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WhatsApp Messenger update brings Holo UI to the Android app

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Popular instant messaging client WhatsApp has gone through a major UI redesign on Android. While the former version was nothing more than just a slight revision of the iOS app, the latest update takes advantage of the new Holo UI guidelines for Android.

Right off the bat you’ll be able to see that the menu bar on top is now flat and in line with the new UI guidelines. Drop into a conversation and you will find new flat message bubbles and a redesigned text input field. Read more »

HTC Butterfly lands in our office, check it out before the review ninjas take it away

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The HTC device which made a big name for itself by being the first with a 5″ 1080p screen from a major manufacturer has finally arrived in our office.

We were able to snap a few pictures and even get a quick video of the device in action before sending it off to reviewland, so join us for our first impressions of the HTC flagship and its FullHD screen. Read more »

A newly found iOS 6.1 glitch allows you to bypass the passcode lock

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The latest edition of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system hasn’t exactly has the smoothest of rides. First it was network connectivity issues and now it’s this glitch, which lets you bypass the passcode lock.

An observant user found a way to enter the menu of a pass protected iPhone in a just a few easy steps. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro torn down, found nearly impossible to repair

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Microsoft split its Windows OS into two – Windows RT on ARM and Windows 8 on x86 processors – and with that there are two sibling tablets, the Surface and Surface Pro. The RT-powered Surface was already taken apart by iFixit to judge how hard it is to repair, now it’s the Pro’s turn.

Here are some of the more interesting components found inside the Surface Pro: Read more »

Samsung adds new shade to its Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, now available in Garnet Red

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Samsung has announced a new color variant for its Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE tablet. The latest Garnet Red version of the tablet will be available in South Korean, just in the time for the Valentine’s Day.

The new color variant is presumably targeted at the female audience. Apart from the color change, the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE remains identical to the original version. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z gets xperimented on, given a bath in slow-motion

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The Sony Xperia Z is an Android-powered daredevil and three videos show it participating in so-called Xperimentations – all in slow motion, of course, everyone knows action scenes need to be shot that way.

Check out the videos after the break, they are just 38 seconds each. And don’t forget your umbrella. Read more »

Android 4.2.2 update brings notification toggles, new sounds

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Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for some of the Nexus devices a couple of days ago. Although there was no official list of improvements released for the new version, we are now seeing reports from people who managed to get the update on their device.

Android Police has made a short list of new changes that were made in this version of Jelly Bean. The major one seems to be the ability to use the notification screen shortcuts as actual toggles, something that was not possible before (it would take you to the particular option in the Settings app). Read more »

Microsoft Xbox 360 shipments exceed 76 million units as Kinect sales reach 24 million

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The sales of Microsoft Xbox 360, the successor of the popular Xbox gaming console, have surpassed 76 million units, according to Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox.

Larry Hryb announced the Xbox 360′s achievement through his Twitter page. The tweet also said that Kinect sales have reached the 24 million units and Xbox live now has 46 million paying subscribers. Read more »

SwiftKey Flow Beta updated with bug fixes and stability improvements

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SwiftKey, one of the popular keyboard alternatives for Android has updated the beta version of its next major release. The update promises to resolve the force close issues along with numerous other bugs.

The update also brings the new look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and the Turkish layout is now added to the app. The beta version now offers improved handling of text selection in Chrome and the Samsung mail client. Read more »

Check out all the HTC One teaser clips in one video

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HTC has been releasing teaser clips on its official website for some time now that show bits and pieces of the upcoming HTC One, also known as the HTC M7.

Now all the clips have been released and they play one after the other on HTC’s website. But if you don’t want giant numbers in front of the video (there is a countdown on the site for the February 19 event) or the pause between them, watch the video below. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z LTE version’s system dump surfaces, ringtones and wallpapers extracted

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Sony Xperia Z’s system dumps were inevitable to appear once the smartphone went on sale, but it actually surfaced ahead of the wide availability of the handset. A system image of the LTE version of the Xperia Z, has been made available for download courtesy of hush66 from XDA developers.

According to the author the image is from the C6603 version of the smartphone, running on Android 4.1.2 and having a build number 10.1.A.1.350. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z makes it to our headquarters, we film the first encounter

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It’s finally here, folks. The retail unit of Sony Xperia Z has just landed in our office and we are ready to give you our traditional unboxing and UI demo video.

The Xperia Z was announced at CES in Las Vegas last month and was undoubtedly the most interesting device at the event. It features a 5-inch 1080p display enhanced with Sony Mobile BRAVIA 2 engine. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z, HTC Butterfly and Oppo Find 5: 1080p droids gather at HQ, star in a mouth-watering photo session

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If you are following our Facebook page (and if you aren’t you totally should), you already know that two exciting new smartphones landed at our office today. The HTC Butterfly and the Sony Xperia Z are the among the several 5″ 1080p 2013 flagships that promise to change your definition of sharpness forever.

And while our review squad has already been dispatched to take the two beasts through their paces, we thought we might give you a few shots in advance to feast your eyes on. The Xperia Z and the Butterfly are joined by the Oppo Find 5, which has a screen of the same size and resolution as them. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 torn apart, internal hardware found to resemble that of US Galaxy S III

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The recently launched BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, which runs on the latest BB 10 OS has been taken apart by the folks at UBM TechInsights, who have exposed all of its secrets.

As expected, the internal configuration consists on Snapdragon S4 Plus and three other Qualcomm modules. Astonishingly, the device also uses Samsung made RAM and storage and packs many of the components featured earlier in the Galaxy devices. Read more »

LG launches a portable charger PMC-510 for smartphones

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As smartphones start to pay more and more important part of our lives it gets more important than ever that their batteries don’t give up on us in critical moment. That’s why the portable chargers have been selling pretty well lately and understandably major manufacturers want to be a part of that business. LG has unveiled a portable charged named PMC-510 that should give you that extra autonomy when you are on the go.

LG’s PMC-510 portable charger is pretty compact and boosts a 5,200mAH lithium-ion battery. The on-the-go charging solution weighs about 152g and fits easily in your pockets. Read more »