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CyanogenMod 11 ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat hits the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung will be releasing an official Android 4.4 KitKat software update for its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to wait until January, today a CyanogenMod 11 ROM based on the latest version of Android has been released for the phone.

The ROM is in currently in Alpha, so it’s only suitable for enthusiasts and people who are willing to help with finding (and fixing) bugs. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 ad shows you don’t need martial arts to get the perfect photo

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Both photography and martial arts take years of training to master. But what if you could combine the study of both into one? A humorous new ad from Nokia UAE shows that you too can sign up to study Taekfoto with master Rez-Tu-Lo.

As you can imagine from a discipline that combines taking photos and martial arts, most of the 250 lessons revolve around getting through a crowd of people to get close enough for that perfect shot. Read more »

Xolo Q900 review

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Xolo is working hard, trying to make a name for itself in the budget conscious market. The company is flooding the market with its mid-range smartphones in an attempt to offer a little something for everyone.

Xolo Q900 is the latest mid-range offering, powered by MTK6589 chipset with four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz and the PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020′s latest ad is hilarious

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Nokia France has released a pretty funny video commercial about the Lumia 1020 monstrous cameraphone in France.

The new ad focuses on the huge 41MP sensor and its capabilities to capture even the tiniest detail and the farthest of objects. Read more »

US-based online store sells tech for bitcoins only

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Bitcoin is often written about but still most people have had no contact with it. A new online store BitcoinShop.US that just launched may finally start to change that. The store boasts 400 categories, among which are smartphones and accessories.

All phones – 202 at the time of this writing – are sold unlocked. Most of them seem to be from Sony and BLU, with a few Samsung, LG and HTC models. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10-based Porsche Design P’9982 handled in official video

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BlackBerry is a company in financial trouble, but it doesn’t act like it and it got a brand new Porsche – a Porsche Design P’9982 based on the BlackBerry Z10 that is. It’s an exclusive device, only 500 units will be sold worldwide.

So, what do you get for the extra cash over the pedestrian Z10? You can watch the official hands-on video to find out. Read more »

Verizon’s Black Friday deals let you have HTC One or Galaxy S4 for just $100

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Verizon is preparing for Black Friday, which is just in 10 days, on November 29, Friday. The biggest US carrier has a number of deals in line. For starters the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 have been slashed on that day from $149.99 to $99.99 on a two-year deal.

Tablets and Motorola DROIDs are also on the menu but as you might expect Verizon is requiring a contract with almost everything. Check inside for the full list. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 hitting Verizon on November 21

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Nokia took the wraps of its Lumia 2520 at this year’s Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. The gorgeous looking slate is just about to go sale across the globe and Verizon has announced that it will be joining the fun starting from November 21.

The 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 will cost you $499.99 and the slate will also be up for grabs for $399.99 with a two-year contract. The Black color model will be available across all the Verizon stores, while if you order online you will be able to choose between the Black and the Red versions. Read more »

TYLT Energi sliding power case and Alin tool for iPhone 5s review

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The TYLT Energi sliding power case for iPhone 5s offers a fresh approach to the popular extended battery case theme. It consists of a sleek cover which slides into a 2,500mAh battery dock when needed.

Established in 2011, TYLT has quickly established itself as a maker of mobile accessories which combine eye-catching, slightly quirky design and premium build quality. Read on to see how the company’s top-end iPhone 5s case fares on a daily basis! Read more »

Oppo N1 hands-on

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Back in September at the Oppo N1 launch event we managed to get some quality time with the smartphone, but now we are finally able to welcome it to our office. As tradition dictates we’ve prepared a hands-on video to whet your appetite before the review comes.

The Oppo N1 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. There are two versions in terms of storage, 16GB and 32GB, but there’s no microSD card. Read more »

Samsung goes on a bragging spree, relases an infographic

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Samsung obviously likes to give itself a pat on the back from time to time, but when you dish out millions of top tier hardware that pushes technological advancement forward we can’t really say it’s not deserved.

The biggest manufacturer of mobile phones – smart or otherwise – has gone to its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts to show off a neat infographic on the company’s progress during this year. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat factory images available for a trio of Nexus devices

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Google has released the Android 4.4 KitKat binaries and factory images for the LG Nexus 4, the original Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Nexus 10.

In the KitKat announcement bulletin, Google said the factory images will come after the OTA updates have started rolling out for all devices, but it has jumped the gun and now users eager to have a taste of the latest version of Android can do flash those themselves. Read more »

Motorola Moto G beats Nexus 4 in AnTuTu

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XDA-Developers member jonmorris got his Moto G and shared some early benchmarks and battery stats of the sub-$200 Android handset. Also, it turns out the Moto G has a feature called Trusted devices, which disables the lockscreen when the phone is connected to a certain Bluetooth device.

This is a great alternative to the Motorola Skip (which requires NFC and the Moto G doesn’t have that) and will work great with Bluetooth headsets and smartwatches. Read more »

Android dominates CES 2014 awards

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CES awards were flying off the shelves and into the laps of various companies. Samsung, Sony and Nokia were honored with awards in several categories for their mobile and imaging products.

The winners in the Wireless Handsets category were the LG G2 and the SpareOne Plus. Read more »

LG Nexus 5 battery life test

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The LG Nexus 5 comes with a battery that many were afraid wasn’t up to scratch with the 5″ 1080p screen and quad-core Snapdragon 800 and that Google and LG did some corner cutting by placing a mere 2300 mAh unit inside.

Quoted at 17 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of stand-by the Nexus 5 should do alright, but we decided to give the device a full test just to make sure. Read more »