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CyanogenMod nightly builds are now available for HTC One (M8)

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CyanogenMod added the HTC One (M8) to the lineup of devices which can boot its custom ROMs. Users of HTC’s flagship can now flash CM11 nightly builds from the CyanogenMod download page.

Nightly builds will be available on all versions of the HTC One (M8). Read more »

Huawei Ascend P7 promo videos are out, laugh in the face of heat

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Huawei has released a set of Ascend P7 promo videos. One of them tells the design story behind the product and the amount of effort it took the company to reach the new levels of craftsmanship.

The Ascend P7 has just become official and Huawei promises it won’t overheat like it predecessor, the Ascend P6 Read more »

Oppo Find 7a panorama and slow shutter camera samples

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We’ve finished our thorough review of the Oppo Find 7a, where we gave you lots of various camera and video samples. In case those weren’t enough for you, we’ve snapped a few more – panorama and long exposure particularly.

Oppo Find 7a is capable of capturing up to 180 degrees panorama shots and the resulting images have up to 15MP resolution. Note that you need to hold the phone vertically to get those 15MP pano shots (6100x2500px), while the horizontal shooting will output images only just over 10MP (5500x1900px). Read more »

Oppo Find 7a battery life

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We’ve just finished our Oppo Find 7a in-depth review, where we’ve summarized our battery life impressions. Naturally it’s time to give you the breakdown of the results and compare it to other devices.

The Oppo Find 7a has this rapid charging feature that allows you to charge 75% of the battery for just half an hour, while 5 minutes hooked up on the huge 4.5A charger will give you 2 hours of calls. That’s quite the promises and we’ve put those claims to testing first. Read more »

iOS 7.1.1 lockscreen can be bypassed just by asking Siri

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The iPhone 5s debuted with a fingerprint scanner for added security, but it turns out Siri can be a double agent – bypassing a pass code or even a TouchID-secured screen on iOS 7.1.1 is as easy as asking politely (the fingerprint scanner isn’t 100% trustworthy either).

The trick allows you to browse all contacts stored on the phone and make a call out to any one of them. Read more »

Official AR.Drone 2.0 app for Windows 8 puts more people in the pilot’s seat

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We’re quite the fans of the Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 and now owners of Windows 8 devices (tablets included) can enjoy flying with the cool drone themselves thanks to the official app outed by the company. It’s called AR.FreeFlight and is currently up for grabs in the Windows Store

Up until this moment, only Android and iOS users could take control of the AR.Drone 2.0, but now that the company has released a Windows 8 app, more people can enjoy a bit of flying too. Read more »

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra hands-on

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Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra Back at CES back in January 2014. It fills a growing market segment of large screen mid-range smartphones. The 6-inch phablet only comes with 720p resolution and may not be powered by the fastest Snapdragon chipset around but it offers one of Sony’s latest Exmor RS 13MP cameras with all the bells and whistles.

At 7.65mm, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is really slim despite the generous battery capacity of 3000 mAh. The only thing missing is perhaps the water-proofing Sony’s high-end smartphones have been known for. Read more »

Nokia XL battery test

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The Nokia XL is a fairly large and heavy phone but it has a relatively small 2,000mAh battery. While its dual-core Cortex-A5 chipset and its WVGA screens are not the biggest battery hogs, we’re testing the dual-SIM version of the phone, which is bound to put extra strain on the battery.

The Nokia XL’s smaller siblings have 1,500mAh batteries so the extra 1″ screen size also comes with a 500mAh advantage. Read more »

Galaxy Note 3 faces the Canon 5D Mark III in video comparison

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4K video recording is slowly starting to become a standard feature in high-end Android phones, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will remain the first phone to have this feature. And it wasn’t just a number on the spec sheet but a well executed feature, which is why it’s not surprising to see it being compared to a DSLR.

In this video, the 4K video of the Note 3 was compared to the 1080p video of the Canon 5D Mark III, a highly proficient camera as far as video recording is concerned. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 520 takes on a bullet, saves police officer’s life

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Nokia Lumia 520 is the real hero of the day! The smartphone has saved a police officer’s life when a bullet was fired at him.

The police officer is said to have arrived at his house while two robbers while looting it. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact owners fix a flash bleed issue by swapping its back cover

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact owners have found an original way to solve a commonly-occurring flash bleed problem. The resourceful bunch resolved the issue by simply swapping the plastic back cover of the device with that of its Japan-only sibling, the Sony Xperia Z1 f.

The glass back cover of the Sony Xperia Z1 f can be found online for less than $20. Read more »

Xolo Q1010i review

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Xolo launched its newest smartphone dubbed Q1010i only a few days ago. The device was said to be designed to bring excellent camera experienced at an affordable price tag.

The Xolo Q1010i comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU along with Mali 400MP2 GPU on a MediaTek MT6582 chipset. The device also sports an 8 megapixel Sony Exmor R sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 micron pixel size and a 5-element lens. We’ll see how it performs as a camera smartphone and of course, as an everyday device. Read more »

Not Like Everybody Else is the first joint ad by Nokia and Microsoft

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Nokia joined Microsoft last Friday officially but since today is the first working day after the agreement was done Microsoft has issued an ad on YouTube that portrays the big happy family as Not Like Everybody Else.

In the ad Microsoft is the colorful person out of a crowd of black and white street-dwellers in a black and white murky world. As he moves along, being cool and different he sees another colorful person (naturally using a Nokia slate) and finally at the end of the ad we see the colorful protagonist through our own point of view (suggesting perhaps we’re black and white as well). Read more »

LG G2 mini battery test

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The LG G2 mini has a lot to prove being the little heir to a very capable battery performer in the face of the LG G2. The G2 recently received Android KitKat and soared from a 62 hour endurance rating to an 82 hour one.

The G2 mini has the advantage of Android KitKat right from the get go so we’re hoping the stellar work by LG has been transferred here as well. To G2 mini has a much smaller 2,440 mAh battery (compared to the G2′s massive 3,000 mAh juice pack) but the mini also brings a smaller, lower-res display (4.7″ qHD), lower-grade Snapdragon 400 processor with battery-saving Cortex-A7s inside. So let’s look at the numbers. Read more »

LG G2 KitKat battery test

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After being conceived by LG last year, the G2 launched with Android Jelly Bean under its belt, which was the latest at the time.

Now that some time has passed and all the tests have been done the G2 has had the pleasure of receiving the latest Android on the block – KitKat – and among other optimizations we expected LG to have tweaked and improved the battery performance. Read more »