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Nokia Lumia 1020 outselling the Lumia 928, Lumia 520 cements position as WP king

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AdDuplex is back with its monthly report on the Windows Phone situation. We’re seeing the first steps of the new Nokia Lumia 1020 flagship, which seems to be outsekkubg its Lumia 928 sibling but is still too young (just a few weeks on sale) for any more detailed numbers.

There are only two companies of note when it comes to Windows Phone – Nokia with about 87% of the market and HTC with about 10%. But this doesn’t mean the WP market is unified. Read more »

Blizzard details Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion

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Enough teasing. Blizzard has officially announced the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion. Along with it the company also launched the game’s opening cinematic trailer. Needless to say, it’s a pure Blizzard masterpiece.

The game takes place after the epic fall of Diablo and his capture into the black soulstone. Now, there’s a new, greater evil on the block – Malthael, the angel of death. Read more »

Asphalt 8 and 14 more Gameloft games to hit Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Gameloft has announced its plans to launch a total of 15 games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by the end of this year and throughout 2014. Headlining the list is Asphalt 8: Airborne, which hits Android and iOS tomorrow.

Four of the games will be new for the Windows Phone 8 platform, while all 15 will be hitting Windows 8. Read more »

Hyetis Crossbow goes on pre-order – 500 unit limited edition run for $1,200 each [UPDATED]

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The Hyetis Crossbow pre-order campaign has begun – for $1,200 you can have one of the first Swiss-made smartwatches. Note that this is a limited run of 500 units. The watch should have a 41MP camera sensor (actual resolution subject to change) with optical zoom, an authentic Swiss watch movement and more connectivity than you thought possible.

The watch body will be made from grade 5 titanium with a “Dark Knight” finish. It has a sapphire glass on the front with anti-glare coating and is waterproof up to 250m. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Triluminos display compared to the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 screens

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The mobile market has many competing display techs and each flagship seems to go a different route – Triluminos for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Super LCD3 for the HTC One and Super AMOLED for the Galaxy S4. So which one is the best?

It turns out it’s difficult to pick – both LCD and AMOLED panels have advanced to the point where the weak points have been all but eliminated Read more »

LG shows off 5.5-inch ‘Quad HD’ display for smartphones

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In a short period of time our phones went from having Retina displays to HD displays and now Full HD displays. You might think that we don’t need any more pixels on our mobile screens but the pixel density race is far from over.

LG has just showcased a new 5.5-inch display for smartphones that has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, with a pixel density of 538 PPI and 430 nits of brightness. LG is calling it a ‘Quad HD’ display because it has four times the resolution of a typical 720p HD display. Read more »

HTC Butterfly S poses for our camera before its full review

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The HTC Butterfly S, a refresh of the original HTC Butterfly (DROID DNA in the US) released this January, comes as yet another flagship from the Taiwanese company, this time in the 5-inch display range.

Apart from the larger display, the Butterfly S has a beefier processor than the HTC One, and a huge 3200 mAh battery. Read more »

Google Maps now supports real time Waze reports on Android and iOS

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Just two months after Google acquired the community-based traffic and navigation app Waze, the company’s Maps app now supports real time incident reports. The information will come directly from reports submitted by the Waze community, but the feature won’t be available everywhere.

At first users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US will benefit from real time accident, construction, road closure and other reports submitted from Waze users. However, Google Maps isn’t the only app that benefits from the collaboration of the two companies. The Waze app has been updated as well. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 925 helps you remember what happened last night at the club

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Do you get blackout drunk regularly? Because if you do, Nokia thinks you should buy the Lumia 925 – the optical image stabilization and ZEISS optics mean you can get good photos of the dodgy, poorly lit night clubs you visit, so that you can remember what you did last night.

Someone must have had quite the hangover when they thought of this ad. Read more »

Nokia Transit for Series 40 leaves its beta tag behind

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Nokia has released the final version of its popular public transport information app dubbed Nokia Transit for the Series 40 platform. The app, which was previously beta and exclusive to Lumia phones has now been made available to the Asha platform and Series 40 users can enjoy it as well.

The Transit app is very useful and is great for finding nearby stations. You can search for them by address and once you find the one you’re interested in, the app displays departure times allowing you to plan a route to your destination. Read more »

Oppo confirms the N1 cameraphone with teaser images, will unveil it in September

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Oppo is working on a cameraphone called the N1 – it leaked early this month and now the company has officially confirmed that it will announce it in September with a couple of teaser images. The Oppo N1 will be the company’s next flagship, at least until the Find 7 is ready (which Oppo said will launch after September).

So far we’ve seen renders of the device, with info suggesting it will have a 12MP camera with a chip called Owl (a nocturnal creature, hint, hint) and a special N-Lens, plus a xenon flash. Read more »

Origin store introduces refund system for your games

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EA’s Origin store has forever been living in the shadow of the much more popular and beloved Steam. But now it finally has something that Steam does not, and that is a refund system.

Now, when you purchase a game, you have 24 hours to return it if you don’t like it. Read more »

Moto Maker’s engraving feature won’t be available at the launch of the Moto X

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Barely a few days before the retail launch of the Motorola Moto X, we found out that one of its key customization features will be missing. Customers will not be able to place their own messages on the device’s back when it launches this Friday.

According to a statement from Motorola, the quality of the engravings was not up to the manufacturer’s consumer product standards during testing. Read more »

Update to YouTube for Android brings new features dressed in new UI

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Google released a major update to its YouTube app for Android. The new version brings new features, dressed in a brand new, even more user-friendly UI.

The most notable new feature of the redesigned YouTube app is a multi-window feature. It allows users to have play their video in a small window while browsing the endless amount of available content. Read more »

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 over-ear headphones review

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The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 over-ear headphones are the company’s flagship offering at the moment. V-Moda has taken a unique approach with their development – over two hundred audiophiles, world-class DJs, and Grammy-winning musicians have collaborated on the M-100’s tuning and features.

Despite being around for less than ten years, V-Moda has firmly established itself as a premier designer and manufacturer of high-end headphones. A few months back, I came out impressed after spending quality time with the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 model. Read on to find out what it’s like having the bigger brother as a daily driver! Read more »