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Latest Google Hangouts update combines conversations

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The latest update to Google’s messaging service, Hangouts, now blends your Hangout and SMS conversations.

It even provides an option to control whether or not you send the message via text or Big G’s IM client, which is most likely bad news for cell phone providers out there, as it draws us closer to the day where SMS will become defunct. Read more »

You can now see your iPhone text messages on Google Glass

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Are you a Google Glass user with an iPhone? Well the latest update for Big G’s wearable tech has some goodies for you.

You’ll soon be able to read your text messages on your Glass headset and even have calendar alerts displayed as well. Read more »

Sony announces US pricing and availability of the Xperia Z2 Tablet

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Sony officially announced US pricing and availability of the Xperia Z2 Tablet. The ultra-skinny, water-resistant slate is now available to pre-order directly from Sony across the Atlantic. It will hit the shelves early next month, on May 4.

Pricing of Sony’s flagship tablet kicks off at $499.99 for a Wi-Fi-only slate with 16GB of built-in memory. Read more »

WSJ: Apple and Google are in a tussle over mobile games exclusivity

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According to e report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are in a battle to secure exclusive rights over popular mobile games. The two giants are said to be hard at work at courting top-tier game developers to ensure their games arrive on iOS or Android first.

Neither Apple nor Google offer developers money for exclusive titles. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9 get CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds are now available for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9. The new custom ROM comes as a blessing for all the Kindle Fire users who were stuck on the older version of Android.

CyanogenMod 11 is a build based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. Read more »

Alcatel Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has slowly been building momentum in the midrange segment, and has accrued quite a following in emerging markets, particularly in South America.

Its latest Alcatel Idol X+ offering is an update to its flagship Idol smartphone, this time with a “true” octa-core processor from Mediatek that also comes with a boost to its battery, but still manages to retain the same slick design at a competitive price point. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and Z1s owners get free stuff, you can win a Z1 Compact

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Sony is feeling quite generous this Easter. The company is holding a special giveaway for every Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet owner with free movies and games for everyone.

Sony has prepared six free movies and eight free PlayStation Mobile games for you. Read more »

Google gives refund and $5 store credit to customers of fake “Virus Shield” app

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Couple of weeks back, a fake app called Virus Shield came to light when Android Police did an exposé, revealing that the app did nothing in reality other than swindle you out of your $4. The story quickly gained momentum and it wasn’t long before Google pulled the app from the Play Store.

But what about those who purchased the app? Turns out, Google is now giving a refund to all those who purchased the app. On top of that, it is also offering a $5 store credit as an apology.

If you purchased the app, you will get a mail informing you of your refund, along with a redemption code for the $5 store credit.

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LG G2 mini hands-on

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The second-generation LG G family of smartphones is now complete with the launch of the G2 mini. The phone keeps the familiar design characteristics of the G2, which includes the rear-mounted controls as well as extra thin bezels.

The LG G2 mini packs a 4.7″ IPS LCD display, which LG claims takes 71% of the phone’s surface. Unfortunately, it’s only qHD resolution, which results in a pixel density of 234 ppi leaving it behind its 720p rivals. Read more »

Rufus Cuff Monster is a new wearable with a 3″ screen

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Do you want a wearable with a bigger screen that is capable of more than just basic fitness tracking?

Well the Rufus Cuff Monster is the wearable for you. It’s aptly named too, with its 3”. Hit the jump to check out its extensive list of features. Read more »

Android travel app, TripIt, is redesigned

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Google’s travel app, TripIt, has gotten a major design overhaul.

Google has given the app a “card view” along with some other updates. Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.

The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »

10 things you didn’t know your Galaxy S5 could do

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Here’s something you may not have known: 10 hidden features that weren’t really advertised in Samsung’s promotion of the Galaxy S5 have been released today.

All of the key selling points: its camera, dust and water resistance, and built-in heart rate monitor have been rightfully pimped in advertisements, but here’s a list of a few things you may not have known the Galaxy S5 was capable of. Read more »

Sony Xperia Keyboard is now available on Google Play Store

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Sony Mobile has officially released its Xperia Keyboard app on the Google Play Store. However, it appears that the only reason why Sony submitted it is so it can easily update it in the future, without having to release full firmware updates for that.

This means that the app is available across the globe, but is currently restricted to only Xperia smartphones. It’s unclear if the default keyboard of the Xperia smartphones will ever be officially released for other droids. Read more »

Flickr 3.0 for iOS and Android bring a completely new design

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Flickr has released version 3.0 of the iOS and Android app that is a complete overhaul over the previous versions. To put it simply, it now looks like Instagram.

The update is available on both iOS and Android and for once we see no preference given to either platform, with both getting the latest update with a UI optimized for that particular platform (unlike Instagram). Read more »