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Win yourself a OnePlus One by taking pictures

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The OnePlus team is putting together a contest where three lucky winners will each be able to get their hands on a One handset.

If you’re interested (which we’re sure you are) you’ll need to enter their Photo-Mania contest. Check out the details after the jump. Read more »

HTC releases One (M8) kernel source code for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and international variants

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HTC had already released the source code of the KitKat kernel for its Google Play Edition One (M8). Now, the company has aired the kernel files for the Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and the international variants of the smartphone.

The latest move from HTC will allow developers to come up with tailor-made custom ROMs to bring the best out of the underlying hardware. Read more »

Google’s note taking service, Keep, gets an update

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Keep users rejoice: Google has given it’s note-taking service a major update.

It’s now at version 2.2, and will get a whole new slew of features, the most instantly recognizable of them being a way more colorful visual upgrade. Read more »

Meet the double-sided, symmetrical, USB cable

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Why is it that it always seems to take three tries to get your USB cable or drive into the slot? Also, why do we need to have one end of the USB cable to be fatter than the other?

Well it looks like that’s about to change, as the USB Type C cable is reversible, but also, symmetrical. Read more »

Micromax and Prestigio join the Windows Phone game

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Microsoft at its on-going BUILD conference in San Francisco announced two new hardware partners in Micromax and Prestigio for its Windows Phone ecosystem. We even got a glimpse of two actual phones that are currently being developed by each of the companies, although no details were provided.

Both the OEMs are quite popular in their home countries and as a matter of fact, Micromax is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturer in India, which is the world’s second largest country by population. Read more »

Case Chase: OnePlus One giveaway!

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So you want a OnePlus One, but you don’t have or want to shell out the cash to get one for yourself?

Well you’re in luck, because the CyanogenMod team is giving away 10 of these handsets to anyone who participates in their contest. Hit the jump to see the rules and how you can potentially get your hands on a OnePlus One. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 gets rooted

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Sony Xperia Z2 is yet to go on sale across the globe, but the developers have already found a way to gain root access on the smartphone.

The rooting process for the Xperia Z2 requires you to unlock its bootloader before being able to flash the Kernel and install SuperSU to gain the root access. Read more »

NSA spied on 122 key world leaders

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It seems the more that we learn about the NSA and its practices, the worse the story gets.

New evidence suggests that the US-agency targeted 122 key world figures for unlawful surveillance. Read more »

Edison Research: Radio is the most popular way to stay updated with new music

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If you ever thought that the likes of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and other such similar digital music services are the best methods to discover new music you are probably right. However, they still aren’t the most popular option and have been unable to dethrone traditional media.

According to a research from Edison Research and Triton Digital, the conventional AM/FM radio is the most popular way to discover new music and artists. Read more »

Charge your phone anywhere in your home with QiPOWER

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A couple of nice chaps have launched an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for QiPOWER.

The product would allow you to charge your phone wirelessly wherever you like in your home. How? Hit the jump to find out. Read more »

Samsung unveils LED Smart Bulb that works over Bluetooth

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Not to stay too far behind its domestic rival LG, today Samsung unveiled a smart LED bulb of its own. It’s called simply “Smart Bulb” and unlike most of the competition, it’s utilizes Bluetooth in order to connect to smartphones and tablets.

Samsung says you can control up to 64 bulbs via the dedicated app without any additional equipment or set-up. The bulbs can be dimmed down to 10% and lasts up to 15,000 hours or 10 years if used normally. Read more »

Google I/O tickets go on sale

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You can now register for Google’s I/O conference that is taking place from June 25th-26th.

Tickets will run you $900, but if you get an academic discount, you can nab them for $300. However, getting into the conference isn’t as simple as just buying a ticket. Read more »

See how the HTC One (M8) handles a dip in the water, a drop and a hammer

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The HTC One (M8) went live yesterday with a bigger 5″ 1080p display, better Snapdragon 801 processor and Duo Camera but there wasn’t anything in there about water resistance.

Yet a curious YouTuber decided to put the One (M8) to the test and dip it in water for over an hour and a half. The result? Well, the One (M8) did better than an iPhone in the test. Find the video inside. Read more »

NSA bulk data collection may come to an end

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President Obama is proposing a bill that will end the NSA’s current cell phone monitoring methods: namely bulk data collection.

This means that the NSA will no longer be able to have access to all people’s cell phone and call records at all times. The new bill propose a whole new slew of regulations. Read more »

UK retailers, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons, may merge

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Two of the UK’s biggest brick and mortar tech retailers, Dixons and Carphone Warehouse, are in talks to merge.

The deal would put 3,000 stores and 35,000 employees under one corporate umbrella. Read more »