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Braven 850 Bluetooth wireless speaker review

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The Braven 850 is the Utah-based manufacturer’s most capable wireless speaker to date. With a body made of machined aluminum and chock full of extra features, the speaker looks well-equipped to compete for a chunk of today’s ultra-competitive market for wireless portable speakers.

With the market for wireless speakers experiencing massive growth over the past couple of years, we’ve decided to try our best to bring you our take on the more interesting players in the field going forward. After all, most of speakers are destined to be paired with smartphones and tablets, and are being sold alongside them as accessories. Read on to find out how the Braven 850 fares as a go-to audio companion on a daily basis! Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition hands-on

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The refreshed Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 slate joined our review queue a while ago. We have the Wi-Fi-only model, which is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5420 Octa chipset.

The tablet runs the latest commercially available Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz customizations on top. The Note 10.1 2014 Edition also features all S-Pen applications and services the Galaxy Note 3 introduced last month. Read more »

Facebook experiences global outage of key services

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Something is rotten in the state of Facebook – posting a new status, writing on someone’s wall or using Facebook’s payment system have been out of order since earlier today. And what are people to do about it other than complain on Twitter?

Facebook’s developers page confirms that the payment system is down, has been since 4:50AM PDT. And it’s not the first time this month either, the same thing happened on October 5 and again on October 12. Read more »

HTC co-founders promise ‘disruptive’ tablet, useful smartwatch

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Co-founders and leaders of HTC Peter Chou and Cher Wang (CEO and chairperson respectively) gave an interview to the Financial Times and strongly implied that the company is working on tablet and a wearable device.

This month HTC posted its first-ever quarterly loss and so the company is looking beyond smartphones for extra revenue. Read more »

Tablets expected to eclipse PCs in four years

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The latest Gartner report has global tablet shipments up some 42.7% compared to last year, while PC sales are predicted to be down 11.2%.

It’s predicted that by 2017, PCs – which include desktop computers, laptops, and ultramobiles – will become outshipped by tablets running primarily Android and iOS. Read more »

Apple to make GarageBand free on iOS 7

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Remember how Apple made free a plethora of apps free for all new iPhones? Apple iPhoto, iMovie and the iWork suite (Pages, Keynote and Numbers) for iOS now cost you nothing if you upgrade your iPhone and it seems the GarageBand will soon join this list.

The app’s name appeared at the “Built-in apps” page for the iPhone 5s earlier and even though it was quickly removed, it was probably a hint of what’s to come. Read more »

Nexus 5 case hits eBay

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Case-maker Ringke has released a case for the upcoming Nexus 5 and listed it for sale on eBay.

The case straps onto the device and doesn’t seem particularly interesting, but the fact that the actual phone is present is rather more exciting. The Nexus 5 is expected to be announced in a week and go on sale soon (probably the beginning of November). Read more »

Retina iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 announcement reconfirmed

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Apple has an event set for tomorrow, October 22, and the wall Street Journal is confirming that the stars of the show will be two new iPads – the new mini and a new version of the 9.7″ model. There might be Mac-related announcements too.

While not official, the news that the iPad mini 2 will be at the event tomorrow is slightly surprising as there were quite a few reports on the low yields of the new 7.9″ Retina display, meaning the tablet won’t make it in time for the holidays or at least won’t be widely available. Read more »

Apple outs its first commercial for the gold iPhone 5s

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Apple released its first dedicated commercial for the gold iPhone 5s. Entitled “Metal Mastered”, the thirty-second clip unsurprisingly features a good deal of bling.

The ad shows liquid gold on the screen, slowly taking the shape of an iPhone 5s. Read more »

Nokia’s latest video on HERE: everyday super powers

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Nokia has released three new videos advertising its HERE products. They all feature HERE’s employee Alex Osaki and made in the style of the James Bond movies.

Nokia will soon become a service-focused company after selling its device business to Microsoft next year. HERE is one of Nokia’s key weapons on Windows Phone and one of the features that keep the mobile OS alive and attractive to users. HERE will continue to live after the changes at Nokia and those ads confirm company’s dedication to it. Read more »

Windows RT 8.1 update pulled

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Microsoft launched the free Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 updates just four days ago. Lots of Windows 8 users are probably already running on the latest version of the OS, while many of you owning Windows RT-powered slate still can’t download the update.

Don’t you worry, the problem is not in your device, it’s in the update itself. As it turns out Microsoft has removed the update from the Store because it causes boot issues to some RT devices. Read more »

Hangouts for iOS gets voice calls

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Google has issued an update for its Hangouts app on iOS. The latest version of the popular messaging service allows you to place free voice calls as long as you live in the US and Canada.

The app uses your Google Voice number for both outgoing and incoming calls. Calls outside the two countries work too, albeit for a fee. Read more »

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T hands-on as the review is cooking up

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ASUS announced its latest convertible tablet at this year’s IFA in Berlin and it’s called the Transformer Pad TF701T. The eagle-eyed among you will notice that ASUS has dropped the Infinity moniker and has chosen a simpler naming scheme for its premium tablet.

Just like its predecessor, the Transformer Pad rocks a 10.1″ IPS display. Unlike it, however, it’s an IGZO panel, which promises richer, more accurate colors and improved brightness. It’s also featuring a higher, 2560 x 1600 pixel, resolution which results in a pixel density of 300ppi. Read more »

NVIDIA announces G-SYNC technology for smoother gaming experience

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If you’re a PC gamer (or just a geek in general), you may have heard of the term V-sync. It works by delaying the image frame update until the vertical blanking interval of the display, so that there is no overlapping of frames that leads to screen tearing. While this does eliminate screen tearing, it causes performance issues with low framerate and a jerky mouse response. This leads to most people choosing to keep it disabled to get higher framerate and response at reduced visual quality.

The problem today is that LCD monitors usually have a fixed panel refresh rate of 60Hz and unless the GPU is attaining anything other than 60fps, the result is less than ideal performance. Current V-sync technology makes the GPU run through hoops to match its speed with the display’s refresh rate. This is where NVIDIA’s G-SYNC comes in. Read more »

Purported leaked packaging for the Nexus 5 reveals a white variant

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Can’t get enough of the Nexus 5 leaks? Well, good news, for we have one more for you. The latest one shows what is supposedly the packaging for the phone. The very Nokia-esque blue box has the image of the phone on the front and the back next to the Google logos, with the LG logos placed on the side.

But what’s more interesting than the packaging itself is the image of the phone depicted on it. You’ll notice that it is, in fact, white in color whereas all the leaks we have seen so far, including the official image and listing on Google Play, have only shown the black model so far. Read more »