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Redesigned Google Play Store app makes an appearance

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Right after its first birthday, it looks like the Google Play Store is has a major redesign coming our way. A revamped app has made an appearance, thus giving us a glimpse of the Play Store’s new look.

As you can notice in the trio of screenshots above, the interface of Google Play Store 4.0 has been given the Holo treatment. Read more »

Google uses Family Guy video to advertise the Chrome browser

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Google has released a funny commercial about the Chrome web browser and its sync capabilities. It used two of the Family Guy characters to promote them.

Even though Chrome and its features are not shown but just hinted in the ad, it’s right on the spot. Read more »

Smoked by Windows Phone marketing campaign resumes, targets Galaxy S III

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Do you remember last year’s Smoked by Windows Phone marketing campaign? Microsoft surely put great effort back then to show the Windows Phone OS was easier and faster to operate than its competitors. Back then the users had to perform various tasks like checking the weather or taking a picture and uploading it to Facebook faster than a Lumia phone and, usually, failed.

Well, Microsoft is resuming the campaign, this time employing the Lumia 920 and its low-light camera performance to defend the Windows Phone honor. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z now available on pre-order in UK, ships in mid-April

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The official online Sony store in the UK is now taking pre-orders for the Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Tablet Z. The 16GB model is available only in black color (for now) and costs £399.

You can also opt for the 32GB Tablet Z, which is available in black and white paintjobs and costs £449. Read more »

The iPhone passcode can still be bypassed after the iOS 6.1.3 update

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It was just yesterday Apple released the iOS 6.1.3 update to address the lockscreen passcode bypass issue. Unfortunately, there is another work-around that will still give you access to the Phone app without entering the pass code.

To make this work though, all you need is a SIM ejecting tool or a paperclip. The good news is you can make your iPhone immune to this workaround by simply disabling voice dial in your passcode lock settings screen. Read more »

NVIDIA reveals their Tegra roadmap

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At their GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, NVIDIA revealed the roadmap for future Tegra-series processors, among other things. The roadmap highlights NVIDIA’s plans for 2013 and 2014 with two future processors, Logan and its successor, Parker, which continue NVIDIA’s tradition of naming them after the real last names of superheroes.

Logan will be the successor to Wayne, more commonly known as the Tegra 4 chipset, and will be appearing in devices in early 2014. Read more »

Creators of Bastion reveal their next game: Transistor

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Gamers in here may already be well acquainted with Bastion, one of the best RPG to have come out in recent times. It was recently ported over to iOS, which we reviewed a while back and found it to be just as good as it was on the PC or the consoles.

Now the developers of Bastion — Supergiant Games – have revealed their upcoming game called Transistor, set to launch in 2014. Read more »

House of Marley Zion in-ear headphones review

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The House of Marley Zion headphones are the young company’s flagship in-ear product. Carrying the heritage of the reggae icon Bob Marley, the earbuds combine earth-friendly, yet premium materials, and eye-catching design, to go with serious sound aspirations and ambition to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive market.

The House of Marley isn’t the typical personal audio brand, endorsed by a music artist. The company’s products support 1Love – the charitable organization of Bob Marley’s family which is dedicated to supporting youth, planet and peace. In a nutshell, the company’s products make you feel good about your purchase well before you have connected them to your device of choice. Let’s find out if they are worth your money by taking a closer look at the Zion earbuds. Read more »

Minuum virtual keyboard could revolutionize the way we type

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A recent Indiegogo project that has caught our eye is a nifty new virtual keyboard called Minuum that could forever change the way we type on a mobile device.

It does this by squeezing down the full QWERTY keyboard into one row, no longer forcing you to choose between precision and accuracy. Read more »

Samsung releases the Galaxy S4 announcement event highlights video

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March 14 was a big day for Samsung. It unveiled the Galaxy S4 in New York’s Radio Music Hall, while a huge crowd witnessed the event live on the Times Square.

Samsung already released the whole event on a video. In case the video is too long for you, the Koreans now give a shorter clip containing only the highlights of the event. Read more »

CyanogenMod won’t come to the Samsung Galaxy S4

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We have some bad news for those who’d love to run a cleaner Android version on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship. The CyanogenMod developers have come up with a statement announcing they are not going to support the smartphone.

Not a single guy from the CyanogenMod team considers buying the device and give it a shot. Read more »

Snapdragon 600 based Samsung Galaxy S4 is twice as fast as Galaxy S III and iPhone 5, easily beats HTC One too

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Yesterday we got some potentially bad news for Europe – that the Galaxy S4 version in sold in Sweden will use the Snapdragon 600 chipset instead of the Exynos 5 Octa that geeks were hoping for. The same version will be sold in North America. However, then we saw some reassuring benchmarks and now we can add one more.

Primate Labs, makers of the Geekbench app took interest in the Samsung Galaxy S4 performance and made a chart to see how the new Galaxy flagship performs. Using data from a benchmark run by Android Authority, the Primate Labs chart shows that the S4 is over twice as fast as its predecessor. Read more »

Gmail for Android update brings notification screen shortcuts

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Google has updated the Android version of the Gmail app and has added a very useful new feature for Jelly Bean users. As you may know, Jelly Bean features expanded notifications, which allows applications to integrate additional functionality within the notification screen, a feature the Gmail app now takes advantage of.

If you have a device running Jelly Bean, you will notice Gmail notifications now have a reply and archive button within the notification screen itself. This way, you don’t have to launch the app to reply, for instance, and can do it from the notification screen directly. Read more »

Google releases new ad for the Nexus 10

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Google has been releasing some amazing ads lately, especially for their Nexus devices. And the latest ad for the Nexus 10 takes things up a notch.

The ad shows a couple about to have a baby. The focus of the ad is on the ‘shareability’ of the Nexus 10, and how you can have multiple user accounts on the tablet, use it for reading, watching movies, social networking, video calling and how two can people do all this from a single device. Read more »

Lenovo releases redesigned ThinkPad ultrabook for under $1000

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The latest ThinkPad from Lenovo, the T431s, reflects a slightly more modern design strategy which still meets the company’s standards for ruggedness and durability.

The 14-inch ultrabook sports a thinner profile, with a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution display, as well as the usual array of connectivity features. Read more »