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Windows 8.1 Preview officially launches, better personalization, Start button comeback

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Today at its Build developer conference, Microsoft released the preview of the Windows 8.1 update and it is now available for users to download and try out.

The update brings a lot of changes to Windows 8 in an effort to improve the experience and fix the stuff that people have been complaining about. The major one of them is the removal of the Start button in Windows 8. Happily, it’s back in Windows 8.1 Read more »

Check out this epic 16-minute Sony Xperia Z Ultra hands-on video

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The Xperia Z Ultra was announced yesterday and we were quick on our feet on giving you an extensive hands-on of Sony’s phablet. However, we simply didn’t have the time to film the smartphone on camera as extensively as we’d liked. Luckily, Lutz Herkner of Mobilewatch managed to get a prototype of the device and give it a thorough hands-on treatment.

Covering all the basics, Herkner goes through all the major features and gives valuable insight on each of them. There’s even a detailed screen comparison between the Xperia Z Ultra’s 6.4″ 1080p TFT Triluminos display and Xperia Z’s 5″ 1080p TFT display. Read more »

Dropbox 2.3 update now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Dropbox has launched a minor update for its iOS app, bringing it to version 2.3. While not really substantial, the update brings some improvements as well as bug squashing for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

You can now share entire folders right from the application, as well as share single or multiple files at once, which is convenient. Read more »

Nokia updates the HERE Venue Maps with 49,000 buildings in 45 countries

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Nokia has just launched one of its biggest updates to the HERE Maps app ever with the addition of indoor mapping for 49,000 buildings in 45 countries.

Among the major additions are shopping malls in London as well as major shops and New York at the Times Square and 5th avenue. Read more »

Age of Empires coming to Android and iOS, Windows Phone 8 version to follow

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Microsoft has teamed up with Japanese mobile game studio KLab to bring its best-selling title Age of Empires to Android and iOS devices, according to Reuters.

KLab will be responsible for sqeezing the game onto smaller screens and making the real-time strategy thumb-friendly. Read more »

Sony SBH52 wireless handsfree handles calls, while the Xperia Z Ultra rests in your pocket

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At its event today, Sony unveiled another accessory, in the form of the Smart Bluetooth Handset (SBH52). Designed to go hand-in-hand with the Xperia Z Ultra, this wireless mini-handset can receive calls and thus save you the trouble of placing the massive Ultra against your ear to answer a call.

The Sony SBH52 features an OLED display which is good to display the caller ID, music track information, the time or even text messages.The casing of the SBH52 is waterproof and comes with NFC connectivity for fast pairing. Read more »

Google Street View goes vertical in Dubai, allows you to visit the tallest building in the world

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With 8 million kilometers clocked and counting, Google’s Street View service is aiming even higher to offer its users more and more breathtaking sights – literally. Street View’s latest update now features the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the world’s tallest building.

This is the first time the Street View team goes to capture every centimeter of a skyscraper and the endeavor has taken a total of three days to complete. Read more »

Samsung ATIV Q and its Intel Core i5-4200U flex muscles on the AnTuTu benchmark

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Samsung announced its ATIV Q convertible notebook capable of dual-booting Windows 8 and Android thanks to its 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U CPU. The new generation Intel Haswell CPUs are impressive on paper, but how would ATIV Q’s processor fare on the Android AnTuTu benchmark?

Thankfully, ePrice have asked the same question and have put the Intel Core i5 chip through the AnTuTu hoops to find out. Read more »

HP officially announces the Slate 21 AIO Android tablet with Tegra 4 chipset

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At an event in Beijing, China, HP officially took the wraps off the Slate 21 Android tablet. It’s built around a 21.5″ IPS display sporting a 1920×1080 pixels resolution.

The rather oversized tablet is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chipset and runs Android 4.2.2. The extra space is further used to house a dual speakers DTS Digital Theater Systems setup. Read more »

Windows Store glitch allows non-Lumia smartphones to download Nokia-exclusive apps

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Unquestionably, the exclusive apps are part of the charm of the Nokia smartphones, over their WP8 competitors. As you would imagine apps such as Nokia Drive, Nokia Here Maps and Nokia Music are unavailable for owners of non-Nokia smartphones running Microsoft’s OS. Up until now.

WPDang has found a simple exploit giving users access to all Nokia WP8 applications in the Microsoft Windows Store. Read more »

Sony smartwatch to be part of the company’s agenda at its June 25 event

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Smartphones aren’t going to be the only thing that Sony is going to announce at its upcoming event on June 25, Tuesday. The company has teased today its plans to unwrap a new smartwatch at its event on Twitter.

There, the company has published a photo stating a research by BI Intelligence, stating that one in three people want to have a smart wrist wear. Sony already has a smartwatch, announced over an year ago, so it’s clearly a time for a refresh. Read more »

Nokia continues its sophomoric meme mockery of Android smartphones

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It was kind of amusing when Nokia first started poking fun at other smartphone manufacturers with its specially created internet memes, but now, when the Finns have produced yet another batch of them, their charm is kind of lost.

Today, we’ve got five more memes that take a jab at Samsung and other smartphone makers and their products. Read more »

Samsung officially unveils ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablets

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At today’s Premiere event in London Samsung officially announced two tablets – the convertible ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3. Both devices run Windows 8, while the ATIV Q can dual boot Android as well.

Starting up with the Samsung ATIV Q, as it is the more interesting slate of the two. It’s built around a 13.3″ display with the jaw-dropping resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. Read more »

LiveMap is an Android-powered motorbike helmet that puts Google Glass to shame

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Android is known to be one of, if not the most, diverse mobile operating systems out there powering everything from mobile devices through washing machines and microwaves to Google Glass. Now, there’s a project posted on IndieGoGo aimed towards creating a helmet that runs Android and if it takes off it will give Glass a run for its money.

The LiveMap motorbike helmet will use the visor for augmented reality and will display anything from turn-by-turn navigation, current the speed to nearby points of interest. It’ll support 4G LTE connectivity, too as well as a handful of sensors including G-sensor, gyroscope, digital compass for head movement tracking. Read more »

CoPilot launches for Windows Phone 8 in free and premium versions

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Popular navigation app CoPilot has made its debut on Windows Phone 8 in both free and premium versions.

The free version of CoPilot for WP8 brings a map of the supported countries to your phone which can be saved for offline use as well as route planning, driving directions and alternate routes. Read more »