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The latest Android ads by Google celebrate its diversity

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That Android L teaser we told you about isn’t the only promo video that Google released these days. The search giant also aired a trio of ads that celebrate the diversity of its mobile OS.

The ads feature animated Droid characters in various shapes and sizes. Read more »

Google teases the full name of Android L in a funny video

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With Android L reportedly set to debut tomorrow, Google launched a teaser video that focuses on the full name of the upcoming OS. The funny clip sports the punch line “ There can be only one L.”

The thirty second-long video showcases a number of desserts whose name begins with L attend an audition. Read more »

BT4.0-enabled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple stores this week

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If you haven’t heard of it, the August Smart Lock uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a smartphone in place of old-fashioned keys. It works with iPhones 4s and up (iOS 7 and later) and certain Androids (KitKat and later). The lock replaces a deadbolt and can be opened with a key in case you forget your phone or something goes amiss.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because starting this week you can grab one from an Apple retail store. Read more »

New Skype-made Qik app lets groups chat with 42-second videos

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A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.

The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »

Vodafone Smart Tab 4G launches tomorrow at £125

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Vodafone is expanding its Android tablet roster with one of the cheapest 4G LTE tablets around. Dubbed Vodafone Smart Tab 4G it will launch tomorrow at £125 on Pay as you go and £30 on a 1GB/£17 a month plan.

The tablet features an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and is surprisingly thin for a budged device, it measures just 8mm thick. Read more »

Nexus 6 running Android L appears in a leaked Google video ad

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A new Google ad promoting the upcoming Nexus 6 with Android L has made it to the Internet a bit earlier than expected. The leaked ad is short, but sweet and depicts a small boy answering his enormous Nexus 6.

The humor here is apparent, as the Motorola-made Nexus 6 (Shamu) is expected to sport a 5.9″ QHD display. The video also links to the campaign’s web page, which is unavailable. It should go live with the launch of the phone and Android L, though. Read more »

Anki Drive is now available for select Android devices

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The AI-powered Anki Drive racing game is now available for a number of Android devices. The dedicated app for controlling the toy racecars is now available to download in the Google Play Store.

Anki Drive requires Bluetooth LE connection to control the cars. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 tested for resistance against Coke and Nutella, not just water

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has an IP68 rating – dust tight and waterproof. But what if you find yourself standing in front of a lake of Coca Cola? Or get stuck in quicksand-like Nutella?

Such sugary questions have arisen in the mind of at least one person because they actually went and tried what would happen. Read more »

Microsoft makes an Android Wear keyboard

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Microsoft is working on a keyboard for Android Wear devices (yes, you read that right). The company has now released a prototype version of the keyboard, which can be downloaded from the company’s website.

The Microsoft keyboard is a bit different than the ones we have seen so far, wherein it doesn’t have actual keys but uses the screen to let you draw characters on the screen, which are then converted into actual characters. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 just passed our review gauntlet with flying colors and now its time we shed a little more light on its battery performance.

The latest Samsung flagship has a 3,220mAh battery that’s a mere 20mAh larger than the one inside its predecessor so we didn’t really expect the Galaxy Note 4 to blow it out of the water. But we were in for a surprise – what was already an excellent 75 hours of endurance turned to be a superb 87 hours on the latest phablet by Samsung. Read more »

Ashton Kutcher isn’t afraid of goats in the latest Lenovo ads

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Ashton Kutcher is not only an actor, but also a Product Manager at Lenovo and he’s proud of his work on the latest Yoga products that the company unveiled at a special launch event in London. Primarily, Kutcher focuses on the Yoga tablet line-up and the new versatility it offers.

In fact, the new tablets are so versatile, that he literally milks a goat for his cereal while, we assume, he’s playing Goat Simulator on the Yoga Tablet 2. The couple of ads are fun to watch and there’s also a separate video detailing the brainstorming process that went behind the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Read more »

Halo smartwatches have real movements, transparent OLED touchscreens

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Smartwatches fall into two categories – a functionality-first type with square displays and looks-first with round design. An ideal execution of the second type will be an actual watch with a real movement and hands, but also with a display hidden in there somehow.

It’s the “somehow” that’s the crux of the issue but Longshine Technologies thinks it has the answer – a transparent OLED touchscreen. Read more »

Google Play Store updated to v5.0, gets more Material Design elements

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Google has started rolling out v5.0.31 of the Play Store for Android. The major difference here is in the UI, and it’s approximately 600% more Material Design now.

First up, the action bar on top is now teal (or something close to that) with a new side menu and a cool animation for the hamburger button. The side menu shows the same items now, but the font is smaller. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons update celebrates NBA 2014-2015 season start with new levels

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Angry Birds Seasons is getting a new NBA episode with 15 new “ballin’ levels”. What’s more, Rovio has also worked on delivering NBA Pass ($4.95), which gives you 30 more levels one for each NBA team.

Rovio has actually struck a deal with NBA and Spalding and the levels look cool and pay tribute to great NBA teams. And that’s no wonder considering the game celebrates the NBA 2014-2015 basketball season. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows off its features in a couple of ads

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In case you haven’t decided if your next smartphone is going to be the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is keen to push you in what it considers is the right direction. And what better way to do so than with a couple of short and sweet video ads?

The company already did a series of videos highlighting how the Galaxy Note 4 is tough and rugged, but now it’s time to talk functionality. In the two 30-second ads the company highlights the software features it has developed as well as the versatility that the S-Pen provides. Read more »