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Microsoft rolling out Skype for Web beta invites to some users

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If you have been using WhatsApp for Web lately, then you would know how convenient it is to access the messages, send voice notes and more via web interface. That freedom is being missed by the loyal Skype users but Microsoft plans to fix that soon.

Microsoft has started pushing a new ‘Skype for Web’ beta invites to select users. Skype for Web will let you chat as well as perform video and voice calls using the web browser. Read more »

A 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 has 23GB user available

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Samsung removed the microSD card slot from its latest Galaxy S6 flagship, but it did upgrade the base storage to 32GB. How much storage do you get on a 32GB phone, anyway?

Well, we have plenty of photos and videos on ours, but before we started shooting camera samples there were 23GB available. Read more »

Google to adopt Pointer Events API in Chrome to reduce scrolling lag on Android

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Google revealed on its developer forum that the company intends to switch to Pointer Events API from the current Touch Events across the board on all versions of Chrome. This has the benefit of increasing compatibility with multiple input devices and reduce the scrolling lag on Android.

The Pointer Events specification was first introduced by Microsoft back in 2012 for Internet Explorer and was quickly adopted by W3C as a web standard due to its superiority over the Touch Events specification. Pointer Events allows the use of multiple input tools other than a mouse, such as a stylus or a finger, common on modern devices. Read more »

WhatsApp for iOS to get voice calling feature in a matter of weeks, co-founder says

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Less than a couple of weeks after there were reports of the voice calling feature being tested on WhatsApp for iPhone, co-founder Brian Acton has revealed that the feature will be made available to iOS users soon.

Although Acton, who made the revelation at Facebook’s F8 developer conference yesterday, first said that the feature would roll out in a couple of weeks, he later backtracked from the statement, saying that it will take “several weeks”. Read more »

OnePlus to launch the new DR-1 drone next month

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Carl Pei shared an exclusive information with us about introducing a new product in April, at the Mobile World Congress 2015. Pei clarified that it will not be a smartwatch or tablet and we estimated it would be a totally different category.

The latest teaser showing a product covered with red cloth made use think if it was RC version of Batman’s Tumbler. In the latest Reddit AMA, OnePlus made it official that the company will introduce a drone named DR-1 and will start selling next month. Read more »

First batch of Apple Watch apps start rolling out

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Apple may have announced the Apple watch (twice) but the watch is still to go on sale. But even though there are still a month left for the watch to start shipping, developers have already started rolling out updates for their apps to make them work with the Apple Watch.

The list of apps available for the Apple Watch now includes Target, American Airlines, Nike+, Instagram, Twitter, OpenTable, Evernote, TripAdvisor, CNN, eBay, Shazam, NYTimes, Fandango, Citi Mobile Lite, Expedia, Runtastic, ESPN, and many more. Read more »

Jide’s Android-powered Remix tablet to begin shipping in May

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The Jide Remix tablet, which was announced back in January this year and is already available in China, is set to be available globally in the coming months. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign that allows people in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and most European countries to order the tablet, which is priced at $349 and begins shipping in May.

Specs-wise, the Remix ultra-tablet features an 11.6-inch, 1920×1080 screen, a 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage space. The device sports 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, packs in a 8100 mAh battery, and runs a modified version of Android 4.4.2 called Remix OS. Also, it looks similar to the Surface, with a kickstand at the back and a detachable keyboard. Read more »

Pong Sleek Case for iPhone 6 review

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The Pong Sleek Case is a thin snap-on protective cover for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The case is designed for users who worry about the radiation which their smartphone emits.

Based in Encinitas, California, Pong debuted its first radiation-absorbing case alongside iPhone 4 in 2010. The company’s innovative tech has been developed by a team of PhD scientists from Harvard, MIT, and University of Manchester among others. Read more »

Twitter launches Periscope live video streaming app for iOS

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Today Twitter has officially outed its competitor for media darling Meerkat, a live video streaming app that’s gotten a lot of coverage recently. Twitter’s version of this is called Periscope, and is now available for iOS. An Android app is reportedly in the works, but no launch timeline has been given.

Like Meerkat, Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s easy to use. When you start broadcasting, your followers will immediately be notified, and they can comment and send you ‘hearts’ in real-time (these seem to be Periscope’s version of Facebook’s Likes). Read more »

Amazon Cloud Drive now offers unlimited storage for $59.99 per year

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Amazon just became the first big cloud storage provider to offer an unlimited plan. It will cost you $59.99 per year, which is basically $5 per month, and it lets you “store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music”, according to Amazon’s press release.

There’s another option too, which can come in handy if all you need is some space to store photos. The aptly named Unlimited Photos plan gives you the ability to “store an infinite number of photos”, along with 5GB of other files, all for just $11.99 per year. That can be translated into $1 per month. Something like this was already available for subscribers to Amazon Prime and Fire device owners, but now it’s open for all. Read more »

Microsoft Office suite to be free for devices under 10-inches

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Microsoft did surprise many by announcing the free upgrade of the Windows 10 for everyone in China. Even those who’re on a pirated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8. Now the company plans to take over the mobile space by making the Office suite free for the devices with screens smaller than 10-inches.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office 365 Client Apps and Services, noted in a blog post that Office suite will be offered for mobile platforms with a freemium model. That means, the Windows, Android and iOS device owners will get the productivity apps of Office suite. Read more »

WhatsApp is working on Google Drive integration to back messages, media

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While many await the voice calling to be enabled through WhatsApp, the instant messenger developers are addressing another problem. Whenever one uninstalls WhatsApp, changes devices or performs factory reset, all previous conversations as well as media gets wiped out.

WhatsApp is now able to fix that by integrating the Google Drive to backup chat logs and media files. On WhatsApp Translate forum, several sentences listed for translation mentions – preparing Google Drive to backup messages and media. Read more »

QHD wallpaper pack from HTC One M9+ leaks

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The HTC One M9+ may be unveiled in China on April 9, but recent rumors claim it will be available in Europe too. And that’s with the same MediaTek MT6795, rather than having it swapped out with Snapdragon 810 for the western audience.

HTC One M9 Plus Wallpapers

That hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but until the One M9+ is official, you can feast your eyes on its (leaked) QHD wallpapers (courtesy of @LlabTooFeR). Read more »

AMD might soon become part of the Samsung family

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AMD has definitely lost a lot of its former glory. Once on top of the food chain, the company is now struggling to make ends meet with shrinking CPU and GPU sales. This decline has naturally been felt on the stock market as well, where AMD is now priced at around $2.64 a piece – a number which was as high as $40 in 2006.

This has put the company in a tough spot, but its extensive R&D capacity really makes it a desired target for acquisition. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about such buy-outs, most recently Mediatek was cited as a prospective buyer, but none of the plans has actually stuck. A new rumor now hints that Samsung might have its sight set on the struggling semiconductor company. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane LTE goes on sale tomorrow, only on LG U+

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LG is launching the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea on LG U+ tomorrow. The watch will cost KRW 650,000 ($590/€540) and will come with a contract for KRW 10,000 a month ($9/€8.3).

With it you’ll get 50 minutes of voice calls – the Urbane LTE can do regular and VoLTE calls – 250 messages and 250MB of data. Read more »