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Microsoft jumpstarts MSN by rebranding Bing apps

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Microsoft aims to bring new life into its aging MSN portal with a shiny new homepage alongside plan to rebrand several of its Bing-powered applications.

Not only will Windows Phone apps like News, Finance, Travel, Sports and Weather be rebranded to MSN, but Microsoft is also planning to release iOS and Android versions as well. Read more »

‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ for iOS game review

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a 2D action/puzzle game that originally debuted on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the PC, and has now made its way to iOS.

Valiant Hearts takes place during World War I, and you play as four characters and try to get a soldier back to his wife and child. The game is known for its art style and storytelling. The simple gameplay style always made it conducive to touchscreen devices and now it’s finally here, so let’s take a look at it. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 launcher ported to Android 4.2+ Xperias

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Sony unveiled the new Xperia Z3 on Wednesday, which brought some improvements over the Xperia Z2. The changes weren’t groundbreaking though (the 6-month update schedule means smaller upgrades) and now Z2 owners have even less to feel envious about since the Xperia Z3 launcher and widgets have been ported to Android 4.2 and above.

Owners of other Sony smartphones can join the party too, it’s not a flagship-only event. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate7 video hands-on and camera samples

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Huawei has thrown in everything and the kitchen sink into their latest Ascend Mate7 phablet, and we’ve got our hands on one fresh off its IFA 2014 announcement.

We’ll be giving you a full tour of its metal-clad unibody and instant fingerprint sensor tech on video, alongside some samples from its 13MP shooter. Read more »

Apple iWatch will reportedly run optimized apps from a dedicated store

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According to a new report, the upcoming Apple iWatch will run optimized third-party apps. The latter will be available from a dedicated section in the App Store.

Apple has allegedly seeded its dedicated SDK for wearable devices to high profile app developers. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Stella’ for iOS and Android game review

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Rovio recently released a new Angry Birds game. The 48712721317th game in the series, Angry Birds Stella features brand new characters and story. Let’s take a look.

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Oppo to offer Color OS on LG G2, recruits beta testers now

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Did you like the so called Color OS running on the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a? Oppo’s take on the default Android looks and behavior was quite good, with lots of new eye-candies, features and services.

As of today Oppo is recruiting beta testers with LG G2 willing to test the Color OS ROM on their smartphone. Once completed, Oppo will launch the Color OS ROM to all compatibles LG G2. Read more »

Legendary industrial designer Mark Newson joins Apple

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Apple’s already talented design team got even deeper. According to a new report, the legendary industrial designer Mark Newson has joined the ranks of the Cupertino giant.

Mark Newson will work under Apple’s chief of design, Jony Ive, though it is yet to be revealed what projects he will undertake. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR will cost $199

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The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 phablet will cost $199 in the US. This comes straight from a spokesperson for the Korean company, so it’s pretty much official.

Sure, a press release would have been nice, but this will have to do for now. The price was revealed at the New York Fashion Week of all places. Read more »

Smartwatch bonanza: hottest smartwatches at IFA compared

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IFA used to be dominated by smartphone announcements, then tablets moved in and now wearables are the new hotness. Many companies have various smartbands but we’re only interested in proper smartwatches – ones with big screens for notifications and with a proper OS to run apps.

This cuts the number of contestants down somewhat but not enough, it can still take you a while to wade through specs and price not to mention looks. There’s a battle shaping up versus practical square watches and aesthetically pleasing round watches. Here are all the specs in one place to make things a little easier. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge at IFA this year in an attempt to try out something new without sacrificing the enormous success of its Note smartphone series. With both devices now official and users eagerly awaiting their launch, we want to ask you this: which one do you fancy better?

While both smartphones are identical in many areas, they’re totally different beasts. They project a different character from one another. The Galaxy Note Edge is an embodiment of Samsung’s pioneering spirit. At first sight it looks just as crazy as the original Note did back in 2011. Read more »

Google Glass Explorer Edition goes on sale in the Play store

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Google Glass Explorer Edition is now available for purchase in the Play store in the United States. The move follows the expanded availability of the device’s beta program back in May.

Pricing of the futuristic gadget hasn’t changed. Read more »

Sony is giving away the entire Xperia Z3 family along with a SmartBand Talk

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Sony has started a new contest over on its Facebook page, and the prize for this one is rather insane. One person will win the entire Xperia Z3 family, and a SmartBand Talk on top of that.

So this lucky individual will get the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, as well as the new wearable. Read more »

Google details Android Wear updates for the rest of the year

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Today Google has posted an official list of features it will add to the Android Wear platform before 2014 ends. The company has also confirmed once again that all smartwatches running Android Wear will get the updates as soon as these are going to be ready.

This is no surprise, as Google is pretty much in charge of the update process for Android Wear devices, looking to avoid the fragmentation situation that’s persistent in its smartphone and tablet operating system. Read more »

HTC won’t make a smartwatch after all, rumor says

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According to the ever-present “sources familiar with the matter”, HTC has decided to give up on the idea of creating its very own smartwatch.

In an age in which seemingly every Android smartphone maker has branched out into this new wearable category (undoubtedly helped by the existence of the Android Wear platform), this might sound like an odd decision. Read more »