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Samsung giving away $50 Play Store credit to Galaxy Note 3 users

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Samsung is offering a $50 Play Store credit for all the current and new owners of Galaxy Note 3 in the US. The promotion should help maintain the strong performance of the company’s phablet flagship during the holiday season.

All the Galaxy Note 3 owners, who purchase their device on or before January 6, will be eligible to claim the offer. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear with discounted price tag up for grabs on eBay

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Samsung has already sold 800,000 units of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in just about two months. The gadget is one of the most expensive smartwatches in the market with the device retailing at $299 or €299.

Now, however, the Galaxy Gear is up for grabs with discounted price tag on eBay in Germany for €229 with worldwide shipping. Read more »

Apple updates Find My Friends app with iOS 7 UI guidelines

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Apple has finally updated the last of its own apps for the new iOS 7, Find My Friends. As you may have seen with apps like Podcasts and iBooks, Apple has been quite late in updating its own apps for its own operating system but finally they managed to get all of them updated.

The latest Find My Friends update gets rid of all the previous corinthian leather and stitching that would put the insides of a Bentley to shame in favor of clean, simple design with translucency effects for the top bar. The app maintains the orange theme of the previous app, which can be seen from the icon as well, and now is in perfect sync with other iOS 7 apps as far as design is concerned. Read more »

Humble Bundle for Android includes Ridiculous Fishing, rymdkapsel, Spell Tower and more

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Humble Bundle has released a new bundle for Android and it includes some great games. Among the standard list of games is the third person shooter EPOCH known for its intuitive cover shooting mechanism and superb visuals thanks to the Unreal Engine 3. Then there is rymdkapsel, which we reviewed a while back on iOS, that is an amazing little tower defense game.

Other games part of the standard bundle are Spell Tower, which is a popular and addictive word game and Swordigo, a side scrolling 3D hack and slash action game making its debut on Android. Read more »

Official Nexus wireless charger hits the Play Store in the United States

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The official Nexus wireless charger is now available in the Google Play Store in the United States. The gadget is priced at $49.99 plus shipping and local taxes.

The Qi wireless charger is compatible with the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7, as well as the Nexus 4. Read more »

Second generation Nexus 7 with 32GB of memory gets a price cut on Newegg and Amazon

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With the holiday shopping season about to kick off in full frenzy, the ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) got treated to a price reduction from a duo of major retailers. Newegg and Amazon are now offering the 32GB version of the slate with a serious discount.

The retail giants have the Nexus 7 with 32GB of built-in memory for $239 – only $10 more than the 16GB version of the tablet. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 battery test

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The Galaxy Ace 3 comes in as the most recent member of Samsung’s budget Ace lineup, bringing dual-SIM connectivity and a 4-inch screen to the entry level.

Our dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Ace 3 features a 1,500 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as its non dual-SIM predecessor, the Galaxy Ace 2. Let’s see if the updated Jelly Bean build is able to compensate for the extra power required by the additional SIM card. Read more »

Snapchat allegedly shares more images than Facebook

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The photo messaging application Snapchat shares more than 400 million images each day, according to the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel.

The growth of the service is quite impressive considering the fact that the messaging app was sharing about 200 million images a day in June, and about 350 million in the month September. Read more »

HTC wants your facial hair

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HTC has launched its own Movember campaign urging people all over the world to submit pictures of themselves donning mustaches.

For everyone who posts a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #HairsToChange, HTC will donate one dollar to the Movember movement aimed at raising awareness for men’s health. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10-based Porsche Design P’9982 handled in official video

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BlackBerry is a company in financial trouble, but it doesn’t act like it and it got a brand new Porsche – a Porsche Design P’9982 based on the BlackBerry Z10 that is. It’s an exclusive device, only 500 units will be sold worldwide.

So, what do you get for the extra cash over the pedestrian Z10? You can watch the official hands-on video to find out. Read more »

Toshiba squeezes 22 hour battery life out of Haswell-powered Kirabook

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Toshiba’s latest Dynabook KIRA V654 has, at a glance, good but not spectacular specs. It rocks a 13-inch display of the generic 1366 x 768 resolution, no touch included, Haswell chip and a very low 1.12 kg weight. The battery life expectancy of 22 hours warrants a WOW, though.

If 14 hours will do it for you then you can opt for the V654 version with a 2560 x 1440 display, 8 gigs of RAM, 128 GB SSD and Haswell chip. Finally there’s the V834 model with a touch-enabled 2560 x 1440 screen and otherwise the same innards. Read more »

Google updates its Google Search app for Windows Phone

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A few hours ago Google has released an updated version of its Google Search app for Windows Phone. The new app is already available for download everywhere.

The update brings better interface with instantly displayed voice commands, improved Google Images browsing, sign-in option and bug fixes. Read more »

Verizon’s Black Friday deals let you have HTC One or Galaxy S4 for just $100

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Verizon is preparing for Black Friday, which is just in 10 days, on November 29, Friday. The biggest US carrier has a number of deals in line. For starters the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 have been slashed on that day from $149.99 to $99.99 on a two-year deal.

Tablets and Motorola DROIDs are also on the menu but as you might expect Verizon is requiring a contract with almost everything. Check inside for the full list. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear scores 800,000 sales, gets first custom ROM

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Smartwatches may still be in their infancy, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch from selling an impressive 800,000 units in just two months.

To help boost sales the Galaxy Gear has also had its first custom ROM appear. Based off of Nova launcher, it features Bluetooth tethering, live wallpaper support, and video recording up to 60 seconds – all without needing to be paired to a smartphone. Read more »

Viber and HERE Transit hit select Nokia Asha phones

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Nokia’s touch-based Ashas are getting a couple of important apps – Here Transit Beta is now available to the Asha 50x range, while Viber has hit the Asha 3xx. Both of these apps were available for certain old-school S40 Nokias, but now owners of the touch-based Ashas can use them too.

Viber works just about like you would expect – it needs a mobile data connection or Wi-Fi, it supports push messages, it will sync your contacts and it even does voice calls, so it’s not just text. Read more »