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Samsung releases infographic highlighting new Galaxy Note Edge features

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge made some waves at this year’s IFA as the first device to feature a proprietary rounded edge screen on the side of the device used for shortcuts, notifications, and more.

For those still in the dark on everything that Samsung’s Edge Screen is capable of, the Korean company has released a handy infographic highlighting all of its nifty features. Read more »

60,000 Xiaomi Redmi 1S phones sell out in 13.9 seconds in latest sale

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Xiaomi held a flash sale of 60,000 Redmi 1S smartphones today in India and the whole thing was done in 13.9 seconds. This is the fifth time the company is holding such a sale, but today’s was the largest of them all.

The company promises that something special is going to hit next week, but it’s not going to be another flash sale. Don’t get us wrong – there will be a sale but that will happen a week later, on October 14. Read more »

Nokia HERE Maps APK for Android leaks

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Nokia had previously announced its plans to release a version of HERE Maps for Android, but only for Samsung devices for now. Although the app is yet to officially release, somebody managed to get their hands on the APK and unsurprisingly, it works on any Android device running 4.0 and above.

Nokia HERE Maps is a fully featured navigation utility, and has all the features, including turn by turn voice navigation. It also has something unique, where you can download maps for entire cities, which can then be used offline or in areas with no network. Read more »

Sony starts ad campaign for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact

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As its two new flagship smartphones are slowly becoming available across the world, Sony has decided to mark the official start for an ad campaign that’s all about the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.

So far two TV commercials have been posted to the company’s YouTube channel, but more of these videos are said to be on the way. The tagline for the whole campaign is “Don’t settle for good. Demand great”. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact rooted, get custom recovery

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The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be rooted thanks to the dedicated work of XDA-Developer Doomlord. On top of that, they can enjoy a lot of ROM flashing thanks to also having support for custom recovery.

In order to do any of the two, you have to have an unlocked bootloader and be on a stock firmware or ROM based on it. After a quick flash of a custom kernel, you’re ready to flash ClockWorkMod custom recovery. Read more »

ZeroLemon has a 9000mAh battery for your LG G3

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ZeroLemon, maker of ridiculously large aftermarket batteries that hold the energy of a thousand suns, has created a new monstrosity for the LG G3. The 9,000mAh battery holds enough charge to last till LG makes the G4.

As with the previous models for other smartphones, the battery comes as part of a case that replaces your back cover. As a side effect of this you will lose things like NFC and wireless charging but the former is fairly useless and who need to charge when you have 9000mAh. Read more »

‘Asphalt Overdrive’ for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone review

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The Asphalt series of games has been around since pretty much smartphones themselves. I still remember playing the excellent Asphalt: Urban GT and its sequel, Urban GT 2 on the N-Gage. In portrait mode, no less, cause that’s how the screen on those phones were.

Since then the series has gone through a lot of changes and as with most Gameloft games are now some of the most visually impressive games available on the mobile platform. But before we head from last year’s Asphalt 8: Airborne to Asphalt 9: Whatever, Gameloft has a little spin-off called Asphalt Overdrive to keep us busy. Let’s take a look. Read more »

Weekend poll: Sony Xperia Z3 vs. HTC One (M8) vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. LG G3

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In this week’s poll, we get a little break from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and concentrate on the Sony Xperia Z3, which we reviewed earlier this week. We are pitting it against its main Android rivals: the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3.

The Sony Xperia Z3 stands tall with its superb waterproof skills under its IP68 certification allowing it to dive below 1 meters of depth for over 30 minutes. It’s also lighter and a bit more compact than its predecessor and comes with a new design, so the outcome of this poll is going to be interesting. Read more »

A lengthy Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo video goes live

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Hot on the heels of its recent Galaxy Note 4 commercial, Samsung Mobile USA released another video clip centered on the company’s flagship phablet. The lengthy clip is a departure from the usual promo video format.

The video clip features two friends who try to insert “note” into as many common words as possible (cappuccinote is one coffee-flavored example). Read more »

Weekly poll results: Apple iPhone 6 Plus takes a beating

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Last week we asked you to rate the Apple iPhone 6 in comparison with some of its closest rivals on the market. The Apple handset with the largest screen to date had to meet the LG G3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in a fight for your hearts.

As it turns out the first Apple phablet wasn’t quite up to the challenge and was properly beaten by all of its opponents. Read more »

Consumer Reports delivers its own take on the iPhone 6 family bend test

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Hot on the heels of Apple’s official response to the iPhone 6 family bending controversy, Consumer Reports performed its own bending test on the duo of devices. In order to make things more interesting iPhone 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8), and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 joined Cupertino’s finest.

Consumer Reports put the devices through a “three-point flexural test.” The latter is similar to Apple’s own three-point bend test that we told you about yesterday. Read more »

Moto 360 gets its first ad, which focuses on its design

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Now that the Moto 360, its first smartwatch running Android Wear, is already available, Motorola has started the ad campaign for it. The first one-minute ad for the Moto 360 was released earlier today, and it seems to be all about design.

Or specifically, the design of the smartwatch itself, of course. The theme is something along the lines of – “it’s time for a modern timepiece”. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 stars in an underwater unboxing

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Sony prides itself with the Xperia Z3‘s IP68 certification, which allows the smartphone to dive over 1 meter for over 30 minutes without breaking much sweat. As a result, Carphone Warehouse decided it was time to do one of the coolest unboxing videos we’ve seen – on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Sure, the box doesn’t fare too well, nor does the documentation inside. We’re also not to sure about using the charger after it has been submerged in water. Read more »

LG makes fun of the iPhone. From an iPhone.

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It’s always fun to see other companies trip over themselves trying to come up with a joke on Apple every time the latter is going through some sort of controversy. This time it’s BendGate (yeah they just add -gate to everything now), where some iPhone 6 Plus units were found to be getting bent if enough force was applied to them (we’ll keep aside the fact that few were actual incidences and most were done on purpose on YouTube to get pageviews for now).

But while it’s cool to make fun of your competitors, the least you could do is, well. not use the product you are making fun of. Someone at LG France clearly forgot about this and in trying to join the #BendGate bandwagon ended up tweeting the joke from an iPhone, as revealed by Twitter. Read more »

Samsung joins LG at the Apple iPhone 6 #bendgate mock fest

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Just like we suspected you yesterday, Samsung is joining LG at the Apple mock festival. Naturally, Samsung’s latest jab at the Cupertino company is regarding the iPhone 6 Plus bending problems.

“Curved. Not bent” reads Samsung Mobile’s latest tweet, while showing a picture of the Galaxy Note Edge. The phone touts a 5.6″ Super AMOLED display that’s curved on the side to enable some cool user interface tricks. Read more »