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Samsung and Swarovski launch limited edition Galaxy Note 3 covers and matching bracelets

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Samsung and Swarovski have announced a partnership for an exclusive lineup of accessories for the popular Galaxy Note 3 phablet. They will be showcased at Samsung Galaxy Lounge on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

There are three limited edition Note 3 battery covers with three matching bracelets. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 gets a price cut to £199.99 in the UK

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UK retailer Expansys has cut the price of the extremely capable LG G Pad 8.3 tablet to £199.99.

The price comes just a few months after its initial release, and is likely done in anticipation of Samsung’s imminent release of their new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets a $125 discount globally

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Samsung has cut the retail price of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The gadget was launched back in September and even though it’s the best spec’d wearable on the market, Galaxy Gear remained rather unpopular because of its hefty price tag.

Samsung has released Galaxy Gear worldwide and it was priced at $300 for the USA, €300 in Europe and Rs. 22,290 ($356) in India. Those prices were rather steep indeed, but that’s about to change now. Read more »

Pebble releases beta appstore for Android

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Pebble’s appstore is live since yesterday but was an iOS exclusive up until now.

The Android version was said to be coming shortly and we got to see a screenshot of it but now Pebble is releasing its beta version for those most eager among you. The appstore is available for everyone to try, but is primarily intended for Android developers. Read more »

SA: Samsung’s Galaxy tablets overtake Apple’s iPad in developing markets

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Samsung has secured the smartphone crown and it was clear the next battle with Apple will be over tablets. Strategy Analytics reports that Samsung is catching up to Apple by overtaking the iPad maker in emerging markets.

Apple had the biggest market share in 2012 in all markets, but in 2013 Samsung pulled out in front in Central and Eastern Europe (25% market share), Latin America (22.8%), the Middle East and Africa (18.3%). Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo battery life test

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo shares lots of common features with the original Note 3 model, but is powered by a brand new hexa-core Exynos 5260 chipset with two Cortex-A15 @ 1.7GHz and four Cortex-A7 @ 1.3GHz cores. We have never met this chipset and we were really curious about its battery management. We also wondered if the lower resolution will help the Neo outlast its bigger brother, given that batteries are almost equally matched – 3,100 mAh for the Neo vs 3,200 mAh for the original Galaxy Note 3

Now that our review is live for everybody to read, we took our time and did a thorough battery benchmarking. The results are in and we are ready to share them with you. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.2.1 waves goodbye to the Jelly Bean era

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The first and only maintenance release of CyanogenMod 10.2 will be the last one to be based on Android Jelly Bean.

Version 10.2.1 squashes a plethora of bugs and brings with it support for a few new devices, including several popular variants of the B&N Nook tablets. Read more »

‘Flappy Bird’ for iOS and Android game review

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For some of you, Flappy Bird needs no introduction. The game has garnered a lot of attention these days and it seems everyone and their grandmother is playing it. The game is known for its extremely simple gameplay that takes no time to learn but nearly impossible to master. Thanks to this, Flappy Bird will have you pulling your hair out in no time at all.

Flappy Bird was originally launched on iOS but recently made an appearance on Android as well. So we thought we’ll take a closer look at the game for the four of you who still haven’t installed and played it, yet. Read more »

HTC Desire 700 dual sim battery life test

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The HTC Desire 700 dual sim is reporting for battery testing duty with a 2,100 mAh juice pack, the only 200 mAh smaller than what the HTC One has. With a screen of far lower resolution and a far less demanding chipset it actually looks capable of beating its elite stablemate here.

The Desire 700 dual sim is quoted at 582 of stand-by and close to 12 hours of talk time. Can it live up to the claims? Results are inside. Read more »

OUYA launches a matte black version of its console with bigger internal storage

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Missed out on the white, limited edition 16GB OUYA a while back? Well, there’s hope for you yet, as the team behind the Android gaming system has announced that they’ll be releasing a standard 16GB version.

This particular OUYA will come with a matte black finish, or “anthracite”, as it’s officially called. Read more »

32GB Nexus 7 (2012) discounted to £99 in the UK

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UK retailer Zavvi has slashed the price of the Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB model to £99 – a whopping £80 off its usual retail price. Before you rush to order one yourself, though, be mindful that this is not for a brand-new unit, but for a refurbished one.

Still, Zavvi claims this is a “manufacturer grade A refurb”, which means it should be the next best thing. Shipments will commence on February 3 and it’s not clear how much 2012 Nexus 7′s are in stock. Read more »

Evernote beta for Android gains handwriting support

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The Evernote’s beta app for Android has gained handwriting support and now lets you scribble down notes or just doodle around, saving everything as is – not transforming your handwriting into neat text like on the Galaxy Note 3 for example.

The update will take its time getting to the official Android app but for now you can test the beta through the Google+ group. Read more »

See the Motorola Moto G handle water like a champ

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You’d never think that an affordable offering such as the Motorola Moto G with no IP rating or anything will survive being submerged under water for even a few second. When Motorola said it’s wrapping the insides of the phone with a water-resistant nano-coating, many though that’s more of a marketing trick, than anything else.

That’s certainly not the case, as YouTube reviewer Erica Griffin has discovered. In fact the phone dived under water for a nudge over 40 minutes and the result is quite shocking. Read more »

Archos outs a new series of tablets: the Neon

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Archos will be releasing three tablets in a new line of products called “Neon.”

The three models are the Archos 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon. The model numbers coordinate with the screen sizes of each tablet (9.0”, 9.7” and 10.1”, respectively.) Read more »

Lenovo reveals two Android tablets that are in the works

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Since Lenovo has purchased Motorola Mobility from Google, they’re going to be hard at work on a variety of Android devices.

It turns out that the Chinese manufacturer has a pair of tablets on the way: the A3500 and A3300. Read more »