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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini matches the looks of the big Galaxy S5 and even most of its features but opts for a smaller display, body and in turn smaller 2,100mAh battery.

The screen of the Galaxy S5 mini is 4.5″ against the 5.1″ of the Galaxy S5 and the resolution is more than two times lower at 720p. The chipset should also be less power-hungry so the 700mAh-less battery should do okay to match the 72 hour endurance rating of the bigger Galaxy S5. But there are a slew of minis to fight as well – let’s see how the Galaxy S5 mini did. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha video hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha branches off the Galaxy S line. It brings the same flagship experience but in a more compact and, more importantly, a more premium body. The Galaxy phones (all of them) use practical plastic instead of expensive and heavy metal.

The Galaxy Alpha has a metal frame and still manages to be surprisingly light – just 115g. Read more »

Go on a field trip, courtesy of Google Now

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Google Now is good at learning your routine and anticipating your search queries, but what about planning a field trip?

The latest Google Now feature from the search engine giant will help you to do just that. Read more »

Windows Phone has its own Snapchat-esque client

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So Snapchat isn’t officially available for Windows Phone, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft-mobile loving users can’t enjoy some disposable messaging.

WindUp is an application that allows Windows Phone users to send temporary messages to one another. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station now available in the US and Canada

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Microsoft has announced that the Docking Station for its Surface Pro 3 tablet is now up for grabs in both Canada and the United States.

This dock allows the Surface Pro 3 to come even closer to a full blown computer, since it has a myriad of ports on its back. They let you connect an HD monitor, audio system, full size keyboard, mouse, printer, or a wired network to your tablet. Read more »

Windows 9 tech preview said to be coming next month

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A public ‘tech preview’ of the next version of Windows, codenamed Threshold, could apparently land as soon as next month, according to certain unnamed sources.

This version will almost certainly end up being called Windows 9 when it’s going to be released in spring 2015. Read more »

Barnes & Noble posts a strangely excited teaser ad for the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook early this month – a 7″ Android tablet based on Samsung’s Tab 4 devices but powered by B&N software. A week ago the two companies sent out invites for the big event on August 20.

And just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a teaser video that shows a group of people completely blown away by the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Read more »

Google Voice Search now lets you query in multiple languages simultaneously

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Google’s Voice Search has come a long way since its inception, and the latest feature allows you to add multiple language support to your search queries.

Not only does this help multi-lingual users by adding up to five supported languages, but even has the ability to differentiate between them in the middle of your query. This means that you can start in English, then throw in a word here and there in another language and Google Voice will recognize it. Read more »

Moto 360 launch gets closer as Google asks I/O participants for shipping addresses

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Google I/O conference in June shed some light on the upcoming Android L and Android Wear operating systems. Google’s presents this year for the developers and press attending the event was an Android Wear smartwatch – people got to choose between Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360.

The Gear Live and G Watch were already in production and people who chose them got their presents immediately on site. But what about Moto 360 then? It was promised to ship as soon as the first batch enters mass production. Read more »

Video shows what happens when you throw your Xiaomi Mi 3 under a bus

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You can do so many things with your Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone – enjoy Full HD videos on the 5″ IPS display, take a wonderful 13MP pictures with its camera, play the latest 3D games hassle-free courtesy of the Snapdragon 800 chipset, or listen unlimited music via the Baidu Online Music Service.

But it is surely not such a good idea to throw your beautiful Xiaomi Mi 3 covered in polycarbonate shell and Gorilla Glass 3 under a bus. Someone did this and the result isn’t peachy. Read more »

LG takes a subtle jab at Samsung

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Often, the more subtle jabs are the best ones and LG seems to be doing just that.

LG’s YouTube page has a new header that says ‘There’s life beyond the galaxy’. There’s also an image of a galaxy on the phone’s screen. Surely, not much hint is required to understand where the jab is pointed at. Read more »

HTC Zoe now available for non-HTC phones

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HTC has released its Zoe app for other Android devices. The app was available on the Play Store for a while now but could only be downloaded on HTC devices. This latest (beta) version, however, can be downloaded on select other non-HTC Android devices as well.

Functionality-wise, I expect the app to work just like it does on HTC phones. I say ‘expect’ because it did not work for me. The app asks you to log in to use it, which is pretty annoying as it is. If you manage to get past that, you could use Google or Facebook login, but it did not work for me and the app kept telling me it was unable to connect to HTC’s server. Read more »

SMS Audio’s BioSport earbuds can track your heart rate

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Want a pair of headphones that pack a biometric optical sensor?

Then keep an eye out for the SMS Audio BioSport earbuds, which help to monitor your heart rate. Read more »

Xbox One preview members get new features ahead of time

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Happen to be an Xbox One preview member?

Well then you’re going to be in luck, because you’ll be getting a slew of new features before the rest of the gaming public. Read more »

Chrome will protect you from dodgy file downloads

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Google, the internet’s good guy, wants to protect you against download links that lie. And they’re training Chrome to do this with the company’s new Safe Browsing initiative.

Google wants to safeguard Chrome users “against additional kinds of deceptive software.” What kind of deceptive software? Read more »