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Facebook updates Messenger app with Chatheads feature from Home, looks really cool

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In addition to launching Facebook Home for select Android smartphones out there, the social network has also issued an update to its Messenger app giving it the cool Chatheads features from Home.

Now, whenever you receive a new Facebook message, a cool Chathead bubble appears on your screen informing you who has messaged you, but not what the message it. This last bit is displayed when you tap on the Chathead with a cool overlay screen. Read more »

Phonepad for Samsung smartphones allows you to turn your phone into a tablet

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A new mobile entertainment solution called Phonepad will allow you to turn your Samsung smartphone into a tablet or a gaming console. Think a third-party external screen, complete with a built-in battery and speakers along the lines of the ASUS Padfone lineup.

Phonepad transforms your existing smartphone into a 10-inch LED HD slate just by inserting the phone into a docking station. Read more »

Spy shot of Samsung NX2000 mirrorless camera shows Home button, suggests Android involvement

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Samsung already dipped its toe in the connected camera waters with the Galaxy Camera, but the company may be looking to expand to higher-end shooters. An alleged photo of the Samsung NX2000 shows a curious Home button, leading to speculations that the NX1000 replacement is running Android (or possibly Tizen).

The camera packs a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity as indicated by the labels on the camera. Read more »

HTC markets the One with hilarious ad featuring James Van Der Beek

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First it was Samsung nabbing James Franco for the Note 10.1, and now HTC is looking to add a little star power of its own with James Van Der Beek.

The new One ad makes light of the Bachelorette and is actually quite funny. Read more »

Storage Check app now available for Windows Phone 8 Lumia’s

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Nokia has taken it upon themselves to provide its WP8-powered Lumia devices with a new Storage Check app, allowing you to see exactly how much space is being taken up by your apps, media and files.

The app extends the functionality of the default storage management app in Windows Phone, allowing you to see exactly what’s taking up all your precious gigabytes, and even remove apps you don’t want. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 720 battery testing is complete, here are the results

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The Nokia Lumia 720 is the thinnest Lumia yet at 9mm, but it’s tied with the Lumia 920 for biggest battery in the lineup at 2,000mAh. The Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset is very efficient though as we already saw with the Lumia 620, which only had a 1,300mAh battery.

Will that make the Nokia Lumia 720 is the WP8 battery endurance champ? Read more »

Zeptolab teases new Cut the Rope game with time travelling

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Cut the Rope is one of the most popular mobile games with its impressive physics engine, immersive gameplay and cool graphics, but we haven’t seen a new title join the series for over two years now.

Good news is things are finally starting to look up – a new teaser on YouTube indicates that we’re in for a new Cut the Rope game with a time traveling concept soon. Read more »

Twitter to launch its own online music streaming service

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After acquiring the online music discovery service We Are Hunted, Twitter was speculated to be working on launching its own music streaming service. At that time, however, these were just speculations, with no concrete information available from either Twitter or We Are Hunted.

Now, a new webpage – music.twitter.com – has gone live, which seems to confirm the rumors of an imminent arrival of a new music service from Twitter. As of now, however, the site isn’t working, with the sign in button sending you in an endless loop of logging in and then being sent back to the site, only to be asked to sign in again. According to AllThingsD, the Twitter music service is said to go live on Friday, so the site may start working any minute now. Read more »

LinkedIn acquires Pulse news reader app for $90 million

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Professional social networking website LinkedIn has announced that the company has acquired the popular mobile news reader app Pulse. The acquisition is said to have cost the company $90 million, according to AllThingsD.

The first question that might come to anyone’s mind is ‘Why?’. Why would a social network like LinkedIn need to invest in a news reader application. Read more »

Google sets up Inactive Account Manager to help you manage your digital footprint after you die

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Google has set up an Inactive Account Manager giving you the option to choose what happens with your digital footprint after you’ve passed away or have been inactive for a specific amount of time.

After you set your timeout period (ranging from 3 months to 1 year) you’ll then be prompted to point up to 10 trusted friends or family members to be notified of your inactivity. Read more »

Dropbox gets an update, supports six new languages among other things

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Dropbox has updated its desktop, mobile and web clients with six new languages – Russian, Polish, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

The mobile version also gets some improvements under the hood and an improved option for viewing your entire photo collection on your device. Read more »

Official Google Nexus 10 Book Cover hits the Play Store, costs $29.99

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It’s been a while since the launch of the Google Nexus 10, but it’s only now that you can get an official screen cover to protect its beautiful 10″ high-resolution display.

The Book Cover, as its called, snaps onto the back of the Nexus 10 without making an unnecessarily big hump. It has a matte finish and can wake the slate when opened. Read more »

Watch this amazing Google Street View hyperlapse, you can make your own too

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I’ve watched my share of beautiful time-lapse videos and I thought those can hardly surprise me anymore, but a new experimental time-lapse project, which uses Google Street View imagery takes things to a whole new level.

The project calls the resulting videos hyperlapses and indeed, they can be amazing providing you find the right sort of scenic routes in good weather. And I do mean it, when I say “find”, because the tool lets you make your own custom hyperlapses, too. For a taste, here’s a stunning hyperlapse demo, created by the authors of the project. Read more »

Starting this month Samsung will be mass-producing 128Gb 3-bit MLC NAND Flash memory

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Samsung, among the world leaders in memory tech, will begin mass-producing 128Gb 3-bit multi-level-cell NAND Flash memory using a 10nm class process.

These new 128Gb NAND memory sticks will be used in SSDs and will be based on the toggle DDR 2.0 interface, boasting 400 Mbps per-second data transfer. Read more »

Create cool custom Live Tiles with these nifty Windows Phone apps

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone has been trying hard as of late to stand apart in the smartphone race, and one way it does this is through the use of its Live Tile interface.

If you want an even more unique look, there are a few neat apps out there that let you use custom images to create a collage of all your tiles. This way, you can add some personal flair to your Start screen and make it look cool at the same time. Read more »