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Evutec Karbon SI case for iPhone 6 review

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The Karbon SI is the toughest case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by Evutec. The cover is the rugged sibling to the Evutec Karbon S I reviewed back in February.

Evutec makes smartphone and tablet cases using advanced composite materials. The philosophy of the California-based company is to bring high tech and ecology together into into its products. Read more »

Apple Watch found to be getting scratched easily

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Ever picked up an old iPod with a stainless steel back and noticed how the back looks like it was dragged across town? Looks like Apple is using the same stainless steel on the Apple Watch because users have started noticing scratches on it within days of owning it.

Several people are reporting their stainless steel Apple Watch is picking up scratches within days or even hours of using it. The image above is by Michael Kukielka, a.k.a. The DetroitBORG on YouTube, who got scratches on his watch within 24 hours. Read more »

Ratan Tata makes an investment in the Chinese startup Xiaomi

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Xiaomi recently announced the new Mi 4i global smartphone in India, kind of assuring its commitment to the vast market. Following that hysteria, a new update arrives in favour of the Chinese startup.

Ratan Tata, the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has made an investment in Xiaomi Inc. Read more »

Weekly poll: Smartwatch battle: Apple Watch vs the world

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The Apple Watch is officially here! Well technically. In keeping with its promise for an April 24 release date, the high-tech gadget is no longer in a preorder stage, but actually picking up one might still be a problem.

Yet apart from the glaring availability issues Cupertino is facing, the Apple Watch is a reality and we can’t wait to see how it fares in the growing smart wearable market. In this line of thought, we thought it would be only fair to pit it against its most-likely contenders in this week’s poll and ask you, our loyal readers, which device you fancy the most. Read more »

BlackBerry considering closing its Sweden operations, 100 jobs at stake

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BlackBerry has announced that it is mulling closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would put nearly 100 jobs at stake. The Canadian company is currently in discussions with the employees’ unions there, and a final decision in this regard will only be taken after the talks are over.

“At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. Since this may impact approximately 100 employees, we are now initiating consultations with the employees’ trade unions,” said a BlackBerry spokesperson. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4i hands-on

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The Mi 4i is Xiaomi’s latest smartphone. Even though the company insists on calling it a flagship device, it’s really a mid-range smartphone with some high-end specifications at a really attractive price.

The company had a global launch event for the first time in India. We had a brief hands-on with the device, and here are our first impressions. Read more »

Microsoft releases a new ‘contacts+message backup’ app for Windows Phone 8.1 users

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Microsoft has released an app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts and messages and store it in your phone’s SD card. Appropriately dubbed contacts+message backup, the app is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

After installation, you can access the app by heading to Settings on your phone – it doesn’t appear in your regular list of installed apps. The backup it creates is stored in a folder named backup+restore. Read more »

WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 updated with voice calling feature

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Less than a week after it was rolled out to iPhone users, the WhatsApp voice calling feature has been officially made available to all BlackBerry 10 users, too. The update is currently live, and is available through BlackBerry World.

The update, which bumps the application to version 2.12.1.2, also includes several other bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to instantly search for individual messages (as well as chats and contacts), improved font scaling, and custom ringtone selection. Read more »

BitTorrent reduces US workforce, lays off 40 out of 150 employees

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BitTorrent, the company behind the technology of the same name that allows for peer-to-peer transfer of files, has laid off a significant number of its employees in the US, according to a Buzzfeed report.

As per the report, the company has sacked about 40 of its approximately 150 domestic employees. Those who were laid off said the step was taken as BitTorrent is streamlining its resources to focus more on Sync, a peer-to-peer storage service based on the company’s file-sharing technology. Read more »

Google Glass version 2.0 said to be coming soon, version 3.0 being planned

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Just over a month after chairman Eric Schmidt made it clear that Google isn’t giving up on Google Glass, Massimo Vian, CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, has said that the next iteration of the high-tech eyewear is coming out soon.

Speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy, Vian also revealed that while the version 2.0 is currently being worked on, version 3.0 is also in the planning stages. “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear],” he said. “What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.” Read more »

Google made it easy to send directions to your Android phone from your desktop

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You can now easily send directions from your desktop to your Android smartphone. Google added the nifty functionality to its desktop search.

Activating the feature is as easy as it gets. Read more »

The leather on the back cover of LG G4 takes up to twelve weeks to tan

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The leather back cover of the upcoming LG G4 will be a bona fide luxury item. LG revealed that the 100% vegetable-tanned hide on the back of its flagship smartphone takes up to twelve weeks to process.

In addition to being environmentally friendly, vegetable tanning is apparently “the most traditional and the most recognizable” tanning method available. Read more »

Yahoo’s Project Index to take on Siri, Google Now and Cortana

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Ever since Apple introduced the personal digital assistant Siri, almost every software company is working on their own version to compete with it. Google armed its Android platform with Google Now and Microsoft is actively working on Cortana for Windows platform.

Now Yahoo has decided to throw its hat into the ring with its own virtual assistant project dubbed Index. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, shared the details stating about Yahoo’s intention to join the war between the personal digital assistants for mobiles. Read more »

The Apple Watch charger works with Qi-enabled devices

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The Apple Watch and its charging cradle were taken apart, but a secret still remains inside. The charging cradle uses an inductive charging coil to send electricity to the Watch without wires.

Apple normally avoids common standards so everyone just assumed this charging solution is a custom job, but it turns out this may not be the case. Read more »

iFixit tears down Apple Watch to reveal Taptic Engine, tiny components

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Apple has started shipping the new Apple Watch to the early buyers in the US. While many are impatiently waiting for their unit to arrive, flurry of reviews are already hitting the interwebs. Meanwhile, several other regions still await official date of availability.

Many are already marveling their Apple Watch units, getting used to a new member in the Apple product family. The premium look of the Watch might be droolworthy for the Apple design lovers, but several would be interested in the hardware driving this wrist hugging gadget. Read more »