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Microsoft’s making an Internet Explorer Developer Channel

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To say that Internet Explorer has lost a step in the browser wars is a bit of an understatement; there was a point in time, not too long ago, where if you told someone you used IE to browse the web, you were mocked.

But Internet Explorer has since cleaned up its act and is a way more capable browser than it once was, and now the IE team has decided to try and get more power users on board by creating an IE Developer Channel Release. Read more »

Angry Birds Transformers coming soon, starring Autobirds and Deceptihogs

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Ready or not, the next installment in the Angry Birds saga is about to hit a mobile platform near you. Following up the success of Angry Birds Star Wars and the recent release of Angry Birds Epic, Rovio has just announced Angry Birds Transformers.

This new mash-up will star Autobirds and Deceptihogs, and aside from the mobile game you should also expect to see new licensed merchandise and a product line featuring Telepods from Hasbro. Read more »

Amazon Appstore now boasts 240,000 apps, almost tripled in one year

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Amazon is happy to report that its Android Appstore is now listing more than 240,000 apps. This is almost three times more than a year ago.

That number obviously doesn’t compare well to Google Play and the Apple iTunes App Store, both of which have long ago passed the 1 million apps mark, but it’s quite a feat nevertheless. Read more »

The Earin headset has the the first truly cordless earbuds in the world, but needs your help to take off

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A small company made out of former Sony Ericsson and Nokia engineers are working on the world’s smallest wireless earbuds and they’re calling them Earin. The company has decided to fund the manufacturing of the Earin with a Kickstarter campaign.

Unlike those other earbuds, which are merely posing as wireless, but still have a wire between them (I am looking at you JayBird BlueBuds X), Earin are true to their name. Read more »

Cortana coming soon to Windows Phones in the UK and China

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Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant Marcus Ash confirmed over Twitter today that the popular feature will be coming to users in China and the UK in the coming weeks.

In general, mobile virtual assistants are severely limited by the Chinese government in terms of what they can do, but if Cortana is able to get an unfiltered release there, it could spell a significant advantage for Windows Phone in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablets get the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment

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Some time ago Lenovo previously announced it will roll out official Android KitKat updates for its 8″ and 10″ Yoga Tablets in June. Well, it is June already and the updates have indeed began seeding to the Yoga slates out there.

You can now get Android 4.4 KitKat for the Yoga Tablet 8 over the air. It is about 450MB big and will bring new dialer, messaging, clock apps plus refreshed notification area. Some of the Lenovo’s exclusive apps will are also getting an UI overhaul. Read more »

Microsoft Mobile now owns PureView, Lumia and ClearBlack brand names

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Over the years Nokia has done alright for itself and established some well-known trademarks in the tech world. PureView is now synonymous with great camera performance, ClearBlack denotes great display hardware and Asha was Nokia’s dumb phone name while Lumia is the name of the best-selling Windows Phones by Nokia.

After Microsoft bought Nokia and transformed it into Microsoft Mobile, there were questions whether Microsoft will gain those famous Nokia trademarks or not. To blow away the mist of the unknown PureView, Lumia, Asha, ClearBlack, Surge and Mural brand names are now all owned by Microsoft Mobile. Read more »

Towelroot gives one-click root access to AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5

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Notable software developer George Hotz or ‘geohot’, known for jailbreaking the iPhone and the PS3 console (for which he even got sued by Sony) has developed a new one-click root app for the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5.

Called Towelroot, the app will let you root your Galaxy S5 simply by clicking on one button. Although the app is designed specifically for the Galaxy S5, geohot says it will also work with almost any phone with a kernel built before June 3 (prior to Android 4.4.3). Read more »

OnePlus confirms the One is not waterproof

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A few days ago a guy made a video showing him dipping his OnePlus One in shallow water for a few seconds, after which he immediately concluded that the phone is waterproof and the internet simply chose to believe him, as it is ought to.

To set the record straight, Android Police contacted OnePlus regarding the phone, and the company confirmed that the phone indeed is not waterproof and any damage caused due to water won’t be covered by the warranty. Read more »

Apple CEO Tim Cook not so “hands-on” with iWatch

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was known to be a pedantic perfectionist when it came to the design of his company’s products: he was a very hands-on guy.

CEO Tim Cook doesn’t seem to have this trait, however, as stated in a New York Times profile piece, and that he was more concerned with the “broader implications” of Apple’s products. The article did have some rumors about what this could mean for the iWatch, Apple’s upcoming wearable. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G battery test

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One of the most noteworthy features of the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G is its beefy 3,990 mAh battery. The Chinese manufacturer boasts that the phablet has battery big enough to charge other phones too via a dedicated cable.

The current champion of our battery test, Nokia Lumia 1520 managed achieved the whopping endurance rating of 107h with a 3,400 mAh battery and more demanding hardware on board. As a result, our expectations towards the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G are quite high. Read more »

Cue is a $199 at home medical lab you use with your smartphone

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Imagine a world where you can test yourself for the flu, check your fertility, or a vitamin deficiency at home with your smartphone.

That’s the world that the creators of the Cue are envisioning. Read more »

Microsoft gets allies in call to end US warrants for overseas data

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We recently wrote about Apple’s shady Irish tax practices, and that the US government was looking into the risky business.

Well Apple isn’t the only company that is saving a boatload of tax money by bringing business into Ireland, and it looks like other corporations are asking the US to stop issuing warrants to investigate their overseas operations. The company leading the charge? Microsoft. Read more »

A handheld Steam system is in the works

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Did you ever dream of your very own “Steamboy”; playing your steam titles on a portable device that fits right in the palms of your hands?

Well Steamboy Machine is working on making this a possibility. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Epic’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone game review

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There is no doubt that Angry Birds is to Rovio what Mario is to Nintendo and Sonic is to SEGA. The company has tried to dabble with other IPs in the past but hasn’t had the same level of success so it keeps going back to the Angry Birds well.

After countless Angry Birds games based on the same original formula, Rovio has tried to diversify it a bit recently, starting with Angry Birds Go, which was a kart racing game (*cough* Mario Kart *cough* Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing *cough*). The latest game in the Angry Birds series is Angry Birds Epic, which like Angry Birds Go has very little to do with the original games and is actually an RPG. Read more »