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Sony SmartWatch 2 gets a major update

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Today Sony’s latest smartwatch offering, the SmartWatch 2, received a major firmware update.

The new update brings with it a few new features as well as some stability improvements. Many of the SmartWatch 2′s app “Smart extensions”, like the Camera smart extension, have also received updates. Read more »

Beats Music streaming service now live, lets you to claim a name

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“Beats Music is real. We’re in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music…” What those words by Ian Rogers, chief executive, mean is that Beats Music is coming to the US (for starters, we hope) in January next year to drop a music-streaming service to the masses.

A product of Beats Electronics (by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine), Beats Music now allows you to claim your name so that when the service becomes a reality your desired username will be there and waiting for activation. Read more »

Acer announces Aspire Z3-600 with 21.5-inch touchscreen display

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Acer has officially unveiled a new all-in-one PC, dubbed as Aspire Z3-600. The latest addition to the Aspire series comes with a touchscreen and kickstand and aims to become one of the best portable tablet in its class.

The Aspire Z3-600 comes with a 21.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The machine runs on Intel’s Pentium J2580 quad-core processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics along with 4 GB of RAM. Read more »

Nokia’s new ad shows how tough its phones are

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Nokia has published a new ad with the sole purpose of boasting about the build quality of its phones. More specifically, Nokia has decided to show how much of a torture its Asha and low-end basic phones can take without breaking.

The message that the company wants to send is that it aims for impeccable build quality and attention to the little things that make phones durable. The video itself is very well made, as you’d expect from Nokia. Read more »

Google Calendar gets cozy with Maps, new features too

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Google has updated its Calendar service with a couple of new features that can really help you get more organized. First off Google Maps lends a helping hand and you will now receive auto-complete location results when filling the location of events.

Once the event has been created the users you’ve invited will have a click on the map option, which will show them exactly where the event will be held instead of wondering where to go. Read more »

Assassin’s Creed Pirates raids Android and iOS

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Hot off the heels of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has announced the release of Assassin’s Creed Pirates for Android and iOS.

Having dropped the open world stealth element the series is best known for, Assassin’s Creed Pirates is built entirely around the highly entertaining naval combat introduced in Assassin’s Creed III. Read more »

Honda invents a smartphone airbag case

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Car manufacturer Honda knows a thing or two when it comes to airbags. As a result, the company has decided to put an end to the shattered displays and cracked bodies of dropped smartphones with its brand new airbag-stuffed Smartphone Case N.

Quite bulky and virtually impractical at this point, the Honda Smartphone Case N features six airbags that fire off whenever a sensor detects the phone is in a freefall to the ground. Read more »

Olloclip announces new 3-IN-1 iPhone Macro Lens

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If you’re fond of taking photos on your iPhone then you may already be aware of Olloclip and the range of clip-on lenses they make for the iPhone. These little things snap onto the rear camera of your iPhone and provide multiple lens options that help you take photos in a way not possible with the stock lens.

The latest in the range of Olloclip lenses is the new 3-IN-1 iPhone Macro Lens. This new accessory provides three levels of magnification to get those really tight close up shots. There is the default 7x mode, 14x mode with the provided magnifier and an amazing 21x on the other lens. Read more »

Amazon record-breaking Kindle sales go beyond numbers

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In the hottest-selling weekend of the year (between Black Friday and Cyber Monday) Amazon has, once again, sold a record number of Kindle talbets.

What’s the number – well, Amazon doesn’t say. Can we compare it with last year’s record number – no, Amazon didn’t say then either. All we know is the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and Fire HD were the best-sellers in the Kindle family. Read more »

Amazon offers 50 GB of free cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone

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Amazon is offering free 50 GB of cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone from the popular online retailer. The storage space will be at your disposal for a period of 12 months.

Amazon’s offer runs out on December 31 and covers all major devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 and Motorola Moto X as well as a huge number of less popular smartphones. Read more »

Huawei CEO: “We have decided to exit the US market”

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In a rare interview with international journalists, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei claims that the world’s largest telecom equipment maker will exit the US market amidst allegations of cyberspying.

US government officials have long accused Huawei of having ties with the Chinese government, and have often tried to pass legislature or block the spread of the company’s equipment through federal regulations. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear takes on an HK 417 rifle

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In the past, we have seen tech enthusiasts taking the popular gadgets for a spin in a drop test to check out the durability of the product. On the other hand, we have Richard Ryan, who blasts the devices with military weapons from his armory.

The latest victim to undergo the horror is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which takes on the HK 417 battle rifle. Read more »

Riding the cash wave, Google moves into robotics

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We all remember when the man behind Android stepped down to focus on other duties inside the company. His Android duties were then taken over by Sundar Pichai who is now the face of the OS.

We’re naturally talking about ex-Apple employee and current Google one – Andy Rubin. What was then disclosed by Larry Page, Google co-founder, is that Rubin will be starting “a new chapter at Google” but up until now the name of said chapter wasn’t disclosed. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5S price map shows the smartphone is most expensive in India

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It’s common knowledge that Apple’s iPhone is a bit on the expensive side when compared to most smartphones. But just how much of a markup is it getting in international markets?

Mobile Unlocked reveals that some nations are not only paying more for iPhones, but that the difference is vast when factoring in the countries “purchasing power parity” (PPP) – how much disposable income the average person has to spend on an iPhone, based on GDP. Read more »

VSCO Cam is now on Android

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Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app. Read more »