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The Nokia WP8.1 firmware is called Lumia Cherry Pink Blossom, screenshots surface

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New leaked screenshots of what’s reportedly the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 firmware have leaked. One of them suggests the firmware is going to be called Cherry Pink Blossom. Considering the previous two were also named after colors – Lumia and Black – that’s not too surprising.

There aren’t many details regarding what Nokia plans to include in the Cherry Pink Blossom update at this time. Luckily, despite being in Chinese, the leaked screenshots give us some idea of what to expect. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets the teardown treatment

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It was going to happen eventually, but somewhat surprisingly it has happened before the actual market launch. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has undergone the teardown treatment. This time though, it wasn’t executed by iFixit, but Russian tech site Ferra.

Nevertheless, the teardown revealed all of the Galaxy S5′s internals. According to the person that did the teardown, the screen is quite tricky to remove and you have to heat the phone quite a bit in order to get the glue holding the display to melt and let go. Read more »

Android apps twice as stable as iOS ones, study shows

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The latest report coming out of mobile app management company Crittercism indicates that in looking at app behavior recent versions of the two most popular mobile OSs, Android and iOS, it’s the Google OS that’s actually the more stable one.

The study is done by measuring the crash rate of app across both platforms, which Crittercism has published in its first ever Mobile Experience Benchmark. Read more »

HTC One (M8) benchmark scores raise cheating suspicions

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A couple of days ago, we reported that the Asian version of the HTC One (M8) with a 2.5GHz MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 processor crushed the competition in the AnTuTu 4 benchmark. However, the triumph of the One (M8) may be short-lived, as it may turn out that the phone is cheating.

The reason for the eyebrow raising is AnTuTu X – an alternative version to AnTuTu 4 specially designed to prevent devices from cheating. When ePrice, which originally reported the beastly benchmark results of the One (M8), decided to run AnTuTu X on the phone, the results where quite different. Read more »

Microsoft Office Mobile for Android drops Office 365 subscription requirement

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Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced the Office suite of apps for the iPad, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But along with the new announcement, Microsoft also made a quiet change to its existing Android app.

Just like its iOS counterparts, the Android version of the Office Mobile app required an Office 365 subscription to actually be used to create and edit documents. Surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped that requirement now, which means you can access the app fully without having to spend a dime. Read more »

Microsoft Office for iPad is now available in the App Store

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After months of rumors and speculation, Microsoft Office for iPad got officially released. The productivity suite is available in the App Store as three separate apps – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

As initially expected, editing documents on an Apple iPad with the new app will require Microsoft Office 365 subscription. Read more »

Vox populi: HTC One (M8) vs Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and One (M7)

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Earlier this week, we asked you what you thought about the new HTC One (M8) flagship, which was announced by the Taiwanese company on Tuesday. First, we had it face the former HTC One flagship, to see whether the company did enough to warrant getting an upgrade. Then, we put it head-to-head against other upcoming flagships, to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Well, you have spoken! Let’s take a look at how you rated the new One against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. 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 »

DirectX 12 will be optimized for Windows Phone

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As expected, Microsoft announced the latest version of its proprietary graphics technology, DirectX 12, at the GDC last week. One thing that wasn’t expected was that it will be launched concurrently on Windows and Windows Phone devices, with special optimizations for the latter.

This includes releasing special APIs and libraries to provide greater performance with reduced power usage. Read more »

Twitter introduces photo tagging and multiple image upload

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Taking a page from Facebook (pun definitely intended), Twitter has added two new features to its service regarding the way you upload and share features. Now you can tag people in photos and also upload up to four at once.

Before, you had to manually add usernames in a tweet to tag people, which took up precious characters (some of which were already taken by the photo). Now, you can tag up to 10 people in a photo without using any additional characters for the usernames, leaving more room for your tweet. 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 »

HTC BlinkFeed will make its way to other Android devices

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HTC will make BlinkFeed available to other Android devices. The app will soon be available in the Google Play store.

HTC delivered the news in the most understated fashion. Read more »

Audio-Technica ATH-CKX9iS SonicFuel in-ear headphones review

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The ATH-CKX9iS headphones are the top in-ear model in Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel range. The headset aims to offer superior comfort and sound quality in today’s highly saturated, ultra-competitive sub-$100 price range.

Established in Tokyo in 1962, Audio-Technica is one of the most storied designers and manufacturers of audio equipment. The company’s headphones’ lineup ranges from sub-$20 earbuds, all the way to $1,000+ closed-back over-ear, audiophile-centric headphones. Read more »

Samsung Gear Fit won’t be running Tizen or Android

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We know that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will be powered by Tizen (Samsung’s proprietary OS), as opposed to Android, which was the software of choice for the first Galaxy Gear.

But what about the Gear Fit, Samsung’s health tracking wearable? It turns out the device won’t be using either of these options. So what will power the Gear Fit’s software? Hit the jump below to find out. Read more »