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VLC beta now available on Windows Store

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After a fair bit of delay since it was first announced, the developers of the popular VLC Player application have finally released a new beta on the Windows Store, designed specifically for the Modern UI.

This is mostly the same VLC that we know but in a fresh new design. This means it will still play pretty much everything you throw at it. This is, however, a beta and the developers haven’t been cagey in describing all the issues in the latest version. There is a pretty long list, including lack of hardware acceleration, subtitle and audio issues, lack of playlists and stream support and general stability issues. Read more »

Nikon 1 V3 announced

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Nikon has announced its latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 V3. The V3 has a new 18.4 megapixel 1″ CX-format CMOS sensor, and a new EXPEED 4A image processor. The camera also has a new Hybrid AF system, that allows it to have full autofocus while taking 20 shots per second, the fastest for any camera.

Other features include 1080p60 video recording mode, 720p 120 fps slow motion mode, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3-inch tilting LCD with touch panel. Read more »

Truffol Signature luxury case for iPhone 5s review

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The Truffol Signature case for the iPhone 5s is an unusual value proposition on the market for luxury cases. Available in three different versions, the two-piece cover is made from premium materials such as aluminum, Italian leather, and different types of exotic wood.

Founded by people with luxury watch industry background, Truffol combines modern craftsmanship and traditional materials. Read on to find out if it the case is worthy of dressing up your iPhone 5s. Read more »

Apple reduces iPhone return period to 14 days

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Today Apple slashed its iPhone return period from 30 days to 14 days. The policy change applies to iPhones bought from both Apple’s online and brick and mortar Stores.

Other than the shorter period for returning the product, Apple has made no other changes to the conditions. The iPhone you plan to return in that time frame has to be undamaged and include all of the original accessories. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 supports 128GB microSD cards

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SanDisk has announced the availability of the world’s first 128GB microSD a few weeks ago at the MWC in Barcelona. It is the world’s highest capacity microSDXC card. But is your device even accepting 128GB memory cards?

Well, if you own a WP8-running Nokia Lumia 1520, then you can insert and use such card. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 passes through FCC, Tab 8 specs confirmed

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Information on all three Samsung Galaxy Tab series 4 leaked a month ago with detailed specs, model numbers and other information. We expected the trio to go official at the MWC in Barcelona, but it didn’t happen.

Today the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 made it through the FCC and the uploaded documents confirm its design and connectivity package – GSM, 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. Read more »

OnePlus One will have always-on voice commands, unlocking

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OnePlus’ upcoming One smartphone is going to sport always-on voice commands similar to what the Moto X premiered with. The information comes straight from the source and there’s even a poll going to see which command the phone will take – “Ok, OnePlus!”, “Wake up, OnePlus!” or “Alakazam”.

The OnePlus team has tailored the voice feature using Qualcomm’s tech while the CyanogenMod team, which is making the OS for the OnePlus One has implemented it to recognize your voice even in locked state. Read more »

Americans no longer find Apple ads interesting

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The latest report from Ace Matrix finds that Americans rate Apple ads lower than they used to in terms of persuasiveness and watchability.

The number one spot was taken by online retail giant Amazon, while Samsung, LG, and Windows Phone have also passed the Cupertino company since last year. Read more »

Gameloft to bring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to smartphones in April

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Gameloft has announced its plans to launch The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The successor to the game that got almost 1 million downloads in the Google Play Store is going to bring improved graphics and new storyline.

The gamemaker says The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will stick to the plot of the movie as a result of the ongoing collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. Read more »

‘Flappy Bird’ developer considering bringing the game back

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Not long after it was pulled off the stores, developer of notoriously popular Flappy Bird game Dong Nguyen says he is considering bringing the game back.

For those who are not aware, Flappy Bird was a popular arcade game for iOS and Android that featured guiding a bird through a series of tightly spaced out pipes. The game was quite difficult but also quite addictive so despite the frustration it caused people kept playing it, which resulted in its astounding popularity. Even though the game was free to play with only the in-game ads being the source of revenue, Nguyen was said to be earning close to $50,000 per day from his game. Read more »

Instagram for Android gets leaner and faster with the latest update

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Instagram for Android received a major update. Version 5.1 of the popular photo sharing app brings a host of improvements including revamped UI and snappier overall performance.

The new Instagram for Android will now load twice as fast thanks to reduced size and the aforementioned optimized performance. Read more »

Watch this cute Magic Focus ad for the LG G Pro 2

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The LG G Pro 2 camera introduces the so-called Magic Focus mode, which works in a manner similar to Nokia’s Refocus. It captures several shots of the same scene with different focus and then lets you do the blurred background effect that smartphones normally fail to produce.

LG has released a really cute commercial starring a fluffy puppy and showing how the Magic Focus mode works. Read more »

This iPhone Air concept looks cool and credible

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Talented designer Sam Beckett has created an interesting concept of what the next iPhone might look like. Dubbed iPhone Air, the concept sports a 4.7″ display with extremely slim bezels. Beckett has also taken into consideration the latest rumors of Apple using an Sapphire protection for the display.

The video is very cool to watch and seems quite credible, unlike most iPhone concepts out there. We even don’t rule out the possibility of Apple going from its current naming convention to simply calling their latest smartphone the iPhone Air. Read more »

Usage of custom Android launchers on the rise, says Flurry

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There are over 4,500 launchers in the Google Play Store and their usage is increasing quickly. According to data by Flurry, in the first quarter of this year users have spent more time using launchers than they did in the whole of 2013. And there’s still most of March to go before the end of the quarter!

Compared to the final quarter of 2013, Q1 2014 will see more than double the custom launcher usage. Read more »

Samsung begins mass production of 20nm 4 gigabit DDR3 RAM

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Samsung has initiated the mass production of what it calls is the “most advanced DDR3 memory”. Its based on the 20nm manufacturing process, which Samsung has been using for nearly 2 years now.

This time however the 4 gigabit modules are DDR3, not DDR2 and the company utilizes its new double patterning technology with something called ArF lithography immersion. Read more »