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Alibaba to enable fingerprint purchases for the Galaxy S5

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The latest generation of devices reintroduced fingerprint recognition into mobiles, with online payment services like PayPal quickly jumping aboard to enable secure one-touch authorization for purchases.

Chinese ecommerce site Alibaba is allegedly also looking to enable mobile purchase verification using the Samsung Galaxy S5‘s fingerprint sensor, this time to the wider Asian market. Read more »

Google makes Glass available to anyone in the US for a day, asks $1500

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Google has announced it will put Glass Explorer edition on sale for one day only. That day is Tuesday, April 15 and the pricetag remains the same old $1500.

Only those living in the US are eligible to get a pair and Google says you can pick your favorite shade or frame. Sadly, for everyone outside the US, Google Glass is still not freely available. Read more »

Twitter enables notification system for web

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Twitter has implemented a new notification system for the web, wherein you will receive pop up notifications within the browser page. Now, every time someone retweets your tweets, marks them as favorite, replies to them, sends you a direct message or follows you, you will get a notification on the web page. This feature is similar to the notifications that Facebook has had for a long time now.

Along with showing information, you can also interact with these notifications, so if someone sends you a reply, you can reply to them from within the popup notification. Read more »

Chrome Beta for Android adds undo tab close, among other things

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Google has released a new version of the Chrome Beta browser for Android (v35.0.1916.34). Chief among the new features is a handy undo function for closed tabs. If you ever find yourself accidentally closing a tab, you will get an undo button at the bottom of the screen, which will quickly reopen the tab. If you keep pressing it, the app will keep reopening previously closed tabs.

Another change is to fullscreen video playback within the browser. The controls for fullscreen video have now been revamped and instead of the large playback control overlay at the bottom you just get a longer version of the standard controls in fullscreen mode. Read more »

AT&T’s GS5 devoid of Download Booster

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One of the new features that Samsung has been sure to brag about in their Galaxy S5 smartphone is the Download Booster, which allows users to use both WiFi and the phone’s LTE data connection to download files more quickly onto their phone.

But there’s some bad news for AT&T customers who were looking forward to using this new feature, because America’s largest GSM carrier decided to go and remove it from their version of the GS5. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 gets a firmware update

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The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch got treated to a firmware update today. Sized at a tad above 24MB, the update brings improvements and a duo of new features to the Exynos-powered gadget.

The new functions brought by the update to the Gear 2 include Training Effect and Sleep monitor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets torn down by iFixit

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If you’re curious about the internals of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, then the folks over at iFixit have exactly what you’re looking for.

As with all Galaxy devices, the battery is user-replaceable and easy to access by simply removing the back panel. But what about the other components? Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to gut a Galaxy S5. Read more »

Nikon introduces 1 J4 interchangeable lens camera with focus on speed

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Nikon unveiled a new addition to its interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras dubbed 1 J4. According to the company this is one of the fastest interchangeable lens compact cameras for continuous shooting with autofocus tracking currently on the market.

The compact shooter is said to come with many of the features recently introduced with the company’s more advanced 1 V3 model, except in a more affordable package. Read more »

Facebook app to lose chat funcionality, Messenger to take its place

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According to a report by Mashable Facebook will soon disable the Chat function from its main app and push that functionality solely to its Messenger app.

A Facebook spokesperson has allegedly confirmed that the chat function of the Facebook app will soon be taken out from the iOS and Android app. Even now, some users in Europe are receiving a notification of the upcoming change. Read more »

Nokia X gets first vanilla Android ROM

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Nokia X owners can now enjoy its first custom ROM based on the Android Open Source Project. Up until now, you could only root and sideload Google apps, including the Play Store, but now you can run a vanilla Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean altogether.

The build packs Qualcomm specific optimizations and is based on Code Aurora branch jb_rel_2.0.3. It comes from the XDA senior member dhacker29, who previously ported AOSP to the Moto G. Read more »

Dropbox announces Dropbox for Business, Carousel, Mailbox for Android

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Dropbox had a lot of announcements to make yesterday, starting with a new service and two new apps. First is the Dropbox for Business service, which lets companies get a Dropbox account for all their employees, who can then manage their personal and business accounts from the same device and using the same account.

Dropbox for Business gives admins features like remote wipe, account transfer and sharing audit logs. One new feature arriving later is Project Harmony, which lets you see who is editing a file and chat with other users, similar to Google Drive. Read more »

Samsung releases a a new Galaxy S5 commercial

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Samsung has released a new commercial that focuses on the latest special features of their upcoming flagship: the Galaxy S5.

The ad mentions the GS5′s camera, the phone’s resistance to dust and water, its Full HD Super AMOLED screen, and its built in heart rate sensor. Read more »

Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 powered by Exynos 3250

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We’ve known about the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 for a little while now, but the Korean tech manufacturer didn’t really reveal any juicy tidbits about the internal specs of the devices.

Well Samsung has spilled the beans and we now know that the Gear 2 will be powered by a new Exynos processor with a couple of interesting modifications. Read more »

Voice calls could be right around the corner for WhatsApp users

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WhatsApp’s highly anticipated voice calling capabilities, which were hinted at by WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum at MWC earlier this year, could be going live any day now.

The latest translation requests for Hindi volunteers on WhatsApp’s official Translation Portal show entries for Hang up, Incoming call, and Outgoing call – indicating that the Facebook-owned company is just about ready to make voice services a reality for its app. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch gets great repairability score in teardown

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How easy are watches to repair? Mechanical watches take years for a watchmaker to learn his skill, but digital smartwatches seem to be a whole lot easier if the Samsung Gear 2 is any indication.

iFixit took it apart quite quickly and gave it a high 8/10 repairability score. That’s very impressive for a IP67-certified watch. Read more »