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NSA bulk data collection may come to an end

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President Obama is proposing a bill that will end the NSA’s current cell phone monitoring methods: namely bulk data collection.

This means that the NSA will no longer be able to have access to all people’s cell phone and call records at all times. The new bill propose a whole new slew of regulations. Read more »

Watch the Samsung Galaxy S5 go under a meter of water

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an IP67 certification, which officially means “dust tight” and surviving up to 30 minutes at 1m underwater. That seems a little abstract, it’s much better to see the device actually make the dive.

Here’s a video of the Galaxy S5 being submerged to a meter underwater and even starts ringing with an incoming call. Read more »

HTC publishes Sense launcher on the Play Store

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HTC is following in the footsteps of Google and released its custom Android launched for free download from the Play Store. Along with the BlinkFeed launcher, the company also put out SenseTV (its remote control app) and HTC Service Pack.

BlinkFeed was first to put a magazine-like UI on the homescreen, something that Samsung has added to its latest TouchWiz incarnations. Read more »

Oakley and Ray-Ban maker inks Google Glass deal

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Luxottica, the name behind high-profile sunglasses brands like Oakley, Ray-Ban and Vogue-Eyewear, has teamed up with Google to provide future fashion-centric models of the Glass wearable.

The deal will undoubtedly go a long way to pushing the high-tech device into the mainstream, as Luxottica also controls numerous avenues of distribution with over 5000 retail outlets in the US. Read more »

Futuremark relists Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3 after company fixes benchmark boosting issue

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After Samsung’s recent benchmark boosting situation came to light, a lot was talked about how it made the process of benchmarking devices and comparing scores with other handsets irrelevant. But out of all the benchmark software developers out there, Futuremark, developers of 3DMark, were the only ones who delisted the offending Samsung devices from their benchmark scores to keep things fair.

However, in the latest Android 4.4.2 update issued to the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3, Samsung removed the code that allowed the benchmarking apps to run faster than any other normal app on the device. Following this decision, Futuremark has decided to relist the Samsung devices that are running the latest update. Read more »

Mozilla gets new CEO, wants to focus on mobile

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Mozilla’s getting a new CEO: Brendan Eich.

He’s replacing Gary Kovacs, who announced that he would be stepping down about a year ago. Hit the jump to find out what Eich’s vision for Mozilla is, now that he’s calling the shots. Read more »

Google Now available for your computer starting today

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If you have an Android phone, you’ve been able to use Google Now for quite some time.

Well now anyone with chrome installed on their computer can enjoy Google Now, as big G just rolled it out for Chrome. Read more »

Nokia Lumia Icon battery life test

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Our review of Nokia Lumia Icon is completed and live on our homepage. Naturally, it is now time we share the complete breakdown of our standardized battery test.

Nokia Lumia Icon runs on the Snapdragon 800 chipset and features a 5″ 1080p AMOLED display. We’ve already met with the Lumia 1520, which shares most of its internal and that one did amazing on our test – so we’ve kind of expected some great numbers from Icon too. Read more »

LG teases upcoming G Watch on Twitter

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It was just a few days ago when Google announced the Android Wear OS optimized for smartwatches and other wearable devices. LG and Motorola were first to announce Android Wear-based smartwatches, but Google promises even more are on the way.

Today LG UK released a teaser picture of the LG G Watch on its official Twitter account. Read more »

Amazon offers 64GB microSD for $36 today

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Amazon is now holding a spectacular Gold Box Deal of the Day, which today happens to be about microSD and SD Flash Memory Cards. More specifically, Samsung memory cards, which are discounted by up to 65%.

For example, a Samsung 64GB PLUS Class 10 with up to 48 MB/s transfer speed now costs just $36, slashed from $55, while its 32GB equivalent is $18 down from $43. Read more »

Mophie launches Space pack iPhone case with built-in storage in the UK

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Mophie launched its Space pack battery case with added storage for the iPhone in the beginning of 2014, but only for the U.S. Now, the case maker is making the jump across the pond and is launching its popular case in the UK as well.

The Space pack battery case is available in both 16GB and 32GB versions and doubles the battery life thanks to its 1,700mAh integrated battery. Mophie has also developed an app called Space, which helps you manage the available storage on your smartphone and case. Read more »

UK retailers, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons, may merge

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Two of the UK’s biggest brick and mortar tech retailers, Dixons and Carphone Warehouse, are in talks to merge.

The deal would put 3,000 stores and 35,000 employees under one corporate umbrella. Read more »

Apple looking to automate production of iPhone batteries

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Reports out of China indicate that Apple is heading towards automation of the iPhone battery production, resulting in one less labor-intensive iPhone assembly process.

The move will make it easier for the company to potentially move the production of the iPhone elsewhere, as it will not rely as heavily on specialized manual assembly. Read more »

Unreal Engine 4 demoed on Nexus 5

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Epic has been working on the new Unreal Engine 4 since 2003. UE4 entered its final stages of development in 2012 when it was made available for licensees.

Now, two years later, at the Game Developers Conference, Epic has finally launched the Unreal Engine 4 and its first stable release is already available to the developers. Read more »

Minor update for Facebook Beta on Windows Phone is out

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The Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone devices has received a slight update bringing it to version v5.2.4.1. The release brings some bug fixes and minor changes.

The company hasn’t specified what are the exact fixes, but we are sure they killed a bug or two. As WMPoweruser reports, many users have been complaining to bugs related to photos in the app. Read more »