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Explore Nearby becomes official for Google Maps on Android and iOS

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A few days ago some people spotted a new feature in Google Maps for Android – Explore Nearby. And now the search giant has made it official, though it also works on iOS.

Explore Nearby lets you discover stuff that’s close to you with the tap of one button (which is located in the bottom right corner of the map). Read more »

Intel Broadwell and Skylake Android tablets are coming in 2015

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Intel’s Broadwell and Skylake-powered high-end detachable Android devices are said to be coming in 2015, according to a report.

Intel will start offering Bay Trail-T or Bay Trail M processors by the end of 2014 and these gadgets are expected to be priced in the range of $179 to $249 in the market. In 2015, the company will come out with Cherry Trail, the next generation Atom powered tablets. Read more »

OnePlus One receives an official stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM

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The OnePlus One is getting a tasty treat today, as the company launches an Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock ROM as an alternative to the phone’s custom CyanogenMod 11S ROM.

Thanks to the new piece of software, OnePlus One owners can have a 100% vanilla Android feel on their phones, that’s officially developed by OnePlus. Read more »

Skype 5 for Android will add contacts from your phone’s address book

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One thing that has so far differentiated Skype from other messaging services such as WhatsApp or Viber is the latter two’s focus on using your phone number as an identifier. That, though, is about to change.

Microsoft has just announced that the next version of Skype for Android will be able to add people from your phone’s address book. Read more »

LG announces Puppy Pop – the first game that can be played on the QuickCircle’s window

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If opening the cover of your G3 smartphone to fire a game was just too much work for you, then Puppy Pop is just the app you need. In addition to being able to check the time, place calls and take photos without having to open the QuickCircle case’s cover, G3 users can now play games too.

LG has announced a new game dubbed Puppy Pop – a match-three puzzle game developed for G3 with QuickCircle Case to be played through the window. Read more »

Samsung airs an inspiration surfing ad spot, the Galaxy S5 chills on the beach

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Samsung’s marketing team is probably large enough to populate the Allure of the Seas ocean cruise ship and its members certainly don’t lack inspiration. None of ads we’ve seen recently, however, comes close to company’s promo spot for the Association of Surfing Professionals, which it is sponsoring.

The product per second ratio is pretty low compared to the standard norm of Samsung ad spots, but that’s intentional, as the video’s mission is to inspire you. Its tagline is “Every day is day one” and stands behind the message that whether you’re a pro or a rookie, hopping on the surfboard and riding a wave is as exciting as your first day. Read more »

64GB Xiaomi Mi Pad comes to Europe for €280

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s capable Tegra K1-based Mi Pad tablet has finally made its way to western markets. Offering iPad mini-esque specs at a price that’s considerably lower, the Mi Pad is certainly an interesting proposition.

Currently, Xiaomi’s official shop is listing the 64GB Mi Pad for about $380 (€290), and can ship to most countries in Europe for $19, if you’re willing to wait 7-20 days for its arrival. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4 benchmarked, compared with other Snapdragon 801 flagships

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Xiaomi let reporters fondle its new flagship, the Mi 4, so now we have the first benchmark score and several photos from the 13MP camera.

Also, hands-on photos show off two of the custom backs for the Xiaomi Mi 4 – wood and stone. Read more »

Google Play Store update brings Material Design, sort of

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Google has started rolling out an update for the Play Store application on Android that updates the UI with Material Design elements. This is the same update we heard about before back when it had leaked.

Those expecting a complete UI overhaul might be a bit disappointed, however, as this can only be called a semi-Material Design update. The only thing changed here are the product pages for the apps, games, movies, music, magazines and books. The actual homepage (which is terrible, by the way) and the category lists still look the same as before. Read more »

eBay makes its barcode reader app for Google Glass

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eBay’s barcode scanning software, RedLaser, is now branching out from just Android and iOS.

It’ll now be available for Google Glass as well, so you’ll be able to take a look at products in the store and see if you can find them cheaper on eBay, just at a glance. Read more »

Unlock your Moto X with a digital tattoo

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Is inputting a password or using the Face Unlock feature on Android too annoying for you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Motorola has another solution for unlocking your phone: digital tattoos.

The phone manufacturer has joined forces with VivaLnk to give you a temporary tattoo that will last on your body for as much as five days. What’s special about this tattoo? Well, all you need to do is tap your phone on the area you’ve placed the phone-unlocking-ink and voila! Your phone will be unlocked. Read more »

Google Now is more accurate than Siri, study finds

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In the battle of the mobile personal assistants, Google Now seems to have the edge compared to Apple’s Siri. At least that’s what a study conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has found.

Google’s service has become slightly more accurate than Apple’s, despite the situation being the opposite last December. Read more »

Amazon Wallet for Android debuts with support for gift cards

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Amazon has silently released a new app for Android, which is already available in both the Play Store as well as the retailer’s own Appstore. It’s called Amazon Wallet, but despite the name it doesn’t let you make mobile payments, nor can it store your credit and debit cards.

For now, what it does do is act like a storage space for your various gift and loyalty cards from different stores, with options to organize those as you see fit. The app is still in beta, though, so more functionality is expected to come in the future. Read more »

Samsung: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 doesn’t overheat, faulty back panel to blame

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Last week a couple of pictures surfaced showing a deformed back panel on an apparently overheating Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

According to the information received by early adopters the slate would get so hot that it would cause its thin plastic back panel to bend at certain spots. Now Samsung has officially addressed the issue saying the problem lies with a limited number of defective back covers and the processor isn’t to blame or fear. Read more »

Waiting for a big-screened iPhone 6? Samsung says there’s a Galaxy S5

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It’s a story as old as time – tech time that is. At first when Samsung bashed Apple in ad form it was amusing to some and not so much to others and now it’s just par for the course with big company rivalries.

The latest Samsung ad is nothing new really – an iPhone user that’s oblivious and insecure and a Samsung Galaxy S5 user that is upbeat because his phone has a big screen, which evidently is what the first guy is dying to have added in the next iPhone. Read more »