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Nokia X unboxed, stars in extensive photo shoot

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The Nokia X is already available in some places but the odd phone – an Android-powered Nokia – is still a bit of a novelty. The team at Zing.vn got their hands on one unit days before the phones launch in Vietnam and posted an extensive photo session.

Despite forgoing the Play Store for a Nokia-centric app store (plus third party stores), the Nokia X has a great app package out of the gate. Read more »

Dead Trigger 2 Arena update teaser video is out

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The latest trailer of Dead Trigger 2 Arena is now upon us hyping the game even more ahead of the upcoming update.

Unfortunately, the teaser trailer doesn’t show actual gameplay, but even without it we know there’ll be a zombie massacre. The premise of the update is simple – you get to choose one weapon before entering an arena full of undead. What’s not to love? Read more »

Google working on KitKat battery drain fix for Nexus 5

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A faulty camera process on the Nexus 5 has resulting in a significant number of people reporting of excessive battery drain during standby on the device.

Google has confirmed that a maintenance release that will hopefully fix the bug is on the way. Other Qualcomm SoC-powered smartphones running Android KitKat 4.4.2 that may also be suffering from the bug will have to wait for a fix directly from the respective manufacturer. Read more »

Google celebrates two years of Play Store with discounted games

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The Play Store is celebrating its second birthday and daddy Google is giving away some discounts on select games. If you open the Play Store, you will find the special anniversary menu right in front of you.

The discounts so far are only on games and are actually quite terrible. Instead of going with popular paid games Google has chosen games that most people haven’t heard of (except a few) and are already free. The discounts then are not on the actual game but on in-app purchases. In some cases, you also get additional in-game items for use. Read more »

QuizUp is now on Android

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Popular iOS trivia game QuizUp is now available on Android. A private beta of the game was released a few weeks back but now the stable version has been released on the Play Store.

QuizUp lets you play one-on-one online multiplayer quiz matches against your friends or other QuizUp players. You can choose from hundreds of topics, with new ones constantly being added. When you start a quiz, you have to answer and depending upon how quickly and how many you answer correctly you are given points. The one with the higher points at the end of the game wins. Read more »

Nokia X disassembled

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Images of Nokia’s first Android phone, the Nokia X, have surfaced, and they show the handset in all of its taken apart glory.

The images get pretty detailed, check them out after the jump. Read more »

LG G Flex stars in a bizarre commercial, check it out

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LG released a rather bizarre ad for its curved G Flex phablet. The head-scratching video clip aims to accentuate the natural curve of the device, as well as its self-healing capability.

The ad goes to great lengths to convince the viewer that the device is “the most human phone”. Read more »

Apple has over 3 million iPhone 5c units collecting dust

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Apple’s stockpile of the iPhone 5c has reached over 3 million units, confirming what most already know: it isn’t exactly a hot seller.

2 million units are at Pegatron, the manufacturer of the 5c, with the rest sitting on shelves hoping someone will take them home. Read more »

Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 processor outdoes Snapdragon 801

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A couple of benchmark results which have surfaced from Huawei’s new home-made octa-core Kirin 920 processor, showing some serious horsepower under the hood.

The upcoming processor from the Chinese smartphone company that features four Cortex-A7 cores and four Cortex-A15 cores, beats out Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 in the AnTuTu benchmark. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 tops Basemark X charts, beating Galaxy S5

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The new wave of Android flagships comes with a revamped version of Qualcomm’s top chipset, but surprisingly it’s the Nokia Lumia 1520 with the vanilla Snapdragon 800 that topped the charts of the Basemark X test.

The Xperia Z2 hasn’t been tested yet, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in second with a 6% lower score. Read more »

Microsoft to announce DirectX 12 on March 20

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Microsoft will be giving game developers a closer look at the next version of its graphics API set on March 20 at Game Developer Conference or GDC. Microsoft didn’t reveal much about it right now and all we know for sure is that AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and Qualcomm are onboard with it right now.

But while Microsoft did not reveal much on its website, the GDC schedule for the DirectX event does give a good hint at what we can expect. According to the description, it seems DirectX 12 will offer lower-level access to hardware, similar to AMD’s Mantle API. Having low-level access to your hardware means you are able to get the most out of it and make better use of it. Read more »

Motorola’s Touchless Control can now read your notifications aloud

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Motorola has updated its cool Touchless Control app by teaching it to respond to a new question: “What’s up?” Upon asking it, the phone will answer you with your current notifications. “Read Notifications” works too.

The new feature is integrated with Google Now as well. “Ok, Google Now, what’s up” will returns you the current time as well as pending notifications. Read more »

Gmail for iOS update brings background refresh and one-click login

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Google has released a new update for the Gmail app for iOS. The latest version brings with a much requested feature: background refresh. This feature takes advantage of the new APIs in iOS 7 and will refresh and keep your inbox updated in the background, so when you launch the app it will be up to date.

Another addition is one-click login. A lot of the Google apps on iOS have one-click login, which means when you log into one Google app, the other Google apps will just borrow that data and will allow you to login with just one click instead of having to sign in separately. Read more »

House of Marley Legend in-ear headphones review

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The House of Marley Legend sits on top of the company’s range of in-ear headphones. Like the rest of the manufacturer’s Bob Marley-inspired product range, the flagship headset it crafted from Earth-friendly materials, coupled with superior attention to detail.

About a year ago, I spent quality time with the House of Marley Zion in-ear headphones which left a good impression thanks to their natural bass. With a price tag twice as large, the Legend enters a market segment which is inhabited by properly heavy hitters. Read on to find out if the headset lives up to the expectations. Read more »

TSMC starts making Apple’s A8 CPUs

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Reports indicate that TSMC has already begun manufacturing their first batch of A8 processors for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6.

We aren’t going to see anything new from Apple until Q3 of this year, however. Read more »