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Sony announces 5,000mAh and 10,000mAh portable battery chargers

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Sony has unveiled two portable battery chargers that are now available for the Indian market.

The portable chargers in question are the CP-F5 and CP-F10L, which sport a battery capacity of 5,000mAh and 10,000mAh respectively. Read more »

Gmail, YouTube and Google Play services are the top downloaded Android apps, here are the rest

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Google’s Gmail, YouTube and Google Play services apps are the top downloaded Android apps from the Play Store with Maps and Facebook following. The five apps have an install base between 500 million and 1 billion each.

The information has been gathered by tech blog Digital Inspiration, which has used data from the Play Store. The graph above shows the average user rating of an app (blue bars) as well as the total number of users that have left a rating for said apps (orange line). Read more »

Acer announces quad-core Iconia A3 10″ tablet, carriers a €249 price tag

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Acer has decided not to wait until IFA officially kicks off and has announced its Iconia A3 10″ tablet in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions.

The slate is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU. The 10″ display is of IPS variety and features a modest 1280 x 800 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 149ppi. Read more »

ASUS teases next-gen 10″ Transformer tablet, just four days to go until its debut

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Despite we haven’t heard from ASUS as much as some other manufacturers recently, the Taiwan company is going to be on the IFA showfloors and is preparing a surprise on its own.

ASUS posted on its Facebook page a teaser for seemingly a 10″ Android tablet, which simply says “We transform your mobility.” Wonder what that could be all about. Read more »

Oppo N1 teaser video is out, shows a glimpse of the camera

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Right on time, Oppo has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming N1 cameraphone.

Just as you’d expect from a video of this sort, it doesn’t show the phone itself nor does it spill any details regarding the N1′s camera. However, it does show something unexpected – a glimpse of a ISO chart camera sample taken with the phone. Read more »

HTC One Max case goes on pre-order ahead of the phablet’s debut

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We already saw the HTC One Max in the flesh flaunting its imposing figure next to the HTC One and HTC One mini. The phone is yet to debut, but weirdly you can pre-order an HTC One Max case right now.

Case maker Trident has outed its Cyclops series of cases for the HTC One Max confirming some of the phone’s features. The large cut-out at the back of the case is further evidence for the fingerprint scanner that has been rumored as one of the phone’s unique offerings. Read more »

The monstrous Sony Xperia Z Ultra pays HQ a visit, we swiftly arrange a video unboxing

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We met the Sony Xperia Z Ultra at its official announcement and now it’s finally graced our office! Sony’s beast of a phablet has come to our headquarters for a thorough examination, and we’ve already started giving it the full review treatment. Until that is complete though, you might want to check out a short video of its unboxing, followed by a UI walkthrough.

The list of tricks the Sony Xperia Z Ultra knows is almost too long to fit on even its sizable screen. Seriously, this beast is packed to the rafters with cool features. It slots between the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, using the same sleek OmbiBalance design and philosophy – “glass is good, thin is better”. Read more »

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 »