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Panasonic unveils a couple of extremely rugged 5-inch tablets

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A 5-inch tablet might seem rather odd in this day and age, but Panasonic has just announced two of them. One runs Android, the other is powered by Windows 8.1 Embedded Handheld, and they’re both extremely expensive.

On the other hand, they’re also both incredibly rugged, being able to withstand drops onto concrete from up to ten feet. In fact, they go beyond even the military standard MIL-STD-810G in terms of how resistant they are to the elements or accidents. Read more »

Nokia X software platform 2.0 is based on Android 4.3

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Nokia unveiled the X2 smartphone earlier today, which is powered by the company’s X software platform version 2.0. A little known fact is that this is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The first iteration of Nokia’s fork of Android, seen in such devices like the original X, the X+, and the XL, was based on the much older Android 4.1 Jelly Bean code. Read more »

Android more than doubles app revenue in a year, narrows gap to iOS

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Android’s Google Play store has been slowly gaining ground to iOS, which has historically been the leader amongst all mobile app marketplaces in app revenue.

Quarterly app revenue has seen the most drastic improvement, with a 2.4x growth for the first quarter of this year compared to Q1 2013. Read more »

Opera will be the default browser on the Nokia X phones

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Opera has a long-standing partnership with Nokia to provide a browser for its phones – it used to be Opera Mini on Series 40 nowadays it’s the full-fledged Opera Mobile on the Nokia X platform (Nokia’s premium WP platform is of course serviced by IE).

Opera will be the default browser on Nokia X phones, starting with the new Nokia X2, and it’s available for free download for current X owners. Read more »

Ultra power save mode and other Galaxy S5 features ported to Galaxy S4

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The killer software features introduced with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 flagship are no longer exclusive. Thanks to the creative folks at the xda-developers forums, you can now get the nifty new Galaxy S5 software extras on the Galaxy S4 as well.

The S5 mod includes the new Ultra power save mode that lets you get the most out of your battery, Download booster that lets you download over LTE and WiFi simultaneously, Baby monitor, Air wake up, and others. Read more »

Nokia X2 official hands-on video gives you a tour of the new features

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With the Nokia X2 now official, the company has published an official hands-on video of the phone to give potential customers a better idea of what it’s like.

The X2 packs a 4.3″ ClearBlack LCD display, a Snapdragon 200 chipset with a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera on the back. The video doesn’t focus on the hardware specs, but rather on the new software additions. Read more »

Aviate launcher now available on the Play Store

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Yahoo! owned Aviate launcher for Android has been around for some time now but so far it was in the beta stage and more importantly, was only available through invites. The launcher is now available on the Play Store for free for anyone with a supported device to download.

The Aviate launcher has a different appearance than most other Android launchers that mimic the look of the stock launcher. There are no multiple blank homescreens for you to fill with icons or widgets. There are three screens, the leftmost showing your Today view (by default), the middle one showing five of your most used apps (that you chose) and the right one showing other apps that are grouped in different categories. Read more »

Get reception anywhere with Globalstar Sat-Fi

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Globalstar doesn’t just make satelliite phones, they now have a product that effectively makes any phone a satellite phone.

Meet the Sat-Fi, a $999 satellite hot spot. Read more »

Google will start making its own domain services

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Sure, you’ve been able to buy domains from Google for a while, but they weren’t actually from Google; the company would just handle the transactions.

Well now if looks like that’s going to change, and Google will be offering it’s own web hosting services. Read more »

HTC USA hits the Samsung Galaxy S5 where it hurts

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HTC is feeling funny today. The Taiwanese company’s arm in the US has just used its official Twitter account to post the image you can see below.

So HTC apparently isn’t above rehashing that old “it looks like a band-aid” joke that started making the rounds back when the Samsung Galaxy S5 got announced. Read more »

You can now pick up Google Glass in the UK for 1,000 quid

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If you’re on the other side of the pond and wanted to pick up a pair of Google Glasses, well now you’re going to get your chance.

Google is willing to sell you a pair of their beta tech-spectacles, but it’ll cost you £1,000. Read more »

Microsoft OneDrive to offer 15GB free storage for everyone, cheaper upgrades

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Today Microsoft has decided to up the free storage allotment for its OneDrive service, matching what’s been offered by chief rival Google for a while.

Every OneDrive user will now get 15GB of free space, up from 7GB previously. What’s more, if you want to buy additional space that’s become cheaper too. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is anything but easy to repair

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In what’s clearly becoming a trend for Microsoft’s tablet line, the Surface Pro 3 has been torn down and found to be almost impossible to repair.

The exact same thing happened with its predecessors, the original Surface Pro as well as the Surface Pro 2. In fact, the three tablets share the lowest possible repairability score issued by the experts over at iFixit. Read more »

Civilization Revolution 2 lands on iOS on July 2, is also on its way to Android

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There’s a sequel to Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution game from 2008 coming very soon – and it will be exclusive to mobile platforms.

Civilization Revolution 2 will make its debut on iOS on July 2, and an Android version has been promised too (though without an actual release date to speak of). Read more »

DVF-designed Google Glass available now

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The Diane von Furstenberg designed Google Glass shades are here – a bit later than initially expected, but you can grab a pair today from Net-A-Porter (not just yet), Google, and in a week’s time from the DVF stores.

There’s only one style of Google Glass DVF frames, available in five colors – three Shiny (glossy) options (Ink, Lagoon and Elderberry) plus two Matte options (Java and Ice). Read more »