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A bunch of new Windows 8 ads surface, hilarity ensues

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With Windows 8 not outpacing its predecessor in terms of sales and popularity, Microsoft’s marketing team has been very hard at work to raise awareness of its latest piece of PC software. Their latest attempt is a trio of 1-minute TV ads and there’s no other word for it – they are hilarious.

The large dose of all sorts of weird is mixed brilliant sense of humor and the videos are bound to put a smile on your face. The ad campaign is dubbed “Windows 8 Training Camp” and whatever you are doing right now, you have to spend three minutes of your time to check the ads out. Read more »

Microsoft enables full-res photo and video backups to SkyDrive in all markets

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Microsoft has commenced a global rollout of full resolution video and photo uploads to its SkyDrive cloud storage service.

This feature was until now available only in some areas, with Microsoft stressing that the global rollout took so long due to the large bandwidth requirements. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 hitches a ride on a drone, produces an impressive video

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We are definitely starting to see a trend here – people do crazy things with the latest smartphone flagships. The next video to join the countless others showing the Samsung Galaxy S4 in unusual situations, sees the smartphone taking a ride on the back of a hexacopter.

While the Galaxy S4 is flying above a Romanian city, it shoots a 1080p video with the stabilization turned on. Read more »

Nokia releases official hands-on videos for the Asha 501

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The Nokia Asha 501 has just been announced in India and Nokia has already released two new hands-on videos that show the phone in greater detail.

Both the videos do a good job of showcasing the new hardware and the software on the Asha 501. The Asha 501 comes in five colors and looks quite stunning, especially in the bright orange and green shades. The back covers are removable and you can change them to a different color. Read more »

First Nokia Asha 501 promo videos are out, showcase Fastlane, exchangeable back covers and more

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Nokia just announced it’s revamped Asha platform and the phone that leads the way – the Nokia Asha 501. The phone combines Lumia looks, MeeGo-like interface and a good balance between price ($99 before prices and subsidies) and features (plenty of social networking, including free access to Facebook without a data plan).

There’s going to be a single and a dual-SIM version of the phones and the first promo videos for both are out. But more interesting is the Fastlane video – it’s a feature that promises to show you the past, present and future. Read more »

Foursquare for Windows Phone 8 updated with live tiles, voice commands and lockscreen notifications

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Foursquare app for the Windows Phone 8 platform has been updated and the latest version comes with a bunch of new features.

Foursquare 3.0 now allows you to pin people and venues to your start screen. The update allows provides notifications on your lock screen and lets you check-in and share locations using NFC. Read more »

Google adds 5 more languages to Translate, reaches the 70 mark

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In an important update to the Translate service today, Google has reached the 70 language milestone by adding 5 more: Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese, Marathi.

Google estimates that more than 183 million people around the world speak the five languages combined, so the update is actually quite important. Read more »

Ouya torn apart, console found to be quick and easy to repair

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The Ouya team has been posting shipping updates as promised (you need to be a backer to read those) and while there are still units waiting to head out to their owners, iFixit received one and – you guessed it – took it apart.

So, what exactly do you get for your $99? Well, two things – the console itself and a Bluetooth controller. Read more »

Sony Xperia SP battery life test completes, impressive numbers are inside

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The Sony Xperia SP recently underwent our rigorous review process, and now we’ve got some battery result numbers to show you as well.

In many ways the “younger brother” of the new Xperia Z and ZL flagship duo, the Sony Xperia SP features the same Adreno 320 GPU as its older siblings, but without a 1080p screen to suck up extra battery life. Let’s see how it does. Read more »

Rockstar issues a dozen new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots

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Rockstar Games has released a dozen of new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots to build up even more hype about its upcoming game.

Though static, the new batch of screenshot is more action-packed than ever. There are car and bike chases, airplane flights, scuba-diving, skydiving. All screenshots showcase the game’s gorgeous scenery and graphics. Read more »

Google allows iOS developers to use Chrome instead of Safari to open links from their apps

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After the launch of Google Now for iOS (check out our full review), Google’s charge on Apple’s mobile platform continues with the little, but important piece of code that allows developers to open links from their apps in Chrome instead of Safari.

The new feature is dubbed iOS links and iOS developers can utilize it to open links in Chrome; something that Google has been doing with its YouTube, Maps and Gmail apps for quite a while now. Read more »

24K gold BlackBerry Q10 is what oil barons use to send email

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Sad that it’s been a while since Vertu put out a phone? Well, you can try a 24K gold BlackBerry Q10 instead. It comes from Goldgenie, which has a history of turning BlackBerrys into gold (Apple products too).

Anyway, the BlackBerry Q10 has a 24K gold-plated bezel and a 24K gold panel below the QWERTY keyboard. All other specs of the phone remain the same, except that the packaging has been upgraded to a snazzy wooden box. And it’s heavier, but Goldgenie gives no concrete numbers about that. Read more »

Nvidia’s SHIELD benchmark spotted, blows away the competition

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One of the few exciting things we saw at CES this past January was the announcement of Nvidia’s new Android-running handheld gaming console codenamed SHIELD, powered by its new Tegra 4 chipset.

While not much has been heard of SHIELD or Tegra 4 since, a recently-spotted benchmark in AnTuTu reveals that the SoC is not only still alive and kicking, but has the potential to be a real contender when it comes to next generation mobile performance. Read more »

Vivo Play phablet packs 5.7″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 600 chipset and 13MP Sony camera, coming in late May

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Phablets are heating up and a relatively unknown Chinese maker Vivo wants in. Yesterday it announced the Vivo Play with a 5.7″ 1080p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset. Unlike most unknown Chinese markers, Vivo isn’t trying to sell its device for a low price – it’s asking 2,998 yuan ($490) for it.

The Vivo Play certainly has an impressive set of specs – the 5.7″ 1080p (386ppi) screen obviously, but also Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running on Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM (same chipset as the HTC One). Annoyingly it won’t leave Android pure but will saddle it with “Fun-touch” UI that has an iOS-like flat structure. Read more »

Microsoft to release Windows 8.1 public preview at Build conference in June

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We have been hearing about Windows 8.1 for quite some time now. Known originally as Windows Blue, the next update to Microsoft’s desktop operating system is soon expected to be available as a public preview.

Speaking at the Wired Business Conference in New York City, Windows chief Julie Larson-Green revealed that Microsoft will be releasing a public preview of Windows 8.1 in its upcoming Build conference in June. A final version of the OS is expected to be released near the end of the year, as we had originally heard. Read more »