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Yahoo buys Android homescreen replacement app Aviate

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Yahoo! continues its shopping spree and the latest item in its shopping basket is the popular homescreen replacement app Aviate. The homescreen replacement is unique in its contextual features and tracking the usage patterns of its users to provide better experience.

Yahoo seems to be quite fond of these capabilities of the app, which also lay the foundation of automatic homescreen layouts. The possibilities that open up with are quite great – you can get different widgets (such as weather, news, etc.) for the different times of the day or shortcuts which are rearranging themselves so the most often used ones are always nearby. Read more »

The Alcatel Home V102 is a Google Chromecast competitor

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Alured by Google’s success with the Chromecast, Alcatel has decided to make its own plug-n-stream device for TV sets. It’s called the Alcatel Home V102, which isn’t really as snappy a name as the Chromecast.

Nevertheless, it can play 1080p videos at 30fps and supports 5.1 channel surround sound audio. Similarly to the Chromecast, the Home V102 connects to the TV via HDMI and gets its power from a power outlet. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1S hands-on

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Better late than never. That’s what T-Mobile and Sony must’ve thought when they decided to help the Sony Xperia Z1 swim across the ocean and hit the US carrier’s domain. Dubbed, the Sony Xperia Z1S, the phone isn’t too far off from its international brother and we’re here at the showroom floor at CES 2014 to tell you what has changed.

On the outside, Sony has kept the beautiful exterior of the Z1 and has made tiny alterations to the overall design. The Xperia Z1S is still built around the same 5″ full HD TFT LCD display and packs the gorgeous glass-body of its surrogate. The water- and scratch-resistant capabilities remain intact as well. Read more »

Parrot announces the MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo remote control drones

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Parrot, the company behind the popular AR Drone 2.0, has added two new smaller flying toys to its family of drones – the Parrot MiniDrone and Parrot Jumping Sumo

The Parrot MiniDrone is a smaller version of the aforementioned AR Drone 2.0 that almost fits in the palm of your hand. As a result of the smaller size, the MiniDrone is more simple than its bigger brother and doesn’t have a camera on board. Read more »

LG Life Band Touch goes live ahead of CES

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LG has just announced its smart wearable Life Band Touch. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, the high-tech wristband is water resistant and capable of keeping track of your workouts, runs, step counts, calorie consumption as well as distance walked.

Those are nice features, but are quite common, which has made LG up the ante by also making this a fitness accessory. As a result it sports a special earphone, called the Heart Rate Earphone. Read more »

LG announces 77″, 65″ and 55″ 4K OLED TVs at CES 2014

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LG has kicked things off at this year’s CES with its latest 4K OLED TVs. Part of the EC9800 series, the company has 55″, 65″ and a 77″ panels for visitors of the show to ogle.

As you’d imagine, the most interesting of the new family is the 77EC9800, which with its huge 77″ screen diagonal and 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution should be a welcome guest in any living room. All of the models also feature a slight curve of their OLED panels, which helps reduce reflections. Read more »

Alicia Keys leaves BlackBerry

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Alicia Keys has left her position as a Global Creative Director at BlackBerry only a year after she was hired.

The singer is just a drop in the sea of employees and senior executives that BlackBerry had to let go in order to keep its losses to a minimum. In the last quarter alone, the company clocked a loss of $4.4 billion. Read more »

Samsung hints its booth at CES 2014 will be focused on smart technologies

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With CES 2014 fast approaching, tech companies start teasing their upcoming product announcements. Samsung has also joined the bandwagon and has started spreading hints on what it’s going to be focusing at this year’s CES.

On the official Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company recalls the Galaxy Gear announcement at IFA 2013 and the smart home products that also debuted there, adding there’ll be more of the same at CES 2014. Read more »

Panasonic Toughpad 4K 20″ tablet delayed until mid-February

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Proudly announced nearly a year ago, Panasonic’s Toughpad 20″ 4K tablet was finally scheduled to hit the US in January. However it has suffered yet another delay in production and is now expected to start shipping in mid-February.

The Toughpad 4K tablet is priced at &pund;2,700 and arrives with Windows 8.1 Pro out of the box. The resolution produced by the 20″ display is 3840 x 2560 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 230ppi. Read more »

Internet Explorer 11 reaches 10% market share in December 2013

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According to the latest browser usage data from NetApplications, Internet Explorer 11 has tripled its market share from 3.27% to 10.42%. This brings the total Internet Explorer market share to 57.91%, which is 0.45 percentage points less than what it was in the month of November.

Internet Explorer 11′s growth is at the cost of IE 10 and IE9′s and the fact that IE10 introduced automatic updates. As a result, Internet Explorer’s usage is down by 6.45 percentage points to 11.05%. Read more »

Radionomy buys Winamp And Shoutcast music services

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AOL would have shut down the Winamp music player, as previously announced, but the company has received an offer to sell the now dead software and has accepted it.

The offer comes from online radio aggregator company Radionomy and the sum it payed to acquire Winamp as well as the Shoutcast music services is undisclosed. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Grand Final

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So that’s that then – the big day has finally come. 32 smartphones, 30 games and just over 1 million votes have lead to this moment – the grand final of the Smartphone Champions League.

The all Nokia affair sees the two latest flagships of the Finnish company stand against each other in the search for the ultimate prize. The Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 had to overcome plenty of tough challenges to get here, but now they both face the ultimate challenge. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Semifinals: the final scores

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The semifinal stage of the Smartphone Champions League is now over and we have the names of the two finalists. The two games enjoyed amazing attention and gathered over 120,000 votes and were quite exciting to watch.

The Nokia loyalists community showed that it’s not only very loyal, but also greatly organized and it managed to achieve its goal – an all Lumia final. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Semifinals

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We are into the deciding stages of the Smartphone Champions League and now it’s time to turn our heads to the semifnals. In case you missed the dramatic developments there, here are the Quarterfinals match results.

Four smartphones enter the arena, hoping to get one of the coveted spots in the final of the tournament. Interestingly, out of the four contenders only one is a non-Nokia phone – the LG Nexus 5. The rest are the Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 520. Read more »

iFixit tears the Mac Pro down to find it highly repairable

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The 2013 Mac Pro is a beautiful piece of tech and when it was announced we were quite pessimistic about its prospects of down-the-road upgrades and how repairable it would be. Thankfully, the iFixit team has proven them wrong by giving the Mac Pro its usual teardown treatment.

In its teardown iFixit has found out that the Mac Pro isn’t too hard to disassemble and once you do, you can easily replace the RAM and fill the four slots with SDRAM of your choosing. Read more »