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HTC announces limited edition Hello Kitty Butterfly S

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HTC has decided to go ahead and make a limited edition Hello Kitty model of the Butterfly S (because why not?). The phone will be available in Taiwan starting next week.

The Hello Kitty Butterfly S is similar in terms of hardware to the standard Butterfly S but on the back you have an engraving of a 3D Hello Kitty logo, complete with the customary bow and all. On the software side there are probably some Hello Kitty wallpapers to go with the theme but it doesn’t seem there is much else apart from that. Read more »

Samsung details Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, hit the shelves in early September

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We saw the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids in a leaked press material just yesterday and we even found the slate’s manual on Samsung’s official website. So, it’s no surprise Samsung outs the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids today.

There are basically no new details – the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has the same specs as the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 but comes with highly customized user interface for kids plus lots of pre-installed age appropriate software and games. Read more »

Samsung is promoting BlackBerry Messenger in Africa, “coming soon to Galaxy smartphones”

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BlackBerry Messenger was supposed to hit the Android and iOS app stores today, but there’s nothing just yet (but you can try the beta). More interesting is that Samsung has now kicked-off its promotion of BBM – earlier this month the two companies struck a deal to promote the messenger in Africa.

CrackBerry forum member PauloPlmenta spotted an ad of the Galaxy S4 running BlackBerry Messenger during a football game (Manchester United vs. Chelsea) broadcast in Mozambique. Read more »

Samsung Mobile EVP confirms the Galaxy Gear smartwatch for IFA, says screen not bendable

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The rumor mill has been pretty confident that he Unpacked 2 event on September 4 on IFA grounds will bring the new Galaxy Note III phablet and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but now there’s official confirmation straight from the EVP of Samsung Mobile.

The EVP, Lee Young-hee, calls it a “concept wearable device” and says it’s aimed at young trend-setters. Samsung is confident that the Galaxy Gear will shake things up in the mobile industry. Read more »

Oppo releases coundrown teaser for the N1, confirm September 23 launch event

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Oppo N1 cameraphone will be unveiled at a special event in Beijing, China on September 23. Until then Oppo is teasing us weekly with new details about the upcoming cameraphone.

The latest teaser is a counter that shows the time until something wonderful goes live. We guess this is the time until Oppo give us the next teaser. Read more »

LG G2 goes up in the stratosphere to film the Earth

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While other companies are prepping to unveil flagships at IFA, teasing upcoming monster droids, or even keeping everything under wraps until September, LG has already announced its G2 top dog and is doing some great PR stuff.

The latest stunt LG has prepared includes the G2 taking a trip to the Earth’s stratosphere. The 1080p camcorder with OIS is put to the task to film Earth. Read more »

HTC quietly launches the HTC Mini+ accessory

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You may remember the HTC Mini accessory that was announced along with the HTC Butterfly. It was a tiny Bluetooth device that could be used as phone once paired with your main smartphone. It would let you make and receive calls and remotely control certain features of your HTC smartphone, such as the camera and the multimedia playback.

HTC has now quietly announced the successor to that accessory, called the HTC Mini+. The Mini+ looks pretty much identical to the Mini and the functionality is more or less the same. The Mini+, along with being able to receive calls and messages, also has a built-in laser pointer and a slideshow button. You can also use the built-in IR blaster to control your television. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core battery life test concludes, numbers are inside

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We’ve had the Samsung Galaxy Core for enough time now that we got see how good the battery of the affordable smartphone is.

The Samsung Galaxy Core we have here on campus is of the dual-SIM variety which, in theory, should do worse than the single-SIM edition, having to power a second radio all the time. But is it really that bad? Find out after the break. Read more »

LG teases G Pad 8.3 slate, says it is just right for you

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LG has just released a video teaser of its upcoming tablet called G Pad 8.3. The teaser is called “Just Right For You” and promises to bring you a slate that’ll be best suited to your needs.

The teaser’s description is even bolder saying we should “prepare to be amazed”. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids edition launches next month

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Samsung seems to be preparing a Kids edition of its Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 slate. The tablet is called Galaxy Tab 3 Kids and will launch this September.

The specs of the customized Tab 3 Kids are identical to those of its vanilla sibling – it comes with a 7″ TFT display with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels, runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and features a 3MP camera, 1GB of RAM and 8GB expandable storage. Read more »

Oppo N1′s rear panel touch details revealed

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The just-leaked Oppo N1 smartphone made waves last week with a risque ad campaign, revealing it as one of the first smartphones to feature a touch sensitive rear panel.

Now, more details have come to light regarding just what you can do with the rear touch panel, including scrolling through homescreen panes and selecting screen elements. Read more »

Moto X gets torn apart, reveals some design ingenuity underneath

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Nothing ever escapes the custom designed opening picks at iFixit and the new Moto X is no exception. The newly released smartphone from Motorola spent some quality time at iFixit, exposing its insides for all to see.

According to iFixit, the Moto X isn’t particularly difficult to take apart, once you get past the tenacious back cover that uses a copious amount of glue to stick to the phone. The cover itself, however, is made from a nice woven fabric material that is actually see through if you look carefully. Read more »

Google blocks apps from streaming local data to Chromecast

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Google’s Chromecast is a nifty little device if you want to watch your YouTube, Netflix or Google Play videos on your TV but Google left out the ability to stream local data the way Apple allows on the Apple TV.

To fix this situation, developers have been making apps that let you send local media files over Wi-Fi from your Android device to your Chromecast. It seems, though, that Google isn’t quite fond of this and has been actively blocking apps that allow this functionality. Read more »

Motorola Moto X battery life test completes, check out the scores

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The 2,200mAh battery of the Moto X has to power a relatively modest by today’s top-end Android smartphone standards’ hardware setup. We were however, curious to measure the impact of Motorola’s Touchless Control and Active Notifications additions on the Moto X’s battery performance.

When we were first introduced to the Moto X, the device’s product management team told us that the goal was for the smartphone to make it through 24 hours of regular use. Read more »

‘Asphalt 8: Airborne’ for iOS and Android game review

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Asphalt 8: Airborne is the latest in the long running series of mobile racing games from Gameloft. The previous game in the series — Asphalt 7: Heat — was a phenomenal game and one of the best racing games available on mobile today.

Airborne lets you take to the air, jumping off ramps and performing stunts mid-air with your car. Add to that a new range of cars and tracks, improved graphics and some new gameplay modes and you have all the ingredients for a great sequel. But does all that necessarily make it a great game? Let’s find out. Read more »