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7-inch Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 rugged tablet gets official

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Complementing the two 5-inch tablets it announced back in June, Panasonic has today unveiled the Toughpad FZ-B2. This is a 7-inch extremely rugged tablet that is “designed for business”.

It will become available in Europe in December. In the UK, it will be priced at £591 + VAT, which means £709 inclusive of VAT. It should land in the US in February 2015 for $1,299. Read more »

Google Play Movies & TV app for Android gets Material Design and info cards

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Today Google has announced a new update for its Play Movies & TV app for Android. The new version of the app will roll out over the next week, and will bring with it a couple of important new features.

First off, like all of the recently updated apps made by Google, Play Movies & TV will get a do-over inspired by the company’s own Material Design guidelines. Read more »

Project Ara update video announces DevCon2 conference

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Google released a Project Ara update video announcing the second developer conference for the platform will take place on January 14. There, registered developers will discus the Ara MDK 0.20 as well as have access to early modules and prototypes.

The company is also going to reveal its marketing plans. The pilot Project Ara device will come in the first half of 2015. Read more »

Pushbullet for Android now sports Material Design

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To better fit into the Android 5.0 Lollipop frame, Pushbullet has been updated to the Material Design UI standard. As part of the new look, Pushbullet is now easier to navigate and quicker to access channel and settings.

The main screen now shows you at-a-glance view of your pushes or those of your contacts. Your favorite channels are accessible with a swipe to the right. Read more »

Oppo N3 motorized camera showcased in first promo video

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The rotating swivel of the Oppo N1 was cool, but the motorized rotating camera of the Oppo N3 is much, much cooler and the company has launched an ad to brag about it.

The N3 was just announced in Singapore and it sports a 16MP camera which rotates 206 degrees and has a 1/2.3″ sensor and f/2.2 aperture lens Read more »

Google Fit app lands in the Play Store

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Google Fit has arrived in the Play Store. The app is meant to be the central repository for all your fitness-related data. It automatically detects whether you’re walking, biking, or running.

It lets you set and monitor fitness goals based on your activity levels, and it can be connected to other apps too – Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper, and Noom Coach being name dropped by Google in its official announcement. Read more »

Baton cloud sync and backup service by Nextbit for Android goes official

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The young and ambitious startup Nextbit launched a forward-thinking cloud sync and backup service for Android called Baton. The new service aims to integrate deeply into the OS and allow users to easily switch devices by seamlessly syncing their apps and data.

In addition to syncing data into the cloud, Baton users will be able to push the current state of any open application to another Android device. Read more »

Third-party bamboo case for OnePlus One hits the market

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A third-party bamboo protective case for OnePlus One made its way to the online marketplace. The accessory aims to fill the void left by last month’s cancellation of the Chinese manufacturer’s own bamboo StyleSwap covers.

The case features two-piece design and completely encloses the OnePlus One. Read more »

Nexus Player will only arrive in Europe next year, rumor says

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The Asus Nexus Player set-top box was unveiled by Google alongside the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet earlier this month. While the console will become available in the US in early November, it looks like it may take its sweet time reaching Europe.

Google didn’t announce any specific plans for a release of the Nexus Player outside of the US, and now a rumor claims it will only make it to European countries sometime during the first quarter of 2015 (so before the end of March). Read more »

Samsung’s newest ads for the Galaxy Note 4 are all about the camera and S Pen

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Samsung is continuing its promotional campaigns for the Galaxy Note 4, its latest flagship phablet. The company has released two new ads for the device, one focusing on its camera and the other on the S Pen stylus that comes bundled with the Note 4.

The S Pen is touted as nothing less than a “magic wand”, while the front facing camera is “so wide, you can selfie with, like, everyone“. Read more »

LTE-enabled LG G Pad 10.1 gets FCC clearance, coming to Verizon

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LG G Pad 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 were launched earlier this year as affordable Wi-Fi-only slates. Later we heard LG is prepping LTE-enabled flavors of those slates and shortly after we saw LG G Pad 7.0 LTE kicking off on AT&T, while the LTE-capable LG G Pad 8.0 went global.

Well, as it turns out Verizon might be getting exclusivity on the LTE version of the bigger LG G Pad 10.1. An LG VK700 model supporting Verizon’s LTE bands has made it through the US FCC recently. Read more »

Nexus Player Gamepad lands in the Google Play Store

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The optional Gamepad for Google Nexus Player is now available in the Google Play store. Like the set top box it is designed for, the Asus-made accessory is set to leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks.

The Gamepad is priced at $39.99 and, as expected, it can be used as a remote control for the Nexus Player. Read more »

‘Republique’ for iOS and Android game review

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Republique is a stealth game that was released on iOS earlier late last year. The game was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features an episodic format that is gaining popularity these days and so far three out of the five episodes have been released.

The developers released the Android version of the game along with the third episode for both the platforms. I missed the game when it was released on iOS earlier but now that it’s out on Android it seems like a good time to take a look at it. So read on to find out more. Read more »

Amazon quietly made its Appstore app for Android redundant

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In a rather stealthy fashion, Amazon made its Appstore application for Android redundant. The retail giant baked its Android marketplace into the main app, which is available in the Google Play store.

Going forward, you will be able to access your Android apps from Amazon by simply going into the Apps & Games section of its Android app. Read more »

‘RETRY’ for iOS and Android game review

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RETRY is the latest game from Rovio. The game has often been mistakenly been compared to Flappy Bird, despite the two having very little in common.

RETRY puts you in the cockpit of an out of control airplane that you have to guide through a series of obstacles to reach the finish line. Everything about the game suggests that it’s going to be difficult, so let’s see how difficult it really is. Read more »