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Sony Xperia M2 hands-on

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The latest talk of the town has been revolving solely around top tier smartphones like the Xperia Z2 and while it has been flaunting its 4K video capabilities in everyone’s face the Xperia M2 has been sitting on the sidelines waiting for a chance to shine.

We think 15 minutes of fame wouldn’t hurt it, so here comes our hands-on time with the Xperia M2 – Sony’s latest midrange smartphone. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 – camera comparison

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Now that we have our hands on the Sony Xperia Z2 for more than a booth tour we decided to go straight for what matters. Has Sony tuned its software to make it more mature and deliver better image quality or are 4K and slow-mo video recording the only benefits of the faster chipset?

The hardware remains unchanged – the Xperia Z2 and Z1 share a 20.7 MP snapper with an Exmor RS 1/2.3″ sensor, Sony G Lens f/2.0 aperture and the Bionz image processor. The only thing that potentially tips the scales in either direction is the software processing, which was rather heavy-handed on the Z1 and we hope Sony has tweaked it to achieve better results. Let’s see the samples shall we. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is finally here and despite coming to market just five months after the Xperia Z1, it improves quite a few bits of the package making for a very tempting upgrade.

The Xperia Z2 is only slightly taller than its predecessor but compensates with less width, girth and lower weight. More importantly, it fits a larger 5.2″ screen and stereo speakers at the front.The display itself comes with Sony’s latest tech, including the Triluminos tech and X-Reality Engine, and this time it’s an IPS unit for improved viewing angles. Read more »

Snapchat settles with FTC after a privacy violation smackdown

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Ephemeral messaging is huge right now with Snapchat leading the charge. Except “ephemeral” messages are more permanent than the name might suggest – charges were filed with the FTC against the photo messenger about this and a couple of other issues.

“If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keep those promises,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Any company that makes misrepresentations to consumers about its privacy and security practices risks FTC action.” Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) available for $364 today

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The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) may no longer be Samsung’s flagship tablet, but it’s certainly one worth considering at the sweet price of $364. You can now have either the black or the white version the slate for that exact price thanks to a promotion held by US retailer Woot!.

You can even grab the 32GB version for just $35 extra or $389 in total. That’s a significant price cut compared to the retail price of the product over at other retailers such as Amazon, which lists the slate for $479 (16 GB) and $529 (32GB). Read more »

‘Half-Life 2′ arriving on NVIDIA Shield

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It seems the popular Half-Life 2 series is set to arrive on the NVIDIA Shield gaming console. After announcing Portal for the Shield, which will be available starting May 12, it’s Gordon Freeman’s turn to make an appearance on the mobile platform.

Half-Life 2 is an extremely popular series of first person games that includes the original Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. The series famously ended on a cliffhanger seven years ago and since then fans have been waiting for Half-Life 3 that is yet to be announced. Read more »

Angry Birds Go! updated with new episode and weekly tournaments

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Rovio has updated its Angry Birds Go! series with a new episode. The latest version of the app also comes with weekly tournaments, complete with an universal leaderboard.

The new episode brings sub-zero tracks that are aiming to become a lot more engaging and fun. Angry Birds Go! now supports snapshots, which means you can see some awesome photos of yourself in action on the racetrack. Read more »

Samsung explains the camera on the Galaxy S5

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We have talked about the ISOCELL sensor in the Galaxy S5 in the past, but there are also other aspects of the phone’s camera that Samsung is intent on talking about.

One of them is real-time HDR feature. This lets you see the an HDR version of the image live on the viewfinder, even before you take the photo. This gives an idea of how the photo will look like, even before it is taken. Read more »

CyanogenMod nightly builds are now available for HTC One (M8)

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CyanogenMod added the HTC One (M8) to the lineup of devices which can boot its custom ROMs. Users of HTC’s flagship can now flash CM11 nightly builds from the CyanogenMod download page.

Nightly builds will be available on all versions of the HTC One (M8). Read more »

iPad is the tablet with the highest customer satisfaction

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Android tablets may be slowly taking over sales in the tablet marketplace, but the iPad still reigns as king in customer satisfaction.

This is mainly due to the myriad bargain, low-quality Android tablets that are currently on the market. Hit the jump to see the official rankings, courtesy of J.D. Power. Read more »

Samsung Kids Mode for tablets updated with new animations and sounds

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Samsung has updated the Kids Mode feature on its recently launched Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets.

The newest update brings the tablet version of the Kids mode on par with the software that was first seen on the Galaxy S5. Read more »

Samsung launches KNOX 2.0 globally

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Samsung has announced the global launch of KNOX 2.0 – the company’s secured mobile platform that has been designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise consumers.

Samsung has also rebranded its KNOX 2.0 platform as Knox Workspace and is now available on the Galaxy S5 across the globe. Read more »

Google Maps update brings new features to iOS and Android

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Google Maps got treated to an update for both Android and iOS. Versions 7.7 and 3.0 of the app for Android and iOS respectively bring new features and welcome tweaks to the platform.

The update sees offline maps officially arrive on Google Maps for iOS. Read more »

Google Now adds cards to show products in a nearby store

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Treading the fine line between convenient and creepy, Google has added yet another feature to Google Now that goes through your personal information and suggests something relevant.

This time, it’s cards that tell you when a certain product is available in a store near you. If you walk past a store, Google Now will show a card with items and their pricing available in that store, items that you have looked up in the past and are interested in purchasing. Read more »

Oppo Find 7a panorama and slow shutter camera samples

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We’ve finished our thorough review of the Oppo Find 7a, where we gave you lots of various camera and video samples. In case those weren’t enough for you, we’ve snapped a few more – panorama and long exposure particularly.

Oppo Find 7a is capable of capturing up to 180 degrees panorama shots and the resulting images have up to 15MP resolution. Note that you need to hold the phone vertically to get those 15MP pano shots (6100x2500px), while the horizontal shooting will output images only just over 10MP (5500x1900px). Read more »