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Sketchy update service on Micromax phones displays ads, auto-installs unwanted apps

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Ads sell you a phone and that’s it, right? But if ads can go on after you bought the phone, someone stands to make a lot of money – India-based phone maker Micromax found a way to do just that. Multiple users complained that they were seeing ads in their notification areas.

Worse still, they found new apps on their device that they didn’t install themselves. Read more »

Intel to report strong Q4 financial results

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Intel is expected to report quarterly numbers unseen since 2003. If you have shares in the company you can anticipate earnings of $0.66 per piece on a projected revenue of $14.7 billion, according to market analysts at FactSet.

With around 60% of the company’s revenue coming from PC sales, favorable events in the software world have meant a successful year with another one to come. Read more »

LG offers you a chance to win a G Watch R

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LG is claiming you don’t have to go to the gym to get in shape in a headline for its sweepstakes competition launched yesterday. More realistically, the company is offering a chance to win a G Watch R and £25 of Google Play vouchers.

The competition is aimed at promoting the smartwatch’s health and fitness capabilities. Read more »

Here goes the early Nokia N1 scoop – camera samples, unboxings, disassemblies

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The Nokia N1 Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet is out in China and already some 20 thousand people have it on tap so now it’s time for the early impressions.

There’s a slew of unboxing photos accompanied by impressions, some benchmarks, a couple of camera samples and even a disassembly of the tablet. You can find those right after the break. Read more »

Uber outsmarting covert transport officials by blocking their accounts

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Like many places around the world, UberX is illegal in most Australian states, as the law clearly says that ridesharing services must be provided in a licensed taxi or hire car, by a driver holding a taxi driver’s license, and that’s the reason why the country’s transport officials have been conducting sting operations to fine UberX drivers. However, according to an ABC report, the company is outsmarting transport inspectors by blocking their smartphones from accessing the service.

The report cites emails obtained under Queensland’s Right To Information (RTI) laws, revealing the problems being faced by undercover investigators tasked with penalizing the service’s drivers. “Due to blocking by Uber, only two covert rides were undertaken [today],” said an official from the Department of Transport and Main Roads in an email to colleagues last year, adding that “time was spent purchasing new credit cards, activating Gmail accounts, and setting up two more phones.” Read more »

Fujifilm X-A2 adds more “selfie” to the X-A1 compact system camera

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Fujifilm unveiled a small update to its X-A1 compact system camera. The Fujifilm X-A2 builds on the tilting screen of its predecessor by letting it flip 175° for easier selfies. The screen itself is a 3″ 920k-dot LCD.

Alongside the new camera, Fuji unveiled two new lenses for the system – the XC16-50mm II and the XC50-230mm II. Read more »

Google Project Ara launches in Puerto Rico some time this year

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Google held a press conference yesterday in Mountain View to update us on its Project Ara development. The groundbreaking modular smartphone is due to launch later in 2015 in Puerto Rico.

The country was chosen for what Google calls a “Market Pilot” due to its high percentage of mobile internet usage. Surfing on the go appears to be the predominant means of internet access in Puerto Rico, providing optimum testing ground for the new platform. Read more »

Adobe Lightroom mobile released for Android phones

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Adobe Lightroom, one of the cornerstones of the company’s popular creative suite is not a novelty on mobile devices. The photo-editing software is already available on iOS, bringing a set of basic features, enough to get you through simple tasks on the go.

Now, a few month later, a Lightroom Android app is hitting the Play Store, but there are a few catches. First of all, as the title suggests the app is intended for smartphones and not tablets, meaning that it is actually optimized for small screens. Read more »

First Xiaomi MI Note videos are here, including a durability test

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Xiaomi unveiled two flagships as expected – both of them phablets. The Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are just a few hours old and their promo campaigns have already begun.

Here are a couple of videos that subtly show off the best qualities of the duo, plus one that features less song and dance and more of a durability test. Read more »

Xiaomi announces Mi Box Mini and Mi Headphones

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Along with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, Xiaomi also announced two new peripherals at its keynote today. The Mi Box Mini is a smaller version of its Mi Box set-top box, which is essentially an Apple TV-esque device meant for streaming content from your smartphone.

The Mi Box Mini is extremely small and can just plug in straight into a power point. Read more »

Google Maps app now lets you share directions with others

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Google has updated its Google Maps for Android app to version 9.3, bringing the ability to share directions, tweaks to location settings notifications, and some bug fixes.

The most prominent feature the update brings to the table is sharable directions. This means that any application accessible through the standard share function can now accept directions, which appear as a list of instructions, something which could be really useful especially when you want to share this information with someone who doesn’t have a smartphone and/or Google Maps installed on their device. Read more »

VLC player preview for Android TV goes live

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A preview version of the popular VLC player is now available for Android TV. The application is yet to hit Google Play, though you can sideload on your compatible device if you are overly anxious.

Being a preview release, VLC for Android TV contains a few bugs here and there. Read more »

Nintendo’s new 3DS XL finally lands in the US and Europe on February 13

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Last year, Nintendo launched the new 3DS and 3DS XL, but they haven’t been available outside of Japan up until now. Thankfully though, that’s about to change.

The new 3DS XL will be out in the US on February 13, priced at $199.99. On the same day, it should also make it to Europe, though pricing for those markets hasn’t been announced yet (don’t be surprised if it’s going to cost €199, however). Read more »

Facebook At Work is the social network for your office

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Facebook may be ubiquitous in people’s personal lives, but not that much when it comes to intra-office communications. The company obviously wants to change that, so it’s launching Facebook At Work.

This is best described as the social network for your workplace. It has mobile apps for Android and iOS, which should launch today, as well as a website that’s accessible from computers. It looks like Facebook, but will get your company’s branding. Oh, and Facebook won’t show ads inside it, nor will it track what you do or hold your data. Read more »

Skype 5.9 for iPhone brings smart dialing, introduces pre-release program

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Skype has made a new iOS version available today in the iTunes App Store, which comes with a couple of improvements to the calling features. Skype 5.9 for iPhone also debuts the pre-release program for iOS, through which you can provide feedback and get access to early versions of the app.

It’s sort of like a beta testing thing, and there’s a limited number of preview spots available. You’ll get to give feedback on the newest in-development features, as well as send bug reports to the Skype team. Read more »