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Google Workshop: create custom cases for your Nexus 5

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The Moto X has been getting a lot of love for it’s Moto Maker custom phone option, but what about customzing the main “strictly” Google phone- the Nexus 5?

Well Big G isn’t letting you change the body of the phone, but Google will be serving up customized cases for its latest Nexus phone with an upcoming service called Google Workshop. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini goes through a teardown

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The iFixit team has decided to do a teardown on the Galaxy S5′s little brother and see if the similarities on the outside continue with the internal design too.

And as you can probably guess, Samsung didn’t feel the need to rethink everything from scratch and the Galaxy S5 Mni shares the same negative and positive repair traits as its bigger sibling. Read more »

Wireless charging panels coming to GM vehicles

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Do you hate fussing around with charging cables when you’re driving?

Well it looks like Detroit-based car manufacturer, General Motors, feels your pain. Read more »

Premium life – iPhones to work as room keys in Hilton

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Starting next year Hilton will allow iPhone users to use their phones as hotel room keys. That means that you’ll be able to bypass the front desk of the hotel completely.

Currently as is iPhone users do have the Hilton app but upon walking into a hotel they’d still need to get a physical key with the app handling online check-in, reservations and such – Android users have the same deal going on but there’s no word on using your droid to unlock Hilton doors, although it should happen as well. Read more »

Amazon Fire Phone is anything but easy to repair

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Amazon’s Fire Phone has just gone on sale and the folks at iFixit have already managed to grab a unit and even give it a teardown treatment.

The teardown reveals that the Amazon Fire Phone is anything but easy to repair with the device managing to achieve a low reparability score of 3 out of 10. Read more »

The OneNote team made a parody ad celebrating Surface 3 integration

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Microsoft’s OneNote team has made its own ad, spoofing LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It and transforming it into Click it an I Note it.

The video is not professionally made but it’s still fun to watch and does a good job of getting the attention the OneNote app wants. Underneath it all, the ad celebrates the fact that OneNote now has integration with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Read more »

Unlock your Moto X with a digital tattoo

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Is inputting a password or using the Face Unlock feature on Android too annoying for you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Motorola has another solution for unlocking your phone: digital tattoos.

The phone manufacturer has joined forces with VivaLnk to give you a temporary tattoo that will last on your body for as much as five days. What’s special about this tattoo? Well, all you need to do is tap your phone on the area you’ve placed the phone-unlocking-ink and voila! Your phone will be unlocked. Read more »

Samsung: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 doesn’t overheat, faulty back panel to blame

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Last week a couple of pictures surfaced showing a deformed back panel on an apparently overheating Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

According to the information received by early adopters the slate would get so hot that it would cause its thin plastic back panel to bend at certain spots. Now Samsung has officially addressed the issue saying the problem lies with a limited number of defective back covers and the processor isn’t to blame or fear. Read more »

LG and Oppo duke it out over who introduced QHD first

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We’ve been all about QHD screens in the past couple of months, ever since the latest tech wave has had LG and Oppo at the forefront of the high-res display arms race by being among the first manufacturers to tout 1440p flagships.

But who gets the first-place medal? LG claims that it takes the prize on Twitter, but Oppo has its own say in the matter. Read more »

The new MediaTek chipsets can slow down time 16x with 480fps video capture

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MediaTek unveiled a new 64-bit octa-core chipset and almost lost among the many features on its specs sheet is Super-Slow Motion. The feature can capture 1080p at a brisk 480fps framerate – for comparison current flagship smartphones usually top out at 720p @ 120fps.

With 480fps video the camera can slow the action down to 1/16s of real time. Read more »

MediaTek’s MT6595 octa-core chipset scores more than 47,000 in AnTuTu benchmark

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Aside from unveiling the 64-bit true octa-core MT6795 chipset today, MediaTek has also showcased its 32-bit MT6595 part for the third time this year. Since we already know pretty much everything there is to know about this SoC, the Taiwanese company decided to hype it up by boasting that it’s gotten a result of 47,233 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.

As you may imagine, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it’s more than many other chipsets from competing vendors have been able to achieve. Read more »

OnePlus One battery test

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The OnePlus One is the latest phone to pass our battery test and if you haven’t checked out the review we have the scorecard right here plus some extra juicy details.

Walking about with a 3100 mAh battery inside, the OnePlus One needs to show respectable performance. Of course, it does have pretty large screen to power on (a bright 5.5″ 1080p display) plus a powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset. So jump after the break to find out how it did in our proprietary battery test. Read more »

LG G3 QuickCircle, Slim Guard, Slim Hard, wireless charger and USB stick review

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The LG G3 is one of the phones to shape the industry landscape in the short 12 month tenure before the next iteration comes out and so far it’s shaping up quite good.

LG did well to tone down the K Pop look of the Optimus UI in its latest release and the redecoration continued with the set of accessories. We’re about to check out the LG QuickCircle flip cover, the Slim Guard back panel, the wireless charging dock and the USB stick.

You all know, flagship smartphones aren’t just expensive silicon nowadays and all the bells and whistles of this or that platform. No, style is very much involved – these phones cost a pretty penny and are made to impress. They come duly accessorized as manufacturers try to maximize their appeal and, in most cases, that goes well beyond the fashion statement.

Accessorizing them has become the next fad but it’s a trend we don’t object. Just on the opposite, we enjoy it. So let’s look at the LG G3 trinkets that came in the mail this week. Read more »

Want to break the new iPhone 6 display panel? You’ll need a car

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The epic boasts about the lauded strength of the iPhone 6′s screen just keep coming in.

Video footage of stress tests conducted on the sapphire coated display shows that Apple’s next flagship will surely have a stalwart screen. Read more »

Samsung having trouble selling their OLED displays to other companies

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Samsung’s Super AMOLED mobile displays have certainly received their fair share of accolades, however, that doesn’t mean that other companies are lining up to purchase the tech from the Korean manufacturer.

In fact, Samsung hasn’t been able to sell their OLED screens to anyone else but themselves. Read more »