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Mobile wars – UK HTC, Samsung and LG trade blows on Twitter

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Oh dear! They say competition is the mother of progress but this is latest childish outbursts are mostly great for a laugh or inspiring fanboy wars depending on how seriously you take things.

After the Mobile Awards in the UK event concluded HTC’s UK decided to poke its rival Samsung on Twitter after winning Hottest phone of 2013 with the HTC One. After boasting about its victory the HTC UK Twitter account added an “Ouch @SamsungMobileUK”, which spurred the events to follow. Read more »

Viber is now blocked in Saudi Arabia, Skype and WhatsApp might follow suit

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The free internet messenger and calls service Viber has been shut down in Saudi Arabia as it has failed to comply with local regulations. The Communications and Information Technology Commission in the country has also issued a warning it’ll do the same to other applications and services that don’t comply with the regulations.

Quarts reports that Viber. Skype and WhatsApp have received a warning from the Saudi telecommunications regulator back in March. The shutdown could be a result of a failure of Viber to provide the CITC a local server to monitor user activity. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 928 vs Galaxy S4 impromptu flash shootout: xenon vs. LED

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While preparing the full review of the Nokia Lumia 928, we were quite curious what its Xenon flash is capable of. We had a Samsung Galaxy S4 around so we decided to do an impromptu shootout in low light conditions. We’ve prepared a set of samples from both devices for you to see, both with and without flash under the same conditions.

The entire marketing blitz surrounding the Nokia Lumia 928 has been built around its camera’s low light prowess. The samples we are about to show you now are not about that (or at least, not entirely).

With OIS built-in, the device surely commands plenty of attention, but now we are concentrating on the flash performance of the two models. Hit the break to see how they fared. Read more »

Temple Run: Brave is now available on Windows Phone

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Temple Run has been one of the biggest hits in the recent times and yet another release of the popular game, Temple Run: Brave, is now available for Windows Phone 8 users.

Temple Run: Brave comes from the joined forces of Imangi and Disney and features the main character from the movie, Merida. However, the basic gameplay mechanic in this game remains quite similar to the original Temple Run. Read more »

Apple allegedly inks deal with Sony, iRadio service all but certain for WWDC 2013

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According to a report by AllThingsD Apple has sealed а deal with Sony and, having secured deals with Warner and Universal, could be all but ready to launch its rumored iRadio service at the WWDC event starting on June 10.

iRadio (or whatever it will be called) is touted as Apple’s answer for services like Spotify and Pandora (and not to mention major rivals in the face of Amazon and Google) and will bring music streaming with the option for purchasing songs (see picture above). Read more »

Leaked image shows the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 in gold-brown color

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Just as previously suggested, there will be a Gold-brown version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 P3200.

A picture is worth a thousand words and the one above was brought by the usually extremely reliable Evleaks on Twitter. Read more »

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad and Cover go on sale in US, India

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 opted to offer Wireless Charging via a dedicated accessory (back panel + charging pad) instead of forcing the extra heft on all users (like Nokia did with the 920).

If you live in the US or India you can now go ahead and start saving up for the Charging Pad and Charging cover because Samsung has posted those on its online stores. We’re hoping you can actually order them soon. Read more »

You can now track your luggage at the airport on your iPhone with Airbus Bags2Go

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Flying can be stressful all by itself, but the chance to lose your luggage while doing so is even worse. Airplane manufacturer Airbus wants to put an end to this by introducing its latest service called Bags2Go.

The service is a joint effort of Airbus, T-Mobile and luggage maker Rimowa and lets you rent a special suitcase, which makes use of a GPS-tracker, a 2G mobile connection, and an RFID chip to record its location. It then lets you hook up to it through an iPhone to track where exactly it is. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 925 is tough enough to have a cameo in the new Man of Steel trailer

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The Internet loves making memes about how tough Nokia phones are and the trailer for the upcoming Man of Steel movie will just add fuel to that fire. The trailer (“presented by Nokia”) shows a quick peek of the Nokia Lumia 925, which as you may have heard will come in a limited Superman edition.

The trailer shows astounding amounts of destruction (the movie is directed by Zack Snyder of 300 and Watchmen fame, what did you expect). Check it out after the break. Read more »

Evernote for Android gets updated, adds reminders in version 5.1

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Evernote is one of the (if not the) best and most complex ways of storing and organizing notes and all sorts of content. It’s latest update for Android finally brings one of the most often requested featured – reminders.

Version 5.1 adds the ability to make just about every note into a reminder and set a day and time for Evernote to remind you about it. Read more »

Analyst thinks a cheaper iPhone will launch ahead of the 5S in five different color options

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There’s a lot of talk about Apple introducing a cheaper iPhone (even if Phil Schiller said no) and analyst Brian White thinks Cupertino will also break it’s black and white color scheme to introduce 5 color options on the “iPhone mini”.

There’s some evidence that Apple will introduce a third color option for its iPhone flagship, so colors might be on Jony Ive’s mind. Also, the iPod touch (an iPhone without the “phone”) does come in five different colors. Read more »

Gigabyte outs Intel Haswell-powered gaming laptops

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Gigabyte outed a pair of gaming laptops today, each featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.

The P27K and P25W are aimed at performance enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their mobile systems, and the latter can support up to 24GB of RAM! Read more »

Modern Combat 5 coming to E3 and then off to iOS and Android

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Modern Combat is an extremely popular Gameloft title that already has 4 great installments readily available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store so naturally we’re thrilled to see a trailer of the upcoming Modern Combat 5.

It’s little over a minute long and portrays the upcoming improved graphics, pioneering gameplay like riding (and shooting from) helicopters and speedboats with the whole ordeal based in a modern-day Venice-vibe town. Read more »

Nokia Conference beta app gets updated, makes it easier for Lumia-packing business people to join calls

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Windows Phone aims to be business friendly and it’s apps like Nokia Conference that make it so. The app is still in beta, but it’s getting closer to proper release – it’s currently at v0.9.5. The app takes out the hassle of joining a conference call, on a WP8-running Lumia it’s as easy as saying “conference join.”

The phone will figure out what call it needs to join based on your schedule. With the latest update, the app can handle recurring calls too, not just ones you got an invite for. Conference also integrates with Microsoft Lync and will launch the app automatically if your company uses it. Read more »

IDC predicts smartphones sales in 2013 to grow by 32.7% over 2012

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IDC has issued a report in predicting that in 2013 global smartphones sales will reach 958.8 million units. That’s a growth of 32.7% compared to last year smartphone shipments which accounted to 722.5 million units.

As a result of this growth, 52.2% of all mobile phone shipments will be smartphones. This effectively makes 2013 the first year in which smartphone shipments surpass those of feature phones, if only by a four of percent points. IDC believes this trend won’t stop soon as user demand for handheld devices is growing both in the developed and emerging markets. Read more »