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WPP: Apple the most valuable global brand in 2013, Google follows closely

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WPP, the popular marketing communication services company, has announced its BrandZ list of top 100 most valuable global brands for the year 2013. The company has adjudged Apple as the world’s most popular brand while Google took the second spot.

The list consists of the best brands in the world and the top 10 positions include IBM and Microsoft as well as AT&T and China Mobile. Read more »

Nokia Lumia lineup gets four high-quality games from EA

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Four hot EA games are now available exclusively for the Nokia Lumia lineup. These are yet another result from the long-standing collaboration between Nokia and Electronic Arts.

The four exclusive titles are Mass Effect: Infiltrator ($7), NBA JAM ($3), Real Racing 2 ($5), Tiger Woods 12 ($3). Read more »

Google+ mobile page gets updated design to match the updated Android app

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Google recently updated the desktop version of its Google+ social network and the accompanying Android app. Those who check Google+ through the browser on their smartphone can now enjoy the new design too.

The new Google+ mobile page uses the search giant’s new favorite UI element – the card. Now all posts in your stream are displayed as cards and they feature easy to use +1 and Share buttons. Read more »

Qualcomm shows off 5.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution Mirasol display

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Qualcomm showcased a couple of new implementations of its Mirasol display technology at the SID Display Week. One of them was a 1.5-inch panel used on a smartwatch and the second and more interesting one is a 5.1-inch panel with an astounding 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

At 577 ppi, the latter easily has the highest pixel density of any smartphone display currently on the market. The image quality, however, was described as being inferior to current generation LCD or OLED panels and the display has a silvery tint to it. Read more »

Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer and behind the scenes video released

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Yesterday, we didn’t just get to see the unveiling of the Xbox One but also of the next game in the popular Call of Duty franchise: Call of Duty: Ghosts. Activision was present at the Microsoft event to provide a behind the scenes look at the new game as well as for the world premier of the Ghosts trailer.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is a departure from the previous Call of Duty games and features completely new characters and story. You play as a member of Ghosts, a super elite team of highly trained soldiers formed from the remnants of the US military forces. The country is in turmoil and you’re the only hope it has to fight back. Read more »

Opera for Android with WebKit engine now out of beta

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Back in March, Opera released a brand new version of the Opera browser for Android. Unlike the previous version that ran on the Presto engine, the new version was running on the more ubiquitous WebKit engine and also brought with it several new features and a new UI.

The browser is now finally out of beta stage and available for download on the Play Store. Read more »

Microsoft Xbox One goes official, will hit the shelves before the year’s end

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Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest gaming console dubbed Xbox One. The console will be available later this year for a yet to be revealed price tag.

Together with the Xbox One, Microsoft also released a new game controller and Kinect motion camera. With the three new components together, the Redmond giant aims to completely take over the living room entertainment by putting it all in one box. Read more »

Pink ASUS Padfone Infinity goes official, hurts our eyes

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ASUS Padfone Infinity was announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress and the device was made available recently. The Padfone Infinity was up for grabs in black color variant and now, the smartphone has been launched in “pink” color option.

The latest variant is presumably targeted towards the female audience. The ASUS Padfone Infinity sports a 5″ display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most advanced Android smartphone according to Consumer Reports

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The latest Samsung flagship smartphone is the most advanced Android smartphone ever, according to ConsumerReports.

Samsung Galaxy S4 has outperformed most of the top-rated smartphones in a critical tests conducted by the firm. The fourth generation Galaxy S has dethroned LG Optimus G, which was rated as the best earlier. Read more »

Nokia’s latest promo video pits the Lumia 928 against the the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4

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Nokia thinks its flagship Lumia 92x range has the best cameras in town and the Finnish company can often be heard bringing up how awesome their snappers are. The latest video shows off the Lumia 928 (that’s Verizon’s xenon and AMOLED packing 920 version) and pits it against the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Nokia Lumia 928 camera has several things to brag about, including Optical Image Stabilization, HAAC mics and low-light performance. We’ve seen it take flight, but this video focuses on the low-light photos. Read more »

Watch the new Batman: Arkham Origins trailer here

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We have talked about the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins game before. The third installment in the new Batman series of games, Arkham Origins takes place way before the events of the first two games and features a much younger Batman. The game is also made by Warner Bros. Games Montreal instead of Rocksteady Studios who made the first two games.

In this new game trailer, we see Batman getting up close and personal with one of the game’s antagonists, Deathstroke. Eventually, you also see the other two villains in the game, Deadshot and Black Mask. Black Mask is the main adversary in this game with the other two being hired assassins to take down Batman. Read more »

Flickr gets a redesign, offers 1TB of free space to everyone, updates Android app

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Flickr has gone through a major redesign that completely changes the look of the homepage and your photostream. Your homepage now has large photos from your friends as well as from other Flickr users that you can like and share without even having to open the image.

Your photostream also has received a major upgrade. You now have a large cover image up top and your photos span the entire width of the screen in a tiled pattern. Open an image and it takes up a major portion of the screen and the image information is placed below while giving more prominence to the image, the way it should be. There is also a beautiful new slideshow mode. Read more »

BLU Life Play hands-on

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The bright-colored BLU Life Play is the most affordable member of the recently launched Android smartphone series by the Miami-based manufacturer. Priced at only $229 with no contract, the dual-SIM handset offers tremendous value without heavily skimping on the hardware specs.

Like the BLU Life View and the BLU Life One, the entry-level Life Play features a MediaTek MT6589 SoC with 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, a PowerVR Series5XT series GPU, and 1GB of RAM. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 lands in our office, we give it the hands-on treatment

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The little brother in Samsung’s latest big-screen duo, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, has made it to our office, and we’re giving you a quick look at it before getting our review under way.

As you may have guessed, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 contains a 5.8-inch screen, which ventures well into phablet territory, although not as much as the even larger display located on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Either way, join us as we take a look at this massive smartphone from Samsung. Read more »

The first video teaser of the Sony PlayStation 4 design is here

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Sony unveiled the next generation PlayStation earlier this year with rather detailed specs and services. We even get to see the official controller, but not the console itself.

Today Sony released a video teaser of the PlayStation 4 console design. Read more »