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Apple slapped with a $23.6 million fine for infringing patents related to pager technology.

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The case stems from a lawsuit brought by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which sued Apple last year claiming that several of the its Wi-Fi-enabled products, including smartphones, tablets, and more, offering services like iMessage, emojis, and calendar invitations, violated a total of six patents issued to the company in mid-to-late 1990’s.

An eight-member jury in District Court for the Eastern District of Texas concluded that Apple did infringe on five of the six patents in question, while agreeing with the Cupertino-based company’s argument that emojis do not infringe on the Texas-based company’s patents. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is largely based on the Note 4, save for the unique curved screen. This reduced the internal volume, which in turn made the battery smaller – 3,000mAh instead of 3,220mAh in the Galaxy Note 4.

The screen is different too as is some of the software, which have a much bigger impact on battery life than those lost 220mAh. Read more »

PayPal app is now available for the Pebble smartwatch family

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PayPal released an official app for the Pebble smartwatch lineup. The application is now available to install on the original Pebble and the Pebble Steel.

PayPal for Pebble allows users to check-in to pay or settle through a payment code with all merchants that accept the payment method. Read more »

HP Envy x2 goes official as a Microsoft Surface 3 alternative

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HP took the wraps off the Envy x2 of family of convertible PCs. With a multi-angle kickstand, fabric keyboard cover, and available stylus, the device is a cheaper, slightly less capable clone to the heavily marketed Microsoft Surface 3.

HP Envy x2 is available in configurations with 13” or 15” IPS display. Read more »

WhatsApp now features end-to-end encryption on Android

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WhatsApp’s Android iteration can now boast end-to-end encryption for your messages, according to a new report. The functionality has been baked into the latest update for the app, and the encryption is turned on by default.

The “end-to-end” part means WhatsApp (or Facebook, its owner) won’t be able to decrypt your messages, even if it is compelled to do so by law enforcement agencies. Read more »

Viber launches Public Chats social entertainment channel

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The makers of the popular instant messaging app Viber announced Public Chats. Dubbed social entertainment channel by its makers, the feature allows users to share conversations and content on mobile devices.

Public Chats will include live discussions with personalities and various celebrities. Read more »

Facebook introduces standalone Groups app for iOS and Android

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This year Facebook has pushed its Messenger app for mobile more than ever, even forcing people to use only that for messaging one another. And now the social network has announced a new standalone mobile app that focuses on one single aspect of your Facebook experience. In this case, we’re talking about Groups.

The new Facebook Groups app is already available in both the iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. Read more »

Rightware outs Basemark ES 3.0 to test mobile GPU potency

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Rightware, maker of the popular Basemark and Browsermark benchmarking products, today released the Basemark ES 3.0 test suite. It’s specialized in assessing the smartphones and tablets ability of running OpenGL ES 3.0 based graphics.

OpenGL ES 3.0 was introduced in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, iOS 7 and BlackBerry OS 10.2. The new graphics API is used by developers to create stunning games and rich navigation software. Read more »

Moto X 2013 Developer Edition on sale for $230

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The Moto X 2013 Developer Edition is currently on sale ат eBay. The unlocked phone can now be yours for $230. While the offer is available worldwide, US-based customers are the ones who benefit from free shipping, making the deal even more irresistible.

The phone doesn’t work on CDMA-based carriers, so no Sprint or Verizon customers should buy it. It features 32GB of storage, but no microSD card slot and is dressed in Woven White. Read more »

Short video introduces the Nokia N1

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So, Nokia announced an Android-running clone of the Apple iPad mini. There are multiple things wrong with that sentence, but while your rub your eyes in disbelief you can watch this short reveal video as evidence the Nokia N1 is indeed real.

The N1 is Nokia’s first Android tablet, it previously tried making Windows RT tablets but that fizzled out quickly. Read more »

Nokia Z Launcher lands on the Play Store

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Nokia’s custom Z Launcher is ready to graduate from pre-beta – it lands in the Play Store today and it even works out of the box on the new Nokia N1 tablet.

The tablet is similar to Aviate – it learns from your usage and picks up contextual cues (e.g. whether it’s morning or evening), but the feature that sets it apart is scribbling. Read more »

Nexus 6 up for preorder in India on Flipkart

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The massive Nexus 6 is now officially available for preorder India. Those who want to get (both) their hands on the Nexus 5 can head over to Flipkart now and order the phone. The prices start at INR43,999 for the 32GB and INR48,999 for the 64GB models, in both blue and white.

The Nexus 6 was also recently put up on the Google Play Store for the same prices but the phones are yet to be made available for purchase over there. Somehow Flipkart managed to start the sale process even before Google, which still just shows ‘Coming Soon’ on the Play Store. Read more »

Snapchat will now let you send money to your friends

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In a move that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, Snapchat has launched a new feature called Snapcash that will let you send money to your friends by adding a dollar sign and entering an amount in your pictures. Yeah, it’s totally legit.

Snapchat has joined forces with Square, makers of the popular Square Cash, to let you add your debit card to the app and then send money to your friends. As mentioned before, it’s as simple as adding a dollar sign and the amount in your messages and sending it to your friends and the money is transferred from your bank account to theirs. The payment part is handled by Square, who has more expertise in this matter than Snapchat. Read more »

Google Keep update brings material design and new features to Android

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Google Keep is the latest Android app from Google to receive a major update these days. The latest version of the app brings material design and new features to the platform.

The new Google Keep allows users to share lists and update them in real time. Read more »

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 3 ad takes aim at the MacBook Air

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In a new ad very much dominated by a heavy holiday theme, Microsoft wants you to know that the Surface Pro 3 tablet is better than Apple’s MacBook Air.

So far we’ve seen the promo videos, as well as a football-themed ad for the slate, but now it’s time for some comparisons with an Apple product – something Microsoft loves to do from time to time. Read more »