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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Retina Apple iPad mini gets blasted for having outdated display tech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 »

App Store search engine now corrects your misspelled queries

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Apple has been working on improving its App Store search engine for quite a while and the latest tweak results in a better search results for misspelled quires or other minor spelling mistakes.

The App Store search engine is also enhanced to show results when you are looking for an app by its name but are unsure of the spaces in the title. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Go!’ launches on iOS in New Zealand

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Angry Birds Go! is the latest game in the Angry Birds series from Rovio and is the farthest departure from anything that has come before it. Like many franchises before it, including Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot, Rovio turned to the go-kart racing genre for their popular franchise and now we have a go-kart racing game but with birds.

Angry Birds Go! was supposed to launch worldwide on multiple platforms on December 11 but Rovio has done a soft launch on iOS in the New Zealand region, so if you happen to be there the game is available for download for free. Read more »

CyanogenMod installer app removed from the Google Play Store

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The official CyanogenMod installer was pulled out of the Google Play Store. The app was voluntarily removed after the Google Play Support team contacted CyanogenMod that its creation was violating the store’s terms.

The app specifically violated the Google Play Store Terms of Service by encouraging users to void the warranty of their devices, despite being harmless in its nature. Read more »

Apple iPad mini 2 production reaches 4 million units a month

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The launch of the Apple iPad mini 2 was delayed relative to the iPad Air launch and even with the late start, the smaller tablet still suffers from availability issues. Digitimes quotes sources who claim that the production bottlenecks responsible for the low supply have been cleared, though, and everything should be back to normal soon.

It was the new Retina display that caused Apple’s headaches – the 7.9″ 1536 x 2048 pixel display is one of the defining features of the new model. Read more »

Microsoft latest Surface 2 ads take jabs at iPad Air, Galaxy Tab 3

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Microsoft has released a bunch of new commercial on its official YouTube account. Most of them focus on what the new Surface 2 can do and what the iPad Air and Galaxy Tab 3 can’t.

The videos show some of the Surface 2′s key features – the full USB port, the complete Office package, multiple account support and the gesture support. Read more »

Motorola Moto G plagued by a recovery bug

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The Motorola Moto G has just hit the market, but its early adopters have reported a wide-spread issue.

As it turns out you can’t use the stock recovery mode for wiping the cache partition. If you select this option, the phone will list the microSD card content and do nothing. Read more »

Nokia uses recycled CDs to make the back cover of the black Lumia 1520

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MP3 and the Internet may have killed the CD star, but all those AOL and Back Street Boys CDs have finally found a purpose. CDs along with other things made of polycarbonate (like water cooler jugs) are being recycled and turned into Lumias.

More specifically, the back cover of the black Lumia 1520 is made out of recycled polycarbonate. Read more »

Infographic gives you a list of 60 must-know Google Now commands

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Google Now is ever evolving and with Android 4.4 KitKat it recognizes even more commands than ever before. It’s understandable if you don’t know all of them – we doubt anyone can remember them all. However, many don’t know even the basic things you can ask Google to do for you.

That’s why the folks over at TrendBlog have composed a neat infographic listing the cool tasks, commands and requests you can handle to Google Now. The infographic is broken down into categories each listing a set of commands. Categories include Notes & Reminders, Time & Date, Communication, Weather, Web browsing, Maps & Navigation and there is even an Easter Eggs one. Read more »