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Asphalt Overdrive for Android, iOS, Windows Phone launches on Thursday

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Just two days separate us from the next release in Gameloft’s Asphalt series of games. It’s going to be called Asphalt Overdrive (and not Asphalt 9, as you may have expected), and it will be out this Thursday, September 25, on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. It will be free to download, but will feature in-app purchases.

This won’t be an arcade-style racer, but an endless racer. It’s like an endless runner, but with cars. Interestingly, you’ll play this one by holding your phone or tablet in a vertical, portrait orientation, and not landscape as you’re used to (hence the two screenshots above). Read more »

Samsung Power Sharing Cable allows you to charge devices on the go

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Samsung is launching a new microUSB to microUSB power cable that lets you charge your gadgets by drawing power from your Galaxy smartphone or tablet. The cable has an arrow indication to show the power flow and officially works with the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Avant and Galaxy Note 4.

As Samsung suggests, the cable is perfect for charging up the Galaxy Gear Live from the Galaxy Note 4′s 3,220mAh battery. Read more »

Apple outs first iPhone 6 ads featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have enjoyed immense popularity during their first week of availability, and now Apple is trying to capitalize on that by enlisting some high-profile celebrity talent.

The TV spots were teased during the launch event for the new Apple devices, and now we get to see the real thing. Read more »

Apple won’t be shutting down Beats Music, may alter the brand in future

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There was news recently of Apple shutting down the Beats Music streaming service shortly after it was acquired. One would assume Apple might want to do that since Beats Music competed against Apple’s own iTunes, and was also available on Android.

That doesn’t seem to be the case, however. According to Re/code, who spoke with Apple PR and its sources, Apple isn’t shutting down Beats Music any time soon. However, the Beats Music brand might change over time. Read more »

Xiaomi outs a Bluetooth game controller

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The increasingly popular Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi released a dedicated video game controller. The gadget will be available in less than 48 hours in China.

Official pricing of the accessory is yet to be revealed. Read more »

Adobe acquires the developer of creative mobile SDKs Aviary

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Adobe acquired the developers of creative mobile software development kits Aviary. Details of the transaction were not officially disclosed.

Aviary is known for powering mobile editing apps across various platforms via a free SDK. Read more »

The Lumia 930 enjoys a lot of purrs in its latest ad

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A new and adorable ad for the Lumia 930 has come out of a Microsoft social media contest. The video features adorable cats using the Lumia 930 and is made by Mia Mullarkey.

We sure hope Microsoft doesn’t think it has to resort to cats in order to charm customers in buying a Lumia 930. Nevertheless, the video is cool and, let’s be frank, dressing up kittens in shirts isn’t an easy job. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 can now be grabbed for just $224.99

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If you’re looking for an Android tablet yet find a 7-incher to small, a 10-incher too big, and Samsung’s 8.4-inch offerings too expensive, then this is surely for you.

Thanks to a hefty price reduction, the LG G Pad 8.3 can now be yours for just $224.99. That’s apparently $125 off the current recommended retail price for this tablet. Read more »

Skype 5.5 for iOS comes with interactive notifications

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Skype has just released the latest version of its app for iOS in the iTunes App Store. Thanks to enhancements in iOS 8, Skype 5.5 now features support for interactive notifications.

These allow you to quickly and easily manage calls and messages from the lock screen, banner notifications, as well as the notification center in iOS. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 1S battery life test

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The in-depth review of Xiaomi Redmi 1S is live on our homepage and as usual we are ready to share the complete battery life breakdown with you. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S features a 4.7″ IPS display of 720p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The OS in charge of operations is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v.5 launcher.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports dual stand-by but not dual-call. We occupied both SIM slots for our battery tests and the SIM 1 was connected to a 3G network the whole time. Read more »

Falcon Pro developer creates Hacked, world’s first mobile coding game

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Developer of the Falcon Pro app for Android, a popular Twitter app that was pulled from the Play Store after it hit Twitter’s token limit, has made a new game called Hacked. Hacked is not your average game though. It’s the world’s first mobile coding game.

Hacked has three gameplay modes. In the story mode, you play as a hacker and solve code problems. You use the game’s custom code keyboard and a new coding language ‘H’ to solve the problems. Read more »

Microsoft gives additional 15GB OneDrive storage for enabling camera uploads

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Microsoft has increased the amount of free space you get if you use OneDrive on your phone. Previously the free space used to be 15GB but now you’ll get 30GB instead.

To get the additional space, you will have to install the OneDrive application, if you haven’t already, and enable camera uploads, which will automatically upload the photos taken by your phone to OneDrive. This works on iOS, Android, and of course Windows Phone. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 earns DxOMark accolades for its camera performance

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Sony Xperia Z3 took went through the rigors of the DxOMark photography test. Announced earlier this month, Sony’s flagship packs 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3” sensor, capable of capturing images at ISO 12800 – the highest of any smartphone.

Unsurprisingly the smartphone achieved top marks for its overall performance in the rigorous photography test. Read more »

‘Goat Simulator’ for iOS and Android game review

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Goat Simulator is a third person simulation game featuring, well, a goat. If that sounds silly that’s because it’s supposed to be. The game was made sort of as a parody of all the simulation games that came out in the last couple of years on Steam. Despite the nature of the game, it ended up being quite popular.

Although initially launched on the PC, the game was later ported to Mac and Linux and is now available on iOS and Android. Let’s see how it fares on the smaller screen. Read more »

HTC Butterfly 2 hands-on

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The HTC Butterfly 2 is half of the company’s replacement squad for the HTC One (M8) in markets where the flagship isn’t available. Coupled with the HTC One (E8), it uses more or less the same platform as the One (M8) but lacks the premium build materials and the hefty price tag that comes with them.

Despite its name this is the third overall Butterfly smartphone behind the original and the Butterfly S and HTC hasn’t stood still for the past year. The HTC Butterfly 2 has a key differentiator from the One (E8) and that’s its ability to withstand water for up to 1 meter and dust. Read more »