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Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Welcome to our new weekly feature, the Best Apps and Games of the Week. Here we will try to cover some of the most notable apps and and games that were released in the past week or so on the mobile platform.

The list will include both new and apps that received some major update recently. The list is not limited to any particular mobile platform, but considering the current situation you’d likely only be seeing Android and iOS apps in the articles. Read more »

LG AKA hands-on

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LG AKA is an extraordinary smartphone and in a good way. Its key feature is the front mask, which allows the AKA to use its signature feature – the eyes. At first we thought about Tamagotchi, but the AKA isn’t a pet you need to look after. Each of the four AKAs has different personality, but they have one purpose only – to notify you about missed events in a cool way.

Outside the notifying eyes and front mask, the AKA is no different than the LG G2 mini. It’s a well-build phone with the iconic rear control deck and the premium laser-assisted auto-focus LG’s proud of. The rest is rather unimpressive – a 5″ 720p display and a dated Snapdragon 400 chip with 1.5GB of RAM. Read more »

Huawei Honor 4X review

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The Honor 4X is the company’s latest entrant in the budget smartphone category. It is also the launch of Honor as a brand in itself, still owned by Huawei but running independently without the Huawei branding.

The Honor 4X is a competitively priced big screen smartphone. Some of the salient features include a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera, dual SIM connectivity, 4G LTE, and a 3,000mAh battery, all for a price of Rs. 10,499 ($168). Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »

LastPass for Android gets Material Design overhaul, is included in Galaxy S6 Gifts

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LastPass is one of the most used password storage services, and today it’s unveiled a very big update for its Android app. Along with that, we also get news that LastPass is now part of Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts program for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

These two smartphones just became available today, and if you buy either one you’ll be happy to know that you get an upgrade to LastPass Premium for free. Normally that costs $12 per year. Read more »

Moto 360 gets cheaper as Apple Watch pre-orders start

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Sure, this could simply be a coincidence, but on the day that marks the start of pre-orders for the much anticipated Apple Watch the Moto 360 has been discounted at two big retailers. Motorola’s first wearable is one of the Apple Watch competitors running Android Wear.

And you can now purchase one with a leather strap for just $179, which is $70 less than the original price for it. Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering this deal right now. Read more »

Major update to Snapseed for Android brings refreshed design, new features

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The Android version of Google’s popular image editor Snapseed received a major update. Version 2.0 of the application delivers sleek new design and new features to its users.

The new Snapseed sports a new icon and sleek design, which lacks textures. Read more »

New report details Google’s progress in getting Android Wear to support iOS

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As Apple is set to start taking pre-orders for its first ever smartwatch tomorrow, Google is once again said to be working on making its wearable platform play nice with iOS. We first heard something like this about one month ago, and this new report even has some details about Google’s progress on the matter.

Apparently Android Wear already works with iOS in Google’s labs, through a companion app. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, since the same path is taken on Android itself. However, this might become an issue when the search giant will want to publish said companion app in the iTunes App Store. Read more »

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 are $100 cheaper for a limited time

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Samsung has decided to shave a cool $100 off the prices of both Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab S models. This is only valid for the US, and you can only take advantage of the deal if you buy either tablet from Samsung’s own official online store. Furthermore, the offer is only available until April 11.

So you have just under two days to purchase a cheaper Galaxy Tab S 8.4 or Galaxy Tab S 10.5. With the discount applied, the former now costs $299.99, while the latter is priced at $399.99. Read more »

Samsung “inboxing” video shows a Galaxy S6 edge assembled by hand

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We’ve all watched unboxing videos – taking a phone out of its retail packaging for the first time. Samsung’s latest promo video for the Galaxy S6 edge is an “inboxing” video, the story of how the phone and its accessories got into that box.

It begins with placing the fingerprint scanner on the front bracket. Read more »

Dell Venue 10 7000 is a high-end Android tablet with Intel CPU

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Dell took the wraps off a full-size version of its sleek Venue 8 7000 Android tablet. Dell Venue 10 7000 is a 10.5” Android 5.0 Lollipop slate, designed with Android power users in mind.

An optional keyboard dock will be among the accessories available for the tablet. It will transform the device into a portable workstation. Read more »

Moto X (2014) ships with free Moto Hint headset in the United States

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Motorola will ship the Moto X (2014) with a free Moto Hint wireless headset in the United States. The sweet deal will be available across the Atlantic through April 14.

The promotional gift by Motorola is available for customers who purchase an unlocked smartphone directly from the manufacturer’s online store. Read more »

Xiaomi is turning 5 today and the party is on with promotions and giveaways

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Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, is celebrating its fifth birthday and the company is in an all-out festive mode. The manufacturer has always had a strong online community and has really managed to build brand value and awareness, an area where most other Asian businesses fail, and naturally the community forum has been booming with festivities and a fair deal of promotions.

To mark the veritable 5-year corner stone, Xiaomi is looking back and recapping all that it has achieved throughout the years. The company has been steadily gaining popularity, especially in its home market, where it currently presides at the very top of the mobile market food chain. International presence has also been extending, especially in India, where the manufacturer recently partnered up with both Snapdeal and Amazon, for an even broader market reach. Read more »

More Sony Xperia Z4 sample shots appear online

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You all remember the Sony Xperia Z4 right? That one flagship phone that simply refuses to become reality for quite a few months now. We have stumbled upon another few images, allegedly taken with the device’s main shooter, to add to the one we shared with you yesterday.

The two additional shots seems to be part of the same album, if you will, as the one from yesterday and are taken with identical settings at pretty much the same location. The phone is once again listed as E6553, the model number of the upcoming Xperia Z4, and the shots are made at 20.7 megapixels with a resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels and an ISO of 50. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge gets a poor repairability score from iFixit

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Only a few days after tearing down HTC One M9, the handy people from iFixit gave Samsung Galaxy S6 edge the same treatment. Just like its Taiwanese rival, the Korean flagship smartphone walked away with a poor repairability score.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge received a repairability score of 3 out of 10 from iFixit. Read more »

Instagram update brings Color and Fade tools, post notifications

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Instagram has updated its Android app today, with a new iOS version coming soon as well. Both should have the same features. Speaking of which, with this release Instagram intros two new image alteration tools: Color and Fade.

The former lets you tint the highlights or shadows in a photo. You can use yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan, or green for this purpose. Read more »