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HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 accept the Samsung Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge

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Two of the devices challenged by Samsung’s marketing team during the Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge have stepped up to the task. HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 both got drenched in ice-cold water on camera.

Neither the M8, nor the Lumia 930 offers the IP67 certification of the SM-G900. Read more »

LG teases a round smartwatch ahead of IFA announcement

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At this point it’s pretty certain that LG will be announcing a new member to its smartwatch family at this year’s IFA. The company has hinted at that a couple of times in the past and we’ve seen several leaks to confirm it.

Now we also get an interesting detail about the second-gen LG smartwatch thanks to an official video teaser released by the company. The 30 second clip clearly confirms that unlike the G Watch, its successor will come with a round screen. Read more »

‘Swing Copters’ for iOS and Android game review

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After all the drama that followed the launch and success of Flappy Bird, one would have assumed the developer would never make another game. Yet here we are, with what is called Swing Copters.

Swing Copters is yet another masocore game from the evil mind of Dong Nguyen. Except this time it’s supposedly even more difficult. Because that’s what was lacking last time. More difficulty. Anyway, let’s see what this one feels like (other than painful). Read more »

Weekend poll results: Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes out as the top compact droid

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Last weekend, we asked you to rate how the brand new Samsung Galaxy Alpha stacks up to the compact droid competition by pitting it against other top devices.

According to you, Samsung’s first attempt at premium materials turned out to be a success, at least according to our preliminary polls. Check out how the device fared against the likes of the HTC One mini 2 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, among others. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Exynos 5430) battery test

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes in two versions – one with Samsung’s brand new Exynos 5430 Octa chipset and one with the more common Snapdragon 801 chipset. Both have small 1,860mAh batteries. Small relative to the phone’s size, of course, 4.7″ phones typically have 2,000+ mAh batteries. The Galaxy Alpha is pretty slender though, just 6.7mm, which eats into the available volume for the battery.

Today we’re testing the Exynos version of the device. Read more »

Here is how Samsung manufactures the metal frame of the Galaxy Alpha

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As part of the festivities surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch, the Korean manufacturer released details on the manufacturing process behind the device’s metal frame. The latter is widely considered to be one of the smartphone’s biggest highlights.

As you have probably guessed, creating the device’s metal frame requires a number of CNC processes. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you haven’t heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge you must just be coming out of a cave. The Challenge has become so popular that it has passed from people to smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 follows in the footsteps of many celebrities and got splashed with freezing water. Read more »

Swing Copters now available on iOS and Android

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Developer of the infamous Flappy Bird game has released his second game. Called Swing Copters, the game is now available for download on iOS and Android for free.

One of the things that made Flappy Birds so popular was that it was infuriatingly difficult but still quite addictive. Well, if Flappy Bird was difficult, Swing Copters is nearly impossible. Read more »

Intel and Unity announce collaboration to bring Android support to x86 devices

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Intel and Unity Technologies announced strategic collaboration to extend Andorid support for the chipmaker’s devices. Unity will add Android support for Intel’s current and future x86 chips, including the Core and Atom families.

The graphic development platform creator will add Intel product enhancements to its Unit 4 and Unity 5 product families. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook launches at $180

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the ebook-focused tablet by Samsung and Barnes & Noble, is available in the US today at $180 (after a $20 instant rebate). That’s the same price as the pure-Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 but Barnes & Noble claims it is throwing in $200 worth of content.

That includes bestselling books, magazines, TV shows and you even get $5 store credit. Read more »

Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million downloads on Android

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Facebook carved out the chat functionality from its main app and transferred it exclusively to its Messenger app. Messenger is getting pummeled with 1-star reviews but that hasn’t stopped it from growing and it is now on over 500 million Android devices.

Only two other non-Google apps (so not Android defaults) have managed this – the main Facebook app and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. Read more »

Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint hands-on

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We managed to spend some quality time with the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint Wireless. Announced earlier today, the budget-friendly smartphone marks the return of the Japanese manufacturer in the United States.

Despite its sleek looks, which suggest a high price tag, the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint is quite affordable. Read more »

Asus smartwatch teased ahead of IFA debut

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We’ve been hearing rumors about the fist Asus smartwatch debuting in Berlin at the IFA expo next month but now we have a solid proof. The company took to its Twitter account to tease an image of the upcoming smart wearable.

Naturally, the image doesn’t reveal a whole lot about the device – the full details will be kept in secret until the company’s press conference on September 3. Read more »

Got wood? Moto X gets free wood back upgrade until August 21

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The Motorola Moto X is on its way out with numerous Moto X+1 rumors swirling, but it’s still a reasonably attractive phone at $350. And now you can get one of the four wood backs at no extra cost.

You can pick Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony or Teak back instead of the usual plastic back. You don’t even have to ask, of course this is for the US only (sigh). Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua promo videos are live

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Sony just took the wraps off its Xperia M2 Aqua smartphone – a water-proofed Xperia M2 and now the promo videos are live.

The videos run through the phone’s strengths and shows it getting wet on more than one occasion – something that tends to get users’ mouth to water pretty fast these days. Read more »