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Google outs limited-edition live smartphone cases designed by Skrillex

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Google released a trio of limited-edition live smartphone cases designed by the Grammy-winning producer Skrillex. The accessories are part of a new series of limited-edition covers for Android handsets by Google, dubbed Editions.

The cases are available for Motorola Nexus 6, LG Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Read more »

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now rolling out to the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE for Verizon

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Another day, another Lollipop update rollout. This time we’re talking about the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, in its LTE-capable incarnation, which was launched by Verizon. Following the update to Android 4.4 KitKat, which it got last year, and then another bug fixer, the G Pad 8.3 is now finally receiving the tasty treat known as Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

Verizon’s support documents say you should expect to see a new software button arrangement (and design), lock screen notifications, smart lock (using proximity to other devices to auto-unlock the tablet), the new notification screen design, the much-hated Interruptions feature that replaces Silent mode, floating action buttons everywhere, screen pinning, search in Settings, multi-user accounts accessible from the notification panel, as well as an “Avoid bad Wi-Fi connections” item in Settings. Read more »

Verizon’s original Moto G is now just $19.99 without a contract

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The original Moto G from 2013 started out life at Verizon costing $100 sans contract, which is a very good amount for the specs. But that was then. Months have passed, it’s now 2015, so Best Buy decided it’s time for a discount.

Hence, the well known retailer will give you a Moto G for Verizon for just $19.99. Again, without a contract. This price drop now makes the original Moto G one of the cheapest prepaid phones for Big Red, and possibly the best of them all in terms of its price per features ratio. Read more »

LG G4 teardown reveals an easy to repair flagship

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LG G4 is the newest flagship on the market introduced just last week. It packs a 5.5″ improved IPS Quad HD display and is the first to run on the Snapdragon 808 chipset with a 6-core processor. The device is already on sale in South Korea and naturally is first teardown is now live.

Unlike many other top smartphones today, the LG G4 still offers removable rear cover and user-replaceable battery. This suggests a simpler assembly and construction of the inner parts and indeed this turned out to be true. In fact, LG G4 seems to be the easiest top-tier smartphone for repair this year. Read more »

Nubia allegedly caught astroturfing negative comments about Meizu online

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Astroturfing is the practice of pretending to be a genuine person on internet forums, comments sections, and online reviews and posting positive or negative comments about a company while actually being on the payroll of a competitor. As unfortunate as it is, it’s also quite common, which makes it hard to take any comment or online review seriously.

Sooner or later though, somebody gets caught doing it, and this time it seems it’s Nubia. The sub-division of ZTE that recently made its way in India is already off to a not so great start. The email you see above is allegedly from a social media influencer apparently working for Nubia PR, requesting others to post negative comments about Meizu, who also recently opened shop in India, on Meizu’s Facebook profile, as well as post negative reviews on the their Amazon page. Read more »

Google to launch a new Photo service by end of this month

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Millions of photos are stored online at cloud services of Flickr and Facebook. But not many would prefer about Google’s own photo service nested in Google+.

That’s why Google is working to reveal a new photo tool that will allow storage and sharing the images to popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter easily. This new photos tool is expected to be announced at the Google I/O developers conference at the end of this month in San Francisco, according to the latest report. Read more »

Oppo unveils Compass fitness tracker, Okey bluetooh headset and selfie stick

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You didn’t think that Oppo will miss the chance to some cool announce accessories alongside its R7 and R7 Plus phones at today’s presentation, did you? The company just revealed the Compass fitness tracker, O-Key Bluetooth earpiece as well as a selfie stick. The latter is just 18cm long, but since we hate those, we won’t be wasting your time with it.

As for the the Oppo Compass fitness tracker, it sports a circular display and a heart rate monitor. Exact specs are scarce, but it seems that the body of the tracker is aluminum and comes with a rubber band. Read more »

Oppo R7 first promo video yells craftsmanship

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The Oppo R7 is the latest member in the company’s series of thin smartphones. As you’re reading this, Oppo is holding the R7′s launch event in China, so specifications aren’t available in full just yet.

From the video, you can tell the R7 is meticulously crafted and Oppo is accenting on the phone’s thin profile made possible thanks to its metal frame. Read more »

Apple introduces official iPhone Lightning Dock for $39

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Apple quietly introduced its first official iPhone Lightning Dock solution for iPhone models announced since 2013. The accessory debuted alongside an updated 15” MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad and a new 27” Retina iMac with 5K display earlier today.

The new iPhone Lightning Dock features a white square base with rounded corners. The gadget supports Lightning port-packing iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPod touch 5th generation models. Read more »

Layout by Instagram is now available for Android devices

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The photo collage editor Layout by Instagram is now available for Android devices. The application was a available only for iOS since its launch in late March.

Layout for Android has the same design as its iOS counterpart and lets you combine multiple photos into a single image. Read more »

Google adds tweets to mobile search results

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Beginning today, Google added tweets to mobile search results. The new content will appear in the Google application, as well as on a mobile device’s web browser.

The new functionality will allow users to get real-time information about their searches. Read more »

Apple Watch receives its first ever software update, filled with performance improvements

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Today Apple has pushed out the first software update for its first wearable. The Apple Watch is getting Watch OS 1.0.1 through the companion iPhone app for the smartwatch. The download comes in at 51.6MB, and as the version number implies this is all about fixing bugs and improving performance for various bits of the Apple Watch experience.

In fact, Apple lists no less than six items under the “improved performance” heading in its official release notes. So after applying the new software, expect to see enhanced operation in third party apps, Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace calculations during outdoor walk and run workouts, as well as better accessibility features. Read more »

MixRadio brings its streaming music to iOS and Android

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MixRadio is a streaming music service that started life as Nokia Music. It then got renamed to MixRadio, picked up by Microsoft as part of its Nokia acquisition, and subsequently sold to Japan’s Line Corp., which operates the messaging app with the same name. From the moment the music service got out of Microsoft’s hands, everyone was expecting it to become available for platforms other than Windows.

And today marks that much-anticipated event. MixRadio is now out for iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone. You can download its mobile apps from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Interestingly, though, it will continue to be preloaded on Microsoft’s Lumia devices. Read more »

Microsoft’s Office for Android preview finally reaches phones

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Microsoft has been running an Office for Android preview for certain tablets since last fall, with it reaching the Play Store this January. And starting today, you can also use the Office preview apps for Android on a phone.

Microsoft is clearly taking its time while developing these apps, so don’t expect the ‘preview’ tag to be dropped anytime soon. Read more »

Google has released its new e-book typeface – Literata

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A custom typeface, specifically designed for reading, has been a long-running project at Google. The goal was to create a typeface that would provide a smooth and pleasurable reading experience on various devices and resolutions.

As the tech giant puts it: Read more »