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ASUS and Toshiba join the Chrome OS party, Acer and HP announce new notebook additions

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Google has announced that ASUS and Toshiba have jumped on the Chrome OS bandwagon. The two companies join Samsung, Acer, HP and Lenovo to make a total of six manufacturers who have turned their attention to Google’s infant computer OS.

Additionally, new laptops boasting Haswell CPUs are out as well. ASUS has debuted on the Chrome OS scene with its own Chromebox, while Toshiba has a Chromebook. Acer and HP have updated their Chromebook and Chromebook14 laptops with Haswell chips as well. Read more »

ASUS launches Bay Trail powered Transformer Book T100, wants $349 for it

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Yesterday at the ASUS IDF press conference CEO Jerry Shen announced the company’s first tablet to run on Intel’s Bay Trail platform. It is called the ASUS Transformer Book T100 and is an entry-level 10.1″ tablet running the Windows 8.1 operating system.

The 10.1″ display is of the IPS variety and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is rather mediocre for a display of such size . Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel asks random street dwellers if they like the new iPhone 5s slash iPad mini

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Jimmy Kimmel’s show likes to humor the ordinary user’s ignorance from time to time and show it for everyone to see. Just like the show did last year when the iPhone 5 was unveiled – asking people on the street if they like the new iPhone when they actually got to try an iPhone 4 (not even a 4S).

This year Jimmy Kimmel’s show decided to step things up and inquired people how they feel about the iPhone 5s while handing them an, wait for it, iPad mini. Read more »

Google brings photo editing tools to Google+, work only in Chrome

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You may remember Google acquired the team that built the Snapseed application for iOS a few months ago. Although we did see a version of Snapseed for Android we didn’t hear much from them ever since. That is until now.

Google has now integrated some of the photo editing features of the Snapseed app into Google+. You can now open your photos on Google+ and go into the new Edit option available on top. This brings up some familiar options you may have seen in the Snapseed app on the side. Read more »

DODOcase Color Block cover for 2013 Nexus 7 hands-on

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Following the successful treatment it gave the original, DODOcase launched its line of locally handcrafted covers for the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7. The San-Francisco based designer and maker of bookbound cases has an entire collection on offer for the second generation of the most popular slate in the Android realm.

I managed to spend some quality time with the DODOcase Color Block for the new Nexus 7. Inspired by the artist journals from the past, the cover offers a fresh take with a classic twist on the tablet case concept. Read more »

Lenovo updates existing ThinkPad roster with Haswell chips

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Lenovo is still dead set on delivering capable notebooks to market, despite crushing the handheld sales boards recently. After bringing a new range of ThinkPads prior to this year’s IFA and delivering the uber high-res Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook the company has decided to bump its existing lineup with the latest Intel chips from the Haswell series.

The series getting the update are the ThinkPad T, W, L and E. The higher-end of the bunch is the W540, moving down the T440P, T540P and the L440, L540 and E440, E540 laptops. All but the E series laptops will feature 4G connectivity as well. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 gets rooted prior to release

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While the launch of the new Sony Xperia Z1 flagship is still a week away in most markets, some enthusiastic early developers in China have already figured out a way to gain root access to the device.

The process is surprisingly simple and involves using the tool found at 360-Root, connecting your Xperia Z1 via USB, and clicking the ‘Root’ button. The tool is all in Chinese, but you can’t really get it wrong. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 faces Nokia 808 PV and HTC One mini in camera shootout, shows great promise

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Three companies, three approaches to the “best camera” – Nokia uses a huge sensors with a staggering amount of pixels, HTC used fewer, but bigger pixels and Sony settled for something in between. So, how did it work out for the Japanese company?

A shootout coming from Vietnam tries to provide an answer by pitting Sony’s new hotness, the Xperia Z1, against the Nokia 808 PureView and the HTC One mini. Read more »

Nokia releases two new cool-looking portable chargers

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Nokia has announced the availability of two new portable mobile chargers – the DT-601 wireless charger and the DC-19 universal portable USB charger.

The DT-601 wireless charger is not actually a charger even though Nokia calls it that, but a wireless charging plate ending up in USB port. It is much smaller than its DT-900 predecessor and will easily fit in pockets. The DT-601 is Qi compatible and you can get it in yellow, cyan, bright red, black and white. Read more »

Here’s how the iPhone 5c is Apple’s cunning move to boost the iPhone 5s sales

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After rumors made it abundantly clear that Apple will be delivering yet another S refresh to its flagship this year, rather than a proper upgrade, yesterday’s event become all about the iPhone 5c for me. I was quite excited to see Apple leave its comfort zone and do a smartphone that’s quite different from anything they have done so far.

As it turns out, though, the modest only upgrade that is the iPhone 5s, was only the second biggest disappointment of the night, with the iPhone 5c turning out to be the most notable consumer-stabbing, sales-serving excuse of a product. I know those are some strong words, which is why I waited with this article to see if the bitter taste in my mouth will go away, but sadly it didn’t.

Let’s get something out of the way first – the iPhone 5c is a pretty good smartphone. It’s fresh looking and adequately powered to be a decent mid-ranger, plus its camera has proved to be good enough for the last-year’s flagship. So how bad can it be? Read more »

Visit the Fort Worth plant where Motorola makes the Moto X

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The Moto X is assembled in the USA , challenging “conventional wisdom”, the experts and so on. Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola penned a blogpost explaining how and why Moto did it.

Anyway, you can take a drive to Fort Worth, Texas to see the plant where every Moto X sold in the US is built. I mean “take a drive” with Google’s Street View cars that even went inside the facility. Read more »

Apple stock takes a hammering in the aftermath of iPhone 5s/5c event

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The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c might be the “most forward thinking” offerings out there according to Apple, but it seems not everyone is so excited about them.

Wall street has been rather disappointed by last night’s event it seems and has reduced the support for Apple’s stock. The Apple shares’ price dropped by 2.28% in the immediate aftermath of the event and have slid a further 5% in pre-market trading today. Read more »

ARM demoes true octa-core processing on the latest Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip on video

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Just a day after Samsung announced its latest Exynos 5 Octa chipset with ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, ARM has outed a series of videos that demonstrate how its Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) actually works.

ARM’s videos outline how the true octa-core implementation of the big.LITTLE architecture works when running apps like QuickOffice and Angry Birds. You can actually see when each of the cores is working and how much load it is currently under. Read more »

Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor not accessible to third party developers

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One of the key new features on the iPhone 5s is the presence of a fingerprint scanner on the Home button, called Touch ID. It essentially remembers your fingerprint and then lets you and only you unlock your phone or make iTunes purchases by simply touching your finger on the Home button.

Turns out, however, those are going to be the only use cases for Touch ID, at least for now. Apple’s Senior Vice President Phil Schiller has revealed that the Touch ID sensor is off limits to third party developers and refused to comment on whether this would change in future. Read more »

Apple announces new docks for the iPhone 5c and the 5s

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Apple has been making docks for the iPhone, iPod and the iPad for a while now. But last year’s iPhone 5 launch didn’t see the release of a corresponding dock, which would have led most people to believe that Apple has given up on the idea.

But turns out, that is not the case. This year, Apple has not one but two docks for both the new iPhones, and they are available for $29 each. The docks are slightly different, with the 5c dock having a bigger slot to accommodate the slightly different shape. By the looks of things it seems you can use the 5c dock with both the 5c and the 5s but the 5s dock can only accommodate the 5s and the older 5. Read more »