brother in our full-blown review, which is coming very soon, but for now, we’ll concentrate on its battery endurance. Read more »

ASUS unwraps its PQ321 31.5-inch 4K-resolution monitor

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ASUS has announced the PQ321 monitor packing 4K resolution. The professional-grade screen is 31.5 inches in diagonal and can show one billion colors thanks to its 10-bit RGB LED-backlit IGZO panel.

The 4K resolution translates to 3840 x 2160 pixels, which adds up to a pixel density of 140 pixels per inch. Other features of the ASUS PQ321 include 176-degree viewing angle, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 8ms response time. Read more »

Purported second-gen Google Nexus 7 tablet makes an appearance in a promo video

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Google certainly loves teasing us – the search giant has featured an yet unknown tablet in a promo Google Maps video. The real kicker is that it doesn’t look anything like the purported second-gen Nexus 7 slate we saw at one of the Google I/O sessions.

In fact, the newly shown slate has more round corners and a two-tone design, unlike the current-gen Nexus 7. Read more »

Google updates Play Music Android app with options to share songs with friends and delete tracks

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Google Play Music has been updated with some minor features that make the app more complete as a music player.

The complete redesign of the app unveiled at Google I/O was a welcome addition, but now the company has added features like the option to delete songs from the device as well as remove them from the My Library list. Read more »

Google updates Gmail for desktop, Android and iOS with new tabbed inbox

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Google has just unveiled the latest design refresh of its Gmail service, which now sports four prominent new tabs allowing you to easily filter your content.

The new tabs in question are Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates allowing you to easily see what kind of email you’ve got and what’s the nature of it. Read more »

Nokia Asha 308, 309, 310 and 311 get Mail for Exchange app to sync their Microsoft email, contacts and calendar

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Great news for the nearly 10 million Asha Touch phones out there, as Nokia has just added Mail for Exchange support to these devices.

The Nokia Asha 308, 309, 310 and 311 will now be able to sync email, contacts and calendar entries via the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, 2007 and 2010 protocol as well as use the Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Online Service. Read more »

Samsung’s top dogs met up today to discus the company’s new design direction dubbed “Design 3.0″

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With the Galaxy S4 being more of a evolution than a revolution in the Samsung’s smartphone design language, reports are flying in today that the company’s top executives have met in Seoul to discuss where the look of its products, both internal and external, is going.

Codenamed simply “Design 3.0″, the initiative will have the complex task at hand to sculpture the future product design language of Samsung. Reportedly, the company’s chiefs want their products to stand out and pack “positive values”. Read more »

Apple CEO Tim Cook does a D11 interview, watch the full video here

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The D: All Things Digital stage has been arguably the best place to see top dog company officials give interviews. Most prominent of which is the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates duo back in 2007.

Most recently, Apple’s CEO took a seat at the red chair for an extended 1 hour and 21 minutes interview. Read more »

A Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone combusts out of the blue and burns off while owner is asleep

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Yet another incident with an exploding Galaxy S3 has occurred last night, but this time it hasn’t been provoked by microwaves. Reddit user vizionx1208 was last night woken to a loud sign and a ton of smoke coming out of his beloved Galaxy S3.

Alerted by the really bad smell, he jumped out of his bed just to witness his own phone beginning to catch fire. Here’s what he saw after pouring a glass of water over the phone. Read more »