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Asus reveals VivoTab 8 with Intel Bay Trail, expected to cost below $200

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Following the VivoTab 8 Note, Asus also revealed the VivoTab 8 (M81C). The Windows 8.1 tablet features an 8″ IPS display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and an amazingly low under-$200 price tag.

Inside, there’s an Intel Bay Trial Atom Z3745 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM (2GB also available as an option) and 32GB of storage. At the back and front, there are identical 2MP cameras as well as stereo speakers. Read more »

Mystery 7-inch LG Tegra-powered tablet spotted with Google branding

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An upcoming 7-inch tablet listing has been spotted on the US FCC website that indicates that LG is readying a new Nvidia Tegra-powered tablet in the compact range.

This could very well be the next coming of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, as the Google branding is clearly evident as well. Read more »

Motorola Moto 360 with metal band on pre-order on Verizon

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The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch sold out soon after it was released. If you wanted a metal wrist band you were out of luck even if you got to the store in time – Motorola released the phone with a choice of two leather bands saying it will make it available with a metal band later on.

Now however, Verizon has put the metal strap version on pre-order for $300 with a choice of Black and White (more like silver) colors. Read more »

Infographic details Samsung’s VR headset, the Gear VR

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The Samsung Gear VR debuted last week at IFA and is Samsung’s foray into the world of virtual reality. It’s in partnership with Oculus, the team behind the best known VR headset on the market. Samsung already has game devs lined up to develop content for the Gear VR and the Galaxy Note 4 to power it.

Here’s an infographic that will introduce your to just what the Gear VR does. Read more »

Microsoft jumpstarts MSN by rebranding Bing apps

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Microsoft aims to bring new life into its aging MSN portal with a shiny new homepage alongside plan to rebrand several of its Bing-powered applications.

Not only will Windows Phone apps like News, Finance, Travel, Sports and Weather be rebranded to MSN, but Microsoft is also planning to release iOS and Android versions as well. Read more »

‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ for iOS game review

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a 2D action/puzzle game that originally debuted on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the PC, and has now made its way to iOS.

Valiant Hearts takes place during World War I, and you play as four characters and try to get a soldier back to his wife and child. The game is known for its art style and storytelling. The simple gameplay style always made it conducive to touchscreen devices and now it’s finally here, so let’s take a look at it. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 launcher ported to Android 4.2+ Xperias

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Sony unveiled the new Xperia Z3 on Wednesday, which brought some improvements over the Xperia Z2. The changes weren’t groundbreaking though (the 6-month update schedule means smaller upgrades) and now Z2 owners have even less to feel envious about since the Xperia Z3 launcher and widgets have been ported to Android 4.2 and above.

Owners of other Sony smartphones can join the party too, it’s not a flagship-only event. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate7 video hands-on and camera samples

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Huawei has thrown in everything and the kitchen sink into their latest Ascend Mate7 phablet, and we’ve got our hands on one fresh off its IFA 2014 announcement.

We’ll be giving you a full tour of its metal-clad unibody and instant fingerprint sensor tech on video, alongside some samples from its 13MP shooter. Read more »

Apple iWatch will reportedly run optimized apps from a dedicated store

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According to a new report, the upcoming Apple iWatch will run optimized third-party apps. The latter will be available from a dedicated section in the App Store.

Apple has allegedly seeded its dedicated SDK for wearable devices to high profile app developers. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Stella’ for iOS and Android game review

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Rovio recently released a new Angry Birds game. The 48712721317th game in the series, Angry Birds Stella features brand new characters and story. Let’s take a look.

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Oppo to offer Color OS on LG G2, recruits beta testers now

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Did you like the so called Color OS running on the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a? Oppo’s take on the default Android looks and behavior was quite good, with lots of new eye-candies, features and services.

As of today Oppo is recruiting beta testers with LG G2 willing to test the Color OS ROM on their smartphone. Once completed, Oppo will launch the Color OS ROM to all compatibles LG G2. Read more »

Legendary industrial designer Mark Newson joins Apple

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Apple’s already talented design team got even deeper. According to a new report, the legendary industrial designer Mark Newson has joined the ranks of the Cupertino giant.

Mark Newson will work under Apple’s chief of design, Jony Ive, though it is yet to be revealed what projects he will undertake. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR will cost $199

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The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 phablet will cost $199 in the US. This comes straight from a spokesperson for the Korean company, so it’s pretty much official.

Sure, a press release would have been nice, but this will have to do for now. The price was revealed at the New York Fashion Week of all places. Read more »

Smartwatch bonanza: hottest smartwatches at IFA compared

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IFA used to be dominated by smartphone announcements, then tablets moved in and now wearables are the new hotness. Many companies have various smartbands but we’re only interested in proper smartwatches – ones with big screens for notifications and with a proper OS to run apps.

This cuts the number of contestants down somewhat but not enough, it can still take you a while to wade through specs and price not to mention looks. There’s a battle shaping up versus practical square watches and aesthetically pleasing round watches. Here are all the specs in one place to make things a little easier. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge at IFA this year in an attempt to try out something new without sacrificing the enormous success of its Note smartphone series. With both devices now official and users eagerly awaiting their launch, we want to ask you this: which one do you fancy better?

While both smartphones are identical in many areas, they’re totally different beasts. They project a different character from one another. The Galaxy Note Edge is an embodiment of Samsung’s pioneering spirit. At first sight it looks just as crazy as the original Note did back in 2011. Read more »