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Got wood? Moto X gets free wood back upgrade until August 21

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The Motorola Moto X is on its way out with numerous Moto X+1 rumors swirling, but it’s still a reasonably attractive phone at $350. And now you can get one of the four wood backs at no extra cost.

You can pick Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony or Teak back instead of the usual plastic back. You don’t even have to ask, of course this is for the US only (sigh). Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua promo videos are live

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Sony just took the wraps off its Xperia M2 Aqua smartphone – a water-proofed Xperia M2 and now the promo videos are live.

The videos run through the phone’s strengths and shows it getting wet on more than one occasion – something that tends to get users’ mouth to water pretty fast these days. Read more »

AMD announces R7 Series SSD

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AMD has decided to jump into the storage business with its own series of gaming-focused series of solid state drives, called the R7 Series SSD.

Although these drives carry the AMD name, they will be designed and manufactured by OCZ, who will also be handling the servicing, so really you are just buying OCZ drive with a different label on top. Read more »

Upcoming YouTube Music Key to bring ad-free background audio with offline playback for a price

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It seems Google is working on a new subscription service for YouTube, called YouTube Music Key. With this service, users will be able to listen to music videos on YouTube without any ads, in the background or even when they are offline, by paying the monthly subscription fee.

YouTube currently has one of the largest library of music videos on the internet but often you just have to listen to the music without watching the video and the YouTube player on mobile won’t let you play audio in the background. There are also other things to worry about, such as ads and not being able to play without an internet connection, all of which YouTube Music Key will solve. Read more »

Microsoft will soon out a $199 Chromebook rival made by HP

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Details on a previously mentioned, low-cost Microsoft Windows 8.1 PC made by HP made the rounds. Dubbed HP Stream 14, the yet to be revealed machine is tipped to carry a Chromebook-rivaling $199 price tag when available.

The upcoming notebook will reportedly feature an AMD “Mullins” A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, and integrated Radeon R3 graphics. Read more »

The successor of Flappy Bird will be named Swing Copters

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The ultra-popular time-wasting phenomenon Flappy Bird will soon have a successor. The upcoming title by Dong Nguyen will be named Swing Copters.

Swing Copters will feature similar gameplay as Flappy Bird, except it will reportedly be even more difficult. Read more »

LG will unveil world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at IFA next month

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LG has let us know that it will be showcasing the world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at the IFA trade show in Berlin at the beginning of September.

As you may have gathered from the above, this is a new monitor that features ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and comes with a curved IPS panel. Its size is 34″, by the way. Read more »

Original iPad Mini now going for $199 through limited time offer

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The iPad Mini from 2012, sans Retina Display, is still being sold as you may know. Its normal starting price (for the 16GB Wi-Fi model) is $299, but now you can get it for just $199.

The only thing you need to do is buy one from Target, though you must do that this week – as this is a limited time offer. Read more »

Apple cuts Beats product prices by 10 percent till August 23

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Apple has slashed the prices of all the Beats products on the online as well as the retail Apple stores. The store has always had Beats products but Apple now has direct control over the pricing since the acquisition of Beats.

The discount is available on the company’s line of headphones, earphones and speakers. The discount is not permanent and will be available only till August 23. Read more »

Sony announces a5100 interchangeable lens camera

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Sony has announced the new α5100, a smaller version of the α6000 that retains most of its features in a smaller, cheaper device.

The α5100 has the same 24.3 megapixel CMOS APS-C EXMOR sensor with BIONZ X processor from the α6000, along with the super fast hybrid autofocus system with 179 focus points, which lets it focus in as little as 0.07 seconds and track the subject through the frame while shooting images or videos. Read more »

LG reportedly set to reveal its next smartwatch next month

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According to a report in The Korea Times, LG is set to release its next generation smartwatch in September, with IFA in Berlin as the likely destination. The successor of the LG G Watch will allegedly be a “serious game changer.”

Tentatively named LG G Watch 2, the yet to be announced Android Wear gadget is rumored to be a bona fide premium product with Qualcomm silicon on board. Read more »

Leaked Best Buy listing reveals Moto 360 smartwatch price tag, specs

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It appears that the price tag of the soon to be released Moto 360 smartwatch got revealed prematurely. A leaked Best Buy product listing shows that the hotly anticipated gadget will cost $249.99 when it hits the shelves.

Unsurprisingly, the listing shows the Moto 360 as “coming soon.” Read more »

‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies’ for iOS game review

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is the fifth game in the Ace Attorney series that was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS last year and the second release for iOS, the first being the Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD that included the first three games.

For those who don’t know, Ace Attorney is a series of visual novel games with the focus being solving cases in the court of law. The latest release for iOS includes five episodes with a different case in each and several hours of gameplay. Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia T3′s battery life test is now complete and it’s time to share with you how it did. The phone is impressively thin at just 7mm, but thanks to its large stance, it houses a decent 2,500mAh battery.

Combine this with the Snapdragon 400 chipset, which has a solid record being mostly frugal, we can expect the phone’s draw on battery to be as optimized as possible. Additionally, Sony has integrated the Power Saver option into the Settings menu. It helps you extend the battery life by toggling Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth screen brightness, auto sync and background data on and off automatically when the battery charge falls below a certain user-defined threshold. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Alpha takes on the compact droid competition

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha made quite a stir this week as the first Samsung device not to rely entirely on polycarbonate in its body. Not only that, but Samsung has also kept the dimensions well within limits, and its 4.7-inch display and ultra-slim 6.7mm waistline put it firmly in compact smartphone territory.

In our latest poll we’ll be pitting the Alpha against the usual suspects, including offerings from LG and HTC, its Galaxy S5 mini compatriot, and the original small-stature droid, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Read more »