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Halo smartwatches have real movements, transparent OLED touchscreens

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Smartwatches fall into two categories – a functionality-first type with square displays and looks-first with round design. An ideal execution of the second type will be an actual watch with a real movement and hands, but also with a display hidden in there somehow.

It’s the “somehow” that’s the crux of the issue but Longshine Technologies thinks it has the answer – a transparent OLED touchscreen. Read more »

Google Play Store updated to v5.0, gets more Material Design elements

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Google has started rolling out v5.0.31 of the Play Store for Android. The major difference here is in the UI, and it’s approximately 600% more Material Design now.

First up, the action bar on top is now teal (or something close to that) with a new side menu and a cool animation for the hamburger button. The side menu shows the same items now, but the font is smaller. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons update celebrates NBA 2014-2015 season start with new levels

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Angry Birds Seasons is getting a new NBA episode with 15 new “ballin’ levels”. What’s more, Rovio has also worked on delivering NBA Pass ($4.95), which gives you 30 more levels one for each NBA team.

Rovio has actually struck a deal with NBA and Spalding and the levels look cool and pay tribute to great NBA teams. And that’s no wonder considering the game celebrates the NBA 2014-2015 basketball season. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows off its features in a couple of ads

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In case you haven’t decided if your next smartphone is going to be the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is keen to push you in what it considers is the right direction. And what better way to do so than with a couple of short and sweet video ads?

The company already did a series of videos highlighting how the Galaxy Note 4 is tough and rugged, but now it’s time to talk functionality. In the two 30-second ads the company highlights the software features it has developed as well as the versatility that the S-Pen provides. Read more »

Galaxy Note 4 goes through the bend test

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In case you are not aware, the whole iPhone ‘Bendgate’ controversy was started when YouTuber Unbox Therapy bent an iPhone 6 Plus into a boomerang on video using just his hands. This sparked a lot of debate, ranging from the validity of these tests (I say these because everyone else started doing them as well) to the legitimacy of the original video. He later did another video in public where he bent another iPhone 6 Plus out on the street on camera.

Since then, there have been a lot of requests to bend other phones, as most people believe it is possible to bend other phones as well. I’m pretty sure by far the most requests would have been to bend the new Galaxy Note 4 on camera, since it is the iPhone 6 Plus’ closest rival, and Unbox Therapy has finally obliged. Read more »

Watch the new HTC RE and Desire EYE videos here

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Yesterday HTC released two new devices, the HTC RE, a tiny waterproof camera for taking wide angle photos and videos and the Desire EYE, the first phone with a front facing 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash.

HTC has released a couple of videos for both the devices. You can check them out below. Read more »

Samsung looking to settle its patent dispute with Microsoft through arbitration

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The long-standing patent fee dispute between Samsung and Microsoft, which first made headlines this summer, apparently continues to be an issue as still neither can come to an agreement.

In an attempt to put the issue at rest, Samsung has filed for arbitration under the International Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Read more »

Nokia disses Google Maps, calls its offline functionality “a glorified screenshot”

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Free from Microsoft influence, Nokia quickly reoriented and made its HERE maps available on Samsung devices. And it would have you know it’s so much better than Google Maps where the offline mode is “a glorified screenshot.”

Google is an Internet company so offline mode was never much of a priority, while Nokia has been offering navigation software on its phones since less than 10 people had mobile Internet. Read more »

Samsung shows how tough the Galaxy Note 4 is with drop test video

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Samsung has released a second video of the Galaxy Note 4 testing facilities and it shows the phone in a series of comprehensive drop tests. While in the previous video, Samsung focused on bending the Note 4, here the company goes medieval on it with hundreds of drop and tumble tests.

Surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 4 walks out of all of them with the screen intact and working perfectly. The video doesn’t focus on any visual damage that the tests might’ve caused, but having the Note 4 work at the end is impressive. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 gets ported to Android One smartphones

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CyanogenMod 11 is now unofficially available for Android One devices. The ultra-popular custom ROM for Android made its way to the lineup of entry-level devices thanks to a crafty member of XDA Developers.

As is the case with most early unofficial ports, some hardware features of the MediaTek device are not ready for prime time just yet. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch hits stores in November in limited numbers

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Asus announced the ZenWatch in September and promised it will hit store shelves in Taiwan in November. Sadly, however, according to information obtained by VR-Zone sources, Asus will offer the smartwatch in extremely limited quantities at launch.

If the information turns out to be true, then we wouldn’t keep our breath for Asus to release the ZenWatch outside Taiwan any time soon. There’s no additional information as to what is holding the company back to launch the wearable at this time. Read more »

Logitech’s protection [+] power for Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5/5s does what it says on the label

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Logitech has unveiled a rugged, MIL-STD rated battery case with versions for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the old Apple iPhone 5 and 5s. The case is appropriately named “protection [+] power” and comes in Gray/Black and White/Blue.

A MIL-STD-810G rating does not include water resistance but it means the device can survive drops on hard concrete from 1.2 meters. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets rooted ahead of international launch

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently available for purchase in some parts of Asia, but a more broader launch is yet to happen. Nevertheless, long-time Android developer Chainfire has released a way to root the phablet.

The root method currently works on the following Galaxy Note 4 variants – SM-N910C and SM-N910U with Exynos 5433 and the SM-N9106W launched in China with the Snapdragon 805 chipset. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia Z3 voted fan favorite

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Last week we wanted your take on another device released last month at IFA – the Sony Xperia Z3, and how it stacks up against the current crop of Android flagship competition.

The stylish aluminum frame, dual-glass panel design and IP68 waterproof certification was enough to put it ahead of devices like the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5. Let’s take a look at the scores. Read more »

Samsung promo video showcases the S Pen of the Galaxy Note 4

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With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 already under way, the Korean giant released a new promo video starring the phablet. The two-minute long clip focuses on one of the device’s key selling points –its S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features enhanced S Pen. Read more »