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Weekend poll results: IFA 2014 most anticipated device

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In last week’s poll, we reached out to you to find out what’s your most anticipated device that’s soon to be announced at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The feedback was overwhelming and the verdict unambiguous.

The poll results reveal that among all products that’ll see their announcement at IFA 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is our community’s most anticipated one. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4 battery life test

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The Xiaomi Mi 4 is generating a lot of buzz with its affordable price and high-end specs. The company has fitted it with a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. The Chinese have even managed to fit a larger battery than the one found in the Mi 3.

However, the difference in capacity is minor. The Xiaomi Mi 4 features a 3080mAh Li-Ion unit, whereas its predecessor has a 3050mAh one. As you’ll see though, the difference is noticeable. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro hands-on

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Lenovo announced its Vibe Z2 Pro high-end smartphone at the end of July and the device is set to make an appearance at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. Luckily, you won’t have to wait until then to find out our initial impressions of the 6” QHD monster, as we got to spend some quality time with the phablet a little early.

The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro also marks the company’s high-end entrance in Europe and is its first smartphone with a QHD display. Read more »

Asus teases its ZenWatch smartwatch in a video

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In addition to a yet another teaser of its upcoming smartwatch, Asus finally gave it a name and it’s called the ZenWatch. Frankly, we should have seen it coming, considering the company’s recent Zenfone line-up of smartphones.

In any case, subtle details of the watch’s design have been revealed in the video you’re about to see. Sadly, the video doesn’t show the smartwatch with the display turned on. Read more »

Seagate announces the first 8TB 3.5″ HDD for enterprises

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Following the launch of its 6TB hard drive, Seagate today announced its 8TB HDD. Unlike Western Digital, which uses helium for its high-capacity HDDs, Seagate has opted for an alternative method.

Sadly, the company is mum on the method in question. Seagate has been known to use a shingled magnetic recording technology to bump the areal density of its disk platters. Read more »

Microsoft slashes Surface 2 and Surface 3 Pro prices

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Microsoft has slashed the prices of its Surface 2 and Surface 3 tablets. The second-gen Surface 2 is getting ready to celebrate its first birthday and is now selling $100 off across its range for the occasion.

Currently, the 32GB Wi-Fi Surface 2 retails for $349, down from $449. The more versatile LTE model with 64GB storage costs $579. However, you might think twice before getting one when you see the Surface 3 new pricing. Read more »

LastPass for Android gets an update to be more independent from PCs

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The popular password manager LastPass now boasts an updated app for Android, getting it one step closer to be as standalone as its PC counterpart.

One of the major new features is the ability to share credentials between LastPass accounts. It is done in a secure fashion and makes it easy to share passwords with family members and friends. Read more »

Refurbished 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 on sale for $348

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A flash sale of refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 tablets is currently on its way. The sale is for the 32GB variant of the slate and is set to expire in about 3 hours.

The tablet is offered for just $348, over $200 down from its regular price of $650. That’s 46% off, but sadly, the promotion is only available for those living in the US. Read more »

Weekend poll: IFA 2014 most anticipated device

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IFA 2014 is just around the corner and we’re pretty excited about what’s to come. In this week’s poll we’re reaching out to you to find out which devices get you buzzing.

There’s a lot to come at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but we’ve handpicked six smartphones that we think will be the mobile highlight of the show. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 are representing the Windows Phone OS, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Huawei Ascend Mate 7, Sony Xperia Z3 and Asus Zenphone 2 are under the Android flag. Read more »

Walmart slashes the 16GB iPhone 5s price to $79, iPhone 5c now starts at $0.99

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Walmart has commenced an iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sales promotion in order to make room for the upcoming iPhone 6 and its alleged two variations.

For the next 90 days, the retailer is selling the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $79 – $20 off its previous asking price with a two-year contract price. The iPhone 5c also go its price slashed to $0.99 for the 16GB units. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia T3′s battery life test is now complete and it’s time to share with you how it did. The phone is impressively thin at just 7mm, but thanks to its large stance, it houses a decent 2,500mAh battery.

Combine this with the Snapdragon 400 chipset, which has a solid record being mostly frugal, we can expect the phone’s draw on battery to be as optimized as possible. Additionally, Sony has integrated the Power Saver option into the Settings menu. It helps you extend the battery life by toggling Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth screen brightness, auto sync and background data on and off automatically when the battery charge falls below a certain user-defined threshold. Read more »

Asus outs ZenFone promo trailer to promote its affordable phones

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Asus has launched a promo video for its ZenFone series of smartphones. Entitled “Empowering Luxury for Everyone” the trailer aims to show the unique blend of affordability and high-end feel of its trio of ZenFone devices.

But the video is much more than to show off the company’s ability to make beautiful trailers. It’ll also promote the company’s affordable devices in emerging markets, where the Taiwanese see a lot of potential. Read more »

USB Type-C plug features reversible design, 10Gbps speeds

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The USB Type-C standard is finalized and one of the coolest features it brings to the table is universal plugging. This means that much like Apple’s Lightning connector, it doesn’t matter which way you plug the cable, it’ll always fit and work.

But that’s not the only new feature, as the list of improvement over the current USB 2.0 micro-B plug is long. The new standard can deliver up to 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors. This will result is faster charging. Read more »

Google+ gets Chromecast support, becomes even more social

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Google has updated its Google+ Android app with Chromecast support. While the company isn’t saying anything about the new feature, it’s making Google’s social network app even more social by allowing you to share the experience on your TV.

The Google+ app joins the numerous Chromecast enabled applications. The social app makes images appear fullscreen with text on top. This makes flipping through galleries a very cool experience. Read more »

No tablets and laptops are allowed in Manchester United’s Old Trafford

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Football team Manchester United management has had enough with viewers coming to the Old Trafford stadium and bringing their tablets and laptops along. From now on, those two types of devices are prohibited from making it to the stadium.

While the press release states that the football club is responding to security intelligence obtained by the UK airports and wants to ensure the safety and security of all spectators, it’s safe to assume that blocking the view of others while trying to record the game or make a selfie is enough of a reason by itself. Read more »