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Google Play Books and All Access Music expand to 13 new countries

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Google is finally taking the conquest of Europe more serious and has expanded the availability of its Play Books and All Access Music services to 13 new countries.

The latest ones to get access to to the Books and Music part of the Google Play Store are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. Read more »

DxO camera shootout puts Apple iPhone 5 against GoPro Hero3

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The GoPro Hero3 action camera was launched about a year ago and has gained some serious traction among extreme sports enthusiasts. Combining a rugged build with some serious video capture credentials the Hero3 has got the attention of the folks from DxO Labs, who have done their set of scientific tests on it.

As a fun experiment they even decided to compare the action camera to that of the Apple’s iPhone 5 and see which one does better with stills and videos. The comparison looks appropriate considering the fact that the iPhone 5 is still one of the more capable smartphone shooters around. Read more »

Gmail now has a full-screen compose option

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Google redesigned its popular email client in March with few new additions and tweaks. One of the notable changes was the new compose, which was available in your inbox as a pop-up window.

Now, Google has started to roll out a new full-screen compose window, which fills your entire display. Read more »

Google introduces Chrome App launcher for all Windows users

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It looks like the Google Chrome App launcher is finally out of its developers preview mode, as the app is now available for all Windows users.

The Google Chrome App launcher will place an app on the start page, taskbar and desktop for Windows 8 and in menu bar for Windows 7, which allows you to quickly access the browser, Chrome store, Gmail or any other application that works with the Google’s browser. Read more »

T3 awards shortlist announced, Apple and Samsung get the most nominees

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T3 has officially announced its nominations for its seventh annual T3 gadget awards, which recognize and honors the gadgets, software and personalities who inspire the tech world over the past one year.

As one can expect, Apple and Samsung have bagged the most nominees with each brand presented in nine categories, including four where the two meet face to face. Read more »

Specs of second-generation Nexus 7 leaked, will feature Android 4.3 and wireless charging

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The alleged images of next-generation affordable tablet from Google have already been leaked and we even saw a video of the upcoming Nexus 7. Now, the specifications of the second-gen of the slate have been revealed in a new leak.

As expected, the second-generation Nexus 7 will sport a 7-inch FullHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display and will feature a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. It will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which will be the latest version at the time of its release. Read more »

Rovio Account now available globally, syncs Angry Birds game progress between Android and iOS

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Rovio has begun the global rollout of its game progress-syncing Rovio Accounts. So far the service was available globally only on The Croods and had very limited availability on Angry Birds.

As of today Rovio Account is available on Android and iOS globally and can sync your progress of the original Angry Birds as well. Read more »

The recent Samsung Galaxy S III explosion was due to defective third-party battery

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We recently heard reports stating that an explosion of Samsung Galaxy S III had injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland, causing third degree burns. The manufacturer had done its own investigation of the cause for the unfortunate accident and has now revealed its findings to the public.

It has been found out that the usage of unofficial thrid-party battery not approved by Samsung was the main reason for the explosion. Read more »

Sony rumored to launch clip-on F/1.8 camera lens with built-in 20MP image sensor for smartphones

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Off late, cameraphones have regained much of their popularity and we are starting to see smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Nokia Lumia 1020 with impressive cameras that have changed the game altogether.

According to a report from Sony Alpha Rumors, the next big thing in mobile photography might come from Sony. The Japanese manufacturer is said to be working on a “lens camera” accessory for its smartphones. Read more »

2 year later VLC media player returns to iOS

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After being pulled off the App Store due to licensing issues, the capable VLC media player has been completely rewritten and is back on Apple’s mobile platform.

The open-source app is now bi-licensed under Mozilla’s Public License v2 and the GNU Public License v2, which VideoLAN believes won’t have any distribution issues under Apple’s rather stringent licensing regulations. Read more »

Halo: Spartan Assault lands on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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The first Halo game targeting the handheld devices has now made it to the Windows Stores. Halo: Spartan Assault is compatible with Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.

The action in Halo: Spartan Assault takes place between the Halo 3 and Halo 4 time frames and offers “new insights into the first missions of the Spartan Ops program, the history of the Human-Covenant wars, and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer.” Read more »

Benchmarks of the leaked Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 show an overall performance improvement

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The Android 4.3 system dump for the Nexus 4 from yesterday is still not perfectly ready for daily use, but it’s now much easier to install. You can follow instructions here to flash it (using any recovery) to your Nexus 4, it shouldn’t delete your data (once again, proceed at your own risk and do a backup for peace of mind).

Why would you risk it when the official update could be just days away? Android 4.3 brings few changes over 4.2.2, but they are important – and better performance is seemingly one of them. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s handwriting recognition tested with coin, pen and knife

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra was announced last month as the company’s first foray into the realm of phablets with its robust 6.5-inch screen.

Besides the new Triluminous display engine, the Z Ultra features Sony’s handwriting recognition technology, which lets you write on the display using nearly anything with tip less than 1mm in diameter. This latest video takes a closer look at exactly what does and doesn’t work as a writing device – from a set of keys to Stanley knives. Read more »

Nokia’s latest ad brags about the rich sound recording, superior camcorder of Lumia 1020

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Ever since Nokia announced its Lumia 1020, it has done all it can to create a buzz among the tech enthusiasts. The impressive 41 megapixel sensor in the Windows Phone 8 smartphone have mostly taken the spotlight so far, but now the company’s PR department is focusing on some of the cool side features.

Nokia has now come up with a new promotional video that Nokia highlights the smartphones rich sound recording technology and compares it to two of its direct rivals. Read more »

Microsoft still posts a profit despite $900 million in quarterly loses due to poor Surface RT sales

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It’s clear by now to everyone that the Surface RT has been a failure. The first Windows tablet to run on the ARM platform was doomed to obscurity when people realized they could not run legacy Windows applications on the device and had to rely on their lackluster ARM counterparts from the Windows Store.

The latest earnings report has revealed that the tablet has cost Microsoft some $900 million in loses, but the company was still able to post a revenue just shy of $20 billion – a 10% increase over the same quarter last year. Read more »