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Lenovo Vibe X2 hands-on

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Making a dent in the mid-range smartphone market is a tough job for anyone to pull off, but Lenovo might be just on to something with the Vibe X2. The multi-layered smartphones, as the company touts it, boasts a very cool and colorful design without coming off as tacky.

Of course, there will be people that don’t like the design, but trust me, it’s looking even cooler in person. Now that the company officially owns Motorola, it is competing outside China as well and has the ambitions to conquer the likes of Apple, Samsung and LG. And what better way to grab consumer’s attention than a flashy look? Read more »

Firefox 34 for Android fixes MP4 playback, adds Chromecast support

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Mozilla Firefox for Android was updated today to version 34 sporting a wide array of bug fixes and new features. The coolest feature of all is the ability to mirror to Chromecast directly from the web browser.

HTML5 support is enhanced with the introduction of Device Storage API, ECMAScript 6 WeakSet and CSS3 Font variants and features control. Moreover, MP4 video playback is now working on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are still some pending issues. Read more »

IDC: Google Chromebooks preferred over Apple iPads in schools

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According to the latest IDC Q3 report regarding bulk tech purchases for education needs, Google Chromebooks are now preferred by the majority of schools than Apple iPads. While the lead of Chromebooks in the education sphere isn’t jaw dropping, it’s a sign that many schools prefer the cheaper, yet functional Chromebook alternative.

Chromebooks lead the way with 715,500 units, whereas the iPads have slipped to 702,000. The laptops running Chrome OS sell as low as $199 and are made by a range of manufacturers including Samsung, HP, Dell and Acer. Read more »

Moto Maker stars in Motorola’s latest Moto X ad

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Motorola is quite proud of the Moto Maker, which allows you to customize the Moto X to your liking including back cover type and color, engraving, base color and accent colors. The latest Moto X ad features the Moto Maker and the fun you get from it.

The ad shows the process of customizing the Moto X (2014) in a very funny and engaging way, while also showing the integration with Google. It allows you to sign in with your account and have the Moto X configured with your Google ID to boot. Read more »

Apple App Store boasts record app downloads in October

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Mobile marketing company Fiksu is traditionally reporting on Apple’s App Store Competitive Index, which also shows the number of free app downloads. For October, that number is a record high 7.8 million per day. The data is measured based on the top 200 free iOS apps.

Fiksu points out October’s result is 42% higher than the one from September, when the App Store saw just over 5.5 million free app downloads per day. Read more »

Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service to get shut down in some markets

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The third quarter of the year is one of the worst in recent Samsung history, but the bad news isn’t over. New data emerged that its ChatOn service is losing ground. According to Korea media citing Samsung officials, the company plans to restructure unprofitable businesses and ChatOn is one of them.

As a result, the chat service will be shut down in certain markets, where it isn’t profitable. Exactly which these regions are and how much ChatOn is costing Samsung isn’t revealed. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro battery life test

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The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is the company’s 2014 flagship and it sports a sizable 6″ display with a QHD resolution in a very sleek and compact body. A phone this large also makes room for a large battery, and the Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh juice pack.

In theory, this should give it serious power autonomy but a big battery can only get you so far. The phone’s internals include a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU and 3GB of RAM, which is no longer the latest, but still pretty good in terms of efficiency. Read more »

The Motorola Nexus 6 sports an LED notification light, enabled via rooting

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The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.

The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »

Customize your Adidas sneakers with the miZX FLUX app for iOS and Android

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The Adidas MiZX FLUX service allows you to create custom sneaker design and having it shipped to you. Now, the company has made it even easier to do so with its dedicated MiZX FLUX app for Android and iOS.

You just snap a photo of whatever you like to get printed, after selecting your gender, country and shoe size and then scale and adjust the photo to the shoe template. Then, you place an order, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read more »

Pebble gets an update and now supports notifications in 80 languages

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The Pebble smartwatch has been treated with a firmware update, which allows its e-paper display to show notifications in many more languages as now there’s full character support. The Android app also got a new version which allows any app to beam notifications to the Pebble.

Apart from the support for showing notifications in 80 languages, the Pebble can now end ongoing calls, which is definitely useful. General performance and reliability should also be enhanced. Read more »

Apple iOS 8 infographic outlines the key new features in a cool way

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Apple iOS 8 stars in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and offers a ton of new features and under-the-hood changes. We’ve outlined all of them in our all encompassing iOS 8 review, but the guys over at DotComInfoway have made an infographic which quickly sums up what’s new in Apple’s latest iOS iteration.

Ranging from novelties for developers to what’s new in iTunes, the infographic does a great job at showing the effort Apple has put into making iOS 8. Read more »

Opera Max mobile data saving service expands to 16 more countries

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Opera’s Max mobile data saving app for Android is capable of compressing precious data traffic by up to 50% and it’s been available in North and South America, Europe Union countries and Russia. Today, Opera announced the service is available in 16 additional countries.

Now, users in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan can enjoy Opera Max. Read more »

Rightware outs Basemark ES 3.0 to test mobile GPU potency

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Rightware, maker of the popular Basemark and Browsermark benchmarking products, today released the Basemark ES 3.0 test suite. It’s specialized in assessing the smartphones and tablets ability of running OpenGL ES 3.0 based graphics.

OpenGL ES 3.0 was introduced in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, iOS 7 and BlackBerry OS 10.2. The new graphics API is used by developers to create stunning games and rich navigation software. Read more »

Moto X 2013 Developer Edition on sale for $230

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The Moto X 2013 Developer Edition is currently on sale ат eBay. The unlocked phone can now be yours for $230. While the offer is available worldwide, US-based customers are the ones who benefit from free shipping, making the deal even more irresistible.

The phone doesn’t work on CDMA-based carriers, so no Sprint or Verizon customers should buy it. It features 32GB of storage, but no microSD card slot and is dressed in Woven White. Read more »

Facebook at Work is the company’s social network for professionals

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The Financial Times has spilled the beans on an upcoming effort from Facebook to create a social network for professional users. It’s going to be called Facebook at Work and its aim will be to separate your personal profile from your work-related one.

The service will look similar to the current Facebook design. It will be enhanced however, to handle large documents and allow you easily to collaborate and communicate with your contacts. Read more »