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Weekend poll: hot smartwatches

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With the unveiling of Android Wear and the announcement that Pebble has sold 400,000 units, it’s pretty clear that smartwatches are the hot new gadget. But they differ vastly in functionality, looks and even intent.

Wear, a special branch of Android, is just a few days old, but there are already a few devices announced that will use it. Read more »

Oppo Find 7 variants benchmarked

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Oppo’s latest flagship phone, the Find 7, was recently announced, and it’s been revealed that the phone will come in two variants: both QHD and full HD versions.

There are some other differences between the two versions that extend past just their respective resolutions. Hit the break to find out what they are. Read more »

Amazon Appstore gives $50 worth of apps for free today

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Amazon’s Appstore is celebrating its third birthday today. Naturally such occasions deserve gifts and Amazon is giving plenty of free apps today.

You can have $50 worth of apps today for free, but hurry up because the offer will expire in a few hours. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes on sale in the UK

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Sony announced its latest flagship tablet, the Xperia Z2 at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Back at its press conference, Sony did mention that the device would hit the shelves in March, but there was no official word on how much it would cost.

Well, the pricing details are no longer a mystery as the Xperia Z2 Tablet has gone on sale in the United Kingdom. For now, the slate is available only on Sony’s online store, but the slate is expected to hit the brick and motor stores in the coming days. Read more »

Apple contemplates on-demand music streaming service, iTunes for Android

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Apple is considering new ways to takes its iTunes music collection to users, and also to some new users. According to the sources at Billboard, Apple is considering releasing a on-demand music streaming service that will compete with Spotify and the new Beats Music service. Apple is currently in talks with senior label executives regarding this move.

More intriguingly perhaps, is Apple’s decision to take the iTunes store to Android. The same sources have also revealed that Apple is considering releasing an iTunes app on Android, that will allow existing and new iTunes users to access Apple’s vast library of music. Read more »

LG G Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 poll results

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Our shootout between the LG G Pro 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is ready and now it’s time to see how you’ve voted in the last weekend’s poll.

In our versus of the hottest Android phablets around, we asked you which one did you like best in five key categories – design, screen, software, still camera and video recording and here’s what you guys picked. Read more »

Motorola updates its camera app with volume button shutter

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Motorola introduced a refreshed camera interface with the Moto X and later on released it as a standalone self-titled camera app in the Google Play store.

Now the app is getting an update which adds the option to take photos using the volume keys. The option has been standard in stock Android for some time now and most manufacturers have implemented it into their own camera apps, but it’s better late than never. Read more »

Moto 360 may have a sapphire glass and wireless charging support

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Motorola unveiled the first smartwatch, the Moto 360, something many people have been waiting for. But the company kept most details a secret – we know little except it on the new Android Wear platform, so we have to rely on rumors to fill in the blanks.

The screen is reportedly an OLED but even the rumors are mum on size and resolution. The smartwatch is said to feature a sapphire glass protection, which is usually reserved for high-priced watches. Read more »

Oppo Find 7 unboxed on video, UI demoed too

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Oppo Find 7 went official yesterday in two versions – one with a 1080p display and one with QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screen. While the QHD model will hit the stores in two or three months, the 1080p edition has already gone one sale and is available to everyone who wants to purchase it right now for $480 in China.

Well, we imagine lots of people has already bought Find 7 smartphones, because the hands-on videos have already started popping on YouTube. Read more »

Samsung mocks iPad, Surface and Kindle in latest Galaxy Pro commercial

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After a bout of simpler, more product-focused commercials, Samsung is back to bashing the competition in its latest commercial for the Galaxy Pro series of tablets.

In this latest video, Samsung goes after not one or two but three devices, namely the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle. The iPad is mocked for not letting you do more than one thing at a time and for having lower resolution, the Microsoft Surface is called a laptop because it comes with a keyboard dock and the Kindle for just letting you read books. Read more »

Google Search app can now launch your camera using voice commands

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Google has added two new voice commands to the Search app on Android that will let you launch the camera on your phone or tablet using just your voice.

If you need to take a picture, all you have to do is hit the microphone button or say “Ok Google” and then say the voice command “Take a picture”. If you want to record a video, say “Record a video” instead. If you think this is not very useful, then you are absolutely right. Read more »

Samsung reveals prices for Gear 2 and Gear Fit wearables

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The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit were unveiled in Taiwan today, and so were their prices.

The Gear 2 will run you $299, and the Gear Fit will cost $199. Read more »

You can grab a refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for just $129 today

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Amazon has slashed $70 off the Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 slate and you now can get it for just $129. You can place your order right now and get the tablet on your doorstep as early as tomorrow.

The promotion is available only in the US and will last until the end of the day. Read more »

Nokia challenges Sony to a #Cameraduel

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Today Sony UK has tweeted its Xperia Z2 comes with “award-winning camera technology” and just an hour later Nokia UK has challenged itto a #Cameraduel.

Nokia’s picture includes the Finns’ best cameraphone to date – the Lumia 1020, of course. Read more »

New Samsung S Band gets pictured in Germany and goes up for pre-order

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Last week we got a glimpse of the new S Band that Samsung is planning to reintroduce alongside as part of the updated health and fitness aspects of the new Galaxy S5.

The S Band fitness tracker was recently glimpsed at the Samsung Roadshow in Germany in the flesh, and has also gone up for pre-order in the country for €80 on Amazon. Read more »