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doubleTwist update brings redesigned Holo interface

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The doubleTwist music player has received a new update, which brings with it a fresh new UI. Although the previous version looked quite stunning, the UI had started looking a bit out of place on the clean, flat UI design of modern Android versions.

The latest version addresses that by opting for the new Holo UI guidelines while maintaining some of the look of the previous versions. You will now see flatter textures and typical Holo UI elements such as action bar at the top with an Up button and drop down lists. However, the app still maintains the dark gray background color and the custom fonts that make sure it stands out and doesn’t look like just another Holo app. Read more »

Samsung challenges people to stare at the Galaxy S4′s eye tracking technology for an hour to win one

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Samsung and Swisscom promoted the fourth generation Galaxy S smartphone in the Zurich Main Station in an interesting manner. Samsung challenged the audience to stare at the Galaxy S4 for 60 minutes straight without looking away – and it wasn’t an easy task due to lots of available distractions.

Samsung promised a free Galaxy S4 smartphone to anyone who managed to stare at the device for 60 minutes non-stop with distractions like police dogs barking, hot dog vendors on fire, musicians, motorcycles driving past your side and crashing and other such attention killers. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series gets priced online

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series, including 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch variants, has been priced by online retailer Adorama in the US.

All three models come with various color combinations and internal memory sizes, the cheapest being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (pictured above) which starts at $199. Read more »

Battery tests for Exynos 5 Octa powered Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a split personality – it’s either powered by a Snapdragon 600 chipset (the I9505) or by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa (the I9500). It took a while before it became clear which model goes to which country, but now it’s time to find out the answer to a more important question – does it matter?

Typically, Samsung uses Qualcomm chipsets for its US models (due to the chipsets built-in LTE support) and sold their Exynos smartphones elsewhere. Now, the situation is different and the Snapdragon-based model is more common, perhaps due to low manufacturing capacity for the new eight core Exynos chipset. Read more »

An official photo of a brown Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 leaks, no specific release date yet

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With the Galaxy S4 having already leaked in a brown suit, it’s time for the Galaxy Note 8.0 to do the same thing. Renowned leakster evleaks has brought up to light an official Samsung photo of the compact slate in a brown color.

As you can see from the photo above, the S Pen is also going to sport the same color as the tablet, making for one very stylish accessory. Read more »

Real Racing 3 set to receive a Dubai-themed update soon, will let you race at the Dubai Autodrome

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The popular racing game Real Racing 3 is about to get a major update dubbed simply The Dubai Update. As you’ve already guessed by now, racing will take place in Dubai, and more specifically at the Dubai Audorome.

EA, who is behind the game, is keeping its cards close to its chest at the moment and not much information is available. What is known however, is that there’ll be a new batch of cars. Read more »

Lenovo getting ready to enter the US and EU smartphone markets within a year

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Lenovo slowly but surely shows its potential of becoming a respectable smartphone maker (the K900 being its latest and greatest Android smartphone), but outside of China, its smartphones are only available in India, Indonesia and Russia.

The company’s CEO Yang Yanqing however, has expressed in an interview that his company is looking into expanding its reach to Europe and the United States. Read more »

Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a $149 tablet with Nexus 7 topping specs, we go hands-on

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The Hisense Sero 7 Pro Android tablet, together with the entry-level Sero 7 LT slate, is the Chinese manufacturer’s first effort designed with the lucrative US market in mind. Priced at the highly acceptable $149.99, the Jelly Bean slate offers a better spec sheet than a Google Nexus 7 for noticeably less cash.

Like the Nexus 7, the Hisense Sero 7 Pro packs a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC and a gig of RAM. Read more »

Microsoft pits the Lumia 920 camera against the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III

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If you ever stumbled upon the recently created Windows Phone tumblr blog, you’d have notice a smattering of amusing GIFs comparing the quality of the Lumia 920′s low light images against those of the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III.

Now, they have released a video that shows the three phones placed side by side, shooting the same bizarre scene all at the same time and then the results are provided for you to see. As you can guess, the Lumia 920 comes out on top with a significantly brighter image, with the iPhone 5 a distant second and the Galaxy S III in the last. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z is not afraid of water or our camera, stars in quick hands-on video

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z had to cross a river to get to our office… okay, it didn’t but it that wouldn’t have troubled it thanks to its IP57 certification. That’s not the only specs the Z tablet shares with the Z phone either, the slender OmniBalance design gives the tablet a unique look.

The Xperia Tablet Z is only 6.9mm thick and weighs under 500g, it’s a pretty impressive device to hold in your hand. Read more »

Fast & Furious 6: The Game officially launched for Android

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The game based on the latest action movie Fast & Furious 6 is now officially available on the Google Play Store. The game takes racing genre to a whole new level with amazing graphics, new game modes, challenges and intensive missions.

The whole aim of the Fast & Furious 6 mission is to take down an organization of skilled mercenary drivers, so as to earn respect, while you drift and drag through the streets of London. Read more »

HTC apologizes for all delayed HTC One orders with $25 Google Play credit

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HTC might be having some trouble lately, but that doesn’t stop it from caring for the early HTC One adopters. The first batch of the flagship suffered delays due to some production shortages, which were recently overcome.

If your HTC One order was delayed because of those production hiccups but you didn’t give up on the One, HTC will soon reward your patience with a $25 Google Play voucher. Read more »

Amazon expands Kindle Fire HD availability to over 170 new countries

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When the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ were launched last year, they went on sale only in a handful of countries around the world. Now, almost eight months since the product was officially announced, Amazon has gone for a more global release.

The Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ are now available for pre-order in over 170 countries and will start shipping on June 13. Read more »

Google Drive app for Android updated, brings new UI and document scanning

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Google has updated the Google Drive app for Android with some sweet new features. First of all, there is a new UI for the app, with a convenient drawer on the side for some of the menus. The app also lets you set a thumbnail view for the documents instead of a simple list view.

One of the major additions in this update is the ability to scan receipts, letters and documents with the camera and then save them as PDF files on Google Drive. The app then OCRs these documents and lets you search for the text within the PDFs. You can now also download documents for offline viewing on your device. Read more »

Google Chrome for Android updated with fullscreen viewing

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Google has updated the Android version of its Chrome browser and has blessed it with a few cool new features and several stability improvements.

Google Chrome for Android now supports fullscreen viewing on your smartphones and you scroll down to hide your toolbar. The update also comes with a simplified search, which allows you to view and refine your queries directly from the omnibox. Read more »