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Apple tries to patent Waze-like navigation system with crowd-sourced traffic data and accident reporting

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A patent filing from Apple, published last Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals the company’s intentions of making a navigation system for creating routes based on user input as well as real-time accident reporting.

Apple’s patent application also includes a method for generating car travel routes based on user preference and real-time traffic data — just like the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. Read more »

Electronic Arts offers up to 43% discount on top six WP games

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Microsoft has teamed up with EA to offer six of the game publisher’s titles to Windows Phone users with a discount of up to 43% discount.

The promotion is going to be live for six days, from July 3 to July 9, and offers cool games such as Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and The Sims 3. Read more »

Online petition urges HTC to reconsider One S update

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Unsettled HTC One S users have started a petition in an attempt to convince HTC to continuing the software support for the smartphone.

This happens just a day after HTC officially revealed its plans to abandon the One S, and not release an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update with Sense 5. Read more »

Nokia 207 and 208 promo videos appear, are almost identical

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Despite the budget nature of the Nokia 207 and 208, they get treated like any other Nokia product and as such have received promo videos of their own to accompany the launch.

In the promos, Nokia emphasizes the colors available for the duo as well as the software features they have, such as Facebook, Xpress Browser and YouTube video playback. Read more »

Latest BlackBerry Q10 ad brags about cool gesture-based UI

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BlackBerry has outed a new TV advertisement for the US, promoting the touch gestures available in BlackBerry OS 10.1. The star of the show is the QWERTY-packing BlackBerry Q10, which is used to show just how much you can do in a short period of time.

The ad demonstrates that you can change your Facebook status without actually opening the social network’s app. Quickly browsing and sharing photos and other content is demoed in the TV spot as well. Read more »

Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A gets its GPU properly tested

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A edition with the Snapdragon 800 chip inside is understandable getting the attention of all benchmark-loving geeks. The smartphone was already put through its paces in a couple of benchmarks last week, but today, another batch of benchmarks has surfaced showing what the Adreno 320 GPU is capable of.

The benchmarks that were used are GFX Bench 2.7, Epic Citadel, AnTuTu 3D, and 3DMark benchmark, The Wi-Fi adapter in the phone was put through some testing as well to see if supports higher speeds than its Snapdragon 600 and Octa variations. Read more »

Opera 15 goes final, now with WebKit engine

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Opera decided to go with the WebKit rendering engine in its Opera Next browser, acting as a beta, and the time has come for the final version of the browser to go public.

Built from scratch based on Google’s Chromium engine, Opera 15 promises an entirely new experience. There’s the all too familiar Speed Dial for accessing favorite websites as well as new features. One of them is Discover. Read more »

Windows 8 overtakes Vista, becomes the third most used desktop OS

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8 months after its release in October 2012, Windows 8 has finally surpassed Windows Vista in usage. Microsoft’s latest desktop OS boasts 5.1% market share, whereas the WIndows Vista share has shrunk to 4.62%.

The data comes from research company and market tracker Net Applications. Their research shows that Windows 8 isn’t too far behind Mac OS X (all versions combined), either. At 6.63% combined, Apple’s OS is just at arms reach for the latest release of the Redmond company. Read more »

Apple submits a trademark application for the “iWatch” name

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A lot of rumors have been floating around the web regarding an Apple-designed smart watch running iOS, but we have seen little official evidence. Now, however, the company has filed an application to trademark the ‘iWatch’ moniker in Japan.


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Noticed by Yahoo Japan, the trademark filing occurred on June 3, suggesting that the company is indeed working such an accessory. Read more »

Leaked fifth-gen Apple iPad schematics show thinner waistline

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What looks to be schematics of the upcoming fifth edition of the Apple iPad have surfaced, showing it is set to inherit the visuals of the iPad mini.

As the image above shows, the iPad 4 has rounded edges, while the iPad 5 will get rid of them in favor of more straight lines, just like those if the iPad mini. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 stops by, poses for the camera

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The budget 7″ Android tablet market has been enjoying quite a lot of attention from a number of manufacturers and the latest device to join in on the fun is a refresh of one of the very first small tablets – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

The third-generation of 7″ Galaxy Tab has just hit the shelves and it feels nicely polished and put together. Read more »

UK consumers say the Galaxy S4 is the fastest smartphone with best battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has won two award from UK consumer research company Which?. It found that Samsung’s Android flagship is not only the fastest smartphone currently on sale, but also the one with the best battery life.

Which? determined this by running the Geekbench 2 benchmark on selected smartphones. The Galaxy S4 got on top with 3188 points with the HTC One sitting in the second place with 2798. Read more »

We take the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 ROM for a spin, here’s the video

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When Google’s Hugo Barra announced at the Google I/O 2013 that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be offered directly from the Play Store as a “Google Play Edition” device running stock Android, many people got really excited. Later on, HTC also jumped on the bandwagon with the HTC One, giving you a choice between two excellently spec’d smartphones that offer the Nexus experience.

As planned, the devices went on sale on June 26 and almost immediately, an alleged Galaxy S4 I9505G unit was discovered that runs on the yet unannounced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Shortly after, a ROM that any regular Galaxy S4 owner with a Snapdragon 600 (yes, including the regular TouchWiz version) can flash popped up. Read more »

Google issues a small update for Gmail on Android, brings back the delete button

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The last update Google made to Gmail for Android was quite substantial and included a lot of user interface changes. One of them was the removal of the Delete button, which caused a hurricane of negative feedback. Today, Google has responded by bringing back the Delete button in a small update for its mail client on Android.

Other than that, the latest version of the Gmail (v4.5.2) includes an undisclosed number of bugfixes as well as the feature to select multiple emails by tapping on their sender’s photo. Read more »

DivvyUp is a Windows Phone 8 exclusive app for effortless bill splitting

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Splitting the bills when out for a dinner with friends or colleagues is always an irksome task which includes passing the receipt multiple times around until everything is cleared out. Now, there’s an app for that. It’s called DivvyUp and is exclusive for Windows Phone 8.

Just snap a photo of the receipt and scan it with DivvyUp. It features Optical Character Recognition to read through the receipt and then assign each item to the person who ordered it. Read more »