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Google sets up Inactive Account Manager to help you manage your digital footprint after you die

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Google has set up an Inactive Account Manager giving you the option to choose what happens with your digital footprint after you’ve passed away or have been inactive for a specific amount of time.

After you set your timeout period (ranging from 3 months to 1 year) you’ll then be prompted to point up to 10 trusted friends or family members to be notified of your inactivity. Read more »

Official Google Nexus 10 Book Cover hits the Play Store, costs $29.99

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It’s been a while since the launch of the Google Nexus 10, but it’s only now that you can get an official screen cover to protect its beautiful 10″ high-resolution display.

The Book Cover, as its called, snaps onto the back of the Nexus 10 without making an unnecessarily big hump. It has a matte finish and can wake the slate when opened. Read more »

Alleged fith-gen Apple iPad front panel surfaces

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A photo of what looks to be the front panel of the upcoming fifth-gen Apple iPad has surfaced today, giving us a hint of what the upcoming slate might look like.

Judging from the photo, the new iPad will sport many of the design characteristics of the iPad Mini, but on a larger scale. Read more »

Google Play Music is now available in seven new countries

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Google expanded its Play Music service available to a new batch of countries – Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Portugal.This is the largest expansion Google has done to Play Music to date, making up the list of countries with access to the service to 12

People living there can now upload their existing music library as well as purchase new songs through the service and build up a library of up to 20,000 songs. Read more »

Google updates Play Store for phones and tablets, brings fresh user interface

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Google has just announced it’s launching an update for the Play Store for phones and tablets. The major feature of the new release is the refreshed user interface.

In the official Android blog, Google states that the main focus on the Play Store redesign is to allow users to find content more easily. To do so, there are now bigger images, new recommendations and faster checkout. Read more »

Microsoft to issue GDR3 Windows Phone 8 update by the end of the year, support for 1080p displays in tow

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Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows Phone 8 that’s going to include support for 1080p displays, according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans for its mobile platform.

The Verge reports that new devices will also be announced alongside the upcoming Windows Phone 8 update in times for the holidays. They’ll not only be featuring 1080p displays, but also QUalcomm’s quad-core CPUs. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover review

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The list of official Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories is impressive, but the one that got the most people interested, is the S View Cover.

Basically, the S View Cover is an upgraded version of the Flip Cover, which has a neat cut-out window that allows you to take a quick peek at your Galaxy S4 screen to see what’s new or to just check out the time. Sounds good on paper, but is it worth the $70 price tag? Follow us to find out. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Pad and Wireless Charging Cover review

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Samsung made a big splash in the smartphone pond with the announcement of the Galaxy S4, but that doesn’t mean the company is going to stop there. The company also unveiled a plethora of accessories that expand the functionality of the beast smartphone even further. And as luck would have it we just got one of the more buzz-generating among them in our office – meet the Samsung Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Pad.

Eager to catch up with its domestic rival LG and the traction-gaining Finns at Nokia, the Galaxy S4 sports wireless charging capability, as well. However, instead of having the feature built it (which would have made the smartphone thicker for everyone), wireless charging comes in the form of an optional accessory kit, which features a different back cover and the charging pad. Read more »

Next-gen Nexus 7 to come in July with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, thinner bezels and higher-resolution screen

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According to a report by Reuters citing a separate duo of sources, a second-gen Nexus 7 is in the works, readying to debut at this year’s Google I/O.

Google will once again join forces with ASUS for the new Nexus 7, but has opted-in for a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset instead of Nvidia’s Tegra. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z shipping date pushed back to late May in Europe

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z was definitely one of the hottest tablets to set foot at the Mobile World Congress floor this year, and we were pretty excited when we learned that we’d be able to get our hands on one in mid-April. Sadly, Sony has pushed back the slate’s European release to the end of May.

On the checkout screen on the company’s webstore, the Xperia Tablet Z is listed to ship on May 28-29. Read more »

HTC One stands against the iPhone 5 in an epic drop test, see which one walks away

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Probably the last thing you’d like to witness happening to a brand new HTC One is its quick fight with gravity, followed by the heart-breaking noise of the impact when it hits the ground. Well, that’s exactly what the folks over at AndroidAuthority did.

Goof thing then that the drops weren’t done in the name of science. The HTC One was put against the iPhone 5 in a series of drop tests from different heights to see which one would fare better. Read more »

Qualcomm admits it was wrong about the Samsung Galaxy S4 1080p@60fps video recording

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Remember when Qualcomm said in its Galaxy S4 announcement blog post that the smartphone touts 1080p@60fps video recording?. Well, sadly, that’s not the case.

Qualcomm has got in touch with us regarding the video recording capabilities of the Galaxy S4, and has confirmed that it has made a mistake – the Galaxy S4 is capable of shooting 1080p at just 30fps. Read more »

Apple to have negative income growth for the first time since 2003, analysts say

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For the first time since 2003 Apple might report negative income growth, according to an analyst survey conducted by CNN Fortune.

Every single analyst that took part in the survey believes Apple will report a lower income for Q2, 2013 (ending in March – the company has a shifted fiscal year) compared to the same period last year. Analyst company Thomson Financial estimates Apple’s earnings per share (EPS) for the fiscal second quarter will stand at $10.18, compared to $12.30 in Q2 2012. Read more »

Will the Galaxy S4 offer 1080p@60fps video recording? Qualcomm says yes

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The Snapdragon 600 version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 might have another ace up its sleeve that we didn’t know about so far. The Qualcomm-powered version is reportedly going to boast 1080p video recording at 60fps, which will be a first in the smartphone world.

Update: It turns out that it was a mistake on Qualcomm’s side. The company got in touch with us to confirm it.

This was mentioned as one of Samsung’s flagship key features in the chipmaker’s press release, issued after the Galaxy S4 announcement. However, the Galaxy S4 unit which we have in in our office, doesn’t offer such functionality, despite its Snapdragon chipset. So what is the truth? Read more »

HTC drops “Quietly brilliant” slogan, to adopt a more aggressive marketing strategy

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HTC’s chief marketing officer Benjamin Ho will ditch the company’s current “Quietly Brilliant” slogan for a “bolder” tagline.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Ho said HTC will be adopting a more aggressive marketing strategy as it’s time for things to change. He added that HTC “has a lot innovations but we haven’t been loud enoughRead more »