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Moto X (2014) ships with free Moto Hint headset in the United States

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Motorola will ship the Moto X (2014) with a free Moto Hint wireless headset in the United States. The sweet deal will be available across the Atlantic through April 14.

The promotional gift by Motorola is available for customers who purchase an unlocked smartphone directly from the manufacturer’s online store. Read more »

Facebook Messenger now has its own standalone website

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Facebook has launched a standalone website for its Messenger service. This is already accessible at Messenger.com, where you can go and use only that functionality from Facebook’s main site. The company is adamant that this doesn’t mean Messenger will ever go away from Facebook.com.

However, Messenger was once part of the Facebook apps for mobile – but then it got pulled out, thus forcing people to install the standalone Messenger app alongside the main one. So, in the future, there’s still a slim chance we’ll see something like that happen on the Web too. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 goes on pre-order in Japan on April 23

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Back in March, Samsung announced the new Gear VR Innovator Edition headset alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. This new version of its Oculus-powered VR accessory is made specifically to work with those two devices only, just like the original Gear VR is tailor-made for the Galaxy Note 4.

Now that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are almost up for grabs globally, the Korean company has announced when it’s going to take pre-orders for the Gear VR Innovator Edition as well. One caveat, however: the following information applies only to Japan. It’s unclear why Samsung chose to give us the launch details for this market first. Perhaps the interest for the new Gear VR has been the highest over there. Read more »

Xiaomi is turning 5 today and the party is on with promotions and giveaways

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Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, is celebrating its fifth birthday and the company is in an all-out festive mode. The manufacturer has always had a strong online community and has really managed to build brand value and awareness, an area where most other Asian businesses fail, and naturally the community forum has been booming with festivities and a fair deal of promotions.

To mark the veritable 5-year corner stone, Xiaomi is looking back and recapping all that it has achieved throughout the years. The company has been steadily gaining popularity, especially in its home market, where it currently presides at the very top of the mobile market food chain. International presence has also been extending, especially in India, where the manufacturer recently partnered up with both Snapdeal and Amazon, for an even broader market reach. Read more »

Scientists make a breakthrough in aluminum batteries

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Scientists from the Stanford University made a breakthrough in the aluminum batteries – an area that saw very limited innovation in the last decade. The new prototype aluminum battery is flexible, thinner, much safer, charges super-fast, and its lifecycle is 7.5 times better than Li-Ion batteries.

Today the Li-Ion batteries seem to have reached their full potential and the only improvement lately is the fast charging technologies provided by companies like Oppo and Qualcomm. The lithium batteries aren’t getting any thinner, smaller and their capacity increases at very modest rates. We need something better and the aluminum battery at Stanford might be just the discovery we need today. Read more »

HERE Auto to power the Jaguar XF navigation

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The all new Jaguar XF four-door sedan is set to feature the embedded in-dash version of the popular HERE Maps navigation software. The aptly named HERE Auto will debut as part of the car maker’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.

The navigation system will come loaded with features, designed to provide a smooth navigation experience, and the 10.2-inch screen in the car is the least interesting. Read more »

More Sony Xperia Z4 sample shots appear online

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You all remember the Sony Xperia Z4 right? That one flagship phone that simply refuses to become reality for quite a few months now. We have stumbled upon another few images, allegedly taken with the device’s main shooter, to add to the one we shared with you yesterday.

The two additional shots seems to be part of the same album, if you will, as the one from yesterday and are taken with identical settings at pretty much the same location. The phone is once again listed as E6553, the model number of the upcoming Xperia Z4, and the shots are made at 20.7 megapixels with a resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels and an ISO of 50. Read more »

Apple Watch allegedly photographed in its retail box

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You’ll be able to pre-order an Apple Watch in a couple of days, Apple employees will enjoy a massive discount. No one but Apple employees have handled the watch though it seems that the Daily Mail have a review unit as photos of an Apple Watch in its retail box were posted on Instagram.

The Instagram account has since been made private, but the photos show the Watch with the Milanese Loop mesh band along with a separate brown leather band in its box. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge gets a poor repairability score from iFixit

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Only a few days after tearing down HTC One M9, the handy people from iFixit gave Samsung Galaxy S6 edge the same treatment. Just like its Taiwanese rival, the Korean flagship smartphone walked away with a poor repairability score.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge received a repairability score of 3 out of 10 from iFixit. Read more »

There is a new Deus Ex installment on the way

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There is a successor to Deus Ex: Human Revolution on the way. Dubbed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the new installment of the gaming franchise made its debut on the cover of Game Informer magazine.

The new Deus Ex release features the same main character as its predecessor. Read more »

Apple Pay expands adding support for 39 new banks and credit unions

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Although a launch elsewhere is still in up in the air, Apple Pay is continuously gaining ground in the US. Apple’s payment system has now added 39 new banks and credit unions to its list of partners.

This brings the total number of banking institutions that support Apple Pay to more than 180, which is pretty substantial. Apple has been constantly looking for new partners since it announced the service last year. Read more »

Instagram update brings Color and Fade tools, post notifications

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Instagram has updated its Android app today, with a new iOS version coming soon as well. Both should have the same features. Speaking of which, with this release Instagram intros two new image alteration tools: Color and Fade.

The former lets you tint the highlights or shadows in a photo. You can use yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan, or green for this purpose. Read more »

Mortal Kombat X trailer packs a lot of blood and brutality

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When it comes to one-to-one battle games, Mortal Kombat is the first name that crosses an avid gamer’s mind. The popular martial arts style fighting game will get a new installment dubbed Mortal Kombat X on April 14 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are expected in coming months.

The official Mortal Kombat X trailer has arrived with loads of blood and brutal combos to punish the opponents in a most impressive cinematic presentation. One can easily see how the new legendary game is going to unleash the merciless demeanor on the opponents. Read more »

Samsung’s Orbis round smartwatch to be called Gear A

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Samsung is gearing up for the launch of its brand new smartwatch and what was previously known as Orbis will apparently come to market as the more corporately-friendly Gear A. The round piece of wearable tech has had a few more details revealed.

The Gear A will have two versions, one will be limited to Bluetooth connectivity, while the other will offer full-fledged voice calling support and 3G data connection. Both of these will presumably have a Wi-Fi radio on board too. Read more »

Huawei’s $30 Glory router features dual-core processor, but no Android this time

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Last year at CES Huawei unveiled the first router in the Honor family, the Huawei Honor Cube, which ran Android and had a built-in HDD. Now the company is working on a much cheaper router – just CNY 188 (about $30) – called Glory.

It will be powered by a dual-core processor and feature dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac. Read more »