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‘Assassin’s Creed Pirates’ for iOS and Android game review

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It’s not uncommon for developers to release a companion game on mobile whenever they release a major title on the consoles. These mobile versions often share the same name but offer nowhere near the same experience, with a different, watered-down version of the story and gameplay found on the console version.

Following the release of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has released a companion game called Assassin’s Creed Pirates on iOS and Android, with a Windows Phone 8 version coming later. Other than the pirate theme, the mobile game doesn’t have a lot in common with its console counterpart. But is it still fun to play? Let’s find out. Read more »

24ct gold-plated HTC One hands-on

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The 24ct gold-plated HTC One which we got to spend quality time with, is even more exclusive than the 18ct, MOBO awards celebrating version we saw back in October. HTC will make only two units the 24ct gold-plated One, compared to five 18ct devices.

At a quick glance, the 24ct HTC One looks a tad more subtle than its 18ct sibling, thanks to its matte finish (the 18ct version is glossy, thus even more blinged-out). Head inside to check out our extensive photo gallery. Read more »

Google Play Music All Access now available in Germany

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Google’s on-demand music streaming service that was introduced at this year’s Google I/O event, is now available in Germany.

With Google Play Play Music All Access, you can stream millions of songs on any device and you can also store up to 20,000 songs for free. Read more »

Google and Facebook are leaders in the US smartphone usage game

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Yesterday we brought you comScore’s breakdown of the smartphone OS distribution in the US and today we’re bringing you the mobile app and mobile browsing usage.

According to the firm’s research users in the US are mostly accessing on Google and Facebook through their smartphones. Google takes the top spot with a huge 88.0%, while Facebook is close in second with 84.4%. Read more »

Motorola Moto G costs $123 to build

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Motorola’s newest offering, the Moto G has been the talk of the town for its impressive hardware specifications and very attractive price tag. Motorola is selling the 16GB version of the smartphone for $199 without a contract in the US, which made many suspect that it makes no profit of the actual hardware. According to an analyst though, it costs only $123 to build so there’s some profit to be extracted there.

Adding the other expenses to get the phone to the market and in turn in your pockets reduces the amount of course, but Mark Newman believes Motorola has an operating profit margin about 5% from the Moto G. Read more »

Microsoft revamps Bing for Android with new features

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Microsoft has revamped its Bing app for Android platform and the latest version now comes with a redesigned UI along with a host of new features.

Bing for Android now has the ability to set daily Bing images as your Android wallpaper to make your smartphone look a lot cooler. Read more »

Design your life easily with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Gear and Robin Thicke

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“The busier you are the smarter you have to be” – that’s what Robert Thicke believes in. And Samsung would like you to believe that utilizing its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch is all it takes for you to become smart enough to have no trouble handling your busy life.

#Design Your Life is the headline of two Samsung ads starring Robin Thicke – the first one featuring him rocking the Samsung gear on a motorcycle and this new one, #Design Your Life Easily shows him using ChatOn to connect with a whole bunch of hotties on their Galaxy Note 3s. Read more »

Hammacher Schlemmer produces 3D tablet, glasses not required

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Although 3D tablets without glasses have been available since early this year, they haven’t really captured the hearts, and more importantly, the cash of interested consumers. Hammacher Schlemmer is looking to change that with the No Glasses 3D. It is so confident that customers will enjoy their product that they offer a no questions asked full refund to anyone unhappy with it, along with a lifetime warranty, which is almost unheard of in the mobile tech world these days.

The unique retailer is offering what it claims to be a revolutionary 3D experience on its tablet. Utilizing a parallax barrier over the tablet’s display, the screen creates the 3D effect without requiring you to wear special glasses. This is achieved by the parallax barrier displaying separate pixel sets to the user’s eyes – much like the LG Optimus 3D back in the day. Unlike other 3D technologies, the parallax barrier is supposed to provide an easier, unstrained viewing experience. Read more »

Samsung working on 8″ and 10″ tablets with AMOLED display

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Samsung has done an Android tablet with AMOLED display in the past, but the recent slates from the global market leader have all been using LCD panels. However, we might soon be looking at a range of AMOLED tablets from Samsung, according to a report from the Korean Digital Daily publication.

The latest report from the Korean media, suggests that Samsung is working on 8″ and 10″ tablets with AMOLED screens. Both tablets are expected to be officially announced early next year. Read more »

KitKat-kitted CyanogenMod 11 lands on Nexuses, nightlies for others

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The latest version of CyanogenMod – 11 – is based on Android KitKat (or 4.4) and has now been released for the Nexus family of devices (sans the Galaxy Nexus) in its M1 form.

The M (milestone) releases in CM are the ones before the Release Candidate ROMs and are considered stable for daily drivers. That means that all variations of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are a flash (read ROM flash) away from enjoying beefed up stock Android. Read more »

Google Play app update now rolling out, brings minor UI changes

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Google has started rolling out an update to the Google Play app on Android, which brings with it some minor but useful changes. One of the changes is the way your app ratings now appear. The stars for the rating have been made larger and more prominent and the edit button for user reviews is also highlighted on the side once you leave a review. There is now also an option to delete your review if you wish.

Another addition is that Google Play will now show you if an app has in-app purchases. It won’t show you the items that are available for purchase the way iTunes does but at least you now have an idea if an app has IAP before downloading it. Read more »

Sony Xperia C battery life test

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Now that we are through with our Sony Xperia C review, we took our time to detail its battery test routine.

The Xperia C runs on a low-powered quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and relies on a 2,390mAh battery unit. Even though it has a big screen to light up, we still expected some good scores because of its efficient chipset and relatively low resolution. And we weren’t disappointed. Read more »

Double Dragon Trilogy hits iOS and Android

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Double Dragon, a popular arcade game, which made its debut in 1987, is certainly one of the all-time classics. The good news is that the action packed blockbuster has been successfully ported and the optimized version of the game for iOS and Android smartphones is now available in the respective app stores.

Double Dragon Trilogy for iOS and Android comes with all the three editions of the arcade series – Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat ROM now available for Galaxy Nexus

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As you probably know the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be missing on the official Android 4.4 KitKat update as the device falls outside the 18 month update window. However, that hasn’t stopped the developers at XDA from coming up with a stable KitKat ROM for their favorite smartphone.

The custom built Android 4.4 ROM for the Galaxy Nexus is based on the CyanogenMod 11. The only problem seems to be with the screenshot animation and there are no issues with the actual screenshot. Apart from that, every other feature work flawlessly, according to the developer. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 gets a major update

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Today Sony’s latest smartwatch offering, the SmartWatch 2, received a major firmware update.

The new update brings with it a few new features as well as some stability improvements. Many of the SmartWatch 2′s app “Smart extensions”, like the Camera smart extension, have also received updates. Read more »