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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact owners fix a flash bleed issue by swapping its back cover

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact owners have found an original way to solve a commonly-occurring flash bleed problem. The resourceful bunch resolved the issue by simply swapping the plastic back cover of the device with that of its Japan-only sibling, the Sony Xperia Z1 f.

The glass back cover of the Sony Xperia Z1 f can be found online for less than $20. Read more »

Xolo Q1010i review

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Xolo launched its newest smartphone dubbed Q1010i only a few days ago. The device was said to be designed to bring excellent camera experienced at an affordable price tag.

The Xolo Q1010i comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU along with Mali 400MP2 GPU on a MediaTek MT6582 chipset. The device also sports an 8 megapixel Sony Exmor R sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 micron pixel size and a 5-element lens. We’ll see how it performs as a camera smartphone and of course, as an everyday device. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 leaks, official update coming

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The original Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 slate was released in August, 2012, initially running on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung released only one firmware update during the past two years flavoring the tablet with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Nowadays there are already two new Note tablets – Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Note Pro 12.2, but as it turns out the pioneer was not forgotten. A leaked official test firmware suggests Samsung is almost ready to release an official Android 4.4 KitKat update for the original Galaxy Note 10.1. Read more »

Leaked HP Slatebook 14 video shows a 14″ Android laptop

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A leaked video demo reveals the HP Slatebook 14 – an Android-powered laptop with a 14″ 1080p touchscreen. It’s not a hybrid (detachable tablet + keyboard dock) like the Slatebook X2, nor is it a dual-boot device, it’s pure Android.

The specs are a bit unclear, but the video is promising a slim and lightweight design. Without the need for a second battery behind the screen like on the Slatebook X2, this new device should be thinner than 20mm. Read more »

Free smartphone in Hyatt Regency hotels

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One of the most annoying aspects of traveling abroad is the disruption of your mobile communications. Popping out and changing sim cards, getting data plans, or, if you’ve got money to spare, dealing with egregious roaming charges. It all becomes frustrating after a while.

Well the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong have gone and done something novel: give their guests a smartphone during their stay with the hotel. Read more »

LG G2 mini battery test

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The LG G2 mini has a lot to prove being the little heir to a very capable battery performer in the face of the LG G2. The G2 recently received Android KitKat and soared from a 62 hour endurance rating to an 82 hour one.

The G2 mini has the advantage of Android KitKat right from the get go so we’re hoping the stellar work by LG has been transferred here as well. To G2 mini has a much smaller 2,440 mAh battery (compared to the G2′s massive 3,000 mAh juice pack) but the mini also brings a smaller, lower-res display (4.7″ qHD), lower-grade Snapdragon 400 processor with battery-saving Cortex-A7s inside. So let’s look at the numbers. Read more »

LG puts up a new image of their G Watch

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LG’s upcoming wearable, the G Watch has been circulating the internet and the Korean tech manufacturer decided to release something to whet our appetites: a new teaser picture.

As you can see above, the ad shows off the smartwatch’s water and dust resistance. Read more »

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ for iOS and Android game review

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Another superhero movie, another superhero movie tie-in game. We see these kind of games pop up quite frequently and rarely do they ever do justice to the movie, let alone to gaming. But people keep making them because, well, who doesn’t like money?

The previous The Amazing Spider-Man game for mobile was mediocre at best (to be honest, the movie wasn’t significantly better). This year, we have a sequel for the movie that promises to be bigger and better than the last one and like clockwork, there is a game that goes along with it. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is now out on iOS and Android and we decided to take a look at it, expectations set firmly to ‘Low’. Read more »

LG G2 KitKat benchmarks

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After the LG G2 received its KitKat update we decided to see what’s what and check out if the phone’s performance has seen drastic changes compared to its Jelly Bean state. We re-tested the battery performance and now it’s time to put the chipset through its paces.

The battery performance showed a leap from a 62 hour endurance rating to an 81 hour one, which was mainly due to a much-improved stand by time. As for the benchmarks, well, there’s a different story here. Note that KitKat brings faster multitasking because of optimized memory usage, which should aid in better benchmarking scores. Read more »

Two new Samsung slates: SM-T705 and SM-T700

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Think there are enough Samsung tablet variants out there? Well the Korean tech giant is now throwing another pair into the mix.

User Agent profiles reveal the two new tablets are the SM-T700 and SM-T705. Hit the jump to learn more about their features. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android update adds new group mute settings

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WhatsApp has released an update for Android (v2.11.230) that brings with it the highly requested group muting settings.

Anyone who has used WhatsApp groups would know how annoying some of them can get over time and there was no way to permanently mute them. The latest update, however, adds some new options that lets you mute a group beyond one week, all the way up to a century. Read more »

LG G2 KitKat battery test

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After being conceived by LG last year, the G2 launched with Android Jelly Bean under its belt, which was the latest at the time.

Now that some time has passed and all the tests have been done the G2 has had the pleasure of receiving the latest Android on the block – KitKat – and among other optimizations we expected LG to have tweaked and improved the battery performance. Read more »

Note 3′s one-handed mode now available on Galaxy S4

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Using a regular smartphone with one hand these days is difficult enough, and using a phablet like the Galaxy Note is near impossible. That’s why Samsung included a one-handed mode with their popular selling mega-screen device.

Well the same one-handed mode on the Note has made its way to the Galaxy S4. Read more »

Refreshed Acer Iconia Tab B1-730 to go official next week

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Acer is holding a press event next week on April 29 in New York. As the teaser image suggests, the company will unveiling several new devices.

The snippet in the far right suggests that a refreshed Iconia Tab B1-730 should be part of the new lineup. Read more »

Facebook acquires the mobile fitness app Moves

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The company behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves announced that it got officially acquired by Facebook. Financial details of the transaction have not been revealed.

Like Instagram and Whatsapp, Moves will continue to operate independently. Read more »