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Compact smartphone battle: Galaxy S5 Mini vs HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and LG G2 mini

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This week’s poll is a compact smartphone battle redux, but this time we have a new contestant – the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. And it’s only fitting to let you decide if its better than its rivals in the trio of duels we have prepared for you.

It’s not too hard to figure out which compact smartphones we have in mind without reading the title. The high-end spectrum of mini smartphones includes the HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the LG G2 mini, all of which will be keen to take on Samsung’s latest offering. Read more »

EzeeCube is an open-source media hub that plays Genesis and SNES cartridges

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There are plenty of media hubs out there for purchase that allow you to play media files off of flash drives, SD cards, and even stream them from your PC to your TV.

EzeeCube does pretty much all of this, but has two cool features: an innovative stackable design, and the ability to play old-school SNES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive cartridges. Past, meet the present, with a little bit of hacktastic goodness sprinkled on top. Read more »

Android L is coming to OnePlus One via CM

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OnePlus One will be updated with a CyanogenMod ROM based on Android L. This will happen in three months after Google launches the final Android L build in the Fall.

OnePlus One has it tough lately with its shipments being delayed yet again. Fortunately ours OnePlus One is already in our office and we are working hard to bring you an in-depth review. Read more »

USB audio coming to stock Android in ‘L’ release

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Audiophiles rejoice. Google will be adding support for USB audio out in the next version of Android, currently known as the ‘L’ release. The feature briefly appeared on screen during the I/O keynote but Google has now closed the issue added on its support forum asking for USB audio that was added two years ago.

For those not aware, USB audio out allows you to connect devices such as headphone amplifiers to the USB port of the phone and get superior audio quality out of it. Most smartphones these days are capable of outputting clean audio through their headphone jack. However, in most cases, there is not enough power from the built-in amp to drive more power hungry headphones. Read more »

Weekend poll results: LG G3 and HTC One (M8) trade punches

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Last week we saw two of the more intriguing flagships on the market – the LG G3 and its QHD display, and the HTC One (M8) and its impressive aluminum unibody.

We asked you to pick your winner in terms of design, screen, user interface, still image quality and video quality, and the results are in. Now that the voting is over and we have the winners in every category – here are your picks. Read more »

Nexus 8 tablet prototype spotted entering India

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A new Nexus tablet has long been rumored to come this year, and now a couple of prototypes have entered India for testing purposes.

This information comes from an Indian website that tracks imports to the country, but unfortunately the Nexus 8 listing doesn’t give us an idea about which company is making it. Read more »

Huawei Honor 6 taken apart, given good repairability score

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The recently announced Huawei Honor 6 flagship isn’t even on the market yet but some industrious folk got their hands on it and did what comes natural to tech geeks – they took it apart. While it’s not coming from iFixit the people who took apart the Honor 6 (also called Glory 6 in some markets) awarded it a 7/10 separability score.

The teardown photos reveal the back material can take some abuse, but the battery is not easy to take out. Read more »

If you use an iPhone, Samsung thinks you are a wall-hugger

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Well that is, according to its latest commercial. No, Samsung doesn’t think that iPhone users have an irrational love for walls.

The advertisement refers to phone users who are constantly plugged into a charger due to their device’s insufficient battery capacity. Read more »

Google Play Services 5.0 now live

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Google announced a major update to its Play Services API last month at Google I/O, and now it is being being rolled out to devices worldwide.

The new updates include services for Android wearables, security, Google Play games, Google Cast, Wallet, and many more. Read more »

Android Wear gets an update, now available on Gear Live and G Watch

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Google is seeding the first firmware update for the Android Wear-powered smartwatches. Naturally, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are now getting it over-the-air.

The update contains critical bug fixes, including to the issues with inverted colors and dimming displays. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons goes to South HAMerica with latest update

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It was apparently time for Angry Birds Seasons to get yet another update. This time, Rovio added 24 new levels to its insanely popular game. These take you on a trip to South HAMerica, where your mission is, as always, to stop those pesky pigs.

There are even three bonus levels inside, and everything is packed with relics, artifacts, ancient statues, and rope bridges – all making for a pretty exotic twist to the game. Read more »

Samsung releases TV spot highlighting the Super AMOLED screen on the Tab S

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The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S has raised a lot of eyebrows (including our own) with its impressive Super AMOLED screen of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

To highlight the capable display tech, which appears for the first time at this resolution, Samsung has released a new TV spot comparing it to one of its regular LCD screens. Read more »

Moto 360 to cost twice as much as the Gear Live

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Motorola’s upcoming and highly anticipated smartwatch may cost twice as much as its Android Wear-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear competitor.

A Chinese retailer has already listed the Moto 360 for pre-order. It costs CNY 2,800 or about €330, which is almost twice the Samsung Gear Live price in the country of CNY 1,500 or €175. Read more »

Latest Nova Launcher Beta brings L Preview visual enhancements

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The latest beta version of the popular Android homescreen replacement Nova Launcher boasts a fresh coat of paint with the addition of “L Preview” visual goodies.

The new visuals of the launcher include a new look for the homescreen folder preview, the L-release app drawer icon and a new app animation. Read more »

Android Wear app now live on the Play Store along with a dedicated section

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Google has released the Android Wear application on the Play Store. Although there is not much you can do with it right now, the app will become useful once those who ordered their Android Wear devices start receiving their orders next week.

Google has also added a new section in the Play Store for Android Wear applications. Note, that these are not exactly separate apps that will run on your watch but your usual apps meant for your phone or tablet but now with Android Wear support to push relevant information on to the device. Read more »