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The Bang by Coloud is the Nokia Lumia 530 affordable companion speaker

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Alongside the Nokia Lumia 530, the company also unveiled a cool portable speaker that carries the 530′s budget-oriented spirit. Dubbed the Bang by Coloud, the speaker costs just €19 and you can connect it just by a 3.5mm audio cable.

Nokia claims the Bang can produce a seriously impressive sound considering its dimensions. They’re 75 x 51mm and the whole thing weighs just 96 grams. The cable that it comes with is 17cm long. Read more »

Nokia brags about X2 Fastlane, should someone tell them?

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Microsoft is shutting down Nokia’s Android program, but this can’t stop the determined Finns from bragging their custom launcher on the Nokia X2.

Despite that all future Nokia X designs and devices will be immediately transferred to Windows Phone, Nokia has launched a promo video of the enhanced Fastlane feature on the X2, which is now smoother and offers more information with a quick glance. Read more »

Google Play Store boasts more downloads than the Apple App Store, but not as much revenue

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AppAnnie is a mobile application statistics aggregation company and it has published a report on how Android and iOS apps have been doing in Q2 of this year. Both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store did great for the quarter, besting their results in Q1 by 60% and 45%, respectively.

That gave the Google Play Store, nearly 50% more downloads compared to the iOS App Store. It terms of revenue, however, it’s the Apple repository that still comes ahead. Read more »

Weekly poll: LG G3 vs Oppo Find 7

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The QHD titan duo is up next in our traditional weekend battle. It’s the LG G3 vs. the Oppo Find 7, which are now transferring their rivalry in our blog, after their fight in our extended versus review is over.

So now, it’s up to you to decide which one is the better one in five key categories. Let’s start with the aesthetics of the two flagships. Read more »

AMD reports dissatisfying Q2 financial results due to debt

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AMD reported less-than-expected second quarter results with a net loss of $36 million, despite an increase in quarterly revenue. AMD made $1,44 billion for Q2, 24% more than it did for the same period in 2013.

Because of the net loss, AMD’s stock fell 15%. The company also reported that revenue from its Computing Solutions Group dropped 20% from a year ago, to $669 million. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 overheating results in back cover damage

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 rocks a potent Exynos chipset with an octa-core CPU in a great looking 6.6mm thick shell. However, several early adopters have noticed that the tablet is overheating when put through its paces and this leads to unwanted consequences.

The back of the tablet is deforming because of the excessive heat and in the photo above you can see the back panel has noticeable defects. Read more »

Nokia highlights the coolness of wireless charging in latest Lumia 930 ad

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is starring in a new advertisement accenting in its wireless charging capabilities. The ad is posted by the UK branch of the company and displays the Lumia 930 in various environments doing its wireless charging thing with the DC-50 portable wireless charger.

It’s not really surprising that the ad is coming from UK, considering the phone comes with the accessory as a bonus in the country. You also get the MD-12 Wireless speakers if get the smartphone in Britain. Read more »

Latest Chrome for Android version brings security fixes and better font rendering

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Just yesterday the Chrome team pushed an update for the iOS version of its browser and today it’s Android’s turn. Chrome for Android reaches version 36.0.1985.122 and addresses important issues and bugs.

One of the key improvements is the better text rendering on websites that aren’t mobile optimized. Chrome 35 brings similar improvements on Windows with a feature called DirectWrite, and makes fonts look much better. Read more »

BlackBerry takes a jab at the Blackphone, its maker strikes back

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Feeling the pressure from losing ground under its feet, BlackBerry is no stranger to publicly attacking the competition. Following the jab at the Android KNOX security feature, BlackBerry has set its aim at the new smartphone maker behind the security-oriented Blackphone. On one of its official blogs, the Canadian phonemaker states that the Android-powered Blackphone is “inadequate for business”.

But Toby Weir-Jones, chief executive of SGP Technologies, maker of the Blackphone handset wouldn’t have any of this and retaliated with a blog post hitting BlackBerry where it hurts most. Read more »

Asus Transformer TF701T receives Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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Asus is currently pushing an update for the Transformer TF701T tablet to Android 4.4.2. The OTA update takes the tablet from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to a more recent version of KitKat, but the company isn’t bragging about it as there’s no official information on exactly what the update changes.

Nevertheless, our tipster who has received the update in Spain, says that there’s now a Powered by Android logo added to the boot animation. Read more »

BlackBerry Passport runs Android apps without awkward visual consequences

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The BlackBerry Passport, which the company’s CEO recently unveiled, rocks a square 4.5″ QHD display cropped to 1:1. This gives it a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels and anxiety that some Android apps (which BlackBerry OS can run) will look visually unpleasing. As n4bb.com found out, that’s not the case.

The Passport has been snapped in the wild to be running a couple of Android apps, which scaled perfectly on its 1:1 display. Since the company debuted the squared display concept on BlackBerry 10 devices with the Q10, we doubt that native apps will experience any issues. Read more »

Latest Chrome for iOS update has Cast support in tow

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The iOS version of Chrome has received an update bringing it to version 36.0.1985.49. The latest iteration of the Google-made web browser brings the long-awaited Cast support.

Now, users with Cast-enabled devices can stream web pages seamlessly with their Chrome on iOS. The updated version of Chrome also should be more stable and with less bugs. Read more »

Microsoft anticipated to undergo massive layoffs this week

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Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.

The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »

All 73 Google I/O 2014 sessions now available to watch online

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The Google I/O 2014 Developers Conference was huge. It included 73 sessions, spanning over 2 days, and covering app performance, design, web and many other topics.

All of them are now available for your viewing pleasure, in case you missed some of them. Probably, the most interesting is the keynote, where Sundar Pichai and other Google top dogs revealed Android L and Android Wear, to name a few. Read more »

An LG Nexus tablet pops up in an import manifest

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According to manifest documents from Indian imports tracker Zauba, somebody has brought a prototype LG Nexus tablet into the country. It sounds pretty reasonable to guess that this may as well be the Nexus 8 we saw mentioned earlier this month in a similar manifest.

Of course, it may as well be a 10-inch slate as it’s been a while since Google released theirs. Interestingly, the last two compact Nexus tablets were made by Asus and both received stellar reviews so it would be surprising to see Google move production to LG. Read more »