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Swatch will release a smartwatch within three months, it won’t need charging

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Swatch is officially getting ready to jump into the smartwatch game. According to Nick Hayek, the Swiss company’s CEO, Swatch will release its first smartwatch within the next three months. This will probably ensure that its offering will compete head-on with the Apple Watch, at least for headlines if nothing else – since they’re both due to be out at around the same time.

Swatch is looking to one-up Apple by creating a smartwatch that does not need to be charged. This intriguing prospect has unfortunately not been detailed further, but we assume the device may feature a battery that you simply swap out after a period of use – just like normal watches. Read more »

Paper for iPad by FiftyThree is now free to use

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The Paper app for iPad, made by the folks at FiftyThree, has today gone 100% free. Previously, you were able to install the app without paying, but you had to shell out $0.99 for each of the following tools: Draw, Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer.

From today on these become free, which essentially means you can use the whole app for free. The decision to stop charging for the tools in the app probably means FiftyThree now expects to make enough money to stay afloat simply from sales of its Pencil stylus. Read more »

Lenovo S90 Sisley hands-on

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It seems Lenovo was not impressed with the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus design because it released a smartphone that deliberately looks like the duo. But does it feel like the pair of Apple phones?

The Lenovo S90 Sisley has a unibody contruction with a glass front, aluminum chassis and very little plastic and just looks premium. It’s curved design is also very pleasant to hold, not just behold. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 with a metal band goes on sale in the UK

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Just as promised, the Sony SmartWatch 3 with a metal band starts selling in the UK from today.

Clove UK is the first store to offer the smartwatch. The price of the regular SmartWatch 3 is around the £180 ballpark, but its metal counterpart is slightly more expensive at. £ 215. Sony’s UK store as well as Amazon UK still haven’t listed pricing of the SmartWatch 3 with a metal band.

The smartwatch offers a 1.6″ transflective display with 320×320 pixel resolution. It’s waterproof with an IP68 rating and runs the latest version of Android Wear on a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 512MB of RAM. In addition to Bluetooth 4.0, the connectivity suite is enhanced with NFC, too. The battery is 420 mAh and is rated to last 2 days with normal use.

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Samsung NX500 has a flip-out screen, 4K video and retro design

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Samsung’s latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is its most powerful yet. The NX500 employs the 28MP APS-C-sized sensor from the NX1 that’s capable of 6480 x 4320px stills and 3840 x 2160px (read 4K) video at 30fps.

The new camera features a retro design and a flip-out 3″ Super AMOLED screen that can rotate for seamless selfies and is touch-sensitive. The NX500 can capture 9 fps stills, its shutter can go as fast as 1/6000s and offers an ISO range of 100-25600 that’s expandable to 51200. Read more »

Asus enters the mobile accessory market with ZenPower 9600 power bank

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Asus has unveiled ZenPower 9600, a 9600mAh power bank capable of charging most smartphones 3-5 times. The device, which has a metal finish and squarish edges, contains three 3200mAh battery cells. This compares to Xiaomi’s 10,400 mAh power bank which contains four 2600mAH cells, making Asus’ offering lighter and more compact.

Compared to Xiaomi’s 9 layers of protection, Asus’ new portable battery charger comes with 11 layers of protection, and includes four LED indicators, full size USB outputs, and a micro USB input. Read more »

Olympus Air is a lens style camera with PEN guts

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Sony’s lens style cameras (QX10 and QX100) seemed like oddball devices, but they are gaining popularity. The Olympus Air A01 takes a micro four thirds image sensor from the company’s OM-D and PEN cameras and puts it into a self-contained body that can be attached to and controlled by a smartphone.

The Air can use any lens from the M.Zuiko lineup to offer additional flexibility. Read more »

Samsung’s SUHD TVs launching in South Korea this month, pricing starts at $5,000

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Nearly a month after unveiling it at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung has announced that it will be launching its SUHD TV series in South Korea this month. The premium range of Tizen-powered TVs will be available in four sizes – 55-inches, 65-inches, 78-inches, and 88-inches – with prices ranging from $5,000 to $7,250.

The curved TVs support 4K UHD resolution, and feature quantum-dot technology for improved color, as well as improved picture quality, something which Samsung claims it has achieved with an “intelligent re-mastering picture engine”. Read more »

VLC for Android splits into two, now available in both stable and beta form

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Nearly three years after VideoLAN launched a beta version of the famous VLC media player for Android, the app is now available as a stable version in the Play Store.

What’s worth noting is that the beta version of the app is also available in Google Play as a separate listing, suggesting that any new features or improvements will be pushed out to the app first before being pulled over to the stable version. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR to be available Best Buy stores starting February 8

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Samsung will be selling the Galaxy VR headset through 100 Best Buy outlets across America. This will be the first time the Gear VR is sold offline, which was until now only sold through Samsung, AT&T, and Best Buy online stores.

Best Buy stores will also be getting demo units so people can try out the device before purchasing them. Other than that, it also lets the company get feedback on the product, and if it gets enough positive response it will expand it to more Best Buy stores, and vice-versa. Read more »

Microsoft acquires Sunrise Calendar for $100 million

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Microsoft has acquired the popular Sunrise Calendar application for a reported amount of $100 million dollars.

Sunrise is a free calendar application for iOS and Android. It featured an attractive interface design and synced with a wide variety of services such as Google calendar, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange and even Facebook for your events. The app also has other clever features, such as LinkedIn integration, weather forecast for your location, built-in Google Maps navigation for going to events, and timezone support. Read more »

Google Search will soon include tweets

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Google Search will soon include tweets. Google and Twitter have apparently reached and agreement, which will include the social network’s posts in its search results.

The feature is allegedly set to launch in the first half of this year. Read more »

Universal Microsoft Office apps arrive on Windows 10 Technical Preview

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Microsoft rolled out universal Office apps for Windows 10 Technical Preview. The trio includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The touch-optimized applications are available for desktops, notebooks, and tablets with Windows 10 installed. Read more »

Google Chromecast scored 10 million sales in 2014

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It’s not surprising that Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming stick has been quite successful. After all it’s cheap and relatively easy to use, and it can instantly make your TV smarter than it was. Today though we get the first glimpse of just how successful the Chromecast was, at least during last year.

That’s because for the first time ever Google has shared some sales numbers with the media. According to a report out of South Korea, the search giant’s arm in that country has revealed that 10 million Chromecasts were sold globally in 2014. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 gets portrayed in renders based on the most recent rumors

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On March 1 Samsung is set to unveil its next flagship smartphone, which it will probably call the Galaxy S6. This is obviously one of the most hotly anticipated devices of the year, and because of that we’ve heard a lot of rumors about it recently. Some of them have even brought us pictures of such things as the phone’s metal frame. And now someone has decided to use all the information in the most recent rumors and leaks to create a few renders of what the Galaxy S6 might end up looking like.

So do keep in mind that these aren’t leaked images actually depicting the handset. Instead, they are renders that were created to give us an idea about its design, assuming of course that the rumors would pan out. Read more »