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Get $5 store credit on purchase from Amazon Appstore

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Amazon is giving away $5 store credit to app shoppers this holiday season. And all you have to do is download an app from their Appstore.

To get the $5 store credit, all you have to do is go to the Amazon Appstore app on your Kindle Fire or any other compatible Android device and download any app, including a free one. You’ll soon get an email informing you that $5 credit has been added to your account, which can then be used to purchase more apps or games from the Amazon Appstore. Read more »

XOLO Play Tegra Note review

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After releasing the Android based portable gaming console, Shield, NVIDIA is now entering the popular 7-inch tablet category with the Tegra Note. Just like the Shield, the Tegra Note tablet focuses on gaming but also bundles in stylus functionality at a very attractive price point.

Unlike the Shield, NVIDIA won’t be selling the Tegra Note tablet directly. Instead, it will be manufactured for NVIDIA by OEM partners across the world and sold under their own brands. What we are looking at today is the XOLO Play Tegra Note, which is manufactured and sold by XOLO for NVDIA in India and is similar to the Tegra Note tablet offered by other OEMs such as Gigabyte, EVGA and ZOTAC in other markets. So let’s take a closer look at NVIDIA’s first tablet. Read more »

ASUS launches a video trailer for its CES event

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CES is just two weeks away now it’s the time of the year when ASUS starts building up the hype for its upcoming devices. After launching the invite dubbed In Search Of Incredible a few days ago the company is now airing the first video trailer on YouTube.

This one has the US symbol, the Statue of Liberty, as the main character. Instead of holding up its torch it holds up two fingers in the V formation and then splits the tabula ansata (meaning tablet with handles) in two. What we can gather from this is that we may be in for a new transformer slate from ASUS showcased on the CES floor. Read more »

CyanogenMod team releases demo video for Oppo N1

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To say that CyanogenMod has made some waves this past year would be an understatement. The team started as a community of hackers that provided fast and more feature-packed custom ROMs, which retained the stock Android look free of-charge. Now, after being asked by Oppo to release a special edition of their mods for their newest phone, Cyanogen is fast becoming a recognizable power in the Android world, and the first video on their official Youtube page shows off their very own edition of the Oppo N1.

The video showcases all of the features that set apart Cyanogen’s build of Android from other versions. Advanced camera options, a better privacy guard, the option to control CPU behavior, added themes, and other features are all laid out in the video. There is no out of the box root access, which is understandable as the phone will not pass the Android Compatibility Test suite, but don’t be surprised if Cyanogen creates a one-click app for the device that will be readily available. Read more »

Want a girlfriend? Just buy a Samsung Galaxy Gear

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So our cell phones can be used for pretty much anything: finding movie times, uploading YouTube videos, GPS navigation, and of course, the occasional phone call. But can a smartphone and some cool accessories that pair with it help you get a girlfriend? Samsung says, “Absolutely.”

In a recently released commercial (more like a promotional short film), Samsung shows off all the capabilities of the new Galaxy Gear Smartwatch when paired with their Note 3. In the video, two smartphone carrying Romeos vie for the affections of a young woman while at a ski resort. Read more »

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 3 ad brings on the Christmas joy

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Samsung has released a new ad to promote its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. The ad is Christmas-themed as appropriate for the season.

The two minute ad is titled as “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections” and does not promote any of the features of the device for a change. Instead, the new campaign reflects the holiday images in 3D. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas enters the Android’s Play Store

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Just a week after we saw Grand Theft Auto San Andreas hitting the Apple’s App Store, the game is now available on Android’s Play Store as well.

The Android version of the game costs $6.99, weighs about 2.4GB, and requires Android 3.0 or later. Read more »

WhatsApp now has 400 million active users

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Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp has announced that the popular messaging service now has about 400 million active users across the globe.

In a blog post, Jan also claimed that WhatsApp has added 100 million users in the last four months. Read more »

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition bundle

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Samsung is trying to gently enter the Android-powered console market using the Game Pad. The company was showing off the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition, which comes bundled with the Game Pad accessory and an HDMI adapter.

That’s right, while the Game Pad can hold phone ranging from 4″ to 6.3″, it cannot hold tablets, not even 7″ ones. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear software update enhances battery life and more

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Samsung is rolling out a software update to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The newest firmware takes it to version MK7 and brings a couple of new features alongside enhancements to improve the overall performance of the gadget.

One of the major tweaks with the new update are the notifications, now supporting non-Samsung apps. Read more »

Huawei Honor 3C sees 1.5 million reservations in 36 hours

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Huawei announced the Honor 3C just three days ago and it went up for pre-order the following day. The phone is highly affordable (the base model costs CNY 800, which works out to just $130), but offers a 5″ 720p screen, quad-core MediaTek chipset, Android 4.2, a Sony 8MP camera and dual-SIM connectivity.

That seems to be the recipe for success as 1.5 million units were reserved in the first 36 hours. Reservations will continue until December 25. Read more »

Sony QX lens-style cameras updated with 1080p video recording

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This year at IFA Sony unveiled the unique QX line of lens-style cameras and they’re getting their first update. As you may remember they had some issues – for one they could shoot video at 1,440 x 1,080 but not widescreen. The firmware update fixes that and adds proper 1,920 x 1,080p video recording mode.

The update also adds more manual controls and boosts the ISO range. Read more »

BBM will come preinstalled on LG smartphones

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BlackBerry’s popular BBM instant messaging app will come preinstalled on LG smartphones. The Canadian company announced a bundling agreement with LG which will include standard and virtual preloading of the app.

The LG G Pro Lite will be the first smartphone to have BBM out of the box. Read more »

Pebble announces a dedicated app store for its smartwatch

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Pebble announced a dedicated app store for its popular smartwatch. The Pebble app store will be available in early 2014, and will integrate seamlessly into the dedicated Pebble app for iOS and Android devices, thus becoming the one-stop shop for installing applications on your smartwatch.

The Pebble app store will feature seven different categories. Read more »

Opera Max will help you save data on all your apps

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Opera is working in a new service called Opera Max that will help you save data on all your apps, not just the browser. It compresses data for every image, video and text file downloaded to your device regardless of the application downloading it.

It works by installing the Opera Max application on your Android device. The app configures a VPN server on your device and routs all your data through it. The server will compress all data before sending it to your device, thus saving your data and time. This works for all apps except those that use https, so any secure content such as online payments and mail services won’t be compressed. Read more »