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Nokia’s new ad shows how tough its phones are

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Nokia has published a new ad with the sole purpose of boasting about the build quality of its phones. More specifically, Nokia has decided to show how much of a torture its Asha and low-end basic phones can take without breaking.

The message that the company wants to send is that it aims for impeccable build quality and attention to the little things that make phones durable. The video itself is very well made, as you’d expect from Nokia. Read more »

Honda invents a smartphone airbag case

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Car manufacturer Honda knows a thing or two when it comes to airbags. As a result, the company has decided to put an end to the shattered displays and cracked bodies of dropped smartphones with its brand new airbag-stuffed Smartphone Case N.

Quite bulky and virtually impractical at this point, the Honda Smartphone Case N features six airbags that fire off whenever a sensor detects the phone is in a freefall to the ground. Read more »

Huawei CEO: “We have decided to exit the US market”

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In a rare interview with international journalists, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei claims that the world’s largest telecom equipment maker will exit the US market amidst allegations of cyberspying.

US government officials have long accused Huawei of having ties with the Chinese government, and have often tried to pass legislature or block the spread of the company’s equipment through federal regulations. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5S price map shows the smartphone is most expensive in India

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It’s common knowledge that Apple’s iPhone is a bit on the expensive side when compared to most smartphones. But just how much of a markup is it getting in international markets?

Mobile Unlocked reveals that some nations are not only paying more for iPhones, but that the difference is vast when factoring in the countries “purchasing power parity” (PPP) – how much disposable income the average person has to spend on an iPhone, based on GDP. Read more »

Black Friday breaks online sales record thanks to mobiles

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The trend of constantly increasing online sales during the Thanksgiving Thursday and the Black Friday has continued for yet another year. A study found that the total revenue for the two days reached $2.99 billion, representing an increase of just over 25% compared to last year.

The boost in sales was driven in large part by the growing mobile sales, which this time accounted for almost a quarter of all online spending. The spending from smartphones and tablets rose a whopping 118% YoY and accounted for 24% of the dollars spend online. Read more »

Sony Xperia C comes by our office

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Sony Xperia C is the company’s first smartphone powered by a MediaTek chipset.We’ve also managed to put our hands on a unit and we are ready to share our traditional hands-on videowith you.

The Sony Xperia C comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz low-powered Cortex-A7 processor, PowerVR SGX544 graphics and 1GB of RAM. While hardly the benchmark champion, this is the kind of hardware that can deliver either excellently smooth experience provided that the software is optimized well enough. Read more »

A new Nokia Lumia 1320 promo video is out

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Nokia has launched a new promo video for its affordable Lumia 1320 phablet to help build some hype ahead of its launch. Sadly, the phone won’t make it for the Christmas holiday season, but it will become available early next year.

The video is less than a minute long and shows the Lumia 1320 in cool 360-degree shots highlighting some of the main software features of Windows Phone 8. It also shows the different color options for the phablet – black, yellow, orange and white. Read more »

Oppo N1 battery life test

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The N1 proved to be a worthy phablet in Oppo’s premium market segment’s lineup and it’s now time to dig into the battery life breakdown.

The Oppo N1 opts for a big, bright and high-res 5.9″ screen but also brings a monstrous 3610 mAh battery to compensate. That, to put it in perspective, is more than the 3200 mAh of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One Max’s 3300 mAh, the Nokia Lumia 1520′s 3400 mAh and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s 3050 mAh. Let’s see how it did. Read more »

Motorola Moto G plagued by a recovery bug

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The Motorola Moto G has just hit the market, but its early adopters have reported a wide-spread issue.

As it turns out you can’t use the stock recovery mode for wiping the cache partition. If you select this option, the phone will list the microSD card content and do nothing. Read more »

Nokia uses recycled CDs to make the back cover of the black Lumia 1520

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MP3 and the Internet may have killed the CD star, but all those AOL and Back Street Boys CDs have finally found a purpose. CDs along with other things made of polycarbonate (like water cooler jugs) are being recycled and turned into Lumias.

More specifically, the back cover of the black Lumia 1520 is made out of recycled polycarbonate. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 525 promo video arrives

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The Nokia Lumia 525 is now official. Being the successor of the most successful Windows Phone 8 device ever it has some big shoes to fill. Understandably Nokia is trying to build some hype around it by releasing its first promo video.

With funky music and great choreography, the video demonstrates some of the Nokia Lumia 525′s main features. The colorful glossy plastic, updated internals as well as advanced music capabilities are just some of the phones key selling points. Read more »

PowerUp brings smartphone-powered amateur aviation to the masses

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A nifty new Kickstarter campaign looks to take the paper airplane a step further with the help of a new smartphone-controlled module called PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module is an ultra-lightweight attachment that works with any regular paper airplane and allows tilt, throttle and steering remote control through a paired smartphone and app. Read more »

Nokia Chat powered by Yahoo! beta 1.3 is now faster with offline support

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Nokia has launched a beta version 1.3 of its Chat powered by the Yahoo! messaging app. Available for Nokia Lumia smartphones, the messaging app brings a few new features and a boost in performance.

Naturally, the newer version also fixes some glitches of the previous iteration of the app, and improves the startup times. Upon launching the app users will immediately have access to the contacts list and will be able to read old messages. Read more »

Google shows off Nexus 5 camera in new videos, fails to get the irony

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Google has released three new videos showing off the camera functionality on the new Nexus 5. The first video showcases the Photo Sphere feature, which was first seen on the Nexus 4, and lets you capture 360 degree panoramas. The second shows the new HDR+ feature and the last one shows the Auto Awesome feature, that generates animations from your burst shots.

All this would have been great had the camera on the Nexus 5 not been so underwhelming. The image quality is mediocre at best and the camera software itself, other than a couple of tricks, is utterly basic with a messed up viewfinder. Read more »

Apple to hold a Black Friday sale

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Apple Australia posted a teaser about an upcoming Black Friday sale it will be having. The sale will be available both online and through the retail stores.

There is no info on which products will be discounted, the only thing we know is the Apple shopping event will take place on November 29 and it will last 24 hours. Read more »