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HTC celebrates the UEFA Champions League final with 24ct gold One M9

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HTC took the wraps off a One M9 in 24ct gold to celebrate this year’s UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Juventus. The Taiwanese manufacturer is among the sponsors of the tournament.

In addition to being coated in the precious metal, the limited edition HTC One M9 has the UEFA Champions League logo engraved on its back. Read more »

Steam Link, Steam Controller now available for pre-order

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Valve promised to release SteamOS for the general public in November. In the meantime, Steam Link and Steam Controller have been quietly put up for pre-order at the Steam Store. For the time being, only the ‘add to wishlist’ option is visible but the ‘more like this’ at the bottom of the listing reveals the price.

The multimedia streaming device Steam Link has been listed at $50 while the Steam Controller is also listed for the same price. The Steam Controller is meant to be enjoyed with Steam games. It features HD haptic feedback, two trackpads, one analog stick, and dual-stage triggers to engage in any kind of gameplay. Read more »

Micromax Canvas Tab P690 launched with Intel Atom processor inside

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Micromax shook hands with Intel to introduce the new Canvas Tab P690 tablet powered by a 4th Generation Intel Atom chipset. Sporting a 7.8mm sleek design, the Canvas Tab 690 flaunts a metallic grey finish and will be sold for INR 8,999 ($145).

The Canvas Tab P690 houses a quad-core 1.3GHz Intel Atom processor with Intel HD graphics coupled with 1GB of RAM. Micromax has used an 8-inch IPS display with WXGA (1280×800) pixel resolution to provide ample screen estate. Read more »

Facebook Lite for Android gets a wider release, coming to Europe soon

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Today Facebook started rolling out its Lite app for Android across Asia. The app first surfaced without an official announcement back in January, and so far it’s only been available in eight countries in Asia and Africa.

In the coming weeks, however, you should be able to install it wherever you are in Asia. It will also arrive in more places in Africa, as well as parts of Latin America and Europe in the near future. Read more »

Samsung compares the Galaxy S6 edge to the iPhone 6 in two new ads

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Samsung go the iPhone-bashing route in its ads, but now the Korean company is back at it. A couple of new commercials have been posted to its official YouTube channel, and they both basically compare the Galaxy S6 edge to the iPhone 6.

You can probably imagine which device is better in Samsung’s perspective. Not all 6s are created equal, it appears, as in this case 6 > 6. Read more »

Periscope for iOS update allows exploring broadcasts on a map

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Now that it’s finally available for Android as well, Periscope is getting a new update for iOS. With version 1.1, which is already up for grabs from the iTunes App Store, Twitter’s live video streaming app gains an important new feature.

Namely, Periscope now lets you explore broadcasts from around the world on a zoomable map. Additionally, replays are instantly available, without the need to wait for them to upload after a broadcast finishes. Read more »

Oppo is giving away an R7 in honor of its partnership with FC Barcelona

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Just a few days ago we told you about Oppo’s deal with FC Barcelona, which means the Chinese smartphone maker will be the Catalan football club’s sponsor for three years. And now Oppo is in the mood to celebrate the tie-up with FC Barcelona, since it’s decided to give away an R7.

To win the smartphone, all you need to do is go to the special website for the competition and click on the big green “Support” button. That will then open a widget which will guide you through the rest of the process. It looks like you might need to do some sharing over social media and whatnot. Read more »

In-store Apple Watch sales begin in two weeks, seven more countries get it on June 26

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Today Apple has announced a few important details if you’re craving its first wearable. First off, all Apple Watch orders placed through May will be shipped to customers within the next two weeks, as the company is trying to clear its backlog. The sole exception to this is the 42 mm Watch in Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet. It’s unclear when orders of this particular model will ship.

In around two weeks from today, Apple will also finally start selling the Watch in its physical stores. You probably shouldn’t expect all versions of the wearable to be available in all stores, however. The company says “some models” will be making it to Apple retail locations, though. Read more »

An unlucky LG G4 survives a two-hour long dip in water

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The LG G4 is a truly impressive device and in a lot of ways, more traditional than other current flagships. An interesting YouTube video reveals that LG’s latest creation is not just good looking, but also quite tough.

The video itself follows the LG G4 as it spends over two hours submerged in water and manages to stay on in the process. This is quite an impressive feat, especially from a device that has no official IP rating. Still, the internals seem to be sealed off quite efficiently and the only real concern is shorting the battery. Read more »

Microdia unveils highest capacity microSD card yet – 512GB

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SanDisk is usually the one that sets microSD capacity records, but this time it got scooped. Microdia unveiled an unbelievable 512GB microSD card, wiping the floor with SanDisk’s current top offering of 200GB.

And no, the Microdia Xtra Elite will not be cheap. Read more »

it168 takes the Meizu m2 apart, makes it look easy

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It’s not iFixit, but it168 took apart the new Meizu m2 note and gives a guided tour of its internals. The phone seems easy enough to repair, most things coming apart easily with some encouragement from a screwdriver.

The m2 note is an low-cost, highly capable phablet. CNY 999 ($160) gets you a 5.5″ 1080p IGZO screen, octa-core processor (A53) running customized Android 5.0 Lollipop, global LTE and a 2160p-capable 13MP camera. Read more »

SoundHound introduces ‘Hound’, a voice search app like no other

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Google recently showed off its machine learning skills at Google I/O, but this is likely to blow even Google’s socks off. Presenting Hound, from the people who made SoundHound, the music recognition app. Hound is an app that uses voice search to find you relevant information, just like Siri or Google Now. Just that it’s way, way better at it.

Hound gives you quick search results for all your queries. You don’t have to mollycoddle it with specific queries that won’t fall within its search parameters. We already got that to quite an extent with Siri and Google Now, both of which can understand natural language fairly well, but they can still only deal with one query at a time. Read more »

Samsung Pay to launch in US and South Korea in September this year

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Over a month after announcing that its mobile payments service will be launched in the second half of 2015, Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Pay will debut this September in the United States and South Korea.

The confirmation came from the company’s Executive Vice President Rhee In Jong, who also revealed that the service will be launched in conjunction with Samsung’s next high-end mobile device, which – given the time frame – could well be the Galaxy Note 5. Read more »

Pebble blames Apple for unavailability of its Pebble Time iOS app

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While the initial batch of the Pebble Time started shipping last week, those hoping to use the smartwatch with their iPhones will have to wait as its companion iOS app, which allows users of the wearable to install software updates, new apps, and watch faces, isn’t yet available for download on the Apple App Store.

Pebble is blaming Apple for the situation, saying that the Cupertino-based company’s App Store review process is responsible for the delay – the smartwatch maker had requested an “expedited” review of the app, which was last submitted on May 22. Read more »

IDC: Xiaomi was world’s second-biggest wearable vendor in Q1, 2015

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Xiaomi, which currently has only one wearable tech product on the market – the Mi Band, was the second-largest wearable vendor in the first quarter of the ongoing year, according to a latest report by market research firm IDC.

The Chinese company shipped a total of 2.8 million units of the wearable in the quarter, capturing a 24.6% market share. Read more »