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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 »

Confirmed: Nokia N1 Android tablet to launch in China on January 7

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Just a few days after there were reports that Nokia could launch its first Android tablet, the N1, in China on January 7, the company’s social networking channels have confirmed the news.

As clear from the image shown above, Nokia is running a contest in the Asian country where participants stand a chance to win 800 tickets and six VIP passes for the Finland-based company’s media event on January 7. Out of them, a total of 24 lucky winners will win the device. Those interested in participating in the contest can register here. Read more »

Amazon hands out $220 worth of free Android apps for Christmas

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In a showcase of good Christmas spirit, Amazon offers $220 worth of paid apps for free to users of its Android Appstore. The sweet promo will last until December 26.

The Amazon bundle of free Android content includes a number of highly-rated apps and games. Read more »

Samsung emphasizes water resistance of Galaxy S5 by putting some inside a snowman

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The holiday spirit is everywhere these days, and Samsung wants to participate. The company perhaps feels that you may have forgotten about the Galaxy S5, especially now that the Galaxy Note 4 has been on the market for a while. So, to remind you that its smaller flagship smartphone exists, and is water resistant, it’s created a new promo video for it.

This features a few Galaxy S5 units and a snowman. Actually, it features a few Galaxy S5 units inside a snowman. Since it’s water resistant and all that. Read more »

HTC offers 20% discount for any phone until January 2

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HTC has been holding a weekly deal on its official website for the US for a while now. Unlike past offers, though, today’s deal isn’t going to expire in mere hours. In fact, it’s valid all the way up until January 2. If you purchase any handset from HTC’s website before then, you can get a 20% discount.

That’s a nice holiday deal, and you may want to take advantage of it if you haven’t yet bought gifts for those close to you. To benefit from the discount, you’ll need to shop at HTC.com and enter “HTCHOLIDAY20″ at checkout as a coupon code. Once you do that, 20% will magically be subtracted from your order. Read more »

Zerolemon offers 10,000mAh extended battery for Note 4

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With the Galaxy Note 4 already on the market for over a month it comes as no surprise that manufacturers are working hard to bring interesting accessories for the new phablet. Thanks to its brilliant Super AMOLED screen the Note 4 is a solid all-day phone with a pretty good battery life score.

While it does compare admirably to its peers the Galaxy Note 4 is still a modern day smartphone and as such is more or less prone to disappoint you with an empty battery at the most inopportune moment. This is where extended battery pack come in and the folks at Zerolemon have created one heck of a power house. Read more »

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic RPG finally comes to Android

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George Lucas’ timeless classic needs no introduction, nor any more praise it has proven itself time and time again ass one of the most influential and significant cultural phenomenon in existence. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is one of the absolute must-play titles for any true Star Wars fan. Since its initial release back in 2003 it has won the hearts of countless gamers and is perhaps the most critically acclaimed game in LucasArts’ sizable portfolio.

Today the title is still captivating younger generations of gamers thanks to skillfully executed mobile ports of the RPG. iOS users have had the pleasure of enjoying the space classic for over an year now and now Android devices can also partake in the fun. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic can be downloaded from the Google Play Store starting today, for just $5 (reduced by 50% from the regular price as a launch promotion). Read more »

Motorola Droid Turbo down to $1, new customers get $150 gift card too

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A few days ago we let you know that you could buy a Motorola Droid Turbo from Verizon for $99.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s half off its normal price of $199.99, but now Best Buy has gone ahead and made that deal look pretty bad.

That’s because the well known retailer is currently selling the Droid Turbo for a mere $1. That’s no typo, you’ll need to pay just one dollar for the top of the line smartphone. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch arrives in the UK one day early

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Having already made its way to the USA, the Asus ZenWatch was supposed to finally make its debut in the UK tomorrow. But, for whatever reason, the wearable was launched one day early, as you can already buy one today.

Like we told you before, for now the ZenWatch is exclusive to Currys PC World. So you can only purchase one from those two outlets. The situation may change in the future, of course. Read more »