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Nokia continues its sophomoric meme mockery of Android smartphones

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It was kind of amusing when Nokia first started poking fun at other smartphone manufacturers with its specially created internet memes, but now, when the Finns have produced yet another batch of them, their charm is kind of lost.

Today, we’ve got five more memes that take a jab at Samsung and other smartphone makers and their products. Read more »

HTC may have just hired Robert Downey Jr. to promote its phones

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HTC has broken its bad streak with the HTC One and are looking to continue improving by stepping up marketing. How? By hiring Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to promote HTC’s phones.

Bloomberg reports that RDJ won’t be playing any of his famous characters, he will be himself, which is just as awesome (though admittedly Iron Man and the metal-clad HTC One would have gone well together). Read more »

NVIDIA drops SHIELD price to $299, releasing on June 27

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NVIDIA has announced that it will be selling the SHIELD for $299, starting June 27. The device first went on pre-order back in May but it seems the $349 price tag didn’t sit too well with prospective buyers so now we have a price cut even before the launch of the device.

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a first of its kind device where it is a handheld gaming console running on Android. It’s also the first device to run on NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor, which has 4+1 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz and a stonking 72 core GPU. Other specifications include a 5-inch, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, microHDMI out (supports up to 4K resolution) and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Instagram adds support for fifteen second video clips

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In a bid to take down Twitter and Vine, Facebook and Instagram have added a new feature on the popular mobile social network: videos. Now along with being able to upload photos, Instagram will also let you upload short videos from your phone.

After updating to the latest v4.0 of the application on iOS and Android, you will notice that there is a new button in the viewfinder mode. Tapping it brings the video recording interface. This works similar to Vine, where you press and hold the record button to record the video. You can release it as many times you want during the fifteen second span you are allotted and the app stitches the moments into one clip. As with Vine, audio is recorded as well. Read more »

Samsung ATIV Tab 3 hands-on: Android-sized Windows 8 tablet

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Today Samsung has announced the Ativ Tab 3 – a tablet, utilizing an Atom CPU to runs Windows 8.

We got a chance to spend some time with the Ativ Tab 3 and we snapped lots of pics. Read more »

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy NX Android-powered interchangeable lens camera

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At their Premiere event in New York Samsung gave us a chance to briefly check out their just announced Galaxy NX camera. We hurried over to where the camera itself was exhibited along with many NX mount lenses.

The benefit of having a choice of interchangeable lenses is one of the crucial advantages that the Galaxy NX has over last year’s Galaxy Camera and this year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom.

The other, of course, is the large APS-C sensor with a 20.3MP effective resolution. Physically, that translates into a sensor that’s much bigger than the sensor in any smartphone. Read more »

Samsung announces ATIV Book 9 Plus, ATIV Book 9 Lite ultrabooks

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Today Samsung has announced the next generation of their sleek Series 9 ultrabook. The two new ultrabooks are called ATIV Book 9 Plus and ATIV Book 9 Lite respectively and both run Windows 8, as you might have guessed.

Both feature aluminium unibodies and 13.3-inch screens with touch functionality. The one on the ATIV Book 9 Plus however packs the whopping 3200 X 1800 QHD+ resolution. Read more »

Samsung officially unveils ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablets

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At today’s Premiere event in London Samsung officially announced two tablets – the convertible ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3. Both devices run Windows 8, while the ATIV Q can dual boot Android as well.

Starting up with the Samsung ATIV Q, as it is the more interesting slate of the two. It’s built around a 13.3″ display with the jaw-dropping resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. Read more »

Samsung announces Galaxy NX, first Android-powered interchangeable lens camera with 20.3MP APS-C sensor

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Samsung just unveiled the first interchangeable lens camera that is powered by Android, the Samsung Galaxy NX. The device is a more advanced version of the Galaxy Camera with a much larger sensor and you get a choice of NX mount lenses.

The Galaxy NX uses an APS-C sensor with an effective resolution of 20.3MP. Besides high resolution stills, the camera can also record 1080p video at 25fps. The camera features DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer and can do burst shots at 8.6fps with a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/6000 sec. Read more »

Samsung to announce Ativ Book 9 Lite and Ativ One at the Galaxy & Ativ event this evening

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Samsung’s Galaxy & Ativ event in London will start in just a few hours and we already known what to expect from the Galaxy side. We’re getting teasing glimpses of what the Ativ line will bring – the Ativ One and Ativ Book.

Meanwhile, Samsung Indonesia jumped the gun and announced that the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite. Read more »

Facebook adds option to post images in comments

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Facebook users may have noticed the addition of a new button next to the option to enter your comment to a post. Now you will be able to post images within your Facebook comments. While earlier images could only be inserted if you had a direct link to them, you can now choose to directly upload an image on your hard drive as a comment.

As of now this feature is only available on the web version of Facebook and should be rolling out to everyone across the world. The mobile apps can display images in comments but you can’t upload images as of now. Also, the website only supports still images and you can’t insert GIFs, which is unfortunate (or fortunate, depending upon your tolerance level for GIFs). Read more »

Nokia EOS unibody leaks again, this time in yellow

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Another day, another Nokia EOS leak. The body of the upcoming super phone from the Finns has leaked in a multitude of colors, and this time around it’s yellow. The large circular hole where the 41MP camera should go shows some of the internal structure of the EOS, but unfortunately there’s no camera.

By the way, the body seems to have been photographed on the exact same surface as the one from yesterday’s leak. This image doesn’t definitively resolve the question “polycarbonate or aluminum”, but along with the number of colors we have seen seems to weigh in favor of polycarbonate. Read more »

LiveMap is an Android-powered motorbike helmet that puts Google Glass to shame

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Android is known to be one of, if not the most, diverse mobile operating systems out there powering everything from mobile devices through washing machines and microwaves to Google Glass. Now, there’s a project posted on IndieGoGo aimed towards creating a helmet that runs Android and if it takes off it will give Glass a run for its money.

The LiveMap motorbike helmet will use the visor for augmented reality and will display anything from turn-by-turn navigation, current the speed to nearby points of interest. It’ll support 4G LTE connectivity, too as well as a handful of sensors including G-sensor, gyroscope, digital compass for head movement tracking. Read more »

Dolphin Browser reaches v10, brings new UI and web app store

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Popular mobile browser Dolphin has reached the v10 mark and brings with it some new features to make it even better. The first among the changes is a new user interface. Dolphin 10 has a flat new UI that is more in tune with the times and at the same time retains the basic architecture of the previous versions. Unfortunately, this means it’s still not quite Holo and features a rather massive additional menu at the bottom of the screen.

Another change is the presence of a new web app store. This is similar to the web store on the desktop version of the Chrome. These are web apps, which in most cases equates to bookmarks, that install on your browser’s homescreen and let you quickly access those sites. Read more »

Microsoft revises Xbox One DRM policies

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After facing considerable backlash from the media and gamers alike, Microsoft have made a U-turn on their DRM policies for the Xbox One. In a blog post released yesterday, Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, detailed the changes that have been made in the new policy.

First of all, Microsoft has shunned the online check compulsion that was previously enforced on Xbox One gamers. The console was previously designed to connect online every 24 hours, which meant you couldn’t play offline. That limitation has now been removed, which means after a one time check you no longer have to stay connected to the internet to play the game. Read more »