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Opera Max mobile data saving service expands to 16 more countries

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Opera’s Max mobile data saving app for Android is capable of compressing precious data traffic by up to 50% and it’s been available in North and South America, Europe Union countries and Russia. Today, Opera announced the service is available in 16 additional countries.

Now, users in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan can enjoy Opera Max. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is largely based on the Note 4, save for the unique curved screen. This reduced the internal volume, which in turn made the battery smaller – 3,000mAh instead of 3,220mAh in the Galaxy Note 4.

The screen is different too as is some of the software, which have a much bigger impact on battery life than those lost 220mAh. Read more »

WhatsApp now features end-to-end encryption on Android

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WhatsApp’s Android iteration can now boast end-to-end encryption for your messages, according to a new report. The functionality has been baked into the latest update for the app, and the encryption is turned on by default.

The “end-to-end” part means WhatsApp (or Facebook, its owner) won’t be able to decrypt your messages, even if it is compelled to do so by law enforcement agencies. Read more »

Facebook introduces standalone Groups app for iOS and Android

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This year Facebook has pushed its Messenger app for mobile more than ever, even forcing people to use only that for messaging one another. And now the social network has announced a new standalone mobile app that focuses on one single aspect of your Facebook experience. In this case, we’re talking about Groups.

The new Facebook Groups app is already available in both the iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. Read more »

Rightware outs Basemark ES 3.0 to test mobile GPU potency

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Rightware, maker of the popular Basemark and Browsermark benchmarking products, today released the Basemark ES 3.0 test suite. It’s specialized in assessing the smartphones and tablets ability of running OpenGL ES 3.0 based graphics.

OpenGL ES 3.0 was introduced in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, iOS 7 and BlackBerry OS 10.2. The new graphics API is used by developers to create stunning games and rich navigation software. Read more »

Moto X 2013 Developer Edition on sale for $230

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The Moto X 2013 Developer Edition is currently on sale ат eBay. The unlocked phone can now be yours for $230. While the offer is available worldwide, US-based customers are the ones who benefit from free shipping, making the deal even more irresistible.

The phone doesn’t work on CDMA-based carriers, so no Sprint or Verizon customers should buy it. It features 32GB of storage, but no microSD card slot and is dressed in Woven White. Read more »

Short video introduces the Nokia N1

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So, Nokia announced an Android-running clone of the Apple iPad mini. There are multiple things wrong with that sentence, but while your rub your eyes in disbelief you can watch this short reveal video as evidence the Nokia N1 is indeed real.

The N1 is Nokia’s first Android tablet, it previously tried making Windows RT tablets but that fizzled out quickly. Read more »

Nokia Z Launcher lands on the Play Store

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Nokia’s custom Z Launcher is ready to graduate from pre-beta – it lands in the Play Store today and it even works out of the box on the new Nokia N1 tablet.

The tablet is similar to Aviate – it learns from your usage and picks up contextual cues (e.g. whether it’s morning or evening), but the feature that sets it apart is scribbling. Read more »

Nexus 6 up for preorder in India on Flipkart

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The massive Nexus 6 is now officially available for preorder India. Those who want to get (both) their hands on the Nexus 5 can head over to Flipkart now and order the phone. The prices start at INR43,999 for the 32GB and INR48,999 for the 64GB models, in both blue and white.

The Nexus 6 was also recently put up on the Google Play Store for the same prices but the phones are yet to be made available for purchase over there. Somehow Flipkart managed to start the sale process even before Google, which still just shows ‘Coming Soon’ on the Play Store. Read more »

Snapchat will now let you send money to your friends

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In a move that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, Snapchat has launched a new feature called Snapcash that will let you send money to your friends by adding a dollar sign and entering an amount in your pictures. Yeah, it’s totally legit.

Snapchat has joined forces with Square, makers of the popular Square Cash, to let you add your debit card to the app and then send money to your friends. As mentioned before, it’s as simple as adding a dollar sign and the amount in your messages and sending it to your friends and the money is transferred from your bank account to theirs. The payment part is handled by Square, who has more expertise in this matter than Snapchat. Read more »

Google Keep update brings material design and new features to Android

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Google Keep is the latest Android app from Google to receive a major update these days. The latest version of the app brings material design and new features to the platform.

The new Google Keep allows users to share lists and update them in real time. Read more »

Chainfire roots all Lollipop-running Nexus devices but the Nexus 6

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Chainfire is back and this time brings the number of rooted Lollipop-running Nexus devices to six – CF Auto Root is available with SuperSU v2.20 (which isn’t available anywhere else currently).

For Lollipop devices the latest Chainfire version includes a ZIP to patch the kernel to run CF Auto Root at boot. Read more »

Nvidia Shield tablet getting Lollipop update a day earlier than expected

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Nvidia’s original plan regarding the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout for the Shield tablet was for tomorrow, but reports are coming in that the OTA seeding has commenced today. That’s a day earlier than initially promised but we doubt owners of the slate will be unhappy about it.

The OTA update weighs 705MB and adds enhanced console mode with 4K output, USB Y-cable support and DirectStylus launcher. Read more »

Nexus 7 2013 having video playback issues post Lollipop update

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Some users have noted that the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet is having some issues playing videos after updating to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Users trying to play YouTube videos, locally saved videos, or even trying to record videos are facing issues, with YouTube giving the ‘There was a problem while playing. Touch to retry.’ option.

There is no permanent solution for this as of now. Restarting the device seems to help in some cases but only temporarily. It seems Google will have to push an update for a more permanent solution to the problem. Read more »

Motorola Droid Turbo battery life test

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With a massive 3,900mAh battery on board, Motorola Droid Turbo is the spiritual successor of the Motorola RAZR MAXX. The latter ruled our battery test rankings back in 2012, thus leaving big shoes for the newcomer to fill in.

Motorola Droid Turbo packs some of the best specs found in a smartphone today, headed by a 5.2” 1440p display. Read more »