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HTC’s Sense 6 lock screen can now be found in the Play Store

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HTC’s been releasing many of its apps that are preinstalled onto its smartphones in the Play Store over the past few months. And today a new one has become available: the Sense 6 lock screen.

It follows in the footsteps of the Sense launcher, SenseTV, and the HTC Service Pack. Read more »

Windows 9 Technical Preview screenshots leak

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Screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 have leaked from its Technical Preview release. The screenshots show a refreshed user interface with some new, flat iconography, alongside the long awaited return of the classic Start menu.

Codenamed Threshold, Windows 9 is anticipated to bring some new features as well. One of them is the highly anticipated option to add a bunch of workspaces. Akin to Linux, those workspaces can hold different applications and make switching between different working environments a breeze. Read more »

Viber update for Android and iOS brings mobile video calling

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Viber has updated its Android and iOS apps to version 5.0 as well refresh its Windows and OS X apps. One of the most important features the latest version of the popular messaging app brings is mobile video calling.

This brings Viber much closer to the likes of Skype, which is by far the most widely used service for making video calls. The latest version of Viber also brings a refreshed UI for Android users and better sticker management on iOS. Read more »

Asus is the latest maker to take a hit at Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus

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Bashing Apple and the new hardware the company unveiled on Tuesday is the name of the game these days. Asus is the latest to join the fun, although it has taken a slightly different approach to its competitors.

The Taiwanese used their Twitter account to post the image you see above, along with the line “The best 6 is the one everyone can have”. Read more »

Canon 7D Mark II leaks ahead of launch

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After five years since the original came out, Canon is all set to launch the successor to the EOS 7D – the new EOS 7D Mark II. But although the camera is not yet official, someone managed to leak the details ahead of the official announcement at Photokina this year.

So this is what the new Canon 7D Mark II will look like. At least from the front, it looks pretty much the same (and like most other Canon bodies). But inside where you’ll find most of the changes. The new 7D Mark II uses the new 20.2 megapixel sensor from the 70D with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, but augments it with a stunning 65-point AF system and a new DIGIC 6 processor. Read more »

Samsung pokes Apple in a series of brand new video ads

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You didn’t think that Samsung would respond to Apple’s major announcement with a mere graphic, did you? Several hours after the first poke, the Korean giant released a series of video ads that mock its Cupertino competitor.

The sextet of YouTube clips makes fun of Apple and its products in a rather comprehensive fashion. Read more »

LG G Watch gets treated to a $50 price cut

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The original LG G Watch got treated to a significant price reduction. The Android Wear-toting, square gadget is now $50 cheaper in the Google Play store and Best Buy.

The new price tag of the LG G Watch is $179, thus making it one of the most affordable Android Wear timepiece on offer by a major manufacturer. Read more »

NVIDIA drops HTC Nexus 9 name in a legal document

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NVIDIA accidentally dropped the HTC Nexus 9 name in a legal document. The juicy bit appeared in the company’s lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung.

In addition to the already familiar HTC Nexus 9 name, NVIDIA also revealed the tablet’s release time frame. Read more »

Google extended the return window for Play store apps

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Google quietly extended the return window of apps from the Play store. Users now have two hours to decide if they want to keep their purchase.

The new timeframe is a drastic improvement over the previously offered fifteen minutes. Read more »

Skype for Windows Phone now features location sharing

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Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 today. Skype 2.22 for Windows Phone has a new feature built-in: location sharing.

It also allows you to save pictures people send you, and control notifications for individual conversations. Read more »

Dell Venue 8 7000 surfaces as the world’s thinnest tablet, has 3D camera

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Dell and Intel have taken the wraps off of what they claim is going to be the world’s thinnest tablet. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is just 6mm thin, which beats even Sony’s 6.4mm Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

But that’s not all for this device’s differentiating features compared to the competition. It’s also got a RealSense 3D depth-sensing camera, which enables things like facial recognition, emotion tracking, 3D scanning, and 10-finger gesture recognition. Read more »

Apple Watch gets parodied on video

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After yesterday’s big Apple event, the company’s two new iPhones promptly got mocked, in different ways, by both HTC and Samsung. While the former focused on the design similarities between the iPhone 6 and its very own One (M8), Samsung rightly took a stab at the iPhone 6 Plus and its phablet form factor (that was made mainstream by the original Galaxy Note, let’s not forget). And now, the Apple Watch is in the spotlight.

Though in this case we’re talking about a full-on parody video posted on YouTube, debating the merits of Apple’s new smartwatch. Read more »

SwiftKey Keyboard with cloud support arrives to iOS

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The famous SwiftKey Keyboard app has finally made its way onto iOS for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The popular keyboard app that has become well known in the Android community for its ability to make typing on touchscreen devices easy, brings its hallmark autocorrection and word prediction to iOS users. Read more »

Google Hangouts update enables free voice calls to the US and Canada

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Ever since Google launched Hangouts, people have been waiting for the company to truly incorporate voice calling features into the app. There’s been a way to use your Google Voice number (if you had one of those) to call people, but from now on things got a lot simpler. The requirement to have a Google Voice number is gone, basically.

Rolling out during the next few days, an update to the Hangouts app for Android will let you call people for free – if they also use Hangouts, or if they’re in the US or Canada. For those who use Hangouts on iOS or the Web, voice calls will be available the next time you open the app. Read more »

Philips Fidelio M2L headphones connect via the Lightning port on the iPhone, iPad and iPod

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Philips has launched its Fidelio M2L headset, which connects to the iPhone, iPad and iPod via Apple’s Lightning port. This allows it to play 24-bit DAC audio through 40-millimeter high magnetic intensity neodymium speakers. Try saying this three times fast.

In any case, the over-the-ear headphones are premium-built with “breathable” leather and feature memory foam ear pads. The Fidelio M2L headphones can also can eliminate potential crosstalk and interference thanks to its digital output. Read more »