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Black Friday breaks online sales record thanks to mobiles

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The trend of constantly increasing online sales during the Thanksgiving Thursday and the Black Friday has continued for yet another year. A study found that the total revenue for the two days reached $2.99 billion, representing an increase of just over 25% compared to last year.

The boost in sales was driven in large part by the growing mobile sales, which this time accounted for almost a quarter of all online spending. The spending from smartphones and tablets rose a whopping 118% YoY and accounted for 24% of the dollars spend online. Read more »

FIFA releases official apps on Android and iOS

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FIFA has launched official apps on the two most popular mobile operating systems – Android and iOS. Both apps are free of charge.

The official FIFA app gives you access to all sorts of information on 197 football leagues worldwide. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat degrades video playback performance

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Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest version of the Google developed mobile operating system. The 4.4 was promised to enhance the overall performance and as far as we can tell from those devices that have already been updated that it mostly true.

However, it turns out that at least one aspect of the user experience has actually taken a turn for the worse. A study by OptaFidelity found that video playbacks in Android 4.4 is notably worse than it was on 4.3 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Sony Xperia C comes by our office

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Sony Xperia C is the company’s first smartphone powered by a MediaTek chipset.We’ve also managed to put our hands on a unit and we are ready to share our traditional hands-on videowith you.

The Sony Xperia C comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz low-powered Cortex-A7 processor, PowerVR SGX544 graphics and 1GB of RAM. While hardly the benchmark champion, this is the kind of hardware that can deliver either excellently smooth experience provided that the software is optimized well enough. Read more »

A new Nokia Lumia 1320 promo video is out

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Nokia has launched a new promo video for its affordable Lumia 1320 phablet to help build some hype ahead of its launch. Sadly, the phone won’t make it for the Christmas holiday season, but it will become available early next year.

The video is less than a minute long and shows the Lumia 1320 in cool 360-degree shots highlighting some of the main software features of Windows Phone 8. It also shows the different color options for the phablet – black, yellow, orange and white. Read more »

Google’s Cyber Weekend deals offer exclusive in-app purchases

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Google’s Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals are now live and the internet giant is offering exclusive promos on in-app content for some of the most popular games in the Play Store.

With the promotion, you can enjoy great savings on gear and other in-app purchases. However, you would have to enable in-app purchases before making full use of the offers. Read more »

nio card can do wireless payments, including Bitcoin transfers

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Some of the most innovative products are coming from Kickstarter and the nio card is a combination of several such devices. It’s a Bluetooth and NFC enabled card that can keep your phone and wallet on a digital chain, replace your wallet altogether – including support for Bitcoin transactions – and help you stay fit.

The nio card is security conscious – when connected to your phone via Bluetooth, it will alert you whenever the device goes out of range. Either because you dropped your walled or forgot your phone. Read more »

Apple’s Black Friday offer goes live in Europe

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Apple’s Black Friday has already gone live in Australia, where the Cupertino company is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with the purchases. However, the offers seem to vary from region as the company is offering discounts in place of gift cards in couple of other countries.

Apple’s Black Friday deals are now appearing on the UK, France, Germany and other European Apple websites. The online stores have promotional discounts on the MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPods and other accessories. Read more »

Pebble now available on Amazon in the US, gets a $20 Black Friday discount

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The Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch, which went on to be a big hit, is now available on Amazon in the US. The watch was originally available through the website but later hit retail stores in the US. Now, you can also purchase the watch from Amazon for $148.99 in black, gray, orange, red and white.

That’s not all; Pebble is also offering a $20 discount if you order the watch from its online store, which almost covers the $25 shipping charge if you are outside the US. But the offer is only valid till today so make sure you hurry. Read more »

Apple offering Apple Store Gift Card with purchases this Black Friday in AU

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Apple’s Black Friday deal has gone live in Australia and slowly making its way around the world wherever the Apple Online Store is available. Unlike previous years where the company offered discounts on the products themselves, this year it is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with purchases.

The denomination of the Apple Store Gift Card depends upon the product you purchase. If you buy an iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you’ll get a A$150 gift card. An iPad Air will get you A$75 gift card and the iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch will get you A$ 50 gift card. If you buy the iPod nano, you’ll get a A$ 25 gift card. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 rooted

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The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a great tablet, especially if you consider its price. But there’s one problem – it’s stuck with Amazon’s customized Android and Amazon’s own app store. With a bit of hacking, you can change part of that.

The Fire HDX has been rooted, which makes it possible to install the Play Store (though it’s not easy). Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 will be exclusively offered by John Lewis in the UK

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Nokia announce UK pricing and availability of the Lumia 2520 tablet. The 4G LTE slate with Windows 8.1 RT on board will be exclusively offered by John Lewis starting next week, on December 4.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be priced at £399.99. Read more »

Retina Apple iPad mini gets blasted for having outdated display tech

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DisplayMate, the website which specializes in rating and comparing display tech of mobile devices and laptops, has sharply criticized Apple’s iPad mini 2 in its latest shootout, pitting it against the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Google Nexus 7.

The biggest criticisms come in regards to the color gamut and accuracy. The Retina screen of the new mini is way off what the iPad 3, 4 and Air have been offering so far in this respect. Read more »

Oppo N1 battery life test

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The N1 proved to be a worthy phablet in Oppo’s premium market segment’s lineup and it’s now time to dig into the battery life breakdown.

The Oppo N1 opts for a big, bright and high-res 5.9″ screen but also brings a monstrous 3610 mAh battery to compensate. That, to put it in perspective, is more than the 3200 mAh of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One Max’s 3300 mAh, the Nokia Lumia 1520′s 3400 mAh and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s 3050 mAh. Let’s see how it did. Read more »

Samsung Music service now available in South Korea

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Samsung has officially outed its own proprietary music service in its home market of South Korea.

Samsung Music will let you choose from a selection of 3.2 million sound sources, which you can download or stream to a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Read more »