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Philips launches affordable 28″ 4K monitor for $599

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Philips is launching a budget-oriented 28-inch 4K monitor (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution). The company’s asking price for the high-resolution monitor is $599/€599, making it one of the most affordable 4K displays out there.

The Philips 288P6LJEB outputs the UHD resolution at 60Hz and comes with VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4 (with MHL support) and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity. Read more »

Google updates Search and Play Music apps

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Google has launched updates for its Search and Play Music apps, bringing some additional features that won’t remain unappreciated.

Starting with Search, Google has enhanced the support for deep app linking and search within them. However, these features require developers to implement them first within their apps. Read more »

Moto 360 smartwatch appears in a ton of photos, confirms steel build and wireless charging

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A fresh set of Moto 360 photos has hit the web showing the device next to the LG G Watch. It was rumored that the Moto 360 could be made out of plastic instead of steel, but these photos debunk those reports.

In one of the photos portraying the back of the Moto 360, a text reads that the smartwatch is made of Stainless Steel 316L. The watch also features wireless charging and is devoid of any charging pins, unlike the LG G Watch and the Gear Live. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 spotted in Indonesia Postel website, anticipated to debut at IFA 2014

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An upcoming Sony Xperia Tablet has been caught in a listing on the Indonesia Postel website. The tablet sports a model number SGP621, which suggests one thing – Xperia Tablet Z3.

The original Xperia Tablet Z sports the model number SGP321, while its successor carries the model number SGP521. There have been rumors that the upcoming Xperia Tablet Z3 is going to be smaller than its predecessors with an 8-inch display. Read more »

Microsoft to launch a Windows 8.1 update next week, but don’t call it “Update 2″

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Microsoft is scheduling an update for Windows 8.1, but has unequivocally stated that it’s not going to be called “Update 2″, as rumors were suggesting. That’s because the company doesn’t want to wait longer in order to build a more comprehensive update pack, and strives to release the fixes and new features as soon as possible.

With that in mind, the not-Update 2 includes the usual set of security fixes in addition to some new features. The Start menu isn’t making its long-awaited return in this one, but rather in the upcoming Windows Threshold release. Read more »

Putinphone 2 aims to for the Oligarchs’ choice award

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Italian luxury brand Caviar has launched a successor of its limited edition Putinphone, and it was only logical since all 44 units of the first one were sold out in just one day. The Putinphone 2, however, sports a titanium back engraved with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin and 499 units will be made.

Based on the iPhone 5s, the Putinphone 2′s full model name is the Caviar iPhone 5S Ti Supremo Putin. And it costs the cool $3,320 (RUB 119,000). Read more »

New IndieGoGo campaign aims to fund @evleaks

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As we told you a couple of days ago, infamous Twitter leaker @evleaks is ceasing his operations. Evan Blass, as is his real name, made a real splash in the tech industry, but his departure from the scene in large part is because he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

As a result, the tech community has come together and opened an IndieGoGo funding campaign that’ll go towards his Blass’ medical fund. Read more »

Attopedia puts Wikipedia on your Android Wear smartwatch

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If the recently gone native Wikipedia mobile app seems to much of a hassle for you, meet Attopedia – the first Android Wear app to put Wikipedia on a smartwatch.

The app is free and features an interesting UI paradigm in line with Android Wear’s gesture based control. Once you’ve selected an article, swiping up or down selects an article section, while a left or right swipe explores the content of the section. Read more »

XBMC renames itself to Kodi, developers now have more legal control over branding

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XBMC is one of the most popular media center applications out there and a personal favorite among our team members and it now will have a new name – Kodi – once its next major version is out. The reason behind the re-branding is dictated by two major reasons – legal issues and relevance.

In 2002 when the application came into existence, it carried the name Xbox Media Player, but since it did a lot more than mere media playback, it was renamed to Xbox Media Center. You can now see where the legal issues come from. Read more »

Google Now Launcher is available to download by all Jelly Bean 4.1+ devices

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Google has launched its Now Launcher for all devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. This makes it easier for anyone to get access to Google Now with just a swipe on the homescreen.

Google’s homescreen replacement features all the basics you’d need: you can add or remove widgets and app shortcuts, change wallpapers and reorder homescreen panes. Read more »

30-second rechargeable batteries are reality, need your help to kickstart them

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Waiting for a battery to charge is the second worst thing you have to do (after filing taxes, I guess). Thanks to the engineering prowess of Shawn West, however, the former task could be done in just 26 seconds.

West has created a battery that can replace normal AA, AAA, C and D-sized batteries with super fast rechargeable ones. He also says that tech this could be adapted to work in mobile phones as well. Read more »

Wikipedia is now available on iOS as a native app

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Wikipedia is now available as a full-blown app on the Apple App Store, following its release on the Google Play Store more than a month ago.

Previously, Wikipedia relied on wrapping its mobile website in an app format, but now the largest online encyclopedia is available for the two most popular mobile operating systems as a native application. Read more »

Moto 360 rumored to be made out of plastic, measures 48mm in diameter

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Motorola announced the Android Wear running Moto 360, but was mum about a lot of details, including a launch date. The company also showed a bunch of photos of the smartwatch, on which it appears to be made of metal. Well, not so fast with the conclusions.

The latest rumors have it that the phone will actually be made out of plastic. Additionally, because of the wireless charging feature, the Moto 360 is rumored to be 13.5mm thick. In comparison, it’s brethren the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are 9.9mm and 8.9mm thick, respectively. Read more »

Qi wireless charging standard v.1.2 can charge devices from up to 45mm distance

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The Wireless Power Consortium has outlined the new Qi v.1.2 wireless charging standard, which comes with support for greater charging distance. The current Qi standard is only capable of charging at a distance of 7mm, while v1.2. promises to increase this to 45mm.

The consortium says that five different member companies are already demonstrating charging at 45mm distance using prototype receivers. It also quite possible that charging station will become cheaper, as the new standard enables them to use a single inverter to power multiple coils.. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini goes through a teardown

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The iFixit team has decided to do a teardown on the Galaxy S5′s little brother and see if the similarities on the outside continue with the internal design too.

And as you can probably guess, Samsung didn’t feel the need to rethink everything from scratch and the Galaxy S5 Mni shares the same negative and positive repair traits as its bigger sibling. Read more »