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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 »

XBMC gets modified to run on Android TV, works like a charm

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The popular home media center application XBMC (soon to be known as Kodi) is running on Android TV like a champ. Keyan Mobli, who’s part of the XBMC dev community reports that it wasn’t too much work to get it going on Google’s TV version of Android, which is due to launch in the coming months.

What you see above is a photo of XBMC showing on the Leenback Launcher of Android TV that’s running on ADT-1 (dev box for developers given at Google I/O 2014). Mobli shares that 1080p video playback is a breeze and everything is running flawlessly. Read more »

MIUI v.6 launches for the Xiaomi Mi 2 and Mi2S in a week’s time

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Xiaomi plans to launch an update for its Xiaomi Mi 2 and Mi 2S smartphones by the end of this week. The update in question is MIUI v.6, which was first mentioned at the launch of the Xiaomi Mi4.

The latest version of MIUI will sport a more simplified look that’s free of clutter. It’ll be sporting the popular “flat design” with a bunch of new features. Read more »

Samsung trademarks the Galaxy Note Edge, hints at a Note 4 with a three-sided display

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Samsung has been granted a trademark over the “Galaxy Note Edge” name, further suggesting the company plans to launch two versions of the Galaxy Note 4.

The Note Edge moniker is strongly indicative of what has been confirmed by a previous company patent – a Note 4 with a three-sided display. Well, we can now safely call this one a Galaxy Note Edge. Read more »

XDA-modified YouTube app allows playback with the screen off

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Playing YouTube videos with the screen off has been a highly requested feature for a very long time and finally you can have it today. Thanks to the work of an XDA developer theos0o, who has modified the YouTube 4.4.11 apk file, the feature is now a reality.

The nice thing about the modified app is that you don’t need to have root privileges on your device. Simply uninstall the existing YouTube app by visiting the Play Store (you can always re-install it later on), then side-load and install the modified YouTube app. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha to get a 64GB version as well

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Samsung already showed off the metal-clad Galaxy Alpha in Russia over the weekend sporting 32GB of built-in storage. Interestingly, SamMobile claims to have information that confirms the phone is also gong to launch in a 64GB variant.

The Galaxy Alpha doesn’t feature a microSD card slot and considering its high-end metal posture, it’s logical for Samsung to consider a 64GB version, too. Read more »