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Skype 4.4 for Android brings improved tablet interface and better call quality

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Skype has launched an update for its Android app today bringing it to version 4.4. The main thing the company has reworked is the tablet interface, which now focuses on conversations.

The user interface made specially for tablets now displays the user’s most recent calls and chats. However, looks aren’t the only thing that has been improved, as the latest version of Skype also boasts significant performance boost. Read more »

Shootout teaser: 6 best smartphone cameras go head to head

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The moons have aligned in our favor – or rather in favor of a massive shootout between the six best mobile phone cameras on the market. We have the resolution champs – Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1, the 13MP shooters – LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Apple iPhone 5s and the HTC One.

We spent a good part of the day snapping photos with all six and we’re already examining the image quality. Read more »

Samsung’s new regional lock can be disabled on Note 3 with an app

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Recently, Samsung introduced a new regional lock on Galaxy Note 3 units shipped in Europe and the Americas, mandating users activate it with a SIM in the region it is sold in before it can be used anywhere else.

Now it appears that the folks over at xda-developers have figured out a way to bypass said region lock automatically via a dedicated app – as long as the device is rooted. Read more »

Lenovo P780 review

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Lenovo has been one of the biggest gainers in the smartphone market over the past couple of years. The company even did devices like the K900 and Vibe Z, showing that it’s not out of its depth in the high-end market.

Yet it’s smartphones like the recently announced P780 that Lenovo is strongest at producing. The handset brings four 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 cores along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MTK6589 chipset along with a whopping 4,000mAh battery aiming to become one of the longest lasting smartphones on the market. Read more »

New color options coming on the Lumia Glance screen with GDR3

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The Glance Screen is a really great feature of the Lumia range. It’s a tribute to the MeeGo lockscreen (and Symbian smartphones), where you can always see a clock and get any missed events listed right on the standby screen.

Until now the Glance Screen, which premiered with the Amber update, had two color options – the default white font and the optional night theme that paints the clock red. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s battery life test

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The tech season is as heated as it gets and with our Apple iPhone 5s review now served, it’s time to turn our heads to the battery life of Apple’s latest smartphone. On the outside, not much has changed compared to the iPhone 5, but on the inside there’s an all new A7 64-bit processor as well as a slightly larger battery – 1,560 mAh compared to the iPhone 5 1,440mAh.

We are yet to see how those affect real live performance, and how they perform under iOS 7, which is said to be as power-efficient as possible. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery life test

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The latest BIG thing from Samsung is already here. We are done with our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the battery torture test has completed, too. Samsung made sure the beast has enough juice to last for quite a bit, supplying a huge 3200mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note 3 features a supposedly very efficient 5.7″ Super AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and runs on the fastest chipset available – the Snapdragon 800. Android 4.3 is charge of operation, though Samsung’s customizations run deep and the TouchWiz goodies are all over the place. Read more »

Watch this amazing video of Red Bull’s freerunning competition shot entirely on Nokia Lumia 1020

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Red Bull held a freerunning competition called Art of Motion in the picturesque Santorini island. That was in mid-September but if you missed it you can watch Claudiu Voicu’s video called free runtastic! that captured the highlights of the event and was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.

Claudiu is no stranger to using a Lumia to shoot freerunners – he did it before with a Lumia 900. Read more »

Apple iPad 5 front panel all but confirms TouchID home button

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Leaked photos and videos of the upcoming iPad 5′s front and rear panels have revealed thinner bezels and the new space grey color to come with the latest 9.7″ slate by Apple. However, the latest pic of the front panel of the iPad 5 some to confirm another new feature – a TouchID enabled Home button.

As a research from our colleague at UnboxTherapy finds out, the hole cutting on the iPad 5 leaked front panel doesn’t match the Home button of the iPhone 5, which is identical to the one on the iPad 4. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 artificially boosts chipsets for select benchmarks by 20-50%

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 was caught ramping up its GPU clock speed when running a benchmark, so naturally the Galaxy Note 3 was under suspicion too. Thanks to some excellent detective work by Ars Technica, now we have a confirmation.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 (the Snapdragon 800) version was tested against the LG G2 (same chipset) and it came out well ahead, even though the internals are identical. Read more »

Galaxy Note 3 wars: Snapdragon 800 version draws first blood

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Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 3 in two different versions – an LTE-enabled Snapdragon 800-powered N9005 unit and a 3G/HSDPA-only Exynos 5 Octa-powered N9000 model. Depending on your country, you will be getting either one of those flavors, but not the two simultaneously.

There are no differences on the exterior between the two models, nor there are any in the user interface. But there are some minor gaps in the performance, so you may want to check this head-to-head video. Read more »

Samsung ChatON messaging service clocks in 100 million users

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Samsung’s ChatON messaging service was launched in October 2011 and in after nearly two years of existence it has accumulated over 100 million users, the company reports.

ChatON managed to snag 50 million users to use it actively in May this year, so reaching double the subscribers in just four months is impressive. Read more »

Drop test: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hits the pavement on video

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Why would you drop a brand new expensive gadget? Well, curiosity but also entertainment for people on the Internet. You just have to pick an interesting victim, say a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

How does its faux leather back survive a collision with the pavement? Read more »

Apple iPhone 5c battery life test

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Our review of the colorful Apple iPhone 5c is now live. We also put the iPhone 5c through our battery tests routine and it produced some interesting scores.

Even though the iPhone 5c battery rating turned out pretty much the same as the iPhone 5, there are some differences in the individual parts that have to be pointed out. Read more »

LG boasts about the G2 camera’s OIS with the help of a chicken

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In the latest LG G2 ad, the Korean manufacturer’s marketing team has taken an unorthodox approach towards boasting about the camera of its flagship. LG employed a chicken named Lizzy to help it better explain the optical image stabilization of G2’s shooter.

The ad is as helpful as it is hilarious. It is focused on the bird’s natural ability to keep its head leveled regardless of the motion its body makes. Read more »