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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 »

Sony SmartWatch 3 in stainless steel now available for pre-order on German Amazon

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Announced at CES 2015 only a week ago, the stainless steel version of Sony’s third-gen smartwatch is now open for pre-order on Amazon.de, bringing true style to what previously looked like an inexpensive sportswatch.

Sony’s latest offering in the smartwatch world features a 1.6-inch screen of 320 x 320px resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM, as well as 4GB of storage space. Read more »

Samsung’s round smartwatch is dubbed Orbis, to feature a digital crown

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At this point, it’s no secret that Samsung is working on a round smartwatch. Now, thanks to information obtained by SamMobile we can have a better idea how the smartwatch codenamed Orbis will function.

The first Samsung smartwatch will feature a rotating bezel ring, which will be used as a physical control of the main functions, which was earlier suggested by a patent. Naturally, you’ll be able to complete the action using the watch’s touchscreen, but the physical ring will give it a more classic watch feel. Read more »

Google Translate app can be now used on images and has better conversation mode

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Google has updated its Translate app for Android and iOS and it now features the seriously cool Word Lens translation. This allows you to point the camera to any text and have it automatically translated on the fly.

The Word Lens mode is a technology that Google bought last year and currently supports English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. There’s also enhanced Conversation mode. Read more »

Are new Galaxy Tab and Note series tablets in the offing?

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It appears Samsung is planning to update its entire Galaxy Tab and Note slate lineup. A Sammobile report is suggesting that South Korean company is working on at least four new tablets: the Galaxy Tab AS (Small) (SM-T350/351), Tab AL (Large) (SM-T550/T551), the SM-P350/351 (Wi-Fi/Cellular), and the SM-P550/551 (Wi-Fi/Cellular).

As per the report, the first two might be successors to the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, respectively, while the last two could be mid-range Galaxy Note devices, given that the current Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note Pro tablet lineup bears model numbers SM-P600 and SM-P900. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 promo videos are in

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The Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 are enjoying their first official moments. To better familiarize users with the two new smartphones, the company has outed a promo video for each one.

The Lumia 435 is presented as more leisure-oriented, but can still get a lot done, whereas Microsoft puts work as the accent of the Lumia 532. But since the two are almost identical (chipsets aside), you’ll be safe to assume you can do either on both. Check out the two videos below. Read more »

Nvidia releases a limited edition Hearthstone-branded tablet to select few

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Hearthstone has been available on Android and Nvidia’s Shield Tablet since mid-December last year, but only a lucky few have received a special treat in their mail – a limited-edition Hearthstone-branded Shield tablet.

Hearthstone is Blizzard’s collectible card game that launched on the PC, but always felt like it was destined for tablets. Read more »

Firefox 35 comes with a cross-browser video chat, improved App ecosystem and other improvements

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Firefox Hello is one of Mozilla’s most exciting innovations. It is an implementation of the WebRTC API that allows easy browser-to-browser voice, video and p2p file sharing all without any additional plugins.

While the standard itself is not new and Firefox Hello has been floating around as an addon for the open-source browser, version 35 bundles it straight into the core of the application and makes it easily accessible. Read more »

Gartner contradicts IDC, says worldwide PC shipments grew 1% in Q4 2014

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Worldwide PC shipments in Q4, 2014 grew 1% year-on-year to reach a total of 83.7 million units, according to a latest report from market research firm Gartner, which clearly contradicts a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) report stating that shipments declined 2% year-on-year.

“The PC market is quietly stabilizing after the installed base reduction driven by users diversifying their device portfolios. Installed base PC displacement by tablets peaked in 2013 and the first half of 2014. Now that tablets have mostly penetrated some key markets, consumer spending is slowly shifting back to PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. Read more »

Apple receives patent for mountable sports camera

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Apple received a patent for a mountable sports camera. The Cupertino giant drafted the application for the gadget back in 2012.

Curiously, Apple’s patent filing contains criticism at GoPro’s HD Hero2 – a market leader at the time. Read more »

Micromax took three seconds to sell 10,000 Yureka phones, has more on the way

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Micromax needed only three seconds to sell the first 10,000 Yureka smartphones to anxious users. The Indian manufacturer boasted about the achievement via its subsidiary’s official Twitter account.

The popularity of the smartphone should hardly catch anyone by surprise. Read more »

HTC takes its Sense Web browser to the Play Store for quicker updates

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HTC has been adding many of the built-in apps from its Sense UI Android overlay to the Google Play Store over the past months. One by one, we’ve seen the Sense launcher, lock screen, weather app, and the camera app in the Play Store. And today the Sense Web browser joins them.

It’s called HTC Internet, for whatever reason, but make no mistake – it’s the browser that’s built into recent HTC devices. Read more »

Facebook will show AMBER Alerts in its News Feed, on Web and mobile

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Facebook will start showing AMBER Alerts to its users in their News Feeds. This will happen on both the Web and inside Facebook’s mobile apps for iOS and Android. Obviously, you’ll only see those alerts that are relevant to your location.

AMBER Alerts have been issued in the US since 1996. It’s a child abduction alert system, in case you didn’t know. So far AMBER Alerts have made it to radio and TV stations, and even digital road signs and LED billboards in some places. They are also sent via email and SMS, and have recently been expanded to appear in Google searches and in Google Maps. Read more »

GTA V for PC is delayed until March, specs get published

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Grand Theft Auto V is already available for consoles, but if you’re a PC gamer you’re still in for a wait. Originally the PC version of the game was supposed to come out on January 27, but there’s some bad news today – that release date slipped.

And not by a few days, either. Rockstar Games, maker of the GTA franchise, has officially announced that GTA V for PC will only become available on March 24. So that’s quite the delay, almost two months in fact. Read more »

Xiaomi employees react to the company’s new flagship in latest teaser video

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Xiaomi is a mere 2 days away from a press conference where it is obviously going to launch a new flagship. The Chinese manufacturer has intensified its teasing campaign by uploading a video of its employees’ reactions when they were shown the upcoming device.

Now, we have to admit we were really expecting an intriguing announcement even before the teaser, but it must be some hugely groundbreaking stuff. Or they picked the most emotional chaps at the office. Or, you know, it’s a tiny bit staged. Read more »