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First Sony Xperia Z Ultra AnTuTu benchmark surfaces

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A screencap showing off an AnTuTu benchmark score of what is allegedly the just-announced Sony Xperia Z Ultra has surfaced.

We haven’t seen the Snapdragon 800 chipset and the insane clock speeds of its Krait 400 cores before, but as expected it was easily able to top spot the AnTuTu charts. Here, it outperforms even the alleged Samsung Galaxy S4 Advanced (under its codenamed SHV-E330S.) Read more »

Age of Empires coming to Android and iOS, Windows Phone 8 version to follow

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Microsoft has teamed up with Japanese mobile game studio KLab to bring its best-selling title Age of Empires to Android and iOS devices, according to Reuters.

KLab will be responsible for sqeezing the game onto smaller screens and making the real-time strategy thumb-friendly. Read more »

Official Imgur app launches on Android, still going through checks on iOS

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If you’re a fan of Reddit, or memes, or the whole internet comedy via images thing then you’ve probably have or heard or used Imgur’s services. It’s the place to store all your pictures, memes, screenshots, and what not.

And now we’ve finally received an official app straight from Imgur. It’s already available for download on Google Play and is expected to launch on iOS soon, after it’s been thoroughly checked out. Read more »

Sony SBH52 wireless handsfree handles calls, while the Xperia Z Ultra rests in your pocket

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At its event today, Sony unveiled another accessory, in the form of the Smart Bluetooth Handset (SBH52). Designed to go hand-in-hand with the Xperia Z Ultra, this wireless mini-handset can receive calls and thus save you the trouble of placing the massive Ultra against your ear to answer a call.

The Sony SBH52 features an OLED display which is good to display the caller ID, music track information, the time or even text messages.The casing of the SBH52 is waterproof and comes with NFC connectivity for fast pairing. Read more »

Sony shows off Xperia Z Ultra TRILUMINOS and X-Reality Display tech on video

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The just-announced Sony Xperia Z Ultra offers a massive 6.4″ screen of 1080p resolution. Besides being ultra crisp, the display features some advanced display technologies that it borrows from Sony Bravia HDTVs and the company provided a short video to demonstrate their benefits.

The TRILUMINOUS technology enables richer colors thanks to a wider palette of available colors, while the X-Reality engine enhances contrast, saturation, and sharpness and reduces noise. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra promo video is live, check it out

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra was officially launched just moments ago and Sony, as is its tradition, has promptly posted its first promo videos on YouTube.

The Big Screen, Big Entertainment video is Sony’s roundup of the Xperia Z Ultra’s mouth-watering features. The X Reality display for richer colors and great sharpness, the water-resistance and its uses (naturally there’s a pool involved), Sony has even got a smart cover-type accessory in the video. Check it out after the break. Read more »

OUYA goes on sale in US, UK and Canada

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The tiny Android-based game console OUYA has finally gone from being a Kickstarter project to an actual product that you can purchase. Starting today, you will be able to purchase the console in US, UK and Canada.

The console is now available in stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and GAME for $99 in the US. If you want to get a second controller, you would have to shell out another $49.99. Read more »

Did Samsung just drop the Kernel source code for the Google Edition S4?

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The flashing community is going to love this. Samsung has apparently jumped the gun and aired the Kernel source files for its Google Edition Galaxy S4.

The Kernel source code could allow developers to tailor their custom ROMs to the underlying hardware – making the radio, camera and many other components work as they should. Read more »

Huawei announces quad-core MediaPad 7 Vogue Android tablet

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Huawei has announced another addition to its MediaPad tablet family, the MediaPad 7 Vogue.

The Vogue will be running on the same in-house Huawei K3V2 chipset as the recently-announced Huawei Ascend P6 flagship. Read more »

HP officially announces the Slate 21 AIO Android tablet with Tegra 4 chipset

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At an event in Beijing, China, HP officially took the wraps off the Slate 21 Android tablet. It’s built around a 21.5″ IPS display sporting a 1920×1080 pixels resolution.

The rather oversized tablet is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chipset and runs Android 4.2.2. The extra space is further used to house a dual speakers DTS Digital Theater Systems setup. Read more »

Brown Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is official, US to get first dibs

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Last month, we saw a leaked image showing off the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in a brown paintjob, although we had no idea when or where it will be available. Until now.

The Brown versino has popped up online from several US retailers for $399.99, and is available now. Read more »

HDR, ISO modes, scenes and stabilization coming to CM 10.1 Xperias T, V, Z, ZL and Tab Z

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According to Google+ user Giulio Cervera new camera features are coming to Android 4.2.2-based CyanogenMod 10.1 exclusively for the Xperias V, T, Z, ZL and Wi-Fi and LTE Tab Z.

The new features include HDR imaging (not video), ISO modes, Scene modes and Sony’s image and video digital stabilization. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active rebuffs our attempts to put it in the sink, goes in front of our camera instead

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is one of the several Galaxy S4 variations but is the one (so far) that stays the closest to the original specs of the S4 flagship. And just like other S4 variations it brings something new to the table, an IP67 certification in this case.

What that means is that the Sony Xperia Z is no longer the only 5″ 1080p flagship that is waterproof. Who would have thought there would be competition among phones that can play the latest 3D games in full glory and then shoot video under water? Read more »

Updated Vine for Android adds Facebook sharing, ability to search for users and hashtags

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When the Vine app eventually managed to waddle over to Android, it was a mere shadow of the iOS version, thanks to a buggy initial release and missing several features. Subsequent updates have made it bit more usable and now some more features have been brought over from the iOS version.

In the latest update, you now get the option to share your Vines on Facebook as well, whereas you could only do it over Twitter previously. It also adds the ability to search for users and hashtags, which was strangely missing in the previous version. Read more »

Sony smartwatch to be part of the company’s agenda at its June 25 event

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Smartphones aren’t going to be the only thing that Sony is going to announce at its upcoming event on June 25, Tuesday. The company has teased today its plans to unwrap a new smartwatch at its event on Twitter.

There, the company has published a photo stating a research by BI Intelligence, stating that one in three people want to have a smart wrist wear. Sony already has a smartwatch, announced over an year ago, so it’s clearly a time for a refresh. Read more »