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HTC details the process behind issuing Android updates in an infographic

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There is a long and complicated process behind issuing Android updates to devices. A lot happens behind the scenes between Google releasing the source code and the update being pushed to your device. The process is even longer if yours is a carrier branded device.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of this process, which results in unrealistic expectations when it comes to how soon we can receive the latest Android updates on non-Nexus devices. Fortunately for us, HTC has released a giant infographic that details every step in this process for our reading pleasure. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 now receiving Android 4.3 update

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NVIDIA has started rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to its Tegra Note 7 tablet. The new firmware comes with a couple of new features along with a few improvements to enhance the overall experience of the slate.

The Tegra Note stylus now has better support for left handed users and is a lot sensitive. The addition of DirectStylus option under the setting’s menu, stylus removal and insert notifications are some of the new features on-board. Read more »

Sony and Panasonic OLED TV partnership terminated

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Sony and Panasonic will be terminating their joint venture for developing OLED television screens. The farewell decision comes on the back of some poor financial quarters for both the firms in the recent times.

Both Japanese manufacturers will now focus on building their own conventional liquid crystal display, which will be used for the increasingly popular 4K ultra high definition televisions. Read more »

The 12 days of free Apple AppStore and iTunesStore gifts start today

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Who said that Apple couldn’t be generous? The California tech giant known for charging premium prices for their products are getting in the Christmas spirit after the fact and are giving away one free gift every day from December 26th until January 6th 2014.

We already told you about the app a while ago (along with the fact that it’s only available for iOS7 devices and that it covers US users for the first time this year), but the good news is that the free gifts start coming today. You will need to download the Apple 12 Days of Gifts app onto your iOS device or Mac computer to get access to the free content. Read more »

‘Left 4 Dead 2′ is free today on Steam

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Valve is giving away one of its games for free on Steam this holiday season. If you hurry, you will be able to pick up the popular Left 4 Dead 2 for $0 from Steam. L4D2 is a first person co-op zombie shooter that is known to be great fun whether you play with friends or random people online. The game is available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Meanwhile, the Steam winter sale continues, with today’s deal including Deas Ex: Human Revolution ($4.99), Football Manager 2014 ($24.99), Terraria ($2.49), Endless Space: Emperor Edition ($7.49), Payday 2 ($13.49), Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum ($5.99), Europa Universalis IV ($19.99), Tials Evolution: Gold Edition ($4.99) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($7.49). Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 2

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The first four quarterfinalists in our Smartphone Champions League have already been revealed, and now it’s time to learn the names of the other four. Some really exciting games await as 8 more smartphones will battle it out for the remaining spots.

We’ve got the LG-made Google Nexus 5 in actual today against the Apple iPhone 5s in what should be a thrilling encounter. The other Apple smartphone is also going to see some action today, hoping to put an end to Samsung’s participation in the tournament. We’ve also got an in-house battle and a proper mid-ranger contest – all the ingredients of an exciting matchday. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 1 final scores

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The first four games in the SCL Round of 16 are now complete, the scores have been counted and now know the names of half of the quarterfinalists.

Sony already has two smartphones in the next round, while Nokia and HTC also got their names on the board. Read more »

Humble Bundle 8 adds Bad Hotel, Solar 2, and The Bard’s Tale

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Those familiar with Humble Bundle would know that other than having a great bunch of games for a really low price, they usually also tend to add more games later at no extra cost to those who purchased the bundle by paying over the average amount.

Humble Bundle has now updated their latest bundle for Windows and Android with three new games: Bad Hotel, Solar 2, and The Bard’s Tale. This is in addition to Little Inferno, Gemini Rue, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Jack Lumber, Hero Academy and Anomaly 2 already present in the bundle. Read more »

Avegant Glyph wearable display to debut at CES 2014

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Avegant announced that it is working on a wearable display product known as Glyph. The upcoming gadget will make use of a virtual retina display, which beams the images right into your eyeballs.

The Glyph focuses on portability as the device is said to be very light and consumes very little power. Avegant has announced that the company will be showing its latest development at the Consumer Electronic Show in January. Read more »

Canonical releases Ubuntu and Android dual boot developer preview

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Canonical has managed to give Ubuntu enthusiasts a nice Chrimasts present. Developers and advanced users can now download a special preview image of Ubuntu Touch which can dual boot Android.

Yes, you can now have both Ubuntu Touch and Android on a single smartphone with the option to easily switch between the two. Canonical says the image is suitable only for those who are comfortable with flashing custom firmwares on their devices. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 1

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With the Round of 32 part of our Smartphone Champions League now over, it’s time to turn our heads to the Round of 16 where things get more and more interesting by the day. You can check out the results from Matchday 4 to see the which smartphones went through in the opening round and which had to go home after their very first game.

Today we have the first batch of eight handsets who survived the Round of 32. In the Matchday 1 of Round of 16 we’ll see some ferocious battles. There are the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Motorola Moto G, Sony Xperia SP vs Nokia Asha 501 and Sony Xperia Z1 vs Sony Xperia Z. Read more »

Get $5 store credit on purchase from Amazon Appstore

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Amazon is giving away $5 store credit to app shoppers this holiday season. And all you have to do is download an app from their Appstore.

To get the $5 store credit, all you have to do is go to the Amazon Appstore app on your Kindle Fire or any other compatible Android device and download any app, including a free one. You’ll soon get an email informing you that $5 credit has been added to your account, which can then be used to purchase more apps or games from the Amazon Appstore. Read more »

XOLO Play Tegra Note review

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After releasing the Android based portable gaming console, Shield, NVIDIA is now entering the popular 7-inch tablet category with the Tegra Note. Just like the Shield, the Tegra Note tablet focuses on gaming but also bundles in stylus functionality at a very attractive price point.

Unlike the Shield, NVIDIA won’t be selling the Tegra Note tablet directly. Instead, it will be manufactured for NVIDIA by OEM partners across the world and sold under their own brands. What we are looking at today is the XOLO Play Tegra Note, which is manufactured and sold by XOLO for NVDIA in India and is similar to the Tegra Note tablet offered by other OEMs such as Gigabyte, EVGA and ZOTAC in other markets. So let’s take a closer look at NVIDIA’s first tablet. Read more »

Analyst: It’s mainly smartphones that shipped with NFC in 2013, this would change in 2014

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The majority of the products that shipped with NFC on board during the past year were smartphones, a new research claims. The latest data from ABI Research says that 4 out of every 5 NFC-enabled devices are smartphones.

Near Field Communicatio usage, or NFC as it’s more popularly known, has recently been on the rise. From making contactless payments through pairing seamlessly devices to even transferring small chunks of data, the short distance radio communication standard is being adopted in various electronic gadgets. More so in smartphones, as it seems. Read more »

ASUS launches a video trailer for its CES event

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CES is just two weeks away now it’s the time of the year when ASUS starts building up the hype for its upcoming devices. After launching the invite dubbed In Search Of Incredible a few days ago the company is now airing the first video trailer on YouTube.

This one has the US symbol, the Statue of Liberty, as the main character. Instead of holding up its torch it holds up two fingers in the V formation and then splits the tabula ansata (meaning tablet with handles) in two. What we can gather from this is that we may be in for a new transformer slate from ASUS showcased on the CES floor. Read more »