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Play Store update brings new animations, popular opinions section

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Google is rolling out a new version of the Play Store, v5.5.8. There are two major changes here, one of which is new animations. If you have a Android 5.1 device, you’d have noticed there was a small animation when you clicked on any item, as it expanded in a circle at the top of the screen. Now that animation has been improved and you will see the circular thumbnail pop out and and expand above and then reverse when you go back.

The other change is the new popular opinions section. Now, Play Store can pull some quotes out of user reviews into small chat bubbles so that you get a general idea of what the people are saying about the selected content. Read more »

PlayStation Now subscriptions coming to PlayStation 3 (PS3) this month

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Sony has announced that subscriptions for its game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will be available on the PS3 gaming console starting May 12. “Now you’ll be able to play a huge library of more than 100 hit PS3 games on PS4 and PS3, as well as select Sony Blu-ray players and TVs, all for one monthly price,” the company said in a blog post.

The company also revealed that the subscription will be coming to more devices soon, and more games will be added to the service’s library each month – this month’s new titles include Fat Princess, F1 2014, Sanctum 2, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, and Farming Simulator. Read more »

Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are coming

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Samsung has Iron Man-themed versions of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge coming our way. According to The Korea Times, the special edition smartphones are expected to launch as early as this month.

The head of marketing at Samsung Mobile confirmed the arrival of the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge variants. Read more »

Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview now available as free download

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A public preview version of Microsoft Office 2016 has been released for all Windows users to download and try out. Microsoft is working to release the next version of its productivity suite by the second half this year.

Microsoft Office 2016 brings in new tricks including Universal Apps, which were showcased during the BUILD 2015 conference last week. Read more »

Samsonite joins forces with Samsung to develop smart suitcases

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Samsonite has partnered with South Korean tech giant Samsung to come up with a new technology aimed at bringing an end to all your luggage woes. The companies are currently working on the concept of smart luggage – suitcases fitted with microchips, allowing you to track them using GPS.

“Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location,” said Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala. “We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick.” Read more »

New set of promotional videos showcase HTC One M9 camera, BoomSound, themes

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No product campaign nowadays is truly complete without a few good clips, which is why HTC often hits YouTube to showcase various features of the One M9 flagship.

The videos are quite a few and touch upon such features as HTC Connect, HTC BoomSound and the new and improved HTC Sense. The phone’s new theming engine is also advertised and so is the impressive camera setup and camera app, which just recently received RAW photo functionality. Read more »

Lenovo gives the new MacBook a run for its money with the new LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 laptops

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In the ever-so-dynamic race of everyday life, mobility has become one of the key aspects of our personal tech. Ultrabooks have definitely gotten a long way in this respect but while some, like Apple are achieving ultra-portability at the expense of performance, others, like Lenovo, prove that there is really no room for compromises in today’s tech world.

The LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 are a true testament to this. Both laptops are incredibly compact and measure 12.56″ x 0.67″ x 8.35″. They are also incredibly light – the LaVie Z weighs in at 1.87 lbs for a base model, while the more-advanced LaVie Z 360, complete with a touchscreen and flappable hinge, starts at 2.04 lbs. Read more »

Microsoft updates Cortana’s Live Tile with new weather animation

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Microsoft has issued an update to Cortana’s Live Tile enabling users to have a quick glance at the current weather in their area.

The tile for the voice-activated digital personal assistant now shows a small weather animation (see video below), and flips to reveal weather-related information, including temperature. Read more »

Facebook reportedly plans to start hosting news sites’ content this month

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You might start seeing content from major publishers directly in your Facebook feed as soon as this month. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the company is currently in talks with publishers, including BuzzFeed, the New York Times, and National Geographic, on Instant Articles – a feature that will bring full news stories and videos straight to a user’s News Feed.

As per the report, the world’s largest social network is wooing publishers with a revenue model that will allow them to keep all of the revenue from ads they themselves sell, and a 70% cut from ads Facebook sells for them. Read more »

Revamped Reserve Strap utilizes a hidden port of the Apple Watch

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Remember the Reserve Strap charging band for Apple Watch? The yet to be launched accessory received a major redesign, which ditches the magnetic inducing charging setup of the first model.

The revamped Reserve Strap will take advantage of a hidden 6-pin port in Cupertino’s smartwatch. Read more »

Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) battery life test

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Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen sales recently kicked off and we were eager to get one and put it through its paces. Our in-depth review is already live and you can read all about the new budget smartphone there.

The new Moto E packs a slightly bigger 4.5″ qHD display and runs on the modest, but modern, Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It also has a 20% bigger battery capacity at 2,390 mAh and runs on a vanilla edition of Android Lollipop. Read more »

‘Broken Age’ Act 2 for iOS and Android game review

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We reviewed the first act of Broken Age back when it launched on iOS around this time last year. Initially a Kickstarter project by Tim Schafer, creator of Grim Fandango, the game received positive reception from critics and gamers for its first act.

The second act of the game has been in works for a while now and after a long wait it’s finally here. Unlike last time, the game is now also available on Android, and you can download both parts of the game together and those who bought the first part get the second one for free. With that out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the review. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on

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Windows Phone has found its niche in the lower end of the market, so now it’s Microsoft’s job to translate that into demand for the more advanced offerings. The Microsoft Lumia 640 tries to coax users with its modest model number, but behind that is a capable mid-ranger.

The early 6-series led their similarly-priced Android counterparts with better screens, cameras and chipsets. Market pressure has brought Androids up to par, but now the Lumia 640 makes a bid to regain the lead. Read more »

Weekly poll: LG G4 vs the world

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The LG G4 is the new kid on the block and inevitably faces fierce competition. We invite you to share your thoughts on how LG’s latest and greatest compares to the current crop of premium offerings.

The G4 may be a little late to market, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, but that should give it an advantage in technology, right? Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus is in a whole different camp, but no premium smartphone shootout can be complete without Apple taking part. Read more »

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hands-on

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Well, it’s definitely a Sony and it has four in its name and it’s not a severely-overdue huge disappointment. You guessed it, it’s the Xperia M4 Aqua and its Sony’s latest mid-range offer. The Japanese tech giant really deserves points for this one, as it does look to be quite a premium device with a budget-friendly price tag. But, let’s not be hasty and go by impressions alone.

We first caught a glimpse of the M4 Aqua at MWC 2015 in Barcelona and it left us with quite a pleasant impression. The reality of Sony’s current situation is kind of odd. In the absence of a proper flagship device, given the disappointment of the Z4, new mid-rangers are left with the hard burden of filling the void. There has been talk of an upcoming Xperia P2 with a formidable specs sheet, but for now it is up to the M4 Aqua to keep users happy. Read more »