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Symantec: 1000 fraudulent apps submitted to the Google Play Store in August alone

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A recently published report by software security company Symantec shows that August has seen a peak of fraudulent apps for Android being submitted to the Google Play Store.

In fact, close to 1,000 scam apps have been published in August alone, which in total have been downloaded “at least” 8,500 times as per Google Play’s own statistic. However, Symantec says that this number is actually close to 10,000 as the statistics aren’t always showing the latest data. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 shootout surfaces, yields surprising results

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 and the recently announced at IFA 2013 Sony Xperia Z1 are the hottest cameraphones out there. Sadly, we are still in the process of obtaining both of them for an extensive camera shootout, but luckily our colleagues at TBreak.se have managed to do that already and had some quick shots to share with it.

The photos range from landscape through macro to night shots and give a very decent idea of what the Z1 is really capable of. If you’ve been following our extensive IFA 2013 coverage (and you really should), then you’d know that we took the Z1′s camera for a spin, but it’s interesting to see how it fares against the cameraphone-to-beat – the Nokia Lumia 1020. Read more »

Nokia’s HERE mapping service partners with Mercedes-Benz to help them make self-driving cars

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The Nokia-owned HERE mapping service has announced that it’s now partnering with Mercedes-Benz as well as other automotive suppliers to start connecting select cars to the cloud.

The partnership relies on the HERE Connected Driving framework, which allows the cars to compute real time information on demand. The goal is to give the car more information in turn giving it a wider control over different aspects of the driving. This, according to HERE will create “an entirely new class of services.” Read more »

LG details G Pad 8.3 availability detailed, to hit 30 countries by year’s end

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LG marks a strong comeback to the tablet market with the G Pad 8.3 and showcased it in full at the IFA 2013 show, albeit being mum regarding availability and pricing.

Thankfully, today the Korean company shared its plans to distribute the G Pad 8.3 and the good news it’s going to be available in 30 countries by the end of the year. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear vs. Qualcomm Toq vs. Sony Smartwatch 2: Put your finger on it

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Smartwatches are the talk of the street right now and for a very good reason. They are cool, capable and understated. At the IFA 2013 expo, both Samsung and Qualcomm announced their smartwatch representatives: the Galaxy Gear and Toq. Naturally, we had to compare them to the Sony Smartwatch 2, which was announced a couple of months ago.

You may be thinking that smartwatches aren’t really our scope, but remember that while we are professional phone reviewers, we are also geeks. This puts the smartwatch product category right in our alley. Read more »

Samsung outs an official, extra long hands-on video of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

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One of the headlines that has come out of IFA 2013 so far is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It sports a plethora of new software features and awesome integration options with the just announced Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

So, in order to familiarize potential Note 3 owners with some of its new software tricks, Samsung has made a lengthy hands-on video of the phablet. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. LG G Pro vs. Acer Liquid S2: Phablets unleashed

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When it first came out a couple of years ago, the original Samsung Galaxy Note was welcomed with mixed feeling and reactions. Back then nobody would have thought that today we would be cheering the third installment in the lineup with an even bigger screen. Well times change, and in this industry, times literally flee.

But this time around, the Note 3 is not the only option. You see, Samsung may have opened people’s minds to the phablet realm, but it also inspired a lot of companies to launch rival products. Nothing wrong in that of course, as it leads us to this post where we pit the Galaxy Note 3 versus the LG G Pro and the Acer Liquid S2, with the latter being another fresh announcement off the IFA 2013 floor as well. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 vs. LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Downtown showdown

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The high-end smartphone spectrum has never been this charming, as we have the freshly announced Sony Xperia Z1 rivaling the newborn LG G2 and the still hot Samsung Galaxy S4. Each of them is nothing short of a powerhouse and each of them has enough charisma to charm the birds out of the trees.

In fact, it’s the Sony Xperia Z1 that will capture them best while doing so. With its 20.7MP G Lens camera with Exmor RS sensor and an updated 5″ full HD Triluminos display with the X-Reality display engine it is the replacement the Xperia Z deserved to get. The same can be easily said for the other two rivals as well – the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are both the high-tech pinnacles of their respective makers. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) vs. Apple iPad 4 vs. Sony Xperia Tablet Z: A living room Mexican standoff

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Samsung announced yesterday the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition – its latest attempt to occupy your living room by providing a one-stop entertainment and media consumption tablet device. We’ve decided to pit it against Apple’s and Sony’s best in a virtual Mexican stand off so we can gauge what amount of novelty does the newcomer bring to the (living room) table.

Samsung has long learned the cold hard truth that a 10.1″ tablet must be able to do pretty much everything you throw at it, and thus the Note series of slates was born. Sony agrees with this as well, but doesn’t bet as much on the software chips as it does on the hardware ones. Its Xperia Tablet Z offering is both ultra thin and waterproof, the second one being a true rarity in the tablet space.

Apple, as a pioneer in the mass consumer tablet space, is pretty comfortable with its 4th generation iPad. The company is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad in October, so for now we’ll take what it offers and throw it in the mix. Read more »

Oppo N1 gets a second teaser video, hints aluminum build

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Day after day, Oppo continues to tease its upcoming N1 cameraphone. Today, the company released the second teaser video, which strongly suggests the Oppo N1 is going to flaunt an aluminum body.

The video shows what seems to be an Oppo factory, where the build process of the N1 takes place. In it, we get a short glimpse of the phone’s back panel. Notably, it features two cutouts – one for its alleged 12MP camera and one for the LED flash. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 official promo video tells you the key features of the 20.7MP smartphone

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The Sony Xperia Z1 (previously dubbed Honami) is now official and with one of its promo videos now out in the wild, the company has now launched a second one, showcasing some of the phone’s capabilities.

Naturally, the main accent falls onto the smartphone’s 20.7MP camera with Sony’s G Lens and Exmor RS CMOS Image Sensor. Its demoed on a number of occasions including low-light scenarios as well as a short trip underwater for some adventurous video shooting. Read more »

Oppo N1 to flaunt a 5.9″ display, September 23rd launch closes by

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Oppo has outed yet another piece of the N1 cameraphone puzzle. In a tweet, the Chinese phonemaker has revealed that their upcoming Oppo N1 will sport a 5.9″ display.

This will put the phone right against the likes of the yet-to-be announced Samsung Galaxy Note III, which too is rumored to pack a similarly sized display. However, the Oppo N1 will probably be more about advanced camera performance, as the latest teaser hinted. Read more »

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 »