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Honda invents a smartphone airbag case

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Car manufacturer Honda knows a thing or two when it comes to airbags. As a result, the company has decided to put an end to the shattered displays and cracked bodies of dropped smartphones with its brand new airbag-stuffed Smartphone Case N.

Quite bulky and virtually impractical at this point, the Honda Smartphone Case N features six airbags that fire off whenever a sensor detects the phone is in a freefall to the ground. Read more »

Olloclip announces new 3-IN-1 iPhone Macro Lens

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If you’re fond of taking photos on your iPhone then you may already be aware of Olloclip and the range of clip-on lenses they make for the iPhone. These little things snap onto the rear camera of your iPhone and provide multiple lens options that help you take photos in a way not possible with the stock lens.

The latest in the range of Olloclip lenses is the new 3-IN-1 iPhone Macro Lens. This new accessory provides three levels of magnification to get those really tight close up shots. There is the default 7x mode, 14x mode with the provided magnifier and an amazing 21x on the other lens. Read more »

Amazon record-breaking Kindle sales go beyond numbers

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In the hottest-selling weekend of the year (between Black Friday and Cyber Monday) Amazon has, once again, sold a record number of Kindle talbets.

What’s the number – well, Amazon doesn’t say. Can we compare it with last year’s record number – no, Amazon didn’t say then either. All we know is the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and Fire HD were the best-sellers in the Kindle family. Read more »

Amazon offers 50 GB of free cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone

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Amazon is offering free 50 GB of cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone from the popular online retailer. The storage space will be at your disposal for a period of 12 months.

Amazon’s offer runs out on December 31 and covers all major devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 and Motorola Moto X as well as a huge number of less popular smartphones. Read more »

Huawei CEO: “We have decided to exit the US market”

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In a rare interview with international journalists, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei claims that the world’s largest telecom equipment maker will exit the US market amidst allegations of cyberspying.

US government officials have long accused Huawei of having ties with the Chinese government, and have often tried to pass legislature or block the spread of the company’s equipment through federal regulations. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear takes on an HK 417 rifle

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In the past, we have seen tech enthusiasts taking the popular gadgets for a spin in a drop test to check out the durability of the product. On the other hand, we have Richard Ryan, who blasts the devices with military weapons from his armory.

The latest victim to undergo the horror is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which takes on the HK 417 battle rifle. Read more »

Riding the cash wave, Google moves into robotics

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We all remember when the man behind Android stepped down to focus on other duties inside the company. His Android duties were then taken over by Sundar Pichai who is now the face of the OS.

We’re naturally talking about ex-Apple employee and current Google one – Andy Rubin. What was then disclosed by Larry Page, Google co-founder, is that Rubin will be starting “a new chapter at Google” but up until now the name of said chapter wasn’t disclosed. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5S price map shows the smartphone is most expensive in India

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It’s common knowledge that Apple’s iPhone is a bit on the expensive side when compared to most smartphones. But just how much of a markup is it getting in international markets?

Mobile Unlocked reveals that some nations are not only paying more for iPhones, but that the difference is vast when factoring in the countries “purchasing power parity” (PPP) – how much disposable income the average person has to spend on an iPhone, based on GDP. Read more »

VSCO Cam is now on Android

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Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app. Read more »

Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air review

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As its name suggests, the Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case sits on top of the company’s range of iPad Air accessories. The cover for Apple’s flagship slate features a full Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard dressed in aluminum.

Founded in 1983 in a garage in Southern California, Belkin is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of mobile accessories globally. Read more »

LG V510 service manual surfaces

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The service manual of an upcoming LG slate with a model name V510 has shown up in China. The designation suggests that the device is very similar to the LG G Pad 8.3, which carries the V500 model name.

The newly leaked service manual suggests that the LG V510 measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm and sports an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Read more »

Game of Thrones and other HBO shows hit Google Play Store in the UK

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Google in association with HBO has brought a couple of popular TV shows to the Play Store. The new deal has allowed the search engine giant to include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Girls and Veep on the Google Play service for the first time.

The Play Store will also stream a couple of older shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos and Band of Brothers in the coming week. Read more »

HP outs a quartet of competitive Android tablets

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Hewlett-Packard has quietly released a new trio of Tegra-powered compact tablets that aim to lure more than a few shoppers this holiday season, as well as ultra-cheap dual-core 10-incher.

All four tablets are set to come with Android 4.2, with the cheapest starting at $149.99. Read more »

Canon announces EOS M2 mirrorless camera

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Canon has officially taken wraps of its second generation mirrorless interchangeable lens camera dubbed EOS M2. The successor of the EOS M is said to have an auto-focus speed that is 2.3 times faster than the previous edition.

The newest Hybrid CMOS AF II system in the camera improves the focusing speed by expanding the focus window by about 80% of the viewfinder, which is about double the size from the EOS M. Read more »

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch sells out on its first day

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The Qualcomm Toq, the chipset makers first piece of wearable tech, went on sale yesterday.

Despite the rather steep $350 price tag, the device has already sold out. You can still get you hands on one, though, as Qualcomm is currently accepting pre-orders for a second batch of Toqs, expected to ship in 1-2 weeks. Read more »