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Motorola has an updated Skip accessory coming our way

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Motorola has a successor to the Skip NFC accessory coming our way. Details on the upcoming gadget emerged from recent FCC filings.

The new generation Motorola Skip will have significantly more functionality than its predecessor, which could only unlock a device via NFC. Read more »

Google Slides is now available for Apple iPhone and iPad devices

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Google released a standalone Slides application for Apple iOS devices. The app joined its already available Docs and Sheets relatives in the App Store.

As expected, Google Slides for iOS allows you to sync your spreadsheets with Android devices, as well as laptop or desktop computers. Read more »

comScore: Most mobile users don’t download apps

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In a somewhat unexpected revelation from digital analytics leader comScore, two out of every three US smartphone users don’t download any new apps for their smartphones.

The study, which examines US smartphone trends, shows that under 35% of smartphone users install at least one app per month, and of those less than 11% install more than 3 apps per month. Read more »

LastPass for Android gets an update to be more independent from PCs

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The popular password manager LastPass now boasts an updated app for Android, getting it one step closer to be as standalone as its PC counterpart.

One of the major new features is the ability to share credentials between LastPass accounts. It is done in a secure fashion and makes it easy to share passwords with family members and friends. Read more »

Refurbished 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 on sale for $348

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A flash sale of refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 tablets is currently on its way. The sale is for the 32GB variant of the slate and is set to expire in about 3 hours.

The tablet is offered for just $348, over $200 down from its regular price of $650. That’s 46% off, but sadly, the promotion is only available for those living in the US. Read more »

WhatsApp now has 600 million monthly active users

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Popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp crossed another major milestone recently. The company CEO announced on Twitter that WhatsApp is now service over 600 million monthly active users.

The CEO was quick to point out that it’s active users, that is, people actually using the service everyday, and not just registered users, which would be a bigger number but a lot of those people won’t actually be using the service. Read more »

HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 accept the Samsung Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge

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Two of the devices challenged by Samsung’s marketing team during the Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge have stepped up to the task. HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 both got drenched in ice-cold water on camera.

Neither the M8, nor the Lumia 930 offers the IP67 certification of the SM-G900. Read more »

LG teases a round smartwatch ahead of IFA announcement

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At this point it’s pretty certain that LG will be announcing a new member to its smartwatch family at this year’s IFA. The company has hinted at that a couple of times in the past and we’ve seen several leaks to confirm it.

Now we also get an interesting detail about the second-gen LG smartwatch thanks to an official video teaser released by the company. The 30 second clip clearly confirms that unlike the G Watch, its successor will come with a round screen. Read more »

‘Swing Copters’ for iOS and Android game review

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After all the drama that followed the launch and success of Flappy Bird, one would have assumed the developer would never make another game. Yet here we are, with what is called Swing Copters.

Swing Copters is yet another masocore game from the evil mind of Dong Nguyen. Except this time it’s supposedly even more difficult. Because that’s what was lacking last time. More difficulty. Anyway, let’s see what this one feels like (other than painful). Read more »

Weekend poll: IFA 2014 most anticipated device

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IFA 2014 is just around the corner and we’re pretty excited about what’s to come. In this week’s poll we’re reaching out to you to find out which devices get you buzzing.

There’s a lot to come at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but we’ve handpicked six smartphones that we think will be the mobile highlight of the show. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 are representing the Windows Phone OS, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Huawei Ascend Mate 7, Sony Xperia Z3 and Asus Zenphone 2 are under the Android flag. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes out as the top compact droid

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Last weekend, we asked you to rate how the brand new Samsung Galaxy Alpha stacks up to the compact droid competition by pitting it against other top devices.

According to you, Samsung’s first attempt at premium materials turned out to be a success, at least according to our preliminary polls. Check out how the device fared against the likes of the HTC One mini 2 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, among others. Read more »

Hasselblad announces H5D-200c MS, 200 megapixel medium format CMOS DSLR

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Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad, known for its high-end medium format cameras, has announced the new H5D-200c MS. The H5D-200c MS combines the best of H4D-200MS and H5D-50c, with the ability to capture 200 megapixel ultra high resolution images with a medium format CMOS sensor.

The H5D-200c MS has a 50 megapixel medium format CMOS sensor. This is only the second Hasselblad camera after the H5D-50c to have a CMOS sensor, as the company has so far only made CCD sensor digital cameras. The camera is able to shift the sensor to take 4 or 6 shots and then combine them into a high resolution image that goes as high as 200 megapixels. Read more »

Samsung’s Gear VR gets pictured ahead of probable IFA announcemnt

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We heard about Samsung’s virtual reality plans last month after several leaks showed off what a potential Samsung virtual reality headset looked like, followed by a a fairly legitimate look at a Samsung software interface for the Gear VR.

Now, reported images of the Gear VR, model number SM-R320 have surfaced. With IFA 2014 just weeks away in Berlin, it’s very likely that we could see Samsung’s first virtual reality headset at the event. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Exynos 5430) battery test

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes in two versions – one with Samsung’s brand new Exynos 5430 Octa chipset and one with the more common Snapdragon 801 chipset. Both have small 1,860mAh batteries. Small relative to the phone’s size, of course, 4.7″ phones typically have 2,000+ mAh batteries. The Galaxy Alpha is pretty slender though, just 6.7mm, which eats into the available volume for the battery.

Today we’re testing the Exynos version of the device. Read more »

Microsoft appears to have a Chromecast competitor in the works

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It looks like Microsoft has a Google Chromecast competing device in development. Filings in FCC and the Wi-Fi alliance revealed the Redmond giant’s potential plans.

The filings reveal that the gadget will pack Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a USB port – right in line with what the Google Chromecast has to offer. Read more »