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Xolo Q900 review

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Xolo is working hard, trying to make a name for itself in the budget conscious market. The company is flooding the market with its mid-range smartphones in an attempt to offer a little something for everyone.

Xolo Q900 is the latest mid-range offering, powered by MTK6589 chipset with four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz and the PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat now seeding to the cellular-enabled Nexus 7

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Google has rolled out the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Cellular edition of the Nexus 7 slates. It should be available for both 2012 and 2013 models of the tablet.

The KitKat update has already landed on the Wi-Fi only versions of Nexus 7 as well as on the Nexus 4 smartphone. Read more »

Viber now available on Linux

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Viber has just brought its popular messaging client to the Linux platform. According to Viber it has been tested and works fine on Ubuntu, Mint and Zorin OS.

Viber requires your mobile phone for registration and it is capable of syncing your phonebook and messages across all platforms it is available for. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020′s latest ad is hilarious

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Nokia France has released a pretty funny video commercial about the Lumia 1020 monstrous cameraphone in France.

The new ad focuses on the huge 41MP sensor and its capabilities to capture even the tiniest detail and the farthest of objects. Read more »

ARM’s CMO on reports of 128-bit chips: “this is not true”

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“Did you hear the joke about the 128 bit processor?” asked Ian Drew, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Business Development at ARM, in a blog post earlier today. This comes as a response to the Korea Herald article claiming that ARM is working on a 128-bit chip for 2015.

Mr. Drew firmly discounts any reports that 128-bit chips are in the cards or that ARM execs will in any way reveal what ARM’s partners are doing. Read more »

Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) gets discounted to $199

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As if the Nexus 7 wasn’t already a desirable enough tablet, the 2nd generation model has been discounted to last year’s prices from several top retailers.

The 16GB WiFi-only model can now be had for $199, while the 32GB variant will run you $239. Read more »

Google Play store update brings Designed for Tablets to default

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Android is the undisputed leader in smartphones but has seen criticism when it comes to tablets as many of the apps for those are nothing more than a blown up phone versions.

With its new update to the Play store Google tries to remedy that somewhat by making the Designed for Tablets view the default one – it lists apps that should be tablet-optimized. Read more »

Xbox One gets an iFixit teardown

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Serial opener of things iFixit is at it again with its screwdrivers and pryers, this time making the brand new Xbox One the victim of their tools. iFixit managed to get their hands on an Xbox One as soon as possible by flying to New Zealand where it launched before anywhere else to do this teardown.

The Xbox One teardown reveal some interesting things. First of all, the Xbox One is an enormous black box due to the rather poor utilization of space on the inside. Whereas Sony decided to make use of every inch on the inside, Microsoft went for a more spaced out design. Read more »

Dropbox is the latest popular app to get the iOS 7 look

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Dropbox for iOS received a major update. The popular file sharing app now features a flat look in line with the iOS 7 user interface.

Alongside the new design, version 3.0 of the app brings several new features to the table. Read more »

MediaTek MT6592 octa-core SoC takes on Antutu, posts an impressive score

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Antutu benchmark scores for the freshly announced MediaTek MT6592 octa-core chipset have emerged, showcasing its top-shelf performance. The MT6592 SoC with 1.7GHz CPU cores posted a result of 29415, while its sibling with 2GHz cores, came out with a truly impressive 32606.

The abovementioned scores put the 2GHz CPU version of the chipset at the very top of the Antutu performance chart, besting every high-end Android device we’ve tested this far. Read more »

Retina-packing Apple iPad mini 2 hands-on

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We expected the Apple iPad mini 2 to launch alongside the iPad Air – many people did – but that wasn’t quite the case. Anyway, the initial hurdle has been overcome (mostly overcome, shipping is sluggish in some markets) and it’s time to look at what could be the new most popular tablet, dethroning the 9.7″ iPad, which held that title for a long time.

The original iPad mini was just reheated iPad 2 in a smaller package, but the second iteration promises to get everything right. Read more »

Tablet makers accused of overcharging for internal storage

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Apple, Google, and Amazon have all been accused of marking up costs of additional storage options for their tablet offerings in order to boost their profits.

A report out of popular tech review site Which? indicates that manufacturers like Apple pay roughly £6 to manufacture a tablet variant with an additional 16GB of storage, yet charge £80 to customers – a markup of 1267%. Read more »

Waze hits Windows Phone as the Store reaches 190,000 apps

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Following the launch of the popular photo sharing app Instagram for Windows Phone, popular traffic and navigation app Waze has gone out of closed beta and is now available for download from the platform’s app store.

Waze, which was acquired by Google, brings crowd-sourced real-time information for road conditions, shortcuts, traffic jams and gas prices. Read more »

Adobe promo drops Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 subscription to $9.99/mo

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Adobe switched to a subscription model for tis Creative Suite earlier this year, renaming it Creative Cloud. It was pricy – up to $50 a month for the whole suite. Now there’s a promotion that will allow you to pay only $10 a month for Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Behance ProSite and 20GB of cloud storage over the next year.

Previously, the $10 a month deal was only available for people who owned Photoshop CS3. Read more »

WhatsApp makes it to Nokia Asha 501

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WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services is finally available for the Nokia Asha 501. The hotly anticipated app will be available to download, following the over-the-air software update, which will roll out this week.

WhatsApp for Nokia Asha 501 is a specially optimized version of the app that allows you to send messages using 2G or Wi-Fi networks. Read more »