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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active rebuffs our attempts to put it in the sink, goes in front of our camera instead

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is one of the several Galaxy S4 variations but is the one (so far) that stays the closest to the original specs of the S4 flagship. And just like other S4 variations it brings something new to the table, an IP67 certification in this case.

What that means is that the Sony Xperia Z is no longer the only 5″ 1080p flagship that is waterproof. Who would have thought there would be competition among phones that can play the latest 3D games in full glory and then shoot video under water? Read more »

Updated Vine for Android adds Facebook sharing, ability to search for users and hashtags

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When the Vine app eventually managed to waddle over to Android, it was a mere shadow of the iOS version, thanks to a buggy initial release and missing several features. Subsequent updates have made it bit more usable and now some more features have been brought over from the iOS version.

In the latest update, you now get the option to share your Vines on Facebook as well, whereas you could only do it over Twitter previously. It also adds the ability to search for users and hashtags, which was strangely missing in the previous version. Read more »

‘Jobs’ movie trailer released

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Jobs, the biographical film based on Steve Jobs’ life, is releasing a couple of months from now on August 17. But before that, the creators have released the first trailer that give us an idea of what to expect from this movie.

The movie stars Ashton Kutcher playing the role of Apple’s late co-founder and ex-CEO. Although the jury is still out on Kutcher’s acting skills, there is no doubt that he looks the part, as is abundantly clear in this trailer. The movie covers Jobs’ life from 1971 to 2011, basically from the time he dropped out of college to founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in a garage, turning it into a big company, getting fired, coming back and taking it to the point where it is at today. Read more »

Latest Nokia Lumia 925 ad shows an iPhone 5 turning people into flash zombies

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The recently released Nokia Lumia 925, which is basically a Lumia 920 in a new thinner and lighter shell, but also a supposedly improved camera lens. The last bit is probably why Nokia chose to focus on the imaging capabilities of its new flagship in its latest ad video.

Featuring a bunch of zombies, we have to admit the promo clip is quite cool. Read more »

Sony smartwatch to be part of the company’s agenda at its June 25 event

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Smartphones aren’t going to be the only thing that Sony is going to announce at its upcoming event on June 25, Tuesday. The company has teased today its plans to unwrap a new smartwatch at its event on Twitter.

There, the company has published a photo stating a research by BI Intelligence, stating that one in three people want to have a smart wrist wear. Sony already has a smartwatch, announced over an year ago, so it’s clearly a time for a refresh. Read more »

Nokia Asha 501 gets the hands-on treatment, video is inside

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The Nokia Asha 501 has a number of key selling points, but the new interface and its supper affordable price tag are certainly the two most important. It’s a feature phone and It cannot do proper smartphone stuff like the pros – full-featured multitasking, integration, endless connectivity, etc. – but doesn’t really need to.

The Nokia Asha 501 giveс you two SIM cards, working simultaneously, in a package lighter than 100 g and cheaper than 80 bucks. It’s tiny yet nice to hold and work with and comes with a revived Asha S40 touch interface that you’ll get used to in a matter of minutes. Read more »

Get an iOS 7-like photo gallery app now, with Photoful

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The new Photoful app (formerly known as PhotoSocial) has hit iOS and it promises all the benefits of iOS 7′s reimagined Photos app for current iPhone users, and then some.

It features integrated editing, tagging and sharing options, as well as a very slick interface with highly intuitive gesture support. Read more »

Nokia continues its sophomoric meme mockery of Android smartphones

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It was kind of amusing when Nokia first started poking fun at other smartphone manufacturers with its specially created internet memes, but now, when the Finns have produced yet another batch of them, their charm is kind of lost.

Today, we’ve got five more memes that take a jab at Samsung and other smartphone makers and their products. Read more »

HTC may have just hired Robert Downey Jr. to promote its phones

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HTC has broken its bad streak with the HTC One and are looking to continue improving by stepping up marketing. How? By hiring Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to promote HTC’s phones.

Bloomberg reports that RDJ won’t be playing any of his famous characters, he will be himself, which is just as awesome (though admittedly Iron Man and the metal-clad HTC One would have gone well together). Read more »

NVIDIA drops SHIELD price to $299, releasing on June 27

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NVIDIA has announced that it will be selling the SHIELD for $299, starting June 27. The device first went on pre-order back in May but it seems the $349 price tag didn’t sit too well with prospective buyers so now we have a price cut even before the launch of the device.

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a first of its kind device where it is a handheld gaming console running on Android. It’s also the first device to run on NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor, which has 4+1 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz and a stonking 72 core GPU. Other specifications include a 5-inch, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, microHDMI out (supports up to 4K resolution) and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Instagram adds support for fifteen second video clips

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In a bid to take down Twitter and Vine, Facebook and Instagram have added a new feature on the popular mobile social network: videos. Now along with being able to upload photos, Instagram will also let you upload short videos from your phone.

After updating to the latest v4.0 of the application on iOS and Android, you will notice that there is a new button in the viewfinder mode. Tapping it brings the video recording interface. This works similar to Vine, where you press and hold the record button to record the video. You can release it as many times you want during the fifteen second span you are allotted and the app stitches the moments into one clip. As with Vine, audio is recorded as well. Read more »

Samsung ATIV Tab 3 hands-on: Android-sized Windows 8 tablet

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Today Samsung has announced the Ativ Tab 3 – a tablet, utilizing an Atom CPU to runs Windows 8.

We got a chance to spend some time with the Ativ Tab 3 and we snapped lots of pics. Read more »

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy NX Android-powered interchangeable lens camera

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At their Premiere event in New York Samsung gave us a chance to briefly check out their just announced Galaxy NX camera. We hurried over to where the camera itself was exhibited along with many NX mount lenses.

The benefit of having a choice of interchangeable lenses is one of the crucial advantages that the Galaxy NX has over last year’s Galaxy Camera and this year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom.

The other, of course, is the large APS-C sensor with a 20.3MP effective resolution. Physically, that translates into a sensor that’s much bigger than the sensor in any smartphone. Read more »

Samsung announces ATIV Book 9 Plus, ATIV Book 9 Lite ultrabooks

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Today Samsung has announced the next generation of their sleek Series 9 ultrabook. The two new ultrabooks are called ATIV Book 9 Plus and ATIV Book 9 Lite respectively and both run Windows 8, as you might have guessed.

Both feature aluminium unibodies and 13.3-inch screens with touch functionality. The one on the ATIV Book 9 Plus however packs the whopping 3200 X 1800 QHD+ resolution. Read more »

Samsung officially unveils ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablets

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At today’s Premiere event in London Samsung officially announced two tablets – the convertible ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3. Both devices run Windows 8, while the ATIV Q can dual boot Android as well.

Starting up with the Samsung ATIV Q, as it is the more interesting slate of the two. It’s built around a 13.3″ display with the jaw-dropping resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. Read more »