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BLU Life One hands-on impressions

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With a 5” IPS LCD display, the BLU Life One sits above the entry-level Life Play, and below the phablet-proportioned Life View in the freshly launched smartphone series from the Miami based manufacturer. Given the increasing popularity which the 5” Android smartphones enjoy lately, the dual-SIM BLU Life One is likely to generate the most interest from potential users.

Save for the smaller display, the BLU Life One packs the same spec sheet as its bigger brother which we previewed a couple of days back. Read more »

Sony bags worldwide distribution rights of Angry Birds movie, will release it in July 2016

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has bagged the worldwide distribution rights of the much anticipated Angry Birds movie. The 3D animated film in the making is being developed, produced and financed by Rovio, the creators of the popular Angry Birds franchise.

Sony will be releasing the movie worldwide on July 1, 2016. The upcoming flick will be the first step into the feature films after the company marked its entry to the television industry with its weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series. Read more »

Abra-Ca-Bacon update to Angry Birds Seasons arrives along with one of Simon Pierro iPad magic videos

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Today, many of us woke up to see a new update available to Angry Birds Seasons. This one is called Abra-Ca-Bacon and we already told you it was coming a week ago.

We hope you’ve watched the update’s teaser last week. If not, well, you can already have a go at the real game yourself. Today’s topic however, is the appointment of the YouTube star, iPad magician Simon Pierro as an Official Angry Birds Magician.

And the today’s release of the Abra-Ca-Bacon update more than anything warrants the release of one of the special iPad Magic videos he’s known about. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 925 might soon be available in different color combinations

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Nokia announced its Lumia 925 smartphone just a few days ago and the device created a buzz among the tech enthusiasts with its specifications and features. Nokia Lumia 925 was unveiled in Black, White and Grey, which is one color version more than most other high-end phones get at launch. However, it looks like the smartphone might soon be available in even more color combinations

The yellow version of the Lumia 925 has been found on the Nokia’s future talent Facebook page so it might be joining the lineup in the future. Read more »

You can now request an invite for the updated Google Maps

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Google uncovered the redesigned Maps service featuring a slew of new features and capabilities at its Google I/O keynote yesterday. Alas, you will only have to wait until the summer to experience the new Maps in its full glory. Despite that, Google has set up a page for you to request an invite to experience the beta version of the service.

The new service sports a new user interface that’s centers only on the map itself. The map imagery itself is also slightly touched and is now completely vector-based. The search giant boasts the new Maps to be ‘tailored-made’ for you that gets better and more personal the more you use it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first smartphone to get TCO certification

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The packaging of the fourth-generation Galaxy S smartphone earned the UL Platinum certification for its eco-friendliness and now, the Samsung 2013 flagship device has been TCO certified for being environmentally friendly.

The TCO Development foundation is mainly focused on the sustainability in the IT sector and the firm has found that the Samsung Galaxy S4 to comply with all its criteria, so it is the first smartphone to get certified by TCO. Read more »

Nokia talks Lumia 925 display, gives you an app to adjust color saturation and temperature of the screen

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Aluminum construction and OIS camera of the Nokia Lumia 925 got the most attention when the new WP8 flagship was announced, but the screen is pretty interesting too. It’s an AMOLED display like the Lumia 928 has and not an LCD like on the Lumia 920.

Besides the slimmer profile allowed by AMOLED, there is custom software to make sure you have the display set up just the way you want it. Read more »

Google asks Microsoft to take down Windows Phone YouTube over lack of ads

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A few days ago we reported on the release of the brand new YouTube app for Windows Phone 8. Unlike the previous ‘app’ that was basically a link to the YouTube mobile site, the new app developed by Microsoft was a proper client that let you watch videos within the app itself.

It seems, however, Google isn’t particularly fond of this app and has asked Microsoft to take it down. The point of contention is the lack of ads in the app, which Microsoft has disabled. As you may know, Google earns its revenue from ads, as do some of the content creators who earn revenue from the YouTube videos through AdSense. Read more »

Google revamps Maps for mobile and web with new UI, Google+ sync and personalized maps

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Leaks of the redesigned Maps spoiled the Google’s surprise, which was supposed to be the official release of the revamped service at Google I/O. Launching in the summer, the new Google Maps will sport an updated user interface as well as deeper Google+ synchronization

The desktop version of Google Maps got some very cool features from Google Earth such as flyover immersive images, 360-degree viewing and even taking a peek inside buildings. Read more »

Google conversational search to make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS as Knowledge Graph gets four new languages

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As hinted several times, Google’s popular voice-operated search is making its way to the Chrome browser and Chrome operating system.

The new feature comes with support for Google’s Knowledge Graph for four additional languages, bringing the total up to 13. Read more »

Google + gets a redesigned stream, a Hangout application and 41 other new features

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Google+ has been one of the services that got a major update following the Google I/O keynote speech today. The social network now has a redesigned UI with a new stream, which is all about design and depth. Google has taken the multi-column design from the mobile devices and has brought it to the desktop, making the interface beautiful and dynamic.

The photos and videos in the design span multiple columns that are fast, fluid and fun. Google has also introduced delightful animations throughout its new design. Read more »

Google Play Music All Access officially launched in the US, costs $9.99 a month

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Google was rumored to unveil its own music streaming service and the internet giants has chosen its I/O event for its debut. The company officially launched an on-demand service called “Google Play Music All Access”.

The Spotify competitor features millions of songs that can be played instantly. The service offers you songs by personal recommendations and also allows you to have your own playlists and chats. Read more »

Google Play Game Services provides game cloud saves, leaderboards, multiplayer and achivements

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In addition to multiple new and cool APIs for developers, Hugo Barra introduced Google Play Game Service which introduces leaderboards, game progress saves in the cloud, real-time multiplayer and game achievements.

What’s cool is that all of the new game services features, save for real-time multiplayer, are going to work crossplatform between Android, iOS and the web. Read more »

Google Play has reached 48 billion installs, almost on par with the App Store now

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Google has just announced at its annual I/O conference the Play Store app installs have crossed the 48 billion mark.

More than 2.5 billion installs were made just the last month, so we can expect the 50 billion mark to follow soon. Read more »

Google boasts 900 million activated Android devices, 48 billion Play Store app installs

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Google I/O 2013 has just started and to get things up to speed Sundar Pichai stepped on stage and announced that Android is doing even better than before. The Google platform has reached a total of 900 million activated devices.

An device counts as activated when you get a new Android handset and log in with your Google account for the first time. There would be several devices out there that were purchased but never logged in, so they won’t be counted in this number. Re-sells haven’t been counted, either, but as you know not every device that was activated would be in use now.

At this rate Google is on track to reach 1 billion Android device activations, in a few months, rather than at the end of the year as earlier predictions suggested.