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Sony unveils a new stainless steel edition of SmartWatch 3, rolling out next month

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Just a few months after it went on sale, Sony has unveiled a stainless steel version of the SmartWatch 3, giving it a fashionable finish. The company said the wearable device will be rolling out globally from next month.

As it turns out, apart from the new look, the stainless steel edition is essentially the same as the original release. This means that it also features the same 1.6-inch, 320 x 320 pixel transflective LCD, Qualcomm processor, built-in GPS, and standard microUSB port charging. However, the water and dust resistance rating has been upgraded from IP58 to IP68. Read more »

Meizu M1 note will cost more in stores than online

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The recently announced Meizu M1 note will cost more in stores than on the web. The budget-friendly, colorful smartphone will cost CNY 999 (about $160) online.

There is no word on what price premium will the smartphone carry in stores. Read more »

Here Maps scores 1 million downloads on Android

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Nokia’s mapping solution may only have officially arrived to non-Samsung Android devices last month, but it’s already making significant gains. The software has crossed the 1 million downloads mark as testified by the app profile on the Google Play store.

The number doesn’t include downloads from the Samsung Apps store, where the app has been available for a while longer, nor side-loads. Read more »

Flappy Bird hits Android Wear devices

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The popular 2014 time wasting phenomenon Flappy Bird is now unofficially available for Android Wear. A crafty developer ported the title to Google’s wearable device platform.

As as an unofficial port, the game is not available to install from Google Play. Read more »

Oppo N3 battery life test

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Oppo N3 is surely a very interesting smartphone with motorized 206-degree rotating camera, a worthy successor of the Oppo N1 cameraphone. The N3 isn’t all about its camera, though, as it is also a real beast when it comes to features and performance.

Our review is welcoming readers at our homepage, and today we are ready to share with you our complete battery life impressions. Note that the Oppo N3 is in fact a dual-SIM capable smartphone, so we’ve naturally put its battery in charge of two SIM standbys and here comes our findings. Read more »

New 64GB Moto X Pure Edition now available for $600

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Motorola has introduced a new variant of the Moto X Pure Edition. For an extra $50 over the 32GB variant, you can get the new 64GB variant for $599.99.

The 64GB model is only available in the SIM-free unlocked Pure Edition model through Motorola’s website. If you want it on a contract, you will have to choose between the 16GB and 32GB models only. Read more »

Xiaomi sells 40,000 Redmi Note 4G units in six seconds in India

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Xiaomi’s held another weekly flash sale in India today. This one was for the Redmi Note 4G, and in fact this was the first time that you were able to buy the LTE-capable iteration of the company’s phablet in the subcontinent. So, understandably, the interest was high.

In fact, 200,000 people registered for the sale. Of those, however, only 40,000 people managed to get a Redmi Note 4G, as that’s the amount of units that were made available. The entire batch sold out in six seconds, which sounds incredible until you realize it’s definitely not the first time something like this has happened with Xiaomi products over there. Read more »

Yotaphone 2 goes on promotion for the next 7 days

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The Yotaphone 2 is definitely a peculiar take on smartphone design with its dual-display setup, powered by a more than adequate set of hardware. The Russian innovation has definitely been gathering gazes and exciting tech fans all around.

The handset is available at a promotional price of RUB 36,990 (about $640), instead of the usual RUB 39,990 (about $718). The special offer will be valid between December 30 1014 and January 7 2015, after which the normal price tag will apply. Read more »

HTC One (M8) climbs to the edge of stratosphere, comes back with video footage

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As part of its Creatography movement, HTC teamed up with the British garage inventor/YouTube sensation Colin Furze to showcase the video capture chops of the One (M8). The end result from the team up is 1080p footage at an altitude of 106,500ft (32,461m), with some firework along the way.

In order to make the trick happen, twelve balloons were launched, each carrying between 2 and 4 HTC One (M8) units. Read more »

Top 10 Mobile Games of 2014

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The past few years have been terrific for mobile gaming. The improvements in hardware has resulted in developers pushing harder with what they can come up with. It has also resulted in a lot of console and PC games being ported over, as it is now possible to do so without losing much in the process.

2014 was a great year for mobile games, with a lot of new games and ports appearing on both the major mobile platforms. We went through a ton of them in the course of a year with our reviews and although some of them were quite disappointing, most were excellent, which is why it was such a hard task to choose the top ten best games of the year, and even more difficult was to arrange them in an order.

It was a tough job, but we did it anyway and now that we have the list, here are our top 10 mobile games of 2014. Read more »

Import database reveals Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 tablet on the way

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Samsung has a Galaxy Tab 5 slate coming our way. Sporting the model number SM-T55, the upcoming tablet appeared in an Indian import/export database.

If the model number is anything to go by, Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 shapes up to be a minor upgrade over the model it is bound to replace. Read more »

Meizu MX4 Pro hands-on

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,The year 2014 is almost done but Meizu isn’t done quite yet. After unleashing their yearly flagship device, the Meizu MX4, the maker has put forth a bigger and badder smartphone in the face of the Meizu MX4 Pro.

The Meizu MX4 Pro earns its Pro moniker with a slightly bigger display – 5.5″ over 5.36″, a much higher screen resolution and pixel density –
1536 x 2560px and 546ppi. That’s a solid 128ppi increase over its predecessor.

The front also has a fingerprint reader hidden under the home button. There is also more RAM, too. Read more »

HTC Gallery app gets updated with Cloud Gallery feature

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The HTC Gallery app received an update in time for Christmas in the Google Play Store. The major change in the latest version is the addition of Cloud Gallery – HTC’s take on accessing your photos from different cloud services like Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr and Google Drive.

The gallery app now sports HTC’s Face Fusion photo editor, which came as part of the Eye Experience update. It allows you to have fun with portraits by blending two at a time and create an entirely new face. Tagging friends on different images is now also available. Read more »

Sony rumored to launch a 12.9-inch tablet in 2015

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According to a report in DigiTimes, Sony has a high-end 12.9” tablet in the works. The full-size slate is expected to launch in the first half of 2015.

The upcoming tablet is allegedly going to be only 8.6mm thin. Read more »

Oppo R5 battery life test

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Until recently one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, now only second-best actually, the Oppo R5 made it through our review routine and our findings are live at our homepage.

The impressively thin Oppo R5 packs a 5.2” AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor. This great hardware package is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery – a relatively small capacity for such a demanding smartphone. Let’s find out how the Oppo R5 did at our battery torture test, shall we? Read more »