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Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 on sale for just $229 on eBay

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Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablets are currently part of eBay daily deals and carry a pretty cool price tag. For $219.99 with free shipping, customers in the US can enjoy the 8.4″ 2560 x 1600 pixels LCD of the slate. The regular price of the tablet is $400.

Sadly, the free shipping deal is only valid for the United States, but eBay will be glad to offer you shipping abroad at about reasonable prices and will calculate the import taxes for you. Read more »

Microsoft buys the company that made Minecraft for $2.5 billion

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Microsoft has purchased gaming company Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, for the cool $2.5 billion. The company shares that its partnership with the game maker began when the two discussed the Xbox One version of the game.

Since Minecraft’s launch in 2009, it has been downloaded by more than 100 million users. As Xbox boss Phil Spencer states, Microsoft will continue to make Minecraft available across non-PC and Xbox platforms, such as iOS, Android and PlayStation. Read more »

Xiaomi developer launches stock Android 4.4 ROMs for the Mi 3 and Mi 4

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A developer at Xiaomi has published an AOSP version of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4. This is a strong indication that the company intends to officially release stock, vanilla versions of Android for a select number of phones for users to flash.

The ROM is compiled using the official kernel and as a result is stable and without too many bugs. In fact, just now, the latest published ROM includes support for over-the-air updates and the Xiaomi developer in question says upcoming updates will be available via the OTA. Read more »

Asus tests its first Android TV set-top box dubbed Nexus Player

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Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people’s living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of its Nexus Player show the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.

The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Read more »

Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony Xperia Z3 compact

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We already compared the specs of the new Apple iPhone 6 to its main Android rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

Now, it’s time to reach out for your take on the matter. Which one the three do you find best? The grown-up iPhone 6, metal Galaxy Alpha or waterproof Xperia Z3 Compact? Read more »

Poll results – Apple hardware disappoints

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A few days ago we asked you to chime in with your personal opinion on the hotness of the trio of Apple products revealed this week. Your votes are now in and the result is clear.

None among the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Watch are considered hot by the majority of our readers. Actually none managed to exceed the 40% approval barrier with the iPhone 6 getting as low as 36% positive votes. Read more »

Meizu says Apple copied its design, Oppo not impressed by the new Retina screen

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Meizu and Oppo have joined the growing list of manufacturers that poke fun of Apple for its latest duo of iPhone 6 phones. Meizu has been pointed at for taking a cue or two from the Cupertino company and now it’s striking back.

The Chinese phonemaker is taking a jab at Apple for having “nice lines” referring to its white plastic elements that let the antennas get better reception. The Meizu MX 4 features similar aesthetics, intentionally or not. Read more »

Windows 9′s new Start menu demoed on video

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The Windows 9 leaks just keep on coming. Following yesterday’s screenshot fest of the new Microsoft operating system, now we are greeted with a video showing how the new Start menu functions.

While this is by no means a final product, we can get the idea behind the new Windows 9 Start menu. It’s a blend between the classic and Metro versions of the menu. Read more »

Windows 9 Technical Preview screenshots leak

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Screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 have leaked from its Technical Preview release. The screenshots show a refreshed user interface with some new, flat iconography, alongside the long awaited return of the classic Start menu.

Codenamed Threshold, Windows 9 is anticipated to bring some new features as well. One of them is the highly anticipated option to add a bunch of workspaces. Akin to Linux, those workspaces can hold different applications and make switching between different working environments a breeze. Read more »

Viber update for Android and iOS brings mobile video calling

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Viber has updated its Android and iOS apps to version 5.0 as well refresh its Windows and OS X apps. One of the most important features the latest version of the popular messaging app brings is mobile video calling.

This brings Viber much closer to the likes of Skype, which is by far the most widely used service for making video calls. The latest version of Viber also brings a refreshed UI for Android users and better sticker management on iOS. Read more »

Philips Fidelio M2L headphones connect via the Lightning port on the iPhone, iPad and iPod

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Philips has launched its Fidelio M2L headset, which connects to the iPhone, iPad and iPod via Apple’s Lightning port. This allows it to play 24-bit DAC audio through 40-millimeter high magnetic intensity neodymium speakers. Try saying this three times fast.

In any case, the over-the-ear headphones are premium-built with “breathable” leather and feature memory foam ear pads. The Fidelio M2L headphones can also can eliminate potential crosstalk and interference thanks to its digital output. Read more »

Your two cents: Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Watch – hot or not?

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The dust from Apple’s iPhone and Watch launch event from yesterday is starting to settle down. With the excitement surrounding the new trio of Apple products now settling down to more reasonable levels, we’d like to reach out to you and ask – did they live up to your expectations or not?

A simple question at first sight, but there’s a lot of thought that goes into it before an answer is given. We covered everything there is to know about the Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch and with that in mind, let’s get cracking. Read more »

Samsung mocks Apple over large smartphone release

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The Philippines branch of Samsung Mobile fired a shot at Apple mocking the company of its past stance on the matter of large smartphones. The late Steve Job famously stated that “No one is ever going to buy a big phone,” and Samsung knows that perfectly well. Here’s how the Koreans responded to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement last night.

The quote from Jobs dates from July 2010 at an event related to antennagate. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus promo videos are out

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The new iPhone 6 duo is official and Apple launched its new series of promo videos for the phones, complete with the obligatory Jony Ive infused product showcase.

The three ads feature the iOS 8 Health app and the phone duo itself in order to familiarize you with the new company line-up. Read more »

XL Size: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. LG G3

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With the iPhone 6 Plus now official, we can finally pit it against the heavyweight, plus-sized Android superstars – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a screen large enough to be next to the Note 4 and G3, but is it mature enough? Well, in the display department the 5.5″ size is the same as the G3′s and in the same ballpark as the 5.7″ of the Note 4. However, the iPhone 6 Plus features a 1080p resolution, whereas its rivals are boasting QHD screens. Read more »