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Project Spartan browser benchmarked, found to be pretty fast

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A technical preview of Windows 10 was made available for download and now benchmarks of MIcrosoft’s new Internet Explorer Project Spartan web browser are available.

Done by AnandTech, the benchmark results reveal that Project Spartan is noticeably faster than Internet Explorer 11 and in some tests even outruns Chrome and Firefox. Read more »

Limited Edition 20th Anniversary PS4 sells for nearly $129,000

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Sony recently announced the limited edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4, decked out in the same gray color as the original PSOne. There were only 12,300 of these made, each having a serial number embossed on it denoting its number in the series.

Naturally, the most special one of the lot is the one with the 00001 number on it, making it even more rare and super expensive. But to see just how much it would sell for, Sony recently held an auction in Japan on Yahoo Auctions, and the console was won for ¥15,135,000, which is roughly $129,000. In comparison, the other 12,299 units were sold for ¥49,980 ($425). Read more »

T-Mobile launches Score! program for device discounts

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T-Mobile launched a brand new program for discounts on popular smartphones. Dubbed Score!, the plan gives subscribers the opportunity to pick up a new device at a special price every year.

Score! is available for both prepaid and postpaid T-Mobile customers. Read more »

Windows RT is not dead yet, says Microsoft

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If you are among the owners of a Windows RT tablet, you may have wondered whether about the future fate of Windows RT devices and whether they might get updated to Windows 10 eventually.

It turns out Windows RT devices will get updated with some of the features of the upcoming OS, but not the OS itself.

Even though Windows RT appeared as the OS of choice on a few quite capable tablets, it never managed to gain traction mostly due to the lack of support for x86 desktop applications.

Today, it’s mostly outphased by a slew of tablets running proper Windows 8.1. Read more »

Asus Nexus Player is now available in more retailers

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The Nexus Player by Asus is now available outside to the Google Play store. The Android 5.0 set-top box is available in major US retailers that include Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg.

Newegg and Amazon are the only ones to offer the Nexus Player online. Read more »

Weekly poll: Windows 10 – hot or not

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Undoubtedly the most important event of the week was the official unveiling of Microsoft Windows 10. The Redmond software giant skipped a digit, and is planning to offer a seamless multi-platform experience across all your devices.

From smartphone to tablet, to PC, Windows 10 will be the one operating system to rule them all. Read more »

Walmart launches VUDU Smart video streaming dongle

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Walmart has launched its own HDMI media streaming dongle for televisions. Called the VUDU Spark, the device connects you to VUDU network and lets you stream movies to your television.

The major draw here is the price, which at $25 is about $10 cheaper than the Chromecast. Unfortunately, that’s also the only advantage, as the VUDU Spark can only be used to stream content from VUDU, unlike the Chromecast, which can be used for a lot of things. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is a definite fan favorite

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Last week we threw 6 brand new handsets in a battle for the hottest smartphone of the week. TheXiaomi Mi Note Pro turned out to be in a league of its own, winning the crown hands down for a loud and clear statement where the fan love goes.

A total of 64% of you voted for the Xiaomi top-model, which was no surprise, given the smartphone’s impressive specsheet and attractive looks. Read more »

YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2 is among those smartphones you just can’t miss in the news. It is unique and innovative and we just had to take it for a spin. So, here is the unique YotaPhone 2 arriving at our office. And it has a premium retail box to match.

The YotaPhone 2 isn’t just a flagship with a 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen and running on a Snapdragon 800 chip. It is more than just a phone, thanks to its rear 4.7″ electronic paper display, which can be used as an e-book reader, as well as a primary display to operate the basic phone functions. Read more »

Amazon discounts Prime membership to $72 for a day

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In order to commemorate the Golden Globe awards its original show ‘Transparent’ received, Amazon have its Prime membership a serous discount. Today only, signing up for Amazon Prime will cost you $72, not the usual $99.

The $72 one-day price tag of the membership is not a coincidence. Read more »

iA Writer comes to Android

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Popular OS X and iOS app iA Writer is coming to Android. The developers have announced a beta version, which will be available for the first 999 people to sign up on their Google+ page, with the final version arriving later.

iA Writer beta will be available through the Play Store for $0.99. The reason behind this is that Google doesn’t allow developers to release a free app and then make it paid later. On the upside, if you are one of the 999 people to get the beta for $0.99, then you won’t have to pay anything extra when it gets updated to the final version later, which will cost $4.99. Read more »

Google responds to Jelly Bean WebView security concerns

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There have been recent concerns over the security issues in the rather outdated WebView mode in Android Jelly Bean. Due to its outdated nature, it is facing security issues, which would otherwise be a non-issue on newer versions of Android.

Google has responded to these concerns by basically saying they won’t be updating the WebView in Jelly Bean. But while that may not be what people have been expecting, Google does have a reasonable explanation for it. Read more »

Huawei CEO accuses Xiaomi Mi Note Pro of poor battery life

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Huawei CEO Richard Yu recently shared his thoughts on Xiaomi’s latest flagship handset – the Mi Note Pro. It appears that he was less than pleased with the phablet’s battery life after being able to experience it firsthand.

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is equipped with a 6-inch QHD display and has a 3,000mAh battery. This is precisely where Richard’s grudge with the device lies. According to a recent post he made on Weibo, the CEO considers that the resolution is overkill for a screen of this size and the human eye has difficulties distinguishing between Full HD and QHD at this scale. He continue to criticize Xiaomi’s hardware of choice by stating that the power-hungry, high-resolution display only diminishes battery life. Read more »

MINIX NEO Z64 Mini PC is now available with support for Android and Windows

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MINIX, a reputable media center hardware manufacturer, has announced the latest addition to its device lineup. It comes in the form of the Minix Neo Z64 Mini PC. The name is more than fitting, as the device is truly small and will fit nicely in front of any TV and also packs quite a punch offering PC-grade performance.

It is powered by an Intel Z3735F 64-bit processor with 2MB of cache and a Turbo clock of 1.83GHz. Tech-savy readers are sure to recognize the chip, as it is the same silicon that powers most of today’s Windows-based tablets. That being said, the device will more than readily run Android as well, making it as universal as it gets in terms of media PCs. Read more »

Sundance Film Festival to be the stage for multiple VR experiences

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The independent film festival, held annually in Utah, has been picked by Samsung to unveil three new short films, created specifically for its Gear VR. Combating the limited amount of content for the virtual reality platform, Samsung is attempting to showcase its capabilities to filmmakers.

The 7min long “The World Première of Herders” presents an insight into the life of Mongolian nomadic tribes. Read more »