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NVIDIA teases Black Friday deals for SHIELD portable and SHIELD tablet

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If you have been thinking of picking either of the two SHIELD devices from NVIDIA, you better wait till Black Friday. NVIDIA has announced bundles for both devices exclusively for Black Friday.

If you go with the new SHIELD tablet, you will get the wireless controller, Green Box bundle (includes Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1) and free subscription to NVIDIA GRID service to stream 20 PC games for free until July 15 2015. All of this for $399. If you choose the SHIELD portable, you get the device, carrying case, and glossy black armor for $199. Read more »

Monument Valley ‘Forgotten Shores’ update now available on Android

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One of the best games to have come out this year recently got a major update in the form of eight additional levels that could be purchased for just $2 more dollars within the app. However, the Forgotten Shores update for Monument Valley was only available on iOS, until now.

If you have purchased the game, you will get the update that downloads the additional levels. If you are not interested in the additional levels there is no point downloading the update because it downloads the additional levels that only unlock after you make the payment. However if you played the original game and enjoyed it the additional levels are highly recommended. Read more »

Motorola Nexus 6 teardown reveals many screws

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Like the new Nexus 9 tablet before it, the Motorola Nexus 6 has now gone through the teardown process. This has revealed its maker’s preference for using screws to hold together its internals, as opposed to adhesive or plastic clips.

The only glue in there is holding the back cover in place, and thankfully this is a relatively mild adhesive. You won’t be able to pry open the back with just your fingernail, though. Read more »

Chrome Dev Summit boasts 400 million mobile users and exciting new features

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The years Google I/O came with a whole array of exciting surprises. And even though the latest version of android 5.0 Lollipop took the spotlight, the Chrome division also had more than a few points to delight, one of which was the whopping 300 million user base on mobile devices. Last week, at this year`s Chrome Dev Summit, Darin Fisher updated that number to 400 million, which is a staggering growth to say the least.

Most of the focus was unsurprisingly centered around Lollipop and all of its various bells and whistles, like Polimer and Material Design. But Chrome has undergone some hefty improvements itself. Read more »

Google is about to light up a giant interactive billboard in New York City

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Google is set to light up a giant interactive billboard in New York City. Powered by Mitsubishi Electric, the Diamond Vision AVL-ODT10 display will become the largest electronic billboard to ever grace the iconic Times Square.

The display is located on Broadway, not far from the search giant’s HD in Gotham. Read more »

Moto testing out the Lollipop update for Verizon’s Moto X (2014)

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Carriers don’t have the best reputation when it comes to the speed of software updates, however, Verizon may be on track to release Android 5.0 Lollipop for its Motorola Moto X (2014) soon.

Nothing is official yet, but Motorola has invited participants in its Motorola Feedback Network to take a new software version out for a spin. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro battery life test

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The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is the company’s 2014 flagship and it sports a sizable 6″ display with a QHD resolution in a very sleek and compact body. A phone this large also makes room for a large battery, and the Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh juice pack.

In theory, this should give it serious power autonomy but a big battery can only get you so far. The phone’s internals include a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU and 3GB of RAM, which is no longer the latest, but still pretty good in terms of efficiency. Read more »

Samsung outs a quartet of new Galaxy Note 4 promo videos

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With the holiday shopping season poised to enter its most critical phase, Samsung unsurprisingly released a quartet of new Galaxy Note 4 promo videos. As expected, each of the clips focuses of a specific feature of the Korean company’s flagship phablet.

Three of the video clips are narrated by a little boy, who describes some his family member’s pre-Note 4 smartphone troubles. Read more »

Google Maps for Android updated, now offers tips about your destination

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Google is rolling out a new version of Google Maps for Android, bringing some new useful features to the most popular online mapping service. The update bumps the app version to 9.1, and comes just a few weeks after the version 9.0 was released.

The updated app will provide more information about destinations and alternate routes — it will display the current weather and time at the given location, along with some interesting facts about your destination, and will also let you know exactly how much time the alternate route will save. One of the significant additions in the new version is that the app will now respond audibly to your requests for showing or hiding traffic. Read more »

The Motorola Nexus 6 sports an LED notification light, enabled via rooting

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The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.

The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »

Alcatel OneTouch Flash pre-orders begin in India

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The Alcatel OneTouch Flash smartphone was officially announced in Thailand back in September, and now it’s made its way to India as well. In fact, the handset is already up for pre-order at Flipkart, the subcontinent’s biggest online retailer.

The OneTouch Flash is being offered in both grey and white, the pricing being the same in both cases – INR 9,999 (that means approximately $161 or €130 at the current exchange rates). Read more »

Customize your Adidas sneakers with the miZX FLUX app for iOS and Android

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The Adidas MiZX FLUX service allows you to create custom sneaker design and having it shipped to you. Now, the company has made it even easier to do so with its dedicated MiZX FLUX app for Android and iOS.

You just snap a photo of whatever you like to get printed, after selecting your gender, country and shoe size and then scale and adjust the photo to the shoe template. Then, you place an order, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read more »

Pebble gets an update and now supports notifications in 80 languages

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The Pebble smartwatch has been treated with a firmware update, which allows its e-paper display to show notifications in many more languages as now there’s full character support. The Android app also got a new version which allows any app to beam notifications to the Pebble.

Apart from the support for showing notifications in 80 languages, the Pebble can now end ongoing calls, which is definitely useful. General performance and reliability should also be enhanced. Read more »

Android Lollipop’s encryption feature brings significant performance penalty

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One of the features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is encryption, which encrypts all your data and can only be decrypted when you unlock the phone using the passcode, making it unusable to someone without the passcode even if they can access the memory.

This feature is disabled by default on devices that got updated to Lollipop (such as the Nexus 5) and has to be enabled separately but the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 come with it enabled by default (which cannot be disabled). Unfortunately, that may not be the best idea, as AnandTech’s tests have shown, the encryption feature has a severe performance penalty. Read more »

Motorola Camera and Gallery apps update brings new features and refreshed design

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Motorola released an update for its Camera app in the Google Play store. The latest version of the application brings Material Design and new features to users.

The new additions to the camera app’s already extensive repertoire of tricks include new three and ten-second timer options. Read more »