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ASUS launches a video trailer for its CES event

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CES is just two weeks away now it’s the time of the year when ASUS starts building up the hype for its upcoming devices. After launching the invite dubbed In Search Of Incredible a few days ago the company is now airing the first video trailer on YouTube.

This one has the US symbol, the Statue of Liberty, as the main character. Instead of holding up its torch it holds up two fingers in the V formation and then splits the tabula ansata (meaning tablet with handles) in two. What we can gather from this is that we may be in for a new transformer slate from ASUS showcased on the CES floor. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1 Matchday 4 final scores

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Round 1 of the Smartphone Champions League is now complete and we now know what smartphones will be taking part in the Round of 16.

The last matchday of the first round turned out to be pretty uneventful with all handsets that managed to secure an early lead holding on to it until the end. Read more »

HTC infographic shows you what phones and football have in common

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HTC put out a pretty cool infographic delineating a lot of the strict regulations and rules that govern the UEFA and its players. As a means of tying these statistics with their brand, HTC has named the campaign, “Size Matters”, a nod to their HTC One mini, One, and One Max trio.

Did you know that there must be at least 75 seats available in the press conference room of the stadium, and that the referee must have a dressing room no smaller than 20 square meters? Barcelona FC is also the shortest team in the HTC-sponsored Champions League, with an average height of 5ft 8inches (177 cm). Read more »

CyanogenMod team releases demo video for Oppo N1

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To say that CyanogenMod has made some waves this past year would be an understatement. The team started as a community of hackers that provided fast and more feature-packed custom ROMs, which retained the stock Android look free of-charge. Now, after being asked by Oppo to release a special edition of their mods for their newest phone, Cyanogen is fast becoming a recognizable power in the Android world, and the first video on their official Youtube page shows off their very own edition of the Oppo N1.

The video showcases all of the features that set apart Cyanogen’s build of Android from other versions. Advanced camera options, a better privacy guard, the option to control CPU behavior, added themes, and other features are all laid out in the video. There is no out of the box root access, which is understandable as the phone will not pass the Android Compatibility Test suite, but don’t be surprised if Cyanogen creates a one-click app for the device that will be readily available. Read more »

Want a girlfriend? Just buy a Samsung Galaxy Gear

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So our cell phones can be used for pretty much anything: finding movie times, uploading YouTube videos, GPS navigation, and of course, the occasional phone call. But can a smartphone and some cool accessories that pair with it help you get a girlfriend? Samsung says, “Absolutely.”

In a recently released commercial (more like a promotional short film), Samsung shows off all the capabilities of the new Galaxy Gear Smartwatch when paired with their Note 3. In the video, two smartphone carrying Romeos vie for the affections of a young woman while at a ski resort. Read more »

Gameloft Windows Phone game sale has begun

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So you’re a Windows Phone user and have been itching to deck your device with some cool Gameloft games, but you don’t want to pay full price? Well you’re in luck, as the mobile game manufacturing giant has slashed the prices of some of their most popular titles just in time for the Holiday season.

You can pick up The Dark Knight Rises, Order & Chaos, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4, and the Amazing Spider-Man for $2.99, and Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles, Brain Challenge HD, Uno, and Let’s Golf 2 for $1.99. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1, Matchday 4

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The last four Round 1 games in the Smartphone Champions League are starting today and we’ll get to learn the names of the final four participants in the Round of 16. You can check out the results from Matchday 3 to see the smartphones which already qualified.

We’ve got five manufacturers in action today – Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Samsung and Apple are all in the mix. You probably already know this at this stage, but in case anyone missed it we should note that the draws are only based on popularity in our database, so some strangely matched pairs are bound to clash. Now let’s see who’s facing who in the third day of the Champions League. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 battery life test

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Our review of Nokia Lumia 1520 is ready, and now so is the phablet’s battery life test. We already gave you a peak of the phablet’s impressive scores and now is time for the full breakdown.

Lumia 1520′s battery has admirable capacity of 3,400mAh, but the device also comes with a massive 6″ display to light up. Previous Lumia encounters have shown Windows Phone 8 to be a mixed bag when it comes to effeciency, but this is a completely new version we are having here. Read more »

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 3 ad brings on the Christmas joy

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Samsung has released a new ad to promote its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. The ad is Christmas-themed as appropriate for the season.

The two minute ad is titled as “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections” and does not promote any of the features of the device for a change. Instead, the new campaign reflects the holiday images in 3D. Read more »

Microsoft gives 20GB free SkyDrive storage to its loyal WP users

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It seems Christmas came early for some Windows Phone users. Microsoft is giving 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage for free to selected loyal customers.

As it turns out some WP-powered smartphone owners have received emails with instructions on how to get 20GB additional SkyDrive cloud storage for one year. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 3 final scores

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The third matchday in our Smartphone Champions League is now complete and the Round of 16 bracket is three quarters complete.

Games turned out to be pretty one-sided affairs this time around with no comeback stories worth writing about occurring. Read more »

Google Play Music app gets updated for iOS 7

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Google has released an update to the recently launched Google Play Music app on iOS. The latest update brings minor UI changes to keep it in sync with iOS 7 design guidelines.

Other than the refreshed UI, the update also features the I Am Feeling Lucky radio function, which produces an auto playlist based on the music you listen on your phone. Read more »

‘Temple Run 2′ finally arrives on Windows Phone 8

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After what seems like an eternity, Temple Run 2 has finally made its way to the Windows Phone Store. The game is now available to download for free on devices running Windows Phone 8 and have at least 1GB of RAM.

Temple Run 2 is the much acclaimed sequel to the original Temple Run that pretty much started the endless running genre on the mobile platform. It (ahem) runs on a new engine and features completely revamped visuals and some new gameplay mechanics while retaining the basics of its predecessor. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1, Matchday 3

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Our Smartphone Champions League is in full swing and it’s time for Matchday 3. You can check out the results from Matchday 2, which turned to be was a real nail-biter.

Anyway, let the battles in Matchday 3 commence. Today, we have some equally interesting matches, which are well worthy your attention and participation. Mind you, the draws are only based on popularity in our database, so some strangely matched pair are bound to clash. Now let’s see who’s facing who in the third day of the Champions League. Read more »

Jolla hands-on

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Finland-based Jolla’s quest as the self-proclaimed savior of MeeGo took a significant step closer to reality with the release of its Jolla smartphone.

The Sailfish-powered smartphone makes its way in front of our camera with the hopes of providing something different amidst a sea of Android and Windows Phone handsets. Join us as we take a closer look at what it brings to the table. Read more »