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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 »

Latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S ad focuses on the screen

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Instead of Holywood actors, the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S ad features the host of Brain Games Jason Silva. The show is interesting and shows cool visual tricks that play with your brain’s perception.

However, that’s not the case wit the Galaxy Tab S slate. That’s because its display is so good that it communicates directly with your brain, according to the ad, at least. Read more »

‘Asphalt Overdrive’ now available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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Gameloft has released its newest game in the Asphalt series, called the Asphalt Overdrive. Overdrive is a spinoff of the successful Asphalt series. This isn’t exactly Asphalt 9 that you may have been waiting for and features a different gameplay mechanic.

Asphalt Overdrive is essentially like an endless runner game but with cars. You drive a car (which runs automatically) and dodge obstacles in your path by swiping left or right. You jump off ramps and pull stunts in the air. You ram traffic on the side and when you earn enough nitro boost by doing all this you use it to evade the cops. Read more »

Asphalt Overdrive for Android, iOS, Windows Phone launches on Thursday

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Just two days separate us from the next release in Gameloft’s Asphalt series of games. It’s going to be called Asphalt Overdrive (and not Asphalt 9, as you may have expected), and it will be out this Thursday, September 25, on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. It will be free to download, but will feature in-app purchases.

This won’t be an arcade-style racer, but an endless racer. It’s like an endless runner, but with cars. Interestingly, you’ll play this one by holding your phone or tablet in a vertical, portrait orientation, and not landscape as you’re used to (hence the two screenshots above). Read more »

Xiaomi outs a Bluetooth game controller

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The increasingly popular Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi released a dedicated video game controller. The gadget will be available in less than 48 hours in China.

Official pricing of the accessory is yet to be revealed. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 can now be grabbed for just $224.99

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If you’re looking for an Android tablet yet find a 7-incher to small, a 10-incher too big, and Samsung’s 8.4-inch offerings too expensive, then this is surely for you.

Thanks to a hefty price reduction, the LG G Pad 8.3 can now be yours for just $224.99. That’s apparently $125 off the current recommended retail price for this tablet. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 1S battery life test

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The in-depth review of Xiaomi Redmi 1S is live on our homepage and as usual we are ready to share the complete battery life breakdown with you. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S features a 4.7″ IPS display of 720p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The OS in charge of operations is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v.5 launcher.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports dual stand-by but not dual-call. We occupied both SIM slots for our battery tests and the SIM 1 was connected to a 3G network the whole time. Read more »

Falcon Pro developer creates Hacked, world’s first mobile coding game

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Developer of the Falcon Pro app for Android, a popular Twitter app that was pulled from the Play Store after it hit Twitter’s token limit, has made a new game called Hacked. Hacked is not your average game though. It’s the world’s first mobile coding game.

Hacked has three gameplay modes. In the story mode, you play as a hacker and solve code problems. You use the game’s custom code keyboard and a new coding language ‘H’ to solve the problems. Read more »