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Yahoo! Weather for Android gets a major update

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If you’ve used Yahoo! Weather on iOS 7 you know that it’s loads better than its Android counterpart. But all of this is now good and past as the Android app just got a visuals-focused update, which brings high-res, fullscreen Flickr photos of the cities you are checking.

The photos come from Flickr’s Project Weather and are relevant to your location. The weather information itself is still well detailed and neatly displayed so you don’t lose any of the app’s actual features. There are revamped widgets in the notification area too. Read more »

Samsung second battery for Galaxy S4 with dedicated charger hits US for $50

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Samsung is selling a replacement second battery for $50 on its website and includes a dedicated battery charger in the bundle.

If you opt to get just the original 2600 mAh battery from Samsung it will cost you $39.99 so for another 10 bucks on top it seems like a good idea to also get the separate charger. The battery will ship to customers in up to 10 business days if you order it now. Read more »

LG G2 for Verizon to feature exclusive wireless charging

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At the LG G2 announcement event, the company didn’t mention that its flagship will sport wireless charging, but as it turns out the CDMA edition available for Verizon customers will get to enjoy that.

On the promo page for the LG G2, the US carrier has pointed out that the smartphone will come with exclusive wireless charging functionality. Read more »

Canalys: Android tablet app selection inferior to iOS’s

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The latest report from independent analyst company Canalys indicates that some 30% of the top 50 tablet apps found on iOS do not have an Android equivalent in the Google Play Store.

A further 18% were not optimized for tablet use, offering smartphone interfaces blown up to tablet screen size. Read more »

Amazon overhauls its Silk browser

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Amazon pre-installs the Silk browser on its Kindle tablets but hasn’t really improved on it in a while. Now it brings an update to the browser, which revamps the UI, brings new features and gives some old ones a fresh new look and feel.

Among the novelties are redesigned tabs, an upper left-placed menu panel and a new start page featuring your most visited pages. The address bar brings up the keyboard by default, there’s improved easier access to the Reading View (which compiles the article without ads or banners) and more. Read more »

Windows 8.1 arriving on October 18

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We had heard rumors that the Windows 8.1 update would be arriving some time in October this year but now we finally have the proper release date.

According to a blog post on Microsoft’s Windows blog, the Windows 8.1 update would be released to the general public on October 18 at 12:00 a.m New Zealand time. The Windows 8.1 would also be available at retail outlets and pre-installed on new devices on the same date. Read more »

It’s about time: Plants vs. Zombies 2 arrives on iOS

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One of the most popular games of all times recently announced a sequel after coming into existence nearly four years ago. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is supposed to be everything we loved about the original game made even better. The game has finally been released on iOS and is available for download on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is essentially similar to the original game in terms of gameplay. This is still a tower defense game where you plant various plants with different attack and defense abilities to protect your territory from a zombie attack. Plants vs. Zombies 2 improves upon its predecessors by introducing new areas, new plants and new zombies. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear to come at IFA, carry the SM-V700 model name

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real and is going to be officially announced at the company’s Unpacked 2 event in Berlin, according to unnamed SamMobile sources.

The company’s next attempt at a smartwatch device is going to carry the model name SM-V700 and will act as a companion to the Galaxy lineup of high-end smartphones, the website claims. Read more »

Blizzard teases the first Diablo III expansion – Reaper of Souls

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Blizzard Entertainment has teased the upcoming first expansion of Diablo III. The teaser is posted on the official Battle.net page of the company, while the link was made public via Twitter.

There is just a dark background with some sort of a gate plus a quote from the upcoming Book of Tyrael: “Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all.” Read more »

Get a taste of Android 4.3 with Cyanogen 10.2 nightlies

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While the latest version of Android – version 4.3 – has made its way to Galaxy Nexus devices and Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4, most of us have to wait a while more before we see it on other devices.

The creators of the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM for Android are busy incorporating many of the updates from Android 4.3 into the latest nightly builds for their most recent 10.2 release. Read more »

Samsung tablet with Intel Bay Trail chipset is in testing

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Intel is making big promises with its next-generation Atom chips from the Bay Trail platform like $200 Windows 8 tablets. So, the “Samsung with Bay Trail SoC” that appeared in some shipping manifests is a cause for some excitement.

Bay Trail chips will be built on a 22nm process, hit 2.1GHz and along with the CPU core redesign, the chips will use Intel’s own GPU architecture from Ivy Bridge. Read more »

Official YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 back on the store

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You may remember Microsoft recently updated the YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 and made it into a proper app and not just a bookmark for launching the mobile version before. Then Google got upset because the app didn’t include ads and asked Microsoft to remove the app, which the latter complied with.

Well luckily, the app is now back on the Windows Phone Store. It seems Microsoft and Google have resolved their issues over the matter and the updated version of the app (it had previously rolled back to the bookmark version) is now available for download. Read more »

The waterproof LG Optimus GJ battery life test completes, check out the scores

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The LG Optimus GJ is a rare midrange smartphone offering that also features IP-certified water resistance. It’s based on LG’s famous Optimus G flagship with a new watertight chassis and a beefier battery.

The Optimus GJ lacks some of the connectivity antennas found on the G, like NFC and LTE, and with the larger battery should have the edge over its flagship predecessor. Read more »

A new hilarious Nokia Lumia 925 ad focuses on low-light shooting

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We all know that Nokia Lumia 925 packs a pretty decent 8.7 megapixel camera that comes with optical image stabilization and f/2.0 aperture. The latest Lumia 925 ad, which is quite hilarious and engaging, promotes the low light performance that those last two bits bring.

The promo video that runs for just over half a minute, tells the story of four friends trying to capture a shot at night using a phone. Read more »

See the Ubuntu Edge in flesh, this might be your only chance

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge smartphone project is losing steam and at the time of writing have raised close to $10 million. Sadly, with the pace the campaign goes, it’s impossible to reach the 32 million target by August 22, when it ends.

Good thing then that a prototype of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has been showcased at the XDA DevCon 2013 in Miami. As a result, you can now see the phone in the flesh. This might as well be the only time you’ll be able to do so. Read more »