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Yelp for iOS will translate reviews for you

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Yelp’s great for finding new restaurants in strange cities, but what about foreign places where you don’t speak the native tongue?

Well have no fear, because the Yelp app for iOS will now automatically translate reviews in a language you’ll understand. Read more »

Google updates Android L factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

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Google updated the Android L factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. The new builds carry the version number LPV81C and replace the previously available version LPV79.

The new Android L factory images bring few novelties to the table. Read more »

Windows 9 will retire the Charms bar, add virtual desktops

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Microsoft’s next big Windows release, codenamed Threshold, but which will probably be called Windows 9, is set to drop yet another controversial feature introduced in Windows 8. We’re talking about the (in)famous Charms bar.

On a touchscreen device, this slides in from the right of the screen, and it’s reasonably easy to use (though not obvious that it’s there). If you’ve got a keyboard and mouse situation, however, you need to take your mouse pointer to either the top or bottom right side of your screen, let it hover there and then the bar “magically” appears. Read more »

HTC One (M8) Duo Camera effects can now be shared online

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Today HTC’s published an update to its Gallery app in the Play Store. This update enables owners of the One (M8) to use the new Duo Effects Gallery, which is a Web viewer that lets you share the interactive viewing experience of the Duo Camera’s effects with anyone.

This Web interface lets people you’ve shared your works of art with change the focus point in an image, as well as choose which part of the picture has effects applied. UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus effects are now shareable with whoever you like. Read more »

Samsung Gear Solo standalone smartwatch said to be launching alongside the Note 4

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Remember Samsung’s telephony-enabled smartwatch called Gear Solo? It got leaked back in April, and now it looks like we’re very close to its actual release.

According to a new report from Samsung’s home country of South Korea, the company will unveil the Gear Solo at its pre-IFA event on September 3, alongside the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet. Read more »

Nokia HERE Maps for Windows Phone gets updated data

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Nokia’s HERE Maps for Windows Phone has received a hefty update of its underlying map data. It brings with it better mapping in certain countries, nicer looking 3D landmarks in some cities, as well as point address rendering in more places.

The latter means you’re able to see at a glance where addresses and buildings are are on each street. Seeing exact addresses on the map is obviously helpful, as long as the feature is available in enough places and is accurate. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) ported to Nokia X

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The original Nokia X trio will not see an update to the second version of the platform and the platform itself is on its way out. If you did get a Nokia X, though, you’ll soon be able to join the Android 4.4.4. KitKat crowd with CyanogenMod 11.

“Soon” because the current version of the ROM lacks three key features: Wi-Fi, camera and storage. Read more »

This Iron Throne iPhone case is the hottest accessory in Westeros

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Love “Game of Thrones” and hate comfort? Then this iPhone case is for you! By cleverly using sword-shaped toothpicks this will turn your smartphone into a mini Iron Throne.

The case is sold through Etsy by TheCommonRoom who fully appreciate that it’s not practical for daily use and recommends you keep it away from children. You know, especially if your son is next in line for the throne. Read more »

Philips launches affordable 28″ 4K monitor for $599

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Philips is launching a budget-oriented 28-inch 4K monitor (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution). The company’s asking price for the high-resolution monitor is $599/€599, making it one of the most affordable 4K displays out there.

The Philips 288P6LJEB outputs the UHD resolution at 60Hz and comes with VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4 (with MHL support) and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity. Read more »

Google updates Search and Play Music apps

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Google has launched updates for its Search and Play Music apps, bringing some additional features that won’t remain unappreciated.

Starting with Search, Google has enhanced the support for deep app linking and search within them. However, these features require developers to implement them first within their apps. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 3 hands-on

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Xiaomi’s Mi 3 has had a long trek westward to our studios, but finally the device has made its way here and we’re ready to give the popular Chinese smartphone our full review treatment.

But before that, we’ll be taking a quick look at the device in front of our camera. The Mi 3 comes in a stylish unibody that houses a robust quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset alongside Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, all at a price that’s significantly lower than most flagships. Read more »

Internet Explorer beefs up its security against plug-ins

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Sure, your web browser might be secure, but the same cannot always be said for web plug-ins.

Well Microsoft has decided to do something about this security flaw, by adding greater protection against vulnerabilities found in browser plug-ins in Internet Explorer. Read more »

Facebook Messenger now supports Android Wear

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Looks like WhatsApp isn’t the only messaging service that’s supporting Android Wear.

Facebook’s recent update has brought some new features and compatibility to the smartwatch software. Read more »

Android L smartphones may support multiple user accounts

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Google might bring support for multiple users to smartphones with Android L. The feature was somewhat confirmed by a Google project member in an official developer forum.

In a discussion thread regarding multiuser functionality in Android handsets, the Google employee posted the following reply to forum members: Read more »

Timex Ironman One GPS+ standalone smartwatch announced

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If you thought the $299 Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch was expensive, then you definitely won’t like what Timex, Qualcomm, and AT&T have partnered up to bring you. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch that resulted from the cooperation of these three companies is set to arrive this fall, and it will cost a whopping $399.95.

It’s a standalone device, though, so you don’t have to keep it tethered to your phone, as it has its own data radios. In fact, if you buy one AT&T will throw in one year of data access. Read more »