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Nokia releases Glance Background for the Lumia lineup

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Nokia has just published an awesome app that builds upon the popular Glance Screen feature. If the Glance screen was a bit too boring for your taste, you can now spice it up by adding a background to it.

Thanks to the Glance Background (still in beta), you can choose a set of backgrounds for your Glance Screen. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ad features Lionel Messi, Lorde’s Royals

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Samsung is stepping up its advertising campaign for the new Galaxy Note 3 phablet with a musical short featuring Lionel Messi and a group of kids singing Lorde’s Royals.

Messi plays the role of The Developer, a mysterious stranger that arrives with his shiny new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear and uses them to organize the construction of a football stadium. The video is directed by Adam Hashemi, a pop video director from Denmark. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 to power 10″ tablets, swallow up Windows RT

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We’ve been hearing that Windows Phone and Windows RT might merge but a new rumor suggests it will be more like Phone displacing RT. Microsoft is working on a Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will allegedly add support for 7 to 10 inch screens to enable WP8.1-powered tablets and merge parts of the API so developers can easily create apps for both platforms.

Multitasking is reportedly the biggest issue ahead of this plan – the GDR3 update will let users close apps manually, but apps running in the background are still a no go. Not until the 8.1 update that is. Read more »

Final Fantasy VI to hit Android and iOS this fall

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Square Enix’s director and producer Takashi Tokita confirmed the popular Final Fantasy VI will be launching on Android and iOS this fall. The game won’t be just a port though, Square Enix will make a few changes including a visual facelift.

Final Fantasy VI will launch after the Final Fantasy IV: The After Years expansion is released later this year. Read more »

New Apple iPad 5 leaks in high-res photos

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The next generation iPad 5 is expected to be unveiled at an Apple event on October 22. Before then, however, a slew of new images have leaked showing off the upcoming tablet in full detail.

The images show off the anticipated new design scheme that will be thinner and smaller, and more in line with that of the current iPad mini. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear can be tweaked to run proper Android apps

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear has turned out to be quite the entertaining hacking device. Using Android’s SDK and Android Debug Bridge (ADB) ArsTechnica was able to sideload some proper Android apps on the little smartwatch and it had no trouble running them.

You only need to enable USB debugging on the Galaxy Gear settings in order for this to work – no root required. The Samsung smartwatch runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with an 800 MHz single-core chip and 512 MB of RAM so it’s able to run apps like most droids would – the only limitation is the small on-board storage and tiny screen. Read more »

Griffin WoodTones over-ear headphones review

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The Griffin WoodTones over-ear headphones as their name suggests, are made from the increasingly popular these days natural wood. The accessories powerhouse has aimed to combine the fashionable look of the headset with top-notch ergonomics, capable sound, and affordable price tag.

I’ve experienced in-ear headphones with wooden construction on a couple of occasions in the past and found them to have pleasantly characterful sound profiles. Read on to find out how the much bigger Griffin WoodTones fare as a daily driver! Read more »

Gold HTC One hands-on

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Gold seems like the new black these days. Apple did it, Samsung did it and we’ve even seen others do it for HTC.

But this isn’t the 24-carat HTC One by Gold Genie, this is the 18-carat through-and-through gold-built HTC One specifically created for the 18 anniversary of the MOBO awards. We’ve got the hands-on treatment inside, let’s go. Read more »

Mozilla releases Firefox OS 1.1, adds a slew of new features

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Mozilla has just announced the release of the Firefox OS 1.1. The latest version of the open source OS brings a lot of new features and improvements that were missing on the initial release.

The most notable new feature is the new adaptive app search. It’s placed prominently at the front and center of the Firefox OS 1.1 and returns a list of web apps and sites based on the search query. Read more »

MadCatz puts Tegra 4-powered M.O.J.O Android game console on pre-order for $250

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Android-powered consoles are a growing niche – the Ouya made a huge splash with its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, but MadCatz is looking to dethrone it as the best Android console with its new M.O.J.O. console.

The M.O.J.O. runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by Tegra 4 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A15 @ 1.8GHz, 72-core GeForce GPU), has 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of built-in storage (expandable with microSD cards). On the connectivity side there’s Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and 4.0 LE, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, wired Ethernet and HDMI out. Read more »

Twitter updates Windows Phone app, Vine app spotted in screenshot

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Twitter updated its Windows Phone app and along with some useful new features is a hidden surprise – a Vine app. The new Twitter app makes reading tweets easier – you can set it to show tweets on the lockscreen and also pin keyword searches to the homescreen.

The app can also notify you when your favorite accounts tweet. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear review

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The smartwatch is a relatively new market niche, but seeing the interest it has been getting lately, it will certainly expand quite rapidly in the next few years. And Samsung, being one of the world leaders in smart tech, certainly wants to be a part of that expansion. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is built around the idea of being an extension of your smartphone and not the sole star of the show. Currently, as of its launch, the Galaxy Gear only supports the Galaxy Note 3 and 10.1, which is limiting its reach quite severely, but Samsung promises to add more devices to the list in the next few months.

Instead of going all sci-fi with the Galaxy Gear, Samsung decided to take the logical path. The smartwatch can help you unlock your smartphone, acts as a fitness accessory, snap a photo or two and mainly, aid you in those cases when your phablet is out of reach or the circumstances just don’t allow you to operate it. Read more »

This one of a kind Leica M designed by Jony Ive is as expensive, as it is gorgeous

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In case the regular Leica M camera with its $6,950 price tag is a tad too plain for you, I have some great news. The storied German photo equipment manufacturer has teamed up with Apple’s designer extraordinaire Jony Ive and Marc Newson to produce a one of a kind Leica M, which will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in New York on November 23 this year.

The unique Leica M for (RED) is expected to sell for somewhere in the vicinity of $500,000 and $750,000 at the auction. Read more »

Official Google cases for the 2013 Nexus 7 hit the shelves of the US Play Store

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Google quietly released its own protective cover for the 2013 Nexus 7 in the United States. The Google-branded case is currently available for purchase directly from the Play Store.

The Nexus 7 (2013) Case is the first tablet cover designed by Google specifically for the slate. Read more »

Google and HP out 11-inch Chromebook 11 for $279, available in the US today

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Google has teamed up with HP to deliver the latest Chromebook, this one sporting an 11″ IPS display of 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, an Exynos 5250 (Exynos 5 Dual) with two Cortex-A15 cores inside and, naturally, Chrome OS. The notebook weighs only 1.04 kg (2.3 pounds).

The little portable computer sports two main colors – black and white – and comes with a variety of accents, emulating Google’s look – green, blue, red and yellow. The device sports a full-sized chicklet keyboard with speakers around it and no moving parts like a fan or hard drive so the device will be very quiet and, hopefully, not too hot. The device will be available in the US starting today at Google Play, Amazon and BestBuy for $279 in Wi-Fi-only flavor. There is going to be an LTE version soon, but no exact date or pricing have been provided. Read more »